By James Agee
The vintage American novel, re-published for the a centesimal anniversary of James Agee's birth
Published in 1957, years after its author's loss of life on the age of forty-five, A demise within the Family remains a near-perfect murals, an autobiographical novel that comprises essentially 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 in addition the family happiness and contentment of a tender kin. a singular of serious braveness, lyric strength, and strong emotion, A loss of life within the Family is a masterpiece of yankee literature.
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Come on. ” He took her hand and drew her towards her chair. ” She sat down. ” He got up and went to the icebox. “What are you—oh. No, Jay. Well. ” For before she could prevent him he had poured milk into a saucepan, and now that he put it on the stove she knew she would like it. ” “No, thank you, darling. ” He finished off the eggs. She got half out of her chair. He pressed down on her shoulder as he got up. He brought back the pancakes. “They’ll be soggy by now. ” She started up again; again he put a hand on her shoulder.
These realizations moved clearly through the senses, the memory, the feelings, the mere feeling of the place they paused at, about a quarter of a mile from home, on a rock under a stray tree that had grown in the city, their feet on undomesticated clay, facing north through the night over the Southern Railway tracks and over North Knoxville, towards the deeply folded small mountains and the Powell River Valley, and above them, the trembling lanterns of the universe, seeming so near, so intimate, that when air stirred the leaves and their hair, it seemed to be the breathing, the whispering of the stars.
Yup. He took his shoes, a tie, a collar and collar buttons, and started from the room. He saw the rumpled bed. Well, he thought, I can do something for her. He put his things on the floor, smoothed the sheets, and punched the pillows. The sheets were still warm on her side. He drew the covers up to keep the warmth, then laid them open a few inches, so it would look inviting to get into. She’ll be glad of that, he thought, very well pleased with the looks of it. He gathered up his shoes, collar, tie and buttons, and made for the kitchen, taking special care as he passed the children’s door, which was slightly ajar.
A Death in the Family (Penguin Classics) by James Agee