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  • Title: Norwood
  • Author: Charles Portis
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  • Page: 326
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[PDF] Norwood | by ↠ Charles Portis, Norwood, Charles Portis, Norwood Ex Marine Norwood Pratt of Ralph Texas accepts an offer to deliver a car to New York and takes the Trailways bus back to Texas The story is told in the language of the rural South in conversation that sounds like Country Western music


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  1. Charles Portis, born in 1933 in the state of Arkansas, one time Marine sergeant, is an American author best known for his classic Western novel True Grit Such a darn good writer who created eccentric characters and comic plots Part of the American Vintage Contemporaries series published back in the 1980s, this road novel by Charles Portis features 23 year old guitar pluckin ex marine Norwood Pratt who lives if you call this living way down in the grit of rural East Texas For me, when it comes to [...]

  2. I agonized over whether to give Norwood three or four stars which tells me three things 1 I m prone to exaggeration 2 I really need to get a life and 3 should add half star ratings instead of worrying about retarded mascot contests and adding mostly pointless Facebookish features to the site which inevitably cause that damnable Alice picture Bertrand Russell quote to show up again Get your act together, This site is too big now to be run out of somebody s garage with a week old burrito oozing in [...]

  3. Here s an eerie coinkydink I finished this almost exactly a year to the day that I finished The Dog of the South Even stranger, two years ago at this time, I was reading True Grit I guess there s just something about the month of May that makes me yearn for a Portis tale This one, Portis s first novel, reminded me SO much of The Dog of the South Our hero, Norwood Pratt, could have been the prototype for Dog s Raymond Earl Midge Both men are earnest and plain spoken, single minded in their determ [...]

  4. What can I say about Norwood I simply adored it Portis writes the most uncluttered prose imaginable and employs a deceptively simple style, yet he has the eye of a poet The writing flows with such ease it can sometimes deceive the reader into thinking that the author doesn t seem to be working very hard at all Simple stream of consciousness stuff you may think think again Portis use of language is masterly, the characterisations are wonderful and the dialogues his cast enter into, sublime It str [...]

  5. This is the best one to read if you only read one other Portis novel besides True Grit Everyone should read True Grit In a charming first novel, Portis establishes his mastery of language, in particular the Texarkana vernacular, of well chosen detail that goes beyond apparent mundane triviality and really captures the American ambience as well as the human condition, and of pitch perfect dialogue.Norwood Pratt another one of Portis s strengths is names is the title character, a poor, ignorant re [...]

  6. Phenomenal I don t really know what to say I ve been struggling to find a novel lately that completely captured my attention and pulled me fully into its world This one did the trick Norwood hooked me from the first page and never let go The characters are quirky without being stupidly over the top The dialogue is wonderfully Southern without being overwrought It s a perfect little novel you really could read in a single sitting It took me two sittings One thing that struck me about this novel I [...]

  7. I read this book in three sittings, the longest while getting some shading work done a large side piece The three things that stand out is the specificity of the language, the dryness of the humor, and the protagonist s heroic transformation in spite of making bad decisions at every turn Norwood conducts himself with propriety, which, sad to say, makes him something of a throwback, yet one would be hard pressed to call him good natured In life, I run from these kinds of people guided by other pe [...]

  8. Another comic highlight Portis is wonderful, inimitable He can tell a story about nothing like no one else I know George Saunders has inherited some of this, but Saunders can be a little brittle and mannered, his characters and situations surreal Portis is interested in all the little details of ordinary, not always so bright folks struggling with their drives and limitations, their idees fixes and confusion about the world Like many of his other books True Grit, Dog of the South , this is a s [...]

  9. If character development is your thing, this book will not do for you By the end of the book, I was quite certain that Norwood Pratt will be essentially unchanged at 75 I suspect that is one of the main points of the book.This is a great road story about a Texarkanan Odysseus Some of the prose is memorable ey had moved a lot, back and forth along U.S Highway 82 in the oil fields and cotton patches between Stamps, Arkansas, and Hooks, Texas There was something Mr Pratt dearly loved about that sec [...]

