Donnybrook

Donnybrook The raw and as insane as anticipated first novel from Frank Bill author of Crimes in Southern Indiana The Donnybrook is a three day bare knuckle tournament held on a thousand acre plot out in the sti

  • Title: Donnybrook
  • Author: Frank Bill
  • ISBN: 9780374532895
  • Page: 183
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • The raw and as insane as anticipated first novel from Frank Bill, author of Crimes in Southern Indiana The Donnybrook is a three day bare knuckle tournament held on a thousand acre plot out in the sticks of southern Indiana Twenty fighters One wire fence ring Fight until only one man is left standing while a rowdy festival of onlookers drunk and high on whatever s on oThe raw and as insane as anticipated first novel from Frank Bill, author of Crimes in Southern IndianaThe Donnybrook is a three day bare knuckle tournament held on a thousand acre plot out in the sticks of southern Indiana Twenty fighters One wire fence ring Fight until only one man is left standing while a rowdy festival of onlookers drunk and high on whatever s on offer bet on the fighters Jarhead is a desperate man who d do just about anything to feed his children He s also the toughest fighter in southeastern Kentucky, and he s convinced that his ticket to a better life is one last fight with a cash prize so big it ll solve all his problems Meanwhile, there s Chainsaw Angus an undefeated master fighter who isn t too keen on getting his face punched any, so he and his sister, Liz, have started cooking meth And they get in deep So deep that Liz wants it all for herself, and she might just be ready to kill her brother for it One showdown to take place at the Donnybrook As we travel through the backwoods to get to the Donnybrook, we meet a cast of nasty, ruined characters driven to all sorts of evil, all in the name of getting their fix drugs, violence, sex, money, honor Donnybrook is exactly the fearless, explosive, amphetamine fueled journey you d expect from Frank Bill s first novel and then some.

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    1. You say you’d like to spend a weekend getting drunk out in the countryside while watching a bunch of rednecks beat each other bloody with their bare hands? I’ve got just the place. Toss a cooler loaded with beer into the back of your El Camino, do a bump of that crank you scored off that stripper back at the club, make sure that pistol under your seat has a round in the chamber, crank up that cassette tape of Lynard Skynard and then hit the gas so you can join your fellow sports fans at the [...]

    2. ★★★★☆Go ahead and throw this one onto the pile of yet another really solid entry into what is quickly becoming one of my favorite genres: Hick Lit. And I’ll be damned, if it don’t pack one hell of a punch (pun intended). The language is spot on, and the writing is so ridiculously good, you might need to elevate this into that realm of literary fiction. This book is intense, and brutal, and ultraviolent, and just relentless, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, but at times it c [...]

    3. Holy shit snacks, people. This book is intense!!! I need a moment to compose myself. But there will be a review. I was already familiar with Frank Bill's writing after surviving a close encounter with his debut -- the short story collection Crimes In Southern Indiana. Upon finishing those stories, my only thought was: "Jesus Christ, this man is a lunatic" -- and then immediately, "I want more!" For sure the stories are raw and unpolished, and perhaps a little too overeager to tell rather than sh [...]

    4. "I don't make threats. I offer moments to reconcile one's shitty choices."Fuck, this is a violent book. I think I described reading the Flannery O'Connor book last week as being like getting punched in the face, and then kicked in the stomach, and blah blah blah repeating different places you can get hit. That was more on the emotional level though.This book is sort of like getting pistol whipped, having your forehead cracked open with some short elbows, beaten in various ways while laying curle [...]

    5. oh, jesus christ, this bookis book is brutalis book is fight after fight after fight after fightis book is full of shitty people doing shitty things to other shitty peopleis book has crank stuffed into every paragraph, and blood clotting on each page's marginsis book is damn near perfect.

    6. (I did consider writing Mr. Bill. I initially typed that. I don't reflect enough on the virtues of Play-Doh.)Dear Frank Bill,I suppose it preferable to trace my position broadly, at least in the beginning. You see, I am reluctant to admit most positions. Life is too exceptional for specifics. My admission tends to dovetail with my respect for literature. Maybe that respect should be a love. Accuse me of indecent infatuations with books. Go ahead. One of the redeeming aspects of literature for me [...]

