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review The Burglar Ò eBook or Kindle ePUB Á A dreamlike masterpiece of crime honor and perverse loyalty by the legendary author of Shoot the Piano PlayerNat Harbin is a family man  His family happens to be a gang of burglars Now Nat has met a woman so hypnotically seductive that he will leave his partners and his trade to possess her BId Goodis one of the great practitioners of the hard boiled crime novel a haunting identification with life's losers and a hero who finds out who he is only by betraying everything he believes. Loyalty And NoirThe noir novels of David Goodis 1917 1967 should receive widespread attention with the publication of a new Library America volume of five novels Goodis wrote in the 1940's and 50's David Goodis Five Noir Novels of the 1940s and 50s Library of America As I work through the LOA volume I have been enjoying reviewing each individual book in detail than would be possible in a review of the single volume of five novels Written in 1953 when Goodis had left Hollywood and moved back to his native Philadelphia The Burglar was published only in an inexpensive paperback edition It was the sort of book sold in bus stations or at newstands for a short entertaining read Like some other art Goodis' books were not written or sold with the expectation that they would one day be found of long term value In 1957 a movie version of The Burglar was released directed by Paul Wendklos with stars including Dan Duryea and Jane Mansfield and with the screenplay by Goodis himselfGoodis' novel is set in Philadelphia and Atlantic City in the late 1940's For a short book The Burglar includes a considerable number of well developed characters and addresses several important themes in addition to the robberies and murders of a crime storyThe primary character Nat Harbin 33 is the leader of a group of four robbers who live together in an old house in a shabby area of Philadelphia Harbin's confederates are two slightly older men Baylock and Dohmer and a young woman in her early 20s Gladden whose relationship with Harbin is developed in the course of the book As the book opens Goodis' gang of four meticulously pulls off a heist of 100000 in emeralds from a safe in a wealthy Philadelphia home Tensions break out among the four members and the loyalty and cohesiveness of the group is severely tested A major source of the tension involves Harbin who falls heavily for a wealthy woman named Della whom he meets apparently by chance in a cheap restaurant Della invites Harbin to live with her in an idyllic home in rural Pennsylvania The group appears to be about to dissolveThe search for love and its elusive character is a major theme of The Burglars as Goodis creates a poignant surprisingly thoughtful love story The major theme of the book however is loyalty Although I doubt that Goodis was aware of the connection the emphasis on loyalty in The Burglars reminded me of the American philosopher Josiah Royce who put the virtue of loyalty at the heart of ethics When Harbin's parents died during his adolescence he was taken in by a thief named Gerald Gladden who treated him kindly and taught him the trade When Gladden died in a robbery Harbin took responsibility for the care of his young daughter then six whom he called simply Gladden Gerald instilled in Harbin the value of loyalty in addition to the tools of theft Here is how Goodis describes Gerald's teachings to young HarbinThis big thing Gerald would say this thing of being honorable was the only thing and actually if a human being didn't have it there wasn't much point in going on living As matters stood life offered very little aside from an occasional plunge into luxurious sensation which never lasted for long and even while it happened was accompanied by the dismal knowledge that it would soon be over In the winter Gerald had a mania for oyster stew and always while he ate the stew he would complain the plate would soon be empty and his stomach would be too full for him to enjoy another plate All these things like oyster stew and clean underwear and fresh cigarettes were temporary things little passing touches of pleasure limited things unimportant things What mattered what mattered high up there by itself all alone Gerald would say was whether things are honorableIn Goddis' novel Harbin has to examine both his personal relationship to Gladden and his relationship to his fellow thieves and assess them in light of his passion for Della These themes are developed in the context of a noir story which includes as well passages of acute description of run down Atlantic city hotels furious storms and poor Philadelphia bars and restaurantsThe Burglars is a thoughtful difficult novel in the unprepossessing guise of a throwaway paperback The Library of America did a service in publishing its volume of Goodis novelsRobin Friedman

