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The Burglar ❰Read❯ ➭ The Burglar Author David Goodis – A dreamlike masterpiece of crime honor and perverse loyalty by the legendary author of Shoot the Piano PlayerNat Harbin is a family man  His family happens to be a gang of burglars Now Nat has met A dreamlike masterpiece of crime honor and perverse loyalty by the legendary author of Shoot the Piano PlayerNat Harbin is a family man  His family happens to be a gang of burglars Now Nat has met a woman so hypnotically seductive that he will leave his partners and his trade to possess her But you don't get away from family that easily The Burglar has the hallmarks that made David Goodis one of the great practitioners of the hard boiled crime novel a haunting identification with life's losers and a hero who finds out who he is only by betraying everything he believes in.

  • Paperback
  • 158 pages
  • The Burglar
  • David Goodis
  • English
  • 24 January 2014
  • 9781850578154

About the Author: David Goodis

Born and bred in Philadelphia David Goodis was an American noir fiction writer He grew up in a liberal Jewish household in which his early literary ambitions were encouraged After a short and inconclusive spell at at the University of Indiana he returned to Philadelphia to take a degree in journalism graduating in .

10 thoughts on “The Burglar

  1. Michael Michael says:

    051010 second review i just read it again realized this is perhaps my favourite goodis probably for the doomed romance plot here the plot is clear is simple is plausible even when at first glance seems absurd there is a reason for everything the protagonist is a professional an honourable burglar a man who thinks who plans and practices who never wants to hurt anyone who wants to forever keep his promises the burglary goes like clockwork he talks his way out of trouble he runs his surrogate family smooth and thoughtful he focuses on what to do how to do when and where but buries all thought of why until it is too late goodis captures best the real moments just when this character and this other character react emotionally and reveal it is not the money not the pleasure of stealing but in the end love he loves her as she has grown up to love him even the dangerous cop realizes it is love of the girl he has always wanted but he has never had 'class' like our doomed burglar who only comes to understand love when it is too late when all you can do is losei read that the philosopher Wittgenstein once dismissed work of fellow academics by pointing to such ‘roman noir’crime pulp and claiming there was philosophy in these books than their professional works even if i am not necessarily rabid fan of him i would say this is not just a joke but sometimes true as in this work always existentialist always up against the world he has made always trying to be true always doomed in love finally determinist tragic inescapable there is no other way this can end the way i could only remember in effect and not in detail i was waiting for it i up the rating up to a five??? 2000s first review something to be said for a story that goes exactly where you want direct and concise writing that does not bore or distract from lean plot the first goodis i have read though i have seen truffaut’s film shoot the piano player sharp direct from 53 i see the overwhelming style of hemingway in dialog and short punchy description of emotional stoicism and kerouac in workmanlike prose cool rootless losers sharp simple plot embedded morality have they made a film out of this yes but i have not seen it or found it

  2. Ed Ed says:

    45 stars really Call it serendipity or whatever but I read THE BURGLAR 1953 while revising my own work in progress which is about thieves pulling off a diamond heist Goodis has his gang of five thieves 4 men and a lady rip off a cache of emeralds from a mansion in a posh enclave of Philadelphia Nat Harbin the boss and brains fools a pair of cops who come nosing around during the robbery to get lost The gang manages to finish the emerald caper and return to their seedy hideout they call The Spot Things unravel fast from that point After all this is classic noir For one thing Harbin is over protective of the waifish lady thief simply called Gladden while he romances a rich divorcee named Della That right there produces sparks galoreTHE BURGLAR didn't shine uite as much as the other Goodis novels I've read It was published by Lion not his usual publisher Gold Medal Perhaps GM had given it a pass At any rate several convenient coincidences have to occur in the plot to make it work right That said now I can gush The ending will haunt me The prose is poetic and stark as always The back story of Nat's thief mentor Gerald also Gladden's father defines who Nat is The steamy sticky Atlantic City setting is ideal to cast a noirI have not seen the movie versions so I can't comment on them Buxom Jayne Mansfield seems an odd casting choice for the waifish Gladden howeverFor two nights I loved reading THE BURGLAR in spite of its minor flaws Is it a re read for me? Definitely

