By James Agee
The vintage American novel, re-published for the one hundredth anniversary of James Agee's birth
Published in 1957, years after its author's dying on the age of forty-five, A loss of life within the Family remains a near-perfect murals, an autobiographical novel that comprises essentially the most evocative depictions of loss and grief ever written. As Jay Follet hurries again to his domestic in Knoxville, Tennessee, he's killed in a vehicle accident—a tragedy that destroys not just a lifestyles, but additionally the family happiness and contentment of a tender relations. a unique of serious braveness, lyric strength, and strong emotion, A dying within the Family is a masterpiece of yankee literature.
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But still more, he was warmed by the simplicity with which she got up for him, thoroughly awake. ” she said, knotting the bathrobe girdle. She got into her slippers and shuffled quickly to the door. ” He watched her disappear, wondering what in hell she meant by that, and was suddenly taken with a snort of silent amusement. She had looked so deadly serious, about the shoes. God, the ten thousand little things every day that a woman kept thinking of, on account of children. Hardly even thinking, he thought to himself, as he pulled on his other sock.
All my people are larger bodies than mine, quiet, with voices gentle and meaningless like the voices of sleeping birds. One is an artist, he is living at home. One is a musician, she is living at home. One is my mother who is good to me. One is my father who is good to me. By some chance, here they are, all on this earth; and who shall ever tell the sorrow of being on this earth, lying, on quilts, on the grass, in a summer evening, among the sounds of the night. May God bless my people, my uncle, my aunt, my mother, my good father, oh, remember them kindly in their time of trouble; and in the hour of their taking away.
The hoses were attached at spiggots that stood out of the brick foundations of the houses. The nozzles were variously set but usually so there was a long sweet stream of spray, the nozzle wet in the hand, the water trickling the right forearm and the peeled-back cuff, and the water whishing out a long loose and low-curved cone, and so gentle a sound. First an insane noise of violence in the nozzle, then the still irregular sound of adjustment, then the smoothing into steadiness and a pitch as accurately tuned to the size and style of stream as any violin.
A Death in the Family (Penguin Classics) by James Agee