The Ink Truck ebook
by William J. Kennedy
This book is for. the three elegant ladies I live with: Ana Daisy. So we’ll harass the ink truck that we hear is due in tonight from New Jersey. We’ll ride round and round and make them nervous over there. Ink truck, said Bailey.
This book is for. His precise word was fuss. Fuss him, Bailey said. I’ll bomb the son of a bitch when it gets here.
The Ink Truck Paperback – September 3, 1985. by William J. Kennedy (Author). The book is the story of the late stages of a newspaper strike from the point of view of Bailey, a striking writer. As the strike unravels, so does Bailey. As his actions become increasingly disconnected from reality, the reality he experiences becomes increasingly surreal. One can see the future, mature Kennedy at work here, but the book is ultimately unsatisfying. I guess that's no real surprise; after all, every writer- even great writers- has to go through a first novel on his or her way to greatness.
This is Kennedy's first novel, differing from his sequels in skirting around Albany's past and lacking the dark depths he revels in when describing the seamy underbelly of his native tone. However, in his surreal description of a heroically futile and increasingly surreal newspaper strike, he more than compensates for his reduced complexity by an emphasis instead on zany humor, absurd plot twists and a wide range of outlandish characters.
Kennedy's works include The Ink Truck (1969), Legs (1975), Billy Phelan's .
Kennedy's works include The Ink Truck (1969), Legs (1975), Billy Phelan's Greatest Game (1978), Ironweed (1983), Roscoe (2002) and Changó's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes (2011) Kennedy also published a nonfiction book entitled O Albany!: Improbable City of Political Wizards, Fearless Ethnics, Spectacular Aristocrats, Splendid Nobodies, and Underrated Scoundrels (1983). Kennedy was born and raised in Albany, New York, the son of William J. Kennedy and Mary E. McDonald.
William Kennedy is a great writer, and this was his first book. Think "In Dubious Battle" by Steinbeck, but with a touch of Hunter Thompson or Joseph Heller
William Kennedy is a great writer, and this was his first book. Think "In Dubious Battle" by Steinbeck, but with a touch of Hunter Thompson or Joseph Heller. Story really drags at a few points though, and it's tough to get into. Not as good as his books Ironweed and Billy Phelan's Greatest Game.
A wildly funny novel of a monumentally unsuccessful newspaper strike in 1960s upstate New York from a Pulitzer Prize–winning author (People).
William Kennedy worked as a journalist on newspapers and magazines before he began a career as a novelist
William Kennedy worked as a journalist on newspapers and magazines before he began a career as a novelist. Kennedy's novels, which are all centered around his home city of Albany, New York, include The Ink Truck, Legs, Billy Phelan's Greatest Game, Quinn's Book, Very Old Bones, and The Flaming Corsage. Kennedy's celebrated 1983 novel, Ironweed, has won great acclaim over the years, and has earned a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Critics Circle Award, and a PEN-Faulkner Award.
Ink Truck rare book for sale. New York: Dial, 1969. Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket. Albany is to this gifted writer what the city of Paterson was to William Carlos Williams, and like our great laureate of urban plenitude, William Kennedy wrests from an unlikely source a special kind of lyricism.
William Kennedy read The Jungle Scene from Ironweed. Book Critics Circle Award; Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game (1978); Legs (1975); and The Ink Truck (1969). Kennedy has also written two nonfiction books, O Albany!
William Kennedy read The Jungle Scene from Ironweed. Kennedy is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and founder and Executive Director of the New York State Writers Institute. For some 40 years, Kennedy has used his hometown of Albany, New York as the inspiration for his work, crafting history and memory into an Albany of the imagination. Kennedy has also written two nonfiction books, O Albany! (1983), and Riding the Yellow Trolley Car (1993), as well as the screenplay for the film version of Ironweed (1987).