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This is another book I d grab upon fleeing my burning house I am stingy with my books, but this is one I loan and sometimes give to people I love In fact, who has it right now I want it back Ple ee ase The Sutton Pie Safe and Town Smokes are both excellent stories Many of the others seemed to lack something for me. Perhaps my favorite book in the subgenre of Appalachian fiction Darkly funny, sad, violent, and original. Town Smokes is a book of short stories, which often centered on the interactions between rural people and animals which particularly interested me We see occasional compassion, such as that of a family that became too attached to the rabbits they bred to sell them for meat, but the majority of these interactions are characterized by the casual cruelty of a man scooping up fleeing crawdads and dumping them into a boiling pot This is a world of shooting harmful only to rodents black snakes and jacklighting deer There s Booze, the elderly boar who is coming to the end of a life spent terrorizing a community His viciousness and appetite were the stuff of legendThat Booze, Tobe said, moving on to another hog Like to put him up against a pit dog one day Hog dogging is the lesser known cousin of the infamous sport of dog fighting Either way, the breeds of choice are the usual abusees the pit bull terrier and the Staffordshire bull dogs which are the for us, by us of sadistic animal abusers This book contains a dog fighting story titled Pit, however the dogs featured are not the usual fighting breedsThe spitz was awful quick and a better fighter than his size might make you think He was out of King Generator up in Pocahontas County, and King Generator was a dog that was born to fight.Interestingly, this image of the Spitz as a relentless beast may have been borne out of early vilification of the breed by New York legislators The medium sized, long furred dogs were thought to have been especially susceptible to rabies, and worse, closely associated with the German immigrant population Despite this early panic, the dogs behavior simply didn t live up to popular fears However, this passage does give us an important insight into the dog fighting mentality top winners are carefully guarded as important breeding animals These animal abusers realize violent aggression is not just a product of nurture, but also nature So they do train and condition their dogs to be better killers, but they start out by choosing a vicious bloodline first When the black mongrel the spitz was fighting comes out on top, we read They liked his style, and there was no telling how much a dog that could kill a son out of King Generator was worth Top fighters are worth huge amounts of money in the breeding fees they generate alone Blame the deed I say, Blame the breeder Messed up stuff Indeed But unlike other books of this nature, I feel the author was only reporting, not glamorizing or idealizing these inhumane rural ways Reporting the truth is something I can respect, even when it is done in the context of fictional stories. His prose is good, but the first and last stories The Sutton Pie Safe and Town Smokes are the only ones that move beyond chatter and shoot toward real insight Town Smokes the story, not the collection was particularly effective, dark, and fatalistic, moving from the mundane towards something far haunting, timeless, even allegorical That story alone makes the collection valuable, but no one should mistake this for Breece Pancake It appears that Benedict crafts stories about a periphery he has mostly only heard about in his home state, while Pancake breathes it. up there with breece d j pancake, flannery o connor, or cormac mccarthy s appalachian novels. |DOWNLOAD EPUB ⚐ Town Smokes: Stories ♷ A Collection Of Nine Short Stories Set In The American South, Depicted As Odd And Idiosyncratic Emerging From The Harsh Realities Of Difficult Lives, The Stories Are Full Of The Violence Of Love And The Love Of Violence The Author Won The Steinbeck Award For Dogs Of God Benedict s true expertise seems to be the short story. Solid collection of stories focused on rural characters. A couple amazing stories and some just so so Almost all the stories involve the relationship between people and animals in the south I found that interesting The Pie Safe was my fav.