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JRZDVLZ ➸ [Reading] ➺ JRZDVLZ By Lee Klein ➭ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk JRZDVLZ pronounced Jersey Devils is the autobiography of a sympathetic beast on a centuries spanning uest for redemption Based on long suffering legend and historical fact it’s about the sacrifice c JRZDVLZ pronounced Jersey Devils is the autobiography of a sympathetic beast on a centuries spanning uest for redemption Based on long suffering legend and historical fact it’s about the sacrifice civility endurance and humility reuired to transform a monster into a man.


10 thoughts on “JRZDVLZ

  1. Lee Klein Lee Klein says:

    Available for about 5 these days FYI httpswwwgpoffer listiIs it possible that New Jersey's favorite cryptic cryptid has been tweeting? Implausible but possible and even apparently true ’m thrilled psyched and also delighted to announce the emergence into the world of JRZDVLZ a novel I’ve worked on since 2006 JRZDVLZ is the autobiography of the Jersey Devil a sympathetic beast a composite of various animals with the snout of a dog horns of a ram the wings of a bat the torso of a kangaroo the tail of a rat the legs of a heron and the hooves of a donkey on a centuries spanning uest for redemption on a stormy night in October 1735 as soon as he was born he consumed his family including 11 of 12 siblingsBased on long suffering legend and historical fact it’s about the sacrifice civility endurance and humility reuired to transform a monster into a manThe kindly publisher and I agreed to wait until October to unleash it since it really seems to sync with the decaying light when the days take on some seasonal eeriness We hope you love this weird beast of a book and help us elevate the Jersey Devil’s profile among his significantly famous Pacific Northwestern and Scottish cryptozoological relativesWe're thankful for every order and any help to spread the word among your beastly and beautiful composite of friends on GR or not


  2. Ted Ted says:

    Indulgence too often in first thoughts became habitual weakness especially for children of a man who'd streamed words from his mind unfiltered by tact Mouths were gates restraining wild animals release of one eased the release of others until the world reverted to savageryThis has replaced Thanks and Sorry and Good Luck as my favorite book by Mr KleinAn astounding tellingshapingstretching legend of the Jersey Devil narrated as its life story by the very creature born during a raging nor'easter in October 1735 of the union of a woman Mowas Leeds with what? a British soldier? a monster in disguise? an unknown essence? the devil incarnate? a composite of thirteen beasts in a single body a chimerical advance on the ancient Chimera or perhaps no than a prank of a famous early American that famous personage none other than Benjamin Franklin woven into this tale most inventively Only a few pages in the authormonster relates its first post birth momentsMy mother's expression transformed from relief to horror as my shape shifted softest skin turned scaly long leathery wings burst from my shoulders a tail extended as long and as hairless as a rat's my cute little newborn face elongated and nostrils flared as gummy black jowls like a retriever's formed to imperfectly conceal the sharpest teethMy wings spread to shade the room from candlelight My claws entered the midwife who first touched me I consumed her and well as her colleagues before I feasted on the body that had made me As sentimental as a rampaging warrior I flew down the steps toward my brothers and sisters I devoured every last one until carnage was all there wasI eyed the chimney and shot into the stormI'll offer no further uotations having no desire to tread farther than a third into the story from whence comes the initial uote fearful of hinting at the magical story here told A monster that yearns for understanding friendship forgiveness some slight acceptance into the world of humanity The narrative laced with wonderful depth of thought this is a story that will likely be enjoyed by any reader attuned to post modern fantasy Superb Previous review The Odyssey that Greek guyNext review Cotton Tenants James AgeeOlder review DublinersPrevious library review Incidents of Egotourism in the Temporary WorldNext library review The Woman in the Window


  3. Vit Babenco Vit Babenco says:

    Now Chimera may rest in peace till the end of time Who these days could be scared of the goat part anyway? And goat’s head soup is Mick Jagger’s usual diet ever since 1973 Here comes Adam Merriweather – “a composite of thirteen beasts in a single body” Jersey Devils is a burlesue horror tale a chronicle of the life and deeds of a certain humane monster who accidentally devoured all his relativesMy mother’s expression transformed from relief to horror as my shape shifted softest skin turned scaly long leathery wings burst from my shoulders a tail extended as long and as hairless as a rat’s my cute little newborn face elongated and nostrils flared as gummy black jowls like a retriever’s formed to imperfectly conceal the sharpest teethAnd of course being a supreme freak the main hero encountered many freaky beings on his way the most freaky of whom were ordinary peopleI watched human citizens transform or less into beasts the evil always concealed in the land now out in the open In comparison I was a tender flower forever repenting as they churned to prove their innocenceAnd the most monstrous human beings were fanatics demagogues patriots industrialists and politiciansThe mental monsters are most dangerous of all the monsters – they are thoroughly disguised and they always stab you in the back


