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The Paperboy (Movie Tie-in Edition): A Novel Paperback – September 25, 2012
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It starts off as sort of a murder mystery, with a group of reporters investigating the murder of a sheriff in a sparsely populated county. The narrator is the brother of the reporter who heads the investigation. The plot eventually moves away from this theme, and becomes sort of jammed between a character study of the narrator and his brother, an indictment of media morality, and some sort of Greek-style tragedy. The overall effect is that the book wanders a bit, and doesn't seem to be able to decide what it's trying to do. It almost seemed like whenever the book got perilously close to making a statement, it backed off and went in a different direction. This is something of a pet peeve of mine, as I think sometimes writers do this kind of thing to seem mysterious and profound, under the assumption that being understandable means being simple and shallow.
Other than that, the book was well written and for the most part the characters were interesting, although most of them were not very likable. I think the book would have been better if the narrator's brother Ward, who was perhaps the central figure of the book, had a detectable personality instead of just acting like a journalistic robot. The book was saved by the narrator, whom it was possible to sympathize with, and even like.
Overall I would mildly recommend it, but don't feel like it is a must read.
Read it with a pencil in hand. Have a close look at how water is everywhere.
Think about not being able to get your bearings. Think about being careful what you wish for.
Notice that nobody is intact. Remember the ways we can be foolish when we think that aging is a loss.
As Ward and Yardley investigate, Dexter explores the newspaper business. Questions they raise about Van Wetter's legal counsel, a famous good-ol'-boy attorney, affect the reputation and popularity of Ward James's father, owner of the local newspaper, sending his ad revenues plummeting. When Ward is physically unable to continue working on the story, Acheman and an editor from Miami rush the story into print and the second phase of the novel begins.
Ward James and Yardley Acheman reflect the drive of reporters to succeed and their tendency to identify personally with their stories. The aftereffects of the reporters' investigation into the Van Wetter case, which constitute phase two, grow exponentially, further affecting the reporters, Ward James's father, Charlotte Bless, and, obviously Hillary Van Wetter, as the national media become involved. Along the way, Dexter raises ethical questions, not just about the ethics of reporting, but about the ability of the press to control outcomes and public perceptions.Read more ›
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I first started reading this because I saw the movie was on Netflix. I like to read the book then watch the movie. Story line was impressive and the ending had a wonderful twist!Published 1 month ago by Danyel Nicole Hess
Dexter has a way of writing complex in a basic, simplistic way. The men in his novels have layers that are compacted one on the other. Their layers and development. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Hossen Heffa
One of my favorite novels of all times. Simple language that hits you right between the eyes. I read every other book written by this auther after stumbling upon this one. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Paula Fillion
Like all of Mr. Dexter's books from "Paris Trout", "Deadwood", "Spooner", and "Train", this book is eminently great reading. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jim Bly
This was a great read and sent me back to the times when newspapers really mattered. The characters were great and the journalism was tenacious, even if a little suspect. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Barry Soper
This was a depressing story. Not the kind of book I enjoy. Its about a man who owns a small newspaper and his two sons, one a writer and one a driver.Published 13 months ago by Kindle Customer