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Knockemstiff

Author: Donald Ray Pollock
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Spanning a period from the mid-sixties to the late nineties, the linked stories that comprise Knockemstiff feature a cast of recurring characters who are woebegone, baffled and depraved--but irresistibly, undeniably real. Rendered in the American vernacular with vivid imagery and a wry, dark sense of humor, these thwarted and sometimes violent lives jump off the page at the reader with inexorable force. A father  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Short stories
Electronic books
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2007039806
(OCoLC)173809028
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Donald Ray Pollock
ISBN: 9780385525404 0385525400
OCLC Number: 227336562
Description: 1 online resource (206 p.) : map.
Contents: Real life --
Dynamite hole --
Knockemstiff --
Hair's fate --
Pills --
Giganthomachy --
Schott's bridge --
Lard --
Fish sticks --
Bactine --
Discipline --
Assailants --
Rainy Sunday --
Holler --
I start over --
Blessed --
Honolulu --
The fights.
Responsibility: Donald Ray Pollock.

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Spanning a period from the mid-sixties to the late nineties, the linked stories that comprise Knockemstiff feature a cast of recurring characters who are woebegone, baffled and depraved--but irresistibly, undeniably real. Rendered in the American vernacular with vivid imagery and a wry, dark sense of humor, these thwarted and sometimes violent lives jump off the page at the reader with inexorable force. A father pumps his son full of steroids so he can vicariously relive his days as a perpetual runner-up body builder. A psychotic rural recluse comes upon two siblings committing incest and feels compelled to take action. Donald Ray Pollock presents his characters and the sordid goings-on with a stern intelligence, a bracing absence of value judgments, and a refreshingly dark sense of bottom-dog humor.

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