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POP. 1280 is a novel published in 1964. The book inspired the french director Bertrand Tavernier for his movie COUP DE TORCHON in 1981.
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Texas, just before WWI. Sherif Nick Corey is despised by the people of Potts County although he avoids trouble and never arrests anyone. He hates his wife as much as she hates him and must tolerate her half-witted brother who's a peeping Tom. Little by little, Nick is imagining a plot that could eliminate all the people who are harassing him. Firstly, he will secretly get rid of the two pimps of the local brothel and make another sheriff look like the murderer. Nick begins to believe that he's the second Messiah and that he has been sent to Pottsville to eliminate the scum of the earth.

Without a doubt, a masterpiece.
The review of this Book prepared by Daniel Staebler

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   American Texas Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Wife Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book) Crime & Police story    -   Yes Story of    -   police corruption Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Brain/Body disability?    -   mental illness

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American) Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally ill


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   very gullible, like Gomer Pyle Misc setting    -   moving train

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   touching of anatomy Lot of foul language?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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