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Savage Highway Kindle Edition
Top Customer Reviews
This book proves his case and then some.
I personally found it very difficult to read – I don’t mean to suggest that it isn’t entertaining – it is. It creates a new genre: the “you feel you can’t go on, but you must” genre.
Yes, it’s a page-turner, albeit one that sometimes makes you wish it wasn’t.
Here’s a brief assessment which may help you decide whether to buy this book if you’re thinking about it:
(1) Richard Godwin is a good wordsmith, there’s no question of that. His writing style is pruned down to the point of being stark. There are no unnecessary flourishes.
(2) He’s very good at creating characters with a few words about hair and clothes, or whatever details he seizes on;
(3) His plotting is tight and (as you’d expect) contains a few surprises. One twist had me turning back to the opening chapter to check how I’d missed seeing it coming. (Hope that isn’t a plot spoiler!);
(4) Some horror authors use humour to give the reader some respite from the grim fare on offer. Richard Godwin doesn’t; he dishes it up just as it comes, which is no bad thing, but it does mean you have to be prepared to deal with it;
(5) It’s a thriller that will keep you interested right till the final sentence;
(6) Finally, don’t buy this book if you have a weak stomach.
Hope that helps.
Crirtic Geoffrey Gorer once wrote about “The Erotic Myth of America,” a country where violence and sexual license are raised to a level of reverse-Eden. The law is febrile, and women are the object of rape-fantasy. He was referring to popular novels, including crime noverls. He cited major writers, including Hemingway, Chandler, James M Cain, and “Vernon Sullivan” (Boris Vian. Richard Godwin, another powerful writer, can be added to this list.
Savage Highway is about a way west, to the unknown. The references to the Frontiers are plain. We don’t encounter native Americans protecting their land, but a group of psychos and businessman. The former are used to pave the way, and in return they get meat and drink—which is more gruesome than anyone can imagine. “An area full of killers and rapists…. There’s a certain kind of hunger in a certain kind of man.”
Can the protagonists escape? Can the individual resourcefulness that Johnny and Patty display—a thing that makes the book exciting quite exciting as well as suspenseful—bring about decency, and to what extent. There a sentence from Kafka that came to mind as a read, thanks to Godwin’s seriousness as a thinker: “One day a leopard came stalking into the synagogue . . . Three weeks later, it had become part of the liturgy.” Thus clearing the land of “savages” becomes manifest destiny, or the business of providing sustenance to its inhabitants.
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