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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books USA (7 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307475263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307475268
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To Kill a Mockingbird meets The Grapes of Wrath meets The Silence of the Lambs. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Joe R. Lansdale is the winner of the British Fantasy Award, the American Horror Award, the Edgar Award, and six Bram Stoker Awards. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Aug. 2001
Format: Paperback
I've been aware of Joe R. Lansdale as a writer of short stories and novels for over fifteen years; but, until a few days ago, I'd never read anything by him. I'm not sure what drew me to THE BOTTOMS. Maybe it was the fact that this novel won the Edgar Award for 2000, or possibly it was the large number of positive reviews that were written about it. Whatever the reason, my curiosity was peaked to the extent that I wanted to read the novel now, in hardcover, rather than wait another month for the Trade paperback to come out. I wasn't even sure if I'd like the book; yet, I felt compelled to buy it. Now, let me say that over the last forty-two years, I've probably read somewhere in the neighborhood of 3,000 novels. Though there have been hundreds of books I've enjoyed over the years, few have managed to capture my heart and soul in such a way as to leave me with a profound sense of what it means to be a human being. This is a rare experience, but when it happens, I know that it's something that will stay with me for many years to come. THE BOTTOMS by Joe R. Lansdale is one of those miracles of writing that had such an affect, and what troubles me is that only a small audience of people is actually aware of this book. I hope my review will help alleviate this to a certain degree. THE BOTTOMS is the story of eleven-year-old Harry Crane and the tragedy that transpired between the years of 1933 and 34 in the small East Texas town of Marvel Creek. It began on a normal summer day when Harry and his younger sister, Thomasina, were out hunting squirrels along the Bottoms with their dog, Toby, and accidentally discovered the tortured body of a dead black woman.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Kaplan on 21 Sept. 2001
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I have been struggling with this review. I think that is because "The Bottoms" was such a personal experience that trying to find the words to share my thoughts with others is a bit difficult. However, I believe this deserves telling because "The Bottoms" is a very special book and I wish to share the experience with others.
This is the tale of Harry, a boy grappling with bridging that difficult gap between childhood and manhood. Along the way he confronts the search for a serial killer, race relations and his love for his parents with all their faults that we are loath to accept in our parents.
The story takes place in Eastern Texas during the Depression. Although this is not a time and place I am familiar with, I found myself meandering through the woods, creeks and rural roads without feeling like a stranger to this part of the country. Mr. Lansdale made it so real to me that I could feel the heat, smell the air and want to swat at flies or scratch imaginary mosquito bites. It was as if I were hiding in the woods, in the barn or behind a chair in the farmhouse watching the story enfold before my eyes. Mr Lansdale has a wonderful talent for bringing you into the pictures he creates. His ability to do this reminds me of Stephen Booth's writing in "Black Dog."
Although I figured out who the murderer was early in the book, that didn't detract one iota from my pleasure in reading this book. I was so caught up in lives of a family that I had come to love that catching a serial killer became superfluous to their story.
Of all the characters in the book, I was most drawn to Jacob, Harry's father.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Outsider on 6 Aug. 2013
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Joe R. Lansdale writes 'gonzo' noir - (think Mucho Mojo)but this award winning mystery seems more personal and rounded. It is set in the 1930's in East Texas, and is more than vaguely reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird. It is stuffed with incident, memorable characters, and a serviceable, but by no means shocking, mystery killer. It follows convention - that set in the 1920's by Dashiell Hammett, I call the Owen trick. That is, you always meet the killer early, and he is a nice guy. I knew who he was by page 30, and yet still enjoyed the book.

Why? It was just a very good yarn, had bits of truth in it, possibly based on real life events. It was a very moral tale of race relations, even more revealing about attitudes to black people than TKAM. And from Lansdale, well, that was a surprise. He usually raises a laugh more than a serious thought.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good noir and appreciates a bit more meat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Nov. 2000
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Big Joe R Lansdale has found another voice to tell a story through, apart from his two famous anti-heroes, Hap and Leonard.
'The Bottoms' comes across as something akin to Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' meets Stephen King's 'The Body' (filmed as 'Stand by Me' by Rob Reiner).
It details the coming of age of a young, white boy Harry Crane during the Great Depression in Texas clan country, the Bottoms of the title; where every character has a hidden history or secret and all is revealed in the aftermath of the discovery of a young black woman's mutilated body found bound to a riverside tree with barbed wire.
So...its a coming of age, rites of passage, murder-mystery, Ku Klux Clan, serial killer story; recounted by a master storyteller, what more could you ask for? Try Robert R McCammons 'Boy's Life' if you like this and you won't be disappointed.
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