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Cutter and Bone by Newton Thornburg
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Jan 04, 2016

really liked it
Read in January, 2016

Another companion read to "Macbeth" as I skimmed quickly through "The 5th Wave"(a dog). Saw the movie "Cutter's Way" long ago and liked it.

Almost finished last night with this VERY depressing book. So far I'd say I like the movie better. It's not as if this is a bad book at all, but such a downer! More later...

In summation... I guess I don't have a lot to say about the book. Both of our "heroes" seem to be depressed and occasionally suicidal. The character of Cutter is kind of one-dimensional; all rage and aggression couched in relentless cynical verbal attacks. Bone is more interesting but you need to have a certain level of experience to "get" him. Poor guy... really! -... seemingly programmed for low-profile hedonism and survival. He was literally(physically, emotionally) unable to live a better, more committed life. Programmed to let himself and others down. The mistakes he makes at the end(does he suddenly become stupid???) challenged my(logical) "acceptance" but he had to pay(I guess) for abandoning Mo to her fate. Notes...

- The loser trio(Cutter, Bone and Mo) in the movie were a bit less ... dumpy(?). Lisa Eichorn in particular. What ever happened to her?

- Perot misspelled as Perrot.

- The villain seems to be sprung from Sam Walton. His book name changed in the film.

- Mr. Thornburg seems to have read plenty of Chandler and McDonald.

- "Trougle" ... must be "trouble"!

- A café scene like "Five Easy Pieces," an ending like "Easy Rider."

- 3.75* rounds up to 4*



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