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The 20th centuryIt was easier to read this "book than not to mention camels because in "than Not to Mention Camels because in case I knew what to and not to expect You must suspend your idea of rational order and allow things not to be explained or if explained only so in a frustrating way You must enjoy his subtle and not so su The second book in the trilogy of which its title is the title though it s also known as the Argo trilogy The Devil Is Dead has much novelistic unity than its predicessor Archipelago Where that book was basically a loosely linked collection of anecdotes about five characters Devil closely follows one of them Finnegan which is not his real name but then nobody in this series seems to use their real name on a fatal voyage and through its aftermath which lasts several yearsFinnegan who is subject to strange bouts of amnesia comes to himself on a curbside talking with Saxon X Seaworthy a mysterious multimillionaire and neither of them remembers or admits to remembering where they met or how they came to be here In a series of bars Finnegan agrees to be one of the crew on Seaworthy s boat as it cruises down the coast this seems to be happening in Galveston and across the Atlantic Indeed he does though it seems that he should have been dead before getting aboard It seems further that Seaworthy and Finnegan met while one of them was burying the body of a man he d murdered And that man Papadiabolous Papa Devil in Greek is aboardTo summarize the plot which I have already done great violence to would be insanity It twists it turns it turns back on itself like the fabulous Ouroboros and yet it all makes a kind of linear sense And it goes somewhere and when it gets there it stops It may be the middle book of a trilogy but by the Devil s children it has its own beginning and middle and even an endThis is Lafferty at his wacky puzzling best There is much going on beneath the surface of the book than on it and I can t claim to have caught all or even most of it But I caught enough to know that this is on the one hand a very Catholic book and on the other a book about a kind of mythology based on the Neandertals or maybe other race who came before us were displaced by us still exists among and within us and wants vengeance and our destruction The Other People have powers that we do not understand and it s rather a mystery how we displaced them at all but because of those powers and the thousands upon thousands of years they ve had to plot our downfall the only hope for the human race is for some of them to betray their people for our sakeOh and Finnegan is one of them Or partly so of the double blood Go figure He has adventures and idylls and along the way he has to make moral choices and in the end he does and that s the plot down to its bare bonesIt s a funny book not laugh out loud funny like Terry Pratchett or Donald Westlake but funny in the way that tickles at the back of the brain and makes you chuckle hours or days later Yes it s a funny book I can think of no better introduction for my review than the line s that begin the book in uestion so And they also tell the story of Papadiabolous the Devil and his company and of two of the hidden lives of Finnegan and how it is not always serious to die the first time it happens Here is one man who was buried twice and now lies still but uneasy of mind in his two separate graves Here is another man who died twice not at all the same thing And here are several who are disinclined to stay dead they don t like it they won t accept it We will not lie to you this is a do it yourself thriller or nightmare Its present order is only the way it comes in the box Arrange it as you willMaybe it was the tone the sense of humor maybe the characters or perhaps the recurring character of the Devil though I don t think the devils had much in common themselves but this book rather remind From time to time the Devil comes to Earth and sires children who wreck all sorts of havoc on the world but inevitably a few of the children rebel and serve as humanity s only defense against the devil spawn Or maybe a strain of Neanderthal DNA survives in humanity and from time to time Neanderthals are born who are far intelligent than regular humans and most seek to wipe out humanity but a few rebel against the others and attempt to protect humanity The main character of The Devil is Dead is a drunken Irishman who may have killed the Devil and may be one of the Devil s sons or may be a Neanderthal or it may ust be a bunch of crazy tall tales told in a ba. Fan Press Lakemont GA Apocryphal Passage of the Last Night of Count Finnegan on Galveston Island The last chapter omitted from 1st edition because the publisher didn't receive it in time Published in Episodes of the Argo More Than Melchisedech Tales of Chicago Tales of Midnight Arg.
