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Winter Park
by Graham Guest

Published: 2016-03-04
Paperback : 272 pages
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"A powerfully distinctive voice." Michael Schmidt, author of The Novel: A Biography

"Highly crafted and stylised while also being agreeably direct and spare, psychologically compelling, and unusual." Miranda Mellis, author of The Spokes and None of This Is Real

"I read Guest's work like I ...

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"A powerfully distinctive voice." Michael Schmidt, author of The Novel: A Biography

"Highly crafted and stylised while also being agreeably direct and spare, psychologically compelling, and unusual." Miranda Mellis, author of The Spokes and None of This Is Real

"I read Guest's work like I read Lyn Hejinian's - with amazement at the logic and connections made." EK Reeder, author of Ramshackle and Fremont

"Winter Park is a fine, considered, original piece of creative work...I enjoyed it hugely." Toby Litt, author of Corpsing

"Winter Park is characterized by a vivid yet uncluttered prose style as well as a fantastically good ear for spoken dialogue and black humour. The continuities with Faulkner are perhaps the most striking." Dr. Helen Stoddart, University of Glasgow

"His prose draws the reader into his exuberant and skillful mind." Joseph Lease, author of Testify and Broken World

Winter Park is a darkly funny tale of two unlikely friends: Eric Swanson, a drug-addled philosopher from Colorado, and Harris Birdsong, an epileptic, synaesthetic savant from the deep south. At a rodeo camp in West Texas, each tries to outrun his troubled past, as their comic adventure belies a tragedy of racism, sexism, substance abuse and murder. Winter Park is experimental literary fiction.

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Discussion Questions

How does Birdsong's mind and language change over the course of Part 2?

How are philosophical thinking, intoxication, and madness related or connected in the text?

What happens in the final chapter, and what do you think the next chapter would be about, if there were one?

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  "Winter Park"by Diane4640 (see profile) 11/11/17

Disjointed, jumps in time without explanation. Good job on savant voice after you know it's a savant character or it's just annoying. Lots of interesting ideas & parts but don't necessarily fit together.... (read more)

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