Geronimo Rex

Geronimo Rex

Book - 1998
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Geronimo Rex, Barry Hannah's brilliant first novel, which was nominated for the National Book Award, is full of the rare verve and flawless turns of phrase that have defined his status as an American master. Roiling with love and torment, lunacy and desire, hilarity and tenderness, Geronimo Rex is the bildungsroman of an unlikely hero. Reared in gloomy Dream of Pines, Louisiana, whose pines have long since yielded to paper mills, Harry Monroe is ready to take on the world. Inspired by the great Geronimo's heroic rampage through the Old West, Harry puts on knee boots and a scarf and voyages out into the swamp of adolescence in the South of the 1950s and '60s. Along the way he is attacked by an unruly peacock; discovers women, rock 'n' roll, and jazz; and stalks a pervert white supremacist who fancies himself the next Henry Miller.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 1998.
Edition: 1st Grove Press ed.
ISBN: 9780802135698
Branch Call Number: FIC HANN
Characteristics: 381 p. ; 21 cm.


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Dec 06, 2015

Barry Hannah's debut novel from 1972. I hadn't read anything by Hannah until recently; I think it was "Esquire," a magazine he was associated with, that called his short story collection "Airships" a modern classic. I liked it without, you know, like liking it. "Geronimo Rex" is an unruly, unkempt, and undisciplined mix of dirty realism, exuberant dirtiness, Southern charm, and Beat-like messiness. It's enjoyable, but too long and too all over the map for me. The lead character is really into Geronimo, which explains the title (sort of). Note: Characters make liberal use of the n-word. Winner of the William Faulkner prize. Hannah died in 2010 in his adopted hometown of Oxford, Mississippi.


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