Monday, December 6, 2010

(Book #44) Larry Brown - Dirty Work

On a recommendation from a friend, I have been trolling the used book stores for "anything" by Larry Brown for several months now. Finally found a book called 'Dirty Work' nestled in a stack of paperbacks, and I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by what I read.

This particular story was about two Vietnam veterans, one white with an extremely deformed face and the other a black quadriplegic. Over the course of an evening, the two characters, told through alternating perspectives, relate their harsh personal stories and express their unique perspectives of life. The end of the story can be guessed fairly early on, but the tension and build up surrounding the narrative was poignant and genuine.

It's really hard to say much more than that, as the story really has to tell itself without being boiled down to a few sentences. Needless to say it was a great author recommendation and I look forward to picking up some of Brown's other works in the future.

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