• Provinces of Night

  • By: William Gay
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (104 ratings)

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Provinces of Night

By: William Gay
Narrated by: Dick Hill
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Publisher's Summary

The year is 1952, and E.F. Bloodworth has returned to his home - a forgotten corner of Tennessee - after 20years of roaming. The wife he walked out on has withered and faded, his three sons are grown and angry. Warren is a womanizing alcoholic, Boyd is driven by jealousy to hunt down his wife's lover, and Brady puts hexes on his enemies from his mamma's porch. Only Fleming, the old man's grandson, treats him with the respect his age commands, and sees past all the hatred to realize the way it can posion a man's soul. It is ultimately the love of Raven Lee, a sloe-eyed beauty from another town, that gives Fleming the courage to reject this family curse.
©2005 William Gay (P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Story and Narration a perfect match

What did you love best about Provinces of Night?

The poetry and succinctness of the writing. The metaphors and bleak or beautiful descriptions took my breath away. Narration by Dick Hill seemed as if written for him to tell the tale.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cannot pick a favorite, all had their charm, ferocity, humorous, or darkly enchanting narratives.

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You won't regret the time you spend in the Provinces of Night....

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Optional? or required?

I loved this book. There's nothing Earth shattering about it but it's the type of book you can get sucked into no matter what where you are in it - there's no typical arch with climaxes and build-up/decline. You can come and go in the world as you please and it's anice change of pace from so many books.

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Treasured prose! Excellent plot!

An amazing writer and one that gets to take a seat along McCullers, O'Connor and Faulkner. Wonderful plot that keeps you reading and great prose.

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Excellent Story Telling

This novel contains all the characteristics I require to thoroughly enjoy a book; good story, complex characters, great beginning, levity, mystery, romance, sadness, great ending and the narration is second to none.

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Damnit.

I just wish this guy was still alive to take my mind away from this chaotic world with more books.

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Glad I didn’t give up

This was my second William Gay book. Little Sister Death captivated me so completely that I had to read more. The first section of the book, I just couldn’t get into it. I wasn’t getting that compelling flow that I wanted more of. I had just about decided that I’d given it a fair chance and was about to quit. Then suddenly it was part two, and there was some sort of shift. Maybe it was inside me and maybe it was really the improved quality of the narrator and the improved rhythm of the writing. For whatever reason, it was finally the book I had expected and we were off to the races then! This book continues to build my belief that this author Is equal to William Faulkner. I am very sorry that he died already, both because he doesn’t write anymore and because I won’t get to throw myself at his feet with reverence and awe.

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This book is a rip off off my favorite book

It’s basically lifted from Cormack McCarthy, all the great jokes the style is a pale imitation, listen to Suttree instead.