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Pick-Up by Charles Willeford

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The Blessing like the problems that Helen has given herself I would hope that Slim never finds herself spiralling downward on a slippery slope of booze sex and hopelessness but sometimes people become trapped before they even know they are being hunted by the seamy side ofife I ve read several Charles Williford novels and plan to read the rest as well Library of America is doing such a great job of preserving American Motores de combustin interna alternativos literature and needs to add Willeford to their future publishingist Some of his novels are becoming difficult to find and reading copies are starting to command prices that are daunting Most of his characters are sad sacks but he makes you care about them He makes you realize that none of us are as far removed from their despondent desperate The Upanishads (Easwaran& lives as we would prefer He writes with such honesty and verve that I feel he eclipses many of the hardboiled writers that are considered to be the best of the genre Just when you think you might have the plot figured out Willeford hits you with one final twist that turns your mouth into a flytrap andeaves bees buzzing around in your head Willeford will hardboil your brain and give you a smack on the ass that will Welcome To Undershaw A Brief History of Arthur Conan Doyle lift you up on your toes If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at Updated 12117Here s my 1992 Futura mass market 187 pages which isn tisted here Not uite as nifty as that 1955 edition up top but unless anyone has an extra 60 Guerrilla Warfare lying around that they could do without I guess Il just have to stick with this oneWithout a doubt one of the three or four best classic era noir novels I ve ever read Pick Up is a bleak heartbreaking story about a newly met alcoholic couple who are seemingly doomed spending their days and nights in various bars drinking themselves into oblivion in order to forget the world and their Wie Erziehung garantiert mißlingt Einzeltitel lives It sike watching a car accident in that as much as you may want to ஸ்ரீரங்கத்து தேவதைகள் look away you can t I found myself connecting with these two right away becoming wrapped up in theirives and really rooting for them to make it work which is astonishing considering the entire novel is Elementary Geometry for College Students 6th Edition less than 200 pages and is a testament to Willeford s proficiency at characterization The descriptions of the seedier side of San Francisco in the 50s really pulled me in as well and added to the depressing and hopeless atmosphere Willeford has a clean unobtrusive prose style that disappears while reading allowing the reader to become fully enveloped in the story a story that kept me glued to the pages til the final game changingine Highly recommended for any and all fans of noir5 Stars Man that was depressing A bleak and nihilistic Biologie molculaire-UE1 PACES - 3e d. (Hors collection) look at a destructive relationship and the negative effects of alcoholism I imagine that if David Goodis and Jim Thompson teamed up to write the screenplay for the movie Days of Wine and Roses they would ve churned out this novelFailed painter and COUNTDOWN Mid 20th Century North American CrimeBook 67 of 250Do NOTook at the final page No matter what But when the second to the Moje przezycia z duszami czysccowymi lastine comes around you might think 1 #all this to work up for that reveal or 2 the #this to work up for that reveal or 2 the narrative now spins the story into a different ight I hadn t even considered and just how important really is that reveal Well it s huge really given that most villians in noir books are never given a chance And the big reveal begs the uestion what about the rest of the charactersHOOK3 stars A man and a woman meet in a bar Standard openerPACE3 stars Willeford keeps the story steady even after a whopper of a denouement just over half way through the storyPLOT4 Man meets woman they attempt suicide then there is a murder then jail time So far typical Then a twist then anotherPEOPLE5 Names oddly aren t important here you will remember them for a different reasonPLACE3 San Francisco bars jails and cheap apartments all feel just rightSummary I m giving this an average rating of 38 And I m uestioning the author s final twist Yes it gives the book a completely different spin But at the same time it neither makes the book itself the writing better or worse A person gets fair treatment and that is unusual for a noir nove. Long he and Helen are both adrift in a sea of alcohol until Harry conceives the ultimate crim.
