Pick-Up

Pick Up He Holed Up With a Helpless LushProwling the grimy streets of San Francisco low life Helen is a beautiful sensuous drunk and a pathetically easy pick up Harry just wants to help but before long he

  • Title: Pick-Up
  • Author: Charles Willeford
  • ISBN: 9781596542242
  • Page: 147
  • Format: Paperback
  • He Holed Up With a Helpless LushProwling the grimy streets of San Francisco low life, Helen is a beautiful, sensuous drunk and a pathetically easy pick up Harry just wants to help, but before long he and Helen are both adrift in a sea of alcohol until Harry conceives the ultimate crime

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    About "Charles Willeford"

    1. Charles Willeford

      Charles Willeford was a remarkably fine, talented and prolific writer who wrote everything from poetry to crime fiction to literary criticism throughout the course of his impressively long and diverse career His crime novels are distinguished by a mean n lean sense of narrative economy and an admirable dearth of sentimentality He was born as Charles Ray Willeford III on January 2, 1919 in Little Rock, Arkansas Willeford s parents both died of tuberculosis when he was a little boy and he subsequently lived either with his grandmother or at boarding schools Charles became a hobo in his early teens He enlisted in the Army Air Corps at age sixteen and was stationed in the Philippines Willeford served as a tank commander with the 10th Ard Division in Europe during World War II He won several medals for his military service the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, and the Luxembourg Croix de Guerre Charles retired from the army as a Master Sergeant Willeford s first novel High Priest of California was published in 1953 This solid debut was followed by such equally excellent novels as Pick Up this book won a Beacon Fiction Award , Wild Wives, The Woman Chaser, Cockfighter this particular book won the Mark Twain Award , and The Burnt Orange Heresy Charles achieved his greatest commercial and critical success with four outstanding novels about hapless Florida homicide detective Hoke Moseley Miami Blues, New Hope for the Dead, Sideswipe, and The Way We Die Now Outside of his novels, he also wrote the short story anthology The Machine in Ward Eleven, the poetry collections The Outcast Poets and Proletarian Laughter, and the nonfiction book Something About A Soldier Willeford attended both Palm Beach Junior College and the University of Miami He taught a course in humanities at the University of Miami and was an associate professor who taught classes in both philosophy and English at Miami Dade Junior College Charles was married three times and was an associate editor for Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Three of Willeford s novels have been adapted into movies Monte Hellman delivered a bleakly fascinating character study with Cockfighter Charles wrote the script and has a sizable supporting role as the referee of a cockfighting tournament which climaxes the picture , George Armitage hit one out of the ballpark with the wonderfully quirky Miami Blues, and Robinson Devor scored a bull s eye with the offbeat The Woman Chaser Charles popped up in a small part as a bartender in the fun redneck car chase romp Thunder and Lightning Charles Willeford died of a heart attack at age 69 on March 27, 1988.

    419 thoughts on “Pick-Up”

    1. (Updated 1/21/17)Here's my 1992 Futura mass-market (187 pages), which isn't listed here. Not quite as nifty as that 1955 edition up top, but unless anyone has an extra $60 lying around that they could do without, I guess I'll just have to stick with this one.Without a doubt one of the three or four best classic -era noir novels I've ever read, Pick-Up is a bleak, heartbreaking story about a newly-met alcoholic couple who are seemingly doomed, spending their days and nights in various bars drinki [...]


    2. Years ago I read Willeford's Miami Blues. It was good crime novel, that kind of reminded me of Elmore Leonard (second drawer), or Carl Hiasson. (The Hare Krishna scene at the airport was a keeper). It was made into a good movie with Fred Ward and Alec Baldwin (still the best thing I've seen Baldwin in). As I said, the book was solid, but it perplexed me a bit, because I was aware that Willeford was held in high regard by crime writers like Leonard. Looking back, I'm guessing at this late point i [...]


    3. Man, that was depressing! A bleak and nihilistic look at a destructive relationship and the negative effects of alcoholism. I imagine that if David Goodis and Jim Thompson teamed up to write the screenplay for the movie Days of Wine and Roses, they would've churned out this novel!Failed painter and alcoholic Harry Jordan meets a pretty blonde lush named Helen in the bar and grill where he works. They almost instantly fall head over heels for each other, but anyone with common sense can tell that [...]


