You Were Never Really Here
A short, sharp and supremely hardboiled thriller from the author of the brilliant Wake Up, Sir!
A former Marine and ex-FBI agent, Joe has seen one too many crime scenes and known too much trauma, and not just in his professional life. Solitary and haunted, he prefers to be invisible. He doesn't allow himself friends or lovers and makes a living rescuing young girls from...more
Joaquin Phoenix made me read this! :-) I think the guy has an amazing ability to seek out great roles in edgy, unique films with unusual storylines. For his lead role as Joe in "You Were Never Really Here" (in some countries released under the title "A Beautiful Day"), Phoenix won the Award for Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival 2017, and director Lynne Ramsay collected the Best Screenplay Award.
The movie is based on Am ...more
I’m not going to lie, I was drawing comparisons with a certain Mr. Child and his Jack Reacher character while I was reading this book. Joe is very similar to Reacher which in itself if was enough to make me want more.
The plot, for suc ...more
A soon to be released movie, this book is crime noir at it's best. Our protagonist, Joe, is a former Marine and former FBI agent who now is a man for hire. His specialty is finding young girls sold into the sex trade. He is called into a very unusual case and once he has his hands on the targeted girl, things seem to come unwound.
I had not read Ames before, but believe that he usually writes humor. If that is the case, he has hid his cold blooded thriller image very well. This story to ...more
I suppose you could argue this abrupt ending was dramatic and ominous but I just came away feeling like the author got bored with the story and couldn't be bothered to write anymore. Knowing what I know of Ames from reading his non-fiction I find this entirely plausible.
Still, as I said, right up until the somewhat lack-lustre ending, this was absolutely great. ...more
Be forewarned, both are with graphic violence. Also, if one intends to watch the film, I would suggest reading only about half of the novella. And to be honest, I would do the reading before watching the film. Unfortunately, aspects of the film are too ambiguous and reading half of the novella explains away ...more
Straight to the meat not so many details, economy of words and pages that hook you into a effective little thriller that can be read under t ...more
I went to see the film at a friend’s invitation knowing only that it starred Joaquin Phoenix. Good enough! 30 minutes in and I was transfixed by Phoenix’s performance and Jonny “Radiohead” Greenwood’s soundtrack, to find out at the end that the film had been adapted by its director, Lynne Ramsay, from a novella by Jonathan Ames. Quite the trip this one was!
I was fascinated by the Phoenix’s character, Joe, a walking paradox - a br ...more
Certainly doesn't work as a book on its own as far too much is left hanging and 97 pages isn't really long enough to explore the many plot strands, not to develop characters properly. ...more
Indeed, reading the story was much better. It is a straightforward crime noir that reminded me of Richard Stark's Parker and Andrew Vachss' Burke novel series. A damaged man does good things by way of bad means. The prose is lea ...more
The film was elegant and minimal, with great performances, especially from Joaquin Phoenix. When I learned it was a book, I had to scoop. I was surprised that the paperback was only 112 ppg, but given Ames' minimalist style, it's actually quite an achievement. It also made for a smooth read (first book I'd finished in one day in I dont know how long). A similar experience to watching a movie, which I liked.
Ames is a deceptively skilled writer--it isn't easy to ke ...more
It’s not a new framework that Ames chooses, a 40 year old ex-Marine and FBI agent, from an abused childhood, who now hires his ‘skills’ out in New York for j ...more
I’ve never read Jonathan Ames - but I’ve seen BORED TO DEATH - and this is not the type of book I’d expect from the creator of that show.
Short and dark and violent. I thought it was great and I’m now very excited for the movie
He is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a f ...more