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On the occasion of the paperback release of Demonology, Back Bay Books takes pleasure in making all four of Rick Moody's acclaimed earlier works of fiction available in handsome new paperback editions.



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  • Broché: 304 pages
  • Editeur : Back Bay Books; Édition : 1st Back Bay Pbk. Ed (4 mai 1998)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0316559776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316559775
  • Dimensions du produit: 14 x 2,2 x 21 cm
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Par Cetalir TOP 50 COMMENTATEURS le 23 février 2013
Format: Broché
C’est la chronique d’une Amérique qui perd tout repère en ses valeurs, qui doute de sa supériorité, qui peu à peu se délite que R. Moody nous conte avec un succès certain. Le titre « Purple Americ » n’a rien à voir avec l’expression inventée quelques années plus tard pour décrire la mixité des votes bleus (démocrates) et rouges (républicains) qui, une fois retranscrits sur une carte des Etats-Unis, donne une image violette (purple) du pays. Cette couleur, c’est celle que prit le ciel du Pacifique, un soir, lors d’essais nucléaires réalisés sans protection à une époque où l’Amérique croyait encore en sa toute-puissance. Ce ciel décrit dans la toute dernière page de cet épais roman par le mari de Billie avant qu’il ne découvre sa stérilité et ne meurt, encore jeune, sans doute d’un cancer déclenché par une exposition insouciante aux effets insidieusement destructeurs de multiples expériences nucléaires artisanales.

C’est à la déchéance physique, morale et financière d’une famille que nous allons assister. L’histoire est condensée sur quelques jours, symboliques de l’accélération du processus qui semble miner le pays depuis une bonne vingtaine d’années maintenant.

Le livre s’ouvre sur une époustouflante phrase de cinq pages, une phrase qui détaille par le menu ce qu’un fils paumé doit endurer pour s’occuper de sa mère, Billie, paraplégique, anémique, quasiment incapable de s’exprimer et totalement dépendante.
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Par Sophie le 14 juin 2009
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This novel is rather surpising. Without going into details, Rick Moody there depicts the story of the life of a contemporary American lower middle-class "family". No optimism is to be found in the book, thus it is no light reading. The Oedipian complex shows through the whole book, sometimes making the reader uneasy. In short, nothing really joyful, but still an interesting reading... to be taken as an introduction to 21st-century American Literature.
PS: some will find the book altogether thrilling whereas some will find its reading definitely dull... It is double or quits !
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Par Julien Pop. le 19 décembre 2011
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Le livre est arrivé en très bon état, dans les temps et sans soucis.
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Well-crafted, deliberate prose 26 septembre 2001
Par Jake Mohan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Moody's prose reminds me more of old-timers like Updike, Steinbeck, and Salinger, than of his contemporaries. Why? Well, first of all, it's rich, layered, carefully plotted, crafted with care. Moody is patient; he's not worried about rushing to the end of a sentence, paragraph, or chapter just so he can execute a clever postmodern sleight-of-hand. He's more concerned with the process, the care that goes into describing a suburban backyard on an autumn night, or a crowded seafood restaurant. Postmodern prose jockeys who get off on wordplay, thwarted expectations, and other narratological trap doors might be disappointed with Moody. But I'd like to see more writers doing what Moody does: blending the best of the new and the best of the old.
Purple America is a shift away from the realm of most postmodern prose: hyper and seemingy directionless narratives, cultural subversion, deconstruction of character and narrative. As I see it, Moody shares only the best devices of his postmodern peers. Like them, he is a young writer bred on the postmodern literary climate, who knows hardly anything else. But he also realizes the worth of comparatively "conventional" twentieth-century forms as explored by writers like Salinger and his ilk. In Purple America, I feel he has blended the best of both almost seamlessly. He admits that it's still all right to write a story with no disorienting chronological jump cuts. It's all right to write a story where characters' life histories are fully divulged, from birth to death. It's all right to write a story where a terminally ambivalent man is worried sick about his dying mother.

