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The BastardA Sizzling Classic of Lust and TragedyA REAL BASTARDHis mother gave birth to him on a hot August day in her carny tent She cursed through her labor and would have kil. Erskine Caldwell's first novel novella really is a tough read Gene Morgan is a bastard by birth and by inclination a murdering raping monster of a man Caldwell is what you read when Faulkner seems too light and Nelson Algren too optimistic In fact THE BASTARD resembles Algren's SOMEBODY IN BOOTS in it's episodic structure and its elemental tone Caldwell is a realist with a 2020 view into the black hearts of people who have gone over the edge of poverty and alienation The volume I read also included his story The Sacrilege of Alan Kent a poetical experimental study of a man's life It is as unrelenting as THE BASTARD

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The Bastard review ¾ 3 ↠ A Sizzling Classic of Lust and TragedyA REAL BASTARDHis mother gave birth to him on a hot August day in her carny tent She cursed through her labor and would have killed the baby if the roustabouts hadn't tied her downUntil he ran away Gene lived in a shanty with an old black woman He knew his mother was a harlot but he didn't know Led the baby if the roustabouts hadn't tied her downUntil he ran away Gene lived in a shanty with an old black woman He knew his mother was a harlot but he didn't kno. “The cocaine was entering a final stage” p 53 It could just be my ignorance but I believe this is the first time I’ve ever seen mention of this particular drug in any literature of the last century I frankly had no idea that it had a place in any part of American society—never mind in the deep rural South—as far back as the year in which this Erskine Caldwell’s first novel was published in 1929Much of the material and many of the characters Erskine was to populate his later works with are just coming to light in this first novel But it is a sub story that takes place in roughly the last third of the novel that is perhaps the most disturbing I won’t give it away except to say that it put me in mind of David Lynch’s film “Erasurehead” and I really have to wonder whether Lynch didn’t take this short novel as an inspiration—or at least as a starting point—for his filmIn any case The Bastard is well worth reading—as flawed as it may be in many respects—if for no other reason than to understand the thinking and writing of the young writer who would one day become the author of such classics as God’s Little Acre and Tobacco RoadRRBBrooklyn NY17 December 2017

Erskine Caldwell ò 3 free read

W or care who his father was No one knewthere had been too many menHe took love where he found it at the carnival the jail the mill and he killed when he felt like it. Pretty horrific Well written but not for the light hearted