By Daniel Woodrell
«Todos los días hay que estar preparado para morir... Solo así puedes salvarte»: quien pronuncia estas palabras, drogado hasta arriba, es un tipo sin una oreja y con una gran cicatriz llamado Lágrimas. Su sobrina, Ree Dolly, anda buscando a su padre, que ha desaparecido estando en libertad condicional: si no lo encuentra antes de treinta días, l. a. ley le quitará l. a. casa. Ree tiene dieciséis años, una madre enferma y dos hermanos pequeños: es el sostén de l. a. familia y hará lo que sea para evitar el desahucio. Lo más bonito que tiene es una escopeta.
Daniel Woodrell acuñó l. a. expresión country noir para referirse a sus novelas, ambientadas en las montañas de Ozark, en Missouri frontera con Arkansas. En efecto, si tomamos el paisaje, el sentimiento y los personajes de una canción country y situamos ahí una trama legal en torno a los angeles producción de metanfetamina, tenemos Los huesos del invierno (Winter's Bone), base de l. a. película de culto que en 2010 ganó el competition de Sundance. Bíblica, tremenda, iniciática, tierna y heroica, con un siniestro sentido de los angeles solidaridad commonplace y una heroína de antología, ésta es una novela negra de altos vuelos.
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Yes, my dear,” he had said softly, trying his best to sound as certain as she was. ” She was staring deeply into his eyes now. Her body may have been as limp as a dish towel, but her gaze still carried that same strength that could some how always force him to look at her. “For me, Heaven isn’t far away. I won’t have to wait long. But you, my love, you will. You’ll have to wait. You’ll have to live out the rest of your life, spending years—maybe decades—without me. ” She smiled as playfully as her condition would allow.
Surface ships were used to ﬁghting in formations and took pride in the disciplined uniformity of their maneuvers. Assuming the Selfridge and the O’Bannon had each put ﬁve torpedoes in the wa ter to add to Chevalier’s ﬁve, the Japanese ships now had a small armada of ﬁfteen torpedoes speeding in their direction. Tremain had hardly had time to digest the thought when a deafening salvo blasted the night apart. The Chevalier’s main gun battery had engaged. The deck shook from the simultane ous reports, until Tremain thought the whole ship might shake apart.
It was the Chevalier’s captain, undoubtedly shaking his head in disgust. 26 R. CAMERON COOKE The rugged destroyer captain was probably wondering why he ever agreed to give this rubber-legged submariner a ride to Australia. Of course, what these surface sailors did not understand— Tremain concluded, to make himself feel better—was that a little staggering was understandable in a submariner, since the cramped bridge of a submarine never allowed a man to walk thirty paces in a straight line. “He’s laughing at you, sir,” Fabriano said suddenly, boldly, almost like a challenge.
Los huesos del invierno by Daniel Woodrell