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Obras por Kerry Howley

Thrown (2014) 74 exemplares
Geworfen (2016) 1 exemplar


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I’m not sure what this book is about. It has been written in a haphazard way, both structurally and at the sentence level. The author seems to have a cabinet full of axes to grind. No arguments are made, there is just reportage with the author’s opinion made either explicitly by simple statement, or much more often implicitly by the images created from what is sometimes unrelated material. The core of the book is the story of the Reality Winner espionage case. Introductory portions of the book are sporadically about Julian Assange, John Lindh, Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, and the dark activities of our intelligence services. I suppose that these serve to set the stage for Reality Winner, or to show us the environment that she was living in. The author thinks (or perhaps feels is better) that torture is bad, that prison is bad, apparently that people come as good or bad, that medical personnel are often condescending, that our privacy has been destroyed by the internet and the NSA, and that if you are arrested and people don’t like you, then you will be abused one way or another. I wouldn’t argue that any of these are untrue, but if you worked for the government for years and have access to classified material, I find it hard to believe that you wouldn’t know that giving classified material to the internet media is a felony. The author seems to be defending Reality Winner based on statements that the Espionage Act was usually not enforced for the crime that Winner committed, that the FBI interrogated her inappropriately, that she was naive, that she was arrested at a bad time politically, that she was arrested while a fascist was the president, and that she was not a spy of any sort but a kind of whistle-blower. I guess I don’t disagree with anything in particular; I just found the whole construction to be mildly irritating and it disturbed my chi. Also, if you examine what our intelligence services did after President Bush and Congress pandered to their own fears after 9/11, you will be opening a very black box indeed.… (mais)
markm2315 | Feb 23, 2024 |
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wordloversf | 1 outra crítica | Aug 14, 2021 |
In this darkly funny work of literary nonfiction, a bookish young woman insinuates herself into the lives of two cage fighters-one a young prodigy, the other an aging journey man. Acclaimed essayist Kerry Howley follows these men for three years through the bloody world of mixed martial arts as they starve themselves, break bones, fail their families and form new ones in the quest to rise from remote Midwestern fairgrounds to packed Vegas arenas. With penetrating intelligence and wry humor, Howley exposes the profunditites and absurdities of this American subculture.

"Thrown is Kerry Howley's masterful debut. A work of rigorous nonfiction that's sure to be branded experimental, but that's as involving and page-turning as any book I've read in while."-Gary Shteyngart

"Who can explain what draws a young brilliant writer-and a woman no less-to be mesmerized by the sight of a young man being pummeled in the ring? But out of this passion-maybe obsession-comes a great American story about overlooked heroes, the nature of violence, hope, love and nearly everything else that matters."-Hanna Rosin

"Out of the dank basements and glitzy arenas of a brutal sport, Kerry Howley has created a story that is virutous, rapturous, and utterly consequential...It's a story we've read about a thousand times, and one we've seen nothing else like. This is a gloriously heartbreaking debut."-John D'Agata, The Lifespan of a Fact
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AikiBib | 1 outra crítica | Aug 14, 2022 |




½ 3.6

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