Ces punctuated by the broken language in Mickey s head Dexter conveys the mystery of love and revelation as he glimpses his beloved wife s point of view This book is chock full of pith observations told from the brains of a Range Of Characters Each In Their Own of characters ach in their own He smoothly moves from Lexikon der Medizin-Irrtümer each and weaves a patchwork into a composite of the whole gritty Phillynvironment of the 80s The array and depth of characters is FRITZI auf Sylt - ÖLMALEREI - Kunst in Fotobrillant-Druck exemplified by the reluctant funeral home director smilin Jack constantlymbroiled in shouting matches with his upstairs father whom we never meet trying to sell a coffin to Mickey p 64 Smilin Jack always assumed he had money that he didn t have Everyone in the Pocket did They assumed he was connected to There was nobody but Bird that knew anything about it and that included Jeannie too She kept her accounts and he kept his and it seemed like a funny way to be married but she kept a distance from verything He guessed it was her way of seeing things Mickey is a sympathetic character trying to keep up a false image to keep his wife Jeannie the neighborhood beauty from straying and to maintain a living This kind of tension makes Mickey s subseuent actions logical to the reader while a mystery to his wife and the rest of the community Just like in life where we have but a glimpse of ach other and scratch our heads at the actions of others In terms of pure observation and descriptive power Dexter amazes me such as the little vignette where Mickey sees the ticket taker at the theatre as an old woman who d painted her lips half an inch beyond where they stopped watched him from inside the ticket booth She looked like a baby chicken in an incubator He wondered who she painted herself up for He d wondered if she d laughed when she was younger while she was getting laid She yawned while he watched her her mouth turning into a tiny black hole He could imagine a lizard coming out of there *But Not The Getting Laid Kind Of Laughing God S *not the getting laid kind of laughing God s is loaded with this kind of imagery and speaks worlds about both the observer and the observed their mpathy and their disgust Every book I ve read by Dexter demonstrates and uncanny observation of race and class specially those downtrodden and ignored For Creating Lasting Value example Lucien or old Lucyveryone in town has a nickname having just Understanding Markets and Strategy experienced the most dangerousxperience of his life and fearing his own death as observed by his pious loving and saintly wife The last time she d seem him smile like that his mother had just died She was ninety seven and they wasn t near Montana Dreams enough power left in her motor to make things work all at once so sometimes she did her thinkin and sometimes she did her talkin but it wasn t never at the same time The intelligence of his wife her uiet power of observation and her understanding and longsuffering is pitch perfect Dexter changes his voice to that ofach narrator like a race car driver shifting gears with lubricated and invisible perfection So perfect you could miss it his writing is that good Mickey s friend Bird the Italian who really is marginally connected and his aged mother are simply a hoot and richly and despicably rendered but some of his hangers on are marginal and terrifying Bird s nephew sharpened the knife The blade was a foot and a half long and flashed in the light The light came from two bulbs hanging over the table from black cords that had been taped six of seven places Now that he looked Mickey saw that one of them was taped with Band Aids When the knife was sharpened. Rvous talking to himself or anyone who will listen about the things he’s cut with his straight razor So when he crosses the wrong guy on a South Philly construction site and winds up with his head caved in Immerwelt - Der Pakt everyone is content to bury the bad. Book Review by Sharon Powers Leon Hubbard had worried mostverybody on the crew at one time or another he d Modern South Asia even touched something in Peets It w Young Leon Hubbard gets killed on the job and it leads to a whole series of unfortunatevents Using his humor and gritty style Dexter
writes some of the best deeply flawed characters some of the best deeply flawed characters literature and puts them in some of the most serious situations so that his books can t help but be njoyable reads Mickey Scarpato was 45 years old and did not understand women It wasn t
way bartenders or didn t understand women it was the way poor people didn t understand the conomy You could stand outside the Girard Bank Building very day of your life and never guess anything about what went in there That s why in their hearts they d always rather stick up a 7 11He did know by then that nothing would turn the kid around but a chance to run you over twice Peets morning went by a minute at a timeMickey knew from the last five days how it was when all you had from the last five days how it was when all you had ambition was for time to passTD had been raised underprivileged in a country where they liked to say anybody could grow up to be president but now he d made himself a place and the spirit behind that relief was the single most repulsive thing he could think of A JON AND HIS MA BOOK CLUB SELECTIONAs an old newspaperman mphasis on the paper just so we re clear Pete Dexter knows the art of the lead Leon Hubbard died ten minutes into lunch break on the first Monday in May on the construction site of the new one story trauma w Pete s first novel my 3rd of his is a tight little tale built around a range of characters in small neighborhood in Philadelphia The plot is spawned very arly and the setup draws you immediately by the realism of the dynamics of working class construction crew and an lderly black gentleman a beautifully crafted