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ISBN: 0446538973
Author: George Dawes Green
Language: English
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (July 15, 2010)
Pages: 352
Category: United States
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 865
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George Dawes Green's treatment of a mentally ill self-exiled homeless man reveals and romanticizes a highly intelligent and self-made man. Quite the opposite of the usual treatments of the homeless, and when Romulus.

George Dawes Green's treatment of a mentally ill self-exiled homeless man reveals and romanticizes a highly intelligent and self-made man. Quite the opposite of the usual treatments of the homeless, and when Romulus embarks on his ill-fated and ultimately redeeming journey away from his comfort zone to investigate the death of a boy dumped near his cave.

George Dawes Green (born 1954) is an American novelist and the founder of the storytelling organization The Moth. Green published his first novel, The Caveman's Valentine, in 1994; it was adapted into a film (released in 2001) starring Samuel L. Jackson. He quickly followed that success with The Juror (1995), which was also adapted into a film (released in 1996), starring Demi Moore and Alec Baldwin. Green did not publish another novel until 2009, when Ravens was released.

Romulus Ledbetter wasn't always homeless

The Boatwrights just won 318 million dollars in the GeorgiaState lottery. It's going to be the worst day of their lives. At once frightening, comic, and suspenseful, RAVENS is a wholly original and utterly compelling novel from one of our most talented writers. Romulus Ledbetter wasn't always homeless. He once was a devoted husband, father, and musician with a bright future.

Author George Dawes Green. Books by George Dawes Green: The Caveman's Valentine. 10 3.

George Dawes Green is a highly acclaimed novelist and poet, and the founder of the groundbreaking storytelling organisation, The Moth. He currently divides his time between Georgia and New York. Библиографические данные.

Book's title: Ravens George Dawes Green. Library of Congress Control Number: 2008048331. 54 22. Personal Name: Green, George Dawes. International Standard Book Number (ISBN): 9780446538961.

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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Back when I used to travel extensively, I developed the knack for selecting books that would last me through the trip. The Boatwrights just won 318 million dollars in the

The Boatwrights just won 318 million dollars in the Georgia State lottery. It's going to be the worst day of their lives.When Shaw McBride and Romeo Zderko pull up at a convenience store off I-95 in Georgia, their only thought is to fix a leaky tire and be on their way again to Florida-away from their dull Ohio tech-support jobs. But this happens to be the store from which a 318,000,000 million dollar Jackpot ticket has just been sold -- and when a pretty clerk accidentally reveals to Shaw the identity of the winning family, he hatches a ferociously audacious scheme: He and Romeo will squeeze the family for half their prize. That night, he visits the Boatwright home and takes the family hostage, while Romeo patrols the streets nearby, prepared to murder the Boatwrights' loved ones at any sign of resistance. At first, the family offers none. But Shaw's plot depends on maintaining constant fear-merciless, unfaltering terror-and soon, under the pressure, everyone's sanity begins to unravel . . . At once frightening, comic, and suspenseful, RAVENS is a wholly original and utterly compelling novel from one of our most talented writers.

Comments:

Voodoosida
Back when I used to travel extensively, I developed the knack for selecting books that would last me through the trip. George Dawes Green's Ravens (Grand Central Publishing; 2010), is good for a very short trip. Short flight down, an overnight with just an hour or so in your hotel, short flight back. Not only is it a quick read, but it's best for that trip when you have a lot to do--and just need a lightweight story. Fun, but not a lot of required attention.

An entertaining premise: Win the lottery--and it's all downhill from there. But you'll be asked to suspend your disbelief a bit more than what should be customary. Two grifters take a Georgia family hostage until they can swindle half of the jackpot. Plausible, right? What's implausible is Green's version of such a story. The scheme is overreaching for two losers, who happen to be passing through, stopping at a convenience store. They're suddenly competent enough to run wire taps, hack into computers, trick the police and national media, and spend quality time with their victims, fishing, playing cards, and winning over some of their hearts. The opportunities for escape and resolution are impossible to ignore. And even if you accept this barrage of improbabilities, the timeframe is simply ludicrous: seven days.

