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Haiku: A Novel (original 2009; edição 2009)

por Andrew Vachss

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Late one night, Michael--an addicted gambler who has lost everything, including himself--spots a woman in a white Rolls-Royce throwing something into the river. Convinced that the woman is a perfect blackmail target, he attempts to recruit a band of homeless outcasts to search for her. But news that a building is slated for demolition turns this halfhearted effort into a serious mission to find the ultimate problem-solver: money, and with it a new home for a precious collection of hardboiled paperbacks.… (mais)
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Título:Haiku: A Novel
Autores:Andrew Vachss
Informação:Pantheon (2009), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 224 pages
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I believe that this is the first Andrew Vachss book that I read since he finished his Burke series. Not that there was any expectation he would, but Vachss has not lost any skills. His words are terse but loaded with meaning. He sets the scene with minimal descriptions but quickly illustrates what we should see. He gives us characters who are complex and reveal themselves slowly. Together they illustrate a side of New York City that I reckon most never see. And for those of us nowhere near New York, we can wonder what the underbelly of our city is like.

While HAIKU is mainly centered on Ho, a Japanese man who in order to find his honor walked away from teaching martial arts, the story also revolves around the men that Ho calls his family. They are all living on the street and dealing with their problems: alcoholism, schizophrenia, PTSD, gambling addiction, and an unknown mental disorder of some sort. As a group, they help each other to survive; each has their own tasks but no one rules the group. While the story focuses at first on a "mortal lock" or guaranteed big score, it morphs into a mission to save one of their own. It comes down to a family fighting to protect one of its members.

There's no denying that Vachss is a master at his writing. However, I didn't find this book to be as strong as other ones by him. There wasn't anything big that I can point to and say "yucko" but I just didn't connect as much as I hoped. Some of the characters sounded very much like characters from the Burke series. The imagery was still gritty and real. The truths dispensed were enlightening and deep. The standards that his characters live up to are high; I look at myself and hope that I am half as honorable and true as his characters are. And while I know those are fictional characters, I also know some of what Vachss has actually done. Hell, to be completely honest, I would love to meet almost every one of my favorite authors and fanboy gush over them. Vachss though kind of scares me. If I ever met him, I feel like I would never measure up to his expectations. That rather than simply reading his books and donating to some of the same causes, that I should be doing more. I know it's all my own projections but that is how reading Vachss makes me feel. It reminds me that I should not settle and that I should be better. It humbles me and makes me work harder. Anyway, enough self-psychoanalysis. If you aren't already, read Vachss's books. He will leave an impact on you. ( )
  dagon12 | Mar 12, 2017 |
A fine and compelling tale but not as gripping as Vachss's others like Shella or Getaway Man. He crafts a fine character in "Ho," but the end is unsatisfying and a bit pat. I'd read more about these characters, for sure. ( )
  TommySalami | Mar 14, 2013 |
Die Geschichte einer Gruppe von Obdachlosen in New York, die sich zusammentun um die Bibliothek eines ihrer Mitglieder zu retten.

Erzählt wird der Roman aus der Perspektive von Ho, einem ehemaligen japanischen Kampfkunstmeister. An manchen Stellen sind leicht philosophisch angehauchte Aussagen zu finden, aber mindestens ebensoviele eher platte Gedankengänge machen das Buch zu sehr leichter und meiner Meinung nach eher seichter Lektüre. Handlungsstränge verlaufen ins Nichts, insgesamt führt die Geschichte zu wenig, das Ende ist wenig kreativ. Ich würde keine Kauf- oder Leseempfehlung aussprechen. ( )
  Lilya05 | Aug 15, 2012 |
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Late one night, Michael--an addicted gambler who has lost everything, including himself--spots a woman in a white Rolls-Royce throwing something into the river. Convinced that the woman is a perfect blackmail target, he attempts to recruit a band of homeless outcasts to search for her. But news that a building is slated for demolition turns this halfhearted effort into a serious mission to find the ultimate problem-solver: money, and with it a new home for a precious collection of hardboiled paperbacks.

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