Red Baker

E Books Red Baker review Here s my review system I score on four categories and average them together for the number of stars The four categories are character development are the characters dee

E-Books Red Baker review: Here's my review system--I score on four categories and average them together for the number of stars. The four categories are: character development (are the characters deep and complex, plot (is it interesting), voice (is the narration smooth and engaging) and cliche level (is it predictable.)Character development: 5 stars-- Ward is very sharp here--and you really get to know his charactersPlot: 4 stars-- Great stuff finding out about where Red is headingVoice: 5 stars-- Remarkably insightful!Cliche Level: 5 stars-- Clearly, something different!. Red Baker Viral Books When Red Baker, a Larnel steel worker in Balti, Maryland, gets laid off from his job he goes crazy boozing, attempted philandering, running away from his future Filled with unforgettable characters from Red s angry but loyal wife, Wanda his basketball star son, Ace his lifelong friend Dog, a casualty of the layoff and Crystal, the go go dancer at Lily s bar who emWhen Red Baker, a Larnel steel worker in Balti, Maryland, gets laid off from his job he goes crazy boozing, attempted philandering, running away from his future Filled with unforgettable characters from Red s angry but loyal wife, Wanda his basketball star son, Ace his lifelong friend Dog, a casualty of the layoff and Crystal, the go go dancer at Lily s bar who embodies Red s fantasies of escape Red Baker is a classic American novel about a man with no identity who tries to replace the one he s lost.. Robert Ward Michael Connelly Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Red Baker book, this is one of the most wanted Robert Ward Michael Connelly author readers around the world. . The best Books Red Baker Essere buoni non conta nulla“E questo era ancora una volta il problema. Avevo bisogno di tutto e subito. Chiusi gli occhi e mandai una piccola preghiera a un Dio che poteva o non poteva essere là fuori, sopra le case a schiera. “Fammi fare la cosa giusta,” gli dissi. “Non farmi perdere le persone che amo. E proteggi Baltimora”.Robert Ward è stato scrittore e sceneggiatore di crime story, con Red Baker ha vinto nel 1985 il premio Pen West come miglior romanzo americano dell’anno, scoperto da Joyce Johnson, editor ed ex compagna di Kerouac; Ward faceva l'insegnante di scrittura, ma poi Tom Wolfe l'ha invitato a New York a vivere e creare nel new journalism. E' stato amico di Carver. Ha scritto una storia difficile, vista dal basso, un operaio licenziato, sposato con la ragazza del liceo e un figlio, per loro farebbe qualsiasi cosa, ha un’amante di cui è innamorato, con la quale fuggirebbe in Florida, mentre è anche una persona che non ce la fa più, che si arrende alle cose. L'acciaieria di Baltimora ha chiuso e gli resta solo Wild Turkey, whiskey rye e anfetamina, le pillole del dottor Raines, per tenere sotto controllo i demoni interiori, la vergogna e l'orgoglio. Un amico si suicida, altri si distruggono con alcol e droga, la periferia della città si spegne nel degrado umano, nella desolazione e nella miseria. Il suo migliore amico, Dog, chiamato così perché ama i cani, sta impazzendo, sta perdendo la ragione. E' preda di violenza e paranoia, passa le giornate a bere e crede che la moglie lo tradisca. Red Baker cade e non sente l'impulso di rialzarsi, ma solo il desiderio di sprofondare o di scomparire, di essere un altro o di non essere più nessuno, in una tensione furiosa che avvelena la sua sensibilità. Ama la moglie Wanda e il figlio Ace, ma non riesce a essere felice con loro. E' felice con l'amante, la giovane spogliarellista e cantante Crystal, è innamorato ma non disposto a affidarsi a un nuovo futuro. E' un bugiardo e un fallito, sceglie sempre l'errore e la falsità, non ha dignità. Gli uffici di collocamento sono grigie discariche sociali e la tentazione di una evasione con la proposta di un lavoro sporco ma facile non tarda a concretizzarsi. E così precipita nella negatività, nella pulsione oscura, nella circolarità del disfarsi, nella dolcezza dell'abbandono e nella levità della rabbia. Quando cominci a pensare che qualcosa ti sia dovuto è l'inizio della fine. Tutto finisce nella disperazione, nell'imprevisto e nel lutto. Era la filosofia di Red Baker: sei sempre con la testa nel fango, ma fin quando puoi respirare continui a essere in vantaggio”. Questo romanzo è un dramma umile e autentico, una tragedia non priva di grazia e speranza, un'avventura in cui una crisi profonda si risolve, attraverso un triste e angoscioso sacrificio, in una dolorosa redenzione, in una amara e straziante rinascita. “E quando mi fermo, col cuore che mi esplode dentro il petto, e la polvere che soffia dietro di me, è come se avessi capito qualcosa. Qualcosa sugli amici e su ciò che distingue un uomo da un altro. Non conta il cervello o il denaro, ma quanto rischi per amore”.
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  1. Robert Ward Michael Connelly Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Red Baker book, this is one of the most wanted Robert Ward Michael Connelly author readers around the world.

