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 strange actual health routine. His lifestyles is additional advanced via 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 legislation accomplice who has been making time with Mrs. Deeter; a mom whose belfry doesn't have 12 chimes for dead night; and a black specialist athlete. What binds those aberrant varieties jointly in a compelling narrative is a striking reward for incisive language: Duffy's father, a global warfare II fighter pilot, "bit the massive bagel"; "gold used to be sturdy, a commodity that usually gave a similar answer"; and, "In the state of the guts, there's battle sufficient for everybody." That Duffy reveals salvation is the main wonderful twist of all.
Copyright 1986 Reed company info, Inc.
From Library Journal
Crews as soon as wrote in Playboy in regards to the joys of having crushed 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 legislation partner). fortunately, Deeter will get right into a struggle with black pro-footballer Tump Walker; they develop into speedy pals 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 approach to reside, yet sincerity undermines satire and slapstick. the result's probably not to delight Crews's previous viewers nor locate him a brand new one. Hugh M. Crane, Brockton P.L, Mass.
Copyright 1986 Reed enterprise 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 booklet 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 journey his ""handmade Gitane travel de France ten-speed traveling machine"" forty miles an hour: ""His demanding supple ankles rolled delicately less than pointed calves that melded in one movement of muscle to thighs which 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 computer, 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 legislation companion, a pompous ex-footballer named Jeff McPhester. Duffy will get his revenge through sneaking into his personal bed room one evening and whacking McPhester at the butt with a fraternity paddle, yet is kept from additional violence via his buddy, 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 error, which results in Tish and Duffy's reunion and his surprised awareness that Felix particularly isn't the sort of slobby child in any case (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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There's no money in it, but I think it is my duty to do my best for Uncle Sam. The one thing that bothered me was how to get a view of the airship at night. " "Oh, Tom, I hate to think of you going away from home again," said his father a bit sadly. "Don't worry, father. I'm not going far this time. Only to the Canadian border, and that's only a few hundred miles. But I want to see if I can cut the current off, and turn it on again. " Tom shut off the current from the dynamo, and the powerful beam of light died out.
Damon, as he walked beside Tom and Koku to the airship. Ned had switched off the big light on a signal from the young inventor. " answered Tom. "But what did he want? What was he doing? " "He wanted to put my searchlight out of commission," responded our hero. " And this theory was borne out by Mr. Whitford, who, on calling the next morning, was told of the occurrence of the night. Koku related how he had found it uncomfortable in his bunk, and had gone out on deck for air. There, half dozing, he heard a stealthy step.
A look of surprise came over his face. "Look here! Mr. Whitford," he cried. " For, staring at Tom, in big printed letters, on a white sheet of paper, was this message: "If you know what is good for you, Tom Swift, you had better clear out. If you don't your airship will burned, and you may get hurt. We'll burn you in mid−air. Beware and quit. " "Ha! " cried Tom. " and he crumpled the anonymous warning in his hand. CHAPTER XIII. " cried Mr. Whitford. CHAPTER XIII. " asked Tom, in some surprise. "Don't destroy that letter.