He wrote all sorts of novels, always pulpy and economic, always good.
The Woman Chaser follows Richard, a wildly successful used car salesman who, bored by his brilliance, embarks on a vanity film project in 50s LA. Richard's movie dreams dissolve around him and he decides to take revenge on those who have wronged him.
Slightly creepy, always uncomfortable, it serves as an insight into the psyche of American males of the era, particularly in LA, where the American Dream was still a romantic possibility. Not my favourite Willeford see Cockfighter and Pick-Up but very good reading as always. Feb 27, Chuck Williamson rated it really liked it Shelves: , summer-of-pulps. Sick, twisted, and deliriously funny. An absurdist show-biz story that dives into the sleaziest dives and skuzziest dumpsters of Tinsel Town. Jun 04, Shawn rated it it was amazing.
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Willeford writes the most bleak, depressing, soul crushing parodies of the American dream and blankets them in slick armchair psychology, tawdry sex scenes and shockingly desperate acts of violence. There is nothing beautiful or tragic, in fact anything approaching that is quickly turned absurd via misplaced sentimentality. It's as if Willeford knew that in order to get published he had to include certain elements and purposely makes them distasteful. If element A is sex, it's lightly dismissed Willeford writes the most bleak, depressing, soul crushing parodies of the American dream and blankets them in slick armchair psychology, tawdry sex scenes and shockingly desperate acts of violence.
If element A is sex, it's lightly dismissed incest. If there is anger inspired violence it's followed immediately by the donning of a Santa Clause suit. I get the feeling he is laughing at the characters, at the readers and at himself. But hey, I read a lot of garbage, what do I know? Jun 17, Guy Salvidge rated it liked it. Ingenious packaging, in the sense that this is to some extent presented as a faux film-script, but otherwise this is the same old Willeford. His protagonists are nearly always unpleasant misogynists, as is the case here, although there is some merit to this as 'crime fiction without much in the way of actual crime'.
I suppose this is somewhat in the terrain of Jim Thompson, but where Thompson's narrators are hysterical and often genuinely disturbing, Willeford's are normally just low down and me Ingenious packaging, in the sense that this is to some extent presented as a faux film-script, but otherwise this is the same old Willeford. I suppose this is somewhat in the terrain of Jim Thompson, but where Thompson's narrators are hysterical and often genuinely disturbing, Willeford's are normally just low down and mean.
Nov 14, Jeff Demers rated it it was amazing Shelves: own. Not my favorite Willeford. But I still enjoyed it as a send up of the American Dream. The system sucks. Become too cynical and push back too hard, you'll find yourself on a lonely, dark road heading towards destruction. Jan 30, Justin Decloux rated it really liked it. I like the movie more, but the book really underlines the psychotic bent of the protagonist. Nov 22, Sam rated it it was amazing.
Very interesting. Apr 20, Marjorie rated it really liked it. Definitely hard boiled page turning story telling. I enjoyed the 60's LA scene too. A man who hates the world discovers it hates him back My first exposure to this odd gem was the indie film starring Warburton. In this case the movie does better than the book, but only because the book is about a movie Jan 15, Steve rated it it was ok Shelves: black-lizard. The book is not about chasing women, though Richard Hudson does some of that.
Hudson is great at selling cars, and he experiences success pretty quickly. He also moves in with his mother and her new husband, Leo, a washed-up film producer who is 20 years younger than she is. Richard, restless, decides to launch into the film business. There is no real plot—no mystery to solve, no destination to arrive at. I read this book not because of the title, but because of the author. Willeford is good. I enjoy reading his work. Willeford was born in Arkansas, but grew up in Los Angeles. In , he began a year stint in the military, serving in various roles. He left the military in November , a few weeks after I was born.
But by then, he had already published three novels—in , , and A high school dropout, after leaving the military Willeford worked as a boxer, actor, horse trainer, and radio announcer, and studied painting in France for a while. Quite the Renaissance Man. Willeford died in , but left some good reading behind. Another weird Charles Willeford book. It partly reads like a film script, because the narrator seems to be obsessed with film. Early into the story he breaks out into asides like this: Already I sense that I am breaking some cardinal rule of writing.
If I continue in this vein how will I be able to establish a strong reader-identification? The average reader has a tendency to identify himself with a lead character and to project himself into the story and actually live the story through the thou Another weird Charles Willeford book. The average reader has a tendency to identify himself with a lead character and to project himself into the story and actually live the story through the thoughts, emotions and actions of the lead character.
Poor reader. I am the reader and I dread the thought of going through it all again, and at the same time I welcome and relish the opportunity. Perhaps I am a masochist? Richard Hudson is a used car dealer but all he wants is to make a film. Our lives are so short and there is so little time for creativeness, and yet we waste our precious time, letting it dribble through our fingers like dry sand. He has some traits in common with the sociopath Frederick J.
