He saw life for other people as a collection of immediate problems for which simple solutions were available. I really enjoyed Sneaky People. Indeed, America has no name. He's a terrific writer with a built-in sense of social satire. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. The book starts with this premise, but after a while it becomes clear that the homicide plot is a mere side show.
Buddy has a more drastic plan for Naomi - he plans on hiring someone to kill her. Actually Clarence would not begin to rub the body until the financing was arranged on Monday with a loan company from which Buddy got a kickback for steering the borrower to its door. Buddy had not intended to name a figure to Clarence, whose own fee after all was a pair of twelve-dollar shoes, but he now decided that the Negro was too stupid for jealousy. He can't help himself--he has to write--and as a result some of his concoctions are so outlandish--invisible people, men who become women, accidental detectives--that it can test the credulity of a reader, who, if he or she is like me, will nonetheless suffer through the premises because there's always something brilliant to fin I flat out like Thomas Berger. Now, though, it served his needs to be subtle. Berger prefers the padded bra in all of us.
He's a terrific writer with a built-in sense of social satire. Ha sehol nem találja, kérjük lépjen kapcsolatba az eladóval! Buddy parked the Buick behind the concrete-block structure that housed the office at one end and at the other the garage where Clarence, a colored flunky, washed, polished, and did minor touch-ups of paint. When did you ever believe a publisher's blurb, anyway? It is a gleefully raunchy and laugh out loud funny sex farce about how men and women endeavor to get the upper hand in relationships. Well, said he, swinging the long handle around so that the blades would not engage while the wheels turned. The only problem is how to arrange the crime. Only Berger, a true original, could pull off a novel like this: Part seedy, malicious plotline, part perverted, unctuous characters, and part tender loss of innocence story--told with the sneaky, ironic syntax that Berger is so famous for.
The main characters are Buddy Sandifer who is a fairly successful used car salesman who owns a thriving business in a small town. The book starts with this premise, but after a while it becomes clear that the homicide plot is a mere side show. Racist terms abound along with the F-bombs and graphic descriptions of the crudest teenage boy sex fantasies. Sneaky People, written 5 years before Neighbors, can almost be seen as a trial run for the latter book in some respects, as both novels depict a main protagonist who is at an emotional remove from the members of his own nuclear family, and either cannot or willfully will not understand their real natures. Please inquire for more detailed condition information. Dust Jacket Condition: Very good with very light bumping and light tan discoloration. During the course of a weekend when Buddy plans to have Naomi murdered, his son becomes fatuously attached to Laverne whom he meets along his grocery route; while at the last minute, Buddy changes his mind about Naomi.
Nor is it a conventional murder mystery solved by a clever detective. Although not the point of this book but sharply taken notice of. Several persons were roaming the lot unattended, Jack no doubt being still inside the office with the buyer of the phaeton and Buddy not having appeared. Ralph ran the lawnmower around back and leaned the handle against the wall. Why is Little Big Man, a much lesser book in my opinion, the book he is kno This is a simple story, simply told, that is simply unforgettable.
Drawing from nostalgic middle America in the 1930s, Berger writes about a rogue car salesman Buddy Sandifer who plots to kill his skinny wife so he can marry his sumptuous lover Laverne. Then of course there is the wonderful Laverne who is Buddy's mistress. Berger's characterizations are extremely well-crafted. The characters, the pacing, the plot, the writing, it all works. It is a crime story centering on a bevy of richly drawn characters that, despite their baser instincts, try every so often to do what is right. Once he got hold of the thug, he would conspire to keep Clarence in the dark: surely blood, black blood at that, was not thicker than money. It's so crude as to qualify as soft-core porn.
That is what makes this book so special. His brown biceps, operated by cords visible in high relief, throbbed and glistened as he worked the Brillo pad, his head angled to bring his good eye into play. Clarence on the other hand had assumed when Buddy approached him privately that his employer wanted a piece of dark meat, i. If future books are like this one, I won't be staying. That is what makes this book so special. Buddy was quite cool when armed.
If that did not suffice, he might return again—perhaps, with a difficult nut to crack, three times—until he had at last reached the basic price which Buddy established for each car and below which no profit would remain. The result for them, in general, is unfortunate. He removed his blazer, put it on a hanger, and hooked the wire over the topmost projection of the wooden hatrack which was otherwise empty, the salesmen wearing their jackets when working the lot. The characters are all cartoons and repulsive ones at that, except for a few pitiable ones. Clarence was rubbing the hood with his forefinger to gauge the depth of the road film when Buddy entered the garage. He can't help himself--he has to write--and as a result some of his concoctions are so outlandish--invisible people, men who become women, accidental detectives--that it can test the credulity of a reader, who, if he or she is like me, will nonetheless suffer through the premises because there's always something brilliant to find. I enjoyed the book and it would actually make a great movie.
Thomas Berger, the late author of Little Big Man, graduated into this school of writing, too. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems. The problem with Berger is that he's so prolific. I suppose Berger just ran out of metaphors for erections and gave up. Buddy is a rough and ready guy, but he is a warm and wonderful person in spite of the way he carries on with Laverne. Jack always got this information in. I was not surprised, as I had predicted their displeasure to another friend before we ever got to our group discussion, but it is instructive to try and understand why my position more specifically, about 3.
I can't say I hated it, but I certainly wouldn't have finished it had it not been chosen for a mystery book group I intended to join. Berger is a literate writer who skilfully uses his prose to explore the secret under Sneaky People by Thomas Berger is the story of how used car dealer Buddy Sandifer sets out to have his wife murdered so that he can set-up home with his long-term mistress, Laverne. The problem with Berger is that he's so prolific. At the same time, it is a hard-boiled noir mystery novel. Possible ex library copy, thatâ ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Jack had brought the Ford phaeton around back for Clarence to Simoniz. I haven't been to this discussion group before but I'll be very interested to see how this book got chosen.