The Devil and George Bailey

The Devil and George Bailey

by Tom Horn

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ISBN-13: 9780615462660
Publisher: Red Storm Entertainment, Incorporated.
Publication date: 06/15/2011
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

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The Devil and George Bailey 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 121 reviews.
MichaelPad More than 1 year ago
I travel for a living, so a friend recommended that I read "The Devil and George Bailey" since this book puts its characters in some very interesting corners of the world. Which it does with an insider's eye and pinpoint accuracy. For instance, I thought I knew Paris -- but this book gave me a whole new perspective of that city. Same with Rome, Berlin, Warsaw and a few other places. Even Minnesota! And I love how the characters and adventures flowed perfectly with every location. Very clever writing. I enjoyed it so much that I started reading it a second time.
VMcLaughlin More than 1 year ago
I'm not a huge movie buff, but It's a Wonderful Life is one of those classics that I've seen many times over the years and have always enjoyed. So I was curious to read this book - and when I finally sat down and started, I couldn't put it down. The preface establishes the narrator - who accidentally discovers that George Bailey (the hero from It's a Wonderful Life) really did exist. Not only did he exist, but the miracle in Bedford Falls as told in the movie really did happen. The first chapter picks up with the very last scene of the movie and this is when the story really takes off. The characters become more realistic than you ever experienced them in the movie, and much darker than you'd ever expect. Over the course of the book, "the miracle" starts to look more and more like a curse, and the characters - as they are fleshed out by the author - become darker and their world grittier. The first thing I liked about the book is the way the writer slowly reveals details about the characters and keeps you wanting more. Every time you think they cant' go further - they do. Secondly, I simply love the idea of building new lives out of characters we already know. This really blew my mind - because I already have a certain character image - in this case James Stewart as George Bailey - built in my mind - and now the writer has taken control of him and is turning him into someone so real and different. He's been taken from classic hollywood fluff - to the mean streets of reality TV - and it's a shock to the senses. Overall I highly recommend this book - it's like nothing you've read before, and I think it could be the catalyst for a new genre.
L-Cary More than 1 year ago
I love stumbling across books such as this. Had no idea what to expect and, once in the thick of it, I could not stop reading. The exceptional writing style, fluid use of languages, unusual settings, and overall tone of the novel made me come away actually feeling smarter and subtly enhanced in my heart and soul.
JGardner More than 1 year ago
Seriously, there is no way I saw this coming. Figured it was just a light little read based on the charming film from the forties. Man was I wrong. This is a meticulously crafted work of fiction, massive in scope and flowing over with character after character, each fleshed out and extremely compelling. A genuine "character novel." This thing lived and breathed with me as I read it, and when I was finished I couldn't stop thinking about it, especially the characters, like George Jr, Czeslaw, Kate, Harry, and Sascha. Oh, and Les Pennyhose. And Bub the Belgian. For me, that's what a good novel should do. Big thumbs up.
A-Meyers More than 1 year ago
An eccentric novel to be sure, and totally absorbing. While reading this book, it was the first thing on my mind as I woke up each morning and still in my thoughts as I settled to sleep at night. This story stays with you, as a genuinely character-driven novel should do.
Huffman_Post More than 1 year ago
I was unexpectedly delighted by this story. The writer tells a terrific tale that begins on the very night of the "Bailey movie miracle" then takes us on a wild and wonderful journey around the world and across a decade or two. Many of the original characters are there, mixed with a slew of new and colorful ones -- my personal favorite being the anti-hero who goes by the name of "Chess."
JennyMJM More than 1 year ago
Hard to put my finger on why this book is so amazing and so special. Can't really compare it to anything I've ever read -- in a way it feels like a brand new category of fiction. The author writes like an angel at times, and a devil at others. Was really nothing like I expected. (It was soooo much better!!) I finished about a week ago, and I'm still thinking about the characters and the story. For me that's what a good novel should do.
Livres-Laveau More than 1 year ago
