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The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock
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Oct 06, 11

Read in August, 2011

A quick and nerve wracking ride. Brutal and raw. An artfully violent parody about the human condition. It's a book that will make you laugh while you cringe. It's a book that begs you to ask yourself: "Why am I so attracted to such corroded and perverted characters ?" It's a book that begs you to read it-and a book that makes you feel bad for doing so. You might not recommend it to your righteous mom or your little brother. You feel sleazy about turning the pages, but Pollock pulls you in. You won't need to see the movie when it comes out because no film will ever be able to compete with the bloody, naughty, turn-you-inside-out-prose that Pollock so ferociously and craftily puts on his page. The chapters are short. The dialogue sharp. The simply crafted characters entice you as well as repulse you, which leads me to believe that developing them any more than Pollock did, would have thrown an unnecessary weight on the simplicity and genius of the nature of their purpose. The Devil all the Time is a must read for readers who like to read and "see" and vicariously live through the best and the worst people at the same time. It's not for pussy's, squeamish Christians, and people that can't suspend their imaginations and regard violence as something they are incapable of, (no one gets out of this life without experiencing some form of it) but rather for the adventurous lowlifes that enjoy good literature and can let go of the said perimeters of sanity--turn to the last page, read the last sentence, turn off the lights and think, the devil--the damned devil.
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