Snakewoman of Little Egypt Review

<a href=”http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7980890-snakewoman-of-little-egypt” style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img alt=”Snakewoman of Little Egypt” border=”0″ src=”http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1279844559m/7980890.jpg” /></a><a href=”Snakewoman” _mce_href=”http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7980890-snakewoman-of-little-egypt”>Snakewoman”>http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7980890-snakewoman-of-little-egypt”>Snakewoman of Little Egypt</a> by <a href=”Robert” _mce_href=”http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2119.Robert_Hellenga”>Robert”>http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2119.Robert_Hellenga”>Robert Hellenga</a><br/>
My rating: <a href=”5″ _mce_href=”http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/127953979″>5″>http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/127953979″>5 of 5 stars

“Snakewoman of Little Egypt,” is an intelligent, witty, engaging and oddly twisted tale of love, adventure, education and life’s defining moments.  It’s a book written with no apologies for it’s use of vocabulary and substance, and I love it for that alone, if nothing else!    Professor Robert Hellenga, the author, is an author of several other novels, which I will be reading just as quickly as I can get my hands on them.

Let me depart for a moment just to comment that so much of today’s popular literature is “dumbed down” and lacking the intellectual element we need in our continuing walk toward self-improvement. So often authors tell a great tale, but either lack sophistication themselves, or think they need to leave out intellectual “meat” to keep their fan base.  I not only enjoyed this story and the substance of “Snakewoman…,” but I actually learned something in the bargain.  All that being of great value to me!  I treasure the book, the experience and the education.

Flawless in it’s writing and character development, this book brings us immediately into the singular lives of its main characters: Jackson, an anthropologist with Lyme Disease who seems inclined to accept his disabilities and loneliness; and Willa Fern/Sunny, a feisty convict who shot her snakehandling husband and brings her, “I don’t need any man to take care of me,” attitude with her from prison. 

 There are anthropologists, pentacostals, assorted adolescent-acting professors, killers, preachers, students, spritualists, African tribes and adventurers:  all, in this fantastic mix of humorous, serious and amazing novel!

I’m not saying I’ve finished it, because I’m just pacing myself slowing through the last 50 pages.  Does it really have to end??  This is one of those books that you wish would go on and on.  All I can say is that if you’ve ever wondered about what happens inside those deep country churches with “signs following,”  you better run fast and find this book!   I loved it.

Highly recommend to everyone!!  There’s something here for all of you….    Your Bookish Dame

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