  3. Josh Josh says:

    Underneath the facade' of a heist novel lies a story about a damaged man who slowly finds himself only to loose his tender grip on a perfect reality just as he begins to grasp it Nat Harbin grew up fostered by a thief raised as one consumed by the idea and thrill of the take Deeper than most in the sub genre 'The Burglar' inches towards literature by virtue of its core plot element and rationalisation of character For Nat the deducer evaluator and strategist planning execution and reward are drivers in a less than lawful lifestyle this he recognises while succumbing to old adage of being a product of his environment While the less than ideal childhood led him down the path to stolen jewels police shootouts death and murder its the steady cause for redemption and realisation of romantic notions that drives his character throughout the novel'The Burglar' offers a glimpse at the grim over glitter side of the profession Herein lies broken truths and empty dreams as members of the gang turn all too uickly for monetary gain damning false friendship in preference for saving themselves when the sirens come Adding to a shattered criminal dynamic is a shyster in police blues who acts as the twist to each turn orchestrated by Goodis as the gang of thieves struggle to make way with their household take The inception of the corrupt figure a wolf in sheep's clothing promises so much and delivers far a testament to Goodis' boundary stretching noir largely thanks to a mysterious women named Della who eases herself too easily into the frame Female lead Gladden is the primary reason for the novel's deception turning heist to romance to noir with literally ualities Having grown up with Nat there was always going to be some sort of complex one that bears fruit just at the right time for the readers enjoyment My only real complaint with Goodis is that his male leads tend to be interchangeable 'The Burglar' 'Dark Passage' and 'Nightfall' all have protagonists with similar if not the same voice that aside this was a nice read Different to what I had perceived and rewarding all the same 4 starsThis review is from 'The Burglar' which appears in David Goodis Five Noir Novels of the 1940s and 50s

  4. Lemar Lemar says:

    The Burglar by David Goodis is a direct transport vehicle into the minds of characters seen in film noir movies like the Maltese Falcon and Double Indemnity That mindset values a clarity that can be brutal but also beautiful All fat is trimmed away here The characters are primarily known by one name their last Goodis can build dramatic tension at will and there are some nail biting scenes but this novel is interior than the others of his I've read Harbin the protagonist is like an American Tarzan rescued and raised by a kind of wolf as he was starving adrift as an adolescent in the concrete jungle of Depression America He had been an infant sixteen years old but all the same an infant an orphan sixteen years old with nothing in his mind but a drastic need for food and the piteous bewilderment of an infant begging for aid from a world that wouldn't listenHis literal savior is a burglar named Gerald who asks what laws could control the need to take food and put it in the stomach? No law Gerald would say could erase the practice of taking According to Gerald the basic and primary moves in life amounted to nothing than this business of taking to take and get away with it A fish stole the eggs of another fish A bird robbed another bird's nest Among the gorillas the clever thief was the king of the tribe Among men Gerald would say the princes and kings and tycoons were the successful thieves either big strong thieves or suave soft spoken thieves who moved in from the rear But thieves Gerald wold claim and power to them if they could get away with itIn accepting this description of society however Harbin does not abandon morality Instead he does the opposite fashioning a morality that is not rife with hypocrisy This is the essence of what attracts me to this genre a philosophy that is forged from the raw material of experience Gerald would say that aside from all this aside from all the filthy dealing involved the stink of deceit and lies and the lousy taste of conniving and corruption it was possible for a human being to live in this world and be honorable within himself To be honorable within oneself Gerald would say was the only thing that could give living a true importance an actual nobilityYep

  5. Richard Richard says:

    Lean mean and terribly bleak once this story starts moving it's pretty hard to break away from it until the haunting ending one of the best endings I've read This was my first novel by the nearly forgotten David Goodis and it won't be my lastExample of Goodis's poetic bleakness“He couldn’t speak The thing that crushed down on him was the sum weight of all the years and her voice was a lance cutting through it breaking it all up and showing him it added up to nothing but a horrible joke he had played on himself”

  6. Heath Lowrance Heath Lowrance says:

    Nat Harbin is a burglar with a strong sense of obligation to his family that is the other thieves in his little circle The strongest obligation is to Gladden the girl he's been looking after since her father Nat's instructor in the art of burglary was killed This responsibility is Nat's closest link to humanity and it's also his curse It's a great weight on his soul but one he can't shed After a big heist in which the gang snatches a fortune in emeralds the dynamics between them all start going south tensions reach the breaking point and paranoia rears its ugly head Turns out they have a good reason to be paranoid; someone is on to them someone intent on taking their haul away by any means available Nat who has long suppressed his emotions falls hard for the beautiful and mysterious Della decides to leave the gang and Gladden behind but getting out isn't that easy and there might be to Della than just an escape She might be Nat's doomTHE BURGLAR is an example of David Goodis at the height of his powers as a writer using all the hallmarks he's known for a uietly intense protagonist torn apart by his own hubris vivid supporting characters illustrated in minimal strokes choices the protagonist has to make here and in others by Goodis brought to life in the form of two very different woman and most notably a dreamy almost surreal tone that looms over everything like white smoke closing in There are some remarkably memorable set pieces in THE BURGLAR The scene on the road where Nat and his partners are on their way to Atlantic City when they get pulled over by the cops is really strong The rain pounding down out of the black sky a storm coming in the sudden violence as guns are drawn and people die is as striking as any action scene I've read And the end the end a beautifully done finale on the beach at night in Atlantic City a showdown of sorts an unexpected proclamation of love and a desperate and doomed attempt at escape by ocean as the crowds and the cops close in Classic solid noir is what that isDavid Goodis to me is the real father of noir and THE BURGLAR illustrates why Highly recommended

