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That Old Ace in the Hole

Autor: Annie Proulx
Sprecher: Tom Stechschulte
Spieldauer: 14 Std. und 20 Min.
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Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winner Annie Proulx's That Old Ace in the Hole is told through the eyes of Bob Dollar, a young Denver man trying to make good in a bad world. Dollar is out of college but aimless, when he takes a job with Global Pork Rind - his task to locate big spreads of land in the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles that can be purchased by the corporation and converted to hog farms.

Dollar finds himself in a Texas town called Woolybucket, whose idiosyncratic inhabitants have ridden out all manner of seismic shifts in panhandle country. These are tough men and women who witnessed first-hand tornadoes, dust storms, and the demise of the great cattle ranches. Now it's feed lots, hog farms, and ever-expanding drylands.

Dollar settles into LaVon Fronk's old bunkhouse for $50 a month, helps out at Cy Frease's Old Dog Cafe, targets Ace and Tater Crouch's ranch for Global Pork, and learns the hard way how vigorously the old owners will hold on to their land, even though their children want no part of it.

Robust, often bawdy, strikingly original and intimate, That Old Ace in the Hole tracks the vast waves of change that have shaped the American landscape and character over the past century. In Bob Dollar, Proulx has created one of the most irresistible characters in contemporary fiction.

©1993 Annie Proulx (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

Kritikerstimmen

"Proulx is our laureate of landscape, the expansive descriptions of natural phenomena worthy of Barry Lopez or Edward Hoagland. [Her] fiction has become even richer book by book. With this funny and haunting panorama... she has managed to outdo her previous outdoing." ( The New York Observer)
"Annie Proulx's writing is charged with wit - alive, funny, packed with brilliantly original images." ( USA Today)
"[In] That Old Ace in the Hole, Proulx's hardscrabble wit and wisdom are heightened by the force of her language - her bone-deep feel for its curves and crevices." ( The Boston Globe)

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stellenweise langatmig, aber sehr guter Leser

Das Episodenhafte von Annie Proulx muß man mögen. Aber selbst wenn man das tut, ist dieser Roman stellenweise langatmig, weil man mit dem Protagonisten Bob Dollar nicht so recht warm werden kann. Es sind eher die Nebencharaktäre, die dem Ganzen Leben geben. Als Hörbuch ist es aber wiedermal Tom Stechschulte, der die Geschichte lebendig liest und die Ironie Annie Proulx' herausbringt.

Kurzum: sicher kein Buch, das man vor Spannung nicht weglegen kann, sondern eins, zu dem man gerne zurückkommt, wenn man es weggelegt hat.