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Sailor & Lula: The Complete Novels Paperback – May 4, 2010
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"Barry Gifford invented his own American vernacular --William Faulkner by way of B-movie film noir, porn paperbacks, and Sun Records rockabilly-- to forge the stealth-epic of Sailor & Lula. His accomplishment looks more and more like one of the permanent glories of recent storytelling, a set of crude masterpieces like Philip Guston's late paintings. The compression and verve on view on every page of this compendium is as irresistible and dizzying as a dish of brandy-filled chocolates forged in shapes of pistols, hangmen's ropes, convertible automobiles, and unclad, steamy bodies, daring you to keep gobbling them up."--Jonathan Lethem
"The way Barry Gifford lets people talk articulates everything about their unfamiliar inner lives, and ours."--"Boston Globe"
"True love never dies. It just gets cooler, in every sense, icing up under the dueling infirmities of age and memory like an overworked and sweating air conditioner propped haphazardly in the paint-peeling window of one of th
About the Author
The author of more than forty works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, which have been translated into over twenty-five languages, BARRY GIFFORD writes distinctly American stories for readers around the globe. From screenplays and librettos to his acclaimed Sailor and Lula novels, Gifford’s writing is as distinctive as it is difficult to classify. Born in the Seneca Hotel on Chicago’s Near North Side, he relocated in his adolescence to New Orleans. The move proved significant: throughout his career, Gifford’s fiction—part-noir, part-picaresque, always entertaining—is born of the clash between what he has referred to as his “Northern Side” and “Southern Side.” Gifford has been recipient of awards from PEN, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Library Association, the Writers Guild of America and the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. His novel Wild at Heart was adapted into the 1990 Palme d’Or-winning film of the same name. Gifford lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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As a writer of fiction, poetry and as a David Lynch collaborator, Gifford's success is evident. Criticism of short chapters containing a multitude of oddly named characters whose story arcs often begin and end abruptly and conveniently can be shrugged off as a writing style that places his thumb firmly on the pulse of popular literature. I can't give this five stars, but I enjoyed the quick read.
But oh what a wonderful thing it is in the whole! It sucked me in and kicked me out and drew me back. Parts are like watching a train wreck, Sailor and Lula are not who you would hope your kids become, but they are so alive anyway and kept on going even when it seems there is no way..
It was hard for me to read in places for the intensity of emotion, I finished it, and I learned from it.
I'd call it a must read just because it is what it is.