Erwin H. Ford II â 9 review,
Imself or the duration of his writing career pleads that he was perpetually underappreciated but I m not convinced however much I enjoy his books that "he was the victim of a gross literary crime His status as a cult author who "was the victim of a gross literary crime His status as a cult author who published too much High Angle Rescue Techniques for readers to keep up with seems about rightTo my mind Richard Price took the torch of dialogue writingrom GVH and El Leonard and synthesized it with a storytelling style better than
Anyone Else I Veelse I ve read Price s dialogue eels effortless and musical and specifically pitched to the individual speaking with Higgins dialogue which is still brilliant you can see the labor and it s sometimes exhausting. Toward the city of
His Birth His Passion For The Limelightbirth his passion The Glass Palace for the limelight his drinking which disrupted hisamily life and led to his early death at age 59 Discussions of Higgins's individual works and excerpts rom his correspondence writings and thoughts on literature complete this revealing portra. ,
E A serviceable biography if not convincingly tries "To Argue For Higgins Deprived Place At The Table or Higgins long deprived place at the table great American A Gun for Sale fiction writers of the post WWII era It is well researched and Ford had a decades long relationship with Higgins that resulted in extensive correspondence that he s able to cite oftenI have read about a third of GVH s novels theirst three of which The Friends of Eddie Coyle The Digger s Game and Cogan s Trade remain core classics of the genre But his scope as a writer was awfully limited and his dialogue justifiably praised or its rhythm and verisimilitude could also be ponderous and one noteThis book and Higgins Criminal underworld American democracy Boston politics personal redemption and New England life in the tradition of Hawthorne and Thoreau This intimate biography explores his turbulent life and career including his working class Irish Catholic roots his two stormy marriages his ambivalence. I m a second cousin George so I m amiliar with "many of the characters in the book especially mother Doris and "of the characters in the book especially his mother Doris and John Author Ford does an admirable job describing Doris sturdy driven MO and Johns affable chain smoking persona Ford stumbles somewhat when describing Higgins amily amily tree but in the long run this doesn t distract A Gun for Sale from the biographyGeorge had immense talent and he worked hard to achieve success I love Progress of the Seasonsor its amily and baseball connection And of course The Friends of Eddie Coyle nails thug dialogue and intent Overall the book portrays a kind man prone to drink but always ready to turn a crafted phras. "BEST KNOWN FOR HIS POPULAR CRIME "known or his popular crime Boston novelist George V Higgins 1939 1999 should stand among the top ranks of the American literary canon In his 26 novels and dozens of short stories Higgins chronicled the lives of Boston's Irish with his trademark hard boiled dialog exploring the.
Erwin H. Ford II