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Black Wings Has My Angel (New York Review Books Classics) (original: 1953; edição: 2016)

de Elliott Chaze (Autor), Barry Gifford (Introdução)

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She had the face of a madonna and a heart of dollar bills. Black Wings Has My Angel, Elliott Chaze's pulp classic, is the dreamlike tale of a man after a jailbreak who meets up with the woman of his dreams-and his nightmares. Black Wings Has My Angel, a phenomenal work of the period and a legend among noir buffs, is back in print for the first time in more than half a century.… (mais)
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Título:Black Wings Has My Angel (New York Review Books Classics)
Autores:Elliott Chaze (Autor)
Outros autores:Barry Gifford (Introdução)
Informação:NYRB Classics (2016), Edition: Reprint, 224 pages
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Black Wings Has My Angel (New York Review Books Classics) de Elliott Chaze (1953)

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A perfect combination of Black Lizard noir and NYRB quality writing. Bleak and biting. It's too bad Gifford was never able to get this published under the Black Lizard label as the dark psychology examined in this story by Chaze would have fit perfectly within that series of books. Thanks to NYRB for finally making this available again. ( )
  23Goatboy23 | Jan 17, 2020 |
fiction, crime, noir, Colorado, Denver ( )
  AlaMich | Aug 11, 2019 |
Character, pace, mood, description (but not too much). A genre gem. ( )
  Lirmac | Apr 23, 2019 |
I've heard about this one for years, and finally I got around to reading it. It is perhaps the only Gold Medal novel to be re-published as a "NYRB Classic". Why? Well, it is certainly well-written. There aren't many wasted words, and the novel's settings, from Denver to New Orleans to Mississippi are well done. The two main characters also stand out--an escaped convict and a high class prostitute who is also running from the law. Their relationship is passionate and violent, and Chaze makes it seem almost believable. The book lets you know where it's going too soon, however. I have rarely read a novel with such an impending sense of doom. The plot is also a bit creaky at times, relying too much on coincidence. And it just goes on a bit too long. But still, it is a tale that will stick in your memory. Certainly there are other Gold Medal novels that are just as good. I hope NYRB is taking a look at some of them now. ( )
  datrappert | Mar 30, 2019 |




Goodreads friend William Donelson boldly asserts this isn’t a novel to be read; this is a novel to be felt and a novel to be lived. After my own experience with Elliott Chaze's noir black angel, feeling its dramatic intensity and living through every single page with narrator Tim Sunblade and his beautiful babe Virginia, the slender, poised gal with skin the color of pearls melted in honey, I couldn’t agree more. In order to do such a powerful, complex book a measure of justice, a book spilling its guts out in insatiable greed, voracious gluttony, self-indulgent lusts and a ravenous craving for freedom and thrills, please read on.

Tim Sunblade, the name he takes on as his tribute to a love of the great outdoors, is not only a big hunk of a good-looking tough-guy but a World War Two vet who served in the Pacific and still carries a piece of metal lodged in his skull. Tim is also an escaped convict from a Mississippi penitentiary, having been sent there in the first place after a tongue-thrashing by an FBI agent about making off with other people’s cars.

Picture a man in 1953 who slapped down his quarters and dimes at the corner drug story for a copy of this recently published Gold Medal paperback. Chances are such a man was himself a war veteran and knew the intensity and toughness of battle and might even have had his own brush with the law. All this to say, a reader back then felt an immediate kinship with big, tough, adventurous Tim Sunblade when he spoke to men as intimates, addressing them directly, as in “Virginia had told me – did I tell you her name was Virginia?" and "You hear and read about legs. But when you see the really good ones, you know the things you read and heard where a lot of trash."

Although we discover Tim’s real name along the way, no compelling reason to mention it here since Tim would like nothing more than to shove his past identity in an incinerator, watch it go up in smoke and be done with it forever. However, it is worth mentioning, wartime and jail-time gave Tim added layers of toughness beyond the likes of Chandler’s Philip Marlowe, Hammett’s Sam Spade and Cain’s Walter Huff. And since so much of noir revolves around violence, crime and the rough and tumble, this is one good reason to judge Black Wings Has My Angel, by far Elliott Chaze’s best novel, as a king of noir.

Looking at the bigger picture, there’s no question all the returning veterans with their wartime experiences made a serious impact on American society and Tim Sunblade gave voice to what these men faced as civilians in postwar America. And if men supporting a wife and kids by working a dead-end job at the local factory or office or warehouse couldn’t have their own Tim Sunblade-style adventures at least they could read Chaze’s novel and live through Sunblade vicariously. Additionally, Black Wings can be read as a keen social commentary on the state of how American character and mythology played itself out during the 1950s in the home of the brave.



Right up front in Chapter 3 Mississippi born and bred Tim gives us a little foreshadowing by getting down to some good old boy Southern philosophizing, telling us how facing death at his twenty-seven years isn’t that much different from dying as an old man since life, real life, is all about forgetting all the junk and living and remembering the delicious moments, and he has had plenty of delicious, luscious moments with Virginia. In this way, the stark reality and blackness of death coats every page we read from this point forward like ugly on an ape (cliché, I know, but in Tim's case it works).

Tim Sunblade is a rebel with a cause and his rebellion is against staleness, routine and depending on anyone other than himself. Ah, the American myth of the self-made man, standing without any props, standing strong and tall. Here are Tim’s reflection on his knock-out, sexy babe as he speeds along the highway under an open sky: “I was all for dumping her along the way in a day or so. Now I didn’t know for sure, but I still thought I would, because a woman had no place in my plans.” Even as Tim’s heart pounds with more and more love for Virginia, all the rest of him screams for boundless freedom.

Oh, Virginia! You femme fatale! Tim’s gorgeous lady is a study in contrasts, as refined and elegant as Lauren Bacall but with a wild-crazy-mad streak a mile long. Here she is after a successful big-time, masterful robbery: “She was scooping up handfuls of the green money and dropping it on top of her head so that it came sliding down along the cream-colored hair, slipping down along her shoulders and body. She was making a noise I never heard come out of a human being. It was a scream that was a whisper with a laugh that was a cry. Over and Over. The noise and the scooping. The slippery, sliding bills against her rigid body.”

Interestingly, it was exactly the above scene that made the deepest impression on prepubescent Jean-Patrick Manchette, the author who would revitalize French crime fiction in the 1970s and have his slim, athletic, fetching thirty-year-old Aimée Joubert in Fatale take a bath with her own stolen bills. Black Wings, a serious novel with serious influence, and New York Review Books (NYRB)'s republication provides a great service in bringing this classic to a wider audience. The NYRB edition also includes a colorful introductory essay by Barry Gifford.

“Virginia was in bed, all frou-froued up in a pink robe with some kind of white fur around the collar. The fur was so silky the air-conditioning made it move. She was eating a thick cube of a kind of candy they call Heavenly Hash in New Orleans, and now and again she took a straight raw sip of bourbon and turned the page of her book.” Did I mention greed, gluttony, lust, freedom and thrills? Black Wings is dripping with it. And since Virginia is such an huge part of each and every chapter, Elliott Chaze’s two hundred page angel is supercharged, a book that can be enjoyed nowadays by both men and women (I mention this since men were definitely the target audience back in 1953).

Lastly, I’d like to extend an especial thank to my Goodreads friend William Donelson for his own inspiring review. If you liked reading my review, you will love reading his – link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1986503201?book_show_action=false&from...


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