  4. Kris Kris says:

    As someone who grew up with stories about the Jersey Devil I was especially excited and intrigued when I learned that GR friend and fellow Philadelphia resident Lee Klein had just published a novel about the legendary figure JRZDVLZ lived up to my hopes and expectations Lee's extensive research into the mythology of the Jersey Devil the communities of the Pine Barrens and the history of the area is apparent in the novel's details as well as in its sweeping historical journey from colonial America to the 21st century What really provides heart to the novel are the themes Lee explores genealogy and identity ambition and insanity the fear that fuels the mob and most important what makes monsters human and what makes humans monstrous And it's a terrific absorbing read I found it very difficult to put down and when I was forced to I found my thoughts returning to the predicaments of the Jersey Devil aka Adam Merriweather In his Note to the Reader Merriweather writes as elements of this story accrue and come alive in your imagination if you sense a reasonably coherent human spirit rise from the words I’ll have successfully reclaimed the complexities of my life from the simplifications of legend Mission accomplished


  5. Cody Cody says:

    To be fair I gave Lee Klein a thankless task Coming on the heels of Sarraute Robbe Grillet Bjørneboe and Edmund White a book not without humor about an urban legend with a cartoon cover of a monster watching the tube seemed at the time destined to fail Badly But as I so often reaffirm with my very existence I was entirely wrong To literally judge the book by its cover not to mention a writer whose last offering I championed and not meet it on its own terms would have been bullshit to Lee—bearded rugged Lee—so I huzzah the manifold enjoyments of this little book that defied the overwhelming odds of my own myopia and oh so fucking precious sensibilities It didn’t hurt that I chose to read the book while going through some health shit Serious health shit Call me outrageous for not choosing to read I dunno Burton but the timing ended up being perfect—one could say ‘therapeutic’ even One could say that I don’t know what that word means One could be right Who knows?Listen this is finely written stuff—engaging enormous and intimate in scope both Klein is a fabulist of excellent pedigree Iowa Workshop; full AKC papers that never lets his obvious ability get in the way of his truly original fuckodd stories One gets the impression that he could write the hell out of the ‘prose’ and out purple that little shit Harold with his stupid asshole crayon without a lash bat But to me Klein comes from the tradition of ‘story first’Vonnegutism Of which thank God As much as I enjoy my subterranean faux intellectualism I will always cede to my axiom of ‘good is good’ And this is greatIf you’re into fabulist literature and appreciate writing that is crisp and intelligent but not tripping over itself in hermetic textual glossolalia then proceed and enjoy While Lee and I may be ‘friends’ on the Goodreads Gulag chain gang I say this as a ‘good’ and ‘serious’ reader whatever the fuck that means I look forward to watching Klein’s career develop over the upcoming years or at least until I am killed very very violently by the staff of Pitchfork for giving Father John Misty a 02 rating ‘Cause that guy is just the worst I make this reference for a reason FJM’s patented cynical shtick is the polar opposite of Klein’s committed and enviable guilelessness and omni heartsleeves Thank you Mr Klein for removing my head from my own asshole however briefly


  6. João Reis João Reis says:

    An original fun and melancholy novel uite different from anything I've ever read In Lee Klein's novel we follow the long life of Adam Merriweather AKA Leeds Devil an accursed human born a devil whose body is a composite form of several animals Who was is father? A British soldier? A militiaman? Benjamin Franklin? Does he exist at all? After a traumatic birth during which he kills his mother 12 of his 13 siblings and some midwives the Leeds Devil adopts a passive reclusive attitude flying off to an island After meeting Larner another reclusive individual he gets acuainted to Benjamin Franklin's 13 commandments which together with Moses's commandments make the central core of Devil's behavior and way of facing life what would Jesus and Socrates do? The Devil is therefore a kind of observer of American History since the United States fundation to 2017 always living in the East Coast and New Jersey area Klein's use of English language is superb contributing to the novel's atmosphere and some of its best moments My favorites chapters are undoubtedly I am the Leeds Devils and A Vortex of Pandemonium in which we follow the story of crazy Branley Jukes and his offspring ending with the general hysteria and paranoia in Umbria the murders and sacrifice of innocent children are indeed a fabulous part of the text A great and unsual reading no doubt 45