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S writing is beyond amazing I was reading this at the same time #I Was Listening To #was istening to Sun Also Rises well not at the exact same time but you know what I mean and I couldn t help musing on which characters could drink one another under the table the duo from this book or Jake Barnes and his peeps And I also couldn t stop thinking about what a much better writer Willeford is than Hemingway yet which author is shoved down every young person s throat in school Maybe it s better this way Discover Charles Willeford on your own and LET HIS WORDS WRAP THEMSELVES AROUND his words wrap themselves around Noir is so much fun It can commit ALL MANNER OF SINS and people are still ike yes Awesome book At Plus grands que l'amour (French Edition) least that seems to be the way for meHere are just a few of the sins found in this book1 Misogyny our femme fatale Helen is describedike a thirteen year old with pudgy hands who needs to use the potty Ick2 Purple prose so so writing no wonderful Chandler esue similes to be found here folks3 Nonsensical twist ending don t The Snakehead An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream look at theast page It My Paraplegic Boss ll ruin everything for you oh wait not really because the twist has no real meaningful affect on the book whatsoever4 Breaking noir rules and rules of the world in general the world seems to go out of its way to be fair to the point ofudicrousnessI m waving all the sins away with a magic wand though Why I don t really know except the fact is I couldn t put this book down It started off Study Guide Practicing Texas Politics like a scene in Barfly with two self destructive characters who find something akin toove then morphed into something much darker in pretty uick paces Willeford who as you Black Friday ll see in Alex s astute reviewooks ike Wilford Brimley s drunk evil twin succeeded at delivering all the things that we want from a noir without an overly complex plot which you might see in classics ike The Maltese Falcon and others Plus this cover which I just can t help but include here in all its pulpy glorySpecial thanks to dear friends Julie and Alex for this fun noir romp This wouldn t have been on my radar at all if it weren t for you guys xoxo Years ago I read Willeford s Miami Blues It was good crime novel that kind of reminded me of El Leonard second drawer or Carl Hiasson The Hare Krishna scene at the airport was a keeper It was made into a good movie with Fred Ward and Alec Baldwin still the best thing I ve seen Baldwin in As I said the book was solid but it perp I ve had terrible Pictures For Sad Children luck with women Helen I said and for theast two years I ve kept away from them I didn t want to go through it all again you know the bickering the jealousy nagging that sort of thing Am I scaring you off You couldn t if you tried Harry You re my kind of man and it isn t hard to say so What I mean is you re somebody underneath a person and not just another man After the war Harry Jordan came back a different man He didn t go home to his wife and child At the time it seemed important to paint An artist paints and a husband works He expected his interrupted artistic expression to pick up where it The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl left off but what seemed so clear before is now a muddled mess Heives in sualid cramped apartments and works at skilless jobs Naradas Bhakti Sutra: Verses on Connecting with the Divine Infinite Through the Path of Love and Surrender like bartending waitering and slinging hash on a grill He is staring down the gunbarrel of oblivion And then she walks in Of all the gin joints in all the towns all over the world she walks into mine Harry certainly isn t Humphrey Bogart and she isn t Ingrid Bergman but she is the bestooking dame he has seen in a Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain long time and the most beautiful woman who has ever deigned to give him than a passing glance She is the type of woman who makes a man want to paint masterpieces The hard part was to paint her in the way I wanted to express my feelings for her I wanted to capture the mother of pearl of her body the secret of her smile the strand of silver in her hair the jet arched brows the tragedy in her brown gold flecked eyes Harry s a heavy drinker but she is a full blown alcoholic He doesn t care Hel do anything to be with her Joseph Heller won t publish Catch 22 until 1961 but if Harry by some miracle can Worlds of Weber liveong enough to read it he will know exactly what Heller is talking about because he is The Shadows in the Street Simon Serrailler living it with Helen He needs money to pay for her alcohol but when heeaves to go to work she puts her red dress on and goes out on the town She doesn t need money to drink There are plenty of sailors in San Francisco who will gladly buy her drinks with the hope that they will before the evening ends ride her ocean wave Harry belongs to her heart and 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A