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The Devil and Daniel Webster and Other Writings by Stephen Vincent Benét
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Mar 07, 09

bookshelves: movie, tall-tale
Read in March, 2009

Saw the movie where an ordinary man, Jabez Stone (Alec Baldwin) is down on his luck. He's an aspiring author, and after watching his good friend become published and rich, Jabez confides to his reflection in the mirror that he would sell his soul to the Devil to be a successful author. Enter Jenifer Love-Hewitt as the Devil, eager to close the deal. Anthony Hopkins portrays the defense lawyer, who has chased the Devil before and attempts to convince a ghost jury that the Devil manipulates desperate people to her advantage.
The book is really a short story, and is written more as a tall tale of Daniel Webster as a simple but successful man from NH as the lawyer. Bottom line: in this case, the movie delivers more bang for your buck (not often that you'll hear that from me).
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