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The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock

The Devil All the Time (2011)

by Donald Ray Pollock

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Not for the faint of heart.... Starts dark gets darker then pitch black finishes with a tiny glimmer in the end. ( )
  GSB68 | May 19, 2015 |

Awesome book and beautifully written. Disturbing yet not sadistic, just amazing prose and profile of complex personalities in the Appalachian wasteland. Thoroughly enjoyable. ( )
  lincolnpan | Dec 31, 2014 |
Ohio, a land of great writers, including Donald Ray Pollock. The book was recommended to me by the Horror Aficionados over there in Good Reads. The book was an original in the field of Southern Gothic, as it takes place in Ohio, not in the deep south of O'Connor. The rural descriptions were eerie, especially when I was reading it in Cedar Key and Monticello Florida. I was feeling like these could be my neighbors. so I didn't go out of my way to be friendly. The book will also cure your need to hitch-hike.* The characters are all flawed and all in need of redemption. However, the redemption they find is straight from the devil. It was a good read but at times the author lost me in his writing. I got bogged down in all of the details, this could be the fault of the reader, or the author's or a bit of both. But the book's enjoyment at times lagged. The book was all in all beautifully written. ( )
  Gregorio_Roth | Dec 5, 2014 |
Not a book with fairy tales and happy endings.

This book shows the darkness that can linger in people's souls.

Willard Russell believes if he and his son Arvin pray over his "prayer log" long enough it can save his doomed wife Charlotte from the cancer ravaging her body. It might now be enough to just pray alone though..so he adds some sacrificial blood.

So begins this tale. Setting in rural Ohio and West Virginia. Pollock shows the side of poor rural life that I hope to never see.

The characters in this book do come to life. In order to send chills down your spine and sweep you into their lives. The author writes beautifully and I do hope to see more from him. I love this type of dark disturbing story.

The man nodded and stared out the window. "It's hard to live a good life," he said. "It seems like the Devil don't ever let up."

After reading this I looked at the author's bio. He worked 30 years in a papermill in a rural area. That old adage write what you know? I still have chills up my back. ( )
  bookqueenshelby | Sep 9, 2014 |
Ughhh fuckoff. this is supposed to be something called "american gothic" but there's not enough psychological insight to make the ugliness real and interesting and not enough surrealism or symbolic resonance or atmosphere to make it compelling in any actual gothic or Jungo-mytho-oneiric-archetypal or similar sense. (That would be especially hard because Pollock is ostensibly selling an I-was-a-coal-miner-meself authenticity, but the unrelenting bloodlust and perversity in this book is cartoonishly inauthentic.) Everyone is horrible, everyone suffers, real good old-time Bible-belt self-flagellation stuff. It's pornography, in short. ( )
  MeditationesMartini | Aug 24, 2014 |
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Tras el sensacional éxito de Knockemstiff, he aquí la esperadísima primera incursión en la novela de Donald Ray Pollock: El diablo a todas horas mezcla la imaginería del gótico norteamericano con la sequedad y crudeza de la novela negra más descarnada en una trama adictiva y contundente, que replica y expande la intensidad de sus mejores relatos. Todo un despliegue de poder narrativo, y la reválida de una firma imprescindible.

Cuando Willard Russell, veterano de la primera guerra mundial, descubre que el cáncer empuja a su mujer hacia una muerte inevitable, concluye que solo Jesús podrá socorrer a quien la ciencia ha condenado; tras erigir un altar en pleno bosque, se entrega a unas sesiones de oración que, poco a poco, se tornarán peligrosamente sangrientas, y en las que participará, estoico, su hijo Arvin. Durante más de dos décadas, desde la resaca posbélica hasta los aparentemente esperanzados años sesenta, Arvin crece en busca de su propia versión de la justicia, rodeado de personajes tan particulares como siniestros: Carl y Sandy Henderson, una pareja de asesinos en serie que patrullan América en una extraña misión homicida; el fugitivo Roy, predicador circense y febril, y su compañero Theodore, guitarrista paralítico y asediado por sus pulsiones; el religioso Preston Teagardin, cruel, sádico y lascivo, y el sheriff corrupto Lee Bodecker, que está dejando de beber. Hombres y mujeres frecuentemente dominados por formas monstruosas de la fe, que perdieron el rumbo en un mundo a la deriva donde Dios no es más que una sombra.
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In the years following the end of World War II, Willard Russell is tormented by the horrors he witnessed in the South Pacific and fears his punishment for the lives he took is watching his wife die of cancer, while their son also deals with his own personal demons, which may be linked to a serial killer who is on the prowl in rural Ohio.
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, July 2011: With The Devil All the Time, author Donald Ray Pollock has crafted an exceptionally gritty, twisted page-turner. This follow-up to 2008's Knockemstiff is set in the Midwest during the mid-century, but reads more like a gothic Western. Lawlessness roams the rural, god-fearing landscape of Ohio and West Virginia, inhabitated by the likes of Pollock's deranged-yet-compelling cast of characters--a husband and wife who take vacations to murder hitchhikers, a faux preacher and his crippled accomplice on the lam for manslaughter, and an orphan with a penchant for exacting violent justice. Needless to say, The Devil All the Time is a brutal novel, but Pollock exacts the kind of precision and control over his language that keeps the violence from ever feeling gratuitous. The three storylines eventually converge in a riveting moment that will leave readers floored and haunted. --Kevin Nguyen

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"Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia, The Devil All the Time follows a cast of compelling and bizarre characters from the end of World War II to the 1960s. There's Willard Russell, tormented veteran of the carnage in the South Pacific, who can't save his beautiful wife, Charlotte, from an agonizing death by cancer no matter how much sacrificial blood he pours on his "prayer log". There's Carl and Sandy Henderson, a husband-and-wife team of serial killers, who troll America's highways searching for suitable models to photograph and exterminate. There's the spider-handling preacher Roy and his crippled virtuoso-guitar-playing sidekick, Theodore, running from the law. And caught in the middle of all this is Arvin Eugene Russell, Willard and Charlotte's orphaned son, who grows up to be a good but also violent man in his own right"--Jacket.… (more)

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