In ten stunning and bleak tales set in the woodlands, swamps and chemical plants along the Alabama River, Tom Franklin stakes his claim as a fresh, original Southern voice. His lyric, deceptively simple prose conjures a world where the default setting is violence, a world of hunting and fishing, gambling and losing, drinking and poaching-a world most of us have never seen...more
“A glimpse into the world proves that horror is nothing more than reality.” Alfred Hitchcock
Tom Franklin once wrote that he is driven to write by the need to “tell of my Alabama, to reveal it, lush and green and full of death.”
When I added this to my TBR a ways back I thought it was about a game warden and poaching. Ever since reading Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter I have wanted more. This is Franklin's debut of short stories. I don’t think I can describe this selection better than the book bl ...more
Add another one to the list, by yet another terrific author.
Peek into the world of men who work at chemical factories, gas stations and wastewater treatment plants. As you might expect, their lives ar ...more
È sempre da segnalare l’arguzia delle traduzioni adottate nei titoli: da ‘Bracconieri’, secondo me titolo efficace evocativo e non abusato, oltre che titolo del racconto più lungo e generalmente considerato più importante di questa raccolta, si è passati ad ‘Alabama Blues’, titolo che a me sembra fuorviante, evasivo, e identico ad altri mille.
Davvero non so perché così spesso così tanti commentatori e critici tirano in ballo Raymond Carver per ...more
"Poachers" is a novella in the collection Poachers; naming a short story collection after its star novella is a perfectly fine convention except for how it currently inconveniences me, because I like Poachers but love "Poachers."
"Poachers" centers on general store owner Kirxy, whose wife died some years ago and whose most valued human connection since has been with the three Gates boys, the area's half-feral orphans who telephone cat ...more
I do live in the south in the Bible Belt and try to acknowledge that by paying some attention to southern literature. I joined the GR group On the Southern Literary Trail some time ago and have discovered quite a few new authors as a result. I have j ...more
JESUS IS NOT COMING.
Better to rely on guns and alcohol these people must've thought. It is all about survival. Yet, Franklin shows a humane side in them, opposed to the darkness they seemed to be surrounded with.
Compared to Frank Bill's Crimes in Southern Indiana: Stories , this is grit lit with a softer touch, not as violent, but just as bleak and desperate.
Franklin manages to insert some touches of dry humor, especially in the Introduction when he tells us why he needed to hunt,
After the first few stories, I was worried. Not that I hated them, just that they fell well below my expectations. Yet once Franklin finds his voice and his grove good things happen.
Would recommend this to fans of southern Gothic fiction/ country noir/ grit lit.
Franklin get's right to it. To my taste, there's not a bad one in there.......but they're all bad from t ...more
That's Tom Franklin's idea of a happy end ...more
Tom Franklin started out good as any pro and has just improved from there. Marvelous exposure to Alabama pine woods rural and Southern youth experience too.
Chewy too, but not way over the ...more
This book was a present from my dear friend who knows me and loves me.
Thanks, dear friend!
This collection is made up of ten stories of varying length, and one essay that ser ...more
I sometimes struggle with shorts -- getting into each one then moving on to the next one -- but these were easy ...more
on the kindle.
"introduction hunting years" all lower case...so sue me. make me do time. heh! 1st person this, alabama, late december, eye-narrator standing on a trestle...he'd heard a panther scream whilst standing on the trestle w/his bro.....yeah...only i was on the montreal meadows or getting there and i hear ...more
By Tom Franklin
Harper Collins, 192 pgs
Rating: Read This Book!
Poachers is a collection of 11 short stories. I have gone back to my roots with this one. I "discovered" American regional short fiction 20 years ago and my favorite region is the south. It's all so very Gothic. Spanish moss and kudzu, Appalachia and Gulf coast, alligator and Thoroughbred, Pentecostal and voodoo priestess, plantation and slave quarter. One gets the idea that the primeval is alive and lurking in Miss ...more
|On the Southern L...: Poachers, by Tom Franklin: Initial Impressions, July 2014||18||43||Jul 28, 2014 10:33AM|
Share This Book
Here’s what it’s like to be poor. Your wife leaves you because you can’t find a job because there aren’t any jobs to find. You empty the jar of pennies on the mantel to buy cigarettes. You hate to answer the phone; it can’t possibly be good news. When your friends invite you out, you don’t go. After a while, they stop inviting. You owe them money, and sometimes they ask for it. You tell them you’ll see what you can scrape up.
Which is this: nothing.”