It's a yearly custom in Mystic, Georgia for the townspeople to hold a Rattlesnake Roundup at which they crown a rattlesnake queen, hold a snake fight, and eat rattlesnake for supper. This novel is the story of one town resident, Joe Lon Mackey--unhappily married, illiterate, and bitter--who goes on a murderous rampage at the snake roundup.
Size: 8.0 x 5.3 x 0.2
Length: 177 pages
Shipping Weight: 1 lb.
From the acclaimed author of such novels as "Blood and Grits" and "Childhood" comes a wildly weird and breathtakingly original visit to the rural South that reveals the exotic subculture that erupts in all its glory at the Rattlesnake Roundup in Mystic, Georgia. "No number of adjectives in the thesaurus can do full justice to the dazzlingly bizarre nature of Crews' creations".--"Washington Post Book World".
"Harry Crews has a talent all his own, and 'A Feast of Snakes' stayed in my mind. He begins where James Dickey left off."
"...Another fine, extraordinary novel, with a writer's magic that is authentically his own. I don't know where his narrative magic comes from, but it is firmly there, and it is weird, funny, and starkly powerful."
"Mr. Crews' story makes us gag, but he holds us, in awe and admiration, to the sickening end."
"Crews has an ugly knack for making the most sordid sequences amusing, for evoking an absolutely venomous atmosphere, unredeemed by charity or hope. Few writers could pull off the sort of finale that has mad-eyed red-necks rushing in sudden bursts across a snake-scattered, bonfire-bright field, their loins enflamed by the local beauty contestants, their blood racing with whisky, their hearts ready for violence."
Newsweek - Paul Zimmerman (08/02/1976)