*It’s true, I really can read!
THE BOOK: The Devil All The Time by Donald Ray Pollock
My feeble thoughts: Set in post WWII-rural West Virginia and Ohio, Pollock crafts this novel around a collection of characters that are simultaneously fascinating and completely disturbed. Just as you “settle in” with one character, he jumps to/revisits a different one, each with their fair share of miserableness. You get to sneak around with a broken veteran and his young son that take their prayers to God too far, a serial killer couple that targets innocent hitchhikers, a massively ignorant but faithful preacher and his crippled partner that are hiding from their past, and a deputy that uses the law for his own selfish exploits. Of course, their stories braid together eventually. Although superbly well written, the evilness in this book is hard to take. The title is not deceiving whatsoever!
Would I recommend it to a stranger on the bus (trying to make his way home)? I did recommend it to Hubs (he’s reading it now), although I’m not sure it’s for everyone.
What I am reading now: I’m reading “Getting Things Done” by David Allen, so I can transform my lazy tendencies into super hero productivity. Turns out, it’s slow going and I’m not sure I’ll finish it. Think that’s a bad sign already?