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Drive: The book that inspired the major film starring Ryan Gosling by [Sallis, James]
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Set on the streets and movie lots of L.A. and, finally, the desert highways of Arizona, Drive is the story of a professional driver who, by day, does
brilliant stunt driving for the movies and, by night, drives get-away cars for criminals. The main character, known only as "Driver," is the absolute
best in the business both businesses, actually. Thing is, he never, ever gets involved in the violence. "I drive. That's what I do. All I do." Well, there's a first time for everything and when Driver is double-crossed and almost killed his quest for payback is as relentless and as methodical as
his driving: "Driver set the box with its large pepperoni, double cheese, no anchovies, on Nino's chest. The pizza smelled good. Nino didn't."

Driver is the classic noir hero. As things spiral hopelessly out of control around him, he sets about imposing some sense of order on the chaos. There's
a dignity to Driver's efforts that transcends his rather questionable methods. His character is etched with equal parts violence and pathos without at the same time lapsing into either stereotype or sentimentality. He is outside the law, over the line and way out past the signposts of conventional morality. Yet he knows more about "right" and "wrong" than all the cops, lawyers and judges combined. Driver came up from nothing. His hardscrabble existence included foster homes and eventually, inevitably, a life alone and on the road. Driving became his salvation. Along the way he developed a sense of honor and character that remains unshakeable as well as a resolve and an unwillingness to be crossed that is boiler plated. Driver's
will, as Sallis describes it, is as solid and asimpregnable as the venerable Ford F-150: " graceless as a wheelbarrow, dependable as rust and
taxes, indestructible as a tank. Brakes that could stop an avalanche cold, engine powerful enough to tow glaciers into place. Bombs fall and wipe out
civilization as we know it, two things'll come up out of the ashes: roaches and F-150's handled like an ox cart, rattled fillings from teeth and left
you permanently saddle sore, but it was a survivor. Got the job done, whatever the job was. Like him. -- James Clar, The Mean Streets (7.5.2005)

PRAISE FOR "DRIVE" "Full throttle . . . Sallis' riveting novella reads the way a Tarantino or Soderbergh neo-noir plays, artfully weaving through Driver's haunted memory and fueled by confident storytelling and keen observations about moviemaking, low-life living, and, yes, driving. Short and not so sweet, "Drive" is one lean, mean, masterful machine. A."--"Entertainment Weekly"
"Imagine the heart of Jim Thompson beating in the poetic chest of James Sallis and you'll have some idea of the beauty, sadness and power of "Drive" . . . [It] has more thought, feeling and murderous energy than books twice its length."--"Chicago Tribune"

 

PRAISE FOR"DRIVE" "Full throttle . . . Sallis' riveting novella reads the way a Tarantino or Soderbergh neo-noir plays, artfully weaving through Driver's haunted memory and fueled by confident storytelling and keen observations about moviemaking, low-life living, and, yes, driving. Short and not so sweet, "Drive"is one lean, mean, masterful machine. A."--"Entertainment Weekly"
"Imagine the heart of Jim Thompson beating in the poetic chest of James Sallis and you'll have some idea of the beauty, sadness and power of"Drive". . . [It] has more thought, feeling and murderous energy than books twice its length."--"Chicago Tribune"



PRAISE FOR "DRIVE" "Full throttle . . . Sallis' riveting novella reads the way a Tarantino or Soderbergh neo-noir plays, artfully weaving through Driver's haunted memory and fueled by confident storytelling and keen observations about moviemaking, low-life living, and, yes, driving. Short and not so sweet, "Drive" is one lean, mean, masterful machine. A."--"Entertainment Weekly"
"Imagine the heart of Jim Thompson beating in the poetic chest of James Sallis and you'll have some idea of the beauty, sadness and power of "Drive" . . . [It] has more thought, feeling and murderous energy than books twice its length."--"Chicago Tribune"
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PRAISE FOR "DRIVE""Full throttle . . . Sallis' riveting novella reads the way a Tarantino or Soderbergh neo-noir plays, artfully weaving through Driver's haunted memory and fueled by confident storytelling and keen observations about moviemaking, low-life living, and, yes, driving. Short and not so sweet, "Drive" is one lean, mean, masterful machine. A."--"Entertainment Weekly"
"Imagine the heart of Jim Thompson beating in the poetic chest of James Sallis and you'll have some idea of the beauty, sadness and power of "Drive" . . . [It] has more thought, feeling and murderous energy than books twice its length."--"Chicago Tribune"
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PRAISE FOR DRIVE"Full throttle . . . Sallis' riveting novella reads the way a Tarantino or Soderbergh neo-noir plays, artfully weaving through Driver's haunted memory and fueled by confident storytelling and keen observations about moviemaking, low-life living, and, yes, driving. Short and not so sweet, Drive is one lean, mean, masterful machine. A."--Entertainment Weekly
"Imagine the heart of Jim Thompson beating in the poetic chest of James Sallis and you'll have some idea of the beauty, sadness and power of Drive . . . [It] has more thought, feeling and murderous energy than books twice its length."--Chicago Tribune
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Maxim Jakubowski, The Guardian, June 17th 2006

Sallis's treatment is minimalist, stylish, and all the more evocative for it. Essential noir existentialism.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 315 KB
  • Print Length: 169 pages
  • Publisher: No Exit Press; Film tie-in ed edition (26 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0079ZWGVU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #104,981 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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