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The Harder They Come

The Harder They Come

作者 : T.C. Boyle

出版社 : ECCO PRESS

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定價 : NT 560

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紐約時報暢銷書作家T.C. Boyle緊湊及充滿力量的全新作品
由真實故事改編,探討美國暴力及反權威主義下所造就的恐怖社會現象

「大師級的精湛作品!」─《斷背山》作者愛德娜•安妮•普露
「T.C. Boyle是最迷人的說書人。」─《凱文怎麼了?》蘭諾•絲維佛
「Boyle總是將他的故事轉換為畫布,盡情揮灑上最大膽極致的色彩。」─《毒木聖經》作者芭芭拉‧金索佛

故事背景設定在三個居住於北加州區的危險人物:一個70歲的前任陸戰隊隊員兼越戰老兵、他有心理疾病的兒子及兒子反社會的女友,敘述三人為何會走向與社會體系對抗的悲慘故事。作者以全新的心理視角,探討美國社會因為以暴制暴而衍生的恐怖社會事件及悲劇。

70歲的Sten Stensen與妻子參加中美洲的郵輪之旅意外碰上持槍搶匪,為了全船旅客安危,寶刀未老的他成功制伏搶匪因而成為英雄,但他一心只想趕快回到加州老家找到他因為精神疾病而失去控制的兒子Adam。Adam因為與大他15歲的女友Sara交往,而涉入一個偏激的右翼團體以對抗政府及推翻美國憲法為主要目標。在Sara的恐怖洗腦及鼓舞,Adam逐漸失去理智而轉變成嚴重的精神分裂。壓力與幻覺促使他射殺兩個陌生人,為了逃離追捕他躲進森林中,因而成為加州史上警力動員規模最龐大的逮捕事件。


Sten Stenson, Vietnam veteran and retired school principal, and his wife, Carolee, are on a cruise in Costa Rica when their coach excursion is hijacked. Sten's military training overtakes him and within moments one of the attackers lies dead. The rest flee and Sten finds himself hailed a hero by the tour group and everyone back home. Meanwhile, in the redwood forests north of San Francisco, Sara - a farrier who refuses to recognize the authority of the government - is arrested after failing to cooperate with police at a routine stop. 

A chance meeting with twenty-five-year-old Adam, Sten and Carolee's unstable son, sparks a strange but passionate relationship fuelled by a mutual hatred of the law. Adam, an angry and misunderstood outsider, perennially dressed in camouflage and with his head shaved to the bone, has an unhealthy obsession with nineteenth-century mountain man John Colter. As Adam's views and behaviour become steadily more extreme, he descends into a spiral of fanatical violence that is impossible for his family or Sara to halt. The latest novel by internationally bestselling author T. C. Boyle, The Harder They Come is as timely as it is provocative. A deep and disturbing meditation on the roots of American gun violence, it explores the fine line between heroism and savagery, and just how far a parent can be held accountable for the actions of his child.
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