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Cropper's Cabin

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  379 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Tommy Carver may be every inch the angry, rebellious young man his teachers and parents accuse him of being. But sometimes, there are reasons for a fury like Tommy's.

Tommy's relationship with Donna, the daughter of a man he hates almost as much as his own father, has led to more outbursts than anything else in Tommy's firecracker existence. With her unearthly beauty and a
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by Mulholland Books (first published 1952)
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Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: russ meyer fans
Recommended to Andy by: tura satana's ghost
Shelves: pulp-fiction
About as close as you’re gonna get to a literary version of a Russ Meyer movie like “Mudhoney” or “Common Law Cabin” with a strappin’ young hillbilly science scholar fightin’ off the pulchritudes of his half-breed girlfriend, steamy buxom foster maw or even the apple biting teacher with the biggest pair of blackboard erasers this side of the Loozyanna swamps. Just to keep the Russ vibe flowing there’s whips crackin’ and jeeps flyin’ through the next 158 pages. Maw even pleasures herself on Page ...more
Jul 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jim-thompson
This is not a popular book among Thompson readers, probably because it's really, really not a crime novel and certainly not a thriller. But I thought it was brilliant. The plot is a little slow and unsatisfying, but the voice and the glimpses of Oklahoma life and race politics are magnificent. This is one of my favorite Thompson novels. But if you're looking for the "Jim Thompson Feeling," don't read it -- in terms of plot and worldview, it bears very little resemblance to his Romans Noir. The m ...more
Kelly Tabor
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is my first Thompson book and I guess this particular story is not like his others but it was brilliant. A story that I thought was going to be a coming of age, against all odds type of story but turns into something very tragic, heartbreaking and disturbing. As uncomfortable as I was reading it, it ended the right way. What a relief!
The first half of this novel is such a great setup that it had me thinking that this might just be one of my favorite Thompson novels but the last half seriously deteriorated in a haze of lame dialogue and many pages of unexplained willful disobedience by the protagonist while he is serving a prison sentence. So after the rip-roaring start I ended up being disappointed.
Another time, another place, star crossed lovers, and no wasted words or time. An absolute masterpiece.

addendum. accidentally re-read. Felt ever so familiar for ten pages and when i realized, i finished it again.
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jim Thompson Obsessives
Not recommended to readers just getting started on on the work of Jim Thompson.
Everything bad you've read about this novel is understated.

Tawdry, tiresome, and predictable.
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended
Another great book by Jim Thompson. Tom Carver does everything he can to ruin his own life. His father and teachers treat him like he is smart. But he does very little to support this. Very dramatic. One thing stands out in my mind: a lawyer is featured in this at the second half of the story and all the dialogue coming out of his mouth is just great, reminds me of Bob Odenkirk channelling Saul.
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jim-thompson
"Cropper' Cabin" is unlike anything else Thompson published. It is bereft of psychopathic deputies, lacking dirty, underhanded tricks, and doesn't detail a descent into the depths of hell. The protagonist Tommy Carver is not a conman or other shady dealer. This is a piece of country pulp like what Harry Whittington put out. Tommy grew up in a shareholder's shack in the Oklahoma countryside with his meanspirited stepfather and Tommy is busy romancing a rich man's daughter and causing all kinds of ...more
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
19-year-old Tommy Carver has spent his entire life under the thumb (and belt) of his oppressive racist father, suffering along with his step-mother Mary, a lustful woman only fourteen years older than himself and devoid of any maternal instincts. He’s spent his whole life fighting the system, but as a bright kid who made the football team, his life still has plenty of potential. He’s the secret beau of Donna Ontime, daughter of the local landowner, a native american with some sixty sharecropped ...more
Guy Salvidge
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is definitely second-rate Thompson, but it's also distinctively Thompson, if that makes sense. The usual elements are here - overbearing father, seductive step-mother, violence, murder, a lawyer by the name of Kossmeyer - but it all rather peters out in the final third.
CROPPER’S CABIN. (1952) Jim Thompson. ***.
Set in Eastern Oklahoma, this is the story of a sharecropper family that has hit rock bottom. The father was cropping ten acres in the middle of a larger ranch of 1,000 acres. He has been offered a good sum of money for the mineral rights, but the owner won’t let him do it. He wants to maintain the whole area as farming land. Tom, the cropper’s son, is his last hope. He has been sacrificing to keep him in high school and make him successful. The troubles
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thompson escribió una novela realmente oscura y sórdida, con unos personajes llevados bastante al extremo, una novela cargada de racismo y lucha de clases, con relaciones paterno filiales duras. Estas primeras novelas de Thompson me parecen impresionantes, están llenas de una virulencia que más tarde si diluyo un poco, parecen querer marcar territorio, Thompson estaba creando su sello de identidad por el cual sería reconocido y reconocible el resto de su vida.

