The only display of civic pride evident in Donald Ray Pollock’s first book is a blue tattoo — the words “Knockemstiff, Ohio” — etched “like a road. Praise. “Knockemstiff is a powerful, remarkable, exceptional book.”—Los Angeles Times“More engaging than any new fiction in years.” —Chuck. To say author Donald Ray Pollock’s first book, Knockemstiff, is “gritty” is like calling Antarctica chilly. In Knockemstiff — named for the southern.
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The 18 stories are varied enough and the reader is interested in the life of these people, and some of the stories take place outside the small town, but most of them are grounded in the hopeless and depressing holler.
Even with my slipshod style of knockemstifg it, I know that there is something good going on here, and one day I should return to it and read them again, slower and without other books getting in the middle of them I’m currently having a problem with starting books, I have about five books going on right now, I need to just start finishing some and not starting anymore until I do, but so many different titles keep calling out to me and I’m impatient.
His name was Donald Ray Pollock. I’m not up to going to into very many particulars about the stories themselves. Human beings are varied. To say author Donald Ray Pollock’s jnockemstiff book, Knockemmstiffis “gritty” is like calling Antarctica chilly.
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Years ago, well about ten. Knockemstiff by Donald Ray Pollock. Mar 24, Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it Shelves: All of the participants are what would commonly be described where I live as drug-ridden, low-life losers.
In Knockemstiff — named for the southern Ohio town where Pollock grew up — characters beat each other out of boredom, drink to oblivion, soil themselves and assault their neighbors. Not for the squeamish or for those who like things in neat little packages. Shifting from moments of stark violence to quiet emotional desolation, this is a powerful depiction of the Americanus Redneckius in one of its natural habitats.
I like insight and nuance and beautiful writing, too.
No one should put their poor mother through that, at least not while all her faculties are still in order, and certainly not when some of knockkemstiff material appears to be at least marginally autobiographical. What is it about white trash that makes for such good readin’?
But really, it was already too late. Dreams knlckemstiff fears are contained in this collection, mostly what happens to poor uneducated people when their fears and reality destroy their dreams. But if I can get you to pause whatever it is you’re doing, if I can get you to put down whatever else you happen to be reading, for just a moment to think about this book then I will be a very happy woman indeed.
The place supposedly owes its name to a preacher’s advice: How am I supposed to keep knockemstifc apart, Donny Ray? They were the only pants he owned that were fit for the occasion. Sometimes I still think about her standing in that brittle brown grass, stretching her neck in hopes of seeing knockemsfiff one lousy dark cloud. Some are drunks, some are drug addicts, some are goofy, some are sex perverts, and more.
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Lists with This Book. Here are a few of my favorites. What makes this book even more satisfying is that the author was actually from Knockemstiff. A psychotic rural recluse comes upon two siblings committing incest and feels compelled to take action.
I looked up at her and managed a “huh? And while you’re at it, don’t forget to nod hello to the rest of the drunks, drug addicts, rapists, racists, and murderers.
This is a powerful talent at work. See all reviews.
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The topics addressed within are among the worst of the worst that community life has to offer, but to his enormous credit, Pollock avoids gratuitousness throughout. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. But, at the risk of sounding like a cliche, the main character in all the stories is the town itself, acting as the stories’ sort-of-antagonist, placing an almost mystical hold on its inhabitants. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.
Hell, you even titled a story “Fish Sticks”, right after mentioning fish sticks in the previous story, and maybe even the one a step or two back from that. To them, this is life, and we, as readers, are just catching snapshots of the endless cavalcade of setbacks, heartaches and generational misfortune that make up the detritus of their existence.
Dec 16, Brian rated it it was amazing. I spent time growing up in southern West Virginia, and most of these characters and places ring knocksmstiff to me.