Re: RARA-AVIS: Recent purchases

Date: 05 Feb 2005

Bill wrote:

"John Williams, FIVE PUBS, TWO BARS AND A NIGHTCLUB (1999), and CARDIFF DEAD (2000). I recently read an online interview with Mr. Williams where he said his early books could probably be found in American remainder houses, and sure enough, I did. Heh."

Care to be specific about where you found it?

"Edward Bunker, THE ANIMAL FACTORY (1977). I've never read any Bunker, but he's highly recommended by people on the list."

A very nice and, not surprisingly, very authentic reading prison novel. And Steve Buscemi made it a good movie out of it a couple years ago. Still, I prefer Bunker's No Beast So Fierce (AKA Straight Time), but that probably has more to do with my personal preference for just out of prison novels to inside prison novels than either book's relative quality.


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