Red Baker When Red Baker a Larnel steel worker in Balti Maryland gets laid off from his job he goes crazy boozing attempted philandering running away from his future Filled with unforgettable characters fr

  • Title: Red Baker
  • Author: Robert Ward Michael Connelly
  • ISBN: 9780312362744
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Red Baker, a Larnel steel worker in Balti, Maryland, gets laid off from his job he goes crazy boozing, attempted philandering, running away from his future Filled with unforgettable characters from Red s angry but loyal wife, Wanda his basketball star son, Ace his lifelong friend Dog, a casualty of the layoff and Crystal, the go go dancer at Lily s bar who emWhen Red Baker, a Larnel steel worker in Balti, Maryland, gets laid off from his job he goes crazy boozing, attempted philandering, running away from his future Filled with unforgettable characters from Red s angry but loyal wife, Wanda his basketball star son, Ace his lifelong friend Dog, a casualty of the layoff and Crystal, the go go dancer at Lily s bar who embodies Red s fantasies of escape Red Baker is a classic American novel about a man with no identity who tries to replace the one he s lost.

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    1. Essere buoni non conta nulla“E questo era ancora una volta il problema. Avevo bisogno di tutto e subito. Chiusi gli occhi e mandai una piccola preghiera a un Dio che poteva o non poteva essere là fuori, sopra le case a schiera. “Fammi fare la cosa giusta,” gli dissi. “Non farmi perdere le persone che amo. E proteggi Baltimora”.Robert Ward è stato scrittore e sceneggiatore di crime story, con Red Baker ha vinto nel 1985 il premio Pen West come miglior romanzo americano dell’anno, sc [...]

    2. review: Here's my review system--I score on four categories and average them together for the number of stars. The four categories are: character development (are the characters deep and complex, plot (is it interesting), voice (is the narration smooth and engaging) and cliche level (is it predictable.)Character development: 5 stars-- Ward is very sharp here--and you really get to know his charactersPlot: 4 stars-- Great stuff finding out about where Red is headingVoice: 5 stars-- Remarkably in [...]

    3. Romanzo estremamente compatto, avvolgente e opprimente, quasi quanto la Baltimora inospitale, spazzata da gelo e neve e cosparsa di ghiaccio, nella quale muove i suoi passi sbilenchi e senza meta il protagonista Red Baker. Quarantenne, alcolista, fresco di licenziamento e senza molte altre prospettive; una giovane amante che balla in un locale gestito da mafiosi, un amico dedito ad alzare le mani molto velocemente, una moglie e un figlio che ama più di ogni altra cosa.Robert Ward descrive molto [...]

    4. While you may find this in the mystery section or in a list of crime novels, it is far more a literary novel than a genre work. And a good one.The empathy and compassion for the characters and the stark portrayal of the pain, confusion and humiliation of unemployment while not always fun is consistently compelling.A fully realized and unbelievably flawed (read: human) main character within a simple and complete story. I found myself caring about Red Baker, not despite his flaws, but almost becau [...]

    5. I'm not sure how (or why) Red Baker by Robert Ward ended up as a free download, but I pulled it down. I had never heard of Red Baker or Robert Ward, even though Red Baker was listed as the best novel published in the United States in 1985. Really? The title character is a down and out (mostly of his own doing) laid-off steelworker in Baltimore in the mid-1980s. I've been laid-off five times in my life. I've never reacted like the type of asshole that this guy did.Nevertheless, this is a good cha [...]

    6. So twenty-five years later nothing has changed.Families and friendships are torn asunder under the stress of unemployment. If you or someone you know is currently desperately seeking a way to “keep it together”, I think you will find this book to be depressingly truthful.I would rather read to escape.

    7. Where has this book been all my life? (Well, since I was 16, anyway.) Phenomenal, just top-notch. Loved it. Working on a longer, 25-year retrospective review for Booklist.

    8. Originally published in the mid-80s, Ward's fourth and most popular novel follows a desperate period in the life of the titular character - husband, father and Baltimore steelworker pushed to the edge of the abyss when his company lays him off. With nothing much left to lose, he gambles it all on a scheme that involves pilfering bookie money from some neighborhood goons. Given his assistance from a policeman pal, Red is banking on the assumption that the likelihood of fallout with the authoritie [...]

    9. Robert Ward is a great writer. He manages to turn the crime novel on its head nearly every time. Most of stories are arguably crime stories; they are definitely on the hardboiled and noir side of the tracks, but categorizing his books pretty much ends there. He is an expert at depicting regular people forced to make difficult choices, with dead ends, addiction, troubled friends and family providing a compelling rip current that threaten to swallow his protagonist(s). Red Baker is no exception. T [...]

    10. Recently, I read an Ann Tyler book for the first time. While she uses Baltimore, it's more as a backdrop for a family drama. Whereas Red Baker is blue collar Baltimore down to its loving, gritty soul. The city comes alive in a way that is difficult to do for many writers in that it's not a display for tourists but a functional character, one that exalts and drags down the protagonist (or anti-hero, whatever). Those familiar with the decline of blue collar labor in Baltimore, especially w/r/t the [...]

    11. Wonderful read. As a lifelong (more or less) Baltimoron it's fascinating to watch the beginning of the identity changes Baltimore has been going through for the last thirty years. Add in the downbeat local economy and this book is just as relevant now as it was in 85. Hell, even the O's are winning again. The backdrop of Baltimore does well to mirror the decline of Red himself, both disarmingly charming despite their myriad of problems. Red Baker is a beautiful and gritty document of a lost man [...]

    12. What happens when you get laid off from the job you have been doing for nearly 20 years and you discover no-one is interested in employing you again so you can support your family ? Red Baker finds out in this cracking novel. First published in 1985 it still feels relevant today and Ward has created a fine narrator in Red - you may not always agree with his thoughts or actions but you will understand what compels him to do what he does. Had been looking forward to this after seeing that Harry Cr [...]

    13. This book was well written, a must for me to enjoy a book. It is the story of an out-of-work steel worker, and his enslavement by his own ego. He had so much to be grateful for, yet he couldn't get past his need for a "manly" job to see the wonders of the life he had. Although we are as dissimilar as two people can be, I can see my own struggle with ego in his.

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