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This is the story of Jed Tewksbury, an uprooted and alienated man - not uncommon in our time - told by himself in a style sometimes poetic, sometimes raunchy, an effective blend of his backwoods origin and his scholarly attainments. Jed is born just at the end of the First World War on a run-down farm near the little town of Dugton, Alabama. When he is nine his drunken fatThis is the story of Jed Tewksbury, an uprooted and alienated man - not uncommon in our time - told by himself in a style sometimes poetic, sometimes raunchy, an effective blend of his backwoods origin and his scholarly attainments. Jed is born just at the end of the First World War on a run-down farm near the little town of Dugton, Alabama. When he is nine his drunken father dies in a low-comedy accident that becomes part of the obscene folklore of the region. His semi-literate mother has a caustic wit, an iron character, and the determination that Jed will escape the South. As she puts it: "Git what's to git, then git. Git on."A dedicated Latin teacher and Jed's football prowess combine to get him a scholarship at a jerkwater college, whence he enters the graduate school of the University of Chicago and excels in the field of classical and medieval literature. After fighting with the Italian Partisans behind the Nazi lines, Jed returns to the university and marries a woman who dies soon thereafter. He moves to a new job in Nashville and becomes involved in a torrid and ill-fated love affair, the central event of the novel, coloring all the subsequent action. He flees to Paris and then to Chicago; he marries again, fathers a son, and is soon divorced.Middle-aged, and now a figure of world renown, Jed goes back to Dugton for a long-deferred visit to his mother's grave, and - in what must be one of the most moving passages ever written - is able to make some kind of peace with himself and with his past. (Book jacket)...

Title : A Place to Come To
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ISBN : 9780440359999
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 404 Pages
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A Place to Come To Reviews

  • Lobstergirl
    2019-04-17 15:48

    From the opening sentences, I knew I was going to have a problem with this book. The reason was this adorable, cutesy, Southern, penis-caused death mishap.I was the only boy, or girl either, in the public school of the town of Dugton, Claxford, Alabama, whose father had ever got killed in the middle of the night standing up in the front of his wagon to piss on the hindquarters of one of the span of mules and, being drunk, pitching forward on his head, still hanging on to his dong, and hitting the pike in such a position and condition that both the left front and the left rear wheels of the wagon rolled, with perfect precision, over his unconscious neck, his having passed out being, no doubt, the reason he took the fatal plunge in the first place. Throughout, he was still holding on to his dong.At first this tale of a dong and a death in Dixie portends a booksworth of unbearable quirkiness. As you read it, you can actually see the author patting himself on the back for an opening paragraph like that. But the novel quickly becomes rigidly humorless. In succession, the narrator Jed Tewksbury survives his white trash Dugton upbringing (his mother encouraging him to "git"), escapes to college, further escapes to a graduate program in classics at the University of Chicago (his application was rejected but he shows up on campus anyway and talks himself into the class - I guess the forties were just a magical time), fights Germans in Italy in the Second World War, comes back and marries a fellow student who quickly dies of cancer, moves to Nashville to teach, falls in love with a married former high school crush, returns to Chicago, marries a former girlfriend, has a son, gets divorced, watches the son grow to adulthood, and runs into the Nashville girlfriend in Rome. There are a few more lovers thrown in there, edited out for brevity. Along the way he has father issues, mother issues, lady issues, and lots of solitude and moroseness. You are surprised reaching the end of the book when you see it's only 340 pages, because it felt like 740.For genital balance, here's another annoying passage; the quirk is long gone and we're now focused on deadly serious coronas, wounds, and breeches:Bemused in that sensation, I held the body pressed against my thigh, then, suddenly, pushed it from me, and looked down. First at that spot on my leg where the stab was and where dampness gleamed, then at what I supported in my hands, the thighs that, slowly and whitely, had fallen further apart to present, in the midst of the lush yet brambly-looking pubic corona of damp-curling, bronze-gold hair, the orchidaceous swell of the waiting sex. Staring down at it, what I was aware of was not the poetry of the yearning, anonymous wound with the faint gleam of light caught there to give some hint of the roseate inwardness, but for the first time in my life, of the true, archetypal ass, the unbolted breech so simplistically and brutally designed for its blankly abstract function and the plunge into depersonalized, and depersonalizing, darkness.

  • Klint Kratzer
    2019-04-09 20:46

    This novel is dense, flowing, bulging with memories, lived in one man's eternal pasts and present futures. It is, perhaps most succinctly put, wistful. It is the history of one man's life with all the monotony, the passions. It is of love and solitude- of a man who is lost yet stolid, and yet undetermined. It is a novel with pages that grow from some fecund soil, some humus. And yet there is not some great blossom, some burgeoning finale. There is something deeper and grounded, like some dense oak tree that will be absorbed again into the dirt from which it came.Robert Penn Warren is fundamentally a poet. This novel, the literal plot, is secondhand to the pathos and the feeling exuding from this book into the heart of the reader. And so as I stare at this book now, this physical property overflowing with joyous and torn parts of another man, I think my eyes simply grow wistful.

  • Ron Smith
    2019-04-09 19:55

    This has one of the best openings to a book I've ever read. It couldn't quite live up to that that initial promise, but that was nearly impossible.

  • John Vibber
    2019-04-14 19:01

    When Pat Conroy says that Southern authors are the best story tellers, I'm sure he had Robert Penn Warren in mind. I'll leave plot description to others and just say the writing is intense and powerful yet subtle and nuanced. This is not an easy read, but the patient reader will be well-rewarded.

  • John Rebrovick
    2019-03-24 19:50

    This is a dark tale but not without its redemptive qualities. It is not on the epic level of All the King's Men, but it is a worthy read. Warren is clearly one of the greatest writers of the 20th century and this novel, though flawed in spots, also excels in spots to prove it.

  • Dee Crabtree
    2019-04-01 15:53

    I started to read this book because the author is a Pulitzer Prize winner and I thought I might enjoy the book. Not so much really. I started to read it three times but nothing within the pages made me care enough about the story or the main character to want to spend any more hours of my life trudging through the book. I put it away without finishing it.

  • Alexa
    2019-04-05 15:59

    My favorite book of all time is Warren's All the King's Men. This book isn't on the same level but it's definitely worth reading. It's a good study in the meanings of love and solitude. Quite a bit more crude and sexual than his other novels.

  • Monte Dutton
    2019-04-10 17:49

    What fascinates me about this novel is that I can identify with the protagonist. Author is the only man to win Pulitzer Prizes in both poetry and fiction. The writing is extraordinary, as one would expect.

  • Jeffrey
    2019-04-04 21:39

    He's frikkin' Robert Penn Warren!That should be enough of a review...

  • Sean Morrison
    2019-03-21 15:05

    I read this a long time ago and unfortunately don't remember most of it. What I do remember is that I loved it and love Robert Penn Warren.

  • Kfiscus
    2019-03-31 19:55

    Just not what I want to read. It was gorgeously written, but the subject matter isn't what I would like to spend my time consuming.

  • Belkis
    2019-04-17 18:37

    Would love to give it 4 1/2 stars. Has a lot to ponder. I keep thinking back on it. Really liked it.