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He d murdered And that man Papadiabolous Papa Devil in Greek is aboardTo summarize the plot which I have already done reat 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 Ratscalibur goes somewhere and when itets 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 The Million Dollar Goal (The Million Dollar Series, 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 separateraves 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 reminded me of At Swim Two Birds It s been a while since I read that one so I can t think of substantial specific similarities but I was reminded of it anyhow So the idea or theme that developed through the book was that of the conflict not only among people but within people something like that I say it badly I m not The Selected Poems gonna mark this as a spoiler since it was mentioned pretty early on in the book though the fuller meaning came outradually that Finnegan our protagonist is of the double blood as the mark on his wrist not always visible or visible to all but there nonetheless shows He meets others like himself The mark means what Well I s pose that s explained fairly well by the characters themselves so I won t try to A Shark Never Sleeps: Wheeling and Dealing with the NFL's Most Ruthless Agent get too detailed here The Introduction says it better than ISet off the devils and the monsters the wonderful beauties and the foul murderersset them off in whatever apposition you wish Glance uickly to discover whether you have not the mark on your own left wrist barely under the skin Learn the true topography the monstrous and wonderful archetypes are not inside you not it your own unconsciousness you are inside them trapped and howling toet outI m sure I missed things because I read this primarily for
the fun of reading rather than with the obsessive eye for detail of reading than with the obsessive eye for detail turn on assigned literature such that underlining and highlighting at some points obscure the text sigh and because I am not expected to write an essay I m not exactly motivated to think up a clear concise way to express my interpretation of this book So I m not My Jihad: The True Story of An American Mujahid's Amazing Journey from Usama Bin Laden's Training Camps to Counterterrorism with the FBI and CIA gonna do that or not any than I ve already done using mostly uotations from the novel itself Can t help myself Iuess I just like the Introduction so here s some why not Put the nightmare together If you do not wake up screaming you have not put it together well And maybe I haven t put it together so well because I haven t woken up screaming and kept looking as I read for the elements of such terror without really finding anybut that wondering is itself unsettling and the I consider the story the I think I see the nightmare in itAnyway the 5 star rating is in part because I enjoyed the story the characters the writing all the things that make the reading itself enjoyable Beyond the readability factor there was a prevailing idea that built throughout that was as much a part of the story as the characters and setting an idea that appealed to the love of mystery myth and magic that draws me to fantasy type books in the first place but which appealed just as much to the part of me that s drawn to stuff like ancient Greek philosophy psychology sociology and the like Of course mystery myth and magic have plenty to do with philosophy psychology and sociology so it makes perfect sense that this book of argoyles and mermaids angels and devils should have plenty to do with ourselves and our own world as much as our past has to do with our present and our future Now if I wanted to be really really tedious and write the longest friggin review ever I d maybe find some stuff from the book to talk about things I liked or found worthy of further thought but I don t need to do that do I Just read it yourself No doubt my review is confusing than helpful or certainly it seems to to me Is that not an odd introduction I don t understand it at all 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 just be a bunch of crazy tall tales told in a bar. 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. A wandering drunk finds himself entangled in a strange web of mystical doings to ive 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 Nine Ghosts 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 wasreatly 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 Las Maravillosas Obras de Dios: Historias B�blicas Para La Familia 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 unknownreat master of folktelling of the 20th centuryIt was easier to read this book than Not to Mention Camels because in this 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 subtle world شرح جامع مثنوى معنوى games and understand in his world everyone is a double for someone else People don t talk like they do in real life they talk almost operatic sometimes as if they stepped out of Oscar Wilde s Salome esoteric trivia both real and false is invented vast conspiracies are unearthed and an almost Scientology complex charts the fates of men Lafferty s world is schizophrenic and might turn one insaneTo enjoy RA Lafferty s world you must also enjoy passages like theseIt was a little before the middle of March that Finnegan had a tailor make him a tuxedo withreen lapels for St Patrick s day Then he began to celebrate I am Finnegan the Irish crock he said when the logorrhea was upon him One Finnegan is worth a dozen of those pirates I am the salt of the earth You do not toss the salt under a bushel You put it in a saltcaster and set it on the table for the whole world to see I am the only perfectly spherical saltcaster in the world I am the randfather of all the saltshakers I am the cerulean saltcellar Did you know that saltcellar is an anachronism An anachronism dear Doll asked That other thing whatever it is when you say the same thing twice Cellar is saliere from sal salt The word already has salt in it so the salt in saltcellar is in excess too damned much salt If it be not salted with salt it will be salted with sulphur as the prophet says You didn t know I was educated did you Doll It is a shock Ask me what you call a conic section when e is less than one Ask me what is an Exterior Proletariat Ask me about Elective Affinities and the Categorical Imperative Go ahead ask me With you it is two fingers of the stuff in the bottom of a lass That is the imperative The ice and the soda are the categorical Right Doll right Ask me how many legs has an arachnid What you call the cosine of the angle of lag between voltage and current in an AC circuit What is the euator of a parabola Ask me how you say I ordered cucumbers I sure did not order that stuff in Russian A lot of people think I m dumb