  7. Matt Matt says:

    I came for the beast and stayed for the story A great read about the life of the Jersey Devil told by himself on his way to become human The known facts about the legend are embedded in a story that evokes a whole spectrum of emotions in the reader You cannot help but make comparisons with Frankenstein’s creature It’s tragic funny dramatic all in one New Jersey’s Pine Barrens become the mirror of the world through the eyes of the beastRecommended reading This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 30 Unported License


  8. Reid Reid says:

    Praise for Lee Klein JRZDVLZ and the devil inside from actual insiders and a couple of outsidersJerry Garcia “A book after my own heart What a long strange trip it’s been A friend of the devil is a friend of mine”Ben Franklin “Thanks for reading and liking my autobiography but yours I must admit is much better reading”Jesus Christ “Lee Klein really knows how to write and he’s full of humility and kindness as evident in just about everything he’s writtenexcept maybe that book Thanks and Sorry and Good Luck but even I know honesty and humor is often the best policy Keep up the good works”Socrates “Thank you for considering me so humble but if I were you I would uestion that”Joseph Wharton a man of wealth and taste and thirst “How nice of you to remember and honor me and recall my efforts to uench the thirst of our collective parched lips I want you as my publicist”The Leeds Devil the most interesting man in the world “Thanks so much for being so kind to me but my advice to you stay thirsty my friend Or not”A local priest to remain nameless “I’ve got to admit those were the best and craziest marriage vows I could ever imagine You’re the devil”Virginia Woolf “Orlando lives in Jersey”Reid ME “This must have been a fun book to write because as a reader you have no idea where it's going which is a large part of the pleasure just being taken for a ride through time and country through villages rocky coasts and the development of the northeast from colonial times to modern day Every place and time seems real Especially enjoyed the early 1700’s opening the small village and authentic colonialists the ritual sacrifice scene the overturning of simpler expectations and the struggle for this man beast to learn over time to mature as a human being and make efforts to do good while still admitting to the demands of ease and of aging Excellent writing good dialogue interesting asides and ideas to mull great compilation of so many genres in literature from the ancient myths to the gothic to post modern riffs Very enjoyable and a fairly uick read And probably like nothing you’ve read before Try it you’ll enjoy the ride”


  9. Barbara Klein Barbara Klein says:

    Finished JRZDVLZ last night Loved the inner workings of this character's very complex personality wanting so badly to be human yet treasuring his ability to fly and soar when necessary despite the burden of his strange body The struggle we all have of taming the beast within The eternal battle of rectifiying the inside with the outside There's lots of dark humor in this book but I think what prevails most for me is Merriweather's self doubting nature wanting to fit in to attain his version of normality His sense of being an alien learning rules of society that will never fully accept him Never revealing his true nature either to himself or the world around him A real struggle for authenticity


  10. Lauren Lauren says:

    This review starts with a disclosure The author is my coworker and we are on chummy terms So first I was worried about being too humane and liking the book too much Then I think I over corrected and became aggressively critical and unnecessarily removed like some sort of deadened reading and reviewing robot incapable of humanity entirely All of that actually fits rather nicely into this novel's thematic elements Which wasn't the intention Anyhow I hope this review finds a nice comfortable middle groundLee's book first name basis yup is a sympathetic portrait of the beast of legend But as the title implies with the plural jersey devilS the devil is than just a chimera creature in the woods The devil stirs in all of us The devil is born of our fears our inescapable pasts and feckless creeds The devil embodies the anxiety of human expansion when brain soul language and form seek to go beyond the limitations imposed by neighbor country family and foe Centuries ebb and flow in this novel and the jersey devil affectionately named Adam Merriweather exists as an historical scapegoat for a fearful village a philanthropist or a moneymaker for two Philadelphia industry titans a tourist attraction and a friend to those who choose to see him differently His first person narrative is very strong in parts and recedes too much in others Ultimately the devil makes the choices that we all make throughout our lives do we succumb to impulses or aspire to ? Are we monster or man at the end of our days? But which is which?There are some points in the plot some connections that the reader is being asked to make that are a little too forced for the sake of delivering an overarching message thinking about Stearns horse in particular here This book is also a bit too wordy for my taste Sometimes a tree is just a tree Lee That being said the prose is most often poignant and is not the typical style of writing you see in your average modern paperback I felt refreshingly challenged by the narrative and it's been a while since I read something this ambitious I'm glad to have read this mythical thoughtful witty wild thing but than anything I'm glad Lee can still show his face around the office


