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Cropper's Cabin by Jim Thompson
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Cropper's Cabin (1952)

by Jim Thompson

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"Cropper' Cabin" is unlike anything else Thompson published. It is bereft of psychopathic deputies, lacking dirty, underhanded tricks, and doesn't detail a descent into the depths of hell. The protagonist Tommy Carver is not a conman or other shady dealer. This is a piece of country pulp like what Harry Whittington put out. Tommy grew up in a shareholder's shack in the Oklahoma countryside with his meanspirited stepfather and Tommy is busy romancing a rich man's daughter and causing all kinds of havoc at school. Thompson paints this bitter town with a broad brush, encompassing poverty, incest, race relations, legal affairs, and more. But there are few who can write country pulp this good or this believable. In many ways, it is a coming of age story as Tommy has to grow up and stand up to his father, to his girlfriend's father, and to the law, which it appears Tommy has run afoul of.
This is a fairly short book and very easy to read. ( )
  DaveWilde | Sep 22, 2017 |
Another time, another place, star crossed lovers, and no wasted words or time. An absolute masterpiece.

addendum. accidentally re-read. Felt ever so familiar for ten pages and when i realized, i finished it again. ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
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For Tommy Carver, a short-tempered Okie sharecropper penned up in a sweltering cabin with a brutal father and a stepmother whose affection is anything but maternal, the question isn't when he'll explode, but who he'll take with him when he does. "My favorite crime novelist--often imitated but never duplicated."--Stephen King.

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