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Catholic darkness of Gene Wolfe I "M NOT SURE D CALL "not sure I d call surrealist But there s only the hint of a plot This about the dark blood of the Neanderthals that lives still among humanity The Devil It s an explanation of our satyrs and our psychopaths But it s also ust about memory and it s about putting images and emotions in the reader s mind that mirror the wildness of the demon people that are both protagonists and antagonists It s a depiction of a wholly alien point of view Some of the other reviewers do the story ustice that I do
But I Strongly Disagree With Those Few That Call ThisI strongly disagree with those few that call this shaggy dog story It s weird and opaue sure but Lafferty has an ability to be tight and profoundly meaningful at the same time I am going to get every book by R A Lafferty and I am going to read them all A night dune imaginary there was a world full of people with pumpkin heads for heads and candles burning inside Then Seaworthy and the Devil and their spooky crew came along lifted the top off each head blew out the candles inside and put the tops back The pumpkin headed people seemed to get along about as well as before yet there was a differenceA man awakes into one of his lives partway through conversation with a bum who may be a millionaire as they wait for the bars to open on the morning after they have buried someone who refuses to Who would have known that a writer like R A Lafferty existed until you discover him Before last year not me for sure And Everwar (Cal Leandros, judging by the mere 27 readers who have reviewed this stupefyingly exhilarating novel by May 2011 not many other people either And yet Jeffrey Archer and Dan Brown have books in millions of houses around the globe Looking at the world with that in mind it s hard not to see it as a crushingly undeserving place Not that I am about to compare the kind of writing Lafferty does with the type of writing those two do In truth I can t really compare this type of writing with any type that ANYONE else does The best way I can describe him is to ask you to think about a storyteller simultaneously possessed with the spirits of Baron Munchausen Flann O Brien and Tex Avery Yep that s the best I can do For what it s worth and thats not a great deal the plot follows Finnegan a dead man who has already died before anyway and is also another man who is also a gargoyle on aourney from his own death the second one to the grave of the devil who as the title suggests is himself already dead although he might also still be alive and along for the ride That s one hell of a shaggy dog story but thats the least of it because the whole book is pretty much an ongoing cavalcade of shaggy dog stories Lafferty is a laughing loon who likes to spin and shatter a thousand plates one after the other with all the careless shrugged shouldered aplomb of a superior Tommy Cooper skitThis was the first of his books I ever read so I will always remember it fondly what I can remember of it anyway the whole thing was far too loopy to recall distinctly It didn t make a whole load of sense though I believe it s part of a larger work which no doubt makes as little sense by the end Lafferty s work is not that easy to get hold of my hardback copy cost a fair amount but believe me his work is worth hunting out His short stories might ust be even better than his novels although it s all good to me Pricelessly entertaining A wandering drunk finds himself entangled in a strange web of mystical doings to give much of the plot would be to ruin the thing Another book I picked up because of a mention by Gene Wolfe and you can see the influence Stylistically its extremely peculiar it takes half the text before you realize what genre you re dealing with but it still manages to offer some narrative thrills Cool weird I m trying to pick up by Lafferty but alas he seems to be largely forgotten I was greatly impressed by the Devil is Dead the second book I have read by RA Lafferty Lafferty is unidentifiable this book is not at all science fiction or fantasy even it is a myth and a dream and a great farcical chart of cosmic conspiracies and ArmageddonRA Lafferty is like Calvino only funnier he is like Pynchon only less pretentious or pretentious in a different way he is like Brautigan only serious he is like Vonnegut but less cynical his world is like a Robert Downey Sr movie only arcane I enjoy his digressions and lies and this whole book could be considered one long digression of a story he truly is a uniue voice and the most unknown great master of folktelling of. Lafayette LA The Devil Is Dead '71 Berkeley HtsGillette NJ '99 edition Wildside Press; '7177 ed Gregg Press Boston Interglossia A portion omitted from printings published in How Many Miles to Babylon pp16 18 A Magazine of Popular Literature Popular Culture 5 in '72 ed by Tom Collins. A sort of metatextual shaggy