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Heed the Thunder

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  190 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
In the rural town of Verdon, Nebraska, in the early days of the 20th century, you can't go ten feet without running into one of the Fargos. So, Grant Fargo argues to his grandfather Lincoln, it's perfectly all right that he's desperately in love with his first cousin, Bella-she's the only source of intelligent conversation for miles, and in a town like Verdon, it would be ...more
Kindle Edition, 275 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Mulholland Books (first published 1946)
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Andy
Aug 09, 2014 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pulp-fiction
Heed The Thunder was Jim Thompson's second novel, and although it doesn't fall under the heading of crime there's a definite element of noir permeating every page. The first half of the novel reads like Flannery O'Connor meets The Magnificent Ambersons,bu then by the second half we get to watch the entire family hit the wall with disaster over murder over scandal over deception. If you ever watched Little House On The Prairie on acid it doesn't even come close to what you're about to read.

BTW, a
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Emilio
Dec 30, 2014 Emilio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jake
Jan 11, 2016 Jake rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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(3.5) Aside from Savage Night, this is probably my least favorite Jim Thompson work. Mind you any Thompson is good, and I liked large parts of this, but it left a lot to be desired. It's his second novel and you can see he hasn't quite grasped his writing style yet. Also, there were almost too many characters to keep count or get invested in. Novels of his that have large character counts like The Criminal and The Kill-Off work mostly because there is one crime that is the trunk of the novel to ...more
Peter
Feb 27, 2016 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sean
Oct 19, 2013 Sean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heed the Thunder is an ambitious work by Thompson who considered making this novel the first of a projected trilogy. Per Robert Polito in his biography of Thompson "Savage Art" this book is "a panoramic country life chronicle after the model of Nebraska novelists Mari Sandoz and Willa Cather, a scurrilous family history, and a brutish descent into degradation, sadism, incest, homicide, and dementia." In his short introduction, James Ellroy believes Thompson's influences to possibly be Dreiser an ...more
Atram_sinprisa
Sep 20, 2015 Atram_sinprisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Magnífica historia y sobre todo magníficos personajes.
Último párrafo, sin spoilers, que resume el espíritu del libro:
"La tierra. La buena tierra, la mala tierra, la regular, la tierra hermosa, la fea, la tierra hogareña, la tierra amable y la odiosa; la tierra con sus torres altas, sus graneros grandes, sus casas espaciosas, sus pozos de polea, sus cabañas abandonadas, sus corrales; la tierra con sus pequeños pueblos y ciudades, ciudades grandes y pequeñas, sus herrerías y fábricas, sus escuela
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Theodore Kinni
Jan 20, 2016 Theodore Kinni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thompson's second novel from 1946 offers a decidedly unromantic look at small town Nebraska in the early 1900s and hints at the classic hard-boiled crime novels to come.
Titus G
Meandering tale of a Nebraskan extended family in pre-depression small town USA. A negative view of the (lack of) morality of Poverty.
Rachel
Apr 18, 2009 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thompson's best known for The Grifters. I'd never heard of Heed the Thunder but I took a flyer (gift from my father-in-law, who has excellent taste) and what do you know? Turns out that Thompson's work is engrossing, fascinating, horrifying and *funny*, gothic but real. All the adjectives you hope for in a novel, really. The specifics are the American midwest, early 20th century, small-town Gothic intrigue.

Quite an American masterpiece, I think.
Chris Pauls
This book was interesting to me from the perspective that Thompson's voice isn't quite mature yet, but you can hear where it's going. He's funny, grim, edgy and fearless with his characters here, yet for me there was almost too much going on. The narrative had a real Steinbeck quality to it - Steinbeck if his head was ringing dark because he had a badly infected toe.
David
Jun 04, 2009 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noirboiled
Oddly plotless chronicle of more than a decade with the Fargo family in the farm town of Verdon, Nebraska. Or perhaps it's more accurate to say that this novel has a profusion of small plots, none of which stick around long enough to be deeply engaging. Not bad, but somehow I had expected a bit more thunder.
todd
Oct 25, 2007 todd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
more southern gothic (set in the midwest) than crime novel, i found thompson's second novel uneven but affecting, with scenes of true horror.
Dave Naz
Good, but Thompson's writing gets better in his later novels. A hell of a Woman and The Killer Inside Me are his best.
Ismael Galvan
I'm a big Jim Thompson fan, but I couldn't finish this one. He really shines in his later works.
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James Myers Thompson was a United States writer of novels, short stories and screenplays, largely in the hardboiled style of crime fiction.

Thompson wrote more than thirty novels, the majority of which were original paperback publications by pulp fiction houses, from the lat
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