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Me And The Devil Blues based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Walter Ellis's book, Me and the Devil Blues, is an intricate tale of ambition, unrequited love, and the fool's gold of auctioning the future for momentary pleasures. The story is set in the city of Memphis and rural Mississippi during the Depression and Ellis's descriptions of the place and time are so vivid that one can smell the damp streets and smoky jive joints frequented by Robert Foster and his cohorts. They are musicians, of sorts, but Robert is driven not only by a passion for the throbbing, soul movin' blues and jazz that are his life blood but for accolades, recognition, legitimacy and it does him in. Ellis develops characters that are intriguing, even if not admirable, and their development is realistic and gripping to the end. His plot twists keep the story fresh and it's impossible to put the book down once you've read the first sentence. Walter Ellis is a masterful storyteller; I can't wait until his next book is available!!
ME AND THE DEVIL BLUES is the second Walter Ellis novel I've read. I was struck by the wonderful writing of his PRINCE OF DARKNESS, and I find I like this novel just as much, if not more. While PRINCE was based on the life of Miles Davis, ME AND THE DEVIL BLUES is loosely based on the legends of Robert Johnson, the blues singer. The main character, Robert Foster, sells his soul to the devil for Beatrice and for fame. What he gets is not what he expects. I love the plot twists and the use of real jazz musicians as characters. I'm looking forward to the sequel, THE TERMINATOR'S WIFE.