All We Need of Hell by Harry Crews

By Harry Crews

From Publishers Weekly

Crews's tenth novel describes the pissed off rage that possesses inept attorney Duffy Deeter, who seeks heart's ease via a extraordinary actual health routine. His lifestyles is additional complex by means of 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 nighttime; and a black specialist athlete. What binds those aberrant kinds jointly in a compelling narrative is a impressive present for incisive language: Duffy's father, an international conflict II fighter pilot, "bit the massive bagel"; "gold was once strong, a commodity that often gave a similar answer"; and, "In the kingdom of the guts, there's battle adequate for everybody." That Duffy reveals salvation is the main outstanding twist of all.
Copyright 1986 Reed enterprise 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 fresh as getting your ass kicked." Deeter's athleticism would appear to supply little prospect of reconciling him along with his distracted mom, his boy ("a large, smooth, 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 speedy buddies and Walker is quickly placing issues to rights within the Deeter family. Crews and Deeter are to be congratulated for his or her suspicion that there may be a greater option to reside, yet sincerity undermines satire and slapstick. the result's probably not to thrill Crews's outdated viewers nor locate him a brand new one.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 ceremonial dinner of Snakes, 1976), and for the 1st part he's at his bizarre, wacky most sensible; however the ebook 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 tough supple ankles rolled delicately lower than pointed calves that melded in one circulation 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, one of those nice Santini. whilst he forces Felix to spend a grueling hour at the Nautilus desktop, Tish kicks him out of the home and clears out his financial institution accounts--it seems she's been having an affair along with his legislations 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 stored from extra violence via his good friend, 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 mistakes, which ends up in Tish and Duffy's reunion and his shocked recognition that Felix relatively isn't one of these 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, significantly better.

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Yes, Mrs. Tubridy,” as he saw her smirk anew. “No,” she said, “don’t call me that. Call me Mammy. ” A look of pain flashed across the countenance of Pat McNab. “I can’t,” he pleaded, “please, Mrs. Tubridy. ” There was nothing tender or considerate about the stare with which she fixed him, her voice cold as steel. ” she demanded. Pat’s head fell upon his chest as though he had somehow been transformed into a pathetic nodding dog. “Yes, Mammy,” were the words that passed his lips. It is difficult to determine, certainly with any degree of exactitude, the significant occurrences in the life of Pat McNab which eventually led to his becoming the person he was, but it is unlikely that it could be contested that that incident and what had passed between them during it ought to be considered as one of such; for, almost as soon as she left the room, it became clear that Mrs.

And she did not like it! Because it was the truth! What harm if Mattie took a drink, God rest him. The only reason he took it was to get away from her. ” Pat swallowed and did his level best to formulate the words he feared would elude him. ” He felt—although it wasn’t, or to a casual observer would not have appeared so—as though the skin on his face had been drawn unreasonably tightly against his bones. “Barren as Rogey Rock,” his mother informed him. ” Thoughts appeared as randomly intersecting lights in the murkier corners of Pat’s mind.

The screams of that young woman, in a hospital of long ago—they just cannot be described. And go a long way toward explaining why exactly it was that within that dream Mr. Tubridy was to be found surrounded by a seemingly endless array of bottles and completely enshrouded in cigarette smoke, as Timmy Sullivan did his best to attract his attention, repeatedly insisting, “Mr. Tubridy! There’s a phone call for you! ” Which succeeded only in eliciting the gruff reply, “What are you talking about?

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