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Welcome to Hard Times
Just now I can feel that little quivering of the pen which has always foreshadowed the happy delivery of a good book. Of all the Doctorow books I read Hard Times stuck with me the most. I read it after Ragtime and Bathgate and Fair. It was grim. Doctorow's First and Greatest Novel. Email This BlogThis!
Welcome to Hard Times is the debut novel by American author E. After a reckless drifter comes into Hard Times and terrorizes the town with rape, murder and arson, the survivors lead an effort to restore it. A theme throughout the novel is the nature of good and evil, represented by the townspeople's fear of "The Bad Man from Bodie". Perhaps the primary theme of the novel is that evil can only be resisted psychically: when the rational controls that order man's existence slacken, destruction comes. Conrad said it best in "Heart of Darkness," but Mr.
In one chaotic drunken spree the Man from Bodie destroys the nascent town of Silver Sun, Dakota Territory, raping and rampaging his way through the streets as cowardly townsmen look on helpless. The few survivors pick up the pieces, change the town's name to Hard Times and slowly rebuild, anxiously awaiting the evil man's inevitable return. A funny thing happened as the Left attempted to undermine one of the ur-myths of the American psyche; while trying to deconstruct the Western and counter it with the anti-Western, they managed to create a body of literature that was simply absorbed into the genre. Films like High Noon , Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid , The Wild Bunch and the Spaghetti Westerns, novels like Lonesome Dove and this one; all are essentially efforts to expose the ideology of the Western as a lie by introducing brutality, whores, drunkenness, cowardice, despair, genocide, etc. Larry McMurtry is the most amusing victim here. Lonesome Dove was published to much fanfare about how it represented a new pinnacle in the anti-Western mode, but it has instead been transformed into a mini-industry with sequels and prequels , mini series and weekly series. McMurtry has become a prisoner of the very legends he set out to destroy.