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Raney [PDF / Epub] ☂ Raney By Clyde Edgerton – This book is too good to keep to yourself Read it aloud with someone you love then send it to a friend But be sure to keep a copy for yourself because you'll want to read it again and againElizabeth F This book is too good to keep to yourself read it aloud with someone you love then send it to a friend But be sure to keep a copy for yourself because you'll want to read it again and againElizabeth Forsythe HaileyRaney is a small town Baptist Charles is a liberal from Atlanta And Raney is the story of their marriage Charming wise funny and truthful it is a novel for everyone to loveA real jewelRICHMOND TIMES DISPATCH.

10 thoughts on “Raney

  1. Lawyer Lawyer says:

    RANEY Clyde Edgerton's first novel on why it's not a sin to marry a Whiskeypalian even when you are a Free Will Baptist First of all the illustration of Raney by Clyde Edgerton is not that of the first edition first printing Seeing as how I'm a goodreads librarian I should fix that First Edition Algonuin Books Chapel Hill North Carolina 1985Yep Fixed That's now the correct image for the First Edition First Printing of RaneyI know I have one It's signed The REAL first printing is green with a guitar on it The title Raney is printed in a block background of hot pinkI'm gloating I'm gloating because it was a very very short first printing I'm gloating because Clyde Edgerton signed it for me and then serenaded me and my wife picking his banjo while singing Safety Patrol To hear of Clyde Edgerton's Music visit this Clyde Edgerton is singing Way Down in Columbus Georgia while playing the banjo 's not Safety Patrol but it gives you a good idea of how this man comes across at a book signingIt's a good thing I finally met Clyde Edgerton I had literally stalked him for several years My brother in law Bill as in Bill from Dallas as opposed to Cousin Bill from Shreveport got tired of Connecticut winters and moved to Wilmington North Carolina Clyde Edgerton lives in Wilmington teaches at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and likes to write while having breakfast at The Salt Mine one of two restaurants of the same name Among other things Edgerton teaches creative writing at UNCWI confess I stalked him In a polite way I ate breakfast at the Salt Mine five mornings in a row I didn't have my cholesterol checked for six months thereafter because I would have had to fess up to my lady doctor who is beautiful that I had spiked my LDL and lowered my HDL while stalking an author who has written five New York Times Notable Books of the Year was a Guggenheim Fellow was admitted to membership of the Southern Writers Association and washes his own pickup truck in the front yard of his house HIMSELF I never caught him there But I highly recommend the homemade corned beef hash eggs over easy with wheat toast Oh and on the lunch special I recommend the chicken fried steak That's on Saturdays He washes his truck on SaturdaysI told you I stalked him When I confessed to Clyde that I had stalked him he kind of grinned When I described his house his pickup truck and his dog he was a little rattled Not to worry My favorite independent bookseller told him I was harmless for the most part And you will notice that no photograph of Clyde washing his truck appears below Even a literary stalker must have some degree of ethics ahemEdgerton was born in Durham North Carolina in 1944 He was raised just outside Durham in a little place called Bethesda He came from a long long line of cotton and tobacco farmers Fortunately his parents were the first of their family to leave the farm Otherwise well Clydge Edgerton would not have become an author I would have ended up stalkingHe doesn't look like it but Edgerton was a fighter pilot for five years from 1966 to 1971 You can read about Edgerton's love of flight and his combat flights over Vietnam in Solo My Adventures in the Air Edgerton flew combat reconnaissance over the Ho Chi Minh trail for over a year Sticking with a downed pilot until his comrade was pulled out earned him the Distinguished flying cross Flip through any biographical article about the man and you'll find out most folks figured he would end up being a baseball player or a rock musician His parents and his twenty three aunts and uncles never took him to have a literary bent But it was listening to all those storytellers in his family that turned him into the writer with an extraordinary ear for dialog and an eye for the natural humor of human foiblesCharacters flow out of Clyde Edgerton as easily as water falls off the sides of