Sunset and Sawdust
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Joe Lansdale has a reputation for "mojo storytelling," which he manages to pull off in a wide assortment of genre. Near as I can tell "mojo storytelling" means that the author works magic on us; if so, then his bag of tricks includes lots of laugh-out-loud vernicular, mem...more
Sunset and Sawdust is a more mainstream novel for Lansdale, set in 1930s Texas, but it’s not without the normal Lansdale weirdness. Sunset, the main character, so named because of her long, fiery-red hair, has just shot her husband...more
Man, what a story. Lansdale writes about tragedies and double-cross and race-relations during the Depression and gender biases back then and murder and justice and pain and so much else I might as well quit here and point you to the book itself. The first half does move slow, enough so that I was wary about the rest, but then I p...more
WRITTEN BY: Joe R. Lansdale
PUBLISHED: January, 2005
This is classic Lansdale: Well-written, gripping, and at times poignantly funny. Sunset Jones kills her abusive husband in self-defense in the middle of a cyclone. It’s really quite symbolic as not only her home and husband are gone, but her entire life is torn apart. From the very beginning, it’s a story of her reconstructing everything around her, including her own world views. Through the assistance of her wealthy...more
Constable Pete Jones comes home drunk and beats his wife, Sunset, and is in the process of raping her when she reaches for his revolver and puts a bullet in his head and kills him.
Since the sawmill town of Camp Rapture is now without a law enforcement officer, at a camp meeting, with the help of Sunset's mother-in-law, who is majo...more
this story, of a female constable in depression-era east texas, is rife with the racial and gender-based tensions of that earlier time, also something that lansdale is known for deconstructing and discussing, and for good reason...more
My only previous encounter with Lansdale is the movie, Bubba Ho-Tep, which was entertaining but almost completely forgettable. So I was surprised by the dialogue and the use of vernacular with pinpoint accuracy to the specific region and setting.
Having said that, there isn't much more to this book than that. A slew of Southern wit and then the book peters out. It is...more
Lansdale, known for some outrageous and weird genre fiction, keeps his tendency to go over the edge into cartoony horror mostly in check...more
The name Joe R. Lansdale is truly a stamp of quality on any book. His prose, dialogue, characters, and story are crisp and original, always having a life of their own. Sunset and Sawdust is no exception. You can't help but get involved in the character's lives as they travel down Lansdale's twisted -- and many times humorous -- path. While not as dark as some of his earlier tales, this still packs quite a punch. The characters are sometimes too politically correct for my taste, b...more
There’s a female sheriff with a boyfriend named “Hillbilly” who knocks up her teenage daughter, a villain who has a black Mini-Me named “Two”, and dead bodies coated in Black Gold/Texas Tea (forget Goldfinger, this is more like Crudefinger). One of Lansdale's crazier efforts.
Una donna uccide il marito dopo l'ennesimo atto di violenza. E proprio l'omicidio le dà la forza per inoltrarsi nel passato criminoso del suo villaggio. Lei si chiama Miss Sunset, "Tramonto", per la sua bellezza e i capelli rosso fuoco. A questa indimenticabile figura femminile Lansdale affida la sua esplorazione dei confini tra Bene e Male, in un romanzo accolto in America come il suo capolavoro.
Una comunità di poveracci sorta intorno a una segheria, una natura violenta testimone muta di una te
Die Handlung spielt mitten in der Grossen Depression, der tiefgreifenden Wirtschaftskrise nach dem "Schwarzen Freitag" an der Börse. Amerika liegt wirtschaftlich...more
Chi ama già lo stile dell'autore texano non può che trovarsi a suo agio tra queste pagine. Per chi invece non lo conosce, potrebbe non essere un buon libro da cui iniziare (io, personalmente, consiglio sempre di iniziare dalla serie di Hap e Leonard).
Lansdale si muove perfettamente a suo agio in un'ambientazione che conosce e si diverte a giocare con le leggende e le figure tipiche dell'America del primo novecento (il personaggio di Bull Stackerlee, gli hobos).
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Lansdale almost never lets me down, and Sunset and Sawdust is one
of his best books. Like much of his work, it is hard to peg in any
single genre. This time around, it's a murder mystery set in depression
era east Texas. Sunset Jones kills her husband (the local sheriff) during
a cyclone, and soon after tak...more
However, Ms. Jones rises above the situation and through sheer stubborness manages to solve a mystery and make life better for a few more people along the way. She does make mistakes - and others suffer for it, as does she. The nov...more
The story starts out with Sunset, the main character of the story, shooting her husband and killing him while he's raping her. Not graphic, thank you Mr. Lansdale. I've definitely read worse. Then the book basically follows her...more
With some zany characters, with some mean ass ones as well... and Lansdale's hillbilly wit. This is some dang good fun.