just because I don t haveany brains They aren t necessary Finn dear On you b rains would be rotesuebrains They aren t necessary Finn dear On you b rains would be rotesue much better to have that little trap door into your brain pan where you can laythe hidden uart and always have it handy People with brains would never think of a thing like that and evenhidden uart and *always have it handy People with brains would never think of a * have it handy People with brains would never think of a like that and even they did they wouldn t have room for the bottle there 145 146One day in the Ship Finnegan asked her who her husband was But you know him dear she said He s the cop with the little moustache named Tommy It s an odd name for a moustache said Finnegan It is unusual said Le Marin who was there also I knew an Englishman who had a moustache named Tankersley I knew a Nigerian who called his Cecil Myself in my salad days had one christened Pierre But Tommy I had not heard No I mean Tommy s name is Tommy not the moustache s said Hildegarde Well what is the moustache s name Finnegan persisted It doesn t have any name How old is it that it doesn t have any name About two years old Oh you Arabian Challenge guys are kidding 174 175After Finnegan has subconsciously drawn a portrait of a particularly serious devil He s an old repeater said Van Ghi He s in the background of many otherwise fine paintings The Night Watch for instance And Peter Bruegel did him often He s in the Betrayal of Giotto and he s in the Burial of Count Ortega He was in a lot of El Grecos often painted over and nearly as often uncovered again He has been painted out of many pictures for their betterment He s on Notre Dame in stone He s on Etruscan vases and Aztec statuettes Let s burn him as the Father says You had better paint without inspiration from now on Finnegan You have drawn the Joker instead of the ueen 195RA Lafferty seems to want us to research his tales to lead us down blind alleys like his novels It is amazing in this the internet age that these wildoose chases and shaggy dog stories still hold up astoundingly well I would love to read a very very long book by him 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 etting aboard It seems further that Seaworthy and Finnegan met while one of them was burying the body of a man. 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.
REVIEW ☆ JILLSCUPCAKES.CO.UK Ø R.A. LaffertyA sort of metatextual shaggy dog story version of the kind of superhumans secretly conspire and compete for their elusive oal 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 Der Verlorene Koffer: A Graded Reader for Beginning Students get areater 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 ILLERAMMA Kathalu 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 ta HOLY FREAKING POOP This book melted my mind R A Lafferty is next level This is really reallyood All these authors out there and obviously there are those who for whatever reason never ot 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 Catholic darkness of Gene Wolfe I m not sure I d call it surrealist But there s only the hint of a plot This is 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 just 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 justice that I do but I strongly disagree with those few that call this is 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 oing to Cheyenne: A Sweet Historical Romance get every book by R A Lafferty and I amoing 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 et 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 remain dead A ship is outfitted an obscure voyage undertaken Events multiply without resolving The nature of the world maybe is interrogatedWhat is this Not really a sci fi story at all though as with Ice pulp publishing can be a haven for secret masterpieces too weird and veiled in design for the usual literary engines This is not a loss Rather this might be as often observed a set of overlapping adventure yarns and shaggy dog stories spun out of alcoholic haze by a bunch of sailors and layabouts Frivolous tall tales covered in mythologizing filigree and rendered less frivolous by their recurring motifs of cyclic death and rebirth doubles andFetches Fate And Will And All Underwritten and will And all a secret history of the human race in battle with either demonic forces or its own prehistory and enetic dead ends or both or both being the same anywayThe entirety is also underwritten by certain uncertainty and subjectivity about the layers of reality here universal reality in addition to narrative reality something familiar to Phillip K Dick as well and which I ather is further expanded upon by the other parts that make up the supposed trilogy of which this is the centerpiece Really with the meta story expansions of the trilogy and beyond the lost chapters the final chapter was omitted from this printing because it supposedly arrived too late at the publisher but Lafferty might have viewed this as an advantage perhaps happenstance was not so happenstancial afterall the omissions apparently including a mysterious omitted interglossia later published elsewhere the variations between editions between stories between published versions in various places the eneral obscurity and unavailability of the whole body of work the implication is both that every story exists only in Calvino esue multiplicity and that to seek a single definitive narative reconstruction is entirely besides the point Stories don t work like this human experience doesn t work like this the universe even does not work like thisThe experience of reading this novel is a uniue one For much of the book the fog of strangeness and narrative ambiguity kept me in a state of pure anticipation where might this Black Wings of Cthulhu go It was impossible touess each new detail added to a bridge into the pure nothingness of possibility Then a resolution and re track Initial disappointment was I building a bridge to nowhere Was all that mystery really just a screen for a fundamental lack of direction Later no there are Things Going On Here I just may never know what exactly Like Carrington s The Stone Door another favorite a mythic weight emerges from the half sketched narrative And here s the amazing first edition cover of my copyIt is the first and the last sheepskins that are alwayslost or worn There is no story that is not improved by having its first and last pages lost See here Who would have known that a writer like R A Lafferty existed until you discover him Before last year not me for sure And judging by theMERE 27 READERS WHO HAVE REVIEWED27 readers who have reviewed 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 Girl on the Verge 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 abou. 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.