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by Vincent Louis Carrella

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  • ISBN 0061126268
  • ISBN13 978-0061126260
  • Language English
  • Author Vincent Louis Carrella
  • Publisher Harper Perennial (February 26, 2008)
  • Pages 496
  • Formats azw rtf lrf txt
  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory Genre Fiction
  • Size ePub 1338 kb
  • Size Fb2 1374 kb
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 108

In the deep mountains of Appalachia, the Flints of Leatherwood, Tennessee, spread the word of the gospels by handling deadly serpents and drinking lye in front of large gatherings of the faithful. Believing his ten-year-old son Jacob—called Toad or Spud—to be a prophet, Charles, the patriarch, takes the boy down a long and arduous path as they travel the back roads of the postwar Deep South in search of God and plumb the depths of their unorthodox brand of faith. But sudden, shocking tragedy will shatter Charles's cherished dream of building a ministry and a permanent church—and set young Jacob on a dramatically different course.


Since finishing Serpent Box by Vincent Louis Carrella a few hours ago I’ve not wanted to let it g. Serpent Box reads like a mythological story. It speaks of those things people carry deeply and hold true - no matter what - and a darker nature of humanity

Since finishing Serpent Box by Vincent Louis Carrella a few hours ago I’ve not wanted to let it go. I’ve been letting the words and content wash through me trying to find a place for it to settle. I even went out and walked the land. It speaks of those things people carry deeply and hold true - no matter what - and a darker nature of humanity. It’s a Hero’s Journey of a different sort. And all the archetypal characters, forces and phases of the journey are present. Carrella uses words and visual imagery hypnotically.

Serpent Box is an amazing first novel, one that brings to mind Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood and Harry Crews' The Gospel Singer. Carrella's prose has the clarity and richness of poetry, and he crafts his story with the sure-handedness of a veteran novelist. Ron Rash (author of Saint at the River and One Foot in Eden).

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Reading Vincent Carrella's book is like taking your soul on a mystical backwoods appalachian retreat. Serpent Box: A Novel (. This is an artfully written tale with glimpses of Brothers Grimm and Wm Faulkner and Stephen King hidden amidst the carefully crafted words. The "Holiness" people have a religious schema that includes drinking poison and handling deadly snakes. It is hard to imagine a life where religion permeates all aspects of life. or trembling in a cave deep in those mountains.

Vincent Louis Carrella is a pioneering interactive story-teller and game developer and an American fiction . Long Island, New York, United States of America. Serpent Box: A Novel.

Vincent Louis Carrella is a pioneering interactive story-teller and game developer and an American fiction novelist and short story writer. In the deep mountains of Appalachia, the Flints of Leatherwood, Tennessee, spread the word of the gospels by handling deadly serpents and drinking lye in front of large gatherings of the faithful.

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Since finishing Serpent Box by Vincent Louis Carrella a few hours ago I’ve not wanted to let it go. I’ve been letting the words and content wash through me trying to find a place for it to settle. I even went out and walked the land. Still it is yet to ground.

The novel takes place in the backcountry of Appalachia, in hidden pockets, during a time in the last century when the Ku Klux Klan held no fear for what they did. There’s a Tree of Life and Death, entrance to the Underworld, signs, visions, spirits and The Holy Ghost. There are plenty of Heroes, female and male. The central one being a Holiness Child following his daddy’s footsteps, a traveling preacher of a charismatic fundamentalist sect whose practices involve handling deadly snakes and drinking poison in praise of Jesus.

Serpent Box reads like a mythological story. It speaks of those things people carry deeply and hold true - no matter what - and a darker nature of humanity. It’s a Hero’s Journey of a different sort. And all the archetypal characters, forces and phases of the journey are present. Carrella uses words and visual imagery hypnotically. He leads the reader in…bit by bit…until suddenly you may find yourself entranced - as I was - equally as mesmerized by the content of the novel as were the characters caught up in the path they were drawn to follow.

I didn’t fully realize the book’s subject matter before being pulled from page to page. Somewhere in the back of my mind I remembered hearing of Pentecostal sects who handle snakes regularly in their worship. Although, the drinking of lye and strychnine was new to me. But I knew little. I would urge you not to do research prior to reading Serpent Box. Save that for later so it doesn’t get in the way of the story or some insight into the culture and its beliefs.Serpent Box: A Novel
Dianazius
Reading Vincent Carrella's book is like taking your soul on a mystical backwoods appalachian retreat. The "Holiness" people have a religious schema that includes drinking poison and handling deadly snakes. It is hard to imagine a life where religion permeates all aspects of life. Carrella paints a picture of rural life where magic can be found in everyday things and faith is part of everything. The characters are vivid and enlivened with a lyrical voice that leaves you thinking about them throughout the day. In the end I didn't know whether to feel sorry for them or envy their pure faith.

The story and the writing are filled with grace, power, and beauty.
Togar
One of the best reads I've had in a long time. A book usually turns me off on the first page because of predictable, boring writing. This had me going with relish during the whole story. I loved the new characters and the way they took over and you ran with them and their history. It was a great read and I hated to let it end.
Minha
This is by far one of the best books I have read. It took me all of the places I love to go when reading a good story. I am right there with the characters and their tale and I am taken deep within to my own inner story, moving my psyche around in rich and yummy ways. At times It's a work of fiction, then a parable, and a dream.
LadyShlak
Vincent Louis Carella reminds me SO much of Steinbeck. Masterful word images of a culture I've always wondered about, but knew very little. I was expecting a novel about religious deception, but what I got was an exposition of those willing to show their faith--that they will remain unharmed if their belief is sufficiently strong.
Topmen
I discovered this book because it was written by a co-worker's husband-so I was curious. Immediately I found myself enthralled by the story and the story telling. I learned a great deal about the arcane topic-without feeling lectured. I cared about the people. And I was continually moved by the skill of the author. I say "Read this book"!
Malogamand
Vincent Carella can now step up to the ranks of Faulkner and Steinbeck. This rich narrative chronicling a fascinating family and the snake rituals they engage in, has a perceptive quality about human nature that only a sensitive soul can grasp. Looking forward to seeing more from this author who, like his namesake Van Gogh, paints a vivid canvas of characters and their growth and pain.
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The writing here is beautiful, but the author chooses to cash in his chips every chapter in order to flash back and forth between the past experiences of the man and the woman. It kind of kills the suspension of disbelief, at least for me.