  10. Funnier than throwing a hardboiled egg into an electric fan, this reads like the bastard son of Flannery O Connor and John Fergus Ryan.

  11. been on my rear end with a herniated disc for a week so i turned to my version of comfort food i can see a criticism of portis that experiences his books as really well turned shaggy dog stories a boob wanders off in the world, bumps into things, wanders home that s or less what happens in all of his novels, with some tweaks to the formula although i haven t read Gringos yet but that s all that really happens in the odyssey what portis shares with homer is the pure beauty of his language, altho [...]

  12. I probably shouldn t think about this book in comparison to True Grit, but I can t shake the image of Mattie Ross when I think about Norwood Pratt Both share the same matter of fact practicality, and the same bull headed urge to force the world to conform to their own preconceptions If Mattie is a little wittier and a little wiser, it doesn t change the fact that they re both cut from the same cloth.I greatly enjoyed Norwood s quirky cast of characters, but felt let down by the story, which neve [...]

  13. Charles Portis Norwood is a strange, strange, little endearing story about a guy named Norwood going on a mini adventure from Ralph, Texas to New York City and back Along the way he meets a midget, wins a girl s heart, and steals a fortune telling chicken I don t really know what to make of it and I can t explain why, but it made me literally laugh out loud at some points It shouldn t be good, really But it is thoroughly enjoyable Now I have to face the dilemma of which of his other novels to re [...]

  14. Slim debut by Charles Portis Some deem this his distilled best, but for me it s a run up for fuller and satisfying works to come like DOG OF THE SOUTH Imagine Flannery O Connor stripped of the Catholicism and violence and you re partway there Portis s sense of humor is gentler, but just as strange.

  15. I finished this book yesterday It s by the dude that wrote True Grit The guy has a gift with southern dialogue The main character is almost like a Forrest Gump precursor but not as dumb But he is pretty aloof I think they made a movie in the 60s with Joe Namath and Glenn Campbell or whoever I ve never seen it But I may watch it on This dialogue cracked me up in some parts I may read some by him This one is basically just about a dude who drives a car up to New York and then takes a bus back Wh [...]

  16. Charles Portis is one of the best writers I never heard of His snappy dialogue bounces off the page, carrying the action along with it just as fast as you please If I lingered here to describe this hilarious caper from Texas to New York and back, and the nutty characters Norwood meets along the way, including a chicken liberated from a penny arcade, it would just spoil the fun A truly American novel not to be missed.

  17. This book is so much fun Norwood, who wants to be a singer, accepts a task to take two cars to NY and then come back to Texas During the trip, he meets a series of memorable characters.

  18. Charles Portis first novel, Norwood, is a rambling adventure story about a countryfied Arkansas ex Marine, Norwood Pratt, who goes on a journey to NY to deliver two cars and find his Marine buddy who owes him money Along the way he meets the world s second shortest midget, steals the college educated chicken Joann and finds love on a bus with a girl named Rita Lee It s the characters that really make this story work There isn t much in the way of plot and Portis intended it that way There are in [...]

  19. Norwood Pratt, ex Marine, mechanic at the Nipper Oil station, fed up, throws a breakfast sausage at sister Vernell s layabout new husband ex Army Yankee Bill Bird, packs his guitar, and takes 50 from fast talker Grady Fring, to drive one car, towing another, from Ralph, Texas to New York City There he can collect 75 debt from fellow Marine Joe William Reese But passenger Yvonne Phillips, long tall redbone girl wearing a shiny green party dress with shoulder straps, and some open toed shoes that [...]

  20. Deze bescheiden cultklassieker uit 1966 stond al even op het leeslijstje Portis 1933 schreef slechts vijf romans, waarvan Norwood de eerste is Het is door en door Amerikaans, onderscheidt zich door z n aparte, wat absurde humor en nadruk op gesproken Engels Dat typisch Amerikaanse manifesteert zich niet via seks, geweld en oppervlakkigheid, maar door de Americana, de reis door de buik van het land, het Amerika van Flannery O Connor en Mark Twain, een wereld die het midden lijkt te houden tussen [...]

