- Tapa blanda: 180 páginas
- Editor: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Edición: second edition (25 de mayo de 2013)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1489556028
- ISBN-13: 978-1489556028
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Kentucky Burgoo: a novel (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 25 may 2013
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In the first novel from Robert Tanner, you'll meet Kenny Maxwell. He once had it all, wealth, power, and prestige. He lost everything, including his dignity, and any hope for a better life, he’s angry at the world, hating almost everyone and everything, including his wife, family, and friends. The feeling is mutual most days. His world is beginning to implode around him because he is unable and unwilling to cope with poverty, failure, misery, heartache, and addiction. His troubles affect all of those around him.
Biografía del autor
Tanner has been writing for over 20 years. This is his first published work. Hopefully many more will follow. He is a native of Nashville, his family has deep Kentucky roots dating back to the days of Daniel Boone. He attended Everest University, studying Criminal Justice. An avid Shakespeare and classic mystery fan; when not reading or writing he spends time with his family, friends, or his cats.
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I barely got ten pages into it before I had to put it down. I at least made it thirty pages into Fifty Shades of Grey before I wanted to self-administer a lobotomy with a rusty ice pick. Well, I made it through to the end. Thankfully, it had an ending… of sorts.
If Charles Dickens and George R.R. Martin were syphilitic conjoined twin crack-heads, and wrote about people living in a dusty, near-abandoned bible-belt town, rather than London of the 1800’s, vying for control of a piss-stained, pubic-hair laden s***ter in a filthy gas-station toilet, rather than an Iron Throne, you might have a good idea of the scope of this novel.
The story, as much as it can be called, revolves around Kenny, a self-loathing slacker who has pissed away every opportunity that was ever set in front of him, as he “casts about” for beer, pot, and pussy.
Kenny wanders through the scenes like a blameless Rosencrantz or Gildenstern and never really seems to find his place, until the end. In fact, you learn more about several other minor characters in much more detail than you ever learn about Kenny. But, all of the characters are little more than sketchy stereotypes.
Kenny is immediately unlikable, and becomes more so as the pages turn. Mr. Tanner succeeds here admirably. I wanted to see Kenny get hit by a train. It is too bad that the rest of the characters are not as completely realized.
I found myself not caring if any of the characters lived or died, by the end, as they only seemed to exist in the scenes where they appeared, not having any real connection to one another outside of some vague references to past events.
I was reminded that Kentucky Burgoo was originally written as a stage play, when I kept reading parts of the book that felt like stage direction, rather than dialogue or prose. Much of what should be dialogue vacillates between rapidly changing points of view, and it is sometime difficult to keep track of who is doing the talking. Sometimes, Mr. Tanner takes over for the dialogue, and describes what is being said, rather than letting the characters and the setting tell the story.
There is no real sense of timing. Some parts seem very rushed. There is a part near the end, where the local watering hole receives an apparent magical transformation overnight, complete with new furniture, paint, plumbing, uniforms and partial ownership.
Characters who have never had any page time together, are made to seem like they are the best of friends, long time associates, blood relatives, or hopelessly in love, yet there is very little to support these relationships. The emotional associations feel like a sociopath wrote them. They don’t feel real.
There are several points where elements are introduced that are clearly in the category of “plot-device-ex-machina”. This results in a number of unnecessary plot threads that require tying up in a bloody Gordian knot by the end of the story.
The work needs a solid re-edit, if not a complete rewrite, and a lot more character development, if it were ever to be considered to be a real novel. There is a story here, but Mr. Tanner deftly avoids it, focusing on the weak dialogue and exposition that only can take it so far.
In closing, I will say that Kentucky Burgoo is a complete disaster. I wouldn’t wipe my ass with it, were I out of toilet paper. But, hey… the author is a personal friend, and I wouldn’t bulls*** him with a review that wasn’t entirely honest.