dog story version of the kind of superhumans secretly conspire and compete for their elusive goal saga that Roger Zelazny excelled at by way of Flann O Brien and Jan Potocki while chock full of offbeat lyricism and imagination in the end it seems Lafferty s intention for his novel is to be another Man Who Was Thursday which is to say an unconventional spiritual allegory tempered by the author s own singular brand of orthodox catholicism so those sympathetic to such an outlook may get a greater mileage out of it but despite the book s strengths and my high hopes for it I was ultimately left underwhelmed It s almost impossible to describe the richness and uality of Lafferty s writing a combination of the comic the absurd the brilliant the fascinating No way to prepare for it either it s so original although some of this book reminded me of Borges Bulgakhov Faulkner Mieville Portis and other greats The first two pages are incomprehensible on a first read fully comprehensible when reread after finishing the book and the first 20 30 pages barely so Lafferty has possibly the most ingenious use of word selection I ve ever come across the words and sentences are always a bit off in a very consistent stylistic way He throws things at you it all sticks thoughAnd yet this same style varies he throws in poems dreams tall tales absurdities random and bizarre asides The recurring themes of double persons confused identity ambiguity obscurity confused narrator uncertain motive paranoia are constantly keeping you off balance Each chapter begins with a uote some real some absurd some of them are a source of plot or sense to the book You freuently don t know where you are at the beginning of the chapter it can be elliptical but overarching it all is a sense of plot an actual story The story is of such limited relevance I don t think it s worth delving into but the book is saved from collapsing into impressionism by it it does provide a sort of structureNo one else writes like this And yet he s able to pull of scenes of amazing depth and power most notably on the top of the mountain in Naxos but also the scene in Biloxi stand out There s a bit of a comic campiness to the book with freuent scenes of drinking The women characters in the book are uite vivid and never simple they are often contrasted with each other They are different from the male characters who tend to be much simpler and generally the sameLafferty is included as a science fiction writer but there s none of that here he s what I would call a purely imaginative writer like Mieville s The City and the City There s a bit of oddness but no than Bulgakov although Lafferty is not writing allegory of any sort Much is made of his Catholicism but there s even less of that as well He is completely impossible to bucket or capture in a formulated phrase and any attempt to do so is really a failure to appreciate himLafferty is a pure artist expresssing his do so is really a failure to appreciate himLafferty is a pure artist expresssing his through his style Nothing but honesty here not even the slightest condescension to the reader Freuently in comic novels which I believe this fundamentally is there s a loss of tone a resolution a gratification which detracts from the level of the writing None here even the ending which can only be described as perfect he is able to maintain his artistic level There s so much in this book novel that struck me as pure genius although I m not sure how to recommend it exactly If I ran an MFA program in creative writing I would definitely include works like this to spark the stylistic imagination of my students I would "be dishonest to recommend it to fans of science fiction or fantasy they would be disappointed as it hardly "dishonest to recommend it to fans of science fiction or fantasy they would be disappointed as it hardly within the genre I think in the end my recommendation is for anyone who likes and appreciates the truly unusual and uniue in literature and laughs out loud when reading something so brilliantly clever and absurd that you are completely grateful to have come across the author and want to read everything he wrote which I kind of want to do right now HOLY FREAKING POOP This book melted my mind R A Lafferty is next level This is really really good All these authors out there and obviously there are those who for whatever reason never got the credit they deserved and languish in obscurity to this day Lafferty is one of those Imagination like Jorge Luis Borges madcap Irish willingness to break the reader s neck like Flann O Brien sublime Irish sense of language scene feeling like Joyce melted over with the baroue. This tells of an astonishing band of adventurers seeking the Devil himself It is a tale of demons and changelings monsters and mermaids and of how it is not always serious to die the first time it happensThe Devil Is Dead Trilogy Archipelago '79 1st book of trilogy Manuscript Press.