Down at the End of the River

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In these ten stories, Angus Woodward gives us a tour of south Louisiana as his characters tiptoe out of the corners into which they have painted themselves. More

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Published: Dec. 16, 2012
Words: 43,050
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301645589
About Angus Woodward

Angus Woodward is a Louisiana writer of prose whose short story collection, Down at the End of the River, was published by Margaret Media in March of 2008. Livingston Press published his novel, Americanisation: Lessons in American Culture and Language, in 2011. His fiction can be found in a variety of journals and anthologies, including Mochila Review, Alimentum, Nightsun, and the Forest Press anthology Stolen Stories. His nonfiction has appeared recently in Normal School, Sport Literate and the University of Nebraska Press anthology Living Blue in the Red States (2007).

Reviews

Review by: snik on Feb. 11, 2014 : star star star star
I received a Kindle version of this book for free on LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.

This selection of unconventional short stories will have you smiling, laughing, raising your eyebrows, scratching your head, and thinking. The author uses odd, but effective, techniques to communicate the point of each story. Even though these stories are fiction, they seem like the type of real stories that people would call “stranger than fiction”.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sandra Padgett on Jan. 02, 2014 : star star star star
Short stories that seemed to have a few different styles, but nonetheless thought-provoking. From a criminal trying to go straight, to a man on a streetcar and at work not quite knowing how to feel, to a couple trying to mesh two different beliefs, to a man now being able to focus on his life. These and a few more are thoughts and ideas that get you to think about various episodes in life and where do I go from here. The styles are quite varied, with some grabbing you more than others. All of them interesting. The characters are good for short stories. Some stories seem to have a plot while others are just there. All in all, a good collection. I received this free through Library Thing giveaways for an honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cathy Geha on Dec. 24, 2013 : star star star star
Angus Woodward has a voice that is unusual and worth reading. In the ten short stories collected together in this book his characters grabbed me and then proceeded to tell me their stories. All of the stories are told from the male perspective and Woodward has stepped into the shoes of a variety of men in this book. Whether it is a thief going straight, a Vietnam veteran dealing with flashbacks and a Vietnamese wife, a businessman’s trip on a bus, a writer’s angst or a religious backslider falling in love…the people are believable and quirky and have a story to tell. I guess I should say that Angus Woodward has stories to tell and all of them based in Louisiana make me feel I might want to go visit there someday.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Katarina Nolte on Oct. 18, 2013 : star star star star
A series of short stories beginning with “Down at the End of the River”, which tells a story about a New Orleans small time career criminal who decides to give up the life of crime and retire an ordinary citizen, or so it seems. The next story is “The Ride” about a paranoid office guy and race relations. The third story, “The Proclaimer in Creeperdom”, is about church goers. A couple of the stories are about writers. ...
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: breezywriter on July 15, 2013 : star star star star
I found the stories to be very enjoyable. The descriptions were great, characters interesting, and the stories unusual.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Barbara Heckendorn on June 01, 2013 : star star star star star
What a magnificent collection of short stories. These stories could have been taken from real life with the protagonists like you and me. Everything looks so familiar and the reading was like sneaking into your neighbour's life. The spelling style is so vividly and rich and I've got always the feeling to be amid as an observer. The stories felt so real that I've got the feeling some incidents could happen to me, too. I enjoyed the reading very much and can strongly recommend it.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Cindy Holdmann on May 30, 2013 : star star star
It was a nice group of short stories but at times it seemed as if different authors were writing them. Kudos to the author on being able to change his style.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: martin scherer on March 09, 2013 : star star star star
Very nice group of short stories. All were interesting and the author understands the Southern mind and sense of place.
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Review by: dlg dlg on March 08, 2013 : star star star star
These short stories set in Louisiana had a Guy de Maupassant feel to them.They were thought provoking, reflecting the vagueries of human relationships, many ironic in outcome. The writing was colloquial in style which reflected the characters portrayed. The material provides readers the opportunity to reflect on everyday life in today's society and uses an extensive vocabulary. In my opinion the opening paragraph of the gang of three was superb, and was sold short by not being at the beginning.
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Review by: AJ Murphy on Feb. 10, 2013 : star star star star
I liked reading the stories, which to me appeared to be intertwined, yet separate. I'd recommend it.
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