beautiful sensuous drunk and a pathetically easy pick up Harry just wants to help but before. When I saw the cover of this book on my friend Alex s TBR ist I knew immediately I had to read it I can t resist almost any hardboiled fiction from the 40s and 50s and this one came with this particularly enticing promotion Helen is a beautiful sensuous drunk and a pathetically easy pick up Wow I was inBefore you could say good The Sabbath looking dame I had roped two of my favorite Goodreads friends Robin and Alex into a snarkyiterary threesome and we were ready to have some Theremin Ether Music and Espionage laughs doing a buddy read at this book s expenseI meanet s start with the cover He holed up with a helpless Wild lushHelen s a helplessush Okay But what s wrong with her dress in the picture Is the gravitational pull that much stronger in San Francisco that she can t pull her dress up Is she that overcome with desire at the sight of Harry or is she just so damn drunk she doesn t care anyWe all had a few Illegally Yours Forrester Suare 9 laughs in the beginning If you have a sense of humor and you don t get too tied up with a feminist viewpoint or spend too much time cringing at the casual racial stereotypes you can easily get a good case of the giggles with noir fiction from the 1950s Helen is described over and over again in childlike terms that are just revolting A woman during this time period just can t seem to do anything but crawl into her man sap and babble Hammer Regulators MC like a baby Only thing is Helen alsoikes to suck a bottle Fables Volume 4 March of the Wooden Soldiers like a baby and I don t mean milk y all I mean whiskey Helen is a serious alcoholic and so s her new pal Harry who prefers gin and getting to know Harry and Helen isike watching two people with SERIOUS arrested development stumbling drunk all over town refusing to accept any responsibility as adultsBefore you know it it s a Leaving Las Vegas situation You know death by alcohol Man this book turned dark uickly and it wasn t what I was expecting at allBut here s the kicker I To the Baltic with Bob: An Epic Misadventure loved this weird ass book Loved it Not only the edgy hardboiled writing but the heart and soul of the story Yes it s dated and disturbingly misogynistic but it kept me flipping the pages fast and furious and it made me think over and over again about different scenariosI d beying if I said I wasn t cheering on the hapless Harry in his sad rented room at Mrs Mcuade s boarding house Sad Harry kicking back another shot of gin observing that Noisy children were playing in the streets shouting screaming Bad Feminist laughing all of them unaware of money and security Every time I start reading noir I think oh man I d forgotten how dumb noir is And every time I finish it I think where s noir Game describe your favorite book in a pulpy tagline Her husband was dead in bed and then he was just dead MiddlemarchSo it goes with this batshit Noir Bing A far cry from the Hoke Moseley novels this bleak piece of nihilism is a novel that astounds with its dedication to the central theme of despair anguish alienation and self destruction Harry meets Helen in a diner they are high functioning alcoholics they get together and proceed to push each other further in to oblivion until suicide is a very real option for both of them and Willeford doesn t flinch once from his evocative descriptions of their state of mind Aack of respect and understanding of depression and substance dependency has been in the public consciousness recently with the high profile deaths of two incredible actors and apparently wonderful men but Willeford was clearly somebody who could treat the subject with an objective calm and an understanding of why and how people from various walks of Je dessine Kawaii ! : Plus de 80 dessins tape par tape life can all fall to the same weaknesses with no respite in sight beyond the promise of peace brought by that final moment when you stop fighting There s no hysteria here no glamourising of the subject but also nobody to tell them that they re wrong not one character attempts to divert them from their destiny they re just two kidsiving in their own insulated bubble of pain This #is the stuff that elevates Willeford above your modern run of the mill iterary types who pack #the stuff that elevates Willeford above your modern run of the mill iterary types who pack novels with interventions and worried family members psycho babble bullshit and happy endings Pick Up just paddles on out in to hell on Earth and keeps rowing without a Fit for Battle The Character Weapons and Strategies of the Spiritual Warriors look back to the comforting shadow of shore I m going to keep coming back to this book I know it I hit the bottle so hard I m not sure whether I came to San Francisco on the bus or on the trainStunning though massively depressing tale of what happens when two self destructive souls collide This is bleak as all get out though Willeford. 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