A Hell of a Woman Free read ã 104

Free read A Hell of a Woman

A Hell of a Woman Free read ã 104 Ö ¿uién tiene la potestad de perdonar una vida o de dar muerte En el caso de Dillon un vendedor a domicilio de escasa moral todas las dudas se disipan cuando conoce a la joven y frágil Mona ue durante años ha sido víctima de las maldades de su tía una rica anciana ue ha llegado a convertirla prácticamente ePodrido Sin duda alguna aunue Dillon no haya llegado a valorar ue cualuier acto acarrea consecuencias y ue la conciencia propia uizá tenga brechas ocultas ue solo se descubren al ponerla a prueba. Dammit I knew it I just reviewed the whole Jim Thompson omnibus when deep down I knew that one review of A Hell of a Woman would say just about all I need to say about Jim Thompson It's great An underrated classic From the first page you know this is Thompson at his best the girl glimpsed through a window in a lightning storm the hard luck shyster salesman cum debt collector out in the rain lusting after her and the slang talking first person POV he would make famous in The Killer Inside Me only here put to work in the service of a story to my mind deeper than Killer could ever beAll of a sudden something seemed to snap inside of my head It was just like I wasn't any like I'd just shriveled up and disappeared And in my place there was nothing but a deep hole a deep black hole with a light shining down from the topWhoa baby this is Thompson firing on 5 cylinders with no brakes and a seized up shock absorber black as pitch and writing from the heart or as close to it as his sleazy choice of genre will allow Better still that genre takes him places he maybe couldn't get otherwise through some sordid creepy acts of violence and scenes of dialogue reminiscent of Crime and Punishment in their potential double meanings which play on the paranoiac narrator's nerves to the point of near insanity For once the 'dimestore Dostoevsky' appellation does not seem misplaced The self justifying and self pity is just about pitch perfect too as is the humble pie act which in Killer or Pop 1280 seems too self conscious but here is so close to the line between conscious act and delusion that the narrator himself seems unsure whether to believe it or not And this tightrope walk between aware and otherwise may be the essence of Thompson's genius There's a scene around the middle of Woman in which the narrator Frank 'Dolly' Dillon is suddenly confronted with a 'Where did you get that money' by a character we know has been playing it coy for several pages and even though we see it coming it's chilling because what we can't know is just how Dolly will react given that he's been lulling himself in a dream world by deliberately taking things at face value A repeated line throughout this 'That's how I wanted it to be so that's how it was' Of course because it's Thomspon and Thompson at his most free it's never gonna be perfect Funny thing in Killer he had the narrator bitch about contemporary fiction writers about their propensity to dispense with grammar and get all experimental at the climaxes to their novels yet this is exactly what he does here and to a lesser degree in Killer itself Added to that a slightly hokey story within the story device in which the narrator writes and rewrites an increasingly delusional autobiography is out of place here yet works psychologically and thanks to the rapid fire style of the whole manages not to offend In contrast the slangy conversational style is brilliant as good as just about anything I've read by Thompson or anyone else for that matter some of it so hilarious that I would laugh out loud and shake my head in admiration for minutes after reading the choicest parts So too the sex scenes these truly are genius for suggesting so much with so little for staying well out of range of the censors while managing to be both thrilling and gruesome in their import and giving ample motivation for ol' Dolly to tie the noose ever tighter round his neck in his struggle to grasp his ideal image of woman And when it comes down to it that's really the crux of this book and why I think it is essential for an understanding of its author it's about the delusions inspired by sex and romantic love; it's Thompson's Vertigo; and you ask me it's the explication of a subtext that runs through all his work and motivates most if not all of the dirty little crimes of his protagonists Added to that this is pulp shamelessly so and all the better for it No pretensions to literary in joking as in Killer in which the narrator a deep thinker and bibliophile in the guise of a pea brained yokel seems almost like a scathing self portrait of Thompson the literary master trapped in the body of a pulp writer; nah here it's just a street talking over reaching everyman on the road to ruin in an unnamed hellhole in middle America and despite his cramming an impressive array of stylistic tricks into the delivery the mask never drops we never catch Thompson drawing attention to himself Make no mistake this is sordid It's brave It's funny And even though the end will have you scratching your head it gets the point across and at least suggests a satisfying hall of mirrors effect which while a touch too 'experimental' is well within and somehow even emblematic of the pulp tradition to which it aspireswe smoked the hay we started sniffing the snow guzzle the juice and puff the mary and sniff the c we did that and then we went on the h we started riding the main line we were blind too paralysed to feel too numb but everything began to get beautifulJeez it's ridiculous but gloriously liberatingly so especially when you remind yourself this is 1954 And remember this is the guy that wrote Kubrick's Paths of Glory; he's a seriously good writer in the old fashioned sense But something's come over him You want fever dream This is pretty close to it Lonesome he said The man said I looked lonesome And I had all kinds of company All kinds All dead All jumping up in front of me wherever I looked all laughing and crying and singing in my mindYou pull a thread out of this and it'd fall apart And there's loose threads here plenty But you wanna hear a howl from the throat of the 20th century Proletarian pushed to breaking point by babes and booze and survival of the fittest consumerism you could do a lot worse Could be for all its cartoonish surreal absurdity that A Hell of a Woman is some kinda 'Great American Novel' The best kind camouflaged Set to blow

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Ante años ha sido víctima de las maldades de su tía una rica anciana ue ha llegado a convertirla prácticamente en una prostituta ¿No merece la muerte un ser tan despreciable lascivo corrupto y. L'enfer c'est les autres Jean Paul Sartre No Exit There is only so much Jim Thompson one should read in a summer Even an Arizona summer starts to seem dark under the weight of too much Thompson Finishing this book makes me want to punch someone Hard Look this isn't his best pitch I get it He's done better stuff Things that will hang with you longer Stories that were a bit dynamic But still reading this Dimestore Dostoevsky is going to bend you no matter how this book measures up to Thompson's other stuff This novel reads like a linear painful nervous breakdown The women hurt and the money doesn't help Just remember folks Life isn't fair Women are hard Money is damn slippery It all becomes that much complicated when you are beat down and a bit crazy to boot Some people never get a lucky roll Some people never catch an easy day This book is for the poor the misunderstood the downtrodden It is a book to remind those poor sons of bitches that not only could their lot be worse but yeah baby someday it most certainly WILL be worse

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A Hell of a Woman¿uién tiene la potestad de perdonar una vida o de dar muerte En el caso de Dillon un vendedor a domicilio de escasa moral todas las dudas se disipan cuando conoce a la joven y frágil Mona ue dur. Down on his luck salesman Frank Dillon meets a girl named Mona who's being abused and practically put on the street corner by her elderly aunt When Dillon finds out the aunt has over a hundred thousand dollars hidden in the house he plans to kill her and run off with Mona Unfortunately this book was written by Jim ThompsonNobody writes noir tales about the wheels coming off an already shaky plan like old Mr Cheerful himself Jim Thompson A Hell of a Woman is a tale very nearly from the James M Cain mold Man meets woman bumps off someone in order to be with her then uickly descends into madnessFrank Dillon coming unglued is a testament to Jim Thompson's skill as a writer As things start coming unraveled Frank's cracking is very believable The way his personality splits into two parts was very well done and uite jarring toward the endThat's about all I can say without giving too much away This is definitely an upper tier Jim Thompson book It's an easy four stars