The Long Take: A Noir Narrative
by Robin Robertson
2018 / 238 pages
read by Kerry Shale – 5h 26m
rating: 9.25/ historical fiction
Innovative and excellent historical novel which includes a few pictures along with source notes. The era is the post-WWII years and the setting is mostly Los Angeles.
Our hero is Walker, a Nova Scotian veteran of the European battles who travels through New York to get to Los Angels and makes a brief stay in San Francisco.
Working as a reporter he sees and writes about the other vets, many homeless, who are trying to eke out a living on the streets of these places. Meanwhile he has his own problems and terrors.
Robertson is usually a highly regarded and honored poet and it definitely shows. The narrative looks like a long poem and includes different fonts for different aspects. I might like to read this again except that it’s pretty heavy hitting so I might not.