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The Boar

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  151 ratings  ·  16 reviews
It's the Great Depression in East Texas, and a fifteen year-old boy has to face down a wild boar that threatens his family. But if his Dad, a tough carnie wrestler, can't stop the beast, what hope does a kid who wants to be a writer have?
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Published August 2011 by Gere Donovan Press (first published 1998)
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Lou
This story takes you into the days of a boys life during the depression era in the year 1933, in the Sabine River Bottoms a menacing and troublesome entity is roaming 'the devil boar.'

This Boar that the main protagonist has to face up and man up to marks a symbolic transition in the boys steps into becoming a man. The fear of loss and ill health of his loved ones and death he encounters in this story make him step into a whole new sphere of feelings and emotions in the adult world with decisions
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Derek Pennycuff
I kicked off 2015 reading this after receiving a copy for Christmas. I had just read The Bottoms which shares a setting with this book. Three of the main characters from The Boar even have cameos in The Bottoms and the same doctor appears in a few scenes of both. I think The Boar happens about a year after the events of The Bottoms, and without the murder mystery or potential monster lurking in the woods. This one is a more straightforward (young) man against nature story.

I like how the boar is
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Roberta
Il Vecchio Satana

L'ultima caccia è un racconto lungo dalla trama classica e dalla narrazione impeccabile (molto lontano dallo stile di Hap&Leonard, ma sono già piacevolmente abituata alla versatilità di Lansdale).

Questo romanzo forse non merita del tutto le quattro stelline, mancando di quella scintilla che possa metterlo al di sopra anche di altre produzioni dello stesso autore. Eppure è così gradevole da leggere che non posso fare a meno di esternare la mia soddisfazione.

Come detto sopra,
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Craig Childs
This book has gotten short thrift among Lansdale fans because it is labeled a "Young Adult" novel. There is nothing "young" about this story, except it features a teenage protagonist, and JRL tones down the language and violence a bit. But if this had been published in a short story collection, it would fit nicely next to other similarly-themed novellas like "Mad Dog Summer" and "White Mule, Spotted Pig".

A lot of JRL's best work deals with coming-of-age themes. Sometimes these themes are dresse
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Karl
It’s the summer of ’33 and the Depression has the Dale family living a hard life While his father travels with the carnival, hoping to win prize money for wrestling, fifteen year-old Ricky takes charge of the farm and family. Richard and his brother Ike venture into the river bottoms in search of the boar they name Old Satan.

This is copy 383 of 750. Signed , numbered, Limited edition.
Jeff
A nice little coming-of-age story. I'll be recommending this one to my students for Free Read assignments.
Andrew
I have read so much Joe Lansdale I feel like I could be a scholar. I could teach a class- "Joe Lansdale and the Art of the East Texas Mystery, Horror, and Thriller Genres." Wild time. Anyway, Joe has written a few Young Adult books, and that is about all my attention span can handle right now. This was a typical Lansdale yarn that really only deserves three stars were it adult lit. But I enjoyed the way he put the story in kid terms, you can kind of see how the narration was practice for Fine Da ...more
Barbara
L'avevo erroneamente inserito convinta di possederlo...invece l'ho comprato da poco e ho avuto la bellissima sorpresa di ricevere una copia autografata da Joe stesso....(grazie Tecla!)

Storia breve e intensa con la stessa ambientazione di "In fondo alla palude"
Come tutti i racconti di Lansdale ti cattura e non ti lascia andare finchè la caccia a quel maledetto cinghiale non è finita....

John
I put off reading this one for a long time because, I figured, how good could a book about a wild hog be?

Here's the answer: it's good. Damned good. As good as cornbread right out of the oven but as thrilling and scary as your first kiss when your girl's father is in the next room.

Lansdale is our era's Mark Twain, and this is another worthy entry to his Depression-era stories.
Harald Maier
Ganz nett, unterhaltsam und unaufgeregt
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Incipit

Accadde nell’estate del 1933 tra le paludi del fiume Sabine, nel Texas orientale. Quelli che ancora se lo ricordano, lo chiamano il Cinghiale del demonio.....

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Baldurian
Un bel racconto di Lansdale, meno cupo del suo solito ma comunque godibile. Le storie di adolescenti ambientate nel Texas della Grande Depressione gli vengono proprio bene, anche quando non è particolarmente ispirato.
Shawn Thornton
A wonderful young adult novel by the great Joe Lansdale. I wish I had of read this when I was thirteen. Excellent.
David Wernsing
Another good but not spectacular book.
Steve Vernon
My favorite Lansdale - bar none!
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Joe R. Lansdale is the winner of the British Fantasy Award, the American Horror Award, the Edgar Award, and six Bram Stoker Awards. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas.
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