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Child of Rage Hardcover – August 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Centipede Press (August 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933618329
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933618326
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,007,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jm Thompson was a renowned writer of crime and suspense novels. The author of The Killer Inside Me, After Dark My Sweet, The Grifters, and dozens more, he was also a well-respected screenwriter. He died in 1977. Harry O. Morris is a respected illustrator of horror, fantasy, science fiction, and suspense novels. He was the founder of Nyctalops, the first scholary magazine dedicated to the study of H.P. Lovecraft.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zachary W. Locklin on June 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Child of Rage has a pretty horrid reputation, and in a lot of ways, it's earned that reputation. Jim Thompson's last novel, Child of Rage is the story of Allen Smith, a black high school student whose mother is a white prostitute. (in fact, Thompson's title for the novel was Black Son, White Mother) Allen Smith is the quintessential Thompson narrator/protagonist: frustration has turned him so bitter that he lashes out at everyone around him. There's a lot of The Killer Inside Me's Lou Ford in Allen: he constructs elaborate plans to play vicious tricks on people, and despite his IQ of 190, he frequently plays dumb to simultaneously fit in and ridicule the people he is fitting in with. And of course, because this is a Jim Thompson novel, he is obsessed with sleeping with his mother--who openly eggs him on--to such an extent that he is impotent in all other sexual situations.

The problems with this novel are exactly what you would expect: first of all, it is a novel about race written by an old white man in the early 1970s. Given that it's written by a white man, the endless use of racial epithets is, well, offensive. If that weren't bad enough, this is Thompson's least restrained novel (even more so than the also underrated King Blood)--and Jim Thompson is not known for his restraint. Thompson doesn't cut away from sexuality here, as he usually does in his earlier novels; he makes us watch as brothers sodomize sisters and Allen's mother taunts him with nudity.

All of that, I think, explains why this novel gets such terrible reviews and is only ever briefly in print. The thing is, though, that it's actually a pretty good novel.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason Hillenburg on March 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
A wretched, offensive novel that arbitrarily breaks taboos and panders to the lowest common denominator. Written near the end of his life, it is a sad, pathological echo of Thompson's once tremendous talent.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bonehowells on August 11, 2012
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This book is actually three short books in one volume. The first one is a very interesting interview with Jim Thompson's publisher. Well written.

Next up: : "Child of Rage" a very disjointed, horrible novel. Not up to the standards of Mr. Thompson's other work. If you have not read Mr. Thompson, may I suggest "The Killer Inside Me" or "The Ripoff"? (Certainly not this piece of trash!)

Finally we get a novelette "To See A Man About a Horse" which is essentialy "Child of Rage" from a different Vantage point. Better written. I somewhat enjoyed this one.

In summary:

Interview: 4 stars

Child of Rage: 0 stars

To See A Man About a Horse: 2 stars.

Average:2 stars
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