Drive

Drive Set mostly in Arizona and L A Drive is about a man who does stunt driving for movies by day and drives for criminals at night Sallis combines murder treachery and payback in a sinister plot with reso

  • Title: Drive
  • Author: James Sallis
  • ISBN: 9780156030328
  • Page: 115
  • Format: Paperback
  • Set mostly in Arizona and L.A Drive is about a man who does stunt driving for movies by day and drives for criminals at night Sallis combines murder, treachery and payback in a sinister plot with resonances of 1940s pulp fiction and film noir Told through a cinematic narrative that weaves back and forth through time and place, the story explores Driver s near existentiSet mostly in Arizona and L.A Drive is about a man who does stunt driving for movies by day and drives for criminals at night Sallis combines murder, treachery and payback in a sinister plot with resonances of 1940s pulp fiction and film noir Told through a cinematic narrative that weaves back and forth through time and place, the story explores Driver s near existential moral foundations, intercut with moments of bloody violence.

    One thought on “Drive”

    1. Great little neo-noir crime drama. I really liked the continuity, it jumped around a lot, and told the story from a few different perspectives.It was short, sweet and well written.

    2. Rating: 4* of five The Publisher Says: “Much later, as he sat with his back against an inside wall of a Motel 6 just north of Phoenix, watching the pool of blood lap toward him, Driver would wonder whether he had made a terrible mistake. Later still, of course, there'd be no doubt. But for now Driver is, as they say, in the moment. And the moment includes this blood lapping toward him, the pressure of dawn's late light at windows and door, traffic sounds from the interstate nearby, the sound o [...]

    3. Driver did not want to know the details of the job he was on, all he did was drive. He was on the streets in the beginning without a penny to his name then a fate encounter in a bar hooked him up with the stunt car driving world. You won't find this great story telling but a biography of one man's plight in the concrete jungle. He was not brought up with a silver spoon in his mouth but was street savvy and knew how to get by. He could out smart the players. As always the glamorous life of a stun [...]

    4. This is an excellent contemporary noir novel in which a character becomes caught up by circumstances largely beyond his control and must then struggle to somehow survive.The main protagonist, Driver, is a stunt driver for the movies, and there's none better. But he also moonlights driving for robberies, and the thrill is principally in the driving itself rather than in the monetary rewards. He makes his position clear to anyone who wants to employ his services: "I drive. That's all I do. I don't [...]

    5. Did you see the movie yet? I saw it last year, expecting to be overwhelmed by a genius piece of film making; the hype was massive, the right people were saying the right things, Oscars were mentioned and instead what I got was a very good but not brilliant, subtle piece of noir film making.Moving on to today and I have read the novel, complete with the face of Ryan Gosling on the cover, my first experience of James Sallis and a novel that has been called "a minor masterpiece by at least two sepa [...]

    6. What the f**k is this about? Why's the chronology all skewed? Does Driver give back the money or doesn't he? If he does, why?! And what's in the bag he leaves for his foster parents?!! If he doesn't, then why's he so pissed at Nino for not honouring the deal? Who set him up anyway? Why?! How?!! Maybe there are answers in here - maybe I just can't be bothered finding them. But my strong impression is that Sallis can't be bothered either, that to him it's all about style, and that some part of him [...]

    7. Long story short: I saw this book at the library and I wanted to read it. I saw the movie a few years ago and it's one of my favorite movies and I wasn't even aware that it was a book, and the book is only 150 pages with pretty big font so I was able to finish it in a little over an hour, but wow this was nothing like the movie. I mean it was, but it wasn't. I didn't like how it was written, it's so detached from the main character Driver, and maybe it's meant to be that way (I mean we don't eve [...]

    8. There's an old adage amongst some of us online reviewers that kinda/sorta goes like this: if you have to resort to frequently using words like "perfect," "riveting," "startling," and "stunning," you're more than likely describing what the story isn't for the average person because the average person -- the casual reader, Joe Six Pack with a good in his hands -- tends to find these adjectives descriptive of very specific events in his life events like falling in love, throwing the game-winning t [...]

