By Harry Crews
From Publishers Weekly
Crews's tenth novel describes the pissed off rage that possesses inept attorney Duffy Deeter, who seeks heart's ease via a weird and wonderful actual health routine. His existence is extra advanced by way of a gum-chewing mistress, as soon as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow; a spouse with obviously silver hair who's as glacial because the North Pole; an obese adolescent son; a legislation companion who has been making time with Mrs. Deeter; a mom whose belfry doesn't have 12 chimes for nighttime; and a black specialist athlete. What binds those aberrant forms jointly in a compelling narrative is a awesome reward for incisive language: Duffy's father, a global struggle II fighter pilot, "bit the large bagel"; "gold used to be stable, a commodity that often gave an analogous answer"; and, "In the country of the guts, there's struggle adequate for everybody." That Duffy reveals salvation is the main superb twist of all.
Copyright 1986 Reed enterprise details, Inc.
From Library Journal
Crews as soon as wrote in Playboy in regards to the joys of having crushed up. Now comes Duffy Deeter, additionally of Gainesville, Florida, additionally husband and father, additionally believing "there used to be not anything so clean as getting your ass kicked." Deeter's athleticism would appear to provide little prospect of reconciling him along with his distracted mom, his boy ("a large, delicate, white slug"), or his spouse, who has turn into frigid (except with Deeter's legislation partner). fortunately, Deeter will get right into a struggle with black pro-footballer Tump Walker; they turn into quick acquaintances and Walker is quickly placing issues to rights within the Deeter family. Crews and Deeter are to be congratulated for his or her suspicion that there should be a greater strategy to reside, yet sincerity undermines satire and slapstick. the result's probably not to delight Crews's outdated viewers nor locate him a brand new one.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 banquet of Snakes, 1976), and for the 1st part he's at his bizarre, wacky most sensible; however the publication 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 trip his ""handmade Gitane journey de France ten-speed traveling machine"" forty miles an hour: ""His demanding supple ankles rolled delicately lower than pointed calves that melded in one movement of muscle to thighs which 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, a type of 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 together with his legislations accomplice, a pompous ex-footballer named Jeff McPhester. Duffy will get his revenge by way of 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 operating again within the NFL."" Tump invitations Jeff, Tish, Felix, and Duffy to his palatial residence for a tiresome comedy of error, which results in Tish and Duffy's reunion and his shocked consciousness that Felix particularly isn't this type of 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