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Hard rain falling [Unknown Binding]

Don Carpenter
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  • Unknown Binding: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett World Library (1967)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007HRBTE
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible book 24 Jun 2013
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I recently finished this book and felt compelled to write a 5 star review. It's one of those rare books that stays with you for a while even after you've finished it. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars American Classic 21 Jan 2013
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This is a stunning novel following young characters working out a life in the darker side of American life.
The great thing is the author does not 'cop out' on his characters and lets them develop honestly in their hardened environment.
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By Leonard Fleisig TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Where hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten,
Where black is the color, where none is the number, . . ."

Bob Dylan, A Hard Rains A Gonna Fall.

Jack Levitt has had a hard rain fall on him his entire life. The unwanted, abandoned product of a furtive coupling between two feral teens in the Pacific Northwest; the result of what Jack describes as a compulsive itch between two strangers, his life is not the stuff that dreams are made of. But Jack Levitt's life is the stuff of a great and absorbing story in Don Carpenter's brutal and powerful "Hard Rain Falling". "Hard Rain Falling" is one of those books which, after I read it, made me wonder why I'd never heard of the book or the author before.

Written in 1964 (and recently repblished), Hard Rain Falling opens with the `itch' in 1929 that brought Jack Levitt into this world but quickly moves to the result. It is 1947 and Levitt is a hard-nosed teen on the run from the orphan asylum he was raised in. He gets by on his wits and with his fists, hangs out in bars and pool halls looking for a mark, and lives in flop houses. He in angry and unformed, he is grown up but devoid of an inner life. The story takes Jack and his some time `friends' through Portland, Seattle and finally to San Francisco in the early 1960s. There are also stops in county jails and a stretch in San Quentin.

The story of Jack's journey is compelling for any number of reasons. First, the story itself is told in a way that drew me in almost from the start. Carpenter's writing is terse and the words come at you like the sort of jab Jack learned during his stint as a boxer. Even when Carpenter reaches insides Jack's thoughts he avoid excess sentimentality and maudlin over-wrought sentences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars compelling 2 Sep 2011
By Elaine
Excellent story with gripping detail which makes you understand the characters clearly. Excellently written and a real page turner. Longer than I imagined but every detail written is vital to the stories outcome. In conclusion, I love this author...he can do no wrong in my eyes.
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