By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our. A former schoolteacher, she made the mistake of her life when she married Paris, who brutalizes her. That, too, happened too often. With Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey, Ed Harris, Ray McKinnon. This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. There is no redemption in showing a culture that has grown, leaving a man behind. From Publishers Weekly In what PW described as "an expertly crafted and bleakly fascinating tale of social conflict and madness in the deep South," the eponymous protagonist of this National Book Award-winning novel murders a black child while collecting a debt and is astounded that he is prosecuted for the crime. Copyright LibraryThing and/or members of LibraryThing, authors, publishers, libraries, cover designers, Amazon, Bol, Bruna, etc. There is no redemption in showing a culture that has grown, leaving a man behind. I also have a problem with lost opportunities to make readers take pause and ponder themes presented in the course of a story. But Trout is a local businessman with enormous financial resources, and the white community finds it difficult to prosecute him effectively. A former schoolteacher, she made the mistake of her life when she married Paris, who brutalizes her. While Paris Trout is the central character and the catalyst for the story, the book is simply a portrait of an evil man. 50,000 first printing . Parents Guide. In a small Georgia town in the 1950s, bigoted store owner Paris Trout kills a young black girl when his brother refuses to pay his debts. Paris Trout is a vile Southern bigot. He wrote a surface story of hate, justice, and revenge. Paris Trout : a novel. There is really no more substance to the book than that. He could have provided more of a commentary on the struggle of a bigoted Southern man coming to terms with undue hatred. Beautifully told story that held me in something of a choke hold until the end. He could have shown a flawed logic in elevating a man simply because he has money, but no scruples. Amazing, visceral movement toward inevitable violence and an unexpected sacrifice. He could have shown a flawed logic in elevating a man simply because he has money, but no scruples. New York: Random House. If it supports and enhances the characters, I am all for it. Edit to localize it to your language. Trout is an outsider with a sour disposition. What was up with those hand-jobs of the Bonners? The characters seem rich in detail, until you start to look closer. The antagonist is very hate-able, and the other characters are very flawed, yet likable. However, I have an issue with shocking things that seem to come out of nowhere, add nothing to the story in the least, and doesn’t help to fill out a character. This is a very well written, suspense-laden tale. Paris Trout, on the surface, is a story of a bigoted and psychotic man. There is really no more substance to the book than that. Paris Trout is a resident of Cotton Point, Georgia; an arrogant solitary man who abuses his wife both psychologically and physically, he commits a crime which sends reverberations throughout the community. There was so much room for more, and Dexter didn’t come through. Get this from a library! This new book by Dorothy Letts tells the story behind the story of the Land of Oz. And what on earth was wrong with Hanna? Recommend the 20 best books you've read in the last five years, National Book Critics Circle Award finalist (Fiction, 1988), PEN Center USA Literary Award (Fiction/Novel, 1989), The Modern Library: the 200 best novels in English since 1950 (1980s). He often sues people, and so his lawyer, Harry Seagraves, eventually meets Paris' wife Hannah. PARIS TROUT By Pete Dexter. It is a portrait of a social structure that finds it impossible to contain the behavior of such a man. And he ultimately kills a fourteen-year-old girl when he's enraged over not being able to collect a debt from one of her relatives.

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