By Harry Crews
From Publishers Weekly
Crews's tenth novel describes the annoyed rage that possesses inept attorney Duffy Deeter, who seeks heart's ease via a strange actual health routine. His lifestyles is additional advanced via a gum-chewing mistress, as soon as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow; a spouse with evidently silver hair who's as glacial because the North Pole; an obese adolescent son; a legislations companion who has been making time with Mrs. Deeter; a mom whose belfry doesn't have 12 chimes for middle of the night; and a black expert athlete. What binds those aberrant forms jointly in a compelling narrative is a awesome present for incisive language: Duffy's father, an international struggle II fighter pilot, "bit the large bagel"; "gold used to be solid, a commodity that often gave a similar answer"; and, "In the country of the center, there's warfare adequate for everybody." That Duffy reveals salvation is the main wonderful twist of all.
Copyright 1986 Reed company details, Inc.
From Library Journal
Crews as soon as wrote in Playboy in regards to the joys of having overwhelmed up. Now comes Duffy Deeter, additionally of Gainesville, Florida, additionally husband and father, additionally believing "there was once not anything so fresh as getting your ass kicked." Deeter's athleticism would appear to supply little prospect of reconciling him along with his distracted mom, his boy ("a large, tender, white slug"), or his spouse, who has develop into frigid (except with Deeter's legislations partner). fortunately, Deeter will get right into a struggle with black pro-footballer Tump Walker; they turn into quick buddies and Walker is quickly placing issues to rights within the Deeter loved ones. Crews and Deeter are to be congratulated for his or her suspicion that there can be a greater technique to reside, yet sincerity undermines satire and slapstick. the result's probably not to thrill Crews's outdated viewers nor locate him a brand new one. Hugh M. Crane, Brockton P.L, Mass.
Copyright 1986 Reed company details, Inc.
From Kirkus Reviews
Crews' first novel in ten years (The Gypsy's Curse, 1974; A dinner party of Snakes, 1976), and for the 1st part he's at his bizarre, wacky top; however the ebook thereafter degenerates into sentimentality and antic posturing. Duffy Deeter, a 40-year-old Gainesville, Florida, legal professional, is a actual health nut to finish all actual health nuts--a karate specialist who can mn a 4:37 mile and journey his ""handmade Gitane journey de France ten-speed traveling machine"" forty miles an hour: ""His tough supple ankles rolled delicately below pointed calves that melded in one circulate of muscle to thighs that can do ten deep squats with 300 kilos, precisely two times his physique weight."" yet to his spouse, Tish, and fats, lazy son Felix, he's a petty dictator, one of those nice Santini. while he forces Felix to spend a grueling hour at the Nautilus computer, Tish kicks him out of the home and clears out his financial institution accounts--it seems she's been having an affair along with his legislations accomplice, a pompous ex-footballer named Jeff McPhester. Duffy will get his revenge through sneaking into his personal bed room one evening and whacking McPhester at the butt with a fraternity paddle, yet is stored from extra violence via his buddy, large, black Tump Walker, ""the baddest-assed working again within the NFL."" Tump invitations Jeff, Tish, Felix, and Duffy to his palatial apartment for a tiresome comedy of error, which results in Tish and Duffy's reunion and his surprised awareness that Felix quite isn't one of these slobby child finally (Daffy simply wasn't paying attention). Duffy is a vintage Crews personality, yet he's wasted during this unnecessary novel, with its contrived chuffed finishing. Crews can do, and has performed, much better.
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All We Need of Hell by Harry Crews