saintly character who appears briefly who is long serving day laborer and uietly Aristotle Detective (Aristotle endures the noise and distractions of labor unions street life and racial assumptions inherent in 1980s Philly A seeming random act butterfly flapping its wings sets off a cascade ofvents that spreads through the community and inflames the simmering tensions just below the surface of the teeming smelly and selfish Bones, Clones, and Biomes elements of the urban organism Unintended conseuences run amok and before long a couple of people have been maimed and killed and loves lost and found I won t spoil the plot since the master deserves to be read firsthand but I willxpand a little on the knot of characters since they are so masterful that like great art they will hit Bringing the Empire Home each of us according to our own uniue receptionI believe that novelists are artists in the true sense of the word and if they tickle ones fancy and open doors of perception and understanding andlicit pure motion they should be treated as such Dexter does this for me because he makes me believe these people represent real people that live in a time and place yet have universal human motions of fear Building the Cold War envy lust despair and fortunately love Mickey a central character ironically believed falsely but he uses it to be connected and the husband of the woman who s son has just died while looking at the corpse in the morgue observes Mickey looked at Leon again Leon without all that crazy shit floating around in his head it was just a kid a skinny kid It didn t look very substantial to already be a whole lifeMickey saw that that was what Leon must have looked like to Jeanievery day of his life In just a few senten. In this striking debut from the author of the National Book Award winner Paris Trout Pete Dexter chronicles a murder and its conseuences in the fictional blue collar Philadelphia neighborhood of God’s Pocket Leon Hubbard makes other men ne. ,
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The nephew began to cut He never considered the meat he just cut He had a uick practiced motion you could almost see Leon wit a ground level crime masterpieceFew stories tell the truth of working class wiseguys mobbed up and otherwise as this one with movies like Mean Streets and novels like The Friends of Eddie Coyle being clear antecedents Dexter s writing is undeniably poetic and while it doesn t Canadian Art, Volume 1 (A-F) end as grimly as some similar stories it leaves a rough and undeniable impression Richard Price has this to say about this book and he has nailed it God s Pocket sings snarls mugs wisecracks buys you a drink steals your wallet and takes you home to meet the folks The pacing the language that he commands with suchase wonderful characters who can surprise without beggaring belief Dexter chooses just the right details to sketch the individuals and their surroundings omitting anything surplus You know where you are who you re with no loose Counter-Amores ends How is this a first novel The narrative clips along in briefpisodes moving the action from construction site to neighborhood bar to racetrack to refrigerated truck Grown men cry in bathtubs Old women shoot interlopers in the nose This is a very funny bookGod s Pocket is not my first Pete Dexter I read Paris Trout The Paperboy and Train I have collected all that I can find and am parcelling t Dexter s sense of terror and comedy is firmly in place in his very first novelThe book follows the impact the random murder of an unrepentant sociopath on the neighborhood he is from and a couple other unfortunate outsiders pulled into the Dancing at Armageddon events The story told is one featuring painfullyxuisite character sketches brutal comedy and violence and told with Double Jeopardy eye towards grit and street smarts It reminds me of Nathaniel West Lehane s Mystic River Lehane uses a uote from this book as anpigramRobert Stone Richard Price who provides a blurb and Robert Altman And Sydney Lumet Movies Sydney Lumet movies Pete Dexter feels too original for comparisons I started following Pete Dexter as a columnist for The Daily News in Philadelphia His stories of what most people would call the underside of big city life were made incredibly compelling ven if you knew the people in them were probably waiting to do you some serious harm There was usually some little gem of writing or a turn of phrase that made you think about things you thought you knew in a new way I read this uite a while ago as Dexter was "Turning Into A Novelist This Is An " into a novelist This is an of a true story that kept lifting the rug in different dirty corners of Philadelphia None of the characters come out clean but they weren t really very clean going in In Dexter s able hands that doesn t make them bad or ven almost bad It just makes them the characters that we all know are out there Maybe from a neighborhood we try to avoid or from a walk of life that we step around local note the neighborood so beautifully brought to life and death here iswas actually called Devil s Pocket of just the pocket for the way it took up the space between several angular avenues on the border of downtown Philadelphia It s pretty much gone now part having become uite gentrified and the other part slipping Cezanne and Provence even farther from any chance at all Enough background If you vever lived in a city you know some these people like it or not This story kept happening because of the connection between these guys and what would be considered upper crust Phil AH delphians and their considerable foibles Fascinating interplay and a great read I m a fa. News with the body Everyone that is Dark Voices except Leon’s mother and a local newspaper columnist hoping the story will resurrect his career Only a mother could love a man like Leon But only an outsider couldxpect to change anything in God’s Pocke.