The Devil and George Bailey is one weird story. Delightful and repulsive in equal parts and very much a novel of its time, this novel is like a drop of ham gravy on a meat-lover's tongue -- offbeat fantasy, social criticism, and outrageous circumstances, all marinated in the goo of late 20th century history. As we dog the little hero George Jr’s strangely shrunken heels across several countries, in and out of love and danger, discovering in the process the true nature of mankind, we experience a brand new writer at the start of his own journey. An example of his voice: "With fractured limbs, shredded flesh, and his innards bashed and battered, little George Bailey lies like a broken doll in the hospital where he's been sentenced for the rest of the summer. He has lost part of his left foot, and many of the wounds will scar badly. From the expression on his Face, he might be a specter of the George who once was. He is wan from exhaustion and medicine, but he is skittish, very skittish. For he cannot move, can't even budge, buried under humps of plaster as the summer nights infiltrate his room and beckon him to the open window." This oddly compelling writer displays a talent for storytelling sprinkled with the fragments of details that feel like a liniment for the mind. Readers who enjoy a pinch of the bizarre with their literary fiction will relish how Horn gradually teases out story-line resolutions. Earthy, passionate, and at times a little twisted, the story is consistently surprising and inventive, and full of wit and pathos. This book is not perfect, far from it, but it will pull at your heart strings, stimulate your brain, and take you on one outrageous emotional rollercoaster ride.
Carnot More than 1 year ago
There are some books that you simply don’t want to end, just because the story is so captivating. This is definitely one of those books. It’s a novel written for the reader, a depictive tale full of narrative gymnastics in an inspired weave of stories within stories. The writer is honest, telling you the truth about what it would be like to be in a character's shoes. It’s not always pleasant, or comfortable. Many characters are quirky, even repulsive. My favorite was the old chandler Tetnoska, oddly lovable with his smoky past and spiritual presence. He is, for me, one of the mysteries of this novel. If you’re a reader, this book is for you.
DB4464 More than 1 year ago
A long challenging read, but worth every minute. The story picks up steam with each chapter until, by the end, you can't put it down. Unusual plot populated by all kinds of characters, all finishing up in a very satifying way. I know that some of them -- especially George, Kate and Peter -- will be with me for a while.
RachelBethune More than 1 year ago
I read this book on a cruise to Lisbon. It took me back to a stretch of my life filled with discovery and adventure. This is a novel filled with utterly unique characters and situations, but universal in its themes, tragically so, and an epic journey that I will never forget. A story soulfully poised between the magic of innocence and the sorrow of experience.
Zoe_Garamendi More than 1 year ago
Treat yourself to a genuine modern masterpiece. By the end, you'll be merrily sobbing and flipping back pages saying, "How can someone have concocted this story?" I wish I could shake the hand that has penned such an extraordinary tale. The Devil and George Bailey is undoubtedly one of the best books I have ever come across. The nine-hundred-page novel reads like a breeze and bubbles over with unexpected satire and gut-checking pathos. Throughout the story, the author takes his four main characters, each so complex and captivating, and turns them into four of the most stirring protagonists-and-antagonists in contemporary literature. A master storyteller, Horn's radiant prose is full of wit, honesty, intelligence and a genuine love of the English language.
nitek27 More than 1 year ago
This is an extremely bright and unusual novel. Its vast scope, splendid style, and clever storyline combine to create something quite new and quite remarkable. An amazing feat for a new writer.
GoWest18 More than 1 year ago
A novel driven by an unusual cast of characters, each of whom you grow to love or despise. A modern storyline with classic undertones. A risky, crazy, wonderful book.
FP-Columbia More than 1 year ago
The author's rhythmic prose is oddly and beautifully mesmeric in The Devil and George Bailey, a haunting account of an unusual child's boyhood... and the prolonged ache of its loss.
T-Dreier More than 1 year ago
The Devil and George Bailey is one of the most provocative and enlightening novels I've read in years. The style is lucid, intelligent and refreshing, and exhibits the storytelling skills of an inspiring new author.
Turner14C More than 1 year ago
One of the most intriguing, entertaining, and exhilarating books I've read in a very long time. The story is so much bigger and bolder than the original. Amazing. A must-read for all book lovers.
ElSegundo More than 1 year ago
I was hooked even before I finished the preface. Engrossing, entertaining, startling, and rich in detail without boring you to death. On the contrary, this story is anything but boring, loaded with electrifying characters and events, even shocking at times. Just like the movie it springs from, the book has a good chunk of darkness. But without darkness there can be no light, and the light that eventually radiates from the pages is stellar.
Cali-vick More than 1 year ago
I'm actually not a big fan of the movie, but I gave this book a shot anyway and I'm glad I did. It's a trip. Cool characters and a wild storyline. I like the way this guy writes too, very hip and smart.
Lewabb More than 1 year ago
This book touched me. A genuine one-of-a-kind novel. No categories nor comparisons. Read it, enjoy it, and prepare to be changed.
Deylan More than 1 year ago
There's much more here than meets the eye. I was pleasantly surprised overall.
rakkanteki More than 1 year ago
A phenomenal piece of work, for all the right reasons. This fascinating novel gives me a glimmer of hope for the future of American lit.
RBLabas More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!!! Has the feel of an immediate classic.
Parlow More than 1 year ago
A terrific read from a fresh new writer. I enjoyed every scene, every character, every page.
MMMore85 More than 1 year ago
If you watch It's a Wonderful Life every year like I do, you're going to want to read this book.