Gravesend (Anglais) Broché – 13 novembre 2013
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Ray Boy Calabrese is released from prison 16 years after his actions led to the death of a young man. The victim's brother, Conway D'Innocenzio, is a 29-year-old Brooklynite wasting away at a local Rite Aid, stuck in the past and still howling for Ray Boy's blood. When the chips are down and the gun is drawn, Conway finds that he doesn't have murder in him. Thus begins a spiral of self-loathing and soul-searching into which he is joined by Alessandra, a failed actress caring for her widowed father, and Eugene, Ray Boy's hellbound nephew. Ray Boy Calabrese is back in Gravesend: some people worship him, some want him dead . . . but none more so than the ex-con himself.
'Boyle's writing is raw, poetic, unflinching, nostalgic, and perverse. Urgency inhabits his pages, and the characters live on weeks after you put the book down. Gravesend is a novel read in a day, and then again, slowly' - LA Review of Books
'Like all the best crime writers, Boyle is both a masterful storyteller and a powerful stylist...He has a sense of humour and a sense of place. Most of all, though, he has the true novelist's true feeling for his characters' - North Dakota Quarterly
'Gravesend is a taut exploration of the ways we hurt and save (or try to save) one another. With unforgettable characters, a fist for a plot, and a deeply evocative setting, Boyle navigates alleys and streets with the best of them, Lehane, Price, and Pelecanos' - Tom Franklin, NYT bestselling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter and winner of the LA Times Book Prize--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché.
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Then there are the characters. Again, Boyle's gifts for physical description are powerful, but there's more. He really brings you inside the minds of these people and makes you feel their raw emotions...despair in particular.
The story hurtles along. This is not a long book and it does not take long to read because it's so compelling. When I was describing it to somebody, the response I got was, "Sounds like Mystic River." I think that's valid, but for me, the blood brother to Gravesend is The Wanderers by Richard Price. I was not at all surprised to read that Boyle lists Price as one of his influences.
It's still quite early in 2014, but something else really terrific is going to have to come along to challenge Gravesend's position of "Best thing I've read all year."
I am powerfully impressed with Boyle's first novel. It has authority and the ring of truth to commend it, and nothing I could discern to criticize. Along with the above-mentioned merits, it is just the right length. Perhaps I'm easily pleased, but I can honestly say I can't wait to read what he writes next!
It’s pretty rare to find a novel that is action-packed, well-plotted, well-paced and composed of writing that's so beautiful, it makes you cry. This is that novel. The characters are so real you could reach into the book and pull them out by the hair, and then there's the place—Gravesend, Brooklyn. For me, this is essentially a book about place. The setting is rich, vivid, and prominent, yet the reader never feels oppressed by it. This is because the details are woven in delicately with each character's experience, memory, and voice. This work reads like a collaboration (or love child) from James Joyce and Elmore Leonard. William Boyle is a very gifted writer with a beautifully gritty sensibility and a unique vision. I can’t wait to read his next novel!
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