No Beast So Fierce
I don't know quite how to review it, except to say that I'll pound the table on this one.
If you liked Don Carpenter's Hard Rain, and John Williams' Stoner, and like crime novels and thrillers, and psychologically complex and existential characters, try this book. It is that good.
3,5 stars. The first novel published by Edward Bunker in 1973 and the third I've read by him. The author was convicted at the time of writing it, having spent around 20 years behind bars. This one is good but I enjoyed much better The Animal Factory and his autobiography Education of a Felon. It's the realistic story of an ex-con on parole, trying to stay in the right side of the society but with the system making it impossible. 1978 film adaptation Straight Time produced and starred by Dustin H...more
Max's black friend from prison breaks out, Max drives up north above the Bay area to pick him up and find him a safe house while the authorities are looking for him. Max intends to set him up as a potential partner-in-crime back in L.A., see?
This is the description of the neighborhood of the pad Max has found for his pal:
We found him a furnished room in a large Victorian house. The room was quite spacious, on the second floor. A huge window overlooked the front lawn and tree-shaded street....more
Veramente bello, anche se ogni tanto pare un po' perdersi e dilungarsi.
In libertà condizionata, Max non ce la fa e nonostante le convinzioni e le ripromesse alla fine ricasca, come non era mai cascato prima.
Il tutto sullo sfondo di una LA insanguinata, drogata, corrotta e violenta.
Il tutto mettendo in gioco valori, definendoli e poi sbaragliandoli.
Nessuno è libero in questa società. Le azioni del
His fictional protagonist, Max Dembo, is a career criminal, dreaming of going straight the day of his release after serving an eight year stretch, his longest incarceration. Upon hitting the streets, however, lack of...more
I read a lot of books considered to be crime fiction and Bunker stands apart in what would be more appropriately termed prison fiction. Max Dembo finds himself released from prison after an year stint. Now he's trying to live the life of the straight and narrow. Max's conviction is like that of a...more
This was Ed Bunkers debut novel that was written
while he was in prison and looking for a way out
of a life of perpetual crime and imprisonment
that seemed to be his destiny.
It also seemingly was the destiny for the main
character in this book Max Dembo who we meet
while he is inside awaiting release on Parole,
he is a career criminal who was schooled in
crime while working his way through the
childcare system in the US and is hard as nails
as he proves on his...more
Ora vuol provare a ricominciare, a sistemarsi, come una persona normale.
E ci prova. Forse, però, non abbastanza. O forse, per uno come lui non c'è altra via che quella del crimine
E' un poco di buono, in fondo, e all'occorrenza sa mascherarsi da bestia feroce.
Alla fine, resta il tremendo rimpianto per un'occasione sprecata.
However, I also believe that some convicts rationalize their behavior to blame external circumstances or experiences for leading to criminal behavior. There is no behavior w...more
Poi, ovviamente il carcere. Una lunga permanenza, otto anni, una bella fetta di giovinezza . Studia nel carcere, Max. Ci crede nella vita nuova, fuori. E’ consapevole di ciò che è stato, si condanna, ma contemporaneamente si assolve. E’ un prodotto della società.
Fuori dal carcere la spirale “malavitosa” riprende.
Ineluttabile destino, per chi fuori non ha altri aggan...more
Päähenkilö on Bunkerin oloinen Max Dembo, joka vapautuu vankilasta kärsittyään kahdeksan vuoden tuomion. Eletään 1960-luvun Los Angelesissa, ja karu ehdonalaisuus odottaa paatunutta rikollista ja väärentäjää.
Todellisuus iskee rajusti entistä linnakundia, ja hänen valvojansa nöyryyttää minkä kerkiää. Entisistä ympyröistä ei tunnu olevan palu...more
SETTING: Los Angeles
WHY: After 8 years, Max Dembo is being released from prison. He's determined to live the "straight" life, but his efforts are doomed from the start. As a small child, he lived in foster homes and graduated to juvenile detention facilities. He's always lived outside the law; and the only people he knows are criminals, hookers and addicts. He can't find a job. When his parole officer puts him in jail for a bogus drug use charge, his ange...more
The similarities to the Pulp Fiction story intrigued me: an ex-con chooses to return to crime (what else?), the jewel heist gone wrong resulting in a gun batlle, the unexpected rat...a criminal's justice.
This is also the first time I've heard opting...more
The other is a career criminal. The book basically explains that he had no choice in the matter and tells of his "exploits" which are largely a series of escalating events that he says are beyond his control.
Not particularly well written and slightly depressing oevrall.
He wrote numerous books, some of which have been adapted into films.
Bunker was a bright but troublesome child, who spent much of his childhood in different foster homes and institutions.
He started on a criminal career at a very early age, and continued on this path throughout the years, returning to prison...more