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  • Title: Death Wish
  • Author: Brian Garfield
  • ISBN: 9781453243411
  • Page: 170
  • Format: ebook

  • In the wake of a chilling attack, an ordinary man decides to take revengeWhen his wife and daughter are attacked in their home, Paul Benjamin is enjoying a three martini lunch A professional man, soft around the middle, Paul lives happily isolated from the rougher side of New York City As he nurses his gin headache, a call comes from his son in law asking him to come toIn the wake of a chilling attack, an ordinary man decides to take revengeWhen his wife and daughter are attacked in their home, Paul Benjamin is enjoying a three martini lunch A professional man, soft around the middle, Paul lives happily isolated from the rougher side of New York City As he nurses his gin headache, a call comes from his son in law asking him to come to the hospital In a few hours, his world will collapse around him As Paul slurped down his lunchtime gin, drug addicts broke into his cozy Upper West Side apartment For a handful of money, they savagely beat Paul s wife and daughter, leaving his wife dead and his daughter comatose After his shock wears off, and Paul realizes the police department is helpless, his thoughts turn to revenge not just for him, but for every decent family broken by the dark forces of society.
    Brian Garfield
    Brian Francis Wynne Garfield is an American novelist and screenwriter He wrote his first published book at the age of eighteen and wrote several novels under such pen names as Frank Wynne and Brian Wynne before gaining prominence when his book Hopscotch 1975 won the 1976 Edgar Award for Best Novel He is best known for his 1972 novel Death Wish, which was adapted for the 1974 film of the same title, followed by four sequels, and an upcoming remake His follow up 1975 sequel to Death Wish, Death Sentence, was very loosely adapted into a film of the same name which was released to theaters in late 2007, though an entirely different storyline, but with the novel s same look on vigilantism Garfield is also the author of The Thousand Mile War World War II in Alaska and the Aleutians, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for History Garfield s latest book, published in 2007, is Meinertzhagen, the biography of controversial British intelligence officer Richard Meinertzhagen.


    Commentaires:

    Thomas Strömquist
    This one was kind of different. If I ever saw the Bronson movie, I've forgotten all about it (I do seem to recall watching one of the later ones, 4th or 5th I guess, which I remember as kind of horrible). Even so, the film is what turns up in my head too while reading - I guess the book cover (movie poster) is enough.I highly doubt that this is very much like the movie though, it is a quite slow-moving story (dramatic as it is) through most of the book. Much is taken up by picturing Paul Benjami [...]

    Jens
    After Paul Benjamin's wife has been killed by random muggers, he gets a gun and prowls the streets to kill people who assault him. Made into a movie starring Charles Bronson.Both the novel and the movie are on the index of banned books. It's interesting how the official description reads: The main character takes revenge by provoking young people to attack him, so that he has an excuse to kill them.It's been ages since I have read the novel, but in the movie, Charles Bronson provokes the young p [...]

    Simon
    Been wanting to read this book for a while as it's such an iconic story. It didn't disappoint. A book of its time, it's worth reading. It is a slow burn. More than half the book is just the character in mourning essentially. I have to the movie adaptation did a nice job speeding up the pace and was quite inventive in creating energy and depth to the story. All in all, I'm glad I finally caught up with this one.

    Adam
    Honestly? The movie was better. Brian Garfield may have created an icon when he created Paul Benjamin (renamed Paul Kersey for the film series with Charles Bronson), but as a novel, Death Wish is only mildly satisfying.The plot is well paced, but the prose is fairly hackneyed, and the picture Garfield paints of New York in the early '70s just never seemed authentic.I didn't hate this book; it just wasn't as good as I was hoping it would be. I suppose that if you're in the mood for some crypto-fa [...]

    Paul
    *3.5*

    Izzy
    I finished reading the book a couple of weeks back. It was a very interesting read. I enjoyed every minute and every page. I noticed the differences between the movie and the book. For one thing, you don't see the attack on Paul's family. Instead it is described afterwards. I felt there was more emotion invested. While watching Charles Bronson you see an action hero, but when you read about Paul Benjamin you read about an average ordinary person. While reading this book, you read about a man who [...]

