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Cutter and Bone Paperback – Mar 1 2001

3.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail; New edition edition (March 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852426764
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852426767
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,910,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One of the best depictions of mid-'70s America I've come across, this powerful novel was written when the country was struggling to recover from the Vietnam War and remains as a vivid reminder of that time. Set mostly in Santa Barbara, the story follows two men firmly stuck in cycles of self-destruction. Bone dropped out of the corporate life and left his wife and kids in Minnesota to float around California as a gigolo, while Cutter came back from Vietnam minus an arm and a leg and teeters on the brink of insanity. Both are utterly disillusioned with the world around them and spend a great deal of time drinking and trying to blot out their rapidly suburbanizing, strip-mallifying, consumerist surroundings. The third member of this circle of dead souls is the sarcastic, Quaalude popping Mo, Cutter's live-in girlfriend and mother to his baby.
The whole book reads like one big hangover-the party (late '60s free love, rebellion, Vietnam, etc.) is over, and someone's gotta pay. One evening Bone unknowingly witnesses a murderer disposing of a victim, and what he half saw leads to a half-baked scheme to make some money. In another writer's hands, this could have lead to a comic caper, but Thornburg is intent on showing the county's loss of innocence through the bitter, maimed, and reckless Cutter, and his guilt-ridden and aimless buddy Bone. One problem I had with the story was the friendship between the two men. The book unfolds from Bone's perspective, and it's hard to fathom why he keeps returning to Cutter's side, other than guilt and/or a self-destructive streak.
In any event, the book starts fairly slow and there were a few times I considered ditching it. By the second half though, the lean prose gets more and more compelling, and the dilemmas get a bit more interesting.
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Newton Thornburg was an extraordinary writer. Everyone should read his book, and To Die In California, just to appreciate how it's done by a master. Even though he was writing in the seventies, the story and the characters seem universal. At the same time, he captures the spirit and the feeling of the times. However, his view of the world is pessimistic and despairing, and his characters reflect this. Read Newton Thornburg to be awed and inspired by a great writer, not for an upbeat, cheery tale.
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I don't stop reading books, I keep looking for redemption. With this one I made an exception. A quarter of the way through I was looking for a fork to poke my eyes out rather than read any more. I read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and loved it, so it's not the whacky characters. It's just dull.
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Format: Paperback
...but there's not a lot of action in this one. As for the much-vaunted "shocking end", well, I saw it a mile coming, but maybe that's only cause I read a lot of thrillers. All in all, an entertaining enough book, but let me stress this: Not in the Ross McDonald-Raymond Chandler-Walter Mosley-James Ellroy league.
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A mystery (that holds until the last line), love story and commentary on post Vietnam America. Thornburg paints a collection of the most realistic characters I have come upon in an age.
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