A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler

By Robert Olen Butler

Publish 12 months note: First released in 1992
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Robert Olen Butler's lyrical and poignant number of tales in regards to the aftermath of the Vietnam conflict and its impression at the Vietnamese used to be acclaimed through critics around the country and received the Pulitzer Prize in 1993. Now Grove Press is proud to reissue this modern vintage by means of one among America's most crucial dwelling writers, in a brand new version of a superb odor from a wierd Mountain that comes with for that reason released tales -- "Salem" and "Missing" -- that brilliantly entire the collection's narrative trip, returning to the jungles of Vietnam.

Literary Awards
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1993)
PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Nominee (1993)
Rosenthal kinfolk starting place Award (1993)

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And finally, a local news program obtained rough footage of the film I’d been working on when Elder Briggs broke into my house. Though I had, through judicious editing, been trying to protect the young actress, a black actress, the news only played the uncut footage of the obviously frightened and confused woman. But none of that mattered. I was ashamed and vilified, but I was alive. And I was certainly pissed at the local media, who had become as exploitative as any pornographic moviemaker.

Please. I’m so cold. My father needed a real blanket, a good blanket. I walked out of the recovery hallway and made my way through various doorways and other hallways, peering into the rooms, looking at the patients and their families, looking for a particular kind of patient and family. My expression and posture were that of a man with a sick father and so I belonged. Maybe he was Mexican, which is really a kind of Indian, too, but not the kind that I needed. It was hard to tell sometimes what people were.

The professor says, “Brown people From all brown tribes Will burn skyscrapers and steeples. They’ll speak Spanish and carry guns and knives. ” All I can do is laugh and laugh And say, “Damn, you’ve got some imagination. He shakes his head And assaults me with his pity. I wonder how he can believe In a ceremony that requires his death. I think that he thinks he’s the new Jesus. He’s eager to get on that cross And pay the ultimate cost Because he’s addicted to the indigenous. Bird-watching at Night WHAT KIND OF BIRD is that?

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