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Devil All the Time

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Incredible Work

By the end of the second chapter I felt as though I were reading a contemporary version of Steinbeck. Pollock's writing is somehow similar to moist beauty sucked to a ragged
dry poetic carcass. The surrealistic nature of the story helps to counter the terrifying viol...
By the end of the second chapter I felt as though I were reading a contemporary version of Steinbeck. Pollock's writing is somehow similar to moist beauty sucked to a ragged
dry poetic carcass. The surrealistic nature of the story helps to counter the terrifying violence and savage outcome of the magnetic characters. At later points in the book the action borders on absurdist, almost to a fault, but Pollack reels the empathy back to the hopeless dilemma of his protagonist. By the end I felt as though there was light where their most obviously shouldn't be. I highly recommend!

posted by Adaptoid on September 11, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Pretty Good

Some interesting characters and rather well written but I found I didn't really care much about what happened to them. It's hard to work up empathy for people who are so much their own worst enemies, even though that's a pretty accurate portrayal of humanity in general...
Some interesting characters and rather well written but I found I didn't really care much about what happened to them. It's hard to work up empathy for people who are so much their own worst enemies, even though that's a pretty accurate portrayal of humanity in general.

posted by lindaczak on September 9, 2011

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    This proves that "Knockemstiff" was not a fluke . . .

    For a lot of writers, it often seems like their second book falls short of their first book. Maybe the expectations are too high from readers, maybe their contracts force them to produce faster than they are used to, maybe something totally different. I was worried that "The Devil All the Time" was going to fall short of "Knockemstiff." I am glad that I was worried for nothing, because Donald Ray Pollock not only takes what is great from "Knockemstiff," but expands and combines to make one superb novel. The best word to describe Pollock and his writing ability is "brutal." This book has some of the finest, "in your face" writing that just does not let up whatsoever.

    Overall, you will be hard-pressed to find other writers in the same league as Donald Ray Pollock. He is not only one of the best new writers out there, he is one of the best overall writers out there, period. I have never read anything like "The Devil All the Time" and I imagine I won't until his next book comes out.

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