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Be careful, though - there's a danger of actual tears and serious stomach-hurt from doubling-over with laughter. Although the truth is it’s probably still not unusual to think these things, it is (thankfully) less acceptable to say them now. Definitely recommend this to anyone that liked movies like Sicario, Savages, or any of Winslow’s previous books. I realize that some books are supposed to be a simple perspective style, but with all the visual writing and the almost 290 chapters in an only 302 page book, I almost felt like it was meant to be a movie, with each chapter being a new scene. The Winslow effect is to fuse the grave and the playful, the body blow and the joke, the nightmare and the pipe dream.

This is not a book for the faint of heart, but for anyone who might not yet have discovered Winslow, it's a great place to start. I have to say though that I was a bit disappointed with the ending - I like things to be neatly finished off and this left some things unanswered in my mind ! Published in 1987, the attitudes towards women in work, the relative responsibilities of men and women in bringing up children, the idea that a woman should keep herself attractive so her husband won’t ‘stray’ all feel horribly old-fashioned.On the face of it, some plot twists and writing style are undoubtedly commercially motivated but despite that, Savages remains a story of extreme innovation and survival against the odds. I must addmit that sometimes I wanted to slap some of her female characters for some of the stupid, 'female' things they did. O's abduction sets off a dizzying array of ingenious negotiations and gripping plot twists that will captivate readers eager to learn the costs of freedom. Some of it is stream of consciousness, but not such that you would get lost in it like in Finnegan’s Wake.

As usual, he captures brilliantly the Southern California lifestyle while at the same time skewering the misadventure that is the "war" on drugs.I did get used to the family without her… but the ending, which was a bit heartbreaking, I wish she’d been there for.

Each paragraph like a stick of dynamite; it's the paragraph, the singular block that comprises the graphic novel that's very much post-YA, post-Bret E Ellis punch to the face.

Part-time environmentalist and philanthropist Ben and his ex-mercenary buddy Chon run a Laguna Beach-based marijuana operation, reaping significant profits from their loyal clientele. O knows that Chon is seriously twisted-no, she knows Chon is seriously twisted-but not like day-old-spaghetti-in-a-bowl twisted, like getting off on guys getting their heads lopped off, like that tv show about the British king, every cute chick he f**** ends up getting her head cut off. It’s written at almost a frantic pace that got the adrenaline flowing straight from the jump and didn’t let up until the end.

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