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by John Buell

  • Author: John Buell
  • ISBN: 0207954712
  • ISBN13: 978-0207954719
  • ePub: 1860 kb | FB2: 1511 kb
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: TBS The Book Service Ltd; First Edition edition (April 26, 1973)
  • Pages: 280
  • Rating: 4.4/5
  • Votes: 513
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Shrewsdale Exit ePub download

This partially furthers the intention - Buell zaps the reader with the momentum and impact of what has happened until you reach the Shrewsdale exit on one of those anonymous hard-surfaced throughways.

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ISBN 10: 0374263426, ISBN 13: 9780374263423. Stated First Printing. A VG+ copy in a VG dust jacket. The book has a spine slant and small bumps to the lower corners

ISBN 10: 0374263426, ISBN 13: 9780374263423. The book has a spine slant and small bumps to the lower corners. The dust jacket is dust soiled and has rubs to its spine tips and corners.

Select Format: Hardcover. ISBN13: 9780881840391.

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‘The Shrewsdale Exit’ first was published in hardbound in 1972; this Pocket Books paperback version was released in September 1973.

The novel is set in an un-named state in the Midwest in the early 1970s. As the novel opens, Joe Grant, an engineer in his mid- thirties, is on vacation with his wife and little girl. After stopping at a Howard Johnsons for supper, they pull out of the parking lot to continue on their way on the interstate. However, a trio of scummy bikers parked nearby have noticed the family……and Joe’s wife.

A few miles onto the interstate, the bikers emerge from the darkness and force Joe’s station wagon off the road and onto the shoulder. Joe tries to take down the attackers but is knocked unconscious. When he awakens, what he finds is his worst nightmare made real. And the local law, while sympathetic, can do little in the way of justice when there are no witnesses.

The remainder of ‘Shewsdale’ deals with Joe Grant’s efforts to come to terms with a tragedy that no one truly can ever recover from. In Joe Grant’s case, coming to terms with what has happened may mean seeking vengeance……..outside the law……..

‘The Shewsdale Exit’ is something of a disappointment. The front cover, with its picture of menacing bikers, gives one the impression that this is a 70s revenge novel, in the mold of a classics like ‘Death Wish’ or ‘Straw Dogs’ (i.e., ‘The Siege of Trencher’s Farm’). But while revenge is one of the themes, the book is really centered on addressing the psychological and emotional turmoil gripping Joe Grant, and his difficult journey to overcome tragedy and find meaning to go on living.

Modern readers are going to find the book’s prose style to be tedious, as ‘Shrewsdale’ was written before the ‘Show, Don’t Tell’ philosophy governed fiction writing. Much of the narrative is filled with stilted passages and empty phrases designed to impart to the reader the depths of Joe Grant’s existential anomie.

Summing up, ‘The Shewsdale Exit’ is neither a crime novel nor a thriller, but rather, a ‘literary’ effort at exploring loss and recovery. If that’s what you are seeking, then it may be worth reading. But if you’re hoping for an undiscovered gem of an early 70s vengeance novel, you’re better off passing.
I first read this book in 1973. (I got it from the Scholastic book fair.) It gripped me then and it's done so every time I've read it since. Buell draws a believable and heart-wrenching picture of an average Joe shredded by the violent and pointless loss of his family as he gropes for meaning, seeks his revenge and then has to actually pay for it.

As a literature teacher I do take exception to Buell's incessant use of the comma splice, too common to 8th graders (i.e.: Buell writes sentences like this, they are complete thoughts, his ideas are connected by commas, it appears like a run-on). This is distracting and spoils the immediacy and rhythm of the narration. Aside from that the plot line takes control of the reading experience and impels you onwards.

While an authentic product of the early 1970s, reliant on prevalent attitudes and experiences of that time, the omninously-titled 'Shrewsdale Exit' is a quality thriller for all the right reasons.
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