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The Devil Is Dead

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This tells of an astonishing band of adventurers seeking the Devil himself. It is a tale of demons and changelings, monsters and mermaids--and of how it is not always serious to die, the first time it happens.
The Devil Is Dead Trilogy:
-Archipelago ('79): 1st book of trilogy. Manuscript Press, Lafayette, LA.
-The Devil Is Dead ('71). Berkeley Hts/Gillette, NJ: '99 edition,
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Paperback, #V2406, 1st, 224 pages
Published May 1971 by Avon (NY)
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Printable Tire
Jan 06, 2009 Printable Tire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was greatly impressed by the Devil is Dead, the second book I have read by R.A. Lafferty. Lafferty is unidentifiable- this book is not at all science fiction, or fantasy even- it is more a myth and a dream, and a great farcical chart of cosmic conspiracies and Armageddon.

R.A. Lafferty is like Calvino, only funnier; he is like Pynchon, only less pretentious, or pretentious in a different way; he is like Brautigan, only more serious; he is like Vonnegut, but less cynical; his world is like a Rob
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Nate D
May 24, 2012 Nate D rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: alcoholic sailors and their doubles, alive or dead or both
Recommended to Nate D by: Patrick M, of the double blood
A night-dune imaginary: there was a world full of people with pumpkin-heads for heads, and candles burning inside. Then Seaworthy and the Devil and their spooky crew came along, lifted the top off each head, blew out the candles inside and put the tops back. The pumpkin-headed people seemed to get along about as well as before; yet there was a difference.

A man awakes into one of his lives, partway through conversation with a bum who may be a millionaire, as they wait for the bars to open, on the
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Perry Whitford
Oct 07, 2015 Perry Whitford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who would have known that a writer like R A Lafferty existed until you discover him?

Before last year, not me for sure. And judging by the mere 27 readers who have reviewed this stupefyingly exhilarating novel by May 2011, not many other people either. And yet Jeffrey Archer and Dan Brown have books in millions of houses around the globe?

Looking at the world with that in mind it's hard not to see it as a crushingly undeserving place.

Not that I am about to compare the kind of writing Lafferty do
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caracal-eyes
I can think of no better introduction for my review than the line's that begin the book in question, so:

"And they also tell the story of Papadiabolous the Devil and his company, and of two of the hidden lives of Finnegan; and how it is not always serious to die, the first time it happens.
"Here is one man who was buried twice and now lies still (but uneasy of mind) in his two separate graves. Here is another man who died twice--not at all the same thing. And here are several who are disinclin
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Keith Davis
Nov 29, 2009 Keith Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From time to time the Devil comes to Earth and sires children who wreck all sorts of havoc on the world, but inevitably a few of the children rebel and serve as humanity's only defense against the devil-spawn. Or maybe a strain of Neanderthal DNA survives in humanity and from time to time Neanderthals are born who are far more intelligent than regular humans and most seek to wipe out humanity, but a few rebel against the others and attempt to protect humanity. The main character of The Devil is ...more
Dan'l Danehy-oakes
The second book in the trilogy of which its title is the title, though it's also known as the _Argo_ trilogy, _The Devil Is Dead_ has much more novelistic unity than its predicessor, _Archipelago_. Where that book was basically a loosely-linked collection of anecdotes about five characters, _Devil_ closely follows one of them, Finnegan (which is not his real name, but then nobody in this series seems to use their real name...), on a fatal voyage and through its aftermath, which lasts several yea ...more
Greg
Jul 25, 2014 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Put the nightmare together. If you do not wake up screaming, you have not put it together well."

I didn't scream, but I still appreciate this construction of a book, and the craftsmanship that the author put into it. It runs out of steam in some places, but still an entertaining read.
Erik Graff
Jul 21, 2011 Erik Graff rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Lafferty fans
Recommended to Erik by: Rick Strong
Shelves: sf
This author and this book by him was recommended, if not loaned, by my freshman nextdoor neighbor in Loose Hall at Grinnell College.
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Raphael Aloysius Lafferty, published under the name R.A. Lafferty, was an American science fiction and fantasy writer known for his original use of language, metaphor, and narrative structure, as well as for his etymological wit. He also wrote a set of four autobiographical novels, a history book, and a number of novels that could be loosely called historical fiction.
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