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The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock
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Nov 02, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: literary, crime, tournament
Read in February, 2012

Well, this is one I should hate, but somehow I loved it. Pollock details the gruesome crimes committed by dregs of humanity. He has been compared, of course, to my most hated writer, Flannery O'Conor. What makes him good and her bad is that, above all, he offers redemption for some of his characters, although it is redemption of the roughest sort. Others receive vengeance. Also, importantly, he doesn't hate everyone and he has humor (black) and warmth. Like John Connolly, he knows that the Devil is alive in the world. The setting in rural and small town Ohio is somehow apropos, and another draw.
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