Crum: The Novel (Paperback)
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Crum: The Novel (Paperback)

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Paperback 180 Pages / Published: 30/09/2001
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The appearance of this novel in 1988 stirred deep feelings, and this second edition will no doubt do the same. Maynard, a native of Crum (Wayne County), West Virginia, spins a shocking, often outrageous, always irreverent tale of a young man's rebellion against the people and the place which have surrounded his life. Part Huckleberry Finn and part The Red and the Black, the story is ultimately not about the town of Crum, but about the need to reject the comfort and familiarity of home and find a place in the larger world. At the same time, Crum is a touching and humorous look at small-town life, and at the peculiar rituals of male adolescence. Since its highly successful first publication, this novel has become something of an underground classic, with used copies now scarce and costly. Maynard adds a brief epilogue to this new edition, and West Virginia writer Meredith Sue Willis provides an introduction.

Publisher: West Virginia University Press
ISBN: 9780937058596
Number of pages: 180
Weight: 245 g
Dimensions: 203 x 127 x 13 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Each time I read Lee Maynard's "Crum", I ask myself why this foul-mouthed, sexist, scatological, hillbilly-stereotyping novel is one of my all-time favorites." Meredith Sue Willis, author "Oradell at Sea"


"[Maynard] writes like Jean Shepherd on aic..." Robert Beveridge, "Critic"


"Maynard is a Gonzo Mountaineer..." Pops Walker, musician and writer


"Whatever you do, don't read Crum." Jack Cawthon, "Hur Herald"


"Crum is great. Lee Maynard is a genius. No writing has captured rural America this well since Mark Twain. A masterpiece." Stephen Coonts, author "Flight of the Intruder"


"[Maynard] writes like Jean Shepherd on acid..."Crum" is one twisted little novel." Robert Beveridge, "Critic"


"Each time I read Lee Maynard's "Crum", I ask myself why this foul-mouthed, sexist, scatological, hillbilly-stereotyping novel is one of my all-time favorites." Meredith Sue Willis, author "Oradell at Sea"


"Maynard is a Gonzo Mountaineer..." Pops Walker, musician and writer


"Crum is great. Lee Maynard is a genius. No writing has captured rural America this well since Mark Twain. A masterpiece." Stephen Coonts, author "Flight of the Intruder"


"Whatever you do, don't read Crum." Jack Cawthon, "Hur Herald"


"For all its faults, "Crum" creates a hilarious, poignant, recognizable picture of a place and time, and of people I've known." Rodger Cunningham, "Journal of Appalachian Studies"


"The first couple of pages, I'm cringing. I'm tempted to put it down. I imagine a schoolteacher somewhere in the Midwest having all of these awful stereotypes about us confirmed. Yet, despite myself, I continue to read, and I am moved. It is literaure. Its voice is true. It's a wonderful portrait of rural America. The book wins me over." John O'Brien, author of "At Home in the Heart of Appalachia"

"Maynard is a Gonzo Mountaineer..." Pops Walker, musician and writer

""Crum"is great. Lee Maynard is a genius. No writing has captured rural America this well since Mark Twain. A masterpiece." Stephen Coonts," "author""Flight of the Intruder""

"It's a tale of growing up in and moving away from Crum, a jumble of shacks on the Tug River in the state's God-forsaken southern coal fields. As tales about coming of age in rural America go, "Crum" isn't that much out of place on a shelf next to Mark Twain and Harper Lee." David Bean," ""The Charleston Gazette"

"Maynard presents a portrait of a young man's psyche which ranks just a small notch below great American portrayals of adolescence - "Huckleberry Finn" and "The Catcher in the Rye."" Michael Shannon Friedman, "The Charleston Gazette"

"Whatever you do, don't read "Crum."" Jack Cawthon," Hur Herald"

"For all its faults, "Crum "creates a hilarious, poignant, recognizable picture of a place and time, and of people I've known." Rodger Cunningham," Journal of Appalachian Studies"

"Each time I read Lee Maynard s "Crum," I ask myself why this foul-mouthed, sexist, scatological, hillbilly-stereotyping novel is one of my all-time favorites." Meredith Sue Willis," "author" "Oradell at Sea""

"[Maynard] writes like Jean Shepherd on acid..."Crum" is one twisted little novel." Robert Beveridge," "Critic"

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