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The Devil Never Sleeps: and Other Essays

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  36 ratings  ·  4 reviews
The Devil is alive and well and living in America, Andrei Codrescu tells us, and with good reason. Nowhere else in the world--not even in Codrescu's native Transylvania--is he taken quite as seriously. When Codrescu gently derided the fundamentalist Christian belief in Rapture ("a pre-apocalyptic event during which all true believers would be suctioned off to heaven in a s ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by St. Martin's Press
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Adam
Reading Codrescu's collections actually slowed my pace and gave me a different kind of peace for thinking. Generally I look to stimulation for thought from good stimulants like coffee or Coltrane. Instead, I lay, reclined on my sofa, with July heat of Chicago spilling between my linguine window blinds. I thought about all of the things I'd like to do and the people I'd like to see. For a moment, the oppression of summer heat didn't keep me down, and I managed to enjoy the passing of the late aft ...more
Mickey
I had read a book of his essays several years ago as a freshman in college. I remember enjoying them.

Codrescu is a good writer and even if you disagree with him in his conclusions, you can appreciate the skills he has as a writer. He's especially interesting when he is observing small details and will often give surprising and thoughtful opinions.

His main strength is his ability to go from factual tone to a sort of off-beat, lyrical one. He can do both well and really shines in the latter. (Bu
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Benjamin
When the essays are good, they are amazingly good. When they are not, it is slow going. I felt the distinction usually rested on whether or not Codrescu had an explicit point. The writing is always great, but the pointless great writing is tiresome. I really enjoyed "Tolerance, Intolerance, Europe, & America".

my favorite quote: "The problem with it is that it left out the one unpredictable element that usually renders nonsensical the best theories, namely, people's deep-seated and emotionall
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Carolyn
Jul 28, 2008 Carolyn rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Carolyn by: Jim Parker
The essays in this book were quite interesting. However, I cannot recall any of them and am not even sure I finished the book. I do remember being impressed with what I'd read and I would like to read more....
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Andrei Codrescu is a Romanian-born American poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and commentator for National Public Radio. He was Mac Curdy Distinguished Professor of English at Louisiana State University from 1984 until his retirement in 2009.
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