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The Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke
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Dec 29, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: mystery-thriller, us-regional

haven't finished this yet but i find this book pretty amazing. i love its noirness, its alcohol-fueled duskiness/dustiness/twilightness/undergroundness. the simmering violence. the simmering heat. the rage (the acknowledgment of the rage is terrific: too bad there is no investigation of female rage as well). the despair. the hanging in there. the chaos. the descent into hell. the each man for himself. the androgynous women. the no-nonsense. the death vibes. the rotten smells. the dirty bodies. the bloated bodies. the end-of-days drunkenness. the fumes. the sunsets. the nights of the soul. the chanciness of rotten luck. the rot. the high-density language. the hodgepodginess of the plot. the compactness of the plot. the masses of detritus. the filthy water. the home cooked meals. the fatherly love.

i'm a bit frustrated but the fact that all the "pukes" are black and there are no black characters who are less than pukes. what's with that? new orleans has no black cops?

*****

finished. i wish i hadn't. i am comforted by the fact that JLB has written a ton of books. but this one, wow, really fine. maybe less violence would have been good. less endorsement of the american vigilante approach to justice. but then the book is set in baghdad, sort of. do you know what i wish? i wish that graphic depictions of violence against women were forever banned (self-censored) from literature, and that violence against women were never again used by men to justify their self-righteous thirst for other men's blood. seriously, fuck this shit.

but this book deals with this in an intelligent way. apart from one scene (involving dave robicheaux), brutal violence is dealt with with compassion, and understanding of social circumstances, and always always always with a keen awareness of the massive violence perpetrated by the authorities against the people of new orleans that lies in the background of it all. still, here's to an end to all sorts of violence. here's to peace.
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Reading Progress

December 29, 2009 – Shelved
January 4, 2010 –
page 260
69.71% "this book is pretty damn exceptional. thank you linda for pointing me toward it."
Started Reading
January 7, 2010 – Shelved as: mystery-thriller
January 7, 2010 – Shelved as: us-regional
January 7, 2010 –
page 260
69.71% "finished."
January 7, 2010 – Finished Reading

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i wish that graphic depictions of violence against women were forever banned (self-censored) from literature, and that violence against women were never again used by men to justify their self-righteous thirst for other men's blood. seriously, fuck this shit.

No fucking kidding! The next time some gruff but loving a-hole's wife/sister/mom gets raped/murdered/mutilated so that he can go off in a massive man-rage and bring the hurt, I'm gonna...well, I don't know what I'm gonna do, but it might involve a Strongly Worded Letter. *muttering*


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