Can we talk about David Peace for a minute? Let’s, by all means. I have already raved about Red or Dead and how incredibly hypnotic and briliant it is, but as we get closer and closer to release date (MAY 27 YOU GUYS) I get more and more excited about everyone I know reading it. About chasing customers around the store with it. About buying like 10 copies and then giving them out to people on the subway. (Maybe not that last one but if I had the money I would.) And while I was waiting I started reading The Damned Utd (first US editing OUT MARCH 11 THAT IS TOMORROW) and I realized: David Peace is one of my all-time favorite authors. Red or Dead is not a fluke or a gimmick or a one-off. The Damned Utd is more accessible, just as good, and while also about soccer it is completely different in important ways. And it is also full of genius. And while both of these books make me want to sing from the hilltops like this
they don’t make me want to watch football — they make me want to go out and READ MORE BOOKS. This is about where I start to stutter in real life, here I’m just running out of words. I’m going to go order every book of his I can get my hands on because apparently there are a bunch.
Ok, ok, let me try to sum up: if you like strong voices, innovative prose style, and behind-the-scenes looks into tightly knit communities, you must read David Peace.
SECONDING ALL OF THIS
I’m reading RED OR DEAD right now and it’s so, so, so good. I’m enjoying it on a reader-level and on a fan-of-LFC-level. So if you like to read and/or you like le futbol, you must-must-must read him.
I was word-vomiting about him the other day, and I kept coming back to this thing he does where the way he writes about a match, the repetition, the staccato phrasing, actually gets my heart rate up like I’m sitting in the stands and watching the game live. It’s not like there’s any sort of boring play-by-play, touch-by-touch reporting happening, but just the words and the style he uses. It is so incredibly impressive.
This is exactly right. Peace, in his pacing, in his repetition, makes me excited about each match, makes me care deeply about this thing that up until now meant nothing to me. It’s an incredible display of the very core of the authorial craft.