mountains in Western North Carolina By the time you've become familiar with Edgerton's books you realize this is a man who knows and loves people warts and allNow Raney was not the first Edgerton I read The first was Walking Across Egypt which came out in January 1987 I was so enthusiastic over that one I was ecstatic to find a paperback of RaneyI have read Raney three times The last time was when I read it aloud to my wife I figured she would enjoy it especially since Clyde had sung Safety Patrol to her And she did enjoy it Immensely She giggled hooted belly laughed cried guffawed and snorted a few times Me I'm impervious to such things and just kept right on reading in character of course I am a professional Do not try this at home The Carol Burnett gang would not have cracked me up When you are in character you are in characterGenerally you'll find a book blurb that says read it read it aloud read it to someone else I did and give it away I won't Buy your own copy Stalk Edgerton yourself It's good for you The breakfast at The Salt Mine is not good for you But it is good Stalking authors is fun It builds character Maybe he'll sing to you tooAnyway Raney Bell is a very proper young Lister NC lady who sings like a nightingale bluegrass ballads that'll have you tearing your heart out and stomping it flat or fluttering around like a blue bird because it's one of the happy toe tapping ones She is a Free Will Baptist God's in his Heaven and all's right with the world and her mother daddy and all her aunt's and uncles tooThen up pops this new librarian down at the library in downtown Lister His name is Charles And he is not from Lister He is all the way from ATLANTA Georgia You know what those people are like in Atlanta They have funny ideas They are LIBERAL And Charles is not Free Will Baptist He is EPISCOPALIAN You KNOW what THEY are likeBut Charles loves bluegrass music as much as Raney He can sing and play the guitar too You would NEVER know he was from Atlanta if he would only sing songs But he has to come to dinner and you can't sing all the time And when you can't sing you have to talk politely But Charles goes telling Uncle Nate about there being no difference between black people and white people You could have heard a pin dropNow all this happens back in 1975 And it does happen in NC And sometimes people like Uncle Nate who was never the same after the WWII uses the N WORDWhat you all I have translated that for Y'ALL have to understand is that people like Uncle Nate and Raney and all her kin don't have a mean bone in their body Their politically incorrect thinking comes from ignorance not maliceYou ALL will see this when it turns out that Charles' best man is B L A C K It turns out he's no stranger than Charles' own mother who is a VEGETARIAN Now feeding her at the reception is gonna be hardSo in this short little book you all will be sad to see it over we see Raney get married to an Episcopalian from Atlanta GA An' we get to see how two people as different as day and night live and love together for a year and grow alike as two peas in a pod and go together just like peas and carrots just like Forrest and Jenny except Raney was never flighty like that JennyAfter Edgerton did his Air Force duty he went back to the University of North Carolina where he got his Masters in English He taught at his own former high school where he was one of the favorite teachers there He obtained his PhD in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Edgerton took a teaching position at Campbell University in Buies Creek North Carolina a Baptist School Campbell University the Baptist School without a sense of humor After watching Eudora Welty read one of her short stories Edgerton decided to become a writer as well as a teacher After the publication of Raney Mr Edgerton and Campbell University parted ways Some Baptists just have NO sense of humorSo if you are not a Baptist or you are a Baptist with a sense of humor or any other thing you want to be because that's all right with Clyde and me read this book Read it aloud Read it to someone you love Give a copy to a friend Make it your copy You're not getting mine For Anne and Bill Boston from Dallas not Shreveport who had the good sense to move to Wilmington NC who know where Clyde Edgerton lives and who just sent me a signed copy of Edgerton's latest The Night Train A Novel from Two Sisters Bookery Sisters Bookery 318 Nutt Street Wilmington NC Why is this review being circulated again? Well I'm trying to set up a meeting with Professor Edgerton at UNCW to get a submission to On the Southern Literary Trail and get that copy of Solo signed