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  1. Essere buoni non conta nulla E questo era ancora una volta il problema Avevo bisogno di tutto e subito Chiusi gli occhi e mandai una piccola preghiera a un Dio che poteva o non poteva essere l fuori, sopra le case a schiera Fammi fare la cosa giusta, gli dissi Non farmi perdere le persone che amo E proteggi Baltimora.Robert Ward stato scrittore e sceneggiatore di crime story, con Red Baker ha vinto nel 1985 il premio Pen West come miglior romanzo americano dell anno, scoperto da Joyce Johnson, e [...]


  2. review Here s my review system I score on four categories and average them together for the number of stars The four categories are character development are the characters deep and complex, plot is it interesting , voice is the narration smooth and engaging and cliche level is it predictable Character development 5 stars Ward is very sharp here and you really get to know his charactersPlot 4 stars Great stuff finding out about where Red is headingVoice 5 stars Remarkably insightful Cliche Level [...]


  3. Romanzo estremamente compatto, avvolgente e opprimente, quasi quanto la Baltimora inospitale, spazzata da gelo e neve e cosparsa di ghiaccio, nella quale muove i suoi passi sbilenchi e senza meta il protagonista Red Baker Quarantenne, alcolista, fresco di licenziamento e senza molte altre prospettive una giovane amante che balla in un locale gestito da mafiosi, un amico dedito ad alzare le mani molto velocemente, una moglie e un figlio che ama pi di ogni altra cosa.Robert Ward descrive molto ben [...]


  4. While you may find this in the mystery section or in a list of crime novels, it is far a literary novel than a genre work And a good one.The empathy and compassion for the characters and the stark portrayal of the pain, confusion and humiliation of unemployment while not always fun is consistently compelling.A fully realized and unbelievably flawed read human main character within a simple and complete story I found myself caring about Red Baker, not despite his flaws, but almost because of the [...]


  5. I m not sure how or why Red Baker by Robert Ward ended up as a free download, but I pulled it down I had never heard of Red Baker or Robert Ward, even though Red Baker was listed as the best novel published in the United States in 1985 Really The title character is a down and out mostly of his own doing laid off steelworker in Balti in the mid 1980s I ve been laid off five times in my life I ve never reacted like the type of asshole that this guy did.Nevertheless, this is a good character study [...]


  6. So twenty five years later nothing has changed.Families and friendships are torn asunder under the stress of unemployment If you or someone you know is currently desperately seeking a way to keep it together , I think you will find this book to be depressingly truthful.I would rather read to escape.


  7. Where has this book been all my life Well, since I was 16, anyway Phenomenal, just top notch Loved it Working on a longer, 25 year retrospective review for Booklist.


  8. Originally published in the mid 80s, Ward s fourth and most popular novel follows a desperate period in the life of the titular character husband, father and Balti steelworker pushed to the edge of the abyss when his company lays him off With nothing much left to lose, he gambles it all on a scheme that involves pilfering bookie money from some neighborhood goons Given his assistance from a policeman pal, Red is banking on the assumption that the likelihood of fallout with the authorities is sli [...]


  9. Robert Ward is a great writer He manages to turn the crime novel on its head nearly every time Most of stories are arguably crime stories they are definitely on the hardboiled and noir side of the tracks, but categorizing his books pretty much ends there He is an expert at depicting regular people forced to make difficult choices, with dead ends, addiction, troubled friends and family providing a compelling rip current that threaten to swallow his protagonist s Red Baker is no exception This sto [...]


  10. Recently, I read an Ann Tyler book for the first time While she uses Balti, it s as a backdrop for a family drama Whereas Red Baker is blue collar Balti down to its loving, gritty soul The city comes alive in a way that is difficult to do for many writers in that it s not a display for tourists but a functional character, one that exalts and drags down the protagonist or anti hero, whatever Those familiar with the decline of blue collar labor in Balti, especially w r t the steel mills can relat [...]


  11. Wonderful read As a lifelong or less Baltimoron it s fascinating to watch the beginning of the identity changes Balti has been going through for the last thirty years Add in the downbeat local economy and this book is just as relevant now as it was in 85 Hell, even the O s are winning again The backdrop of Balti does well to mirror the decline of Red himself, both disarmingly charming despite their myriad of problems Red Baker is a beautiful and gritty document of a lost man trying to find hims [...]


  12. What happens when you get laid off from the job you have been doing for nearly 20 years and you discover no one is interested in employing you again so you can support your family Red Baker finds out in this cracking novel First published in 1985 it still feels relevant today and Ward has created a fine narrator in Red you may not always agree with his thoughts or actions but you will understand what compels him to do what he does Had been looking forward to this after seeing that Harry Crews ha [...]


  13. This book was well written, a must for me to enjoy a book It is the story of an out of work steel worker, and his enslavement by his own ego He had so much to be grateful for, yet he couldn t get past his need for a manly job to see the wonders of the life he had Although we are as dissimilar as two people can be, I can see my own struggle with ego in his.




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