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 strange actual health routine. His lifestyles is additional complex via a gum-chewing mistress, as soon as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow; a spouse with clearly silver hair who's as glacial because the North Pole; an obese adolescent son; a legislation accomplice 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 amazing reward for incisive language: Duffy's father, a global struggle II fighter pilot, "bit the large bagel"; "gold used to be solid, a commodity that usually gave a similar answer"; and, "In the state of the guts, there's conflict adequate for everybody." That Duffy reveals salvation is the main astonishing twist of all.
Copyright 1986 Reed company details, Inc.
From Library Journal
Crews as soon as wrote in Playboy concerning 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 provide little prospect of reconciling him together with his distracted mom, his boy ("a large, gentle, white slug"), or his spouse, who has develop into frigid (except with Deeter's legislation partner). fortunately, Deeter will get right into a struggle with black pro-footballer Tump Walker; they develop into speedy associates and Walker is quickly placing issues to rights within the Deeter loved ones. Crews and Deeter are to be congratulated for his or her suspicion that there could be a greater technique to reside, yet sincerity undermines satire and slapstick. the result's probably not to thrill Crews's outdated viewers nor locate him a brand new one.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, attorney, is a actual health nut to finish all actual health nuts--a karate professional who can mn a 4:37 mile and experience his ""handmade Gitane journey de France ten-speed traveling machine"" forty miles an hour: ""His challenging supple ankles rolled delicately lower than pointed calves that melded in one move of muscle to thighs that 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, one of those nice Santini. whilst he forces Felix to spend a grueling hour at the Nautilus computing device, 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 legislation associate, 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 additional violence by way of his buddy, large, black Tump Walker, ""the baddest-assed operating again within the NFL."" Tump invitations Jeff, Tish, Felix, and Duffy to his palatial apartment for a tiresome comedy of mistakes, which ends up in Tish and Duffy's reunion and his surprised consciousness that Felix quite isn't any such slobby child in any case (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, significantly better.
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