    7. Hyper-violent, apocalyptic and at times as cartoonish as one of Robert E. Howard's Sailor Steve Costigan stories, this novel is a fast read that will give the reader a contact stove-top meth rush without the searing burn.The approximate plot of this novel is an account of how a backwoods bare-knuckle brawler from Hazard, Kentucky- one Jarhead Johnny Earl -in order to feed his two young sons and obtain medical treatment for his OxyContin-dependent wife, must make an almost biblical trek to enter [...]

    8. March 2013Q. How do I get to Carnegie Hall?A. Practice, practice, practice!Q. How do I get to the Donnybrook?A. Just follow the trail of bodies--or make one of your own!The Donnybrook, a meth- and booze-fueled bare-knuckle tournament deep in the heart of Southern Indiana, is an orgy of violence that would make attendees of its original Irish namesake piss themselves in fear. Three days of fighting, twenty fighters per round, last one standing wins a hundred grand. Jarhead Johnny Earl needs that [...]

    9. Wow this book makes "Justified" seem like an ice cream social, and author Frank Bill has created a foundation for a nasty road ahead for the survivors of this book in what appears to be the upcoming sequel The Savage: A Novel. Frank Bill is the author of Crimes in Southern Indiana: Stories as well as other books in "The Crow" series, and is someone I'll be reading more from in the futureNNYBROOK is the story of several rural individuals that are all drawn to an annual event which is a wild form [...]

    10. Check out my Interview with this author on this new book of his >>> more2read/Interview-with-Frank-BillGrabs you by the jugular into one helluva wild ride and wont let go till its final page.Delivering words in sentences with precision and control that set the scene, sometimes in rapid fire motion.Darker than dark, a world unto its own with characters and happenings that rise up from the pages and will fester in your mind with vivid and powerful images of a feast of grit, blood and swea [...]

    11. THIS REVIEW ORIGINALLY RAN AT THE NERVOUS BREAKDOWN.If your best chance of securing a future is to fight in a “Donnybrook,” a three day fighting match where ponying up $1,000 gets you in, and your chances of getting out in one piece are slim, then maybe you need to reconsider the path you have chosen. Frank Bill’s gritty, violent, and grim debut novel, Donnybrook (FSG Originals) is not for the faint of heart, as the body count is high, and the actions desperate and brutal. But buried in th [...]

    12. You may also read my review here: mybookishways/2013/03/Jarhead Earl is desperate. His children, Zeek and Caleb, and their mother, Tammy, don’t have enough to eat, and Jarhead is determined to remedy that. As Donnybrook opens, we join Jarhead as he’s robbing a gun store of the $1000 he needs for his entry fee into Donnybrook (he plans to pay it back, too), a 3-day bare-knuckle fighting tournament in the backwoods of southern Indiana with a huge cash prize for the man that comes out on top. J [...]

    13. I received my copy of Donnybrook as an advanced review copy from William Heinemann and was very excited to find it in the post on the day it arrived.My excitement was based upon my love of Frank Bill’s collection ‘Crimes In Southern Indiana’ and other stories of his that are peppered around the internet and a range of highly-regarded anthologies.I had a strong sense about the world I’d be entering – something strong and dark and gritty – but was unsure of the author’s ability to co [...]

    14. 13/1 - This is some seriously sick writing! I don't know why the police even bother trying to catch the criminals, just let them kill each other (and themselves) and don't get in their way. Frank Bill has one of the most twisted imaginations (well, I hope it's his imagination) that I've ever read. He's possibly only bested by Edward Lorn, due to the horror factor that's an added bonus in Lorn's books. Bill's writing doesn't really have horror, as it feels too close to the truth of life in Southe [...]

    15. I noticed the blurbs on the back of this book by Daniel Woodrell and Bonnie Jo Campbell and thought "perfect". I am drawn to novels that explore rural poverty and violence. But unlike Woodrell or Campbell, this one felt exploitative and lacked depth. There was nowhere near enough development of the three characters that had any potential redeeming qualities (Jarhead, Whalen, and Purcell). There were many opportunities to delve deeper into the story that just didn't happen, and that is a shame be [...]

    16. Ultra violent story of events leading up to a backwoods gladiator style bare knuckles fight tournament in Southern Indiana with a $100,000 prize for the last man standing. Without guns, meth and pickup trucks, this story could have taken place a thousand years ago. Tough men beating other tough men silly for money, sport or whatever. Good guys and unforgettably drawn bad guys and girls vie for survival in an insane world of violence, drugs and death. These characters are so outrageously original [...]

