- Tapa blanda: 345 páginas
- Editor: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill; Edición: Reprint (30 de septiembre de 2003)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1565124138
- ISBN-13: 978-1565124134
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"With this powerful novel of poverty-mired Mississippi... Brown comes into his own, illuminating the painful lives of his characters with compassion and eloquence." --Publishers Weekly
"Bright with pain and liquor, this raw and gritty novel ranks with the best hard-knocks, down-and-out work of Jim Thompson and Harry Crews. It's lean, mean, and original." --Kirkus Reviews
"Larry Brown is establishing himself as one of the most authentic literary voices of our generation. It's a voice framed, as many great voices have been, in the inflections of the South. It's a voice as true as a gun rack, unpretentious and uncorrupted, full of wit and sorrow." --Baltimore Evening Sun
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The lives of two men--Joe Ransom, a drinking, reckless fifty-year-old gambler, and Gary Jones, a luckless fifteen-year-old boy raised by an evil father and an insane mother--become intertwined in a novel of good, evil, temptation, and sacrifice. Reprint.Ver Descripción del producto
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Wade Jones was an itinerant drifter, a surly derelict. He cared for nothing except food, booze and smokes. He cared for no one except himself. He would steal, lie, cheat, con, and murder to achieve his daily bottle of liquor. He walked through each day in a daze, using and abusing his family, living on an unearned entitlement.
Joe Ransom, was a divorced, hard drinking foreman of a group of black labourers who poisoned trees. Joe's mental torments are balanced by his ability to understand others needs, then to act with kind compassion. The foreshadow of an inevitable showdown urges the reader forward.
Angels come in many guises. Wade Jones has been painted dark gray to black. A saviour is needed for this trod upon family. A bond has been forged, the links are strong, and the arms are willing to lift those who have only known grinding poverty and despair.
Larry Brown has written a masterful, gut-wrenching novel in a simple, easy to understand, page turner style. This book is mesmerizing. Thank you.
Joe Ransom sleeps in the cab of his car while the team of derelicts he hires daily stalk the vicious undergrowth, killing trees. When not sleeping (say when it is raining too hard to poison anything), or in the lock-up, Joe spends much of his time drive-drinking. That is, he does some hours of his beer and whisky swilling while behind the wheel.
Joe is empathetic and moral (relatively speaking). Against all odds (certainly genetics) Wade's son Gary has ambition, family feeling and an innate sense of decency. So, this being a Larry Brown novel and therefore a tad on the sentimental side, the two are bound to meet. Joe hires father and son for a day.
"Joe dropped these two off last of all. He pulled up at the entrance to their road and shut off the truck. He took a quick drink of the hot whisky on the seat and shivered, then got out and walked to the back and peered into the camper. The boy was helping his father crawl across the spare tires, the poison gun and jugs, this elder moaning on all fours like a political prisoner newly released from a dungeon. He stood eyeing them and took off his cap. He knew the boy would work - he'd proven that - but the old man would hold him back. He swept one hand through his thick hair and resettled his cap and put his hands on the side of the truck.
'Can you make it out of there?' he said. He lit a cigarette.
'Aw. Yeah. I'll make it, I guess,' Wade whispered. 'Just help me over to the tailgate, son,' he said in a broken voice. The boy had him by the arm, guiding him along. Joe watched him dispassionately and knew almost certainly that whatever the boy made, the old man would take it from him. Probably every penny. He quickly figured in his head what he owed them, and had the money ready by the time the old man swung his legs over the tailgate. He counted it again and laid it down.
'What?' said Wade. He picked up his money. 'You pay ever day?'
'Naw,' said Joe. 'I don't need y'all back no more. That's yours there, son' he said, nodding at the remaining bills.
'Well,' Wade said, that that was all he said. Gary picked up his money and looked at it. Then he looked at Joe."
Brown describes his poor, sodden characters' every move with their own sweaty closeness. Like Socrates, he tells us what they do, not what they think as they crawl along relentlessly to nowhere, It's nowhere, but we know it isn't going to be good. And like the cottonmouths of Mississippi, Brown's people move slowly until they strike.
I enjoyed the book. I'd not heard of, nor read anything by Larry Brown before I saw the movie. Who knew that there was such a thing as "grit lit" telling stories about rural folk in Mississippi?
The snarky thing to say is that Brown writes his novels as though he were William Faulkner and decided to write only about the Snopes family. Brown lived and worked in Oxford so he knows the territory.
Joe was interesting enough that I went to my local library and found two other Larry Brown novels. I've finished one of them, and and well into the second one. He's an interesting writer.