Here Comes a Candle

Here Comes a Candle Here Comes a Candle is Fredric Brown at his most audacious in a novel that was far ahead of its time It is the story of Joe Bailey whose young life is at a crossroads Not only is he involved with a t

  • Title: Here Comes a Candle
  • Author: Fredric Brown Bill Pronzini
  • ISBN: 9781933618043
  • Page: 183
  • Format: Paperback
  • Here Comes a Candle

    Here Comes a Candle is Fredric Brown at his most audacious in a novel that was far ahead of its time It is the story of Joe Bailey, whose young life is at a crossroads Not only is he involved with a tough Milwaukee racketeer and two completely different women, but he is haunted by childhood trauma Psychologically complex and told in an array of stylistic variations, itHere Comes a Candle is Fredric Brown at his most audacious in a novel that was far ahead of its time It is the story of Joe Bailey, whose young life is at a crossroads Not only is he involved with a tough Milwaukee racketeer and two completely different women, but he is haunted by childhood trauma Psychologically complex and told in an array of stylistic variations, it is a tour de force with a savagely ironic ending not to be soon forgotten.

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    1. Nancy Oakes

      "Here comes a candle to light you to bedAnd here comes a chopper to chop off your head"The above couplet is taken from the rhyme called "Oranges and Lemons," and serves as a centerpiece of this awesome noir crime novel written in 1950. The main character of Here Comes a Candle is young Joe Bailey, who has a phobia of candles and axes based on an early childhood trauma associated with that rhyme. Joe worked as a numbers runner in Milwaukee for a thug named Mitch until a police investigation put t [...]

    2. Antonius Block

      One of the most audacious books I’ve ever read, this is noir fiction at its most existential, fatalistic, and experimental. It tells a familiar story of a young, ambivalent man (‘Average Joe' Bailey) who can’t decide if he wants to follow the straight path in life of honest work, marriage, and limited hopes, or the crooked but ambitious path to achieving The American Dream under the wing of a local gangster. His dilemma is defined in terms of two girls he meets on the same day: one a nice, [...]

    3. Timothy Mayer

      Frederic Brown isn't well-known today, but his short stories and novels were widely published when he was in his prime. After he passed on in 1972, he was mostly remembered for the novel Martians Go Home, a hilarious SF satire. He wrote for both the science fiction and mystery market, earning countless awards in each.Here Comes A Candle was first published in 1950.The hero of Candle is Joe Bailey, a 19-year-old numbers runner for a local Milwaukee gangster named Mitch. Mitch has been feeling the [...]

    4. Ben Loory

      Okay, wow! This book was a delight! And also almost impossible to describe. It's a pretty by-the-numbers crime novel that's injected with some (creepy and spooky) Freudian mumbo-jumbo and then unexpectedly told through super-fun alternating stylistic sections-- here's a radioplay, a teleplay, a sportscast replete with interviews, a futuristic dream-broadcast, a stage play, etc-- and which then blossoms into full-blown (and very convincing!) horror in the last few pages. Which really scared me; i [...]

    5. Olga

      You could never guess how far self-punishment can go. Making one mistake after another, young Joe Bailey lets us in his intricate world, filled with constant doubt and regret. Desperately looking for a meaning of his own life, Joe becomes a boy-toy of two absolutely different femmes. Maybe, they are not that different? In the end, only one of them will survive.

    6. Tony

      Brown, Fredric. HERE COMES A CANDLE. (1950). ****. This is a new edition of this novel published in 2006, with an introduction by Bill Pronzini. Brown was born in Cincinnati in 1906 and died at age 65 in 1972. He was enormously prolific, not just with crime fiction, but also science fiction and westerns. He was primarily known for his short stories which were published in various pulp and mainstream magazines. His first novel, “The Fabulous Clipjoint” (1947), won an Edgar for best first nove [...]

    7. David

      The hero of Frederic Brown's Here Comes a Candle is Joe Bailey, a small-time numbers runner who is haunted by a nursery rhyme ("Here comes a candle / To light you to bed, / And here comes a chopper / To chop off your head") and by his belief that he was responsible for his father's death. The narrative alternates between sections of straightforward narration (called "The Story") and detours into other narrative modes. The first two detours, "The Radio" and "The Screen," are flashback continuatio [...]

    8. Sam

      A crime novel that's anything but stereotypical. Sure it's about murder and two-bit gangsters, but Brown plays with prose style in revolutionary ways. Apart from sturdy narrative passages, there are a number of sequences where the narrator shifts from an omniscent voice to a screenwriter, a newscaster, a sports announcer -- and somehow, none of it is schticky, none of it is just a gimmick. These, after all, are the voices of the coming information age, and they loom over the life of our man Joey [...]

    9. Barry Eysman

      If you've not read Fredric Brown, this is a good place to start. But pretty much everything he wrote is a good place to start. This novel is a morality play, a summery Saturday pulp fiction, and a horror story. It is written in a variety of styles, as a novel, as a movie script, as the calling of a radio ballgame. The horrifying ending to nursery rhyme is threaded throughout the book. It's delicious 'cause you know it's coming. And makes for a neat sardonic ending.Recommend this book? Oh, yes. I [...]

    10. Cullen Gallagher

      Brown's masterpiece, a mixed-media melange that incorporates the novel, the stage play, the radio play, the screenplay, and the newspaper. Brown's playfulness with narrative form highlights the inter-disciplinary field of all things "noir," and the crossover between the literary, stage, screen, and radio world and reality (represented by the newspaper). Indicative of Brown's fusion of comedy, suspense, horror, and psychology.

    11. Dragonfruit

      "Here Comes an Candle to Light You to Bed, Here Comes a Chopper to Chop off Your Head" What a horrible rhyme to tell a child! Once I started this one I couldn't put it down. And it's hard to predict too, even though the author gives away the ending right away.

    12. Lukas Persson

      This is BY FAR my favorite book by Fredric Brown, and possibly even on my top five of all time. What an inventive, touching, funny, and engaging story, I would LOVE to see this made into a movie!

    13. Brad

      What a wonderfully demented thriller! Highly readable and a bit experimental in style. I'm always impressed with Fredric Brown.

    14. Viktor

      This is a 5-star AND a 1-star. I think that this novel might define the "dime store novel psychology" that we've all heard about.

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