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Style, Style, Style,
This review is from: Nobody Move: A Novel (Hardcover)
Taut and spare, "Nobody Move" is a light year from the depth and complexity of "Tree of Smoke." Hats off to the versatility--one book like Joseph Conrad combined with Charles Dickens, the next out of the shoot like Elmore Leonard mashed up with Dashiell Hammett. On its own, "Nobody Move" is a pleasure if you like deciphering information from oblique dialogue and spare narrative. Your hand will not be held in terms of figuring out who's scamming whom. It's quirky and smart, maybe a bit of "Pulp Fiction" on paper.
"Nobody Move" is a thicket of f-bombs, tangled sheets, motels, bars, cigarettes, lipstick, pay phones, two Cadillacs, .357 Magnums, shotguns, duffel bags and pages and pages of that highly-polished, clipped dialogue that is ready for a screenplay and has precious little to do with the way people really talk. A direct answer is rare.
Recommended for fans of Denis Johnson and this particular hard-boiled genre. Not recommended for those looking for a meaty, rich story. The tension is minimal and the story is over in a minute.
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Initial post: Jul 31, 2010 9:06:47 PM PDT
Alex S. Wilson says:
I think you mean "chute".
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2014 7:03:28 AM PDT
Kim Horner McCoy says:
Unless, given the context, it's a pun?
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2014 9:43:41 AM PDT
Mark Stevens says:
I am going to plead stupidity. Wish I had thought of the chute/shoot pun but I probably would have put it in quotes. Alex, sorry I missed your comment four (!) years ago. Thanks for thinking I might have a head on my shoulders, Kim.
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