The Death of Sweet Mister

The Death of Sweet Mister

A Novel

Book - 2001
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In Daniel Woodrell's fiction, how the world sees you is how you come to see yourself. Failure is built in, and violence, petty crime, and jailtime are the common coin.Shuggie Atkins is a lonely fat boy of thirteen. His mother, Glenda, teases him with her sexual provocations. His father, Red, is a brutal man with a short fuse who mocks and despises his son. Into this mix comes Jimmy Vin Pearce with his shiny green T-Bird and his impeccably smart clothes. It isn't long before he and Glenda begin a torrid affair. What follows is violent, shocking, and completely unpredictable-except that it is totally foreordained.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2001
ISBN: 9780399147517
Characteristics: 196 p. ; 20 cm


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Mar 02, 2013

Excellent. Set in the late 1960s in the Ozarks, where there are no exits for any of the characters, this novel tells of the death of innocence and childhood of a lonely 13 year old boy. It is a tragedy set amongst everyday people. The book is extremely well-written, communicating to the reader economically and without sentimentality.

Nov 29, 2010

Very hard to read due to the use of improper english by the charactors. I understand it was used to establish the scenario; I just couldn't stay interested.

Jul 08, 2008

Woodrell is an absolute master at building tension in relaxed prose, and this novel has a haunting and wonderful force. "Sweet mister"'s [the title comes from his mother's pet name for the protagonist, 13-yr-old Shug] death is a figurative one, yet it feels more tragic than a literal one.


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