RARA-AVIS: Get Carter

stephen holden (sjholden@hotmail.com)
Wed, 31 Mar 1999 07:21:04 PST Some first thoughts on 'Get Carter.' It surprised me how leisurely the
book is to begin with. Jack Carter spends 100 pages ruminating on his
childhood, and on the town itself, before the 'action' actually starts.
Everyone he encounters (or even observes) in the town is a nasty piece
of work in some way. If they're not actually criminals, then they're
involved on the peripheries of sordid crime, or seen as picking fights
or behaving badly. It's not poverty either that makes the people seamy
because he emphasises how comparatively rich the town is because of the
steelworks. The only character with redeeming qualities is Keith the
barman, and he's the only one who refuses the money that Carter seems to
think will make people forgive him.

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