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by Jess Walter

  • ISBN: 0340819952
  • Author: Jess Walter
  • ePub ver: 1668 kb
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  • Rating: 4.3 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 304
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; New Ed edition (November 21, 2005)
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  • Category: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
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The thought greets Vince Camden as he sits up in bed, frantic, casting around a dark bedroom for proof of his existence and finding only props: nightstand, dresser, ashtray, clock. Vince breathes heavily

The thought greets Vince Camden as he sits up in bed, frantic, casting around a dark bedroom for proof of his existence and finding only props: nightstand, dresser, ashtray, clock. Vince breathes heavily. Sweats in the cool air. Rubs his eyes to shake the dust of these musings, not a dream exactly, this late-sleep panic-fine glass thin as paper, shattered and swirling, cutting as it blows away. Vince Camden pops his jaw, leans over, and turns off the alarm just as the one, five, and nine begin their fall.

Critics praise the author’s ability to straddle—or shatter—the conceits of the mystery novel, while offering a sincere, at times hilarious, rumination on the challenges of citizenship and the price of freedom.

Jess Walter, who steps back in history for his third novel, brings back an "utterly inventive" tale of crime and politics (Washington . Such a book is Citizen Vince. When this book came into the house, my husband read it first.

Jess Walter, who steps back in history for his third novel, brings back an "utterly inventive" tale of crime and politics (Washington Post). He warned me not to read the jacket copy before beginning it, just to plunge into the story, which was good advice.

Jess Walter (born July 20, 1965) is an American author of six novels, a collection of short stories, and a non-fiction book. He is the recipient of the. He is the recipient of the Edgar Allan Poe Award, among others, and was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2006. Walter has published six novels, Over Tumbled Graves, Land of the Blind, Citizen Vince, The Zero, The Financial Lives of the Poets, and Beautiful Ruins

Mixed within the humorous and at times inept life of Vince Camden, Jess Walter squeezes in these simply brilliant passages about Reagan and Carter that took me right back to 1980.

Mixed within the humorous and at times inept life of Vince Camden, Jess Walter squeezes in these simply brilliant passages about Reagan and Carter that took me right back to 1980. It actually left me a little dizzy with memories as they all come flooding back. I was too young to vote in 1980, but it was the first election that started me on the road to being a presidential political junky.

Jess Walter is the author of six novels, including the bestsellers Beautiful Ruins and The Financial Lives of the Poets, the National Book Award finalist The Zero, and Citizen Vince, the winner of the Edgar Award for best novel

Jess Walter is the author of six novels, including the bestsellers Beautiful Ruins and The Financial Lives of the Poets, the National Book Award finalist The Zero, and Citizen Vince, the winner of the Edgar Award for best novel. His short fiction has appeared in Harper's, McSweeney's, and Playboy, as well as The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading.

Citizen Vince - Jess Walter. Vince and the other characters in the book - including the presidential candidates - explore questions of identity, so there's some interesting food for thought. froxgirlGo to froxgirl's profile. I listened to Citizen Vince while reading Financial Life of the Poets.

If he’d known, Vince would’ve just kept walking. Pit, and Beth and her friend Angela are waving their hands in the cold air, making points with little bursts of steam. Vince can settle it, says Angela, and she toddles over in a pair of heels that make her lean dangerously far forward and transform her ass into a shelf. Beth thinks guys like bras, but I said you all would just as soon see the bare titties.

The Financial Lives Of the Poets. He’s about to lose his job, his wife, his house, maybe his mind. Unles. n the winning and utterly original novels Citizen Vince and The Zero, Jess Walter ( a ridiculously talented writer – New York Times) painted an America all his own: a land of real, flawed, and deeply human characters coping with the anxieties of their times. Now, in his warmest, funniest, and best novel yet, Walter offers a story as real as our own lives: a tale of overstretched.

Along with a neurotic hooker girlfriend, this is the total sum of Vince's new life.

One day you know more dead people that live ones...

Jess Walter is a writer with a rare talent for finding humanity and emotional truths in lives lived on both sides of the law. With his third novel, Citizen Vince, Walter has crafted a story as inventive as it is suspenseful -- an irresistible tale about the price of freedom and the mystery of salvation.

