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Le salaire de la peur

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Las Piedras, port d'échouage. Ils sont des centaines, venus d'on ne sait où, oublier sous les tropiques l'impasse de leur existence. Pour une poignée de dollars, ces sans-grade sont prêts à tout. Prêts à affronter des kilomètres de piste impraticables, au volant d'un camion délabré, pour convoyer de la nitroglycérine. Au moindre écart, au moindre choc, c'est la mort. Une ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published October 12th 2002 by Pocket (first published 1950)
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Raegan Butcher
Feb 01, 2014 Raegan Butcher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: truckers
This sweaty tale of desperate characters driving trucks filled with unstable nitroglycerin in South America is one of my favorite thrillers.

"Fear...It was there,riding on their backs,huge,mindless and oppressive.Fear in the guts,and nowhere to run to.Still there is one thing one can do to fear:one can refuse to accept it. A special dispensation from the Devil, and one rejects it.So then it waits, just outside the door. It hides in the drums of nitroglycerin,and from there it watches.It settles
Tereza Lima
Oct 05, 2016 Tereza Lima rated it it was amazing
French writers in wartime seem to be touched by the moral turbulence and a inclination to portray evil and the most mortally afraid. Le salaire de la peur is, to some extent, a story of fiction disguising the moral collapse and agony that Arnaud himself lived in his descent into hell, a radiography the baser passions of human beings. Arnaud, who like their wretched antiheroes also was truck driver, it shows that slow journey as if it were Charon's boat guiding lost souls to their final.
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Aug 04, 2013 Óscar Brox rated it liked it
Los escritores franceses criados en tiempos de guerra parecen estar tocados por la turbulencia moral y su inclinación a retratar el mal y el miedo más cerval. A diferencia de otros coetáneos, Henri Girard no fue colaboracionista ni criminal, pero sí bohemio y amante de los pequeños placeres de la vida. Y, sin embargo, acabó prisionero en varias cárceles, junto a los frutos de una sociedad podrida desde su misma raíz, acusado de unos homicidios de los que nadie supo aclarar si fue su autor. El ...more
Jul 20, 2014 Joel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The existential adventure novel that served as the basis for two extraordinary films, Clouzot's The Wages of Fear and Friedkin's Sorcerer. It's a decent read, though the translation lacks the sort of muscularity that's essential for this kind of story. Some faults can also be laid at Arnaud's feet -- there are some baffling factual blunders in here that undermine his storytelling authority.

Anyway. Some people say "the book is always better." Not true at all.
Nov 14, 2015 AndrewP rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-adventure
The book from which the movie of the same name was made. Remade again as 'Sorcerer', with a soundtrack by Tangerine Dream,
Aug 07, 2016 Claire rated it liked it
Shelves: classiques
Après un premier chapitre un peu lent, j'ai litéralement dévoré ce livre ! Sombre, poisseux, une lecture particulière !
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