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El dimoni a cada pas (2011)

de Donald Ray Pollock

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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.… (més)
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Es mostren 1-5 de 57 (següent | mostra-les totes)
Fiction, Read, R2021, 2010s ( )
  JWoods63 | Jan 6, 2022 |
Donald Ray Pollock, you and your Arvin Russel knocked me stiff. This is like a darker, funnier Coen Bros film. It's sick on so many levels. Sick with little black sores oozing out a thick, literary juice. I drank it all up.

I love Pollock's style: He writes characters by getting into their heads--even the psychopaths, revealing to us all their sick little thoughts as they diddle about their lives, trying to get by in hicksville, Ohio/West VA. He sets up situations that got me all riled up and built up tension that felt exploitative and profound at the same time. I loved how real all the characters seemed. They were so removed from my life, but I still sympathized with them, or at least understood them as human beings.

The Devil All the Time is just dripping with an overpowering cynicism. These characters live in a world where no one really cares about them, every man for himself – except God is there for them all. God is there for these people. Laughing my ass off. I laughed so many times. It’s kind of horrific, the kinds of things I laughed at, and that made this book such a revelation to me – it ridiculed death and poverty and ignorance so skillfully, but it still kept a strong moral backbone, if that makes sense. It was hilariously nihilistic, but also realistic to the point of horror.

I had tiny qualms. I didn’t like the Roy/Theodore storyline as much as the others. And looking back, the book’s title feels too trivial, unimposingly unrelated to the plot– though in a way, I feel like that’s exactly fitting for this book. The small, irrelevant details about these characters’ lives sneak up on you and keep you fabulously entertained all the way to the last part, when all the loose ends come crashing into each other, and you realize you’ve been chuckling with the Devil the entire time.

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  Gadi_Cohen | Sep 22, 2021 |
Meh. Sorta good if you like this kind of stuff. ( )
  Drunken-Otter | Aug 20, 2021 |
Can. Not. Wait. to see Robert Pattinson as one of the sick and twisted characters in the movie version of this dark and disturbing book.

Read it and then watch it. Coming to Netflix September 16th, 2020. ( )
  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
I would like to rate this with 4.5 stars.

I really liked how the author captured the desolation of (fake) rural Knockemstiff/ Ohio. With characters that you would imagine in such forgotten areas in the middle of nowhere in the USA. With people who try to make ends meet, pray to the Lord Jesus, believe that priests are good people, no matter how creepy they are, with kids that don't have a real chance. With corrupt cops and weirdo serial killers. Gritty, often violent, but always gripping, this book was a lot better than I would have expected. A terrifying vision of abysmal human nature. I read it after seeing the movie trailer on Netflix because I like to read a book before I see the movie. Turned out, the book was GREAT, while the movie was, unfortunately, very forgettable.

I'm referring to the audiobook, narrated by Mark Bramhall, to whom I had to get used to at first, but then really liked his voice and way of reading. ( )
  Heidi64 | Jul 18, 2021 |
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The characters are bound to intersect. Sheriff, sisters, preachers, killers, Arvin: who will collide and how gives the book a real page-turning tension. But where any prime-time television show can incite nail-biting with a lurking killer, Pollock has done much more. He’s layered decades of history, shown the inner thoughts of a collage of characters, and we understand how deeply violence and misfortune have settled into the bones of this place. The question is much more than whether someone will die — it is, can the cycle of bloodletting break? This applies both to the people Pollock so skillfully enlivens as it does to the place he’s taken as his literary heritage.
afegit per Lemeritus | editaLos Angeles Times, Carolyn Kellogg (Web de pagament) (Aug 14, 2011)
 
Pollock’s prose is as sickly beautiful as it is hard-boiled. His scenes have a rare and unsettling ability to make the reader woozy, the ends of the chapters flicking like black horseflies off the page. Pollock knows how to dunk readers into a scene and when to pull them out gasping, and the muscular current of each plot line exerts a continuous pull toward the engulfing falls. Important as well, and welcome, is the native intelligence he grants each of his characters. While many of them may be backwoods, none are backwards; and almost all are rich with a fatalistic humor that is often their sole redeeming feature.
afegit per Lemeritus | editaThe New York Times, Josh Ritter (Web de pagament) (Aug 12, 2011)
 
If Pollock's powerful collection Knockemstiff was a punch to the jaw, his follow-up, a novel set in the violent soul-numbing towns of southern Ohio and West Virginia, feels closer to a mule's kick, and how he draws these folks and their inevitably hopeless lives without pity is what the kick's all about.
afegit per Lemeritus | editaPublishers Weekly (May 2, 2011)
 
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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"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.

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