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(4.5) "Much later... Driver would wonder if he had made a terrible mistake."

  • Mar 18, 2009
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Driver is a survivor. A movie stuntman, he makes his way on raw talent, the horrors of his Arizona childhood left behind at sixteen when he walks away from his foster parents, steals their car and heads to LA. Known for his driving skills, Driver is caught up in another, more lucrative trade, driving getaway cars for small time robbers, until the last job, one that leaves him injured, three dead bodies scattered about the room.

Trying to make right the robbers' terrible mistake in stealing from this particular mark, Driver runs up against the implacable vengeance of the rightful owner of almost a quarter of a million dollars, a ruthless man who is not satisfied with the return of the money, set on revenge. Driver carefully picks his way through this minefield of killers, outthinking and outsmarting them all, if only by a hair's breadth. In flashes of the past, reliving the few decent friendships he has known, Sallis has written a fascinating character, one of the unseen, navigating a world filled with pitfalls.

Drive has the emotional black and white clarity of human behavior, the essential impulse to survive without nuance; as Driver's soul is compromised by his decision to tread a darker path, he is drawn into a morass of moral ambiguity, inextricably linked to the violence of the subculture. But then Driver's life has been defined by violence and he has built his days around a deep understanding of how little the world offers and how much he must take for himself. Drawn to the raw energy and thrill of skillful driving, Driver is seduced by the rush, the danger.

As sparse and clean as any noir thriller, Drive is a tale of shadows, those that lurk in the psyche and those that fill the darkened streets with menace. Driver treads where few dare, oblivious in his singleness of purpose, life lessons quickly taken to heart. Yet Sallis fills this world with a stark poetry, slashes of reality and the moral dilemma of those with no prospects and nothing to lose, trapped in the hungry maw of a soulless city: "The sun let go its hold and the city's lights, a hundred-thousand impatient understudies, stepped in." This is a world that exists below the sightline, the inhabitants of a decaying society playing out life and death dramas without second chances. Driver is the lost boy, fighting his way through the world he inhabits. Luan Gaines.
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An artist/writer, I have traveled the world, walked on the moon and learned the complicated language of humanity, the enormity of the universe... all through the written word. My first passport was a … more
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