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Devil take the Blue-tail Fly

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Nova Iorque, 1946, Ellen, uma cravista profissional, regressa a casa para junto do seu marido Basil, após um internamento numa clínica psiquiátrica. Ao encontrar-se por acaso com Jim Shad, o cantor folk que a seduziu quando ainda era estudante, Ellen começa a perder o controlo mental.
Ao longo da narrativa das semanas seguintes, o romance de John Franklin Bardin torna-se um
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 7th 1989 by Penguin (first published 1948)
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Jack Tripper
Jan 25, 2016 Jack Tripper rated it really liked it
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(ETA: Here's the cover of my 1967 Macfadden mass-market edition, which isn't listed here)

1948's Devil Take the Blue-Tail Fly is a mind/reality-bending tale that's unlike anything else of the era, at least that I've read. It's a combination of noir and psychological horror where the reader is never on solid ground, due to the deteriorating mental condition of the protagonist, a semi-famous, mentally disturbed classical harpsichordist newly free of an insane asylum, whose buried and forgotten past
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Maria João Fernandes
"Que o Diabo Leve a Mosca Azul" começa com o último dia de Ellen no hospício onde viveu nos últimos dois anos. Entusiasmada com o seu regresso ao mundo real, rapidamente se apercebe que a mudança não se deu apenas em si, mas em tudo o que a rodeia.

Devo dizer que este livro também precisava de uma grande mudança. Página após página lemos mais do mesmo: viagens que misturam o real com o fantástico, mergulhos em memórias antigas, muitas sombras e nevoeiro.

O texto é demasiado vago e as descrições s
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M.R. Dowsing
Dec 21, 2014 M.R. Dowsing rated it it was amazing
Probably JFB's best as it doesn't have a silly Scooby Doo ending. This is stylish, dark, compelling psychological noir. The protagonist is a classical harpsichord player and her world is portrayed very convincingly - the scene in which the phoniness of the hangers-on at her comeback party becomes apparent is especially well done. Strange this wasn't filmed with Gene Tierney or Susan Hayward in the lead, Vincent Price as the husband, Robert Mitchum as Jim and Herbert Marshall as the shrink.
Pertita
Jan 27, 2012 Pertita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quando comprei este livro fi-lo quase exclusivamente por causa do nome (só dei uma vista de olhos na sinopse). Vamos ver como me saí!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Gostei bastante embora seja um livro triste. Faz-nos pensar a importancia da nossa mente, o que ela nos pode levar a fazer, pensar ou sentir....
Jim Collett
Oct 21, 2015 Jim Collett rated it really liked it
This was an amazingly "modern" book, considering it was written in 1948. It is difficult to follow but worth staying with until the end. Strange, sad, tragic.
Lix Chvz
Apr 21, 2014 Lix Chvz rated it liked it
I loved the choice of words on the descriptions of Ellen's mind; but things became most predictable at the middle of the story. Still worth the reading!
Luísa Ferreira
May 16, 2015 Luísa Ferreira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uma surpresa mais do que agradável, um verdadeiro thriller psicológico que roça o horror e toca o génio.
Karen Grikitis-Sage
Jun 04, 2015 Karen Grikitis-Sage rated it liked it
John Franklin Bardin effectively portrays the disturbed mind of musician Ellen, whose violent alter ego, Nelle, takes over in moments of turmoil with devastating consequences.
Gail
May 24, 2016 Gail rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Really quite peculiar.
Javier_fernandez
Aug 04, 2011 Javier_fernandez rated it really liked it
Hasta donde he leído, ésta es una de las mejores novelas del thriller psicológico, esto es, género policiaco sin policías. Una prosa excelente, propia de los narradores norteamericanos de mitad del Siglo XX, y luego, cuando todo parece estable y decidido, sobreviene un tremendo latigazo que lo transforma todo. Por qué se habla tan poco de John Franklin Bardin? No tengo la menor idea. /// * * * 1/2
Fernando
Aug 23, 2012 Fernando rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uma surpresa, suspense "psiquiátrico", estrutura narrativa moderna, desenvolta e com final forte e intenso. Ellen (Nelle) é um personagem que irá inquietar a memória de todos os leitores. Bem escrito e muito perturbador.
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John Franklin Bardin was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on November 30, 1916. During his teens, he lost nearly all his immediate family to various ailments. As he approached thirty, he moved to New York City where during his adulthood he was an executive of an advertising agency, published ten novels and taught creative writing as well as advertising at the NEW SCHOOL FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH.

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“Not today! No, never again would she sit by the window, her back turned so she would not see him walk down the flagstone path with Dr Danzer, the limp volume of her favourite Bach spread open to the first page of the text, the black notes swarming before her eyes, her fingers arching in elaborate dumb-show as they practised the first trill, her mind on the beats, the leaning upon the upper note, the precise apperception of the stopping point - not a moment to soon, not a moment too late - and in her ears once more the sound, the slow dignity, of Anna Magdalena's sarabande, a delicate ornament for her melancholy.” 3 likes
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