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Oyster With Comparisons To Flaubert, Chekhov, And Faulkner, O Henry Award Winner John Biguenet Earned Wide Acclaim For His Debut Short Story Collection, The Torturer S Apprentice In His Astonishing First Novel, Oyster, He Demonstrates The Same Mastery Of Craft And Rigor Of Vision That Led Critics Across The Country To Join Robert Olen Butler In Praising This Important New Writer Set On The Louisiana Coast In 1957, Oyster Recounts The Engrossing Tale Of A Deadly Rivalry Between Two Families To Avoid Ruin After Years Of Declining Oyster Crops, Felix And Mathilde Petitjean Offer Their Young Daughter, Therese, In Marriage To 52 Year Old Horse Bruneau, Who Holds The Papers On Their Boat And House Bruneau Has Spent His Life As Felix S Rival For Both The Petitjeans Century Old Oyster Beds And, As We Learn, Mathilde But As Therese Explains To Horse One Night As They Float In A Pirogue Alone In The Marsh, I Don T Get Bought For The Price Of No Damn Boat The Spiraling Violence Of Oyster And The Seething Passions Behind It Drive An Unpredictable Tale Of Murder And Revenge In Which Two Women And The Men Who Desire Them Play Out A Drama As Elemental And Inexorable As A Greek Tragedy.

10 thoughts on “Oyster

  1. says:

    I must ve been getting nostalgic, but I finally dug into this in the days leading up and immediately following our move from Baton Rouge to Atlanta Biguenet, I believe, is a voice to be reckoned with his recent play, Rising Water, was the first substantial literary attempt to deal with the flooding of New Orleans, and it s how I first came to know him and his work Oyster is the natural antecedent to Rising Water it takes presents the struggles of two fishing families in Plaquemines Parish in I must ve been getting nostalgic, but I finally dug into this in the days leading up and immediately following our move from Baton Rouge to Atlanta Biguenet, I believe, is a voice to be reckoned with his recent play, Rising Water, was the first substantial literary attempt to deal with the flooding of New Orleans, and it s how I first came to know him and his work Oyster is the natural antecedent to Rising Water it takes presents the struggles of two fishing families in Plaquemines Parish in 1957 The downside is this the fates of these two, the Petitjeans and the Bruneaus, are bound up so tragically that its just too much.it s one thing to write this sort of swamp Gothic stuff i...

  2. says:

    While finishing this book, I was only miles away from Louisiana, and it made me want to slip down to the coast to enhale the bayous, humidity, oyster beds The setting is really a character in this story, and I could envision sitting on the bayou edge on a hot summer night The story, with great character development, especially of Therese and Mathilde, is really rather a Hatfield and McCoy setting, with 2 families vying for the top oyster trade, with murders and illicit passion, familial loss a While finishing this book, I was only miles away from Louisiana, and it made me want to slip down to the coast to enhale the bayous, humidity, oyster beds The setting is really a character in this story, and I could e...

  3. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Many of the reviews liken this story to a Greek tragedy, and I can see that similarity The story takes place in a small fishing community in Plaquemines parish, in southern louisiana The world of this story is extremely small, and contains very few central characters mostly from two rival families From the first pages a murder precipitates another and we watch as the plot unfolds like dominoes falling in a predictable sequence a sequence that we see set in motion early on, and that we antic Many of the reviews liken this story to a Greek tragedy, and I can see that similarity The story takes place in a small fishing community in Plaquemines parish, in southern louisiana The world of this story is extremely small, and contains very few central characters mostly from two rival families From the first pages a murder precipitates another and we watch as the plot unfolds l...

  4. says:

    I had forgotten to include this in my list I read it several years ago, recognizing someone from college on the bookstore shelves I m not sure I should relegate it to a three maybe it s a four Given the current state of the delta in lower Louisiana, which has everything to do with the disastrous effects of Hurricane Katrina, I may just reread it, since it s the first place I heard of the destruction of the ecology there You may also have read John s writing in the NY Times after the hurrica I had forgotten to include this in my list I read it several years ago, recognizing someone from college on the bookstore shelves I m not sure I should relegate it to a three maybe it s a...

