Against the Country:
by Ben Metcalf
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Perhaps you have wondered (and who hasn’t?) what sort of memoir Bob Ewell, redneck villain of To Kill a Mockingbird, might have written about his life of attempted child-murder and successful child-beating, drunkenness, perjury, and poaching after a long course of education in Juvenalian satire and Ciceronian rhetoric? Or what Jonathan Swift or perhaps Renfield, the “zoophagus maniac” in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, might have become had one of them ripened to manhood in the 1970s on the kudzu and rat-rich red clay of Goochland County, Virginia?
It is just these questions that Ben Metcalf’s Against the Country answers, and answers with a rhetorical and syntactic virtuosity that has not been seen on these shores since the days of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville and with a backwoods horror that has not been seen
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