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!FREE BOOK ⚇ Port Tropique ♧ Gifford uses the charged story of an apprentice smuggler as an occasion for his own literary and cinematic smuggling from Conrad, Hemingway, Camus, John Hawkes, Howard Hawks, Welles and Ozu, among others and to discover a new literary form The New York Times Book Review A poet s nuanced prose runs through Port Tropique a spellbinding story The Washington Post A strange, disturbing intriguing impressionist painting of a book San Francisco ChronicleRevolution is simmering in the heat of the battered Central American town Port Tropique, where protagonist Franz Hall is an intellectual Meursault in a paranoid Hemingway landscape, a self conscious Conradian adventurer, a Lord Jim in the earliest stages of self willed failure The New York Times The ineff ectual hero spends his days drinking and observing people in the z calo and occasional nights involved in an ivory smuggling operation threatened by impending government siege, yet always persistent are memories of Marie and what was lost In this sinuous narrative of dislocation and remorse, Barry Gifford details Franz s mundanity and the bizarre cast of characters swirling around himThe author of than forty published works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, which have been translated into than twenty five languages, Barry Gifford is an American writer in the European tradition, and one of the few contemporary American writers whose characters are familiar to audiences around the world Great bookDreamlike noir., told in short episodes not quite vignettes with a nearly hallucinatory effect Highly recommended for anyone who thinks a great novel needs to be long. This short novel is a strange, disassociated noir that is captivating, confusing, but hard to put down GIfford s main character, Franz Hall, is a beguiling conundrum of a man, a ghost whisper wafting through the darkness of a semi sinister South American coup Augmented by bizarre flashbacks and infiltrated by delusional red herrings, it s an engaging slacker mystery delivered with nonchalant aplomb. Despite having been published by Black Lizard, and bearing the category Mystery Suspense on its cover, Port Tropique isn t really either, and is only nominally a noir or post noir, as the forward describes it Franz Hall follows the likes of Fred Dobbs in The Treasure of Sierra Madre, the Rev T Lawrence Shannon of Night of the Iguana, and Bennie in Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, in the long narrative tradition of gringos who are hiding from life, their past, themselves, and drinkin Despite having been published by Black Lizard, and bearing the category Mystery Suspense on its cover, Port Tropique isn t really either, and is only nominally a noir or post noir, as the forward describes it Franz Hall follows the likes of Fred Dobbs in The Treasure of Sierra Madre, the Rev T Lawrence Shannon of Night of the Iguana, and Bennie in Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, in the long narrative tradition of gringos who are hiding from life, their past, themselves, and drinking their way into oblivion South of the Border.Unlike the aforementioned works, Port Tropique eschews traditional narrative structure in favor of an episodic collection of reminiscences and vignettes of Franz s past and present life, framed by a very thin story about Franz s involvement in a smuggling operation and a local revolution It s mildly engaging, and brief enough to avoid being monotonous, although it s not particularly compelling My fianc e bought this book in a used book store in New Orleans On our car trip back home, I read it out loud to pass the time I actually finished the book during the drive a bit hoarseI have a greater appreciation for audio book actors The book is basically a novella with small chapters describing the past present actions of Franz, the main character I didn t feel like there was enough plot to drive the story At one section, it states that Franz felt like he was seeing his life flas My fianc e bought this book in a used book store in New Orleans On our car trip back home, I read it out loud to pass the time I actually finished the book during the drive a bit hoarseI have a greater appreciation for audio book actors The book is basically a novella with small chapters describing the past present actions of Franz, the main character I didn t feel like there was enough plot to drive the story At one section, it states that Franz felt like he was seeing his life flash before his eyes in slow motion and that s how it felt to me too The book jumped around way too much became very convoluted at the end, although I did like the ending I probably wouldn t recommend it to anyone, but it did pass the time Look at Port Tropique as Latin Noir Author Barry Gifford s hero is a bagman for whoever has to transfer large amounts of illicit funds In the meantime, he makes friends with journalists and others passing through the city, which somewhat resembles Merida in Mexico s State of Yucatan I have always enjoyed Gifford s novels, and this early one is no exception Gifford has the tropical vibe down pat, and his characters are all searching for some kind of equilibrium which always eludes them So her Look at Port Tropique as Latin Noir Author Barry Gifford s hero is a bagman for whoever has to transfer large amounts of illicit funds In the meantime, he makes friends with journalists and others passing through the city, which somewhat resembles Merida in Mexico s State of Yucatan I have always enjoyed Gifford s novels, and this early one is no exception Gifford has the tropical vibe down pat, and his characters are all searching for some kind of equilibrium which always eludes them So here I am, he thought, sitting in a stinking little room in a tenth rate hotel in a banana republic town occupied by a rebel army expecting to be attacked any day I ve got two handguns, five hundred thousand dollars in stolen cash I can t spend in a suitcase under the bed and no place to go where I can do myself any good If I leave they ll find me and if I stay here long enough a couple of monsters will come through the door and stick a bullet in my ear and take the money without listening to anything I have to say.That is the basic situation of Port Tropique, which Gifford handles faultlessly This makes for great summer reading Despite its publication by Black Lizard, Port Tropique is only peripherally a crime novel It is instead a loose connection of vignettes, aligning it closer stylistically to Bolano s Antwerp or even Cortazar s Hopscotch Gifford wrings a lot of feeling out of the nonlinear structure intertwining dreams, cold hard realism, ghosts of ex lovers, and memories of Hollywood and literature into a hypnotic tropical rhythm Because of this rhythm, the potentially interesting plot about Central Am Despite its publication by Black Lizard, Port Tropique is only peripherally a crime novel It is instead a loose connection of vignettes, aligning it closer stylistically to Bolano s Antwerp or even Cortazar s Hopscotch Gifford wrings a lot of feeling out of the nonlinear structure intertwining dreams, cold hard realism, ghosts of ex lovers, and memories of Hollywood and literature into a hypnotic tropical rhythm Because of this rhythm, the potentially interesting plot about Central American drug smuggling is somewhat sacrificed, often getting sucked into Gifford s whirlwind of haunting image and atmosphere But this won t matter if you let yourself get sucked into Gifford s whirlwind it s worth the trip I m reminded of Italo Calvino s description of Hemingway s work as violent tourism That is what this is That being said, probably the best of Gifford s fiction that I ve read He actually manages to pull off some pathos here, and comedy that is dark instead of just corny.Gifford always makes me thirsty for certain kinds of cheap extinct beer Like Jax Or Superior Don t think I ve had that. Throwback literature,and lots of nostalgia.I like a writer who makes you feel as if you are living in the settings he or she has created. I felt engulfed in a kind of retro haze, not unpleasant, while reading this novella The setting, the noir film references, the Rive Gauche attitude and a bit of Beat flavor all blend together in a jazzy revival of times past, which in turn folds in with the main character looking back on several periods of his life While it may all seem like it s been seen or read before, Gifford injects a dose of his own particular brand of prose and scores.