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Il sangue è randagio by James Ellroy

Il sangue è randagio (original 2009; edition 2010)

by James Ellroy

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Authors:James Ellroy
Info:Mondadori (2010), Hardcover
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Blood's a Rover by James Ellroy (2009)



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I've never been so disappointed in the concluding book in a series before. The first two books open up the possibilities to LOTS of conspiracies involving some of the biggest stories and personalities of the 20th century. You feel as though you're on the inside of the FBI, CIA, Mafia, and anti-Castro movement during the Bay of Pigs and multiple political assassinations (JFK, MLK, RFK). Then you finish with this 600 page slog... it's like Ellroy ran out of story before his three-book contract was up. ( )
1 vote 5hrdrive | Aug 21, 2016 |
With Spring busily springing and the ice gradually thawing from our hair and the feeling coming back to our fingers and toes, it would, perhaps, behoove us to recommend something of a bright and cheerful nature to our readers, something warm and sparkly and happy and such. Well, maybe next time.

Blood’s A Rover is the third book in James Ellroy’s Underworld USA trilogy, which has charted the dark and murky underbelly of American history, from JFK to Nixon. The current volume brings us up to the seventies on a wave of drugs, racism, violence and corruption on a massive scale. Ellroy pulls no punches and spares no sacred cows. Everyone’s dirty, everyone’s scamming and nobody’s innocent.

Dwight Holly, Wayne Tedrow Jnr and Don Crutchfield are Ellroy’s damaged, morally compromised antiheroes, charting a course between the depraved paranoia of J Edgar Hoover, the insane profligacy of Howard Hughes and the scheming unctuousness of Richard Nixon. While working to build mob-financed casinos in the Dominican Republic, the must also engage in a clandestine race war, targeting black power organisations in Los Angeles. They find themselves drawn to women on the opposite side of the political spectrum, and these obsessions spell their doom.

Epic in scope, relentlessly paced and written in terse, pared down, hard-boiled staccato sentences, this is a hyped-up, pumped-up journey through a vision of social and personal damnation, which will be immensely satisfying to readers of previous volumes. New readers may want to go back to American Tabloid and The Cold Six Thousand, though be aware that the middle volume is also the weakest of the three.

So yes, it’s grim and violent and straddles the line between unflinching realism and outright voyeurism, but

it’s also a hell of a thriller that will glue itself to your eyeballs. ( )
  Nigel_Quinlan | Oct 21, 2015 |
Blood’s a Rover is garbage. I quit after about two hundred pages in to this roughly six hundred fifty-page book. The characters are poorly developed and they’re all the same. The book is too intense. There’s way too much violence. And the choppy sentences are annoying. What a disappointment.

Ellroy’s The Big Nowhere, one of his earlier books, is a much better novel. Although it’s pretty gory, it’s a wonderful read anyway. The plot—talk about intricate!—is amazing, the ’50s lingo is quaint, and the anti-Jewish, anti-black, anti-gay stuff does not irritate for some reason. Maybe it’s that the reader realizes that the author is being true to form. Or shall we say, true to that time. That is, in part, what noir is. After all, we can’t expect so-called political correctness from a book written in the ’50s or from a book in which the author strives to write in a narrative voice indicative of the ’50s. But with Blood’s a Rover, something is just not right, despite the fact that the late-’60s–early-’70s setting is still pre-political correctness: all the hatred from all the white straight men just gets old. And it can’t be said that you begin to loathe the protagonists, because they’re really antagonists! You start to detest every one of them and you wonder how these jerks get to get away with murder. Not meaning to sound naïve here: everybody knows that there are high-level operatives in the real world who get away with all sorts of nefarious actions because we the “squarejohns” are too wussy or too unenlightened to stop them. But Blood’s a Rover isn’t about that at all. It has nothing to do, for instance, with how the power elite or the New World Order conspiracy crowd and those behind the scenes of the high-ranking politicians and the international bankers and the Hollywood moguls run everything. It’s about mid- to higher-level [expletives deleted] who run around deciding what mid- to lower-level folks get to live or die. What an awful taste all of this matter-of-fact killing—with no apparent purpose—leaves in your mouth. I guess if I do read other books by this author, I’ll have to stick with the older ones. ( )
1 vote brian5764 | Feb 7, 2013 |
In the past, I've enjoyed Ellroy's writing. I've read this trilogy with an increasing sense of disappointment each step of the way. The conspiracy theories behind these novels are derivative and tired. The characters unlikable and unlikely. The language, more and more, a kind of faux-gritty ("so contrived, it's hyper-real!" we hear the announcer bark) that achieves a level of unintended humor in this last novel. Though it's not even funny for long.

