Southern Cross the Dog

Southern Cross the Dog

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Convinced that he is cursed after the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, 20-year-old Robert Chatham, who, constantly followed by trouble, has lost his will to live, finally shakes his demons until he is forced to make an impossible choice.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062225009
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Characteristics: 324 pages ; 24 cm

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mvkramer Sep 02, 2013

At first the book seemed kind of ...distant...to me, the character's emotions not very immediate, but it deepened over the course of the book, and by the time we got to Dora's chapter the emotion was as raw as you could hope for. Maybe this is a bit narrow-minded, but I still think books about th... Read More »


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PearlyBaker
Aug 29, 2017

It was a beautiful story with captivating prose but I don't expect an Ai takeover any time soon. This book was recommended to me by amazon and Goodreads because I like Cormac McCarthy. While he's no Cormac he is published and I'm not, so who really cares what I think. Besides he is a gifted author and I would gladly read all of his catalogue which rarely happens so that says something. I do think my ex wife/fiancé might be right though and I'm way too suggestible to be checking out Ai suggestions.

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justslide
Sep 03, 2013

Did not like it as much as I anticipated. It was really slow getting into the story, only to finish it and realizing that there wasn't much to get into in the first place. I felt like I may have wasted my time on this one.

mvkramer Sep 02, 2013

At first the book seemed kind of ...distant...to me, the character's emotions not very immediate, but it deepened over the course of the book, and by the time we got to Dora's chapter the emotion was as raw as you could hope for. Maybe this is a bit narrow-minded, but I still think books about the African-American experience by African-American authors are a bit more...real, and I would recommend reading the classics of African-American literature to anyone who even mildly liked this book. Bill Cheng has a way with words, and this book is worth reading slowly just to appreciate the artful craft of his language.

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mvkramer Sep 02, 2013

In 1927, a flood turns the lives of many poor, African-American residents of Issaquena County upside down. One of them is Robert Chatham, a boy whose older brother was lynched for his relationship with a white woman. Years later, Robert is still wandering through life, working at a whorehouse, waiting for another accident to cut him adrift. Another is Dora, a girl who ends up sold to a trapper by her own uncle.

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