The postmodern gestures are still there, but they don't ruin the novel because they don't obscure the narrative. They exist only in service to the telling of a compassionate and well-rounded story. Moody's writing is very deliberate: Every word is there for a reason. Puns and various double meanings don't just happen-you can tell he's not being glib; they're not just insouciant tricks, they are devices enriching their context, the story. Even during excruciating and emotionally difficult passages such as the introductory scene in which Hex bathes his mother, I welcomed Moody's drawn out and meticulous descriptive technique. He cares about the reader's total apprehension of and identification with a given event in the novel. Like Hex, Moody is a quiet, obsequious provider-eager to be of service to his audience.
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I think some people miss the point on this one... 23 mai 2000
Par Joshua S. Levy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
... the language is tricky at times, and he likes to get into those categorical lists, which may come across as tangential wandering, but to me its quite brilliant. The first five or so pages count as probably among the best writing I have ever read. Very meditative, like an incantation, a style which resonates throughout the book. I guess the only reason I'm writing this review is becasue this book needs to be read and studied; not enough people recognize its beauty. It's easy to read it quickly and not let it get to you. Read it slowly. A great improvement over Garden State, I think, and just as if not more satsifying than The Ice Storm. Please read it.
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Dark? Sure, but also compassionate and full of heart. 3 décembre 1999
Par John Crutcher - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Moody took on a huge challenge in building a book around a character without any obvious appeal and in a dark milieu. He manages the challenge brilliantly and has written one of the best novels I've read in years. I noticed another customer questioned the comparison to Cheever that some reveiwers have made. I think it is a very apt comparison, to all of Cheever's work, but especially to FALCONER.
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America in Decline? 3 mai 2001
Par Stephen Capadona - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
In following Hex Raitliffe and his distressed family through the course of one weekend, Rick Moody takes a slice of middle class suburbia and slides it, this microcosm of American society, under his magnifying glass to diagnose the ills of a decaying culture.
The story in Purple America takes place over the course of one weekend, at the beginning of which Hex Raitliffe has returned home to suburban Connecticut to care for his deteriorating mother. While Moody slips the main character trough one mishap after another, he tours the realities of a mortal family as well as a diseased society. The book at times can be disheartening to read, because Hex Raitliffe is a sympathetic main character, but Moody's diagnoses for America points to rampant toxicity, radiation, the myopic misuse of technology, pollution, nervous overconsumption, and a male preoccupation with weaponry. By the end, when the remains of Hex's mother's body, a nuclear power plant, and nearly every human relationship has broke down, the author seems to have skipped any prognosis, deemed America past decline and created an autopsy for his bruised purple nation.
Despite the sad underlying tone, this book should pull you in by the sheer force of the language. The first two sentences, describing Hex giving his invalid mother a bath, make the most powerful opening to any novel I've read. The book in many ways reproduces the promise of that first chapter. The language soars, but is used to describe the most everyday activities. The brilliantly written sex scene of Hex's awkward reunion with his high school crush is an example. One reviewer for this reason, and accurately I think, calls the book a "domestic thriller." It is about the most ordinary of guys in an ordinary family, but in duress. It was interesting to read Moody catalogue the excesses of suburban living-inside the Raitliffe manse, the "mahogany couch-with-end-tables, the carved Brunswick Craftsman-style pool table, the inlaid music cabinet with Victrola, the rosewood love seat and parlor set, the imitation British pub-style bar with Waterford crystal low and highball set, the early Magnavision monochrome television receiver, the floor-model French birdcage with stuffed parrot, and more"-listing the material possessions that the Raitliffes and others in their neighborhood have amassed.
In that sense, the book is a kind of elegy for a class. The purple of America and the purple that Billie Raitliffe longs to surround herself with is the classic purple of royalty, but Hex's family-his ill mother and skipped-town step father-never meet their "ideal of rural paradise." Instead, words come easily to no one; communication within the family is stilted; Billie, the mother, resignedly talks through a computer; Hex stutters uncontrollably, and it seems they have just as little fluidity of access to their emotions. Billie wants someone to end her suffering. Her second husband, Lou, goes AWOL when he gets bored caring for a woman who doesn't want to live and her son balks at the possibility of euthanasia, choosing instead to stuff his face with a cheeseburger. Hex's sense of duty toward and simultaneous flight from the responsibilities of home create much of the tug and pull throughout the remainder of the book. And in Rick Moody's hands, it is a worthwhile, if not always upbeat, weekend to spend with the Raitliffes.
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Dazzling, a tremendous accomplishment 22 février 2006
Par E. Kutinsky - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
There are a number of valid complaints to make about the rigmarole that characterizes Rick Moody's distinctive type of writing - it's long-winded, it's morose, it's prone to sometimes arbitrary shifts into italics. Yet after finishing Purple America in record time, I realize that Moody's baroque and intricate hyperacute sense of detail and syntax (its 298 pages cover barely 12 hours) allows for an incredibly close understanding of his characters' consciousness, and leads to an experience of such precise sensory understanding, it transcends simple ideas of setting and location - it fully and specifically inhabits a life. It also, amongst all the Moody works I've read, renders his love of italics in the clearest light - each phrase hammering home the notion of phrases and words repeated in public consciousness, rendering the way voices, echoes, and ideas become essential in the formation of thoughts, emotions, and identity. Purple America seems destined for a few possible outcomes, and for a while you feel yourself inching closer to them, only to be thwarted, leaving certain threads dangling - a choice frustrating to be certain, but in the most rewarding way - you'll be left to agonize over Moody's precision of ideas and circumstances, tiny details leading to any number of enormous everyday outcomes. His final image of Hex Raitliffe is far from conclusive, but it is unshakeable, a precarious desperation given vivid charge and dimension.
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