Ellroy's writing now seems to come out of a place where Ellroy says he knows what's real, he knows the truth behind the illusion. He knows how people really live & talk & how the big events really come down.

But the sad truth behind these books is that what Ellroy really knows is a very little, very circumscribed world akin to a masturbatory fantasy. And he knows that some people will be sucker enough to buy into it. Sad. ( )
  ehines | Jan 18, 2012 |
A long, complex novel which befits the last of the trilogy. It's a worthy although long-winded challenge to get through it and I didn't enjoy it as much as parts one (American Tabloid) or two (The Cold Six Thousand) and overall still prefer the LA Confidential trilogy. ( )
1 vote andy475uk | Nov 14, 2010 |
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This is lurid material treated luridly, but with beauty and heft.
If this sounds confusing, it's also classic noir, which isn't about plot so much as drawing the reader into an entire world—from Communist Cuba to the seedy underbelly of Vegas.
The prose has calmed down, too; it’s gone off the caffeine. It needed to—Blood’s a Rover is a more thoughtful, searching book than its predecessors.
Ellroy's bleak, brooding worldview, his dense, demanding style and his unflinching descriptions of extreme violence will almost certainly alienate large numbers of readers. But anyone who succumbs to the sheer tidal force of these novels will experience something darker, stranger and more compelling than almost anything else contemporary fiction has to offer.
In "Blood's a Rover," sleaze and skullduggery and dread drip off every page, and Ellroy has built both a myth and a monument. It'll blow your mind. From the gutter to the stars.

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Clay lies still, but blood's a rover;
Breath's a ware that will not keep.
Up, lad: when the journey's over
There'll be time enough for sleep.
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HEROIN: He'd rigged a lab in his hotel suite. Beakers, vats and Bunsen burners filled up wall shelves. A three-burner hot plate juked small-batch conversions. He was cooking painkiller-grade product. He hadn't cooked dope since Saigon.
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Amazon Best of the Month, September 2009: James Ellroy's L.A. Quartet novels chronicled a cynic's take on Los Angeles cops and robbers, carving a dark and creepy nook for the author in the world of crime fiction. With Blood's a Rover, Ellroy completes his Underworld USA trilogy, an epic reinvention of American history, politics, and corruption. This book comes out firing: Ellroy's hipster prose--inimitable for its high style and spectacular energy--snaps and surges through more than 600 pages like black electricity, shocking the gentle reader from page one. Opening with a heist scene rendered as coldly violent as anything from Sam Peckinpah's most sociopathic fantasies, the story hurls itself across an improbable crazy quilt plot, including Howard Hughes's Vegas power-play, political abuses and machinations in Hoover's FBI, and the mob's ubiquitous shadow, darkening everything from JFK's assassination to Nixon's 1968 Presidential campaign. Another audacious effort from a one-of-a-kind talent, Blood's a Rover is thrilling and exhausting, a gloriously guilty pleasure. --Jon Foro

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Summer, 1968. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy are dead. The assassination conspiracies have begun to unravel. A dirty-tricks squad is getting ready to deploy at the Democratic Convention in Chicago. Black militants are warring in southside L.A. The Feds are concocting draconian countermeasures. And fate has placed three men at the vortex of history. A stand-alone sequel to The Cold Six Thousand.… (more)

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