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- Print Length: 394 pages
- Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (30 Dec. 2010)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004GHN3I4
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- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #180,228 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I like the writing style, sometimes the prose is sparse but incredibly descriptive and you, as the reader, sits comfortable on the sofa but can see and smell the streets, apartments and even the smallest of things. This ability is one of the hardest skills and Pelecanos has this skill in abundance.
The story is fantastic and immediately hooks the reader in, he provides great social and political context as well as characters who are credible and interesting.
Enjoyed it and have read more by the author since.
This story is told through those who would be most affected by, but least able to influence the momentous events of 1968. The major themes here are, unsurprisingly, racism and drugs, and their effects on the Strange family and a range of others from different backgrounds. What sets Pelecanos apart is a rare ability to write convincingly about different ethnic communities while avoiding stereotyping either the characters or their behaviour, and without slipping into sentimentality. As always, you will come to care deeply about the characters and, as always, period detail is superb, from the cars and clothes to the movies and TV programmes, but as usual with GP it is the music which is memorable - you can almost hear the Soul soundtrack of the book.
There must have been many novels written about America in the 60's, but few can have captured so accurately the feel of the times. This is not strictly an action thriller, although there is enough here to keep fans of the genre happy. Rather, it is a superb commentary on life in America in the late 60's, with much to say on the nature of Family and loyalty, justice and prejudice. Pelecanos has never been better and I cannot recommend this book highly enough
The way the seeds of the 1968 harvest are sown in the spring of 1959 is masterly. If you feel a little impatient for the hard action to begin, as I did, stay with it. The speed steadily picks up, and the background of the characters is vital to the final outcome, and is in any case beautifully plotted and described.
This novel goes far beyond conventional crime writing, as does much of the finest work in this field that comes out of the United States.I wish I could find British authors who were half as good at transcending the genre and who didn't just stick to serial killer, morose police detective, or "who did it" mode....
"Hard Revolution" is a detailed illumination through events and character of the racial elements of those fierce times in Washington DC, but never loses the drive through to discover what happens at the end of the story.
I have read and enjoyed several other books by George Pelecanos; this, which deals with the youth and motivation of Derek Strange, the protagonist of earlier novels, is, for me, the best, and if you want to follow the series about Strange, would be the one to start with.
"Hard Revolution", like the rest of Pelecanos' novels, is firmly rooted in the underside of Washington DC; more specifically in the Greek and African-American communities. The time is Spring 1968; the city a powder-keg about to explode into riot after the assassination of Martin Luther King.
Against this background Pelecanos weaves the stories of the Strange family, rookie policeman Derek and his Vietnam-vet brother Dennis, their father Darius, and their mother Alethea; and of veteran homicide cop Frank Vaughn. Strange and Vaughn are both trying to keep the peace in their own ways; to Vaughn, it's just a job, and an opportunity to make a few bucks on the side through - well, not exactly corruption, but irregular practices; to Strange, as a young black policeman in a city on the edge of chaos, it's a matter of identity, pride, and honour.
A splendidly detailed and richly characterised novel, with an excellent sense of time and place - a pacy noir-ish thriller which acts as an excellent introduction to the author's work.
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