The BurglarId Goodis one of the great practitioners of the hard boiled crime novel a haunting identification with life's losers and a hero who finds out who he is only by betraying everything he believes. Loyalty And NoirThe noir novels of David Goodis 1917 1967 should receive widespread attention with the publication of a new Library America volume of five novels Goodis wrote in the 1940's and 50's David Goodis Five Noir Novels of the 1940s and 50s Library of America As I work through the LOA volume I have been enjoying reviewing each individual book in detail than would be possible in a review of the single volume of five novels Written in 1953 when Goodis had left Hollywood and moved back to his native Philadelphia The Burglar was published only in an inexpensive paperback edition It was the sort of book sold in bus stations or at newstands for a short entertaining read Like some other art Goodis' books were not written or sold with the expectation that they would one day be found of long term value In 1957 a movie version of The Burglar was released directed by Paul Wendklos with stars including Dan Duryea and Jane Mansfield and with the screenplay by Goodis himselfGoodis' novel is set in Philadelphia and Atlantic City in the late 1940's For a short book The Burglar includes a considerable number of well developed characters and addresses several important themes in addition to the robberies and murders of a crime storyThe primary character Nat Harbin 33 is the leader of a group of four robbers who live together in an old house in a shabby area of Philadelphia Harbin's confederates are two slightly older men Baylock and Dohmer and a young woman in her early 20s Gladden whose relationship with Harbin is developed in the course of the book As the book opens Goodis' gang of four meticulously pulls off a heist of 100000 in emeralds from a safe in a wealthy Philadelphia home Tensions break out among the four members and the loyalty and cohesiveness of the group is severely tested A major source of the tension involves Harbin who falls heavily for a wealthy woman named Della whom he meets apparently by chance in a cheap restaurant Della invites Harbin to live with her in an idyllic home in rural Pennsylvania The group appears to be about to dissolveThe search for love and its elusive character is a major theme of The Burglars as Goodis creates a poignant surprisingly thoughtful love story The major theme of the book however is loyalty Although I doubt that Goodis was aware of the connection the emphasis on loyalty in The Burglars reminded me of the American philosopher Josiah Royce who put the virtue of loyalty at the heart of ethics When Harbin's parents died during his adolescence he was taken in by a thief named Gerald Gladden who treated him kindly and taught him the trade When Gladden died in a robbery Harbin took responsibility for the care of his young daughter then six whom he called simply Gladden Gerald instilled in Harbin the value of loyalty in addition to the tools of theft Here is how Goodis describes Gerald's teachings to young HarbinThis big thing Gerald would say this thing of being honorable was the only thing and actually if a human being didn't have it there wasn't much point in going on living As matters stood life offered very little aside from an occasional plunge into luxurious sensation which never lasted for long and even while it happened was accompanied by the dismal knowledge that it would soon be over In the winter Gerald had a mania for oyster stew and always while he ate the stew he would complain the plate would soon be empty and his stomach would be too full for him to enjoy another plate All these things like oyster stew and clean underwear and fresh cigarettes were temporary things little passing touches of pleasure limited things unimportant things What mattered what mattered high up there by itself all alone Gerald would say was whether things are honorableIn Goddis' novel Harbin has to examine both his personal relationship to Gladden and his relationship to his fellow thieves and assess them in light of his passion for Della These themes are developed in the context of a noir story which includes as well passages of acute description of run down Atlantic city hotels furious storms and poor Philadelphia bars and restaurantsThe Burglars is a thoughtful difficult novel in the unprepossessing guise of a throwaway paperback The Library of America did a service in publishing its volume of Goodis novelsRobin Friedman

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The Burglar ã A dreamlike masterpiece of crime honor and perverse loyalty by the legendary author of Shoot the Piano PlayerNat Harbin is a family man  His family happens to be a gang of burglars Now Nat h. Underneath the facade' of a heist novel lies a story about a damaged man who slowly finds himself only to loose his tender grip on a perfect reality just as he begins to grasp it Nat Harbin grew up fostered by a thief raised as one consumed by the idea and thrill of the take Deeper than most in the sub genre 'The Burglar' inches towards literature by virtue of its core plot element and rationalisation of character For Nat the deducer evaluator and strategist planning execution and reward are drivers in a less than lawful lifestyle this he recognises while succumbing to old adage of being a product of his environment While the less than ideal childhood led him down the path to stolen jewels police shootouts death and murder its the steady cause for redemption and realisation of romantic notions that drives his character throughout the novel'The Burglar' offers a glimpse at the grim over glitter side of the profession Herein lies broken truths and empty dreams as members of the gang turn all too uickly for monetary gain damning false friendship in preference for saving themselves when the sirens come Adding to a shattered criminal dynamic is a shyster in police blues who acts as the twist to each turn orchestrated by Goodis as the gang of thieves struggle to make way with their household take The inception of the corrupt figure a wolf in sheep's clothing promises so much and delivers far a testament to Goodis' boundary stretching noir largely thanks to a mysterious women named Della who eases herself too easily into the frame Female lead Gladden is the primary reason for the novel's deception turning heist to romance to noir with literally ualities Having grown up with Nat there was always going to be some sort of complex one that bears fruit just at the right time for the readers enjoyment My only real complaint with Goodis is that his male leads tend to be interchangeable 'The Burglar' 'Dark Passage' and 'Nightfall' all have protagonists with similar if not the same voice that aside this was a nice read Different to what I had perceived and rewarding all the same 4 starsThis review is from 'The Burglar' which appears in David Goodis Five Noir Novels of the 1940s and 50s characters ò eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ David Goodis

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David Goodis ✓ 3 read As met a woman so hypnotically seductive that he will leave his partners and his trade to possess her But you don't get away from family that easily The Burglar has the hallmarks that made Dav. Nat Harbin is a burglar with a strong sense of obligation to his family that is the other thieves in his little circle The strongest obligation is to Gladden the girl he's been looking after since her father Nat's instructor in the art of burglary was killed This responsibility is Nat's closest link to humanity and it's also his curse It's a great weight on his soul but one he can't shed After a big heist in which the gang snatches a fortune in emeralds the dynamics between them all start going south tensions reach the breaking point and paranoia rears its ugly head Turns out they have a good reason to be paranoid; someone is on to them someone intent on taking their haul away by any means available Nat who has long suppressed his emotions falls hard for the beautiful and mysterious Della decides to leave the gang and Gladden behind but getting out isn't that easy and there might be to Della than just an escape She might be Nat's doomTHE BURGLAR is an example of David Goodis at the height of his powers as a writer using all the hallmarks he's known for a uietly intense protagonist torn apart by his own hubris vivid supporting characters illustrated in minimal strokes choices the protagonist has to make here and in others by Goodis brought to life in the form of two very different woman and most notably a dreamy almost surreal tone that looms over everything like white smoke closing in There are some remarkably memorable set pieces in THE BURGLAR The scene on the road where Nat and his partners are on their way to Atlantic City when they get pulled over by the cops is really strong The rain pounding down out of the black sky a storm coming in the sudden violence as guns are drawn and people die is as striking as any action scene I've read And the end the end a beautifully done finale on the beach at night in Atlantic City a showdown of sorts an unexpected proclamation of love and a desperate and doomed attempt at escape by ocean as the crowds and the cops close in Classic solid noir is what that isDavid Goodis to me is the real father of noir and THE BURGLAR illustrates why Highly recommended