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, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, c2013.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062225009
Characteristics: 324 pages ; 24 cm.


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Feb 22, 2019

A time waster of a book, that you'll read from beginning to end, then ask yourself "what was THAT all about?"
it may be fashionable, in an arty, pretentious way, to write dialogue with no punctuation, but if I'm going to do that much work to read someone's book, it ought to be worth reading.
Not sure who the author thinks he is, and maybe when he grows up he will be somebody, but there is a long way to go.

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.

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 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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