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The Quick and the Dead (2000)

por Joy Williams

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A Pulitzer Prize Finalist From one of our most heralded writers--Joy Williams belongs, James Salter has written, "in the company of Céline, Flannery O'Connor, and Margaret Atwood"--her first novel in more than a decade: the life-and-death adventures of three misfit teenagers in the American desert. Alice, Corvus, and Annabel, each a motherless child, are an unlikely circle of friends. One filled with convictions, another with loss, the third with a worldly pragmatism, they traverse an air-conditioned landscape eccentric with signs and portents--from the preservation of the living dead in a nursing home to the presentation of the dead as living in a wildlife museum--accompanied by restless, confounded adults. A father lusts after his handsome gardener even as he's haunted (literally) by his dead wife; a heartbroken dog runs afoul of an angry neighb∨ a young stroke victim drifts westward, his luck running from worse to awful; a sickly musician for whom Alice develops an attraction is drawn instead toward darker imaginings and solutions; and an aging big-game hunter finds spiritual renewal through his infatuation with an eight-year-old--the formidable Emily Bliss Pickless. With nature thoroughly routed and the ambiguities of existence on full display, life and death continue in directions both invisible and apparent. Gloriously funny and wonderfully serious, The Quick and the Dead limns the vagaries of love, the thirst for meaning, and the peculiar paths by which all creatures are led to their destiny. A panorama of contemporary life and an endlessly surprising tour de force: penetrating and magical, ominous and comic, this is the most astonishing book yet in Joy Williams's illustrious career.… (mais)
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in an interview with bob dylan on his songwriting process, i remember reading that for him, songwriting was about taking a story and "turning it on its head." i think that phrase aptly describes williams's writing as well. she has a knack for taking an ordinary phrase, turning it on its head, and crafting a truly beautiful sentence. i agree with the goodreads review where it says that her characters don't speak ordinary dialogue, but instead talk like prophets. and especially the retirement home nurse. (i'm obsessed with her axiom: ivory soap is the madeleine of our country's innocence.) centered around three motherless teenage girls, the book is magic realism, set in the desert of the american southwest. it has been awhile since i've read any tom robbins, but i'm tempted to recommend this to fans of his writing. we'll see if the five star rating holds up, but i loved it while reading it. ( )
  hms_ | Nov 22, 2022 |
This is the second book I've read on tao lin's recommendation (not personal, he just mentioned it in his blog), the first being Anagrams. Funnily enough, I've never read any of his books...

Anyhoo, both recommendations were excellent. I was in and out of this one, however. The main character, Alice, I adored, and the long introductory description of the big game hunter was excellent. But some characters were a bit over the top and simply too obvious, such as Ray with the monkey in his brain. Williams has a simple, honest voice that beguiled me with its humor into believing there was a plot somewhere, that the reader wasn't stuck in some sort of purgatory of a novel where nothing matters, no one cares and nothing is revealed..."Concern is the new consumerism." I would like to be able to turn a phrase a like Williams.

I will reread this some day along with Anagrams.

P.S. This reminded me quite a bit of the movie Ghost World in some ways. Alice, and Sherwin as the Buscemi character...I dunno... ( )
  invisiblecityzen | Mar 13, 2022 |
This is the second book I've read on tao lin's recommendation (not personal, he just mentioned it in his blog), the first being Anagrams. Funnily enough, I've never read any of his books...

Anyhoo, both recommendations were excellent. I was in and out of this one, however. The main character, Alice, I adored, and the long introductory description of the big game hunter was excellent. But some characters were a bit over the top and simply too obvious, such as Ray with the monkey in his brain. Williams has a simple, honest voice that beguiled me with its humor into believing there was a plot somewhere, that the reader wasn't stuck in some sort of purgatory of a novel where nothing matters, no one cares and nothing is revealed..."Concern is the new consumerism." I would like to be able to turn a phrase a like Williams.

I will reread this some day along with Anagrams.

P.S. This reminded me quite a bit of the movie Ghost World in some ways. Alice, and Sherwin as the Buscemi character...I dunno... ( )
  invisiblecityzen | Mar 13, 2022 |
i love this messy novel where all the characters r crudely constructed from the random horrors of human melancholy, grief, boredom, & (targetless) revenge. everyone's a little unbelievable--caricatures & voids--which somehow fell more on the side of delight than eyerolly anguish for me. the plot never shows up but who can blame it & i didnt much mind cos the writing is so good ur willing to live in the exposition. ( )
  freakorlando | May 14, 2020 |
While this is a disturbing book, it is very absorbing.
The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is because it jumps, chapter to chapter, between several characters. Each of them is interesting in their own way and have a strange quirk that plays into their unusual actions and reactions. The dialogue is disarming while at the same time charming. It is Williams at her best, and also a book worth a second read.
The stories are interconnected but the narrative is most powerful when the focus is on one character, their inner conflicts and skewed perspective. As long as the style doesn't grate on you, this book will impress the pants off you.
I happen to find the author's style addictive. ( )
  LSPopovich | Apr 8, 2020 |
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A Pulitzer Prize Finalist From one of our most heralded writers--Joy Williams belongs, James Salter has written, "in the company of Céline, Flannery O'Connor, and Margaret Atwood"--her first novel in more than a decade: the life-and-death adventures of three misfit teenagers in the American desert. Alice, Corvus, and Annabel, each a motherless child, are an unlikely circle of friends. One filled with convictions, another with loss, the third with a worldly pragmatism, they traverse an air-conditioned landscape eccentric with signs and portents--from the preservation of the living dead in a nursing home to the presentation of the dead as living in a wildlife museum--accompanied by restless, confounded adults. A father lusts after his handsome gardener even as he's haunted (literally) by his dead wife; a heartbroken dog runs afoul of an angry neighb∨ a young stroke victim drifts westward, his luck running from worse to awful; a sickly musician for whom Alice develops an attraction is drawn instead toward darker imaginings and solutions; and an aging big-game hunter finds spiritual renewal through his infatuation with an eight-year-old--the formidable Emily Bliss Pickless. With nature thoroughly routed and the ambiguities of existence on full display, life and death continue in directions both invisible and apparent. Gloriously funny and wonderfully serious, The Quick and the Dead limns the vagaries of love, the thirst for meaning, and the peculiar paths by which all creatures are led to their destiny. A panorama of contemporary life and an endlessly surprising tour de force: penetrating and magical, ominous and comic, this is the most astonishing book yet in Joy Williams's illustrious career.

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