Raney RANEY is the hilarious story of the first two years two months and two days of a modern Southern marriage

  • Title: Raney
  • Author: Clyde Edgerton
  • ISBN: 9780912697178
  • Page: 292
  • Format: Hardcover
  • RANEY is the hilarious story of the first two years, two months, and two days of a modern Southern marriage.

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    1. 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 librarian I should fix that.First Edition, Algonquin 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 [...]

    2. 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 mores of the 1970s, the story of young love and marriage.We spend roughly two years with Raney and Charles and their extended families and various Preachers, local folk, debating the roles of wiv [...]

    3. 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 more 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 [...]

    4. The first words out of my mouth after finishing this were, "This book is stoopid."I 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 [...]

    5. 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 quickly 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 quirky, religious southern woman who, in her way, was a great soul and truly lived her religion.Raney is also [...]

    6. 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 sensitiv [...]

    7. "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 novel.Several years earlier, another friend -- a less influential one -- raved [...]

    8. 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.

    9. The 1970s come alive in this good-humored 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, mores 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 Al [...]

    10. I really wanted to like this book and some of it was right on the money. But, for the most part I didn't. While it strived to be a story of two different cultures colliding and somehow reaching accommodation in the end, it didn't feel real. The cultures (and the characters) were too different, it is hard to imagine Raney and Charles ever having gotten married to begin with. Also, both Raney and Charles seemed to be more caricature than character. If that's what Mr Edgerton was intending, he achi [...]

    11. I love a great story about marriage, and this is a great story about marriage. Very funny. Very Eudora Welty. I’m glad I’ve finally read Clyde Edgerton.

    12. Having never read anything by Clyde Edgerton, I picked up the reissued “Raney” at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books. I’ve never heard a clearer fictional southern voice than that of Raney.

    13. I spent the first 3/4 of this book wondering why on earth these two would ever have decided to get married. Why did this intelligent, liberal, educated man choose to marry into this family of racist, small-minded, Bible-beaters? Why did a sweet, naive girl like Raney choose to marry a worldly, arrogant snob like Charles? Had they ever spoken to each other, ever had a single conversation about values and beliefs, before walking down the aisle? The story is told from Raney's point of view, so we o [...]

    14. Raney is such a wonderful little read. There isn't a whole lot to say about the first year of her marriage to Charles Sheppard except that from page to page you'll be mad at one, then the other, then both at the same time. It's obvious the two love each other but coming from different backgrounds leads to a mess of problems that they can solve only on their own.With Raney Edgerton established himself as a new and unique voice in the south over thirty years ago and today he is considered one of t [...]

    15. I was disappointed with this book. After reading Walking Across Egypt, I was excited to delve into another Edgerton book, but alas, this was not fullfilling enough. The main character is annoying with her naivety throughout the story. She listens to everyone's opinions, and TAKES everyone's opinions. She doesn't really think for herself and she's just all around dumb at times, especailly when confronting her husband about the things he does that I don't care for. And Charles, her husband, is ano [...]

    16. This was a hilarious book, with lots of "laugh out loud" moments. Though the characters were definitely more one dimensional caricature, with exaggerated weaknesses and biases, they did serve to illuminate some of the disparities in Southern beliefs and traditions in the aftermath of the Civil Rights movement. If I had one quibble with the book, it was the author's broad generalizations of the differences between small town fundamentalists (read ignorant and bigoted) and big city liberals (read [...]

    17. I was looking for Edgerton's book WALKING ACROSS EGYPT when I came across RANEY and decided to give it a try. I read it one Sunday afternoon, and chuckled over it all the next day. I think I quoted half the book to my sister Lori. (And then she read it and quoted it back to me!)It's the story of a "modern" Southern woman who is a member of the Free Will Baptist church and her marriage to a liberal well-educated, Episcopalian man named Charles. After their marriage they reside in Listre, North Ca [...]

    18. Edgerton is a hoot! He has the southern voice down pat, and I love his stuff. This book brings back memories of my childhood in east Texas, and my mother's friends who played bridge together every few weeks at someone's home. Their conversations used to sound like the conversations that Raney's family had around the dinner table, and my mom used to tell my dad about them when he came home after work. I never really realized how apart my parents felt until after I was older and their friendships [...]

    19. Read for 2017 Pop Sugar challenge a book that always makes you laugh. I have not read this in a number of years but it still made me laugh. The language of Raney and her family reminds me of home. The book is sadder than I remembered as well, but overall very well written.

    20. Raney 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 love.Definitely, a lovely book. It’s so much real like your own life. Responsibilities, relationships, family & everything related to these; fun, happiness, problems. Readers who enjoy light reads must give it a try. Different characters with different personalities & opinions, you may tend to disagree with them b [...]

    21. I read this because I heard the author reading it on the WUGA program Wordland with David Oates a couple of weeks ago. According to Raney was Edgerton's first book. What pleased me so much was Edgerton's craggy voice voicing a 20 year old woman's southern voice. (I'd love to have a copy of the reading!)Anyway, the misunderstandings of a couple's first 2 years of marriage. So respectful, so funny, so true.

    22. I read this for a Southern Fiction book club. I love Edgerton's characters. Raney's provincialism is endearing, though maddeningly frustrating at times. She and Charles, newlyweds and opposites in so many ways, attempt to find common ground or compromise in all subjects that matter - religion, race, sex, family, just to name a few. The scene on the feed bags gave me a little hope for a marriage that might succeed, despite the odds.

    23. I kept reading this book thinking that I would eventually like Raney or Charles, but unfortunately, that never happened. How they ever fell in love is beyond me. While literature from different historical viewpoints can still be enjoyed today (Huck Finn), this one just wasn't good enough to make wading through the mud of prejudice worth it.

    24. This is such a fun book to read. It is full of humor and memorable characters. Clyde Edgerton takes a look at what happens when two people with different backgrounds and religions get married and come to terms with each other in a small southern town. A real classic, full of more truth than you might realize. Read this book, you will love it!

    25. If you loved Walking Across Egypt, Edgerton's first novel, you'll love this also. It you haven't read either, pick up Walking& read it, his best, first.

    26. I didn’t love this one quite as much as I was hoping—it was more of a character study than a plot-driven story—BUT I still love Clyde Edgerton as much as I remember loving him in high school and college. He has this knack for bringing Southern culture to life on the page. He creates these characters and situations that seem almost ludicrous, but you find yourself laughing because you’ve experienced these situations in your own life and/or you know people who are just like his characters. [...]

    27. Picked this up for free and read it on a whim. Surprised me in its insights into the Southern Evangelical mindset. A born and bred Southern girl marries the librarian at the local college who was brought up in a more liberal home in Atlanta. The cultures clash and nearly wreck the marriage as she and her family are inbred into the Free Will Baptist Church and only believe in what the Bible and their preacher tells them about everything. The young husband has different opinions about church, Chri [...]

    28. The book is a sweet story about Charles and Raney, a young couple who somehow managed to learn to compromise in their marriage, despite everything that was against them. They were opposites in upbringing, culture, beliefs, and just about everything else, so they had a "hard row to hoe" in the beginning.Oh, how I can relate to Raney! Baptists are the hardest-headed bunch you can imagine, especially those in the Appalachians who are descented from the Scots-Irish who settled here (and I can say th [...]

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