    Peter Landau
    It's hard to enjoy anything that doesn't have Charles Bronson in it, but this manages that difficult task and more. The movie adaptation is true to the theme of the novel if not strictly adhering to its plot. Point of view shifts in the film: the brutal attack on the protagonist's wife and daughter is explicitly depicted, while in the book we learn about it when the main character does. This, I found, more disturbing, especially as our liberal lead loses his moral bearings and begins to strike b [...]

    Nigel
    The book that inspired the film, this is a slim, thoughtful meditation on grief and loss and anger that leads to violence as the only rational response to a dangerous world. Whether it's a moral response is left ambiguous. This isn't sleazy or exploitative or even sanctimonious. Mostly it's just sad story about a man transformed into his opposite by a horrible loss.

    Robert
    Much like First Blood (Rambo) released in the same year, the book has been overshadowed by the subsequent movie franchise. And much like First Blood, the literary version of the carachter is more nuanced , fragile and interesting.

    Fredrick Danysh
    Accountant Paul Benjamin is not home when a home invasion occurs that leaves his wife dead and his daughter comatose. Paul then seeks to get revenge when the police are unable to catch the perpetrators. This novel serve as a basis for four movies staring Charles Bronson.

    Ed
    #1 in the Paul Benjamin series. Author Garfield's 1972 novel of frustration and revenge was made into an iconic vigilante film in 1974 starring Charles Bronson. The book has been reissued to coincide with a 2018 remake of the film starring Bruce Willis. I'm afraid I remember the original film and its sequels more than the 45 year old novel. Through the lens of time I felt the crime-ridden NYC of the 1970s to be exaggerated, I lived there at the time and don't remember it as bad as depicted. Our [...]

    Todd Charlton
    A short sharp fabulous novel! Death Wish doesn't waste a word, each sentence is punctuated with a sense of dread and violence and death. Bad old New York of the 70's. It's been cleaned up considerably, but in those days according to Brian Garfield, one couldn't walk in midtown or anywhere else without the thought of being mugged or murdered. The race issue is big in America, but Garfield's protagonist Paul Kersey couldn't give a shit what colour the bad guys (as he sees them) are. We know this a [...]

    Jeff
    Great story about a liberal New York Jew whose Wife is killed in a home invasion and his daughter is left in a catatonic state. Tired of the ineffectiveness of the police force, he takes to the street to exact his own brand of vigilante justice.Although both the book and the movie were good, Charles Bronson was miscast. With the change in the main character in the movie from Paul Benjamin, nebbish Jewish accountant to Pau Kersey, architect and Christian, the whole metamorphosis from liberal to c [...]

    Michael
    Attention: this review contains a couple of spoilers. Unlike the movie(s), the book takes a much slower and more measured approach to the vigilantism that made the story so controversial. The main character, Paul Benjamin goes through a great deal of soul searching before even buying a gun. The first person is not killed until page 165 (out of 223 pages), but then they come fast and furious. After finally finishing this book I came to realize that the main character in my novel, Dutcher, is equa [...]

    Clint Putman
    Honestly, I've never seen the complete film; only a few scenes, but I was intrigued with the book. The book works as a commentary on the socio-political issues of the time--circa 1971-1972--specifically in urban areas. The same social climate which influence other works and films, such as "Dirty Harry." I heard the film is depicted in classic action movie form, where the novel is much more personal. The reader witnesses the lead character slowly lose himself in the grief and the effect the vigil [...]

    Jeff Mayo
    After a man loses his wife and has his daughter left in a vegetative state during a mugging, he buys a gun and becomes a vigilante. Several bad movies were based on the book. The book is quite different from the movie. For instance, several sub-plots in the movie were inventions of the screenwriter. This is mostly about a man who uses himself as bait to lure in attackers so that he can murder them. A deeper look into his psyche may have helped, but the book mostly ignores that. It is a boring re [...]

    Matt Piechocinski
    Surely dated, and if you made the claim it’s a little racist, you’re probably right but if you live in a major metropolitan area, you can understand Benjamin’s frustration with urban decay against the backdrop of class war especially in Trumpmerica which is pretty said, considering we’re almost 2 decades into the 21st century.

    Sergio
    Paul Benjamin il protagonista di questo romanzo scopre che moglie e figlia sono state seviziate da rapinatori e in lui scatta la molla di farsi giustizia da solo. Un romanzo che tocca un argomento scottante dell'incapacità della società di proteggere i suoi cittadini

    Tom
    Better than the FilmGreat stuff. The movie just skimmed the surface. The ending is so understated and good. There is a wonderful scene where the character reads a profile on himself in The New Yorker. Garfield totally gets that style of writing and it feels true.