    4. A far cry from the Hoke Moseley novels this bleak piece of nihilism is a novel that astounds with its dedication to the central theme of despair, anguish, alienation and self destruction. Harry meets Helen in a diner, they are high functioning alcoholics, they get together and proceed to push each other further in to oblivion until suicide is a very real option for both of them and Willeford doesn't flinch once from his evocative descriptions of their state of mind. A lack of respect and underst [...]


    5. Took a detour from Brothers Karamazov to read this thing and, shallow person that I am, preferred it. There is a crime at the center of this story, but for a noir writer, Willeford is too interested in character and setting to be distracted by crime-story clichés. At one point the hero is held at gunpoint, but eventually he turns around and finds that the guy with the gun has wandered off, so he just goes home. During a spell in a psychiatric hospital, he goes up to the roof with a male nurse f [...]


    6. Dayumn. Willeford was one subversive motherfucker in the '50s. Like his contemporaneous masterpiece The Woman Chaser, this is a dark novel with serious ambition and zero pretense toward the pulp thrills promised by its original marketing--or even its current marketing, deceptively packaged in the Library of America's 1950s crime-novel volume. But unlike The Woman Chaser, which was basically a very deranged comedy, Pick-Up is pure nihilism, a sustained howl of bleak, hopeless agony. Honestly, it' [...]


    7. Would have been 5 stars, except the "shocker" ending which, IMO, doesn't have any bearing on the plot whatsoever. I mean, what is that supposed to mean? That he, despite his.escapable stigmar lack of a better way to be spoiler-freewas able to end up the way it did?Yeah, this book is one of those spoiler landmines. Just read the friggin' thing and make up your own damn mind. :PAnyway, the spare prose was great. Loved the style. I loved and hated these characters because they were packed full of h [...]


    8. Wow. Just jaw hanging open, wow. Willeford's description of the wrist slitting suicide attempts must be one of the purest expressions of literary decadence this side of Yukio Mishima's description of seppuku in his story "Patriotism." And that is just one of the many surprises in this novel that was originally published as a pulp in 1955, but one has to wonder if the publisher had any idea what they were publishing. Despite the in your face downward spiral of despair, depression, and alcoholism [...]


    9. This story felt a bit rushed to me. The downwards spiral, after Harry and Helen met, seemed to happen too fast; just a few weeks.The ending came as no surprise, although the second last line was, but that didn't effect my overall view of the book.A quick read, but not an easy one. In fact, it was downright depressing.


    10. I sort of loved this. It's well-written and readable. The subject matter is depressing, verging on disgusting. I mean, it could be worse, but it's not exactly charming. It's not much of a crime story, more one man's issues, psychosis and guilt. As such it calls strongly to mind Highsmith and Thompson - Willeford was their contemporary, and very similar, but also talented. I read one of his books before this, and would like to read more


    11. This is one of the best books I've read in quite some time. 165 pages of superb, concise writing that delves into the deepest, darkest reaches of the human psyche.Helen and Harry are complex, obsessive and totally lost. This is brilliant. I never feel pity for them, just a sinister fascination and understanding. You respect their honesty, commiserate with their self-destruction on some level. This is a classic must-read if you can locate a copy. I guarantee when I got to the end, many areas beca [...]


    12. A couple of down and out transients drink and pass time in 1950s San Francisco. Good hard boiled style. This novel has a SURPRISE ENDING. I usually don't like gimmicks at the end of stories, but this one makes you re-think your IMAGINING of the narrative. Four stars.


    13. Wow, a big thank you to LoA for bringing this to my attention. I'd never heard of the writer, much less this novel. It is also available as a free ebook at Munsey's [edit: Munsey's is no longer]: it was originally published as an unpretentious pulp novel, in one of those cheap pockets with lurid covers. But there's a very serious author at work here. The story is about a down-and-out ex-artist who hitches up with an equally down-and-out and even more alcoholic ex-socialite. The first part reads [...]


    14. Charles Willeford is most known for the popular Hoke Mosely series, his twisted take on the ‘hard-boiled’ tradition of crime literature. But his earliest work is something else, again! Along with someone like David Goodis, Willeford writes about characters stuck “down there” but never merely for the sake of decadence or shock value. Willeford presents a uniquely american existentialism with, as David Cochran notes, an ideological edge radical for its time:“Willeford created a world in [...]


