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Give Us a Kiss: A Country Noir Hardcover – Import, 1 Feb 1996
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" It's a strange, powerful bloodline poetry, I guess, but there's something so potent to us Redmonds about bustin' laws together, as a family." You don't hear much from white-trash philosophers in contemporary fiction, but Woodrell is doing his best to change that. His last novel, The Ones You Do (1992), gave us the irrepressible John X. Shade, and this time he goes one better with Doyle Redmond, the maverick college boy from an Ozark family of dirt farmers and convicts. Doyle returns to his roots with gusto when he agrees to help his infamous brother Smoke (think Robert Mitchum in Thunder Road) with the season's marijuana harvest. A nice plan, to be sure, except for the generations-old blood feud between the Redmonds and the Dollys. It all goes bad, of course, but in an exquisitely ironic way. Dirt farmers, Woodrell tells us, "have no quit in them." Neither do novelists determined to show a 1990s audience the special mix of poetry, stubbornness, humanity, and just-plain meanness in the souls of a few Ozark hill folk. Bill Ott
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Another aspect of this read is the difficulty to change from ones roots and what one could almost call karma or destiny.
I won't discuss the plot look elsewhere for that.
Is there a little too much character and not enough action? Perhaps.
But the action is riveting. And the characters are real enough to reach out and touch.
This guy is so good.
I liked the story and the way they ended.