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"Strange" may not be Willeford's best, but it is not bad. Classified as a novella, it is actually more of a long short story. And as such, it accomplishes quite a bit. Playing on the multiple meanings of the title word, the story covers one very strange evening in the lives of four strange young men who are friends and all live in a singles only apartment building in Miami. Many of the themes are universal - while successful, the men are still very much boys. They center their leisure time aroun...
Strange was written in the '70s, but it has a decidedly '50s vibe. The quartet of single men living in a singles-only apartment building and swilling martinis by the pool have a swank vibe that must have seemed like a throwback, even when the book was written.The men spend most of their conversation in talking about women and the procuring of them, and a good-natured argument about the best place to pick up women soon turns into one about the worst place to pick them up. After various suggestion...
Pretty shallow book. It was short so character development is not what one might expect in such text. The author succeeds in providing little. The story is about a cast of miscreants whose goal is to hookup. One of them finds an underage girl and things go badly. In the author seems to put an 'Aesop's fable'-type spin on what happened. It fails.From beginning to end, this was not an enjoyable book.
A decent, fast read. The tension kind of peters out at the end. I'm told this is part of a larger work, The Shark Infested Custard, and it may make more sense to just grab that book. The Kindle edition has several typos, and in a couple of spots they make it difficult to read.
I'm deeply into Florida noir at the moment, and wanted to read some of this guy's work. This was the only one I could find on my Kindle so perhaps there are better examples of his work. It was OK, but nothing I'd go out of my way to read again.