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ISBN: 0820305464
Author: Vereen Bell
Language: English
Publisher: Univ of Georgia Pr (March 1, 1981)
Pages: 282
Category: Contemporary
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 215
Size Fb2: 1696 kb
Size ePub: 1749 kb
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Swamp Water, the first novel by a young native of south Georgia, was an immediate critical and financial success.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. The setting is the mysterious Okefenokee in southern Georgia― the Swamp that pulled a man down and never let him go. Movie versions were made in 1941 (by Jean Renoir) and in 1951.

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Published by Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1941. It is in very good condition with pages just beginning to yellow. Condition: Very Good Hardcover. From Ebeth & Abayjay Books (Lima, OH, . Thre's also a news paper clipping attached to the front loose end page which states that the autor of the book is "missing in action. It is from some 1942 paper. and has also created a square "stain" on the page opposite where it has been in contact with for 67 years or so.

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The water was dark green, half hidden in shade. I knew she was bluffing. My sandals crackled over dried, brown palm leaves. I cried, running over fat yellow swamp grass, hurrying up to the water’s edge. But this pond looked different. Floating on top were white water li. lies, bending gracefully over flat green lily pads. Pretty, Emily said, brushing a bug off her shoulder. Without turning around, I could hear Emily a few steps behind me. Another little lizard scampered across the path, just in front of my sandals. The dark green water wasn’t flat and smooth.

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Comments:

Arlelond
This is a fine novel, which can stand with the excellent Southerner Lit novels of the mid-20th century, and deserves to be better known. It's a book for those like me whose favorite section of "Huckleberry Finn" is Huck and Jim hiding out on the island. It's a old story of men and wilderness and that wild-ness in men like Huck and Swamp Water's Tom Keefer, to which we are both drawn and fear even as true wilderness diminishes.

The wilderness here is the Okefenokee Swamp, a 400,000 acre metaphor way down upon the Suwannee River. While beautiful with its old growth cypress bearded with spanish moss, this isn't Wordsworth's or Thoreau's wilderness, but nature red in tooth and claw and fang. Or as the author's son (a fine literary scholar in his own right who wrote the first academic book on Cormac McCarthy) puts it in his fine introduction, "This surviving wilderness and its indifference to what we ordinarily value as human is not just the setting for Swamp Water; what it represents in the novel and in the world is what Swamp Water is about."

Bell describes the Okefenokee in wonderfully evocative writing throughout the novel in passages such as this:

"An osprey circled over them and lit in a slender tree, his sharp voice echoing from the far-off cypresses, creating a sense of vastness, of emptiness; the swamp was a lost world; a nether land where the crawling things in the muck and the screaming things in the air had triumphed, and man rotted in the peaty earth; the space was the space of eternity, endless, changeless; a thousand years passed, and another thousand, and another, and man's bones were ground to ash by the ages, his gun a discoloration of rust beneath the earth. The osprey half opened his wings, then dropped over the side of the limb, leveled off over the shallow water, then rose again, and screamed; and the sound echoed and re-echoed across the flat swamp."

Amid all this beautiful writing is a rousing adventure story (sort of a wet and muddy "Revenant",) but in the end (spoiler alert) wilderness and wild-ness can never last, and so Tom Keefer must light out for the Territory ahead of the rest on a new and different kind of adventure.

Sadly, Vereen Bell was killed in action in the Battle off Samar in 1944 so we'll never know what kind of WWII novel he could have given us if he'd survived the war.
Mavivasa
A backwoods community on the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp, at a time when the Swamp was still wild, unpopulated wilderness - a place where most who entered were never heard from again. The Swamp was a major character in the book, and - I thought - well developed, both lovingly but with a quite cautious respect.

The human characters were crude, but Bell developed them well with dialog/dialect I thought well-done (but I have no real basis for thinking so, other than it seemed to read authentically). A number of pretty deep moral problems - betrayal and loyalty - are addressed and IMO dealt with realistically and interestingly, conveying a sense of the rural culture of the time (first published in 1940, but perhaps depicting an earlier era?).

It's a tough, sometimes violent narrative of a tough, sometimes violent backwoods culture. Realistically well-written with good treatment of character, story and human-nature insight. There were a couple loose ends at the end of the story (which is short enough to have warranted more wrap-up), but - on the other hand - that's on the realistic side, as well, isn't it? Probably a bit better than just four stars.
Exellent
Loved it! This book took me into the characters' world! I didn't want it to end!
Ylonean
This book is special to me as I grew up down the street from Vereen Bell.....of course for me it is a 5 star rating !!

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