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 demise within the Family remains a near-perfect murals, an autobiographical novel that includes some of 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 automobile accident—a tragedy that destroys not just a lifestyles, but in addition the household happiness and contentment of a tender kin. a unique of serious braveness, lyric strength, and strong emotion, A loss of life within the Family is a masterpiece of yank literature.
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Fraid you’d wake the children,” she whispered over her shoulder. While she was gone he went into the sitting room, turned on one light, and picked up his pipe and tobacco. In the single quiet light in the enormous quietude of the night, all the little objects in the room looked golden brown and curiously gentle. He was touched, without knowing why. Home. He snapped off the light. She was a little slow coming down; seeing if they’re covered, he thought. He stood by the stove, idly watching the flexions of the dark and light squares in the linoleum.
Jay? Can you hear me all right? ” Crying too, sounds like. “Sure, I can hear you. ” Paw, he thought suddenly. I bet it’s Paw; and he thought of his father and his mother and was filled with cold sad darkness. “Hit’s Paw, Jay,” said Ralph, his voice going so rotten with tears that his brother pulled the receiver a little away, his mouth contracting with disgust. ” “Quit it, Ralph,” he said sharply. ” “All right, Ralph,” he said, “I preciate your callin. ” “I just got back fer this, Jay, this minute, hurried home specially to ring you up ...
Course that’s entirely up to you, Jay. ” This new voice and this new tack bewildered Jay for a moment. Then he understood what Ralph was driving at, and had misunderstood, and assumed about him, and was glad that he was not where he could hit him. He cut in. “Hold on, Ralph, you hold on there. ” But he realized, with self-dislike, how unimportant it was to argue this matter with Ralph and said, “Listen here, Ralph, now don’t think I’m jumping on you, just listen. ” His feet and legs were getting chilly.