Aug 222011

Norwood by Charles Portis (published by Gerald Duckworth & Co. Ltd, out now, £8.99)

This is the debut novel from Portis, most famous for True Grit, the book that inspired two movies. Norwood was released in 1966, and featured the laconic lead, Norwood Pratt, a wandering drifter with no aim. It’s a classic tale of neon-drenched Americana, and Portis has an eye for detail, an instinct for character, and an ear for dialogue. There is no plot to mention, and whatever substance of plot that exists, is swiftly abandoned in favour of a wandering character piece.

It’s a beautifully written book, and will appeal to fans of that modern great, Barry Gifford (Wild At Heart).

Andy Jamieson, Editor


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