|Yeah, but have you read the book?|
In preparation for the new movie starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, and Albert Brooks, I re-read the novel, Drive, by James Sallis.
It was not a waste of time.
Published in 2005, Drive is a short, pithy noir story featuring a young loner with an extraordinary ability with cars. As is customary in these novels, the young man (already a denizen of a kind of underworld) soon gets mixed up with some truly unsavory types who want him dead.
What this book has going for it are its quick-moving plot, its hard-boiled aesthetic & self-aware style, and its brevity. It's decidedly unsentimental while also being utterly romantic (in the philosophical sense), and I have the feeling that the movie adaptation is going to be an entirely different animal.
Oh, well, to quote that old crank, Ezra Pound, "you can't hammer a nail with a mattress," and who the hell would want to, anyway?
Enjoy both the book and the movie, recognizing them as different liquors distilled from the same fruit. Or not.
I'm done here.
by James Sallis