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Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold
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Aug 09, 2011

This is a book that will make me get a lump in my throat every time I think of it it. I think Glen David Gold is as good a writer as Philip Roth and that is really saying something. His work is similar because he writes about history in a way that lets you go back in time and live it. You are so blown away by the research that you are then floored that the could spin it into a story. This is a book about the 20s when vaudeville magicians were the most famous people on the planet (like Oprah or the Beatles). I won't include any comments on the plot here but will say this book was for me as an adult as "magic" as "The Chronicles of Narnia" or "The Wizard of Oz." Or for teen aged kids "Harry Potter." So entertaining. So delish. This really is the American novel at it's finest (think Steinbeck, Fitzgerald). I hope this gets made into a movie because with today's special effects this could be amazing.
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