Publish date: June 24th 2013
Pages no: 256
Edition language: Deutsch
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, Short Stories
, Southern Gothic
Oh, darker than dark, and with written by a writer with an unflinching gaze, but also by one with enormous compassion. The level of my care and empathy with these characters is due to the brilliance of Donald Ray Pollack. Tom Waits might well shy away. Risky. Powerful. Ugly. Painful. Worth it.
It's about Harlan, Kentucky, not about Knockemstiff, Ohio, but whatever.Where the sun comes up about ten in the morningAnd the sun goes down about three in the dayAnd you fill your cup with whatever bitter brew you're drinkingAnd you spend your life just thinkin' of how to get away4 stars.
The first few stories seemed to be a bit more brutal than the rest, but I really enjoyed reading all of them. The reader was painted pieces of a very disturbing picture of Knockemstiff, Ohio thru this collection of somewhat disturbing stories. Great read. Highly recommended.
flashes of real talent/interest, interspersed with inauthenticity - a little bit of a con going on here - with the author tweaking the bourgeoisie ("Look how shocking we are! we drop LOTS of acid and fuck and kill!), and the bourgeoisie looking for an unusual story (Donald Ray) they can market -- I ...
According to author Donald Ray Pollock, Knockemstiff is an actual place, although I find it hard to believe that any place can be as depressing as the Knockemstiff Pollock portrays in his book of the same name. It is a collection of short stories centering around the residents of that town and they ...
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