Tuesday, January 3, 2012

#1 for 2012

In October we were out shopping and went into Quimby's Bookstore in Chicago and asked "what book should you read on a Las Vegas vacation if you've already read "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas""?  Well, that got the staff thinking and one of the suggestions was "Cockfighter" by Charles Willeford.  P. devoured it on the plane and has been after me to read it.

It is a fantastic read.  This book is so well written.  Such economy of language.  Just enough description but not so much that it beats you over the head.  You figure things out on your own but you also learn about the characters.  You start to think about loyalty, dedication and honor.

Yes, there are scenes of cockfighting and they are graphic but an integral part of the story and not just there to be gory.  This is a character that is down on his luck but does not feel sorry for himself.  He knows how he got there and he knows what he needs to do to get back on his feet.  No, he's not always nice and he doesn't win all the time but his experience pays off for success.

This was a good book to start out 2012.  You wanted to keep reading to find out what happens to Frank.  The book was made into a movie in 1974.  I would be curious to see the film but am wondering how they handled one big challenge.  And I'm not talking about the illegal cockfighting.

Have been catching the first season of "Downton Abbey" on Pbs.org.  Great show.  Also saw "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" in Atlanta.  If you could mush the Swedish and American versions together you might get a good representation of the story.  There is so much in the books that it's hard to cover everything in a normal movie length.

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