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Of Tender Sin [Read] ➳ Of Tender Sin Author David Goodis – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk You ll belong to me And I ll belong to Charlie The three of us, we ll have a wonderful timeAlvin Darby is a year old insurance clerk, with a comfortable apartment, a beautiful wife and enough money i You ll belong to me And I ll belong to Charlie The three of us, we ll have a wonderful timeAlvin Darby is ayear old insurance clerk, with a comfortable apartment, a beautiful wife and enough money in the bank not to have to worry So why does he wake up in the middle of the night tortured by the image of a woman with platinum blonde hair And why is he suddenly convinced that his wife is having an affair Consumed by jealousy and determined to track Of Tender Epub / down the woman with the platinum blonde hair, Alvin leaves his comfortable life to walk the streets of Skid Row intent on murder Caught up in an underworld of drugs and crime, Alvin is soon out of his depth, and back with his old girlfriend Geraldine, whose seductive silver yellow hair and orange lips seem to hold the key to unlock the dark and terrible sin of his pastLong unavailable, Of Tender Sin is a brilliant tale of paranoia and jealousy, femmes fatales and dark secrets With its seering portrayal of the mean streets of Philadelphia and its underworld of drugs and crime, Of Tender Sin is as hard hitting today as it was when it was first published in Introduction by Adrian Wootton Goodis captures the bleak desperation of the urban jungle like no other writer before or since Neon A lethally potent cocktail of surreal description, brilliant language, cracker barrel philosophy and gripping obsession Adrian Wootton No one does existential loners better The Herald.


10 thoughts on “Of Tender Sin

  1. Richard Richard says:

    It began with a shattered dreamThis awesome opening line sets the tone for this brooding, melancholy, fever dream of a novel, par for the course for a David Goodis book The book is a bitbizarre than anything else I ve read by Goodis, and it follows normal, working square Alvin Darby, who, in bed one night, has a nervous breakdown and begins to be haunted by and obsessed with platinum blonde hair The cause of this might be his recurring memory of the blonde hair of his olderIt began with a shattered dreamThis awesome opening line sets the tone for this brooding, melancholy, fever dream of a novel, par for the course for a David Goodis book The book is a bitbizarre than anything else I ve read by Goodis, and it follows normal, working square Alvin Darby, who, in bed one night, has a nervous breakdown and begins to be haunted by and obsessed with platinum blonde hair The cause of this might be his recurring memory of the blonde hair of his older sister, who he was obsessed with when he was a child This naturally affects his relationship with his brunette wife Vivian, who can t seem to understand why for weeks, Alvin has been unable to get it up and perform his spousal duties in bed After his breakdown, things get worse after Alvin overhears Vivian cuddle calling on the phone with another man, and he journeys out, with incestual memories and murder on his mind, onto the snowy streets of Philly s Skid Row streets filled with rotgut wine, cocaine, flophouses, blackmailers, and gold digging tramps with platinum blonde hairWinter was gray and mean upon the city and every night was a package of cold bleak hours, like the hours in a cell that had no doorIf this sounds to you like a real downer of a book, then you re right, it is But that s what you should expect from the poet of despair, David Goodis But as usual his writing is so poetic and evocative, you can t help but he riveted, and eager to follow the main character as he falls deeper into darkness If you read a Goodis book expecting a standard crime novel, you ll be pleasantly surprised or terribly disappointed His novels never have standard villains like crime bosses or serial killers, but his tales are pitch black noir, and the adversary comes from the inner demons of the protagonists themselves The action and suspense in Of Tender Sin isemotional and psychological, with the main character struggling to confront his paranoia, fetishes, sexual insecurities, and feelings of helplessness In this way, the book reminded me a lot of my favorite Stanley Kubrick movie, Eyes Wide Shut, that dealt with a very similar journey for the main character This book feels like it was written in a few nights of inspired, manic writing sessions, where I can imagine Goodis typing away in the late hours, binging on wine, whiskey, and cigarettes This quality makes the plotting feel a bit rushed and uneven but it also gives the book a very earnest, energized feel And the book probably has the very best prose that I ve read so far in a Goodis novel, with passages just pulsing with mood and imageryUnder the blanket the outline of her body was slender and displayed a certain innocence, a precious quality farsignificant than the elegance of her form She seemed to radiate kindness and essential goodness, and Darby, trying to measure the value of her, told himself it was immeasurable


