bmichael asked: That Meeks passage is nice. It's like Absolom, Absolom!-Faulkner without a thesaurus.
Ha! True. That passage is nice, but maybe not representative of the book as a whole, tone-wise. This is on the first page:
My brother was sprawled naked under the kitchen table; his face was swollen and dark with dried blood. The pliers lay nearby. The portrait of Captain Meeks gazed down disapprovingly from his place above the door. Empty bottles stood around my brother’s head like concerned townspeople who had found their king unconscious in the street.