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Joe: A Novel de Larry Brown
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Joe: A Novel (1991 original; edició 1991)

de Larry Brown (Autor)

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"Brilliant . . . Larry Brown has slapped his own fresh tattoo on the big right arm of Southern Lit." --The Washington Post Book World Now a major motion picture starring Nicolas Cage, directed by David Gordon Green. Joe Ransom is a hard-drinking ex-con pushing fifty who just won't slow down--not in his pickup, not with a gun, and certainly not with women. Gary Jones estimates his own age to be about fifteen. Born luckless, he is the son of a hopeless, homeless wandering family, and he's desperate for a way out. When their paths cross, Joe offers him a chance just as his own chances have dwindled to almost nothing. Together they follow a twisting map to redemption--or ruin.… (més)
Membre:GlenDowney
Títol:Joe: A Novel
Autors:Larry Brown (Autor)
Informació:Algonquin Books (1991), Edition: 1st, 345 pages
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Larry Brown always gave us gritty reality – a southern-baked, distilled variety of reality. And, “Joe” is another big dose. If you’re not up for riding around with Joe in his pickup while he guzzles vast amounts of whiskey and beer, you may want to put off reading “Joe” until you are. If you are not ready for heavy measures of the southern vernacular and watching degenerate alcoholics abuse all who love them and many others who do not, you may want to make a sunnier reading selection. On the other had if you are up for a taste of reality a la Larry Brown, get ready for another great bumpy ride through rural Mississippi. Oh, and you may want find your local Al-Anon meeting.
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  Chipa | Apr 2, 2021 |
I discovered Larry Brown a few weeks ago and I guess several years ago. I was cleaning out my bookshelves and found father and son. I had bought it several years ago. Perhaps because of the jacket blurbs, perhaps because of the sellers recommendation. I always buy more than I can read. Now age prompts me to begin setting my shelves in order. Fortunately the clutter of ebooks is easier to ignore. But from time to time I discovered old treasures. Larry Brown is one of those. I thank my younger self for the impulsive purchase.
What makes a book great or memorable? The ability of the author to express his or her insight into the world clearly and with great impact.
Larry Brown died of a heart attack while still very young. Perhaps the world was too much with him. Thankfully he left treasure behind.
There is no shining armor in this tale. But certainly armor is needed.
Joe has heart and Joe has character. He is deeply flawed as well. Perhaps that makes meeting him on paper more comfortable. Somehow he makes the world a much better place. ( )
  waldhaus1 | Jan 17, 2021 |
I began my adventures with Larry Brown with his novel Father and Son. It was a stellar beginning to our relationship. Father and Son was raw and shocking and gritty. I have since read Dirty Work, which was quite good, and a collection of short stories. I have long looked forward to his novel, Joe. I found it quite good. Larry Brown creates vivid characters, some of which you like even though you know you probably shouldn’t, and some you love to hate. Joe Ransom is rough around the edges, a functioning alcoholic and prone to violence. But his violence often is logical and at some levels moral, if not justified. Joe is someone who can’t help being who he is, can’t get out of his own way. Ultimately, the novel Joe was good, but not great, because the character and the novel were too predictable and the emotions revealed were too basic. I still have Brown’s novel, Fay, yet to read. I hear it is excellent. You are introduced to the character Fay in the novel Joe, and she is unforgettable even in her brief and very peripheral role. ( )
  afkendrick | Oct 24, 2020 |
The Publisher Says: Joe Ransom is a hard-drinking ex-con pushing fifty who just won’t slow down—not in his pickup, not with a gun, and certainly not with women. Gary Jones estimates his own age to be about fifteen. Born luckless, he is the son of a hopeless, homeless wandering family, and he’s desperate for a way out. When their paths cross, Joe offers him a chance just as his own chances have dwindled to almost nothing. Together they follow a twisting map to redemption—or ruin.

Kirkus, back in 1991 when they hated everything, said this of the book: "...Brown...pares his prose close to the bone, stripping away the slightest hint of sociology or regional color. This is white trash, lumpen fiction with a vengeance, and a vision of angelic desolation."

My Review: Selected as the May 2020 Moderator's Choice in the On the Southern Literary Trail Goodreads group, this is the novel that solidified Larry Brown's place in Grit Lit/Hick Lit's pantheon. He was a major talent; his short stories will, I think, be anthologized and lionized for a long time to come. He started out as a writer known for them; and I think that, like Hemingway, they will be his lasting contribution to Southern Literature's grittier edge.

