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    Robert James WALLER(Author)

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Weird plot, if you're into these sorta books.

Weird plot, if you're into these sorta books.

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  • PDF | 214 pages
  • Robert James WALLER(Author)
  • Warner; First edition (1995)
  • English
  • 5
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By James R Ament on March 20, 2012

    I recently heard a speech by a literary man who has been in the book industry for over thirty years. He said that publishers love good books that sell...and bad books that sell. The only real criteria is that they sell. He made reference to Robert James Waller's The Bridges of Madison County, which was reviled by the cultured despisers but sold millions of copies--an example of the "bad" but highly successful book. Although I saw the movie, I never read The Bridges of Madison County. I did read Waller's Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend, which was unmemorable. One could safely say that Waller isn't in the league of Steinbeck (not many are), but I surely did enjoy Puerto Vallarta Squeeze. Goodness, I read it in 1995 and again in 2003. The 2004 movie was unfortunately, quite mediocre. I love this little tale. It made me think of my adolescent fantasy relating to the Walter Huston character in the movie, The Treasure of Sierra Madre, where near the end, Howard the old man, is dead broke but happy, knowing his final days will be spent in a small peasant village being attended to by two lovely Mexican maidens. In the same mold, Puerto Vallarta Squeeze could be called a really good trashy book for aging men--a prayer to the god of indolence.The book is about a middle-aged novelist, Danny Pastor, who can't seem to write, lazing around Puerto Vallarta with a pretty young maiden with sort of a heart of gold, named Luz Maria. Luz wears a t-shirt showing two half limes on her breasts and the words Puerto Vallarta Squeeze. They like a place called Mamma Mia's and spend their evenings listening toWillie and Lobo (who I happen to have seen live. I also own some of their CD's--flamenco guitar and a violin--gypsy boogaloo music). Stuff hits the fan when Danny accidentally sees a killing by an ex-government agent and ends up with the shooter, Luz and himself running for el Norte in an old beat-up Ford Bronco named Vito.I enjoyed the banter, like when the shooter and Danny are complaining about Americans, born in luxury's cradle, "escaping" to Mexico looking for the "meaning of life" then complaining even more about the sanitation setup. Or when they discussed the ethics of bullfights and hunting and slaughterhouses. Or their discussion of the machismo philosophy of Mexican men regarding their wives: "If they are pregnant, they will not wonder" and the fear of a wife learning the erotic arts: "she might like it too much." Such matters are reserved for mistresses and bad women, not wives. I liked the author's delving into the psychological makeup of an assassin. It' a breezy read.This little adventure twists and turns, it's fast-paced, with smart dialog, humor, and a wild ending--and it's easy to get sucked into believing that it would have been fun to have been there (except for the dying part).

  • By D. Richard Stromberg on December 4, 2012

    I live in Mexico. Waller has a great feel for living here. His story is no more apt to happen here than the fiction that is set in the US, but his Puerto Vallarta is real as is the dusty life he tells about in the remote areas. Squeeze was the first Waller book I'd read, but now I'm reading anything of his I can find.

  • By A customer on January 17, 1999

    Waller has a special ability to explore the powerful relationship between a man and a woman who come from different cultures. As a Vietnam vet, I especially appreciated the realistic portrayal of a former Marine. I was torn between wanting to get to the conclusion and not wanting the story to end.

  • By Martin G. Tobias on May 4, 2004

    On vaction in Sayulita Mexico. Being in Mexico, just north of Puerto Vallarta, I had to read this one. Even though it was by Robert James Waller who, after Bridges of Madison County, I swore to never read! Amazon's review concludes with:These characters are flatter than cardboard, their situation is extremely unconvincing and the book is singularly devoid of suspense. But these weaknesses are nothing compared to the prose, which reads like an illiterate's imitation of Hemingway. Even the faithful may want to think twice about this one.Good thing I was in Mexico and well away from any sort of connectivity when I read this one. It was an enjoyable beach read that I finished in an afternoon. Expecting Bridges kind of sappy chick flick writing, I was happily surprised when the main character is an ex-marine who is now a free lance hit man. While I must agree with the Amazon reviewer's comment about flat characters and an unconvincing situation, the book did deliver what I wanted in that place at that time: An entertaining read set in and around where I was at the time. The descriptions of downtown, latenight Puerto Vallarta were engaging enough to get me to leave our quaint little town early on the last day to spend some time exploring PV. My friend Chris McQuarie wrote a movie script about a sniper and got me interested in the ways of snipers. The portrayal of the Clayton Price, the ex-marine sniper, as a practiced, disciplined loner was interesting to compare to the characters I had read about in Chris's script. The lone sniper being pulled out of his seclusion by a seductive Mexican maiden, Luz, was at times hard to believe and not very convincingly written. But I wasn't looking to be convinced of the ability of such a guy to love. Or of her former boyfriend to mess it up along the way.What I was looking for was an easy beach read with guns and some local color from Puerto Vallarta. I got just that.

  • By Goodlistener on July 9, 2015

    Loved this book, exciting kept me wanting to read and learn what was going to happen next. Not real thrilled with the ending, I like happy endings, which was not true for all . Another great book from Waller !

  • By A customer on December 5, 1996

    Walker receives way too much flack for his supposed lack of literary worth. I am quite certain the negative reviews have all been written by men! Just as he has done in his previous novels, he absolutely nails what women feel and what women WANT! Men, do your lovelife a favor. Read this novel for the fun and excitement of it and maybe some of the message will subliminally stick

  • By A customer on June 3, 1997

    I loved this book. "Squeeze" is better than "Bridges". The character are real. The story is very suspenseful and sexy. A must for readers who like stories about real people in real situations. If you read for pleasure and not to show your friends how intellectual you are, you will love this book

  • By A customer on May 20, 1998

    Reading this book is like listening to beautiful music, watching a summer sunset or browsing through a favourite photo album. RJW moves me through so many emotions that are perfectly real and believable. I loved the references to some of the characters from his other novels (Jack from Border Music & Michael Tillman). As for the movie - no, I don't believe that a movie could ever do this book sufficient justice. I can't wait for the next novel.


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