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Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson

Pop. 1280 (1964)

by Jim Thompson

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Jim Thompson é o que há na literatura pulp, ele é engenhoso, engraçado e sensacional. ( )
  Adriana_Scarpin | Jun 12, 2018 |
A really fun book to read, assuming you're not too prudish. Imagine an old western movie, though this seems to be set in the rural South, then add a main character that acts like Gomer Pyle, has the sex appeal of a Clint Eastwood character, and who thinks like Peter Falk's Columbo, with all of it written in a style reminiscent of Twain's adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. I'm anxious to watch Bertrand Tavernier's 1981 film remake, Coup de Torchon, even if it's setting has been moved to French West Africa. ( )
  larryerick | Apr 26, 2018 |
Another fascinating character study by Big Jim Thompson. And another whirlwind of enjoyment on my part.

It's a damned shame that Thompson didn't get more credit when he was alive. The man's unique vision of aberrant psychology is fascinating and frighteningly astute, especially for a 'dimestore crime novel' writer from the mid-20th century. His use of unconventional literary devices (especially in-genre at the time) was also a hair shy of revolutionary and always serves to amuse, surprise, and stupefy the reader.

Two colors exist in Thompson's stilted world: gray and black. And every character in every book fits into one or the other, usually leaning towards the darker end. Greed, graft, laziness, selfishness, homicidal rage, deceit...the entire gamut is run and it becomes increasingly difficult to sympathize with any of the characters that populate his grizzly world.

Nonetheless, he somehow manages to paint Sheriff Nick Corey (a sort of deeply-disturbed Barney Fife run amok protagonist) in vaguely sympathetic shades. Or so he played out in my estimation, anyway. Your mileage may vary dependent on the state of your moral compass. ( )
  Daninsky | Aug 19, 2017 |
Well written, easy to connect with setting and characters. My first foray into Jim Thompson. A few more on my shelf. These are quick reads that, for the most part, don't require much thinking to understand the story and characters, wher eit might be heading. Straightforward story-telling., almost with a made-for-TV feel to it (which I don't offer as a negative but more about the compactness of the story). ( )
  Mike_O | Jul 7, 2017 |
I just live the way this guy write his stories they seem simple they often start out that way but sooner rather than later he twists and turns them around so that you stop guessing because you just know HE Mr Thompson is in total control and all you have to do to stay on course is keep turning the pages and yes, that's oh so easy to do. ( )
1 vote nikon | Feb 11, 2017 |
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Thompson, Jimprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Almansi, GuidoAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Briasco, LucaContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Duhamel, MarcelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Feito, EduardoIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lansdale, Joe R.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
MacGregor, NancyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martini, AnnaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moya, Antonio-PrometeoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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As high sheriff of Potts County, Nick Corey spends most of his time eating, sleeping and avoiding trouble. If only people--especially some troublesome pimps, his foul-tempered wife, and his half-witted brother-in-law--would stop pushing him around. Because when Nick is pushed, he begins to kill . . . or to make others do his killing for him!

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Because the Baptist minister's children in a small North Carolina town have difficulty conforming to the roles their father wishes them to play for public consumption, fifteen-year-old Neal feels he must hide his consuming interest in jazz music.

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