Killing Mister Watson

Killing Mister Watson

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Drawn from fragments of historical fact, Matthiessen's masterpiece brilliantly depicts the fortunes and misfortunes of Edgar J. Watson, a real-life entrepreneur and outlaw who appeared in the lawless Florida Everglades around the turn of the century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679734055
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/1991
Series: Vintage International Series , #1
Edition description: 1st Vintage Books Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 429,679
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 1210L (what's this?)

About the Author

Peter Matthiessen was born in New York City in 1927 and had already begun his writing career by the time he graduated from Yale University in 1950. The following year, he was a founder of The Paris Review. Besides At Play in the Fields of the Lord, which was nominated for the National Book Award, he published six other works of fiction, including Far Tortuga and Killing Mister Watson. Matthiessen's parallel career as a naturalist and explorer resulted in numerous widely acclaimed books of nonfiction, among them The Tree Where Man Was Born, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and The Snow Leopard, which won it. Matthiessen died in 2014.

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Killing Mister Watson 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Manatee More than 1 year ago
A great book to read if you are visiting Southwest Florida, particularly Everglades City and Chockoloskee. A true story of the hard life in this part of the world. It is told from many different people's perspectives. The story of Edgar Watson, a bad man. This is the first in series of 4 books by Peter Matthiesen, about this man. The next one is told from the point of view of Mr. Watson's grandson, then from Mr. Watson's pont of view.
Winfield_Potter More than 1 year ago
Be prepared with a paper and pencil to keep track of the multiple characters and evolving relationships that weave in and out of the narrative of this novel based on real events. If you can make it through the first 50 pages you'll become engrossed in the ensuing mysterious and enigmatic story of how Mr. Watson comes to eventually be gunned down. Similar to Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying", the point of view switches between characters who have very different perspectives on key events and personalities. The twists and turns of the plot come out at just the right pace to keep you wanting more. It is deftly written and exactly captures the western Everglades around the turn of the last century provoking deeper thoughts about a number of issues including race (white vs. black vs. indian), man's relationship with nature, law vs. justice, gender roles, and death. This was recommended to me by a Park Ranger who serves in the Ten Thousand Island area and I would consider it a "must read" to anyone who is planning on visiting that part of Florida.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is outstanding by any measure. A true pleasure, opening a world I hadn't known existed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not very interesting until the last 12 pages. There is also some language
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the history and characters that Mathiesson brought to life in this narrative by 10 different people who knew Ed Watson. But there were too many minor characters and much repetition of the same information.