Mattie took some pound cake and apple pie and visited Wesley at the Young Men's Rehabilitation Centre. She was persistently telling people that the Bible said, 'when you've done something for the least of these my brethren you've done something for Jesus.' With his stringy blond hair and rotten teeth, Wesley didn't look much like Jesus, or talk ...Read MoreMattie took some pound cake and apple pie and visited Wesley at the Young Men's Rehabilitation Centre. She was persistently telling people that the Bible said, 'when you've done something for the least of these my brethren you've done something for Jesus.' With his stringy blond hair and rotten teeth, Wesley didn't look much like Jesus, or talk like him. But it beat sitting at home watching soap operas, hoping nothing terminal would happen before the dishes were washed. Mattie's selfish children and interfering neighbours are appalled by their singular relationship; she was after all seventy-eight and Wesley Benfield an illegitimate adolescent, not to say a delinquent. But then Mattie Rigsbee always had been very independent. In this wonderfully funny novel, Clyde Edgerton takes us inside the house and hearts of a peculiarly endearing group of people living in North Carolina. His characterisations are hilarious and razor sharp, drawn into a world that lives far beyond the printed page.Read Less
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Delightful read! I was laughing and seeing myself thinking and doing some of the things that Mattie was doing.
I give this a 5 star for allowing me to enter another world in a relaxed manner. The book prompted me to think and be better.
Apr 3, 2007
Clyde Edgerton's book: "Walking Across Egypt" bridges the gap between a more innocent, small-town place in time, and modern times. Mattie has a heart of gold and wants to reach out and help 'one of the least of these'. So, she finds someone in need, a young juvenile delinquent, and proceeds to help. What ensues is a humorous and engaging adventure of the heart. If you enjoy this book, you might also like Clyde Edgerton's "Raney".
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