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Charles Portis
Ballantine Books; 3rd Printing edition (1970)
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Norwood, Charles Portis.

Norwood stuck his head up in the notch between the two seats. That’s where somebody throwed a recap, said Norwood. They get hot enough and they’ll just peel right off. You can’t tell about a recap. Do you mean the Second Marines or Second Marine Division? he said.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Out of the American neon desert of Roller Dromes, chili parlors, country music, and girls who want to live in a trailer and play records all night comes ex-marine and troubadour Norwood Pratt. Sent on a mission to New York he gets involved in a wild journey that takes him in and out of stolen cars.

Norwood is the first novel written by author Charles Portis, originally published in 1966 by Simon & Schuster. The book follows its namesake protagonist on a misadventurous road trip from his hometown of Ralph, Texas, to New York City and back

Norwood is the first novel written by author Charles Portis, originally published in 1966 by Simon & Schuster. The book follows its namesake protagonist on a misadventurous road trip from his hometown of Ralph, Texas, to New York City and back. During the trip, Norwood is exposed to a comic array of personalities and lifestyles. The novel is a noteworthy example of Portis's particular skill rendering Southern dialect and conversation.

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Charles Portis lives in Arkansas, where he was born and educated. He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War, was the London bureau chief of the New York Herald-Tribune, and was a writer for The New Yorker. Библиографические данные.

Charles Portis, the reclusive author of the 1968 novel True Grit, is a. .They’re full of odd events and odd people with names like Norwood Pratt.

Charles Portis, the reclusive author of the 1968 novel True Grit, is a cult writer’s cult writer, cherished by a small but devoted following. The trick of Mr. Portis’s books, especially the ones told in the first person, is that they pretend to be serious. They’re full of odd events and odd people with names like Norwood Pratt, Raymond Midge and Dr. Reo Symes, inventor of the underappreciated Brewster Method, a miracle cure for arthritis. But these are presented without a wink or a nudge, or any sense that slapstick touches like smooth-talking midgets, bread-fondling deliverymen or elderly gents wearing conical goatskin caps are at all unusual.

Charles Portis' Norwood is a strange, strange, little endearing story about a guy named Norwood going on a mini-adventure from Ralph, Texas to New York City and back. Along the way he meets a midget, wins a girl's heart, and steals a fortune telling chicken. I don't really know what to make of it and I can't explain why, but it made me literally laugh out loud at some points. It shouldn't be good, really. But it is thoroughly enjoyable.

A saga of true love on a Trailways bus with former-Marine Norwood Pratt and his girlfriend Rita Lee as they travel through the American Neon Desert.
  • Yanki
This book is a little gem. It's possible that you have to come from the South U.S. to totally get all the full chicken richness of Portis, but I'm betting not. Anyone with an ear for writerly fiction should get frequent little thrills from the unique narrating voice. It's not a big book, it's not a deep book, but... it's a great little book.

BTW, there was a wonderfully bad film adaptation of Norwood. Neither Glenn Campbell nor Joe Namath will be remembered for their acting skills, but young Kim Darby shines here, as she does in another film adaptation of a Portis novel, the 1969 True Grit.

The book is sweet and it's fun. It's a great time capsule at the sixties... from a rural, non-flower-child perspective... and it's certainly memorable. The narrating voice is truly masterful.

If you grew up with a connection to the rural south, circa 1950's or 1960's, or if you are a fiction writer or fiction devotee with an interest in voice, you really need to give this book a try. And, if you don't fall into either of those categories, you might still enjoy it.
  • Itiannta
Norwood begins with a premise and a plotline. From there it meanders, much like its title character. Then it doesn't conclude, but slams shut. It's as though Portis got bored and simply stopped writing.

Please don't take that to mean I didn't enjoy this book. Charles Portis is a master of snappy dialog, and engages a quirky prose that will keep you reading and not want the book to end. In fact, that's why I only gave it four stars - I'd have liked to find out more about each character and their fate. What happened to Edmund? Do Norwood and Rita Lee end up married? How about Miss Phillips? Each one of the characters could easily have their own novel of exploits.

The most entertaining aspect of Norwood is that you expect something...and it doesn't happen. I enjoy books that frustrate me by not being predictable. And that is the point of this review, so the reader doesn't go into the book thinking it's something it's not. Norwood is not even close to True Grit, which I consider to be a masterpiece of literature. Rather than mission-based, Norwood is more of an amiable wander. An episode. Almost a cliffhanger. With no other installments that I'm aware of, darn it all.
  • Kulwes
Classic, sharp Portis. Lots of little things you don't think will go anywhere, but might. You might go back and forth between liking and not liking Norwood throughout the book, but that's part of his charm. If you've read his other work you'll see the prototype for the types of protagonists he always centered his novels on here - but other than that, you could have told me this was his last book instead of one of his first and I would have believed you.
  • Forcestalker
Although this was Portis' first novel I did not discover it until I had read some of his later work. His first attempt did not let me down. Portis is a genuis. His books should be mandatory reading in highschool. This may be my favorite of his Novels but that may be due to it being the most recent one I have read. I know own and have read all of his Novels and Escape Volocity which is a collection of his newspaper and magazine articles, and basically anything he wrote. This work is relatively short and I read it cover to cover in one sitting while on an airplane. I found myself laughing out loud in public as I consumed it.
  • Thomeena
Norwood Pratt, our ex marine hero, hails from Ralph, Texas. Now don't get the idea that he lives out in the boonies somewhere; Ralph is not too far distant from that bigger city, Texarkana. Ralph's a bit jaded with his job at the Nipper gas station, and somehwhat claustrophobic living in the same small house with his sister Vernell and her husband Bill Bird. Thus we collect a $70 debt owed by a fellow marine.
Norwood gets to the big city via car and freight train, and then finds that his buddy has moved back to his home around Memphis. Now on a bus journey, Norwood gradually assembles an entourage of a young woman, a midget, and an educated chicken. Does Norwood collect his debt? It doesn't matter. The money owed is a Hitchcockian McGuffin; it's our travels with Norwood that really matter.
It's a funny book that provides us with the company of an interesting group of simple, small town folk. Mind you they are mostly decent folk, and Mr. Portis doesn't put them down. In fact you get to learn some new aphorisms such as, "Don't let your mouth write a check that you're ass can't cash." It's a slender volume with wide margins that can be read quickly; more like an extended novella - if such a thing exists. If you have a rusting '57 Hudson in your front yard you will feel totally at home with Norwood.
  • catterpillar
I first read Norwood when I was about ten years old, and I laughed out loud at just about every page, and couldn't resist reading passages aloud to anyone in earshot. I finished reading the new edition weeks shy of my fortieth birthday and it still has the stuff. Here's an example. Norwood is getting ready to leave town, and he has given his sister, Vernell, permission to drive his car, but not her husband, Bill Bird:
Vernell thought this was unfair. "Bill can drive a car all right."
"Naw he can't."
"He can too. He's just used to an automatic transmission."
"Uh huh."
"Bill can drive as good as I can."
"Well, you can't drive either. The only thing is, you're my sister. I might as well turn my car over to a rabbit."
"You'd have to get special extensions for the pedals," said Bill Bird.
I really am having a hard time trying to figure out something to say about NORWOOD that will be sufficiently complimenatary. I guess I will say that, if you have ever read any book of any sort and liked it, you will probably like NORWOOD as well or better. That ought to do it.
  • Rarranere
I am of two minds on this book. For one thing I found great humor in the characters portrayed and in their various misadventures. Funny stuff indeed. But then the story ended abruptly without a proper ending. It would have been a far better book with an additional two or three chapters detailing what eventually happened to the main characters