    17. Despite the fact that I have now read two books about Southern Indiana (both by Frank Bill), I am still 99% sure I could not find Indiana on a map.Once again we are given a violent and bloody book about the fine folks of Indiana from Frank Bill, this time a novel.The rednecks are still at it (incest and meth) and now they are preparing for an event called a Donnybrook, which I can only describe as a one-event redneck Olympics. It is like a bare knuckle fighting tournament, but the audience is ju [...]

    18. We were first introduced to the idea of a Donnybrook in Frank Bill’s debut short story collection Crimes in Southern Indiana: Stories. In “Cold, Hard Truth” unemployed and desperate Bellmont McGill kills his father-in-law so he can inherit his plot of land in Orange County, Indiana and hold a 3-day bare-knuckles tournament to rack in serious cash. Donnybrook picks up some time later and details how this redneck festival became legend and sometimes the only glimmer of hope as the winner tak [...]

    19. Remember the line let the bodies hit the floor from Drowning Pool? That's the way this book starts and it never lets up. From the gun shop stick up at the beginning to the final scenes at the Donnybrook, people are droppin' like flies. All the way from "relatively" minor beatdowns to cold blooded, no second thoughts murder. Oh, best way to stick up a gun shop? Just bring ammo, guns are already there.I can't say this was a fun read but it certainly was entertaining. If you're looking for a feel g [...]

    20. I almost hated this book. Almost, because I did, after all, finish the damn thing, and admittedly I felt I needed to know what was going to happen to these characters. However, that being said, I think the author wanted too badly to make this novel grisly, gritty, grimy, and gross, and forgot to include a compelling plot. I liked (or felt for) three of the characters, and the rest of them I wished a slow and painful death, which spoiler alert, most of them got. I understand what this book was tr [...]

    21. This one'll leave you gasping for air, shredded, and possibly bowels-evacuated. Visceral is an understatement. I read it in two days, so it's a page-turner, crosscutting scenes between all the principals to keep the pace thrumming and tense. It's got a high body count, and no one emerges unscathed. Maimed, most likely. My only criticism is that some of the descriptions (tight and effective as they are) get a bit repetitive sometimes. Many of the characters—and there are a lot—at first seem s [...]

    22. All right! A little misogynistic novel for subway reading featuring a few female characters in various states of peril (victims of incest, meth, pills, attempted rapes, beatings, gunshots). Two men fighting their way to Donnybrook for a payoff. Also a random Chinese martial arts pro. Another character with a randomly redneck reason for going to Donnybrook. Racism. When all is said and done, there is barely a full mouth of teeth left among them. That's right, in case you were unsure, this novel i [...]

    23. This is good, but not as good as the short story collection that preceded it, 'Crimes in Southern Indiana.' For one, late in the novel, we are introduced to a mystical character named, Purcell, who apparently “knows things”, including the past and future lives of people he encounters. Perhaps this is Frank Bill’s odd way of introducing the vague supernatural note in the vein of Cormac McCarthy, but he overdoes it, and unlike the semi-mythical figures that play central roles in McCarthy’s [...]

    24. In the vein of pollock, woodrell, tom Franklin. The negatives -- a few too many characters to keep track of, and an ending that was a little scattershot (a sequel?) -- but a great thrill ride, some awesome twists, and some utterly intense moments. Descriptive fight scenes. Will read more of this author for sure.

    25. My mind will be filled with images of human flesh pounded to hamburger until I am well into my next book. The equivalent of cockfighting or pit bull fighting except with men. Lots more exposure to the Meth world. Can't say I gained anything. NEXT!

    26. This book reads like razor blades and motor oil. You’re not going to put it down without being sliced up and greasy. Might be my favorite read of 2017. Highly recommended.

    27. Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/This has a 4.40 rating among my friends. My honorary man card????I just don’t think my penis was big enough to truly enjoy this one.Donnybrook is quite possibly the most brutal thing I’ve ever read. It’s the tale of a mash-up of about a billion characters, all thinly connected who converge at . . . you guessed it – THE DONNYBROOK. What is the Donnybrook, you ask? Well, it’s kind of like this . . . (Get you some, Jared Leto)But unlike the picture [...]

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