It's the fall of 1980, eight days before a presidential election that pits the downtrodden Jimmy Carter against the suspiciously sunny Ronald Reagan ("Are you better off than you were four years ago?"). In a quiet house in Spokane, Washington, Vince Camden wakes up at 1:59 a.m., pockets his weekly stash of stolen credit cards, and drops in on an all-night poker game with his low-life friends on his way to his witness-protection job dusting crullers at Donut Make You Hungry. This is the sum of Vince's new life: donuts, forged credit cards, marijuana smuggled in jars of volcanic ash, and a neurotic hooker girlfriend who dreams of being a real estate agent.

But when a familiar face shows up in town, Vince realizes that no matter how far you think you've run from your past . . . it's always close behind you. Over the course of the next unforgettable week, on the run from Spokane to New York's Lower East Side, Vince Camden will negotiate a maze of obsessive cops, eager politicians, and emerging mobsters, only to find that redemption might just exist in -- of all places -- a voting booth.

Darkly funny and surprisingly hopeful, Citizen Vince is the story of a charming crook chasing the biggest score of his life: a second chance.

Comments (7)

elektron
This is currently - far and away - my favorite comic novel. I disagree with a previous reviewer that it is not of the same caliber as Walter's BEAUTIFUL RUINS. BEAUTIFUL RUINS is, certainly, incredibly funny: especially for those of us who are Italians or Italian Americans. But CITIZEN VINCE is also a perfectly executed novel in a different genre; I'd love to teach it in Detective Fiction, were I still teaching. I cannot imagine how anyone remains unengaged by Walter's central character or his writing in CITIZEN VINCE. Did Jess Walter grow up in New York? He does it so well. Then again, he does Italy so well, too. I recommend his fiction; I've read most of it. I'm reading his nonfiction now.
Whatever
"A great nation is like a great man.....
He thinks of his enemy as the shadow
That he himself casts."

---Tao Te Ching

This inscription provides a clue to the main theme of 'Citizen Vince'. As the quote is on the first page of the book, I paid particular attention to the 1980 Presidential contest between Jimmie Carter and Ronald Reagan which fascinates Vince Camden, the thief who is our 'hero'. Having been convicted of a felony as a younger man than he is now, which is currently age 36, he lost the right to vote a decade ago. In other words, he no longer had a voice in choosing the direction of the body of the nation. Losing the right of having a choice devastated Vince, but not so that he noticed. Instead, it was like a backburner fire eating at his heart. It manifested instead in an underlying depression, as well as a shocked horror in discovering that Charles Dickens, the famous English author, had written two endings to the book, 'Great Expectations'. This was such an unpleasant fact of history to him, Vince could no longer finish any book he started reading. Instead, his literary explorations were only a continuous series of beginnings with no endings, stuck, repeating himself, never pushing through to the conclusion. He had lost his great expectations.

Instead he felt a strong compulsion to follow the Presidential election. Jimmie Carter was trying to keep the job, but unfortunately he did not seem to be attractive to the voters. He was a man of decency and honesty, beyond corruption, self-sacrificing. A religious man, Carter tried to live and lead as he believed Jesus would have approved, using round-table discussions to find solutions, including all combatants and interests in order to work out a mutual agreement. The people turned away from Carter and adored Ronald Reagan. Reagan represented a return to values of the past, a tougher and meaner America. Instead of the inclusive policies of Carter which promised the equality of compromise, the people were choosing exclusivity, Us against Them, ruling through divisiveness and the power to take what one wants through whoever is strongest. Reagan promised to build up the military in order to resolve issues around the world and in our country through force and violence, using unilateral self-serving and imposed solutions, promising to save face first, grab the goodies from a position of power second, and force the losers to accept their loss third.

Reagan's policies were not much different than that of the New York mafia, actually. No wonder Vince found himself being drawn to the 1980 election current in the time taking place in the book.

Vince, or Marty Hagen, his real name, had learned that due to his snitching on certain mafia figures in New York City, which had earned him a new life in Spokane, Washington as a baker of donuts from his being accepted into the federal Witness Relocation Program, he had been restored to his rights as a citizen of America, including the power of choosing what direction he felt should be taken in the election. Unfortunately, Vince had already fallen back into repeating his own past, and he is once again gambling, stealing credit card numbers in order to sell them to other criminals, and otherwise flirting with crime. He had no idea if he was going to vote, much less any idea of who he would support, but he couldn't stop watching the race between Carter and Reagan. He still is stunned that he will be able to vote at all.

