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The Deification

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  6 reviews
To be a writer in America, you have to bleed. Eddie Iturbi, a young car-thief obsessed with the dark magic of Beat culture in a mythic San Francisco, sets off on a spaced-out crusade to connect with the Beat gods. En route Eddie links up with living legend Leo Franchetti, the last of the Beat poets. Leo sends Eddie to the Buzzard Cult, where a mysterious mentor reveals the ...more
Paperback, 358 pages
Published December 10th 2011 by Coffeetown Press (first published December 4th 2011)
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Blake Fraina
Aug 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Author Jack Remick is obviously a serious student of literary tradition. His debut novel, Blood, invited comparisons to Camus and Genet, and his latest, The Deification, evokes the works of the brightest lights of the Beat movement - Kerouac, Burroughs and Ginsberg. While not entirely aping them, Remick fairly approximates their various tones, from plainspoken stream of consciousness to outrageously surrealistic, and earns himself the right to be mentioned in their company.

In brief, this is the
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"Realism is a trap you fall into by will" (207)

The Deification is a complicated book for me to review. So much so that I waited almost two weeks AFTER reading the book to let it settle in. Just hoping that I would have this Amazing aha-moment and my opinion would become clear.

'Cuz man, I like the book. BUT then there were plenty that just rubbed me the wrong way. Like I kept thinking: Why go there!!! I don't care!!

Aiight. Let me break it down. What interested me the most about the book was the
Danika Dinsmore
Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A young poet's search for immortality and all the sad-beautiful-mad humans that are in and on, and at the end of, his path.

It may be a book for artists and writers and poets and musicians. It's not going to be the book for everyone. There's a lot of rawness here and a lot of bodily fluids. Sometimes I was in love and repelled at the same time - in a good way.

I loved how it floated in and out of the real and surreal and metaphor like changing socks. The rhythm and voice are completely authentic
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Jack Remick writes about a journey through the center of the Beat Generation. No stone is unturned as Eddie Iturbi’s very core is wrenched from within, laid out and dissected on a cold slab. Eddie skids along a twisted road of mind-bending drama where characters reek of the human condition in an era featuring drugs, sex and jazz. Remick’s main character starts out as a naïve and hopeful young man who wants to be a poet like Jack Kerouac more than anything else in his life. We watch his transform ...more
Priscilla Long
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If American literature produces one On the Road per century, then The Deification by Jack Remick is it for the twenty-first century. This saga of the road trip of would-be poet Eddie Iturbi from Sanger to San Francisco, from innocence to art, is fast, hot, thick, mythic, erudite, erotic, and intense. The prose is lush, the story, irresistible. Remick inscribes these vivid, gender-morphing characters on the California landscape as if they'd always been there. I believe The Deification will be pas ...more
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Disappointing, thinking there would be a lot revelations considering there was some pomp and circumstance with the author's genre, supposedly equaling that of Kerouac. Story often takes a left turn, so there is nothing boring about. And, never a happy ending.
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Novelist, poet.
Author of--
Citadel, the novel
The California Quartet:
The Deification--Book One
Valley Boy--Book Two
The Book of Changes--Book Three
Trio of Lost Souls--Book Four
Gabriela and The Widow (Winner "Best Women's Fiction" Orangeberry Virtual Book Expo; Montaigne Medal Finalist; Book of the Year Award Finalist)
co-author of The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery (with Robert J. Ray

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