Sunday, August 22, 2010

Lazy Sunday Service

I started Tomato Red by Daniel Woodrell this morning.  It has the longest opening sentence of any novel I can remember and its a doozy.

'You're no angel, you know how this stuff comes to happen: Friday is payday and it's been a gray day sogged by a slow ugly rain and you seek company in your gloom, and since you're fresh to West Table, Mo., and a new hand at the dog-food factory, your choices for company are narrow but you find some finally in a trailer court on East Main, and the coed circle of bums gathered there spot you a beer, then a jug of tequila starts to rotate and the rain keeps comin' down with a miserable bluesy beat and there's two girls millin' about that probably can be had but they seem to like certain things and crank is one of those certain things, and a fistful of party straws tumble from a woven handbag somebody brung, the crank gets cut into lines, and the next time you notice the time its three or four Sunday mornin' and you ain't slept since Thursday night and one of the girls voices, the one you want most and ain't had yet though her teeth are the size of shoe-peg corn and look like maybe they taste sort of sour, suggests something to do, 'cause with crank you want something, anything, to do, and this cajoling voice suggests we all rob this certain house on this certain street in that rich area where folks can afford to wallow in their vices and likely have a bunh of recreational dope stashed around the mansion and goin' to waste since an article in The Scroll said the rich people whisked off to France or some such on a noteworthy vacation.

That's how it happens.

Can't none of this be new to you.'

Can't but help read on, more like.  Cracking stuff.

My posts this week:

Review of The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly
A worthwhile dedication
Dublin office supply
Review of Instruments of Darkness by Robert Wlison
Eat, sleep, media

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