  7. Steven Steven says:

    I ducked out of work early just so I could sit down and finish reading this book That’s my recommendation It’s always a mystery why some writers get anointed and not others Why Raymond Carver instead of Lee K Abbott? Imagine how different late 20th century American short fiction would be if Abbott had been on the pantheon and everyone tried to imitate him instead of Carver? Likewise why were Chandler and Cain inducted and Goodis forgotten? Clearly Goodis was appreciated by Film Noir directors with several of his novels making it to celluloid Yet his novels struggle to stay in print To my sensibility anyway I see no light between The Burglar and Cain and Chandler’s novels And stylistically Goodis is in many ways superior at the sentence level with depth and poetry in the way he works his words So if you’ve read Cain and Chandler but not Goodis give him a read And if you like heist stories start with The Burglar

  8. Carla Remy Carla Remy says:

    Huge parts of this book I utterly utterly loved But there were also parts I found cheesy or vague or something

  9. robin friedman robin friedman says:

    Loyalty And NoirThe noir novels of David Goodis 1917 1967 should receive widespread attention with the publication of a new Library America volume of five novels Goodis wrote in the 1940's and 50's David Goodis Five Noir Novels of the 1940s and 50s Library of America As I work through the LOA volume I have been enjoying reviewing each individual book in detail than would be possible in a review of the single volume of five novels Written in 1953 when Goodis had left Hollywood and moved back to his native Philadelphia The Burglar was published only in an inexpensive paperback edition It was the sort of book sold in bus stations or at newstands for a short entertaining read Like some other art Goodis' books were not written or sold with the expectation that they would one day be found of long term value In 1957 a movie version of The Burglar was released directed by Paul Wendklos with stars including Dan Duryea and Jane Mansfield and with the screenplay by Goodis himselfGoodis' novel is set in Philadelphia and Atlantic City in the late 1940's For a short book The Burglar includes a considerable number of well developed characters and addresses several important themes in addition to the robberies and murders of a crime storyThe primary character Nat Harbin 33 is the leader of a group of four robbers who live together in an old house in a shabby area of Philadelphia Harbin's confederates are two slightly older men Baylock and Dohmer and a young woman in her early 20s Gladden whose relationship with Harbin is developed in the course of the book As the book opens Goodis' gang of four meticulously pulls off a heist of 100000 in emeralds from a safe in a wealthy Philadelphia home Tensions break out among the four members and the loyalty and cohesiveness of the group is severely tested A major source of the tension involves Harbin who falls heavily for a wealthy woman named Della whom he meets apparently by chance in a cheap restaurant Della invites Harbin to live with her in an idyllic home in rural Pennsylvania The group appears to be about to dissolveThe search for love and its elusive character is a major theme of The Burglars as Goodis creates a poignant surprisingly thoughtful love story The major theme of the book however is loyalty Although I doubt that Goodis was aware of the connection the emphasis on loyalty in The Burglars reminded me of the American philosopher Josiah Royce who put the virtue of loyalty at the heart of ethics When Harbin's parents died during his adolescence he was taken in by a thief named Gerald Gladden who treated him kindly and taught him the trade When Gladden died in a robbery Harbin took responsibility for the care of his young daughter then six whom he called simply Gladden Gerald instilled in Harbin the value of loyalty in addition to the tools of theft Here is how Goodis describes Gerald's teachings to young HarbinThis big thing Gerald would say this thing of being honorable was the only thing and actually if a human being didn't have it there wasn't much point in going on living As matters stood life offered very little aside from an occasional plunge into luxurious sensation which never lasted for long and even while it happened was accompanied by the dismal knowledge that it would soon be over In the winter Gerald had a mania for oyster stew and always while he ate the stew he would complain the plate would soon be empty and his stomach would be too full for him to enjoy another plate All these things like oyster stew and clean underwear and fresh cigarettes were temporary things little passing touches of pleasure limited things unimportant things What mattered what mattered high up there by itself all alone Gerald would say was whether things are honorableIn Goddis' novel Harbin has to examine both his personal relationship to Gladden and his relationship to his fellow thieves and assess them in light of his passion for Della These themes are developed in the context of a noir story which includes as well passages of acute description of run down Atlantic city hotels furious storms and poor Philadelphia bars and restaurantsThe Burglars is a thoughtful difficult novel in the unprepossessing guise of a throwaway paperback The Library of America did a service in publishing its volume of Goodis novelsRobin Friedman

  10. Josh Josh says:

    The last 50 pages of this goes as followsEarbuds in at work listening to a mixture of dark ambientnew age and reading Goodis finishing GoodisThe melancholy I felt was amazing if that's how I can describe itThe sadness the hopelessness the flawed characters thumbs up Sometimes circumstances keep things out of reach and you go down grasping eternally

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