The Wettest County in the World by Matt Bondurant - Based on the true story of Matt Bondurant's grandfather and two granduncles, The Wettest County in the. The Wettest County in the World is a historical novel by Matt Bondurant, an American writer who features his grandfather Jack and grand-uncles Forrest and Howard as the main characters in the novel. The book tells of the trio during the Depression and Prohibition in rural. 9 about “The Wettest County in the World,” by Matt Bondurant, misstated the book's place in the author's career. It is his second novel — not his.
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When he was older, Bondurant learned that the truth was every bit as sensational and bloody as his childhood fantasies. The three brothers, known as the Bondurant Boys, were among the most notorious in the trade. Each of the fictional Bondurants has a different reason for needing money — and for losing himself in drink. Howard has a wife, a sickly daughter and massive debts. Forrest has insatiable guilt, brought on by the belief that, as a boy, he had fatally infected his mother and sisters with the Spanish flu.
White mule, white lightning, firewater, popskull, wild cat, stump whiskey, or rotgut--whatever you called it, Franklin County was awash in moonshine in the s.
When Sherwood Anderson, the journalist and author of Winesburg, Ohio, was covering a story there, he christened it the "wettest county in the world. In vivid, muscular prose, Matt Bondurant brings these men--their dark deeds, their long silences, their deep desires--to life.
His understanding of the passion, violence, and desperation at the center of this world is both heartbreaking and magnificent. Review quote "Bondurant writes fiercely and passionately. Severe violence, thrillingly rendered, pervades this book, which will remind readers of hard-hitting Southern writers such as Cormac McCarthy and Larry Brown. The story Bondurant has to tell is riveting, detailed and historical.
His knowledge of Southern culture is as deep as his ancestors' knowledge of making whiskey.
We are aware from the first page that we are in the hands of a remarkable storyteller. Rating details. Book ratings by Goodreads.
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Forrest has insatiable guilt, brought on by the belief that, as a boy, he had fatally infected his mother and sisters with the Spanish flu. Which means he has to prove his toughness by drawing more blood than he sheds.
Bondurant is a nimble writer, especially when it comes to depicting gore and guts. Moonshine gets some of the best treatment: This is one of the moments in which Bondurant seems to be reaching for something bigger than a conventional backwoods adventure. The others usually involve Sherwood Anderson, who sometimes seems to serve as a stand-in for the author.
A master of the grotesque, Anderson is in the area to write an article on the moonshine culture, but he knows that the real story will remain elusive. This device works, but only up to a point.
Innocence and pleasure can be hard to justify in such a world, but who can deny the power of a narrative so deeply rooted in childhood imaginings, when a mild and quiet grandfather hung those brass knuckles on the wall? A subheading on Nov.