  2. Sue Sue says:

    At times wickedly funny at times decidedly not Raney is the story of the marriage of the titled young woman a North Carolina Free Will Baptist to Charles a former Atlanta Methodist cum Episcopalian Why do I include all these modifiers you may ask Well therein lies the story and the humor the s of the 1970s the story of young love and marriageWe spend roughly two years with Raney and Charles and their extended families and various Preachers local folk debating the roles of wives and husbands how much water should be used to cook string beans sex whose mama is right what sex is right liuorwine in the home or anywhere sex This is young marriage this is two people who love each other but are also different in some basic ways What we share in the novel is their struggle to learn each other and see if they can find their middle roadI was sorry to see this book end

  3. Michele Casper Michele Casper says:

    I wasn’t even going to review this book but I need to put my feelings about it into words for whoever may be listening I was disappointed even angry at this book I returned it to the library as uickly as I could I read this book because I found Clyde Edgerton’s Walking Across Egypt which was cited in a talk at a BYU Women’s Conference to be inspiring That book is about a uirky religious southern woman who in her way was a great soul and truly lived her religionRaney is also about a uirky religious southern woman much younger than the previous heroine She is also a great soul who lives her religion in a pure and innocent way The conflict comes in the form of marriage to her husband Charles Charles is good to Raney but believes that many of her views and that of her family are unsophisticated prudish and prejudicedIt’s obvious to the readers that this family’s views are prejudiced and unexamined particularly concerning blacks But there are some other convictions that Raney has that Charles in his very reasonable knowing way casts doubt upon euating them with the prejudice against blacks Raney is against the consumption of alcohol Her feelings are both religious and personal Her uncle Nate uses alcohol as self medication for emotional issues It eventually leaves him dead Raney is also against pornography which she condemns as “filth” Charles who indulges explains that God gave him the desire and it hurts no one so there is nothing wrong with it He eventually breaks down Raney’s barriers a sip of wine at a time; and convinces her that what she saw as “filth” is an enhancement to their intimacySo now I am probably going to sound unsophisticated prudish and prejudiced Religious convictions aside both alcohol and pornography can destroy lives and families They can take away a person’s choice and self confidence They can set up unrealistic expectations and destroy the trust of those close to the users Raney’s coming to accept these things as being reasonable and the idea the reader is left with that Raney's beliefs are just unexamined religious prejudices to be set right is what made me angry I’ve seen too much

  4. Jenny (Reading Envy) Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

    I zipped through this in an evening the story of newlyweds in the pre civil rights post WW2 south The story is told from the perspective of Raney the wife who comes from a down home family oriented Free Will Baptist background in North Carolina She marries Charles who is educated whose parents are Episcopal who is a reader and a thinker He is also a librarian and while he isn't described as one I'd like to call him a music librarian After all they meet when he is collecting songs and they perform regularly togetherI love the focus on music the religious debates the thinking vs believing discussions and the assumptions vs reality of a brand new marriage that last one is probably something anyone who has been married can identify with The freuent use of the n word serves to illuminate the reality of smallmindedness in the south during that time but wow sometimes it was rough to read it so freuently Fair warning

  5. Bethany Bethany says:

    The first words out of my mouth after finishing this were This book is stoopidI didn't hate it but gosh I can't think of one commendable thing about it Not the writing story or characters It just rubbed me the wrong way Why oh why did the two main characters marry each other? Did they ever have a conversation together before deciding to get hitched? I doubt it because then they would've realized they are completely incompatible Raney was alright but I DETESTED CHARLES Ooh it just warmed my heart how he wore down Raney's morals I just loved how he convinced her that his porn habit was not harmful but helpful Fantasies are a good outlet for his mind NB these last few sentences should be read in an icy sarcastic tone I just can't can't can't buy into that Call me puritanical I don't careI was originally going to give this 2 stars because a lower rating seems a little unfair but good riddance I no longer care

