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David Goodis
Birth date: March 02, 1917
Died: January 07, 1967
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JeffreyKeeten
JeffreyKeeten rated it 3 years ago
“You know me. Guys like me come a dime a dozen. No fire. No backbone. Dead weight waiting to be pulled around and taken to places where we want to go but can't go alone. Because we're afraid to go alone. Because we're afraid to be alone. Because we can't face people and we can't talk to people. Beca...
blackguysdoread
blackguysdoread rated it 5 years ago
"It began with a shattered dream"This awesome opening line sets the tone for this brooding, melancholy, fever-dream of a novel, par for the course for a David Goodis book. The book is a bit more bizarre than anything else I've read by Goodis, and it follows normal, working square Alvin Darby, who, i...
blackguysdoread
blackguysdoread rated it 5 years ago
Goodis is known for writing gloomy books, and this is definitely one of them. It starts at the bottom and stays there. Whitey was once a famous singer whose precious throat gets ripped to shreds after he refuses to let go of his love for Celia, a dancer and gangster's girl. Now he's a down-and-out d...
My bookies
My bookies rated it 7 years ago
Dark as only a man who lived this kind of life could have written it. Not a hard boiled type of noir, this one's filled with the kind of dread that wakes you up at three in the morning.Recommended.
blackguysdoread
blackguysdoread rated it 7 years ago
Lean, mean, and terribly bleak, once this story starts moving it's pretty hard to break away from it until the haunting ending (one of the best endings I've read)! This was my first novel by the nearly forgotten David Goodis and it won't be my last.Example of Goodis's poetic bleakness:“He couldn’t ...
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