A Death in the Family by James Agee

By James Agee

Forty years after its unique ebook, James Agee's final novel turns out, greater than ever, an American vintage. For in his lyrical, sorrowful account of a man's loss of life and its effect on his family members, Agee painstakingly created a small global of family happiness after which confirmed how speedy and casually it may be destroyed.

On a sultry summer time evening in 1915, Jay Follet leaves his apartment in Knoxville, Tennessee, to are inclined to his father, whom he believes is demise. The summons seems to be a fake alarm, yet on his as far back as his relations, Jay has a automobile twist of fate and is killed immediately. Dancing backward and forward in time and braiding the viewpoints of Jay's spouse, brother, and younger son, Rufus, Agee creates an overwhelmingly strong novel of innocence, tenderness, and loss that are meant to be learn aloud for the sheer tune of its prose.

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Jeg roper navnet hennes så høyt jeg kan, øyeblikket etter hører jeg støvsugeren gå for fullt der inne. . Helvetes kjerring, kommer aldri når jeg trenger henne, bare når jeg vil være i fred. Hvor mye større er ikke beskyttelsen fra en dårlig hørsel enn den fra et dårlig syn! Om man nesten ikke ser er det allikevel ikke stort man går glipp av, om man ikke hører, derimot, om man vil, nesten alt. . De hadde nok lyst til å plassere meg på skålen først som sist, hun og doktor Amonsen, sa hadde de sluppet å tenke noe mer på det, men det var ikke i min interesse å gi dem slike argumenter i hånden, jeg foretrakk gynge58 stolen, hva annet skulle jeg gjøre, med tanke pa det betydelige antall år jeg i verste fall kunne komme til å bli sittende her.

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