April 30, 2020

The only display of civic pride evident in Donald Ray Pollock’s first book is a blue tattoo — the words “Knockemstiff, Ohio” — etched “like a road. “More engaging than any new fiction in years.” —Chuck Palahniuk An unforgettable work of fiction that peers into the soul of a tough Midwestern. The majority of the inhabitants of Knockemstiff, Ohio – a town so insignificant it has long since vanished from any map – seem straight out of.

Author: Bataxe Voodoobei
Country: Slovenia
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Personal Growth
Published (Last): 1 October 2012
Pages: 58
PDF File Size: 11.40 Mb
ePub File Size: 18.22 Mb
ISBN: 437-3-66904-749-6
Downloads: 51304
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Maujind

It is an unforgettable experience. This gives the collection a kind of coherency where the sum is far greater than the individual parts. The stories are sometimes interrelated, some characters guest star in multiple stories and the book is bookended and anchored towards the middle with stories about one particular family. Besides, I’m beginning to believe that anything I do to extend my life is just going to be outweighed by the agony of living it.

They plow through their miserable lives, just waitin’ for death. Mar 18, Pages. I’m not willing to pay 50 bucks for it, Amazon, but if someone comes across it in a thrift store or at an estate sale, pleaseplease pick it up for me.

Here’s a Life Coaching tip: Nov 20, Minutes. By the dpnald he ran me down in that cornfield, he was so pissed that he had his boys hold me while he chipped my front teeth out one by one with a spike nail he pulled out of a rotten fence post.

The Alt Reality Nobel. No matter what we find a way to endure; no matter how badly we muck things up, we find a way to carry on — even broken, busted up and beaten down. These short stories do have memorable characters with the usually Pollock melancholy, grittiness and evilness.


But I still loved the originality of these brutal stories. Years ago, well about ten. View all 37 comments. They’re all residents and prisoners of a town called Knockemstiff. You’ve probably never even seen a paper mill from a distan Americans used to be titillated by tales of the Dark Continent; now they are titillated by closer-to-home tales of the Rural Wasteland.

It was the third set of wheels in a year. View all 22 comments.

‘Knockemstiff’ Writer Pulls No Punches

If you can find a delicate balance between the two, reading Knockemstiff is a powerful experience. His stories need no gimmickry to devastate you. Here comes Pollock’s “Knockemstiff,” set in the hopeless oxycontin hollers of Southern Ohio, and now those Carver-like characters of Appalachia have a fine writer who knows how to give them voice.

The story is all the more unsettling because Pollock delivers it with such casualness. The raunchy collection of 18 stories spans more than 30 years of violence, failure, depravity and stagnation in a town where residents “live pretty trapped lives,” Pollock says. A friend who read this and reviewed it better compared it to Dead Boys by Richard Lange; I just got that collection, so I’ll have to give it a try.

Pollock wrote this collection before the advent of reality television, and although he claims this is a total wo If Sherwood Anderson had been born 50 years later, 3 hours SW of Winesburg and written his collection of stories with characters from the fourth circle of hell, they might have been neighbors to the denizens of Knockemstiff. The 18 stories are varied enough and the reader is interested in the life of these people, and some of the stories take place outside the small town, but most of them are grounded in the hopeless and depressing holler.


Nov 20, Minutes Buy. Guille Buenos comentarios, Federico.

Knockemstiff by Donald Ray Pollock

Nov 29, Kevin rated it it was amazing Shelves: Told simply, eloquently, and without emotional emphasis, Pollock sets the stage for the entire collection with the opening of this story, “My father showed me how to hurt a man one August night at the Torch Drive-in when I was seven years old.

So there I was, stuck in the backseat by myself, chewing the skin off my fingers, and hoping Knockemsstiff wouldn’t piss him off too much before Godzilla stomped the guts out of Tokyo. After dropping out of high school at the age of 17, mr.

His prose pulls no punches, and several of his sad townsfolk appear in more than one story. Despite knowing deep down: You get the worst of the worst characters here involved in incest, murder and drugs but too knockemsticf doses, would donapd been a whole lot better less doses of characters and longer stories.

I also believe it’s the cold comfort that’s derived from knowing humans dohald survivors no matter what. Another memorable piece was Dynamite Holewhich I thought was the darkest story in the collection man is that saying something.

Spanning 30 years this small Midwestern town comes alive with the town taking on its own ambiance. His name was Donald Ray Pollock.