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First of all, I don't understand why the other reviewer refers to this as a Christian religious book. It isn't.
If this book was a film it would be considered "Film Noir." I enjoyed the author's writing style. That being said, I didn't think much of the characters. The most likable of the bunch are the American Indian girl and the gambler... and that's not saying much. Also, without giving it away, I'd have to say that when the book ended I found myself unsatisfied.
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Would you try another book from Denis Johnson and/or Will Patton?
Yes, I have read two books by Denis Johnson -- Tree of Smoke and Fiskadoro. I like both, especially Tree of Smoke, so when a friend told me he had written a noir book, I was eager to try it. Big mistake.<br/><br/>As for Will Patton, I thought his reading was fine. His presence on another book would not sway me either for or against.
What was most disappointing about Denis Johnson’s story?
The action was not particularly engaging. It was hard to keep the characters apart, even though there weren't that many of them. And the ending was completely ridiculous -- pretentiously ambiguous when it should have just tied up the various threads.
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
What character would you cut from Nobody Move?
The main character. Yes, I know, this is a problem. But I cannot see what he added to the plot or the ambience of the piece.
Any additional comments?
Read Tree of Smoke instead. It's a way better book.
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