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Driving on the Rim Hardcover – Deckle Edge, October 19, 2010
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That being said, it was one of the more difficult McGuane books to read. Did it meander, certainly. I like a well crafted story, but what McGuane seems to have done is joined the club of bigger is better. I can't read John Irvine anymore because of this. His early works were also finely crafted but somewhat streamlined. Like Jim Harrison, he writes pictures with words. Unlike Jim Harrison, McGuane's Driving on the Rim seems to lose focus at times. There are so many "side" characters at times, the book stalls. I understand that each of the "side" characters help one understand the way the mind of Rim's central character worked, but were they all necessary?
I'm left with the impression that McGuane loves the West, but is largely not impressed with the people of the West. Without going into the politics of the area too much, the drift I get is Mr. McGuane is a very liberal man, but is living in one of the more conservative areas of our country. If one is more liberal minded, as I am, you will enjoy some of his "nuggets". If not, you will not appreciate some of his humor. Speaking of humor, there are many laugh out loud moments in Driving on the Rim.
Bottom line. It's tough to critique a book created by someone who on his worst day is better than I could ever hope to be in creating and weaving together literature the in way in which McGuane writes. Did I enjoy reading Driving on the Rim? Yes. However, unlike many books I have truly enjoyed, I was happy when I reached this novel's end.Read more ›
McGuane's writing has never been stronger. In his earliest works, his testosterone fuelled writing came at you like 110 mph fastballs, one zany supercharged moment after another. Years ago, I read once in Time magazine where Saul Bellow even described him as a "language star." But now and really for a long time, McGuane has been a finesse pitcher, one whose writing moves beautifully through description and dialogue, through humour to moments of startling clarity, deprecation, even sadness . McGuane's characters always have lots of insight into themselves, and the author spares no precious pixels in presenting them here.
For that very reason, though, I could see someone not liking this book. There really isn't a lot for the reader to do except sit back and be entertained, stimulated. All of Dr.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was a nice easy read, but it never really grabbed me. The author's writing style was not my favorite, but the story and characters were definitely interesting.Published 1 month ago by Misty Ross
Love McGuane, the narrative timeline was confusing throughout. Found the bad boy tiring - and the women too forgiving. Read morePublished 1 month ago by foxeyloxey
This is the second Thomas McGuane novel that I have read. Again, the idiosyncratic characters, the quirky action that might seem farfetched but that I know from experience, living... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Green Cat
In this book Thomas McGuane deploys the English language with élan and precision, but to what end? Read morePublished 19 months ago by William J. Feuer
Pretty good for the first 200 pages but then loses focus. As other reviewers have pointed out, there's a lot to like here-- but unfortunately the flow of the story becomes rather... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Drew Youngblood
A brilliant wordsmith is at work in this novel and the reader is the beneficiary. Few authors I know of can create such beauty in phrases and scenes, at once descriptive, as well... Read morePublished 23 months ago by William D. Brisbane