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Getaway [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Jim Thompson
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3. August 2006
The story of a bank robbery and its aftermath, of cross and double-cross, told with the unflinching eye of America's greatest crime writer. When it comes to pulling off the perfect bank job, Doc McCoy wrote the book. But with a partner like Rudy Torrento, who is not only treacherous but insane, and a wife who is still an amateur, McCoy has forgotten something: when the crime is big and bloody enough, there is no such thing as a clean getaway.

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  • Taschenbuch: 176 Seiten
  • Verlag: Orion Audio; Auflage: New Ed (3. August 2006)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 075287960X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752879604
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,8 x 1,3 x 19,7 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.4 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (8 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 15.749 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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The story of a bank robbery and its aftermath, of cross and double- cross, told with the unflinching eye of America's greatest crime writer. When it comes to pulling off the perfect bank job, Doc McCoy wrote the book. But with a partner like Rudy Torrento, who is not only treacherous but insane, and a wife who is still an amateur, McCoy has forgotten something: when the crime is big and bloody enough, there is no such thing as a clean getaway.

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Jim Thompson was born in Anadarko, Oklahoma. After an itinerant childhood during which his sheriff father was driven from office for embezzlement; and as a roughneck in the Texan oil fields of the 1920s, Thompson became successful as a writer with the pulp fiction houses of the 1950s, writing a dozen of his more enduring novels in just 19 months. He also wrote two screenplays (for the Stanley Kubrick films The Killing and Paths of Glory).

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Great Pulp Fiction - if your taste runs to Pulp 12. Mai 2000
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Jim Thompson is rightly considered a master of pulp fiction, but then that's sort of like recognizing someone as the best of the bush league. Despite his attempts to infuse the story with something like art (the Kafkaesque last chapter for example) this is a pretty straight forward crime and escape story. What saves it from being just ordinary is the strange cast of characters and the bizarre series of situations that the main character Doc McCoy, a bank robber, and his young wife have to endure to insure their getaway. The number of things that go wrong is almost comic and one wonders, early on, if Doc is really as savvy a professional criminal as he is made out to be.
Thompson's language bothered me more in this book than in most of his others. I don't really know what it is but there is something about his sentence structure and phrasing that seemed stiff and artificial. And as mentioned, the pretentious conclusion which shows Doc and wife in a South of the Border criminal "paradise" where they are virtual prisoners and conspiring agains one another, could have been written by Rod Serling for The Twilight Zone.
If you have a taste for the kind of writing that inspired Mickey Spillane and aren't expecting any great character insights or literary flourishes, you might enjoy this book. If you are just interested in reading something by Thompson, try The Grifters. It is a darker, but better, book.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen The Best of Thomson's Potboilers 20. März 2000
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The best of Jim Thomson's paperback originals--the prose is clean, almost elegant (Thomson's attempts at literary experimentation are clumsy and pretentious, and his attempt at psychopathic cornball first-person are strained and affected--the first half of John Fowles' THE COLLECTOR is a million miles ahead of Thomson in this sort of thing). And the plot, about a cold-blooded bank robber and his wife scheming and counter-scheming with the accomplices in a messy bank robbery is lively and clever except for the last chapter, which reaches for the outrageous and only achieves the dubious (the ending devised for the film version is much better).
In short, a good crime novel--nothing more, nothing less. Thomson had some skill as a writer, but not as much as some would have you believe, and such talent as he possessed was never really stretched in a serious fashion. Ruth Rendell is a serious novelist disguised as a crime writer. Jim Thomson was not.
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One of the great things about this book is the hellish surreal touches Thompson uses throughout the book, all of which were totally omitted from Peckinpah's movie adaption.
The initial crime in the book was committed to get them to a heaven of high-living life of leisure. In actuality, the characters' personal hells, initially of a very real and frantic nature of running, is slowly replaced by a slow-paced hell of waiting.
I'm one of those people who tends to like film versions better than the book, and the movie was so pale and dull in comparison, that I almost turned it off. Unfortunately, I did watch it all. It is not classic noir. It's a trite 70's action flick. The new remake is from the same screenplay. This book has such great weird characters, bizarre settings, and strange psychological aspects none of which come across in the film. Forget both films, read the book, and make your own better film (in your head or otherwise).
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Comment on Doug Vaughn's review of Jim Thompson 25. Juni 2000
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I like your first sentence. One can also replace the name 'Jim Thompson' with the name 'Doug Vaughn' and the words 'pulp fiction' with the word 'criticism' and you get the same outcome. Hey Doug, what is art? I guess Kafka or whatever you decide. I have not even read any Jim Thompson but, your review seems riddled with generalizations and/or statements insufficiently fortified. You might want to start with why Kafka is artistic and Thompson is not. How many things gone wrong are too much? Define character insights and literary flourishes. You are assuming that you, the reader, are catching everything. Did you ever think you may be reading it incorrectly? Again, I state I have not read The Getaway but, it seems that you may be the pretentious one not merely the ending of the book. Then, again I may be reading your review wrong.
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