    9. *Re-Read in 2015 (originally read in May 2011)*I've been on sort of a casual James Sallis binge lately, so I decided to squeeze in a re-read of the first book I read by him. I liked it a lot more this time, which might be due to the fact that I'm more familiar with his writing, or I'm in just a different mindset. In Drive, Sallis tries his hand at a hard-boiled, Parker-style heist story. And while being true to all the conventions of the genre, he still infuses it with his own trademark style: m [...]

    10. The NY Times called James Sallis's Drive, "a perfect piece of noir fiction," but as usual they've got their heads up their asses, since Drive is a book that would be more accurately described as, "a perfect piece of shit." Sallis is actually a pretty good writer line-by-line and paragraph-by-paragraph, but he can't construct a book-length narrative to save his life. Drive jumps around in time, mostly to disguise the fact that its plot is stupid, its main character is less interesting than Of Mic [...]

    11. When the best thing I can say about a book is that at the very least I can say I've read it, that’s sort of like saying, “Oh, chicken pox, I had that once! Root canal with Novocain wearing off, yup, I know the feeling. ! Hemorrhoids, and explosive diarrhea, I hear you!”—well, you get my drift…Writer James Sallis's novella, “Drive” reads like something that would be assigned in a freshman English college course: a terrible, post-modern action tale with tons of characters, ever-chang [...]

    12. The thing about movies made from novels is often which one you experience first colours your experience of the other.I loved Drive the movie. I thought it vibrant, intriguing, uber violent and effortlessly COOL. A loner deciding to risk his life (to stand up and be counted) for a wife and child was an affecting story and the ending was apt. James Sallis' novel differs rather wildly from the cinematic story and unfortunately suffers by comparison.The book jumps all over a timeline more to hide th [...]

    13. Like most of the recent reviewers, I read this after seeing the movie, which undoubtedly changed how I viewed the book. Still, I have to say that I preferred the movie, and not just because of this:Although I won't lie, that face definitely helps. Oof.Style-wise, Drive was pretty fantastic. It's got such a cool, urban, haunting sort of tone going for it, and the writing could be really great.But in terms of substance, it was just sorely lacking. Mysterious, invincible Driver makes for a stylish [...]

    14. There was so much to like about this book but there were also some things that really bugged me as well. Driver is a mysterious protagonist but I felt he talked far too much for something that would have been more suited as the strong silent type. I’m not sure if he was supposed to be written that way but for me, the impression I received from the character and whenever he spoke, didn’t seem to fit my image of him. There has been a recent movie made about this book and I’m keen to see it b [...]

    15. Drive is stark, brutal, beautiful, and perfect. Language cut to the bone but retaining a beautiful flow Emotional, detailed descriptions of food, music and cars while the equally omnipresent violence and death is presented in a matter of fact dead pan. A narrative pitched between 40's noir, 70's cult flick, and a French existential novel. Funny, furious and readable, Sallis should be ranked with, while not quite resembling, American existentialists like McCarthy, Denis Johnson, Lucius Shepard, T [...]

    16. Rock Solid NoirShort, compact, deadly noir. Just wonderful work. Simple, basic, gritty. There are sentences and phrases here that tell whole volumes. This shows that you don't need to put out a five hundred page treatise. Like classic pulp fiction, this is right on target, right to the point. Like Richard Stark's Parker, Drive is the only name you know this guy by. And it's the only thing he knows how to do. Hollywood stunt driver by day and the world's best getaway driver by night. Drive yearns [...]

    17. I liked the film because it didn't take itself too seriously. It was "Grand Theft Auto: The Movie" complete with Vice City's sexy pink font.The book has less of a sense of humour, and it presented a much stranger world. What was with all the weird friendships in bars? Do straight American men really buy each other burgers and then go back to a trailer to drink bourbon and watch movies? Aren't these "tough guys" ever self-conscious? Driver leaves a huge amount of money, a homeless dog and a thoug [...]