Frenger in Willeford's later novel Miami Blues. Both characters share this sentiment: As I see things now, in retrospection, the only thing the matter with me was my compassion for others. But it's unclear to what extent we're supposed to feel Hudson is a psychopath he goes a little postal towards the end of the novel and to what extent he's actually a truth teller, an artist with a clearer view of reality than the average citizen.
It offers Willeford some occasion for satire, but it's all a little unfocused and sometimes plainly just boring. The story keeps you reading just because it's so weird, rather than because there's any memorable writing. Aug 13, DRM rated it really liked it. Ahem, ok, The Woman Chaser. Another book I first heard of in the bonus features for Down By Law when Jim Jarmusch listed some of his favorite books.
Then the Onion AV Club had it in their bookclub and my lovely lady sent me her copy to read. Richard Hudson has problems. Part megalomania, raging Oedipus complex, and some pretty frightening sociopathic tendencies especially when it comes to the ladies. But the man wants to somehow transcend all that and the futility of "Eisenhower USA" by making a movie. But naturally this doesn't go quite as planned and people have to be taught a lesson as he sees fit.
Definitely absorbing even though it takes a while to feel any kind of connection with such a weird guy. But it has its moments both comical just check out how he phrases the synopsis of his movie and just surreal the dance sequence with his mother and in a way the whole quest to create a piece of art rather than the movie itself becomes the "masterpiece" Hudson is going for.
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And this book, written as a film script, is the relic surviving it all. Probably a grower but definitely one I enjoyed reading and am still thinking about a week after I finished it. Aug 28, Zachary Krug rated it liked it. I enjoyed this, but maybe not quite as much as I expected, especially given the number of times people whose tastes I admire have recommended Willeford to me. I generally liked the writing. And the weirdness. And the disgust with so much of American culture of the era.
Somewhere along the way it reminded my of Portnoy's complaint without the sex and much of the anxiety. And the subtlety with which Richard's craziness is revealed was really well done. But I guess I would have enjoyed more thril I enjoyed this, but maybe not quite as much as I expected, especially given the number of times people whose tastes I admire have recommended Willeford to me. But I guess I would have enjoyed more thrills and less ruminations on artistry. Also more of the used car and less of the movie business.
So much of it was building, building, building--but to what? If this was cleverly intended to show "movement" over "action," that was lost on me. Some other things I liked: The line about need 2 shifts to support such a family; 3 shifts to love them. The comfort of mummies.
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Vocabulary needed for Time vs Newsweek. A bottle of scotch as your only luggage. Does anyone know what "spaelean depths" p. Basically a character study in masculine excess, this is one of those nasty little books where everyone especially the protagonist is utterly horrid and ambitious and all productivity, even ostensibly artistic, goes down a lot like selling used cars. Deeply sexist, explicitly Oedipean and punch-a-pregnant-woman-in-the-stomach violent in its treatment of women, this reads a lot like a progenitor of American Psycho without the murders but with the same bizarre digressions into pop culture and eq Basically a character study in masculine excess, this is one of those nasty little books where everyone especially the protagonist is utterly horrid and ambitious and all productivity, even ostensibly artistic, goes down a lot like selling used cars.
Deeply sexist, explicitly Oedipean and punch-a-pregnant-woman-in-the-stomach violent in its treatment of women, this reads a lot like a progenitor of American Psycho without the murders but with the same bizarre digressions into pop culture and equal sensitivity to its historical moment - this book is very much set in the in which it is written, and it's hard for me to tell how much of the stern, square-jawed stoicism is a parody of the 60's pulp hero and how much is more a requirement of the pulp novel itself.
Oh, there's very little actual woman chasing. They usually chase him, first of all, and the actual doin' it is usually more about the casual brutality than any joy he seems to get out of it. This is Man Writ Large - handsome, stubbled, obsessed, selfish, drunk, ultimately only interested in his mother. Oct 13, R. Pulp cinema? The modern audience may think Tarantino got there first at least on film, , but Willeford bookended "Pulp Fiction" with his script, , that made it to the silver screen, , with few, if any, changes.
Pulp cinematic hero? Consider this description: "Two hundred pounds, the beginnings of a paunch, big size-eleven feet, more enormous yet in red-yellow-and-blue cashmere argyles, thick, hairy arms and basket-ball-player hands, a mat of blue-black chest hair; a sunburned grinning Pulp cinema? Consider this description: "Two hundred pounds, the beginnings of a paunch, big size-eleven feet, more enormous yet in red-yellow-and-blue cashmere argyles, thick, hairy arms and basket-ball-player hands, a mat of blue-black chest hair; a sunburned grinning face, and a headful of dark unruly hair, badly in need of cutting.
Some dancer! I laughed wildly. In the face of all maternal arguments I had quit taking ballet lessons when I turned fourteen and fell in love with baseball.
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