Peter matthiessens shadow country is an extraordinary literary achievement by one of this countrys best authors of recent times enormous in scope as well as page count it is really three books in one book one is told variously by the people who knew him and ultimately killed him. Shadow country by peter matthiessen won the national book award for fiction in 2008 this is a beast of a book at 892 pages if youve read matthiessens fiction or non fiction then you are familiar with his propensity to write two sentences when one might possibly suffice. Nearly nine hundred pages long shadow country is easily one of the longest books ive ever read my first thought about shadow country was that it would be impossible for me to finish i was wrong peter matthiessen is a master storyteller and master of the english language. Shadow country is not a restoration of the original version but a substantial revision and the kind of rendering done in slaughterhouses a reduction of the trilogys 1300 plus pages to a
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