Ok, so I've decimated the plotline. Unlikely constructions bother me, especially when too many improbabilities stack up. It's still a fun read. Interesting characters. Buy it for that reason. Odds are, 1 in 195,249,054 of you will consider it a classic.

-Tom Field
Wild Python
But then enjoy the warmth spreading around your heart. This is so sweet, funny, sad, and almost believable. I will recommend it to my friends who appreciate a heart warming story.
anonymous
We recently moved to Brunswick, so we picked up the book for local interest. This was the worst book I've read in twenty years, by a long shot (mostly that's because I stuck with it to the pathetic end, when other books I've thrown down), and I didn't learn anything interesting about Brunswick, either. Just about every scene location seemed one dimensional, like the author spent very little time soaking up the local color, and had help writing from somebody who had never visited. I read in the acknowledgements that the local police drove him around town, I think that was his only view of things. The characters were just outlines- who were these people and what made them behave like that, I wanted to know. Psycho killer comes to small town, a fairly common theme among thrillers, but not used here- Shaw just developed crazy out of the blue, and like another reviewer said, in real life he wouldn't have lasted in these parts past chapter two, end of story. We usually pass books on to friends once we've read them, but I wouldn't do that to them with this piece of worthless publishing. Do yourself a favor and keep looking for a better book, it shouldn't be hard.
breakingthesystem
This is a riveting, comic-creepy, contemporary tale that tingles up and down your spine. Subversive, menacing, and riotously perverse, Ravens pairs and expands the concept of Stockholm Syndrome with the messiah complex while turning it on its head. Two men seize an opportunity to secretly hold a family hostage for half of a winning 312 million-dollar lottery ticket, captivating an entire town into believing that it has its own savior.

In the grim and grey, blue-collar, Bible-Belt town of Brunswick, Georgia, the grim and grey Boatwrights have miraculously won the Max-A-Million lottery. Mitch Boatwright, the timorous, Scripture-bound head of the family, together with his shrewish, alcoholic wife, Patsy, live with their two children in disturbing disquiet. Believing that the jackpot is their chance to marry happiness, Mitch and Patsy swear their family to secrecy, not wanting to divulge their winnings right away to the community.

The two swindlers, Shaw and Romeo, are traveling through from Piqua, Ohio. Shaw stops at the service station where the winning ticket was sold, and with the combination of right time and right place, learns of the big-ticket win. He subsequently hatches a scheme to extort half of the money from the Boatwrights, luring Romeo reluctantly into the deal. Preying on the willing vulnerabilities of Brunswick's citizens and the chronic turmoil of the Boatwrights, Shaw swoops in and frightens the family into cooperating with his plan.

The prose bewitches with a heinous, acid crackle that horrifies but seduces you. Shaw's outrageous gall is convincing in dissembling a town into cult worship, paying homage to Michael Valentine Smith in Stranger in a Strange Land, but with less vision and more malice and greed. The most unforgettable character, however, is Romeo, a confused, pathetic, but reverberating mixture of self-condemnation, altruism, and rueful loyalty. The author's ingenious portrait of this doomed and contradictory man is ripe with a tragic pathos generally reserved for the hero or anti-hero. He is in a class by himself--a blighted, inchoate, but compelling mirror of skewed humanity.

This strange and allegorical parody of blind faith will grip you in its talons from the opening pages and shock you; frighten you; humor you; and thrill you until its merciless end.
Flocton
This novel about a sociopath who threatens a family that just won the lottery is an entertaining well paced thriller but it skims the line of nonsense at times in the second half. There are some excellent characters here including cop Burris and the villain's lackey/friend Romeo but the Boatwrights are ridiculously weak and the citizens of Brunswick are laughably naive. My main problem is that Shaw is simply not interesting enough to warrant the near messianic devotion he gets in the second half of the book. Still, it is well written and fairly original so it's worth reading.
ZloyGenii
poor execution. While many people dream of riches, some try to grab them. But the bad guys here have one good idea, and then they get stupid. Your IQ seems to diminish as the plot moves on. Too bad. such promise.
DABY
I don't know what all the naysayers are talking about. The book had me on the edge of my seat and I thought the ending was magnificent. Shallow? Try, gradually more and more traumatized. Really interesting premise, beautiful execution.

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