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ISBN: 0892967048 / ISBN-13: 9780892967049

The Bottoms


The Great Depression, East Texas. The woods are thick, the rivers wild, the weather ripe with tornadoes, and the Crane family, like most families in ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.667

Literary Grade Mystery

by SJWillie on Aug 12, 2010

Wow! This novel goes beyond a mere horror/mystery genre novel ... and provides a more substantial and haunting literary experience.


master storyteller

by tktowne on Feb 5, 2009

I don't know when I've enjoyed a book more. You are sitting at the feet of a master storyteller. It's not a "pretty" book as it deals with racisim, murder, and poverty but you love the young narrator and are compelled to keep turning pages.


An Intimate Trip...Get Onboard

by Sleuth on Apr 3, 2007

I have been struggling with this review. I think that is because "The Bottoms" was such a personal experience that trying to find the words to share my thoughts with others is a bit difficult. However, I believe this deserves telling because "The Bottoms" is a very special book and I wish to share the experience with others. This is the tale of Harry, a boy grappling with bridging that difficult gap between childhood and manhood. Along the way he confronts the search for a serial killer, race relations and his love for his parents with all their faults that we are loathe to accept in our parents. The story takes place in Eastern Texas during the Depression. Although this is not a time and place I am familiar with, I found myself meandering through the woods, creeks and rural roads without feeling like a stranger to this part of the country. Mr. Lansdale made it so real to me that I could feel the heat, smell the air and want to swat at flies or scratch imaginary mosquito bites. It was as if I were hiding in the woods, in the barn or behind a chair in the farmhouse watching the story enfold before my eyes. Mr Lansdale has a wonderful talent for bringing you into the pictures he creates. His ability to do this reminds me of Stephen Booth's writing in "The Black Dog." Although I figured out who the murderer was early in the book, that didn't detract one iota from my pleasure in reading this book. I was so caught up in lives of a family that I had come to love that catching a serial killer became superfluous to their story. Of all the characters in the book, I was most drawn to Jacob, Harry's father. Aside from the fact that I wished I had grown up with a father like Harry, I suffered with him during his crisis of faith in his core moral beliefs and the very purpose for his existence. This book will hold you in its grip until the very last page. The last chapter lulled me into a sense of complacency only to find myself in tears when reading the last few paragraphs. I would urge you to read "The Bottoms" and experience your own personal trip.

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