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Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson
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May 17, 07

bookshelves: fiction
Recommended for: fans of crime fiction

Another great work of pulp fiction by the master, Jim Thompson. This is set in a small rural Texas town and centers around lazy, care-free sheriff who avoids all conflicts and confrontations to the point of absurdity - that is until he meets a new lover. The foreground story is interesting, funny, and disturbing, but the background of the narrative remains important as well - rural Texas during a pre-civil rights era where race tensions are festering. I also recommend the film adaptation by French filmmaker, Bertrand Tavernier; the film is called Coup de Torchon. What's interesting about the film is its change of setting. Instead of rural Texas it is French colonial Africa.
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