The Lime Twig

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New Directions Publishing, 1961 - Fiction - 175 pages
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But it would be unfair to the reader to reveal what happens when a gang of professional crooks gets wind of the scheme and moves to muscle in on this bettors' dream of a long-odds situation. Worked out with all the meticulous detail, terror, and suspense of a nightmare, the tale is, on one level, comparable to a Graham Greene thriller; on another, it explores a group of people, their relationships fears, and loves. For as Leslie A. Fiedler says in his introduction, "John Hawkes.. . makes terror rather than love the center of his work, knowing all the while, of course, that there can be no terror without the hope for love and love's defeat . . . ."

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Sounds like a winning premise but I was disappointed. - Goodreads
Kudos to Hawkes for writing such a unique tale. - Goodreads
I relish this kind of writing. - Goodreads
This is naturalistic writing at its most descriptive. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Rob Lloyd - Goodreads

Fragmentary remains reveal the presence of a perpetually sinister and lucid nightmare that cannot be avoided. Kudos to Hawkes for writing such a unique tale. Read full review

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About the author (1961)

Author John Hawkes was born in Stamford, Connecticut on August 17, 1925. During World War II, he joined the American Field Service and was an ambulance driver in Italy and Germany from the summer of 1944 to the summer of 1945. He taught at Brown University for thirty years. He wrote eighteen novels, four plays, and a volume of poetry during his lifetime. His first novel, The Cannibal, was published in 1949. His other works include The Lime Twig, The Beetle Leg, and Virginie: Her Two Lives. His novel Adventures in the Alaskan Skin Trade won France's Prix Medicis Étranger in 1986. He died on May 15, 1998.

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