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 weird and wonderful actual health routine. His existence is additional complex by way of 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 associate who has been making time with Mrs. Deeter; a mom whose belfry doesn't have 12 chimes for nighttime; and a black expert athlete. What binds those aberrant kinds jointly in a compelling narrative is a amazing present for incisive language: Duffy's father, an international conflict II fighter pilot, "bit the large bagel"; "gold was once sturdy, a commodity that usually gave an analogous answer"; and, "In the kingdom of the center, there's battle adequate for everybody." That Duffy unearths salvation is the main brilliant twist of all.
Copyright 1986 Reed company info, 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 clean 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, smooth, 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 associates 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 will be a greater solution to dwell, yet sincerity undermines satire and slapstick. the result's probably not to delight Crews's previous viewers nor locate him a brand new one. Hugh M. Crane, Brockton P.L, Mass.
Copyright 1986 Reed enterprise info, 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 most sensible; however the booklet thereafter degenerates into sentimentality and antic posturing. Duffy Deeter, a 40-year-old Gainesville, Florida, attorney, is a actual health nut to finish all actual health nuts--a karate professional who can mn a 4:37 mile and trip his ""handmade Gitane journey de France ten-speed traveling machine"" forty miles an hour: ""His difficult supple ankles rolled delicately lower than pointed calves that melded in one movement of muscle to thighs which could 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. whilst 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 companion, a pompous ex-footballer named Jeff McPhester. Duffy will get his revenge by means 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 through his pal, large, black Tump Walker, ""the baddest-assed working again within the NFL."" Tump invitations Jeff, Tish, Felix, and Duffy to his palatial condominium for a tiresome comedy of blunders, which ends up in Tish and Duffy's reunion and his surprised cognizance that Felix particularly isn't this type of slobby child in the end (Daffy simply wasn't paying attention). Duffy is a vintage Crews personality, yet he's wasted during this unnecessary novel, with its contrived satisfied finishing. Crews can do, and has performed, much better.
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I’m being drawn upward before I realize he’s activated the machine. ” he demands as we crawl past sections of ce- 3 6 DEATH’S HEAD ramic jammed across tunnel entrances halfway up. He has his helmet light playing across the sides of the chimney. I guess he didn’t see the makeshift barricades on his way down. “Armored ceramic,” I tell him. The light when he turns blinds my eyes. Muttering something, the man tilts his head. And then repeats whatever he originally said. ” he checks, looking at me. “Yes,” I say.
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