Ray Sticks, a mafia man who has no conscience and loves to torture and kill, has arrived in Spokane from New York City. He is a man on a mission, and it seems to be about Vince. Ray quickly discovers how Vince is stealing credit card numbers and he makes plans to infiltrate Vince's racket. Ray may have other plans for Vince as well, since Ray's occupation in New York was that of murdering people, especially women and children that other mafia killers refused to do.

Vince, having had the choice, framing it perhaps clumsily in the symbolism of his straight non-criminal life, of the solid nutrition of the baked and completed donut itself or the emptiness of the hole, has unfortunately put himself in the hole. Has he thrown away his ability to choose the direction of his life before he even grasped the opportunity? Worse, he might be destroying the lives of people, weaker than himself, who now depend on his choices. He has become involved with a prostitute, Beth, who is actually working at changing her life with far less resources than Vince. She is taking classes at the local community college to get her real estate license. She has almost nothing supporting her in this effort, but still she is trying. She also is hopeful that Vince will like her enough to become her boyfriend, but he only has eyes for a far more flashier, educated woman, Kelly, who is working on the campaign of a local politician running for a legislative seat. However, Kelly is lacking a solid foundation of values, as she is pursuing a relationship with a married man. Vince is drawn to choices of empty vacuity over those choices which could lead to solid fulfillment again and again. He excuses himself by calling it fate when he thinks about it, having enjoyed reading books with what he assumed were certain and unalterable endings - until he learned that authors could imagine other endings.

But he's working on it.

This is a fantastic literary read disguised as a crime novel. I highly recommend it to mystery readers with a taste for 'quality' literature as well.
Magis
Frequently, Edgar Best Novel winners are a bit more literary that the usual run of mysteries and thrillers. This doesn't necessarily mean they're better books in terms of writing or entertainment, but that they examine a deeper issue than "whodunit" or "will the good guy escape the bad guy." Such a book is Citizen Vince.

When this book came into the house, my husband read it first. He warned me not to read the jacket copy before beginning it, just to plunge into the story, which was good advice. Therefore, I won't talk about the plot. Citizen Vince takes place mostly in Spokane, Washington in the fall of 1980. There are plenty of suspenseful moments and snappy dialogues, but the book also delves into questions of identity, both external and internal, in the main plot and the subplot. It's also quite well-written and for both the locations used, there's a strong sense of place. It's the character studies, though, that really make this such a good book. Even though there are eleven months left in the year, I'm sure this will be on my Ten Best list for 2013. Very highly recommended.
Cel
This is my second time through Citizen Vince. I read it several years ago when Walter was first emerging on the American Literature scene. After reading the first printings of Financial Lives of the Poets, and most recently, Beautiful Ruins, I felt the urge to go back and spin through Citizen Vince again. It is a quick read, and engaging mob crime novel, and a book that includes the ever impressive Walter plot development and philosophical musings of characters. Had I reviewed is book when I first read it, I probably would have given it a '5' - after reading this recent release of Beautiful Ruins (his magnum opus to date), I am giving it a '4.5'

The main character, Vince Camden, finds himself transplanted from New York to Spokane, WA as a former low level NY crook in the federal witness protection program. Old habits die hard, so once settled in Spokane as a newly trained baker through the community college program, Vince doubles as a donut maker by day and a credit card crook by night. Vince is an extremely likable guy - cool, smart, introspective, funny, and even sensitive. The way I describe it, it might not add up. But Walter makes it happen in a very realistic way.

The story of Vince's new life gets compacted quickly as his Spokane based racket begins to go sideways, and a mobster from NY shows up on the scene threatening Vince's livelihood and life. Walter weaves in a little bit of romance, lots of vivid and memorable characters, and impressive dry witted humor. There are points where you will laugh out loud. Jess also overlays the storyline with what is happening on the national scene at time time - the Iranian hostage crisis and the Carter/Reagan presidential election. You can make as much as you want from is parallel plot line, but for me the nation in a crisis and the need for strong, inspiring leader to restore things to a better place stood out. Vince faced his own "do the right thing" crossroad, and the book's outcome is telling in that area. I think it all worked in an enjoyable, crafty way.

If you are uncomfortable with an F-bomb laden narrative, you might want to skip this one. This is a book about mobsters - it would be hard to have it any other way.

Great, great read. Jess Walter is the real deal.

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