  2. Eddie Watkins Eddie Watkins says:

    Less crime than psycho pulp, this is an atmospheric journey through the rapid decay 11th hour redemption of a normal guy, a semi professional working stiff in Philadelphia who is suddenly swarmed by his own demons Dirty demons with platinum blonde hair Atmospheric typically means evocations of environment street scenes, smoky bars with solitary degenerates on stools, drug dens all well delineated in this book, but the real atmosphere here is internal, as the bulk of the action is a r Less crime than psycho pulp, this is an atmospheric journey through the rapid decay 11th hour redemption of a normal guy, a semi professional working stiff in Philadelphia who is suddenly swarmed by his own demons Dirty demons with platinum blonde hair Atmospheric typically means evocations of environment street scenes, smoky bars with solitary degenerates on stools, drug dens all well delineated in this book, but the real atmosphere here is internal, as the bulk of the action is a result of sudden mental takeovers by repressed memories and obsessions and buried guilt, and how these voracious demons warp one s environment and darken one s course through life.This bears some comparison to many narratives from and about its era the 50 s as the bright veneer of upright, responsible, nest egged married professionals is stripped back to reveal the putrid nest of Freudian worms gnawing away at the interiors all well and good, but there s something else here, a desperate, personal authenticity, that makes it compulsively readable and frightening, and the main character the locus of terrors pathetic and pitiable


  3. robin friedman robin friedman says:

    A Shattered Dream It began with a shattered dream The opening sentence of David Goodis novel Of Tender Sin 1952 introduces a noir story of sin, guilt, jealousy, and rage The book is one of the pulp paperback originals that Goodis 1937 1967 wrote between 1951 1961 about his native Philadelphia The Library of America has recognized Goodis value as a writer by including six of his books in its volumes devoted to the best of American writing Much of Goodis work, including Of Ten A Shattered Dream It began with a shattered dream The opening sentence of David Goodis novel Of Tender Sin 1952 introduces a noir story of sin, guilt, jealousy, and rage The book is one of the pulp paperback originals that Goodis 1937 1967 wrote between 1951 1961 about his native Philadelphia The Library of America has recognized Goodis value as a writer by including six of his books in its volumes devoted to the best of American writing Much of Goodis work, including Of Tender Sin remains to be discovered outside the LOA Of Tender Sin is a dark, brutally shocking novel that tells the story of a person haunted by demons The major character, Alvin Barby, 29, has a stable job with an insurance company and has been married for six years to a lovely, devoted woman, Vivian As the book opens, Barby has been unable to have sexual relations with Vivian, hears disquieting noises in the house, and leaps to the conclusion that his wife has been having an affair He is obsessed with a woman from his adolescent life with platinum blonde hair He is also haunted by memories of a near disastrous relationship he had before his marriage with Geraldine, a beautiful but sadistically controlling woman.Most of the book describes Barby s deterioration and near destruction following his suspicion of Vivian s unfaithfulness Barby wanders the tenderloin area of early 1950 s Philadelphia In the process, Goodis describes tormented people and scenes, bars, tenements, cut rate stores, pawn shops, and flophouses Barby encounters derelicts, prostitutes, drug users, thieves, and killers It is a places of devastation that mirrors and virtually captures the state of Barby s mind.The novel is highly internalized focusing on the mind and emotions of its protagonist It shows the heavy influence of the Freudian psychology of its day Goodis is a master at capturing feelings of loneliness and isolation amid the ice and chill of a Philadelphia winter The writing is both lyrical and tough The portrayal of tormented individuals and squalid scenesthan compensate for the awkwardness of the plotting.Following its 1952 publication, the book was reissued in 2001 in this edition from Serpents Tail with an introduction by Adrian Wooton, Chief Executive of Film London Unfortunately, Of Tender Sin currently is out of print The book deserves to be reissued It is an evocative, lyrical, almost painfully bleak novel with a sense of feeling, passion and a hint of the possibility of resilience and redemption.Robin Friedman


  4. Steven Steven says:

    This is not so much crime noir as psycho noir It is the second Goodis book I ve read that featured a protagonist with incestuous overtones towards his sister and also the second Goodis book that also channels Malcom Lowry s Under the Volcano, but these are not the same books, so that makes three, a menage a trois of incest and Lowry esque out of the headness Need to readto confirm, but think Goodis had a fixation The protagonist in this novel seems mental for most of the book and that i This is not so much crime noir as psycho noir It is the second Goodis book I ve read that featured a protagonist with incestuous overtones towards his sister and also the second Goodis book that also channels Malcom Lowry s Under the Volcano, but these are not the same books, so that makes three, a menage a trois of incest and Lowry esque out of the headness Need to readto confirm, but think Goodis had a fixation The protagonist in this novel seems mental for most of the book and that is never resolved The novel ends but really it just stops The protag is basically in the same place as in the beginning Yes, he may know something about the platinum blonde woman women Yes, he may know whom his wife has been calling But we readers are really in no better place to make a decision on our protagonist s state of mind or fate than at the beginning The psychological torment continues from beginning end So, on that criteria, this is a superb psychological noir where the dilemma facing the protagonist never really gets solved For a book written in 1952 A solid candidate for the existentialist canon.Oh, and there is an amazing scene involving a scalping with bare hands Surely that is a one of a kind


