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 weird and wonderful actual health routine. His existence is additional advanced by means of 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 companion who has been making time with Mrs. Deeter; a mom whose belfry doesn't have 12 chimes for dead night; and a black expert athlete. What binds those aberrant varieties jointly in a compelling narrative is a amazing present for incisive language: Duffy's father, an international struggle II fighter pilot, "bit the large bagel"; "gold was once sturdy, a commodity that usually gave an identical answer"; and, "In the country of the guts, there's conflict sufficient for everybody." That Duffy unearths salvation is the main miraculous twist of all.
Copyright 1986 Reed company details, Inc.
From Library Journal
Crews as soon as wrote in Playboy in regards to 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 fresh 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 develop into frigid (except with Deeter's legislations partner). fortunately, Deeter will get right into a struggle with black pro-footballer Tump Walker; they develop into quick buddies 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 may be a greater method to stay, yet sincerity undermines satire and slapstick. the result's not really to delight Crews's previous 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, attorney, is a actual health nut to finish all actual health nuts--a karate specialist who can mn a 4:37 mile and trip his ""handmade Gitane travel de France ten-speed traveling machine"" forty miles an hour: ""His difficult supple ankles rolled delicately lower than pointed calves that melded in one circulate of muscle to thighs that may 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 computer, 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 accomplice, 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 kept from additional violence through his pal, 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 blunders, which results in Tish and Duffy's reunion and his surprised attention that Felix relatively isn't this type of slobby child in spite of everything (Daffy simply wasn't paying attention). Duffy is a vintage Crews personality, yet he's wasted during this unnecessary novel, with its contrived satisfied finishing. Crews can do, and has performed, significantly better.
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Desdemona was standing between two air manifolds shaped like giant tubas. At midships Lefty slouched in a brace of bachelors. In the last three hours they hadn’t seen each other. That morning, they’d had coffee together in a café near the harbor after which, like professional spies, they’d picked up their separate suitcases—Desdemona keeping her silkworm box—and had departed in different directions. My grandmother was carrying falsified documents. Her passport, which the Greek government had granted under the condition that she leave the country immediately, bore her mother’s maiden name, Aristos, instead of Stephanides.
Listen to me. Death is not the end. This is what I’ve discovered. We remain, we persist. The dead see that I’m one of them. They’re all around me. You can’t see them, but they’re here. Mothers with children, old women—everyone’s here. ” Outside, the famous harbor was full of ships. Merchant vessels were tied up to a long quay alongside barges and wooden caiques. Farther out, the Allied warships lay at anchor. The sight of them, for the Greek and Armenian citizens of Smyrna (and the thousands and thousands of Greek refugees), was reassuring, and whenever a rumor circulated—yesterday an Armenian newspaper had claimed that the Allies, eager to make amends for their support of the Greek invasion, were planning to hand the city over to the victorious Turks—the citizens looked out at the French destroyers and British battleships, still on hand to protect European commercial interests in Smyrna, and their fears were calmed.
Some were alive, calling out. A searchlight revealed a boy halfway up the anchor chain of a battleship. Sailors dumped oil on him and he slipped back into the water. On the deck of the Jean Bart, the three new French citizens looked back at the burning city, ablaze from end to end. The fire would continue for the next three days, the flames visible for fifty miles. At sea, sailors would mistake the rising smoke for a gigantic mountain range. In the country they were heading for, America, the burning of Smyrna made the front pages for a day or two, before being bumped off by the Hall-Mills murder case (the body of Hall, a Protestant minister, had been found with that of Miss Mills, an attractive choir member) and the opening of the World Series.
All We Need of Hell by Harry Crews