By James Agee
The vintage American novel, re-published for the one centesimal anniversary of James Agee's birth
Published in 1957, years after its author's demise on the age of forty-five, A dying 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 motor vehicle accident—a tragedy that destroys not just a existence, but additionally the family happiness and contentment of a tender relatives. a singular of significant braveness, lyric strength, and robust emotion, A demise within the Family is a masterpiece of yankee literature.
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Besides, his feet were so chilly they were beginning to itch. “Look here, Ralph,” he said, in a different voice. “I’m talking too much. ” “Listen here. I’m starting right on up. ” “Hit’s two-thirty-seven, Jay. ” “I ought to be there by daylight, Ralph, you tell Mother I’m coming right on up just quicks I can get there. Ralph. ” “Awf an’ on, Jay. He’s been speakin yore name, Jay, hit like to break muh heart. ” “Cut it out, Ralph. What the hell you think I am? If he gets conscious just let him know I’m comin’.
They stood bemused by the darkness. ” He was silent a moment. “hope,” he said, a curious, weary sadness in his voice. ” He took her in his arms, leaning back to look at her. It was not really anything of a separation, yet he was surprised to find that it seemed to him a grave one, perhaps because his business was grave, or because of the solemn hour. He saw this in her face as well, and almost wished they had waked the children after all. “Good-bye, Mary,” he said. ” They kissed, and her head settled for a moment against him.
Yes. ” She reached so suddenly at his heart that by reflex he backed away; the eyes of both were startled and disturbed. ” He pulled in his chin, frowning slightly, as he watched her take out the crumpled handkerchief and arrange the fresh one. Being fussed over embarrassed him; he was still more sharply embarrassed by the discreet white corner his wife took care to leave peeping from the pocket. His hand moved instinctively; he caught himself in time and put his hand in his pocket. “There. You look very nice,” she said, studying him earnestly, as if he were her son.
A Death in the Family (Penguin Classics) by James Agee