By Harry Crews
From Publishers Weekly
Crews's tenth novel describes the annoyed rage that possesses inept legal professional Duffy Deeter, who seeks heart's ease via a strange actual health routine. His lifestyles is extra advanced through 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 accomplice who has been making time with Mrs. Deeter; a mom whose belfry doesn't have 12 chimes for middle of the night; and a black expert athlete. What binds those aberrant kinds jointly in a compelling narrative is a notable present for incisive language: Duffy's father, a global battle II fighter pilot, "bit the massive bagel"; "gold was once sturdy, a commodity that usually gave an identical answer"; and, "In the country of the guts, there's warfare adequate for everybody." That Duffy reveals salvation is the main brilliant twist of all.
Copyright 1986 Reed company info, Inc.
From Library Journal
Crews as soon as wrote in Playboy concerning the joys of having crushed up. Now comes Duffy Deeter, additionally of Gainesville, Florida, additionally husband and father, additionally believing "there used to be not anything so clean as getting your ass kicked." Deeter's athleticism would appear to supply little prospect of reconciling him together with his distracted mom, his boy ("a large, delicate, white slug"), or his spouse, who has turn into frigid (except with Deeter's legislations partner). fortunately, Deeter will get right into a struggle with black pro-footballer Tump Walker; they turn into quickly 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 should be a greater technique to dwell, yet sincerity undermines satire and slapstick. the result's not really to thrill Crews's outdated viewers nor locate him a brand new one. Hugh M. Crane, Brockton P.L, Mass.
Copyright 1986 Reed company info, 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, legal professional, is a actual health nut to finish all actual health nuts--a karate professional who can mn a 4:37 mile and journey his ""handmade Gitane travel de France ten-speed traveling machine"" forty miles an hour: ""His not easy supple ankles rolled delicately less than pointed calves that melded in one stream 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, a type of nice Santini. while 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 legislations accomplice, a pompous ex-footballer named Jeff McPhester. Duffy will get his revenge through sneaking into his personal bed room one evening and whacking McPhester at the butt with a fraternity paddle, yet is kept from additional violence by way of 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 error, which results in Tish and Duffy's reunion and his shocked attention 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 chuffed finishing. Crews can do, and has performed, much better.
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Dry yourself," to the boy, as he begins putting on his own clothes. His body is squat and heavily muscled, except for his legs, thin-calved and spindly. A long pale scar runs over the brown skin, from his right shoulder blade down in a curve across his ribs. "You've been lucky as hell this time," watching the boy dress, grimacing at the child's thin body. "Behave yourself, Haimona. " The boy raises his eyebrows. " When the boy has gone, he looks round the bathroom. He gathers the used towels -- she's dead keen on this dark green colour, everything's it -- and as he picks them up, something falls ringing to the floor.
Come and show us where this shower is. I never had a Tower shower before," giggling as they go out. Overpowered, he cowered, glowering amidst the flowers, and she sits by the fire spinning-over compositions for the sheer hell of it. That's an odd child. And an odd man. The coal sinks down in its red bed, and the little violet flames run flickering over it. She wanders across the room and lifts her golden guitar down from the wall. It is easy, leaning over the ambered belly, to put thought through a filter of slow-picked arpeggios.
He doesn't need special care and attention. " She thinks, There is something peculiar about all this pleading. As though I'm being set up, or primed-She says carefully, "You mentioned he was considered to be a bit of an outlaw. My radiophone operator said, quote, he's a well known local oddity, specialising in sneak thievery and petty vandalism, unquote. " Joe flushes. "I should imagine his muteness, and the fact that my wife died, and he doesn't get a woman's care. " He is watching the floor again, away from her, away from his son.
All We Need of Hell by Harry Crews