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Green River Rising I first met Tim Willocks when I picked up a copy of The Religion at a book sale to read on the bus from Kuala Lumpur to SingaporeI enjoyed The Religion A LOT So when I got a chance to pick this up I was looking forward to one of his other worksIt's an interesting tale set in a high security prison in the middle of nowhere I enjoyed the characters as well as the storytellingIt seems a bit convenient though that the series of events that set off the story happen just when our main character's about to be released on parole I enjoyed the author's amount of detail including the disturbing amount of sex violence and disease that would naturally be present in a prison situation but are obviously down played or skimmed over by prison documentariesA worthwhile read Every year or so I return to this epic novel it reminds me of what a book can achieve Willocks' tale of a prison riot is brutal and uncompromising with a story that will shock and hold the reader in its grasp Never has a story held such power over me Without a doubt one of the best books of the last 30 years powerful and thought provoking An example of the perfect novel In un angolo del Texas sorge il penitenziario di Green River carcere dimassima sicurezza sinistro deposito di un'umanità reietta 2800 detenutid'ogni razza concentrati in un labirinto di granito e acciaio sotto un'enormecupola di vetro sempre illuminata In uesto inferno Ray Klein è riuscito asopravvivere mantenendosi fedele a un solo motto Non sono cazzi tuoi Ma ilgiorno in cui ottiene la libertà vigilata Green River esplode in una rivoltad'inimmaginabile ferocia una guerra tribale che mette l'intero carcere nellemani dei detenuti Ray deve scegliere tenersi la libertà e abbandonarel'unica persona che ama o rischiare tutto e combattere I liked Green River Rising but it was too melodramatic in many of the chapters for me I don't mind some drama in thrillers but when it reaches the level of drama that a high school vampire romance novel has that's not such a good thing in my view The characters also didn't have much personality to them One of the most realistic books I've read about a prison riot which takes you deep into the politics and racial hatred of Americans top security Penitentiary prison You will not put it down until you've finished😎 One of those books you start and cannot put down Willocks has a fabulous skill of getting inside the head of his protagonists and writing visceral brutally realistic stories I'd recommend this with the rider that it is violent and the language is the language of prisoners in a very unpleasant prison Having said that it's well worth the read If all you were to do was to skim read it might be easy to see why it is that those who criticize this extraordinary novel for being clichéd for portraying the inmates as brutal brutalized racist sexist homophobic for demeaning whites and for ennobling blacks Hispanics Latinos etc do so However a closer reading would find that this was far from the truth I suspect those making the criticism haven't been within a hundred miles of the kind of institution upon which the Green River State Penitentiary is based This reviewer hasn't either but if those depicted in any US prison documentary that I have ever seen are half way near being true portrayals then this book certainly has the ring of truth It's even been criticized for having a female character who likes sport imagine thatThere are no criticisms levelled at this book that could not also be levelled at movies such as Shawshank Brubaker Cool Hand Luke American History X Felon etc and it is from such as these that the vast majority of readers will have taken their mental images of high security prisons in the US It is not a documentary; it is fiction and should be taken at face value and in purely fictional terms that value is extremely highThe book is vividly plotted the prose style mesmerizing and the characters three dimensional but it is definitely not for the faint hearted being as it is punctured periodically by unsavoury and brutal depictions of the bestiality inherent in human beings endeavouring to survive in the most nightmarishly vicious of environments this is truly Darwinism in actionIf you're looking for brilliantly realized drama of epic proportions that will keep you reading long into the night you need look no further This book is superb i was torn between not being able to put it down forcing myself to slow down as i didn't want it to finish From the first chapter a knot of anxiety grew in my stomach and i felt a dreadful sense of foreboding something terrible is about to happen in Green River I've seldom read a book that paint's such a detailed description of it's setting that not only could i see the prison but i could smell it's sweat soaked malice taste it's rancid misery I was frightend for these character's for Klein and Coley and the rest of the castaway's stranded in this version of Hell the one thing i couldn't shake was Marlon Brando's face every time i read about Hobbes but as the author himself make's the comparison between his Warden Colonel Kurtz it's hard not to Are we also to think that Klein is the author's version of Captain Willard too ??Is Green River his Heart of Darkness ?? It's certainly dark it's also a nasty violent and bloody enviroment where the predators stalk their designated patch's raping maiming and stealing at will and paranoia fear is all aroundTeaming with frustration graphically dirty beautifully claustrophobic strong with the stench of primevil base instinct a outstanding must read As this novel opens Green River State Penitentiary is a pot of hatred and violence about to boil over It’s run by a megalomaniacal unstable warden and packed with four cell blocks of angry men waiting for their chance to lash out in short not a place anyone in their right mind would want to be Unfortunately our hero Ray Klein is stuck in the middle of it imprisoned on a false rape charge and with only days left to go on his sentence When things go critical Klein is prevented from simply holing up in his cell by the presence of Juliette Devlin a psychiatrist visiting the prison that he has of course fallen in love withEvery book I’ve read by Willocks has been a variation on this admittedly powerful theme; a reluctant hero forced to brave an anarchic maelstrom of violence for the ones he loves I think Willocks’ most masterful use of this plot was probably in the ridiculously gore soaked Twelve Children of Paris but this one certainly gives that book a hell of a run for its money The author immediately throws us into this hellish world of racial hatred sualor and rape and like Klein we have to sink or swim GRSP is wonderfully imagined and it takes no effort to visualize the settings whether they be a birds’ eye view of the entirety of its panoptic machinery or the myriad tunnels cells and rooms it containsThe characters are typically strong as per usual for Willocks Aside from our heroes Klein and Devlin a woman tough enough to earn the moniker “motherfucker” from an admiring prisoner we have a large cast of prisoners and staff both harmless and well meaning and psychotically violent I have to take issue with the couple reviews I’ve seen online of this book calling it racist because I’m not sure if these people even read the book There’s a couple black antagonists but mostly it’s the white dudes starting the shit for god’s sakes the two Big Bads in the form of Warden Hobbes and Nev Agry are fucking white and its the inmates of the white cell block that cause the most mayhemI have to admit when I tried my first Willocks The Religion I was confused and irritated by his style He goes for broke with the ornamentation and artsy complexity with his prose some would certainly call it purple but is basically writing violent adventure thrillers I used to think that art and entertainment were mutually exclusive but how wrong I was I remember comparing his work to Botticelli painting porn and I think that’s a pretty good comparison You get the chewy ornate writing of the hated Literature with the full throttle momentum and adrenaline of a gory action movie What’s not to like? Don’t answer that Green River Rising is about a prison riot It is violent tough has plenty of tension a menacing atmosphere and great charactersIt also happens to be my all time favourite five star book It is the book I will never forget and the book that changed my lifeGreen River Rising was published in 1994 when I was 20 years old I had not read a work of fiction for years Reading books for enjoyment?? Are you crazy? I had read books in my youth but not any Books are boringI was and still am a big movie fan and Reservoir Dogs was my favourite film It had introduced me to a whole new world of film It also influenced many movies and booksI read a review of Green River Rising which placed it in the same vein as Reservoir Dogs agree? disagree? which got my attention I went to my local book store a strange unknown place to me and there on display at the front was Green River RisingThe cover leapt out at me the 1994 paperback cover is not on goodreads and I immediately bought the book I read it in a few daysI discovered a whole new world book stores and finding secondhand books hidden in charity shopsand the pleasure of reading all time classics and genre fiction I set off on my book journey which has brought me here

About the Author: Tim Willocks

British doctor and novelist

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