  5. Andy Andy says:

    Mondo weirdo story about a guy who obsesses over pale blonde hair All through the book it s hinted that his sister had hair just that particular shade, and he winds up cheating on his ball and chain with a girl who resembles his sister Whole lotta fetish going on here


  6. Jeremy S. Jeremy S. says:

    So much can be said about the French And while I m tempted to write about all of it here, I realize this a book review of an American pulp novel from the 1950 s so I will keep myself in check Why do I bring up the French you may ask Well, because we can thank those les hommes de bonne for reintroducing us to one of the great authors of American Pulp Fiction David Goodis was extremely active in the 40 s and 50 s, churning out his special brand of despair in magazines like Dime Mystery and Te So much can be said about the French And while I m tempted to write about all of it here, I realize this a book review of an American pulp novel from the 1950 s so I will keep myself in check Why do I bring up the French you may ask Well, because we can thank those les hommes de bonne for reintroducing us to one of the great authors of American Pulp Fiction David Goodis was extremely active in the 40 s and 50 s, churning out his special brand of despair in magazines like Dime Mystery and Terror Tales Sadly, after America turned its attention away from the world of noir, he was lost in time and almost completely forgotten Thankfully, French film auteurs like Francois Truffaut and Jean Luc Goddard kept his brilliant work alive in films such as Shoot the Piano Player and Made in U.S.A Piano Player was essentially my introduction to Goodis and sent me down the rabbit hole in to his prolific body of work Of Tender Sin initially caught my attention because of its universal themes A cheating wife Check A husband trapped inside his own mind and going through a complete mental break down resulting in a phase of prostitution and drug abuse Check Our main character, Mr Alvin Darby, is a good enough guy He has a boring desk job in the financial district of Philadelphia, he eats lunch with his good friend Harry each day and at night, he comes home to his lovely wife Vivian The couple will typically eat a nice dinner before they retire to their respective twin beds in true 1950 s fashion On this particular night however, something is off Mr Darby can t shake the image of a platinum blonde beauty from his mind Unfortunately, this is not such a good thing as some might think The image haunts him, slowly driving him mad Vivian, a stunning brunette, suddenly has platinum blonde hair herself and Darby can t figure out what is wrong with him Vivian can sense something is off and after a brief argument and a secret phone call, we see the full collapse of Alvin Darby I ve read my fair share of pulp novels and while it s easily one of my favorite genres, I tend to complain that some works are simply too sterilized for my taste It s 2011 and things were much different in the 1940s and 50 s Watch a John Wayne film and you ll know what I m talking about With that being said, there are several authors that get it so right, it would make most prison inmates feel uncomfortable David Goodis is one of those authors While reading this book, you can almost see the dark cloud hanging over Mr Darby We are taken on a twisted ride through adultery, street life and even incest as we try to figure out just what is going on with this guy At the same time, Goodis allows us to connect with him in a way that makes you feel oddly empathetic We may have not been in the same situations as Mr Darby, but we ve all suffered through similar emotions That is the beauty of Goodis He is able to tap in to the darkest human conditions and make you feel the way the characters do Meanwhile, the dialogue is outstanding and images of an ugly city come right off the page Clearly, not everyone wants to feel manic depressive while doing some light reading, so keep that in mind should you choose to pick up this book However, for the person who loves seeing others in their most desperate state and also enjoys things like rainy days and the color black, then this is for you Highly recommended Goodis has quickly become one of my favorite authors and a must read for anyone interesting in Film Noir, Pulp Fiction, French New Wave and or dark American literature JRS


  7. Ralph Loder Ralph Loder says:

    I am a big Goodis fan He s not on my Mt Rush of hard boiled noir writers, but solidly in the second tier I thought I had read them all, so I was thrilled when I found Of Tender Sin I must say this is my favorite Goodis novel This is one I will read again.


