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
The prose is wonderful, and the traditional hei - Goodreads
Kudos to Hawkes for writing such a unique tale. - Goodreads
This is naturalistic writing at its most descriptive. - Goodreads
... its overarching plot. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Alan - Goodreads

although this is about a race horse and I have no interest in race horses, so many people have recommended it I've put it on the to read list.. ..bloody hell this was quite something, not sure if I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Erik - Goodreads

A noirish fever dream filled with smoke and shadows, and writing that leaves you unbalanced and unsure of your own perceptions. Delirious and haunting. Read full review

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About the author (1961)

John Hawkes (1925–1998) was a postmodern novelist born in Stamford, Connecticut, and educated at Harvard University. He was noted for his unconventional style and views on the creation of literature and was admired by Flannery O’Connor, Robert Penn Warren, Saul Bellow, Anthony Burgess, Jeffrey Eugenides, and Donald Barthelme.

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