The Devil All the Time
In The Devil All the Time, Donald Ray Pollock has written a novel that marries the twisted intensity of Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers with the religious and G...more
this book is vicious. understand that. this is a hyper-violent book, filled with completely unsavory characters in a filthy landscape where crimes are committed with breathtaking casualness.
and i gotta confess, i loved it.
because that's not all it is. this isn't just gratuitous violence for shock value and testing of the reader's limits. there is also that heartbreaking thing i love so much in my literature: small-town desperation. th...more
Grim, dark, unsparing, and good.
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Beware some brutal characters contained within this story.
The name Pollock strikes up images in my head of the paintings of Jackson Pollock the painter, that splatter art. Well this Pollock is just as creative with his storytelling that leaves a deep branding in your mind and soul of a human stain of evil characters, that will stay with you well after you have finished this book....more
“Just as there are physical monsters, can there not be mental or psychic monsters born? The face and body may be perfect, but if a twisted gene or malformed egg can produce physical monsters, may not the same process produce a malformed soul?...more
Monsters are variations from the accepted normal to a greater or a less degree. As a child may be born without an arm, so one may be born without kindness or the potential of conscience. A
Knockemstiff was one of my favorite books this year and I was anxious for Donald Ray Pollock to try his hand at a novel. Now I'm anxious for him to write a couple hundred more.
The Devil All the Time dips into the same well as Knockemsti...more
Donald Ray Pollock is back! And while The Devil All the Time begins and ends near Knockemstiff, Ohio, the setting of his first collection of stories, Pollock proves he's no one-trick pony (which is good, 'cause the folks down there in the holler eat one-trick ponies for breakfast).
Here, a number of hard-living characters leave Ohio--a scarred orphan sent to relatives down south, a pair of down-on-their luck preachers on the run from the law, married serial killers with a thing for...more
I am 30% of the way through another novel now, and I still can't get
The Devil All the Time out of my mind.
Wow, where to start? This is an incredibly fast read, just over 260 pages, but there are so many turns to the plotlines that, at one point late in the novel, I was reminded of one development that seemed so long ago that I thought it was from another book!
Donald Ray Pollock has done what I envy in only a few authors' skills (Ruth Rendell's A Sight...more
I was deeply moved by the stories of some of the characters, their situations. Others like Carl Henderson was sick in mundane,creepy way and not just anoth...more
A post World War two beginning extending to the 1960’s, this story is an extraordinary characterization of Appalachian poverty.
Growing up in a steel town and teaching in a tiny impoverished coal town in Pennsylvania gave me the background to find the characters in this book believable. As a college student, drifting down to West Virginia I drank n some pretty despicable places. None were quite as despicable as described in the book. The scenery was fa...more
Lenora's father it turns out, is living in Florida as a circus geek of sorts with his wheelchair-bound friend Theodore. Both are a...more
Подобно на съдията Холдън, Антон Чигур и Апокалипсиса, и тук някакво неизискващо обяснения и оправдания зло тихо припълзява във въздуха, пуска корени в главите и историите и променя самата тъкан на малкото заспало градче нейде в Охайо или пък в Западна Вирджиния, където, всеки знае, никога нищо не се случва.
Just one note: assiduously avoid this book if you're one of those readers who dislikes books in which you don't "care about the characters." As in Pollock's previous effort, Knockemstiff (which also figures in this novel), you'll be hard-pressed to find a single genuinely likable character in The Devil All the Time. But as in Knockemstiff, you won't fo...more
“Maggots dripped from the trees and crosses like squirming drops of white fat.”
I was warned this is not a book for the faint hearted. I wholeheartedly agree. The author makes an impression.
Willard sacrifices animals to his “prayer log” in an attempt to save his wife from cancer. Roy, travelling preacher, and his pedophile sidekick are running from the law. Carl is a serial killer who takes photos of his wife with his victims.
Pollack’s characters are de...more
From the acclaimed author of Knockemstiff—called “powerful, remarkable, exceptional” by the Los Angeles Times—comes a dark and riveting vision of America that delivers literary excitement in the highest degree.
In The Devil All the Time, Donald Ray Pollock has written a novel that marries the twisted intensity of Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers with the religious and Gothic overtones of Flannery O’Connor at her most haunting.
Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia, The Devi
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Arvin asks, "More than a hundred?"
Willard laughed a little and put the truck in gear. "Yeah, at least that many.”