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The Bottoms (2000)

door Joe R. Lansdale

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The Great Depression, East Texas. The woods are thick, the rivers wild, the weather ripe with tornadoes, and the Crane family, like most families in that neck of the woods, are eking out a thin living. When young Harry Crane discovers a mutilated body bound to a tree with barbed wire in the river bottoms, the underbelly of East Texas is exposed. Whites fear a renegade Negro. Blacks fear a vengeful massacre, or, if the killer is white, that the law will let him slip through its fingers. Harry believes the murderer is the Goat Man, an East Texas monster of legend who lurks beneath the swing bridge on the Sabine River, like the Billy Goat Gruff. Harry and his sister have actually seen the Goat Man, or something much like him, in his nocturnal haunts. As the bodies mount up, an elderly black man is lynched, both blacks and whites are terrorised, and Harry's father - the local law - and grandmother investigate, searching for a killer who may be a lot closer than they think.… (meer)
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This book was awesome. It has everything - Horrible murders, an annoying younger sister, a very good boi, a stand-up set of parents and a couple of foul-mouthed grandmothers.

*satisfied sigh* ( )
  authenticjoy | Nov 15, 2020 |
Southern paradise
perfect for a straight (white?) man
killing dirty girls.
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  Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
I needed to know whodunnit, but this was not a well-written book, possibly the best worst-written book I have read. Too many loose ends trying to get wrapped up. ( )
  slmr4242 | Apr 19, 2020 |
Harry è un normale ragazzino che vive nel Texas orientale degli anni Trenta con la sorellina e i genitori. Una sera nel bosco trovano il cadavere di una donna nera e lo riferiscono al padre, Jacob, che oltre ad essere il barbiere della cittadina rappresenta anche la legge e grazie a questa duplice occupazione è ben conosciuto in paese. Jacob, Harry e il resto della famiglia non sono esattamente come il resto della gente lì intorno e non credono che la vicenda non sia importante perché tanto si tratta solo di una "negra". In una società fortemente caratterizzata dal razzismo e dove il Klan è tutt'altro che una presenza immaginaria, Jacob e Harry cominciano ad indagare, scoprendo che quello non è il solo corpo abbandonato nei boschi.
La storia è narrata da Harry come un lungo flashback e attraverso gli occhi del ragazzino prende forma la società di allora e questa figura complessa e sfaccettata che suo padre. La trama si sviluppa come quella di un classico giallo, raccogliendo indizi, con momenti di rallentamenti e accelerazioni, fino al climax finale che si conclude con la risoluzione (o quasi) del caso.
Come in altri libri di Lansdale in alcuni momenti ho avuto la sensazione che ci fosse qualche elemento anacronistico, ma senza riuscire ad identificarli davvero. Il racconto scorre piuttosto lentamente nelle parti iniziali, utilissime per creare l'atmosfera e fare immergere il lettore in quella società povera e in quelle terre così in balia della natura, che era il Texas degli anni '30. ( )
  silvia.amaturo | Mar 21, 2020 |
The Bottoms by Joe Lansdale takes place in 1930s East Texas. Narrated by the elderly Harry Collins, The Bottoms blends mystery, thriller, horror, and the best of literary fiction into a compelling story of racial relations in 1930s Texas.

Harry Collins, elderly and infirm and living in a nursing home, recalls the story of when he was a preteen. While out in the woods one day with his sister, Harry stumbles upon an African-American woman who has been gruesomely murdered and tortured by a serial killer. His father, a town constable, begins to investigate, meeting opposition from the local townspeople, who insist that a black woman being killed is none of their concern. As more bodies turn up, however, tensions rise in the small town, and the Collins family finds themselves at odds with the local townspeople and the local Klan members. Harry is convinced a supernatural force named "The Goatman" has committed the atrocities, and begins an investigation of his own.

Lansdale has been hailed as a master storyteller, and I would have to agree. The Bottoms is a wonderful example of how a setting can be a character of its own; as a native of East Texas, the dialogue, scenery, and country similes are on point. The small town is so convincingly portrayed that there were scenes I could almost feel the heat baking down, even in the middle of February.

As a mystery, I can't say the book will be quite as compelling; there were a few tells that gave away the game early on. Lansdale's forte is clearly in the suspense and horror aspect. One scene, while Harry and his grandma take shelter in a shack during a hailstorm, made me catch my breath while reading. Fair warning to readers who are faint of heart: the book is graphic, disturbingly so. While I felt Lansdale deftly included the graphic without ever edging into obscene, it may be a bit much for some.

What is truly impressive with The Bottoms, however, is that rarely do horror and literary fiction meet. Horror is generally a genre disdained upon, but Lansdale has blended the two so seamlessly that even the most pretentious of literary snobs would be forced to acquiesce. The book has definite elements of To Kill a Mockingbird (albeit much darker) - the father who stands up and shames the local KKK, the curious and innocent narrator who watches the story unfold, racial tensions rising centering around a horrific crime... The back summary of my copy says, "Powerfully evoking William Faulkner and Harper Lee..." and that's probably the most accurate cover summary I have ever seen. Take the dark, Southern Gothic tones of "A Rose for Emily" with the thoughtful and insightful To Kill a Mockingbird, and you have The Bottoms.

Popsugar 2016: A book set in your home state ( )
  kittyjay | Feb 28, 2019 |
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Joe R. Lansdaleprimaire auteuralle editiesberekend
Clark, Alan M.IllustratorSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd

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The Great Depression, East Texas. The woods are thick, the rivers wild, the weather ripe with tornadoes, and the Crane family, like most families in that neck of the woods, are eking out a thin living. When young Harry Crane discovers a mutilated body bound to a tree with barbed wire in the river bottoms, the underbelly of East Texas is exposed. Whites fear a renegade Negro. Blacks fear a vengeful massacre, or, if the killer is white, that the law will let him slip through its fingers. Harry believes the murderer is the Goat Man, an East Texas monster of legend who lurks beneath the swing bridge on the Sabine River, like the Billy Goat Gruff. Harry and his sister have actually seen the Goat Man, or something much like him, in his nocturnal haunts. As the bodies mount up, an elderly black man is lynched, both blacks and whites are terrorised, and Harry's father - the local law - and grandmother investigate, searching for a killer who may be a lot closer than they think.

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