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10 thoughts on “JRZDVLZ

  1. Lee Klein Lee Klein says:

    Available for about 5 these days FYI httpswwwgpoffer listiIs it possible that New Jersey's favorite cryptic cryptid has been tweeting? Implausible but possible and even apparently true ’m thrilled psyched and also delighted to announce the emergence into the world of JRZDVLZ a novel I’ve worked on since 2006 JRZDVLZ is the autobiography of the Jersey Devil a sympathetic beast a composite of various animals with the snout of a dog horns of a ram the wings of a bat the torso of a kangaroo the tail of a rat the legs of a heron and the hooves of a donkey on a centuries spanning uest for redemption on a stormy night in October 1735 as soon as he was born he consumed his family including 11 of 12 siblingsBased on long suffering legend and historical fact it’s about the sacrifice civility endurance and humility reuired to transform a monster into a manThe kindly publisher and I agreed to wait until October to unleash it since it really seems to sync with the decaying light when the days take on some seasonal eeriness We hope you love this weird beast of a book and help us elevate the Jersey Devil’s profile among his significantly famous Pacific Northwestern and Scottish cryptozoological relativesWe're thankful for every order and any help to spread the word among your beastly and beautiful composite of friends on GR or not

  2. Ted Ted says:

    Indulgence too often in first thoughts became habitual weakness especially for children of a man who'd streamed words from his mind unfiltered by tact Mouths were gates restraining wild animals release of one eased the release of others until the world reverted to savageryThis has replaced Thanks and Sorry and Good Luck as my favorite book by Mr KleinAn astounding tellingshapingstretching legend of the Jersey Devil narrated as its life story by the very creature born during a raging nor'easter in October 1735 of the union of a woman Mowas Leeds with what? a British soldier? a monster in disguise? an unknown essence? the devil incarnate? a composite of thirteen beasts in a single body a chimerical advance on the ancient Chimera or perhaps no than a prank of a famous early American that famous personage none other than Benjamin Franklin woven into this tale most inventively Only a few pages in the authormonster relates its first post birth momentsMy mother's expression transformed from relief to horror as my shape shifted softest skin turned scaly long leathery wings burst from my shoulders a tail extended as long and as hairless as a rat's my cute little newborn face elongated and nostrils flared as gummy black jowls like a retriever's formed to imperfectly conceal the sharpest teethMy wings spread to shade the room from candlelight My claws entered the midwife who first touched me I consumed her and well as her colleagues before I feasted on the body that had made me As sentimental as a rampaging warrior I flew down the steps toward my brothers and sisters I devoured every last one until carnage was all there wasI eyed the chimney and shot into the stormI'll offer no further uotations having no desire to tread farther than a third into the story from whence comes the initial uote fearful of hinting at the magical story here told A monster that yearns for understanding friendship forgiveness some slight acceptance into the world of humanity The narrative laced with wonderful depth of thought this is a story that will likely be enjoyed by any reader attuned to post modern fantasy Superb Previous review The Odyssey that Greek guyNext review Cotton Tenants James AgeeOlder review DublinersPrevious library review Incidents of Egotourism in the Temporary WorldNext library review The Woman in the Window

  3. Vit Babenco Vit Babenco says:

    Now Chimera may rest in peace till the end of time Who these days could be scared of the goat part anyway? And goat’s head soup is Mick Jagger’s usual diet ever since 1973 Here comes Adam Merriweather – “a composite of thirteen beasts in a single body” Jersey Devils is a burlesue horror tale a chronicle of the life and deeds of a certain humane monster who accidentally devoured all his relativesMy mother’s expression transformed from relief to horror as my shape shifted softest skin turned scaly long leathery wings burst from my shoulders a tail extended as long and as hairless as a rat’s my cute little newborn face elongated and nostrils flared as gummy black jowls like a retriever’s formed to imperfectly conceal the sharpest teethAnd of course being a supreme freak the main hero encountered many freaky beings on his way the most freaky of whom were ordinary peopleI watched human citizens transform or less into beasts the evil always concealed in the land now out in the open In comparison I was a tender flower forever repenting as they churned to prove their innocenceAnd the most monstrous human beings were fanatics demagogues patriots industrialists and politiciansThe mental monsters are most dangerous of all the monsters – they are thoroughly disguised and they always stab you in the back