  5. says:

    Meh I love dark and twisty and this WAS pretty dark and twisty, opening with a rather shocking scene But it was still meh for me The writing was okay, but the short, punchy sentences didn t do much for me Characters seemed a bit flat and they didn t really grow any over the course of the story There s a major info dump around the part where Mathilde is revealing to Therese the back story of her relationships with Therese s father and Horse Bruneau, along with her past courtship with the cou Meh I love dark and twisty and this WAS pretty dark and twisty, opening with a rather shocking scene But it was still meh for me The writing was okay, but the short, punchy sentences didn t do much for me Characters seemed a bit flat and they didn t really grow any over the course of the story There s a major info dump around the part where Mathilde is revealing to Therese the back story of her relationships with Therese s father and Horse Bruneau, along with her past c...

  6. says:

    Outstanding I love that Biguenet took his time telling this tale of murder and relationships He did it in a masterful way that seemed neither protracted nor melancholy It moved calmly like the indolent Mississippi ...

  7. says:

    Someone down the line wrote good, but not great, and I think a few others agreed with it Inclined to lean that way, myself On the one hand it surpasses a lot of the random novels I come across even if it s somewhat less than random, since I had a class under the author , on the other it s surpassed by several other writers albeit these are the same writers who surpass almost everyone in the past two hundred years.I like the idea of rustic story that deals with Southeast Louisiana, mostly Someone down the line wrote good, but not great, and I think a few others agreed with it Inclined to lean that way, myself On the one hand it surpasses a lot of the random novels I come across even if it s somewhat less than random, since I had a class under the author , on the other it s surpassed by several other writers albeit these are the same writers who surpass almost everyone in the past two hundred years.I like the idea of rustic story that deals with Sout...

  8. says:

    The story opens with a murder and concludes with twoThrow in onein the meantime and you ve the making of one of the most unconventional love stories this reader has encountered Terese Pettijean is the feisty daughter of an aging oysterman and his wife, who has dark secrets in her past The Pettijeans have fallen on hard times, brought on by a dwindling supply of oysters and the encroaching oil companies drilling rigs Their chief rivals, the Bruneaus, hold the note on their boat an The story opens with a murder and concludes with twoThrow in onein the meantime and you ve the making of one of the most unconventional love stories this reader has encountered Terese Pettijean is the feisty daughter of an aging oysterman and his wife, who has dark secrets in her past The Pettijeans have fallen on hard times, brought on by a dwindling supply of oysters and the encroaching oil companies drilling rigs Their chief rivals, the Bruneaus, hold the note on their boat and their house and the principle is soon due When the paterfamilias Bruneau winds up dead, the bloodletting has only just begun The characters were well drawn, with enough backsto...

  9. says:

    This is the story of two families in Louisiana, the Petitjeans and the Bruneaus, who are rivals in love and in business Felix Petitjean, whose family has owned oyster beds forthan a hundred years, is in debt to Darryl Horse Bruneau, who covets Felix wife as well as his oyster beds When they arrange a marriage of convenience to settle the score, murderous rage unleashes a series of violent acts that will forever change the lives of both families Excellent writing and character develop This is the story of two families in Louisiana, the Petitjeans and the Bruneaus,...

  10. says:

    Hmmm There were parts of the plot I thought were predictable, but parts that were utterly surprising as well Lots of violence and intrigue set amid the struggling oystering industry of the 1950 s Louisiana bayous Everybody s keeping a secret or a dozen, and some of them are doozies if occasionally predictable Everybody s walking around with some stuffed down regrets, plenty of suffering and the ripple effects of awful choices they ve learned to live with Biguenet does a good job of doling Hmmm There were parts of the plot I thought were predictable, but parts that were utterly surprising as well Lots of violence and intrigue set amid the struggling oystering industry of the 1950 s Louisiana bayous Everybody s keeping a secret or a dozen, and some of them are doozies if occasi...

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