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Galveston: A Novel [Anglais] [Relié]

Nic Pizzolatto


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"An often incandescent fever dream of low-rent, unbearable beauty.... Galveston, in its authenticity and fearless humanism, recalls only the finest examples of the form." - New York Times Book Review --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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From the creator, writer, and executive producer of the HBO crime series True Detective, comes a dark and visceral literary debut set along the seedy wastelands of Galveston.

On the same day that Roy Cady is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he senses that his boss, a dangerous loan-sharking bar-owner, wants him dead. Known “without affection” to members of the boss’s crew as “Big Country” on account of his long hair, beard, and cowboy boots, Roy is alert to the possibility that a routine assignment could be a deathtrap. Which it is. Yet what the would-be killers do to Roy Cady is not the same as what he does to them, which is to say that after a smoking spasm of violence, they are mostly dead and he is mostly alive.

Before Roy makes his getaway, he realizes there are two women in the apartment, one of them still breathing, and he sees something in her frightened, defiant eyes that causes a fateful decision. He takes her with him as he goes on the run from New Orleans to Galveston, Texas—an action as ill-advised as it is inescapable. The girl’s name is Rocky, and she is too young, too tough, too sexy—and far too much trouble. Roy, Rocky, and her sister hide in the battered seascape of Galveston’s country-western bars and fleabag hotels, a world of treacherous drifters, pickup trucks, and ashed-out hopes. Any chance that they will find safety there is soon lost. Rocky is a girl with quite a story to tell, one that will pursue and damage Roy for a very long time to come.

Recalling the moody violence of the early novels of Cormac McCarthy and Denis Johnson, this powerful, potent, and atmospheric thriller is impossible to put down. Constructed with maximum tension and haunting aftereffect, written in darkly beautiful prose, Galveston announces the arrival of a major new literary talent. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Haunting noir 16 juin 2010
Par Giddy Goody - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Galveston is exceptionally well-written, a Southern noir that takes recognizable genre types (the tough, smart mob enforcer and the spirited young woman) and plows deep, deep, deep into their psyches and souls. Roy Cady, the narrator and main character, is pretty much a triumphant creation; he knows that his strengths and his weaknesses are more acute than the typical, assimilated dude, and he is fully aware of the harm he can inflict, but he also seems to hit upon wells of compassion and bravery that are both surprising and completely earned. And his voice is an uncompromising wonder.

One reviewer here calls Galveston a redemption tale, but I think that may be putting too sunny a spin; there is no promise that the possible redemption offered has been worth the costs paid (a tour of the Inferno, with glimpses at Purgatory). It is more a novel about seemingly marginal individuals clawing tooth and nail for their humanity, and the world (and, quite often, their own instincts) fighting them at every step. There's a cinematic clarity, and an irresistibly dark pull, to the narrative, and the language often sings out with the sort of violent, seemingly off-hand vernacular poetry of a Denis Johnson or a Roberto Bolano (minus his post-Beat mannerisms).

Recommended for folks interested in noir novels that not only satisfy your itch for genre strengths like expert plotting and unceasing atmospherics, but that may also exceed your expectations in terms of characterization and depth of feeling.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "The clouds of the old MGM Westerns" 10 juin 2010
Par Cardiff Giant - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
"Galveston" is a first-rate page-turner, and, thank god, not for any cheap manipulations or torn from the headlines hooks, but for characters I can relate to -- emotionally, at least -- who are yanked relentlessly and often brutally into situations I can not relate to -- physically, at least. (What a concept -- a novel with characterization worthy of a "literary hit" and a plot worthy of the crime genre's masters!) What can be said except that Roy Cady escaped Springsteen's "Nebraska" album; thankfully, he found a home in Nic Pizzolatto's first novel.

Once you've finished, Pizzolatto's craftsmanship truly hits you -- his structure renders any melodramatics moot and lets you focus on the human journey, the human costs on Roy, Rocky, and Tiffany (in other words, he makes sure that you're turning this page-turner's pages for the right reasons); his sense of place and time is annoyingly pinpoint, as my shoulders stung from sunburns I did not have and my feet itched with sand that wasn't between my toes; and his language is a miracle, romantically honest (though this won't be a surprise for fans of his short story collection).

Incredible stuff here. Don't miss out.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Solid modern-noir... but, well-trodden 22 février 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Brief: Good for a modern noir but it always left me wanting more. Solid storytelling but it was a well-trodden motif with no new angles or innovative character developments. The characters were essentially one-dimensional personalities -- something Pizzolatto seemed to have corrected in his latest work. The end -- the major plot points -- were fairly easy to suss out. All in all, it was a good, quick read, but the archetypes were obvious and stayed true to noir form. If you were expecting True Detective, this isn't it. Although, years down the line, it could show a baseline that will only show Pizzolatto's true brilliance. He is growing into his new writing style with his recent work for HBO. Evidence of TD's philosophy and vivid scene descriptions are there, albeit meekly.

Regardless, it was entertaining and I look forward to TD's conclusion and it's further iterations.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 True Detective is Great, This Book Isn’t. 26 février 2014
Par Larry Nocella - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I love the show True Detective, so I couldn’t wait to try more of Nic Pizzolatto’s writing. Unfortunately, Galveston is okay at best. It has a similar nihilistic vibe as True Detective, but it just doesn’t grab.

Galveston could have been good if each pivotal moment was developed, but instead it seemed more like a short story split in half, stuffed in the middle with filler and published as a novel.

Mr. Pizzolatto can certainly write, bring characters to life and describe brutal action. The beginning of Galveston has all that and was a thrilling ride. I was excited for what was to come, but then the book slowed to a crawl in terms of character and action.

It mostly just marked time until the end, when everything happens and more than a decade passes by in one sentence. I only kept reading because I wanted to know what happened, but I kept hoping the book would get on with it or at least build up the stakes. It did neither.

Again, it seemed to me this was a great short story forced into mediocrity by making it novel-length. Without giving much away, the whole motivation and heroism of the main character could have been developed over time, but it came in a quick burst after the boring middle part. Then the book was done. The wait wasn’t worth the payoff. The whole thing seemed rushed.

All that said, I love True Detective so much, I'll definitely read more by Mr. Pizzolatto: his existing short stories and anything he writes in the future. He’s certainly talented, but regarding Galveston, those talents are obscured by the plodding nature of the book.

Larry Nocella
Author of the novel, The Katrina Contract, available on Amazon
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 It was ok, i guess 10 juillet 2014
Par Emily Anne Leonard - Publié sur Amazon.com
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i really loved True Detective and I had heard that this novel by the series' writer was great, too. It wasn't.

To be clear, I didn't read Galveston because I expected it to be a prequel to True Detective, or in any other way similar to the show. I thought the writing on the series was outstanding, and I figured a book by the same author would also contain outstanding writing. That being said, the book was just....okay. The story was OK enough to keep me reading until the end. But the ending felt anticlimactic to say the least. I guess the word I would use to describe this book is underwhelming.
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