  21. Norwood is about the most absurdest travel literature that you ll read but also probably one of the best In it Norwood Pratt is a country bumpkin former Marine who settles back in the small town of Ralph, Texas He spends his days working on cars in a little gas station that only pays him enough to survive On that note he has plans on making it to New York City to hunt down a fellow Marine, Joe Williams, who owes him 70 He stays in a house with his sister Vernell who just recently married an olde [...]

  22. I am glad to have read this, the debut novel by Charles Portis, since it gives me a greater appreciation for the genius of True Grit, his second book By that I mean that Norwood is nothing particularly special, making the follow up stand out even It s not that Portis doesn t know his way around a sentence he most certainly does but rather that I found the purposefully aimless quality of our protagonist the Norwood of the title increasingly grating We sense the writer flexing his creative muscle [...]

  23. Another hilarious picaresque novel about a loser pointlessly careening across the country Since I read The Dog of the South first, even though Norwood was actually his first book I kept thinking gee, this reminds of The Dog of the South , but this is a little different It seems to have a little loose energy in it, reminiscent of On the Road It s about the journey, not the destination is a good way to summarize how it comes across, since there s much traveling in this book and there s not real [...]

  24. I put all of Charles Portis s novels in my queue after watching the documentary about him on the True Grit Blu Ray Starting with the first, Norwood comes across as the hillbilly On the Road While I got really bored with Kerouac, Portis was able to keep me hooked in, despite the fact that Norwood s journey is so much smaller in scope There really isn t anything resembling a plot, or even a character arc, but the momentum of the book and Portis s no nonsense language sneak up on you until the titu [...]

  25. REVIEW OF AUDIO EDITION Listening to talented actors read Portis aloud is like reading Shakespeare your whole life and then learning that you can see the plays performed the experience is so much enjoyable Barrett Whitener reads Norwood perfectly he captures the phony chumminess of Grady Fring the Kredit King, the affectations of Edmund B Ratner, the world s smallest perfect fat man, and Bill Bird s scholarly airs perfectly More than once I was listening to this as I walked around the neighborh [...]

  26. 3.5 really Cute Quirky Parsimonious comedic storytelling Portis has an ear for colloquial dialogue and an eye for setting a scene in a few telling details But for me there wasn t enough meat on this novel to make it essential reading As someone else points out, Norwood Pratt often reminded me of Norville Barnes from the Coen brothers beloved film The Hudsucker Proxy, though this Nor tragic hero isn t lucky enough to have any sort of accidental brush with fame and fortune I guess that was my main [...]

  27. Portis is so funny and strange His style has a teasing smile under its every word This book didn t break any new ground and it should have been about a hundred pages longer than it was I rarely say that about any book and I m not nearly as besotted with it as Roy Blount Jr was, but it cleared the way for his greater efforts Dog of the South, Masters of Atlantis and our world has been bettered because of it.

  28. Delightful picaresque road trip novel I d never read Portis and I don t know if this is representative of his usual style, for it was pretty damn silly and over the top But I loved the audio narrative by Barrett Whitener who performs all the voices and has perfect comic timing I m from the Midwest and have kin normally I d say family but Norwood Pratt would say kinfolk in Arkansas and I would emerge out of the audiobook with a tinge of Texarkana in my voice Which my partner always made me aware [...]

  29. Portis first novel, kind of hilarious in a low key kind of way Good prose but basically a road story about a slightly above average Texas ordinary workingman in the 50 s A short book, good characters including an obese midget and manipulative shyster who sends Norwood on a wild goose chase Not sure if I ll read Portis again, though would read True Grit by my memory contaminated by John Wayne and Jeff Bridges.

  30. I gave this 4 stars although it probably only deserves three I gave it 4 cause I love Portis It deserves 3 because to be honest it feels unfinished or underdeveloped But I really liked the characters and their shenanigans I wanted

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