This is not to denigrate or diminish his accomplishment in this, his most successful novel:
The road lay long and black ahead of them and the heat was coming now through the thin soles of their shoes. There were young beans pushing up from the dry brown fields, tiny rows of green sprigs that stretched away in the distance.
You know where you are; you know who you're with; you're not going for a madeleine with Proust. This is poverty, this is heat, this is misery on an epic scale but never ever looked at...it's witnessed, it's so real and so present that there is just not one doubt about its honesty. Heat and poverty are characters in this scene so cinematically framed. The people are, in fact, incidental if not ornamental. They exist as morality-play embodiments of Poverty, and they continue to do so throughout the book.

Is that a flaw? Is honest appraisal and presentation of reality ever a flaw?
“That boy,” he said. “I’ve done him ever favor I could. Some folks you can’t do nothing with. Just sorry. God knows I’ve done plenty of drinking and stuff in my time, but I be damn if I ever tried to cheat anybody out of any money.”
Is that a speech delivered to make an author's point, or is it the vox populi, the distilled belief of the Average Man that he is in fact average, the proper measure of a man's worth? It's certainly a refutation of the three-hundred-year-old moralism vox populi, vox dei! There is no god in this book, there is no numinous or immanent quality to anything. The landscape is hot, dry, miserable; the people are dumb, violent, miserable; the vox regis or deorum is notable only for its absence.

Also notably absent here are women's voices. They exist to bear children and beatings. They are adversaries to what low, animal joys men can find in sex (more akin to rape, in my opinion) and beer. Children are the punishment women inflict on men (as men see it) for the fleeting pleasure of the rut. The idea of pleasure is, in general, absent from this world. It is a place where no one at all ever makes even a feint at a genuine smile.

What redeems this read from being a complete, utter, suicidal-depression-inducing downer? Joe Ransom. Drunken convict that he is, awful father he may be, but to Gary Jones he is Jesus freshly down from the cross. Gary's sperm donor is a memorable...a matchless, actually...portrait of the kind of person I, in my damned close to infinite privilege, have never interacted with. He pimps out his prepubescent daughter. He does nothing of value to anyone, not even himself:
“She don’t like to be around anybody drinkin, don’t even like to smell it. I drink and I like to drink. That’s it.”
That's the least-offensive thing the man utters in this book. Probably in the whole of life. His son, his who-knows-how decent and good-souled son, makes him feel more worthless than he already does; not, however, as worthless as he actually is.

Gary goes to work for Joe on a county work crew. Joe, ex-con bad dad Joe, shines like a savior to him, modeling the astounding heights of not-stealing, of not-beating while being a man. Gary's life changes because he sees a possibility he never saw before. As events unfold, that possibility is embodied in a redemptive act of startling generosity, of genuine salvation.

And Joe chooses to save, not his own flesh and blood, but someone whose life trajectory makes Joe's own fucked-up life look like my wealth and privilege by comparison. If not for Larry Brown, I doubt I'd've made a second's time for these men.

Isn't this what fiction's meant to do? To make us, all of us really but especially the most shockingly privileged among us, pause and allow The Other to take unsentimental shape in our emotions?

Larry Brown did this to me, for me, and I am deeply grateful to him for it. ( )
  richardderus | Jun 9, 2020 |
The rare occasion when the book is even better than the movie -- even with Nicolas Cage as Joe. The grittiness of daily existence in this world is so perfectly portrayed. The closest comparison I can give is to "Winter's Bone" which was also made into a film starring Jennifer Lawrence. Both are remarkable books describing grim circumstances and people with the strength to persevere. ( )
  abycats | May 11, 2018 |
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"Brilliant . . . Larry Brown has slapped his own fresh tattoo on the big right arm of Southern Lit." --The Washington Post Book World Now a major motion picture starring Nicolas Cage, directed by David Gordon Green. Joe Ransom is a hard-drinking ex-con pushing fifty who just won't slow down--not in his pickup, not with a gun, and certainly not with women. Gary Jones estimates his own age to be about fifteen. Born luckless, he is the son of a hopeless, homeless wandering family, and he's desperate for a way out. When their paths cross, Joe offers him a chance just as his own chances have dwindled to almost nothing. Together they follow a twisting map to redemption--or ruin.

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