    Ricky
    I'll keep this one brief - good, but the movie is better than the book. I highly recommend the movie, and doubly recommend it if you live in NYC.

    James W. Call Jr.
    A Classic What made the film so compelling was how true it held to the basic tenets of the novel. It remains timeless, even now.

    RØB
    I'm pretty sure I got the copy of this book I have from the estate of Bill Macabe, my step-grandfather who passed away in 2005. I know years earlier, when he married my grandmother and they moved in together, is when I got books like THE LAST HARD MEN (also by Garfield) and Tolkien's LORD OF THE RINGS books (although somehow I lost my copy of THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, but it has since been replaced by a mismatch copy, ahh well it's what's inside that counts, right?) that he was just trying to [...]

    S. Wilson
    "There are times I’m convinced there’s nothing more to existence in this world than a black desert where blind people pick up rocks and grope around to kill one another.”There's a reason why Garfield's novel of vigilante justice resonated so well with both the reading a film-going population of the seventies. The economic and sociopolitical struggles of that decade was woven deep into the very cultural existence at the time. Death Wish - with its lingering look at the emotional deteriorati [...]

    Ronald Koltnow
    I owe Brian Garfield a huge apology. When a novel is filmed, and the film takes over in the public imagination, you tend to overlook the efforts of the original author. Now, some 40 years later, I find that the part of the story I objected to was all Michael Winner. I put off reading this thinking it was of a piece with Winner's study in sadism. The novel DEATH WISH is an extremely dark comedy of (t)errors. No institution in the NYC of the 70s, according to Garfield, functions effectively -- not [...]

    Christian
    Don't judge the 1972 novel Death Wish by its movie adaptation. Brian Garfield's approach to the subject of vigilante justice is much more complex.Paul Benjamin is an average middle-aged accountant living an average middle-class life. One day while he's at work, his wife and daughter are attacked by a trio of teenage dope fiends. Paul's wife dies from her injuries, while his daughter sinks into a catatonic trance with little hope of recovery. Suddenly alone, Paul's emotions swing back and forth b [...]

    Chuck
    This book was the predecessor of the movie of the same name that launched Charles Bronson's career over forty years ago. It fortunately was not as graphic regarding the violence and vengeance that the movie sensationalized. The central theme of this book is how a man deals with the brutal murder of his wife and ultimate insanity of his daughter after an attack by hoodlums in New York City. His frustration with the helplessness and incompetence of the police ultimately leads him into becoming a v [...]

    Charles
    It was OK. I expected more from a book that spawned a series of movies. The writing was pedestrian at best. Occasionally the author would have a nice turn of phrase but they were pretty rare. The dialogue didn't sound natural at all. I won't give away the ending but in some ways there wasn't an ending. The prose just stopped. It was a short book and a quick read. If you've seen the movie, the book stays fairly close to it except that the opening attack is muted in the book compared to the movie, [...]

    Cindy
    I think I might have liked this book better if I had read it in the 70s when it was published. As it stands now, I couldn't connect with the main character, found the pacing slow and didn't feel like the ending was much of an ending. It didn't feel like an intentional open ending but more like the author just stopped writing. I've never seen the movie so cannot compare the two. I expected to like this one far more than I did.

    Ricardo Lopes Moura
    Death Wish is the book that launched the Charles Bronson saga in the movies. There are a few changes between them, but the bottom line is the same: after his wife and daughter have been killed by random burglairs, one abiding law citizen decides to go out at night and shoot criminals that bothered him. The public oppinion takes his side (not knowing who the vigilante is) but the police is set to catch him.It's a nice little book, but not more than a series B thriller paperback. Reads well, but i [...]

    Ada Roberson
    A gripping story that you can't put down.I wanted to read this, but I was sure it would be hard going. It was written in the seventies, and sometimes those books can seem foreign, today. However, a good story never goes out of style, and this story is very good. I glanced at it, with no intention of reading it, yet. I found that I couldn't put it down, until it was finished. I was so enthralled by it that I didn't want it to end. If you like the movie, the book is a good companion to it.

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