    15. I don't know whether I should do this or not, but this is not the novel you think it is; and you won't know what it is about until the very last page. Charles Willeford writes about the relationship of Harry Jordan with Helen Meredith, whom he meets at a bar. She moves in with him, and their relationship begins on a high note. But as time goes by, it appears that Helen is an incurable alcoholic. Harry drinks, too, but he is more functional and marginally able to hold down simple jobs. But when H [...]


    16. With this, only his second novel, Willeford has secured a place among my favorite writers. (Yes, yes, what an honor.) It's not the most polished piece of craft, but it's an utterly shocking and uncompromising portrait of two alcoholics who meet, fall in love, and circle the drain together. Their shared fatalism gives this book a dark kick-- when the money runs out, the pair become so resigned to inevitability (indeed, the welcome embrace) of death that when they're confronted by an armed mugger, [...]



    17. I went into this book with the wrong expectations; I can blame both the description on the back of the book as well as my own misconception that Willeford writes dark comedies. Because this isn't a comedy. It's noir and it's fantastic noir, but it's not funny and it's not the book that I was expecting. (Which is not to say it's bad or that I didn't enjoy reading it; I maybe didn't understand the book as I was reading, but the more I digest it, the more I come to enjoy it for what it is.) I kept [...]


    18. Oh man. What a strange story. Do not read the last page ahead of time for it will spoil one of the more haunting 'plot twists' ever. Not so much a plot twist as a paradigm shift of revelation, forcing you to go back through all of your impressions about the strange events in the story. Some of the dialogue had seemed a bit dear for the character I had constructed in my mind, but now I'm uncertain about it and several other things in the book. What is interesting, and this is not a spoiler, is th [...]


    19. There is an honesty to this novel that I find rare to see. Especially from authors of this decade. Willeford's understanding of depression and alcoholism rings as genuine to me, speaking as a person who has had problems with both of those things in the past. In fact, I'd like to put a warning here to those suffering from depression, mental illness, and addiction: this novel is potentially triggering. Please be safe. The last line is a non-issue for me. If you want to go back through the entire b [...]


    20. This book is interesting because a significant portion of it hangs on the last line - in fact, it's one of those books that turns (or tries to turn) everything over in the last few words. It works, kind of, but the effect is somewhat cheap and tries to change what the book is "about." Close, but not quite a success.Aside from the content-shifting twist, the plot is very similar to Jean-Paul Sartre's story "The Wall," which is basically an existentialist thought-problem in narrative form. The two [...]


    21. This one really reminded me of one of my other favourite reads this year, Shoot the Piano Player by David Goodis. Same sort of bleak main character for whom everything is going wrong and both were written in the mid 1950's. Can't say much more without giving the story away other than that the two final sentences of this one totally turn around the perspective on the whole thing in a very clever way - WARNING: DO NOT, WHATEVER YOU DO, SKIP AHEAD AND READ THE FINAL PAGE. YOU MUST LEAVE IT UNTIL TH [...]


    22. Another bleak, drunken noir set in SF, by the great Willeford. Bibulous fry-cook meets self-destructive beauty, falls for her. They move into his flophouse and gradually sink into a well of depression resulting in a failed suicide pact, brief institutionalization, and finally a successful suicide pact; well, successful for her. When our hero(?) awakens to find his beloved dead, presumably by his own hand, he is jailed for weeks, only to be released on a technicality. Terse, atmospheric prose and [...]


    23. Gritty tale of two down-and-out misfits and their ill-starred romance is San Francisco in the early 1950s. Most of the action takes place on the streets, in bars, in a third-rate rooming house, in a psychiatric ward, and in jail. Vivid and distubing, with a surprise ending that changes the entire book, but overall, a bit too depressing for my taste.


    24. This book is the literary equivalent to the “Cinema of Transgression” (Nick Zedd/Richard Kern) where a couple hit the bottom via alcohol and depravity and reach even lower than humanly possible. The twist ending will make you crazy. I can’t get this book out of my mind. An overlooked classic.



    25. A bleak tale of alcoholism which reads like a proto-Bukowski novel but with an extra dose of pessimism. And watch out for the ending, it is a game changer!


    26. Picks up pretty nicely a third of the way in, Willeford kind of plays possum, though his dialogue's a bit wooden. And terrific twist ending


    27. Of all the hard-boiled authors out there, Willeford may be the most underrated. This is a classic piece of genre fiction, easily the equal of Chandler, Hammett, Cain


    28. Excellent exploration of addiction as only Willeford can tell. At once personal, touching, haunting, and familiar.


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