I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive
In 1963, ten years after Hank's death, Doc himself is wracked by addiction. Having lost his license to practice medicine, his morph...more
Everything changes for...more
Doc, the main character, is a morphine addicted former MD stripped of his license. He is "haunted" by the ghost of Hank Williams (yes, THAT Hank Williams), whose presence and general obnoxious behavior seems to both prompt Doc to continue his downward spiral - and somehow comfort...more
His brilliant first book, Doghouse Roses, comprised of short stori...more
Grammy award winner, singer/songwriter Steve Earle named this novel after his 14th studio album released in 2011. He has acted in roles on television and in movies. While I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive is his first novel, Earle has also written a play and a book of short stories. To be honest, I hadn't heard of him before reading his novel, so my opinion is only swayed by having read about him on Wiki, and liking his anti-war, anti-death penalty, etc views. The man has led a colorful lif...more
Amazon Best Books of the Month, May 2011: Steve Earle's heartbreaking debut novel features a morphine addict who performs illegal abortions, a young Mexican girl with mysterious healing powers, the ghost of Hank Williams, and a host of other more or less charismatic misfits. Set in San Antonio around the time of JFK’s assassination, and told with an equal mix of sympathy and violent detail, the story maintains a delicate balance of many such would-be opposing forces: Catholici...more
Those of us who have been around awhile know what else happened in Texas...more
While Earle's writing is in no way groundbreaking or wholly original in its style and contents, it's pure, it's crisp, it's clean and it's from the heart. I was amazed by the depth and redemption of his characters, the lush moral contrast of th...more
I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive is a simple story at it's core. The plot isn't convoluted or intricate, but it's intere...more
A failed doctor whose career has crashed into the drudgery of drug abuse fueled by backroom abortions performed at a whorehouse back room in 1960’s Texas might sound like a grim tale. And it is. However beautiful young healer recently arrived from Mexico joins forces with the doc. As she comes to love him while learning his healing trade she also works magic on the drug addicted hookers they treat. One by one they stop their addictions and give up hooking returning to a better li...more
A gritty tale set in 196...more
This book is aim...more
Steve Earle is a musician, songwriter, poet and social activist who has definitely established himself as a great American storyteller in this gritty, poignant debut novel.
In 1963, Doc Ebersole lives with the ghost of Hank Williams considering that he was his doctor and one of the last people to see him alive. He lives with the fact that there was also some controversy concerning William’s final morphine dose.
After losing his license, Doc is wrack...more
It's the fall of 1963 in a rundown neighborhood of San Antonio. Doc Ebersole is a disgraced former physician...more
Set in the gritty ghetto streets of San Antonio, Texas, in 1963, Earle stakes historical markers, most significantly, the assassination of John...more
Bevor ich versuche, meine Meinung zu diesem Buch in Worte zu fassen (was sehr schwierig sein wird), klickt einmal hier [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Nd2vV...] und hört euch das Lied an, während ihr mein Geschreibsel lest. Es fasst die Stimmung des Buches, das offensichtlich nach diesem Lied benannt wurde, perfekt zusammen. Es ist ruhig, schon fast monoton und dennoch dramatisch, trostlos, mit einem Funken Ironie, sowie Hoffnung.
Doc ist ein sehr passiver und Protagonist. Man erfährt we...more
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Lonesome's a whole other thing. Incurable. Terminal. A hole in your heart you could drive a semi truck through. So big and so deep that no amount of money or whiskey or pussy or dope in the whole goddamn world can fill it up because you dug it yourself and you're digging it still, one lie, one disappointment, one broken promise at a time.”