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Evil Is Always Human

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  36 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
If you’re inclined to Southern gothic, this is the book for you. Narrated by the oldest son of a family of Georgia sharecroppers in the early 20th century, the story evokes the chilling truth—that neither good nor evil manifests itself until it comes into possession of the hands, feet and heart…of humans. If you shivered reading the short stories of Flannery O’Connor, you ...more
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Published February 14th 2012 (first published January 1st 2012)
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May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Eddie Whitlock’s novel, Evil Is Always Human, is one of those rare stories that is both comfortable and surprising. His use of dialect is as spot-on as his historically accurate portrayal of life in the sharecropping Old South. But, for this reader, it is the underlying theme of evil, what it is, how it is a part of who we are, how it is shaped and contorted by circumstance, that grips and leads you to the surprising plot turns and that seals this novel as an important work of Southern historica ...more
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Evil is Always Human starts out with a bang. Then there was what might be called a sleeper effect, where a pivotal aspect of the story suddenly punches you right in the stomach. Seen through the eyes of one of the battle-weary survivors of a gritty struggle for peace and quiet, the reader is there with him, watching, thinking, hoping, desperate. Overarching the plot are deeper philosophical questions, hence the title.

Author, Eddie Whitlock, has skillfully constructed this riveting piece of liter
Eddie Whitlock
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this book. I am listing it as "read" so that I can post it on a couple of appropriate lists.

Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book made me feel a WHOLE lot better about my life! I got so wrapped up in it that I had to stay up late to finish last night.
Maryam Payne
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Disclosure: I know the author. Which could automatically put one in a tricky position; on the one hand, if one genuinely loves the book, it might come off as insincere or as a "seeded" review; on the other if the book isn't any good, or is only so-so, or whatnot, one might have to strain a bit to come out with a reasonably true-yet-kind review. It's difficult for me personally to muster up false enthusiasm, and it tends to show when I do (thus, I don't). Fortunately, that really wasn't an issue ...more
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
An excellent slice-of-life story about people in a place where the literary sun don't usually shine. Written in the vernacular of turn-of-the-twentieth-century sharecroppers, it is filled with the desperation of people who don't always know when or from where their next meal is coming. The story is well-crafted and the unnamed narrator pulls you in with a tale of violence and sorrow. A highly addictive read, the simple plot involving simple people is nonetheless surprising and unpredictable. A m ...more
It's hard to believe this is Eddie's first novel. I read so many books and say that the author had a good idea but needed a better editor. Not so with this Southern Gothic; professional all the way. I hope everyone understands what I mean when I say this, but the word that came to my mind to describe this book is "terrible." And by this I mean the original meaning of the word, because this story reaches out skillfully to inspire creeping terror, awe and fear of the latent evil sitting at the tab ...more
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Written in the voice and dialect of a Georgia sharecropper's son at the turn of the 20th century, this book will creep you out and keep you up into the wee hours. Watch as two young brothers who already had more than their share of bad luck end up covering up a murder with another murder, fleeing the law with their morally bankrupt mother, and sinking deeper and deeper into the quicksand of their pathetic lives. Will the few glimmers of hope in their lives take hold or will they ultimately self- ...more
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Such a good read, and in proper dialect for the characters, time, and situations. I could clearly "see" the scenes and characters as I read the book. I would be pleased to see this story scripted into a movie. It became apparent as I neared the end of the book that I would want to know and read more and am looking forward to a sequel.
Lisa Kiguru
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Lawrence Weill
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In Eddie Whitlock's novel Evil is Always Human, we find ourselves taken back to rural Georgia in the early 1900's. I start off this review that way because Whitlock does a masterful job of putting us in the setting, from the deft writing in the dialect of poor sharecroppers to the sense of place we get from the middle Georgia scenes. It is a canvas he uses to good advantage.

The story begins with a nearly destitute and terribly dysfunctional family heading off to a public hanging. When things go
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jennifer by: Eddie Whitlock
I picked this up not even knowing the genre. While the dialect took a smidge of time to get used to, it was well worth carrying on through the book. I loved the descriptions, the deceit, the characters. They all had their own little arc to rise and fall into place. I was told to look for a minor inconsistency in the work, but honestly, I think it was blown out of proportion, if it actually existed. The locations were also very interesting. Living in Georgia, I know where most of the places are l ...more
Joni Ellis-Bodie
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a book that kept me reading... the story giving my imagination a workout as I read and felt the pain as well the sorrow of what reality can do be for people... It is a story one can imagine that needs to be told and could have been old on a dark wintery night in a worn down house in the south by people eager to be unburdened of the weight of a long hard life... A MUST READ
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
A dark Southern gothic set in Georgia and written by a talented Georgia writer. Takes place in the early 20th century and narrated by the oldest son it tells the story of a family struggling with poverty and the violence that can be a part of such dire circumstances.
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My father opened a gas station and a beer store in the 1960s. He started selling beer on Sunday - which was illegal - and it was that bootlegging that put me through college.

Having a face made for radio, I worked off and on in broadcasting for several years. I have taught high school and adult literacy. I have directed non-profit organizations when the economy was better.

My writing has included a
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“A hanging, though, was something different. I got to thinking. We hadn’t never been to nothing just to have a good time. A hanging was special and we was all getting to go.” 2 likes
“We ate our fill, but there was more left when we was done. 'It’ll be in the icebox if y’all want some more later on,' she told us. There weren’t no way I would have gone back and eat more. I knowed they was being extra nice to us right then, but if we didn’t act right, they would put us out. That’s how folks do.” 2 likes
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