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The demon a novel (original 1976; edition 2002)

by Hubert Selby

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A womanizer's struggle for self-control spirals into crime, madness, and murder Harry White grew up in blue-collar Brooklyn, but the young man's charm, smarts, and good looks have helped him earn a place as an uptown junior executive. White's gifts have also made his love life easy, and he takes special pleasure in seducing married women. But when "Harry the Lover" is ready to grow up and leave his womanizing behind, White finds that suppressing his libido has dangerous consequences. His attempts at restraint awaken something sinister, causing White to seek excitement in a new form of violence and depravity.   Shocking and enthralling, The Demon is an unflinching meditation on male vanity by one of the most acclaimed and original writers of the twentieth century.   This ebook features an illustrated biography of Hubert Selby Jr. including rare photos from the author's estate.… (more)
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The Demon by Hubert Selby Jr. (1976)

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Wow... I was totally taken in and enjoyed the ride. The best Selby i have read so far.
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  evil_cyclist | Mar 16, 2020 |
By far my favorite Hubert Selby Jr. book. His techniques with using language to heighten the reader's emotional experience worked extremely well in the novel. This is like the hardcore version of Death of a Salesman: not for the faint of heart. ( )
  PagesandPints | Sep 1, 2016 |
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  ngunity | Nov 23, 2014 |
The only book worth a damn by Selby Jr? Seems like it. ( )
  dtn620 | Sep 22, 2013 |
Hubert Selby, Jr., seems to me to be a less shitty version of Bret Easton Ellis. They both have the same focus on transgressive violence and emotive writing, but here, at least, Selby is far less hackish.

Selby's writing style is experimental, just different enough to catch your attention, but simple enough to prevent the narrative from slowing down. He replaces apostrophes with slashes (he/s instead of he's), and crams in long run-on paragraphs next to scattered lines
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Our Hero, one Harry White, starts off as a sex addict, who does so not out of a misguided sense of passion but out of a psychological need for release. After getting called out on his behavior, he shifts to a 'regular life', gets promotions and 'success' in his stiff-white collar job, a nice wife, and a family. He enjoys this 1950's sitcom existence only briefly before his inner demon haunts him again and forces him to commit more and more grandiose and violent acts.

Where Bret Easton Ellis has a more superficial focus on the problems of the 1980s and its Reaganist consumerism, Selby takes a more Calvinist spiritual dimension to the problems of spree killers and their psychotic evil, and how they infiltrate society.

A 'good' book, but I'm told Last Train to Brooklyn is better. I'll get to that when the library has it. ( )
  HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
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A womanizer's struggle for self-control spirals into crime, madness, and murder Harry White grew up in blue-collar Brooklyn, but the young man's charm, smarts, and good looks have helped him earn a place as an uptown junior executive. White's gifts have also made his love life easy, and he takes special pleasure in seducing married women. But when "Harry the Lover" is ready to grow up and leave his womanizing behind, White finds that suppressing his libido has dangerous consequences. His attempts at restraint awaken something sinister, causing White to seek excitement in a new form of violence and depravity.   Shocking and enthralling, The Demon is an unflinching meditation on male vanity by one of the most acclaimed and original writers of the twentieth century.   This ebook features an illustrated biography of Hubert Selby Jr. including rare photos from the author's estate.

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