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Paris Trout af Pete Dexter

Paris Trout (original 1988; udgave 2008)

af Pete Dexter

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A respected white citizen of Cotton Point, Georgia, Paris Trout is a shopkeeper, a money-lender, and a murderer of blacks. And his friends, family and foes do not realize the danger they face in a man who simply will not see his own guilt.
Titel:Paris Trout
Forfattere:Pete Dexter
Info:Liebeskind Verlagsbhdlg. (2008), Hardcover, 415 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek

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Paris Trout af Pete Dexter (1988)

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    Pukkelryg pukkelryg af Tom Franklin (whymaggiemay)
    whymaggiemay: Both books take place in the south, though in different states. The underlying racial tone is very similar.

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Paris Trout is a loathsome character. He shoots and kills a 14 year old black girl for no reason. Not a crime of passion, but more chillingly a crime of indifference. She’s simply in the way when he tries to collect his debt so he shoots her. Well-drawn novel villains often have some, if not redeeming qualities, at least qualities that make them seem more human. They love their children or their dog. Or they have some charming roguishness. Paris Trout has none of that. If he had a dog, he would beat it. He simply has no redeeming qualities. It is a testimony to Dexter’s writing skill, that even in all his loathsomeness, Paris Trout is still a compelling character.

However, if this were simply the story of a racist sociopath it would be hard to endure and probably not worth reading. Definitely not National Book Award worthy. But it is, of course, much more.

We see the story of Paris Trout unfold from not only his perspective, but from the point of view of the girl he killed, his lawyer, his wife, the prosecution and a host of supporting characters.

Dexter creates what feels like a very realistic feeling portrait of redneck Georgia in the early 1950s. It feels honest, not patronizing or apologetic. Paris Trout: A Novel, is at times an uncomfortable reading experience, but worthwhile. Highly recommended.
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  LenJoy | Mar 14, 2021 |
Amazing, visceral movement toward inevitable violence and an unexpected sacrifice. Beautifully told story that held me in something of a choke hold until the end. ( )
  poingu | Feb 22, 2020 |

A National Book Award winner, this was an easy book to read. It is nicely paced and the story flows well. The antagonist is very hate-able, and the other characters are very flawed, yet likable. Kind of.

I don't mind reading books that have a negative storyline. It doesn't bother me to read about violence, sexual situations, or bad language. If it supports and enhances the characters, I am all for it. However, I have an issue with shocking things that seem to come out of nowhere, add nothing to the story in the least, and doesn't help to fill out a character. That happened for me too often in this book. I also have a problem with lost opportunities to make readers take pause and ponder themes presented in the course of a story. That, too, happened too often.

The characters seems rich in detail, until you start to look closer. Why did Paris' mother tremble when her son was in the room? What kind of childhood did he have? Why did he take her with him at the end?

What was up with those hand-jobs of the Bonners? What was wrong with Carl's wife, that she couldn't fit into the community?

And what on earth was wrong with Hanna? Was she just so broken that she had become stoic? Was she so closed off that she saw herself helping Seagroves come to terms with his own emotions, but felt that she was too far gone for help? And what was the purpose of cutting her foot, taking those baths, and acting so vacuous?

Paris Trout, on the surface, is a story of a bigoted and psychotic man. There is really no more substance to the book than that. There is no "old south" truth here. There is no redemption in showing a culture that has grown, leaving a man behind. There was so much room for more, and Dexter didn't come through. He could have provided more of a commentary on the struggle of a bigoted Southern man coming to terms with undue hatred. He could have shown a flawed logic in elevating a man simply because he has money, but no scruples. He could have shown the emptiness of living in hate, and the richness of love and forgiveness, even though you are physically destitute. He could have compared and contrasted relationships/marriages/friendships.

Yet, he did not. He wrote a surface story of hate, justice, and revenge. I found very little to take away, otherwise.

Recommended in that this is an award-winning novel, but it won't make you think as deeply as Dexter wanted you to. ( )
  CarmenMilligan | Jan 18, 2016 |
PARIS TROUT, the National Book Award Winner for Fiction in 1988, is a flawless work. Paris Trout is a resident of Cotton Point, Georgia; an arrogant solitary man who abuses his wife both psychologically and physically, he commits a crime which sends reverberations throughout the community.
Paris’ mental state deteriorates as he fights against being held accountable for his senseless actions. His attorney and his wife both realize he is disturbed. A feeling of doom seeps into the story and builds until the fateful ending.
Pete Dexter brilliantly weaves the stories of the residents of a small town in 1950’s Georgia. He effectively draws a variety of personalities and connected storylines - hinting at past indiscretions, exploring people’s private thoughts, and thoroughly bringing his characters to life. I could feel the stifling culture with its simmering hostility.
I would recommend PARIS TROUT to everyone who enjoys great literature. This is one of the best books I’ve ever read.
~Stephanie ( )
  BooksOn23rd | Nov 25, 2015 |
The murder of a child during a botched debt collection is the pivot point for this racially charged, character-strong book, written in 1987 and set in mid century rural Georgia. And the title character, one Paris Trout, is a doozy. Mean as the day is long and increasingly demented as the story grows, he and those connected to him in the town of Cotton Point - from the abused, enigmatic wife to his stalwart but torn attorney, to the brash young lawyer fresh out of law school - all have their own demons to face. This is a very well written, suspense-laden tale. In my view, as a native Georgian, the tale is authentic in its atmosphere and the relative subservience of the local black populace. Trout is a menacing presence you'll not soon forget if you read this. ( )
  ThoughtPolice | Mar 13, 2015 |
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Wow, there’s nothing like an unrepentant villain to make your skin crawl, some psychotic menace who terrorizes an entire town and makes you feel self-righteous about your own minor moral failings.

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A respected white citizen of Cotton Point, Georgia, Paris Trout is a shopkeeper, a money-lender, and a murderer of blacks. And his friends, family and foes do not realize the danger they face in a man who simply will not see his own guilt.

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