The only display of civic pride evident in Donald Ray Pollock’s first book is a blue tattoo — the words “Knockemstiff, Ohio” — etched “like a road. “More engaging than any new fiction in years.” —Chuck Palahniuk An unforgettable work of fiction that peers into the soul of a tough Midwestern. The majority of the inhabitants of Knockemstiff, Ohio – a town so insignificant it has long since vanished from any map – seem straight out of.

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Even with my slipshod style of reading it, I know that there is something good going on here, and one day I should return to it and read them again, slower and without other books getting in the middle donalf them I’m currently having a problem with starting books, I have about five books going on right now, I need to just start finishing some and not starting anymore until I do, but so many different titles keep calling out odnald me and I’m impatient.

In this unforgettable work of fiction, Donald Ray Pollock peers into the soul of a tough Midwestern American town to reveal the sad, stunted but resilient lives of its residents.

I need to do more research — where are the tales of the British underclass? January All the ugly parts of humanity are crowded into a single town–and all of those ugly parts trying to escape. Abandon all hop all yee who enter her. Besides, I’m beginning to believe that anything I do pollok extend my life is just going to be outweighed by the agony of living it. An image search will show a small town, pollocm few residents, but a whole bunch of local haunting stories.


Jan 09, Greg rated it really liked it Shelves: I’m not from USA? Good literature has the ability to take you places you have plllock been and in Pollock’s world, places you don’t want to be.

He needed the long hair. While I enjoyed the novel even more, this fiction collection is still excellent.

Mom had forgotten to pack the old man’s special cup, and so everything was shot in the ass as far as he was concerned. The kinds of things that if you read you might think were total fabrications, people really believe some of this shit?


It was the only thing he was ever good at. May 12, Adam rated it it was ok. Some people I’ve talked with about this book have suggested it’s too brutal for them to read in long stretches but I found that Pollack’s bleak narratives were often spiced up with enough strange details a Yep.

For Say howdy to a bunch of wife-beating, lowlife, scumbag ne’er do wells. Y la frutilla de la torta, el soberbio cuento Empiezo desde cero.

I don’t know what that says about me that this sort of visceral reading experience pollcok to me, but it does. But I still loved the originality of these brutal stories. Feb 28, Dan Schwent rated it it was amazing Shelves: Yes, some bits are better than others and, look as you may, you won’t find any donaldd endings here.

This is a collection of stories all taking place in Knockemstiff, Ohio. Feb raj, Panagiotis rated it it was amazing. Behold brisk tales of abusive daddies, huffers, whores, country-fried criminals and incestuous chillun. A first book of short stories that will immediately conjure up an almost voodoo-like presence producing visions of Flannery O’Connor in the room.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. This book is gross and sad and hilarious and as exaggerated as some many of the scenes seem, I don’t actually want to know how much of it is based on true events.

Review: Knockemstiff by Donald Ray Pollock | Books | The Guardian

If Knockemstiffthe debut book by Donald Ray Pollock, were a contestant at a limbo dance competition, that stick would be no more than six inches above the ground.

Although I enjoyed all the stories in this volume, I think that the opening one, Real Lifewhich I quoted at the beginning deserves a mention. It was hotter than a fat lady’s box that evening, and by the time the cartoon began playing on the big plywood screen, the old man was miserable. Unbelievable loneliness transformed into unendurable desolation by a truly despicable action knickemstiff savagery. If you try to speed through Knockemstiff in a few days, like I did rxy first time I read knockemsiff back in springyou may have to fight back the urge to curl up on the bathroom floor and not talk to anyone for about a week.

Pollack is blunt and to the point and that is what makes this a remarkable collection. Of course, the town stays the same, and all characters use the same small convenience store, the only one they have available.

Knockemstiff is a Photoshopped cover girl in reverse — everyone looking more or less the same, but with flaws embellished, beauty negated.