  8. tortoise dreams tortoise dreams says:

    A Philadelphia insurance agent begins to lose touch with reality, threatening his job, his marriage, and soon his life.Mystery Review Of Tender Sin isn t a mystery about crime, at least not at first Here the mystery is about what is causing Al Darby s visions, transforming them into an obsession that tears his life apart n.b., Darby is also a township in Delaware County adjacent to Philadelphia My second novel by David Goodis, this is worlds apart from the chaste struggle against fate th A Philadelphia insurance agent begins to lose touch with reality, threatening his job, his marriage, and soon his life.Mystery Review Of Tender Sin isn t a mystery about crime, at least not at first Here the mystery is about what is causing Al Darby s visions, transforming them into an obsession that tears his life apart n.b., Darby is also a township in Delaware County adjacent to Philadelphia My second novel by David Goodis, this is worlds apart from the chaste struggle against fate that was Dark Passage 1946 More sensual almost erotic , than the former novel, but all in service to the plot, which takes it to the edge Goodis does not fall into the typical madonna or whore cliche, instead each female character is a lot of one and a bit of the other, making the rolescredible Of Tender Sin is a psychological mystery, consisting of one man s struggle with repressed memories and taboo passions These pressures lead our protagonist to go for a walk on the wild side in the seamy districts of Philadelphia Goodis paints Philly street by street as carefully as Joyce did Dublin Wherever the plot might momentarily unravel, Goodis quickly saves it with his stunning skills he can write suspense with the best of them A quick entertaining read with just enough grimy verisimilitude to make it a genuine noir novel, Of Tender Sin is an odd book out, but no less enjoyable for that 3


  9. Jeff Jeff says:

    Of Tender Sin 1952 This may be the best David Goodis novel I ve read I read it in the Paper Back Original form, which is how I like to read these The cover is a typical Gold Medal Original cover painting, with a ripe looking blonde, breasts spilling out, legs suggestively open, spread over a cheap looking couch It takes place in urban Philadelphia, with good chunks of it taking place in skid row flop houses and cheap apartments Alvin Darby is a typically troubled Goodis hero He works as a Of Tender Sin 1952 This may be the best David Goodis novel I ve read I read it in the Paper Back Original form, which is how I like to read these The cover is a typical Gold Medal Original cover painting, with a ripe looking blonde, breasts spilling out, legs suggestively open, spread over a cheap looking couch It takes place in urban Philadelphia, with good chunks of it taking place in skid row flop houses and cheap apartments Alvin Darby is a typically troubled Goodis hero He works as an actuary in a large life insurance company He has a beautiful wife named Vivian but he can t get it up with her, and he is obsessed by dreams of a platinum blonde woman who turns out to remind him of his slightly older sister Marjorie with whom he certainly was physically obsessed with when he was fifteen, and they probably had sex His search for platinum blonde women draws him to Skid Row and an ex girlfriend who is addicted to cocaine and who is probably a hooker He also is obsessed with a man from his past whom he suspects of having an affair with Vivian He is so obsessed that he steals a knife planning on killing the guy, and is seen and blackmailed by a couple of thugs There is a wild scene involving the two blackmailers and the suspected cuckholder So there s drugs and violence and sex, but this reads less like a typical pulp novel than it does Dostoyevsky s Notes From Underground There are a lot of nightmare scenes and nightmarish scenes and an unconvincingly hopeful denouement I imagine most readers were disappointed, but there is much to admire here The Tender in the title, linked with the lascivious cover painting, suggests a titillating, heavy breathing soft core paperback, but the novel is sensitive and tender in the most flattering meaning of the word Highly recommended


  10. Graham P Graham P says:

    Whoa Goodis keeps to his usual storyline of a normal person losing their sanity and letting demons of the past resurface and bring them down to wallow in their own guilt and filth But what makes this one a bit different is how sexually twisted it becomes in the last quarter of the book an unspeakable act that probably didn t sit well with readers back when it was first published Told in his usual off beat manner, where the edges of darkness are painted with absurdist action and existential Whoa Goodis keeps to his usual storyline of a normal person losing their sanity and letting demons of the past resurface and bring them down to wallow in their own guilt and filth But what makes this one a bit different is how sexually twisted it becomes in the last quarter of the book an unspeakable act that probably didn t sit well with readers back when it was first published Told in his usual off beat manner, where the edges of darkness are painted with absurdist action and existential angst, we meet Darby, a regular white collar man in the suburbs with a good wife, who isn t a plain jane, but stacked with swelling, man crushing curves a typical Goodis staple Problem is Darby can t get it up, and when he does try to, he watches his brunette wife morph into a platinum blonde Is it a hallucination A double cross in the making Darby s fetish for the platinum blonde brings him to the Tenderloin , the slum of the Philadelphia, which many of his novels use as a locale Here, Darby meets heart warming winos, knife wielding scumbags, drug addicted prostitutes, and soon finds himself in a flophouse with a bunch of junkies who show him a way out And after this awakening, Darby s memories resurface, and he has two choices deal with the past, or let it drag him down to the gutter.Goodis is not in top form here, however, it s an entertaining romp into fetish and murder If you haven t read the Philadelphian Kafka, then start with his trio of 5 star classics, Down There , The Burgular , or Street of No Return


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