  4. Kris Kris says:

    As someone who grew up with stories about the Jersey Devil I was especially excited and intrigued when I learned that GR friend and fellow Philadelphia resident Lee Klein had just published a novel about the legendary figure JRZDVLZ lived up to my hopes and expectations Lee's extensive research into the mythology of the Jersey Devil the communities of the Pine Barrens and the history of the area is apparent in the novel's details as well as in its sweeping historical journey from colonial America to the 21st century What really provides heart to the novel are the themes Lee explores genealogy and identity ambition and insanity the fear that fuels the mob and most important what makes monsters human and what makes humans monstrous And it's a terrific absorbing read I found it very difficult to put down and when I was forced to I found my thoughts returning to the predicaments of the Jersey Devil aka Adam Merriweather In his Note to the Reader Merriweather writes as elements of this story accrue and come alive in your imagination if you sense a reasonably coherent human spirit rise from the words I’ll have successfully reclaimed the complexities of my life from the simplifications of legend Mission accomplished

  5. Cody Cody says:

    To be fair I gave Lee Klein a thankless task Coming on the heels of Sarraute Robbe Grillet Bjørneboe and Edmund White a book not without humor about an urban legend with a cartoon cover of a monster watching the tube seemed at the time destined to fail Badly But as I so often reaffirm with my very existence I was entirely wrong To literally judge the book by its cover not to mention a writer whose last offering I championed and not meet it on its own terms would have been bullshit to Lee—bearded rugged Lee—so I huzzah the manifold enjoyments of this little book that defied the overwhelming odds of my own myopia and oh so fucking precious sensibilities It didn’t hurt that I chose to read the book while going through some health shit Serious health shit Call me outrageous for not choosing to read I dunno Burton but the timing ended up being perfect—one could say ‘therapeutic’ even One could say that I don’t know what that word means One could be right Who knows?Listen this is finely written stuff—engaging enormous and intimate in scope both Klein is a fabulist of excellent pedigree Iowa Workshop; full AKC papers that never lets his obvious ability get in the way of his truly original fuckodd stories One gets the impression that he could write the hell out of the ‘prose’ and out purple that little shit Harold with his stupid asshole crayon without a lash bat But to me Klein comes from the tradition of ‘story first’Vonnegutism Of which thank God As much as I enjoy my subterranean faux intellectualism I will always cede to my axiom of ‘good is good’ And this is greatIf you’re into fabulist literature and appreciate writing that is crisp and intelligent but not tripping over itself in hermetic textual glossolalia then proceed and enjoy While Lee and I may be ‘friends’ on the Goodreads Gulag chain gang I say this as a ‘good’ and ‘serious’ reader whatever the fuck that means I look forward to watching Klein’s career develop over the upcoming years or at least until I am killed very very violently by the staff of Pitchfork for giving Father John Misty a 02 rating ‘Cause that guy is just the worst I make this reference for a reason FJM’s patented cynical shtick is the polar opposite of Klein’s committed and enviable guilelessness and omni heartsleeves Thank you Mr Klein for removing my head from my own asshole however briefly

  6. João Reis João Reis says:

    An original fun and melancholy novel uite different from anything I've ever read In Lee Klein's novel we follow the long life of Adam Merriweather AKA Leeds Devil an accursed human born a devil whose body is a composite form of several animals Who was is father? A British soldier? A militiaman? Benjamin Franklin? Does he exist at all? After a traumatic birth during which he kills his mother 12 of his 13 siblings and some midwives the Leeds Devil adopts a passive reclusive attitude flying off to an island After meeting Larner another reclusive individual he gets acuainted to Benjamin Franklin's 13 commandments which together with Moses's commandments make the central core of Devil's behavior and way of facing life what would Jesus and Socrates do? The Devil is therefore a kind of observer of American History since the United States fundation to 2017 always living in the East Coast and New Jersey area Klein's use of English language is superb contributing to the novel's atmosphere and some of its best moments My favorites chapters are undoubtedly I am the Leeds Devils and A Vortex of Pandemonium in which we follow the story of crazy Branley Jukes and his offspring ending with the general hysteria and paranoia in Umbria the murders and sacrifice of innocent children are indeed a fabulous part of the text A great and unsual reading no doubt 45

