The Brave

The Brave

by Gregory Mcdonald


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Rafael's world is a place where armed guards patrol a dump to prevent poor families from foraging through the garbage. With his family, Rafael lives on the edge of the refuse heap in a forgotten corner of America's Southwest. Desperately poor, he is determined to give his family some respite from their dire poverty, even if it means trading his own life to do it.

Rafael finds a man who says he will pay many thousands of dollars in exchange for his life: and so he agrees to "star" in a snuff film.

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ISBN-13: 9780942637342
Publisher: Barricade Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/15/1991
Pages: 215

About the Author

Gregory Mcdonald (1937—2008) was an American mystery writer best known for his creation of the character Irwin Maurice Fletcher, an investigative reporter who went by the nickname "Fletch" and inspired a series of the same name. Two of the Fletch books earned Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America. And two of them were adapted into films starring Chevy Chase. Mcdonald’s 1991 novel The Brave was also adapted into a movie starring Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando.

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The Brave 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
DrT on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Brave by Gregory McDonald was another book I read. I had to stop reading this particular book because it sickened me. This is a small book that I would not recommend reading. There were important concepts from this book so I decided to plow through it and finish. Basically it was a book about a young man that lived in squalor, was dirty, super thin, and a heavy drinker since childhood. He and his family, a wife and three children, his father, and others that all lived in a small town that ¿the world forgot¿ at least they wanted to forget. The young man referenced above was named Rafael. He was illiterate and not wise to the ways of the world but had a deep desire to provide for his family so he took a job that potentially would set his family up well. The problem with that job was my whole problem with this book. His family would go to the dump to ¿steal things¿ to make money from them. The dump had a manager that had a green light to shoot to kill people pilfering from the city dump. That town had a store, no electricity, or other modern conveniences. He thought if he went through with ¿the job¿ he¿d help his family get away from there and really live, get his children away from growing up with an alcohol problems and set them on the right path. His thinking was clearly in error and he was being used and I¿m guessing lied to by the job¿s boss. Some saving things about this book for me was addressing issues of the poor, how people wish to get away from that but have diffuculty doing that, having a loving father, his shopping and reasons for the gifts he bought, and love that people have for others and the opposite of that value by others. Again, it was sick and I would not recommend this book. Now for the hard part-to rate this book I want to give it a ½ star out of 5 but it offered something so I can¿t go that low. I can¿t give it a lot of stars for fear that it might add to somebody¿s desire to read it and give some people nightmares as a result. There really didn¿t seem to be a clear moral to the story for me beyond what I¿ve written so far but I¿m sure some people can find some. I would not read this book again and am glad I didn¿t buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago