Solitary and haunted, he prefers to be invisible. His latest job involves the missing daughter of state senator. I can't help but wonder if Joe is saving these girls to try and save himself. Ames!! A former Marine and ex-FBI agent, Joe has seen one too many crime scenes and known too much trauma, a… He takes the job, but something, Ex-marine, ex-FBI, "special jobs" specialist Joe is a more complicated and tormented character than Richard Stark's Parker, but he has the same kind of violent and calculating velocity when action is required. Described as a toxic shock of a thriller, this bijou slice of American noir, delivers a real punch to the reader, and I was mightily impressed how much well defined characterisation, and breadth of action, Ames crams into such a minimal page count. Welcome back. He takes the job, but something doesn't seem right about the senator. Reads quickly though. Ames proves he can do more than comedy. I really enjoyed this one; I was utterly gripped throughout... right up until the ending... or, rather, the lack of an ending. I saw the movie a few months ago and was quite disappointed by it. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Récompenses 2 prix et 6 nominations Voir les infos techniques. I was also bothered by what seemed a large improbability, then recalled. Dude has a hammer. ", “He was aware that he was not completely sane, so he kept himself in rigid check, playing both jailer and prisoner.”, “Joe knew that all human beings are the star of their own very important film, a film in which they are both camera and actor; a film in which they are always playing the fearful and lonely hero who gets up each day hoping to finally strike upon the life they are meant to lead, though they never do.”. I highly recommend reading the book. Diverse voices and sparkling debuts dominate today's contemporary short story collections. Disappointed, Speaking of Work: A Story of Love, Suspense and Paperclips. It's a perfect example of how to tell a tale. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. So he hides away, earning a living rescuing girls who have been kidnapped into the sex trade. A former FBI agent and Marine, his abusive childhood has left him damaged beyond repair. I read the book (less than 100 pages) and several. The book follows Joe, a man who has found himself working in the shadows for people who want their little girls back. You Were Never Really Here is similar in that it’s plot driven, but the difference is Ames transcends the genre because he is able to give so much weight to who Joe is as a character. Watched Greyhound with Tom Hanks and thought it was pretty good. Lynne Ramsey adapted the book by Jonathan Ames, and directed the movie. I was a little apprehensive about reading You Were Never Really Here. I know Ames admires the work of Richard Stark, and clearly, he learned from the master. After finishing Ames’s novella I couldn't help but smile because it turned out that it was a classic case of over thinking and taking pieces of a movie to form your own theory. He was his father's son, after all Joe has witnessed things that cannot be erased. After watching the movie of the same name and ending up befuddled over what was just seen, I then read Jonathan Ames' novella You Were Never Really Here and was pleasantly pleased with both. Ames is mostly a humorous writer of essays and fiction, so the noir writing is a new avenue for him. Stripped-down hardboiled narrative, but so stripped-down it ultimately feels like there's no there there. He's even contemplated suicide. 'You Were Never Really Here,' by Jonathan Ames is a really dark book about a young girl kidnapped by the mob and used for prostitution and the man, Joe, who's hired to save her. Too often stories that deal with these sort of subjects devolve into torture porn and not being familiar with the author I didn't really know what to expect. The film is released in the UK in selected cinemas on Friday 9th March. As Joe's small web of associates are picked off one by one, he realizes that he has no choice but to take the fight to the men who want him dead. Former FBI and former Marine, the culprit of Joe's aberration is an abusive father, dead during the telling of the story, but readers will know that the abuse lives on in Joe's psyche. its just a whole bunch of ways to explain how and why the movie was the was it was. The book helped me understand the film better which is what I wanted as some of the film seemed vague and even confusing. Only 97 pages, there is not a wasted word or phrase in this book. Novelist, essayist, creator of the beloved TV series Bored to Death and Blunt Talk, Jonathan Ames is celebrated not only for his comic sensibilities and devotion to the absurd but for his lurid attraction to inner demons. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. I'm very annoyed and very impressed. When he's hired to save the daughter of a corrupt New York senator held captive at a Manhattan brothel, he stumbles into a dangerous web of conspiracy, and he pays the price. The conversation Ames had on that podcast piqued my interest because I like when authors genre jump. Told at a breakneck pace, this is a lean and brutal novel (novella?) Now that is how you know something is good: when you finish a book and you're yelling, "No! Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The outrageous humor and wildly insecure characters are gone with a tight brisk noir novel that tells a crime story in a no-frills manner. Jonathan Ames' "You Were Never Really Here" may prove a shock if you've been reading his other work. There's got to be more!". Anyway, the book includes 100ish dark, gritty and tight pages which are rea. He lives in Spokane, Washington with his wife and son. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 7, 2019. i think i have to watch the film... 3,5/5. Second, the ending is way to open, at this point it isn’t an open ending, it just isn’t an ending. I can see where people are disappointed because the end hints at much more story to come and has an unresolved goal, but I think as a character study it's satisfyingly complete. See the film and do read this book. Now he has been hired to save the daughter of a New York senator, held captive in a Manhattan brothel, but finds himself ensnared in a dangerous web of conspiracy and violence. Reviewed in the United States on October 8, 2017. For such a bleak narrative, it was a joy to read Jonathan Ames' "You Were Never Really Here." Joseph Edwin Haeger reviews You Were Never Really Here by Jonathan Ames. I had no idea what to expect when I started it, but by the end I was wishing it was a full novel because I didn’t want it to end. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 11, 2018. saw the film first which was disjointed and gritty. Now that is how you know, I was a little apprehensive about reading You Were Never Really Here. Joe finds himself—and what’s left of his personal life—tangled up in this web of corruption and the only way to get out is to tear his way through. Oftentimes, we’re treated with a fresh new take on an old formula; and while that’s not what we get here, it turns out that Ames is still pretty damn good at writing crime fiction. The outrageous humor and wildly insecure characters are gone with a tight brisk noir novel that tells a crime story in a no-frills manner. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. Une expérience de lecture optimale pour le même confort qu'un livre papier. It seemed too quick for him to wrap the story up, and instead of giving us a satisfying conclusion he chose to give us a cliffhanger. Joe is damaged and fully aware of his derangement. Gritty and brutal, look forward to seeing the film. A Beautiful Day, ou Tu n'as jamais été vraiment là au Québec (You Were Never Really Here), est un thriller franco - britannique écrit et réalisé par Lynne Ramsay, sorti en 2017. In the first third of the book, the reader gets acquainted with the central character gloomy thoughts and the plot begins when Joe is hired by a U.S. Please try again. More than once. I read this is two sittings but could’ve easily done it in one. The story has a nice twist towards the end, but what keeps the reader glued to the text is J. Ames stylised prose which makes ''You Were Never Really Here''' an unforgettable reading experience. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published I saw the film first and was intrigued and had many questions. She tells him they should go, it’s a beautiful day, and he agrees. i call it poetry because it is so stripped down, language minimal, plot simple but complex, concise but emotional, basically everything i love in poetry. Something went wrong. If revenge is a dish best served cold, Joe (the main character of this story) is serving up some icy entrees.