Y aunque Tierra sucia no es una nov
D. B.
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Cropper's Cabin is a stone-cold bummer, which should come as no surprise to Jim Thompson fans. What I appreciated most about it is that Thompson draws on his experiences growing up in Oklahoma to inform the story, characters, and setting. The despairing, elegiac quality to the writing captures the right tone for the story, which focuses on a self-hating sharecropper trying to rise above his station. In an unexpected twist, white characters are presented as trashy, nihilistic bums oppressed by a ...more
Jul 10, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noirboiled
After his breakthrough fourth novel, The Killer Inside Me, Jim Thompson's fifth, Cropper's Cabin, feels like a variation on the proverbial sophomore slump. The novel's narrator, nineteen-year-old Tommy Carver, is poised to rise above his origins as a sharecropper's son: He's getting an education, and he's the secret beau of Donna Ontime, daughter of his father's wealthy landlord. Then, of course, things turn noirish, but the narrative never gains much momentum. On the whole, Cropper's Cabin is n ...more
interesting read. examines issues of race, community, responsibility... totally accessible. occasionally crackling language, but overall kind of disappointing. the plot is tightly wound and i expected more of a SNAP when the time came. i would recommend this to people who don't like to read much. or people who have a thing for oklahoma or white/indian relations in the 1950s. or fans of crime novels. i might read another one or two of thompson's books just to see whether the book was just a weake ...more
Sep 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very entertaining novel about an Oklahoma sharecropper's son who gets framed for a murder. This is the perfect vacation read. Short, easy, and engaging. Not the best of Jim Thompson, but his talent as a great storyteller shines through nevertheless.

I had two cheap paperback copies, so I took one on a backpacking trip and read the whole thing in about two sittings.
Michael Stewart
Feb 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Minor THOMPSON - not as sordid as most.

There is a femme fatale, but she's more feverish than fatal.

The protagonist is a hot-head mired in the share-cropper clutches of his father, an Okie from Miskogee. And while a tad naive, he's a totem of goodness.

There's actually more good people than bad - again going against Thompson type.
Jul 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sharecropper-in-hell crime story in which the crime isn’t much of a mystery. American Indian ritual, courtroom satire & an underlying self-help type positive message make this just weird enough to be interesting.
Phyllis Wright
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
It as one of those stories that I read just to have something to read and it had me carried away from the first page. It was odd, in that the way the characters said things was something I had to think about to make sense of it. Hmmm.
Ben Loory
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Jacob Yang
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a joy to return to Jim Thompson with this doozy. I knocked a point off for the ending, but on all other fronts it delivered!
May 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
although a saccharine metaphor is employed at the end,
it's used for a glimmer of hope, also atypical for thompson.
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Raw human emotion captured perfectly and succinctly.
If you enjoy Jim Thompson books, this is a good (& slightly different) entry. In some ways a bit more insightful than the other Thompson books I've read.
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is a tragic story about a sharecropper and his son. A tale of injustices and lessons learned. very quick and easy read while very entertaining.
Titus G
Oct 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Disgruntled poor white trash lash out at rich half caste neighbours and educated half castes. Dark but mediocre.
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“The land, now, well I'll tell you how I feel about that. It's done a good job, as good as it was able to, anyway, and it's got a right to look tired. It'd be pretty upsetting if it looked any other way. Yes, and the hardness is all right, too. It's been through something pretty hard, and some of that hardness was bound to rub off. And sometimes a frown sets a lot better with you than a smile. Something that's taken a beating, you don't want to see it laugh. And just because it's stopped laughing doesn't mean it'll never laugh again.” 2 likes
“He was staring off across the long broad fields, raising his eyes above the red clay soil to the horizon, looking across the fiery-red plains of Hell with its endless gauntlet of dead-brown imps---the cotton, the cotton, cotton, cotton---closing his eyes to them and seeing only the horizon and its towering ranks of derricks. Steel giants, snorting and chuckling amongst themselves; sneering wonderingly at the cotton and the bent-backed pigmies admist it. Huffing and puffing and belching up gold.” 1 likes
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