    18. Another book about a getaway driver, DRIVE is a tightly written, dirty, gritty fast read. Sallis is an excellent writer who really focused on character development somewhat at the expense of the rather thin plot. There were some brilliant turns of phrase in this book and the non-linear narrative style worked for me, though it might not work for everyone. I was hooked from the first sentence, one somewhat reminiscent of an old Parker book;"Much later, as he sat with with his back against an insid [...]

    19. Chris and I both loved the film adaptation of Drive and thus wanted to read the novel, well novella really, that it is based on. The screenplay definitely takes it in a different direction, adding far more romance than the novel includes, which I can't help but like, but there's a lot in the book that doesn't get captured - scraps and pieces of who Driver is before he comes to LA. While you wouldn't think the inspiration for one of the best action films of 2011 would, the novel deals with huge t [...]

    20. Driver (the only name we know him by) is physically small, perhaps even slightly S-L-O-W, son of a small-time burglar, a reader of noirs by George Pelecanos, a Hollywood hanger-on and stunt driver. Despite these deficits, he can drive like some NASCAR fool, but better because he drives the streets on special jobs evading cops, improvising like a jazz musician. That's all he does: Drive. He eschews muscle-jobs or killings. But when one of Driver's associates shotguns two innocent bystanders while [...]

    21. I've rounded up to four for the sake of symmetry but really, this was a 3-1/2er for me. Knocked 'er off one night in about two hours after seeing the movie wouldn't be out for another week and that was hocking it for less than $6. I love the idea of this book but I think it's better in theory. Or maybe just not fully realized. This essentially old school Camus with a detached narrator who's such a high plains drifter he not only can't connect but has no desire to. Or so the premise wants you to [...]

    22. Are all these people giving this novella and movie 4 and 5 star reviews morons? I checked out the book AFTER seeing that monstrosity of a movie and I couldn't get into it. It was so terrible. How in the world did anyone allow this thing to be made into a movie is beyond me? Don't listen to all of these people recommending the movie either. They have terrible taste in cinema. Long awkward silences by the characters, terrible dialogue and situations, and Ryan Gosling seems to be mentally impaired [...]

    23. A short novel with only 158 pages but it has more energy,thought,feeling than books twice its lenght.Its a modern Noir story as it should be written like. With style,skill,good characters.

    24. I'm not going to waste much time on this one. I've read some raving reviews about this book and quite frankly I'm confused by them. There was absolutely nothing enjoyable about this book for me. The plotline is interesting but the way the story is written ruins that. The prose is reminiscent of grade school reports. His style, if you want to call it that, is very bland and although easy to read also rather annoying. Sallis - As Driver - makes bold, sweeping statements about life with no back sto [...]

    25. This is an adult mystery novel, a perfect example of noir fiction. It's only about 150 pages long, but Sallis really packs a punch. His writing is powerful and so well-crafted it should be framed as a work of art. This book reminded me why I fell in love with noir fiction in the first place. If you like Hammett, Chandler, Cain and Himes, you will love this book. Also highly recommended: Cyprus Grove, another new, fine mystery from Jim Sallis. As the LA Times recently said, Sallis is so good he d [...]

    26. I saw the film adaptation when it came out on DVD and remember being distinctly underwhelmed by the extremely overstylized cinematic adaptation, but I've since discovered Sallis as an author, so I thought I'd see how the story looks on page and surprise, surprise it is so much better as a book. Sallis' writing might be acquired taste, but I genuinely enjoy his succinct economic style, the way he manages to tell a story in such a slender volume, character development, action and all. Most impress [...]

    27. A really powerful, grim and unusual novel, kind of blends hardboiled pulp fiction, blue-collar realism, with a clove of European existentialism. At times it's so stark it becomes almost hypnotic, and the jumpy structure suggests that Sallis has consciously crafted it so that you blaze through it, but once you're done and that initial hit of violence, booze and muscle-cars has passed, what lingers is this audacious little novel about a young fella who feels out of place in the world except when h [...]

    28. One of my favourite characters ever but marginally preferred the movie where "Driver" took "strong, silent" to a new level and Ryan Gosling was perfect for the part. Little too much dialogue for him in the novel but definitely going to read more by this author in 2015.

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