Pickett's Charge

Pickett s Charge A comedy a tragedy Threadgill Pickett veteran of the Civil War breaks out from an Alabama old folks home and starts a quest northward to kill the last living Union Soldier This is to avenge his bro

  • Title: Pickett's Charge
  • Author: Charles McNair
  • ISBN: 9781604891218
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Paperback
  • A comedy, a tragedy Threadgill Pickett, veteran of the Civil War, breaks out from an Alabama old folks home and starts a quest northward to kill the last living Union Soldier This is to avenge his brother, who was needlessly killed by Union soldiers, outside of any conflict On his journey Threadgill encounters two brothers building a time machine, a trio of Klu Kluxers,A comedy, a tragedy Threadgill Pickett, veteran of the Civil War, breaks out from an Alabama old folks home and starts a quest northward to kill the last living Union Soldier This is to avenge his brother, who was needlessly killed by Union soldiers, outside of any conflict On his journey Threadgill encounters two brothers building a time machine, a trio of Klu Kluxers, a man collecting raccoons that turn out to be rabid, a wannabe country singer, and a truck driving woman to make men stand in awe He also encounters a Utopian society of blacks and whites who share family, food, love, and grief.

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    1. Disclaimer: Charles McNair is a friend and client.Fans of southern tall tales and magical realism will love Pickett's Charge.The protagonist, Threadgill Pickett, is a 114-year old Confederate veteran of the Civil War in 1964 when he is visited by the ghost of his twin brother. His brother tells him that one Yankee lives in Maine and prompts Threadgill's journey out of the nursing home and on the road toward vengeance.

    2. This hootenanny of a novel would have Flannery O’Connor snorting sweet tea out her nose on one page and crying her eyes out the next. Threadgill Pickett is a bona fide original, and so is Charles McNair.

    3. A super charged yarn, once airborne, entertains with high-altitude exuberance, as it skyrockets through the literasphereshattering the altimeter as it barrel rolls through the pages.

    4. I had my hopes too high prior to starting this book. I might have enjoyed it more if this was not the case. The main character is so one dimensional that, even though this is a book about a journey set to leap over state lines, the story goes nowhere. Secondary characters, while often colorful, come and go so quickly I never had time to appreciate them. McNair opens countless doors that would allow him to explore social commentary but rarely enters them. This is the book's biggest shortcoming.

    5. Pickett's Charge is a crazy, odd, funny and downright surreal romp through the Alabama countryside with one of the most interesting characters you'll ever want to meet. Threadgill Pickett is a Civil War veteran who at age 114 escapes from an old age home in Alabama on a quest to avenge his brother's death by killing the last known survivor of the Union Army. The quest itself becomes secondary to the journey and the unique characters Threadgill meets along the way. Ultimately its a story of closu [...]

    6. One of the smartest, funniest, most moving and well-written books I've read in a long time. I recommend that you pick it up and invest time in reading a big chunk of McNair's 2nd book, before you set it aside for dinner, for a work day or because it's time to go to sleep. Charles McNair has been books editor for PASTE Magazine since they began publication, he is a communications consultant and, for me, he stands as one of the finest writers of these early years of this century (and prior). I've [...]

    7. A fantastically quirky tale of revenge and ruin, Pickett’s Charge is set in Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement, and chronicles the efforts of 114-year-old Threadgill Pickett, the last surviving Confederate sympathizer, to seek out and murder the last surviving Union soldier—even if he has to escape from the nursing home to do it! As he sets out on his cross-country journey, he meets a cast of outrageous characters along the way. Although the story may be limited by its heavy use of loc [...]

    8. A mystical cross between Forrest Gump and O, Brother Where Art Thou, this completely original narrative is funny, confounding, bizarre, clever, and maddening. To summarize this as a 100-yr-old Confederate soldier's quest to find and kill the last Union soldier is entirely misleading. As intriguing as the premise is, it is totally not what the author has in mind--a poetic journey of a broken soul who must discover the futility of vengeance. Wait, that's not it, either. Hell, it's impossible to ex [...]

    9. To accept this story you have to exercise the willing suspension of disbelief. The story line is not plausible, though the story is a fun read. You continue to turn the pages, because you want to learn what the protagonist will get himself into as a young man and at 114 years old. Will he satisfy his desire for revenge.

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