  6. Kirk Smith Kirk Smith says:

    The first year of a marriage is one of the most difficult experiences I know of Another difficult experience is learning when to seek a marriage counselor to save a relationship That decision usually comes a bit late This deceivingly humorous little book addresses such huge issues I am bowled over by how much wisdom is concealed here as I laugh my way through each chapter

  7. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    So SO un politically correct And therefore SO funny

  8. Reese Reese says:

    Halleluyah Praise the Lord Etc Etc Etc I finished reading RANEY the first Clyde Edgerton novel; and I'm pretty sure that for me it's the last Edgerton novel Not long after LUNCH AT THE PICADILLY was released one of my closest friends read it She loved it; she bought me a copy; I HAD to read it It has some charming bits and a strong friendship got me through the novel; the novel didn't get me through the novelSeveral years earlier another friend a less influential one raved about WALKING ACROSS EGYPT So I bought it and about fifty pages into the book I shelved it A jet plane couldn't have taken me the short distance from start to end It has a place in a bookcase instead of in my garage only because Clyde signed itFor twenty five years I ignored another friend's favorable comments about RANEY Seventy five would have been better That last remark only means that there are too many good or great works that I haven't read for me to feel pleased that I spent my time reading so so material If Flannery O'Connor weren't one of my favorite authors and if I hadn't lived in the South for fifty eight years others could say Maybe you're just not Southern enough to appreciate Edgerton's novels But that explanation can easily be dismissed The blurb on the front cover of my edition of RANEY comes from Roy Blount Jr A funny deft heartening book If I were single I would marry it Well Roy I think that I could understood your marraige to a book any book about as well as I can understand the marriage of Charles Shepherd and Raney Bell Yeah they do really enjoy singing together So sing together chickadees as did Edgerton and his EX WIFE Susan Ketchin to whom the book is dedicated The announcements from the HANSON COUNTY PILOT that open and close the book suggest that the author intended to give his readers a realistic work not a comic book fairy tale or two years of a soap opera But while the characters seem to be real folks and the incidents seem actual at the core of the novel is a marriage that should have Made in Mars stamped on itMy careful reading of RANEY has left me with two uestions Since Charles and Raney live in a free country as Edgerton's characters repeatedly remind us that has plenty of young single adults why did they marry each other? And why did I not laugh even once when I read this funny hilarious book that causes uncontrollable fits of laughter? If I HAD to present an answer to my own uestions I could only say It's a two star book

  9. ALLEN ALLEN says:

    The 1970s come alive in this good hud satire set in a small Carolina town about the first year of married life between a local Freewill Baptist Raney and a liberal Episcopalian Charles from Atlanta Although Raney and Charles love each other very much and share a love of folk music their cultures s and politics are bound to clash The novel is narrated entirely by Raney in a not always reliable voice a large part of its charm When Charles founds a group called Thrifty Energy Alternatives TEA to keep the big power companies at bay you know you're in the Seventies and when he wants to host an old Army buddy who happens to be a minority all passive aggressive hell breaks loose on the part of Raney's family One perspicacious and sympathetic observer remarks that when a couple marry it's really the wedding of two families All this makes Raney a fun and occasionally profound comic novel from skilled humorist Clyde Edgerton in which New and Old South clash just as vigorously as the slightly bewildered newlyweds I highly recommend it

  10. Mahoghani 23 Mahoghani 23 says:

    This book gave me misconceptions First I thought this book was written back in the day but I see it was published in 1985 but the story started in 1975 Some of the language using the N word to be specific didn't endear me to this author I'm not sure if he was displaying the family and their beliefs towards Blacks or if he was expressing how he felt himself The story is very entertaining and based on Raney her beliefs religious her marriage and lifestyle Religion is just as sensitive a subject in family households as well as in public spectrum Raney marries Charles Shepherd but has no idea of his beliefs thoughts and feelings Their first game Skye comes up their first marital night in the bedroom and from there it spirals into constant contention between the two Comical witty and somewhat inspiring in learning things about people bullying or trying to bully others into their way of thinking

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