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The Free
Auteur: Willy Vlautin
  • Engels
  • Paperback
  • 9780571300303
  • Druk: Main
  • maart 2015
  • 288 pagina's
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Willy Vlautin

Willy Vlautin (1967) is schrijver en singer-songwriter van de band Richmond Fontaine. Zijn boeken werden met lovende kritieken ontvangen en wonnen meerdere prijzen. Zijn roman Motelleven werd verfilmd met o.a. Dakota Fanning en Stephen Dorff en Lean on Pete wordt op dit moment verfilmd met Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny en Steve Zahn. Hij woont en werkt in Scapoose, Oregon.


Severely wounded in the Iraq war, Leroy has lived a half-life in a group home for eight years. Unable to bear it any longer, he commits a desperate act which helps him to disappear to another place. Freddie is the night porter at the home, who works two jobs yet can't make ends meet. Buried in debt from his younger daughter's medical bills, he's forced to consider a criminal proposition. Pauline is the nurse who tends Leroy, who lives her life in an uncomplicated way, emotionally removed, until she meets a young runaway. An extraordinary portrait of contemporary America, and a testament to the resilience of the human heart, The Free is Willy Vlautin's most moving and affecting novel to date.



maart 2015
Afmeting: 19,8 x 12,9 x 2,3 cm
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288 pagina's


Willy Vlautin
Faber & Faber



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222 g
Verpakking breedte
131 mm
Verpakking hoogte
20 mm
Verpakking lengte
196 mm

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  • Het leven is hard
    • Fantasierijk

    Prachtig boek waarin de levens van diverse personen met elkaar verweven raken.

  • Good people do exist

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    How to review such a magnificent book? By referring to growing inequality in the US, now a land of limited opportunities? By saying it is anti-war and that the US government neglects its wrecked war survivors? Or as a companion book to Beverly Gologorsky’s “Stop Here” , also anti-war, describing the lives of 5 co-workers, their boss and friends and relatives at a Long Island, NY diner? Some themes return in “The Free” where people also live from one pay check to another, face broken families, crippling medical bills despite insurance, drive old cars, work night shifts or two jobs to care for others... It also repeats her disgust about sending poorly-trained National Guard men to Iraq.
    Situated in a small town in the Northwest, its main characters are Leroy, Pauline and Freddy. Leroy does not speak a word in the novel, but his dreams and hallucinations in hospital-- inspired by his favourite reading matter, SF—are an integral part, chronologically and in italics. They concern an epic effort to save his girlfriend Jeannette from evil US armed forces and vigilantes right into Canada: after being wounded in Iraq, Leroy has spent seven years as a mute paraplegic in an institution. One night, he believed he could think normally again, but he panics (it cannot last!) and tries to kill himself.
    He was found by night caretaker Freddy and rushed to hospital, where Freddy visits him every night before starting his shift. Freddy’s day shift is running a paint store. Readers must read his dramas, dreams, and struggles for themselves. Pauline is one of the nurses checking up on Leroy repeatedly during her rounds. She has a great bedside manner with the sick and despairing, but is fiercely independent privately. Again, I refuse to be a spoiler.
    Rich novel with many other well described characters about true humanity and warmth in stressful times. Re-readable and perfect for reading groups. Highly recommended.

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