  7. Matt Matt says:

    I came for the beast and stayed for the story A great read about the life of the Jersey Devil told by himself on his way to become human The known facts about the legend are embedded in a story that evokes a whole spectrum of emotions in the reader You cannot help but make comparisons with Frankenstein’s creature It’s tragic funny dramatic all in one New Jersey’s Pine Barrens become the mirror of the world through the eyes of the beastRecommended reading This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 30 Unported License

  8. Reid Reid says:

    Praise for Lee Klein JRZDVLZ and the devil inside from actual insiders and a couple of outsidersJerry Garcia “A book after my own heart What a long strange trip it’s been A friend of the devil is a friend of mine”Ben Franklin “Thanks for reading and liking my autobiography but yours I must admit is much better reading”Jesus Christ “Lee Klein really knows how to write and he’s full of humility and kindness as evident in just about everything he’s writtenexcept maybe that book Thanks and Sorry and Good Luck but even I know honesty and humor is often the best policy Keep up the good works”Socrates “Thank you for considering me so humble but if I were you I would uestion that”Joseph Wharton a man of wealth and taste and thirst “How nice of you to remember and honor me and recall my efforts to uench the thirst of our collective parched lips I want you as my publicist”The Leeds Devil the most interesting man in the world “Thanks so much for being so kind to me but my advice to you stay thirsty my friend Or not”A local priest to remain nameless “I’ve got to admit those were the best and craziest marriage vows I could ever imagine You’re the devil”Virginia Woolf “Orlando lives in Jersey”Reid ME “This must have been a fun book to write because as a reader you have no idea where it's going which is a large part of the pleasure just being taken for a ride through time and country through villages rocky coasts and the development of the northeast from colonial times to modern day Every place and time seems real Especially enjoyed the early 1700’s opening the small village and authentic colonialists the ritual sacrifice scene the overturning of simpler expectations and the struggle for this man beast to learn over time to mature as a human being and make efforts to do good while still admitting to the demands of ease and of aging Excellent writing good dialogue interesting asides and ideas to mull great compilation of so many genres in literature from the ancient myths to the gothic to post modern riffs Very enjoyable and a fairly uick read And probably like nothing you’ve read before Try it you’ll enjoy the ride”

  9. Barbara Klein Barbara Klein says:

    Finished JRZDVLZ last night Loved the inner workings of this character's very complex personality wanting so badly to be human yet treasuring his ability to fly and soar when necessary despite the burden of his strange body The struggle we all have of taming the beast within The eternal battle of rectifiying the inside with the outside There's lots of dark humor in this book but I think what prevails most for me is Merriweather's self doubting nature wanting to fit in to attain his version of normality His sense of being an alien learning rules of society that will never fully accept him Never revealing his true nature either to himself or the world around him A real struggle for authenticity

  10. Lauren Lauren says:

    This review starts with a disclosure The author is my coworker and we are on chummy terms So first I was worried about being too humane and liking the book too much Then I think I over corrected and became aggressively critical and unnecessarily removed like some sort of deadened reading and reviewing robot incapable of humanity entirely All of that actually fits rather nicely into this novel's thematic elements Which wasn't the intention Anyhow I hope this review finds a nice comfortable middle groundLee's book first name basis yup is a sympathetic portrait of the beast of legend But as the title implies with the plural jersey devilS the devil is than just a chimera creature in the woods The devil stirs in all of us The devil is born of our fears our inescapable pasts and feckless creeds The devil embodies the anxiety of human expansion when brain soul language and form seek to go beyond the limitations imposed by neighbor country family and foe Centuries ebb and flow in this novel and the jersey devil affectionately named Adam Merriweather exists as an historical scapegoat for a fearful village a philanthropist or a moneymaker for two Philadelphia industry titans a tourist attraction and a friend to those who choose to see him differently His first person narrative is very strong in parts and recedes too much in others Ultimately the devil makes the choices that we all make throughout our lives do we succumb to impulses or aspire to ? Are we monster or man at the end of our days? But which is which?There are some points in the plot some connections that the reader is being asked to make that are a little too forced for the sake of delivering an overarching message thinking about Stearns horse in particular here This book is also a bit too wordy for my taste Sometimes a tree is just a tree Lee That being said the prose is most often poignant and is not the typical style of writing you see in your average modern paperback I felt refreshingly challenged by the narrative and it's been a while since I read something this ambitious I'm glad to have read this mythical thoughtful witty wild thing but than anything I'm glad Lee can still show his face around the office

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