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The Damned

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  • Title: The Damned
  • Author: John D. MacDonald
  • ISBN: 9780709078005
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Hardcover

The Damned Best Read || [John D. MacDonald], The Damned, John D. MacDonald, The Damned None

The Damned

The Damned Best Read || [John D. MacDonald] The Damned Best Read || [John D. MacDonald] - The Damned, The Damned None The Damned

  • The Damned Best Read || [John D. MacDonald]
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The Damned

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  1. Of all the authors that I admire, John D MacDonald is the one I would have liked to have a meal with most He had a wisdom about man s motivations that few authors can rival That wisdom really comes across in this novel.The situation at the heart of this story is a delayed river crossing The delay forces an assortment of characters into a confined area The result is a riveting tale that touches on love, maturity, loyalty, degradation and derangement There s sex, murder, betrayal and malice There [...]



  2. A number of prominent writers for the past 40 years, including Walter Mosley, Stephen King, Dean Koontz Jonathan Kellerman and Sue Grafton, have cited Mr MacDonald as a major influence on their work While Mr MacDonald s genre was largely mystery, The Damned 1952 is a bit different It is set at a ferry crossing from Mexico into Texas, with a several hour delay A number of Americans are waiting on the Mexico side, each with a different back story and different ways of dealing with the delay and th [...]


  3. Where have I been that I haven t been reading MacDonald He s like the best of Jim Thompson and Patricia Highsmith all rolled up into one No, I take that back He s better than even that If you haven t read him, then stop what you are doing and read him NOW


  4. Excellent and peculiar About a handful of people who get stuck at a ferry crossing near the Mexican American border, and the misfortunes which befall them I picked up one of MacDonald s at some point earlier, something which was a bit straight detective y and I liked it but didn t love it This was much better The writing is really on point, each of the different characters feels well realized mostly in keeping with the noir tradition the assholes and villains are better drawn than the decent c [...]


  5. This John D MacDonald novel, written in 1952, was his fifth non SF novel since his debut with The Brass Cupcake 1950 A Mexican river crossing and disparate characters thrown together by a disrupted ferry service interact under stresses both internal and externalE HEAT HIT THEM ALL e scorching heat of Mexico, and it ate at their nerves The stalled ferry held them in the heat until they could stand no The honeymooners fought, and loved and fought again The pretty little tramp clawed her married l [...]


  6. The tradition of strangers meeting on the road is as old as the Canterbury Tales, and this literary genre is given a South of the Border slant as a group of strangers meet at a ferry crossing in Mexico, where the crossing is slowed by a bureaucratic glitch Steinbeck used the same literary conceit in THE WAYWARD BUS, and MacDonald uses it to showcase his strengths as a writer In his non Travis McGee novels, MacDonald was incredibly adept at characterization based conflict, and this novel showcase [...]




  7. Close to perfect The story takes place in the 1950s over maybe a fifteen hour period at a stalled ferry crossing at a small town in Mexico near Matamoros An unbelievably interesting cast of characters are thrown together, along with a few plot sparks to ignite a delicious series of conflicts among them MacDonald paints the inner thoughts and experiences and essences of the characters in a way that is fascinating and utterly compelling This is the first book by MacDonald for me, and if his long l [...]


  8. I ll transparently admit that John D MacDonald is not only one of my favorite crime writers, but one of my favorite writers, period His voice, prose style, and regular authorial interjections, which many readers seem to really dislike, are what set him apart from the pack for me he s smart, observant, has fascinating insights into human nature, and can really tell a story too While I m close to the end of my slow in order read of the Travis McGee series, I m comforted to know that I still have a [...]


  9. Well, I have to say this was a nice surprise The Damned may be one of the only books I ve bought based solely on reviews read on I usually come to this site AFTER I ve finished a book, I don t use it as a guide for what to buy But lately I ve been trying to read books I should have read in high school or college and or authors I ve never heard of but probably should have John D MacDonald is one such author Never heard of him Had I seen just the cover of this book, combined with the dramatic titl [...]


  10. 61 from macdonald for me i ve only been disappointed with one of the 61 my guess is that i will enjoy this one, too.26 nov 15finished good story macdonald s story line here is interesting, multiple character p.o.v and in the telling, the cycle of events is repeated a number of times, witnessed by the many characters herein this happensoften story also reminds me of another from macdonald, the bus ride story can t think of the title and perhaps i spend some time looking for it, a note to my self [...]


  11. The guy could write He had sensitivity towards Mexican and women and the men in this book were mainly weak, greedy, stupid or vain His prose shines though and he is not the run of the mill thriller writer.Various carloads of Americans are stuck on the side of a river waiting for a ferry crossing The ferry is to big for the low flowing river so the time to cross is in the order of hours In these hours various lives are changed and we see a variety of emotions coming through from a cast of fascina [...]


  12. They all had secrets and fears and dreams, and they all were stuck like flies in amber under the blazing Mexican sun while uninspired laborers dug up mud so the damned new ferry way too big for the Rios Conchos could get close enough to the bank to take on cars.They were mostly strangers to one another, but they mingled there on a long hot day and they fought, and lied to one another, and fell in love, and spilled secrets and blood.This is not really a mystery novel we always know who has kille [...]


  13. Probably the most interesting MacDonald book I ve read to date Excellent allegorical novel about the lives of several groups of Americans whose lives are changed dramatically while waiting for a ferry across a Mexican river that has been delayed by the fact that, although brand new, it is actually too large for the small river it services.


  14. This was not one of Mr MacDonald s better efforts It was too episodic for my tastes The characterization was top notch as you would expect from John D The ending was too nebulous also.



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