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Devil's Own Work ebook

by Alan Judd


The Devil's Own Work is a 1991 novella by Alan Judd which won the Guardian Fiction Award. A modern version of the Faust legend, it was inspired by a dinner with Graham Greene

The Devil's Own Work is a 1991 novella by Alan Judd which won the Guardian Fiction Award. A modern version of the Faust legend, it was inspired by a dinner with Graham Greene. and tells of a pact an author makes with the devil as told by his lifelong friend. In style the work was compared by Publishers Weekly with that of Henry James. The unnamed narrator tells of his friend Edward's meeting in the south of France with O. M. (Old Man) Tyrell, a renowned author.

The Devil's Own Work book.

The Devil's Own Work.

Winner of the coveted Guardian Fiction Prize in England, The Devil's Own Work is a subtle, hallucinatory . Written as an homage to Ford Madox Ford and The Good Soldier, Alan Judd's new novel holds us suspended between seeing and understanding

Winner of the coveted Guardian Fiction Prize in England, The Devil's Own Work is a subtle, hallucinatory tale of possession. Written as an homage to Ford Madox Ford and The Good Soldier, Alan Judd's new novel holds us suspended between seeing and understanding.

Alan Judd's & Madox Ford' won the Royal Society of Literature and Heinemann Awards; his novella, & Devil's Own Work', won the Guardian fiction prize. His celebrated novel & Breed of Heroes' was recently screened on BBC1

Alan Judd's & Madox Ford' won the Royal Society of Literature and Heinemann Awards; his novella, & Devil's Own Work', won the Guardian fiction prize. His celebrated novel & Breed of Heroes' was recently screened on BBC1. He is the author of three other novels, and has recently retired from the Foreign Office.

This stylish and substantial novel is a clever attack on those who elevate insubstantial style. From Publishers Weekly. British novelist Judd's short, ambivalent fable on the hazards of creativity and fame is distinguished by a style as psychologically nuanced as that of Henry James.

The Devil's Own Work (Paperback). Please provide me with your latest book news, views and details of Waterstones’ special offers. Guardian Fiction Prize-winning and extraordinarily highly critically acclaimed, The Devil's Own Work is a subtle, compulsive hallucinatory tale of possession.

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Mightdragon
Based on Stephen King's blurb, I thought this would be a very spooky tale indeed, but it's nothing like that. The mumbo-jumbo aspect wasn't worked out very well and didn't feel remotely scary. This is basically just a long story of snark in the publishing world, of rampaging egos, of jealousy, of battling literary schools, of critics chasing the hot new thing. The supernatural element actually detracts from the story when you read the author's note at the end where he explains what inspired him. A story more along the lines of Cakes and Ale would have been a better choice, given what he experienced, and Daniel Kehlmann's You Should Have Left: A Novel does a much better job of working with the writer's life and the other-worldly. There are, however, some lovely descriptions of characters and settings.
Voodoogore
An astonishing book, written with great technical virtuosity and with Hidden Depths. A promising young writer makes a Faustian bargain, whereby he is able to write astonishing books of great technical virtuosity, but that lack any sort of depth nor portrays the world in any real way. Bad things happen to him. A mordant look at English letters.
asAS
I would almost give this a place of honor beside max beerbohm's great faustian tale, "enoch soames." To be sure, there is comedy in beerbohm and nocomedy in this. A well wrought work of horror as well as fantasy.
Nuadazius
I was lucky to find Devil's Own Work in a discount bin with Stephen King's praise, "Best novel I read this year" on it. And it was a great novella, so great I wanted to teach it in my English course. But it's out of print. There's no justice in the publishing world. This classic needs to find a reissue--fast!

Update: Valancourt Books has indeed re-published it long over a decade. Better late than never.
Felolv
Engaging and engrossing. I could not help but be drawn in
Xmatarryto
I absolutely loved this novel!
PC-rider
4.5/5 stars!

THE DEVIL'S OWN WORK is a beautifully written, subtly told Faustian tale, which the narrator performs perfectly.

A man relates the story of his friend, Edward, and how he became a famous and successful writer. A writer who, although he writes many words, ultimately has nothing of substance to say. Further along, we discover that Edward inherited a manuscript from a recently deceased author named Tyrell. With that manuscript he also seems to have inherited a beautiful, ageless woman named Eudoxy.

As the story unfolds, we learn more about the manuscript, (which only can be read one letter at a time, because to try to see an actual word results in the reader seeing gibberish.) It's when this manuscript falls into Edward's hands that he suddenly becomes successful. Is that because of the manuscript itself, or because of the mysterious Eudoxy? You'll have to read this to find out!

This novella length story is tight and slow to build. There isn't necessarily a denouement, but instead a growing realization of horror and what is truly involved. If you are a reader expecting a lot of action, this isn't the tale for you. However, if you have a love of language and precise storytelling, AND this premise sounds intriguing to you, I highly recommend you give THE DEVIL'S OWN WORK a try. It probably won't provoke any screams or shouts of terror from you, but I bet it will give you a bad case of the heebies-jeebies.

Highly recommended!

*This audiobook was provided free of charge by the narrator, in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*
I didn't even really realize how much I had enjoyed this book until the very end which is strange considering how rocky my start with it was. For one thing this book is really, shall we say, un-intense? I started reading it in bed and I couldn't keep my eyes open, I actually fell asleep while reading it and after waking from my short nap I tried to tackle it again. The writing isn't perfect and sometime's the characters fall into the classic horror genera stupidity needed in order to progress the plot forward. And yet, in between all this is a very scary, highly believable story about a man making contact with a demon. The part about the two of them embracing to complete his contract has haunted me for days even though it was only described in the vaguest of terms. And that to me is this books greatest power, it's ability to imply everything and say nothing. What lays outside the realms of normal human understanding? What if someone close to us suddenly confessed they had made contact with true evil and were now in a battle of wits for their soul? Is the struggle for something intangible any less riveting because of a lack of faith on behalf of the listener? I don't think so, and I have a sneaking suspicion Mr Judd doesn't either.

So while this isn't necessarily the best book I've read all year (as the blurb from Mr King on the front attests), it was a far cry from the worst either, and at just under 100 pages few are left with an excuse to not at least give this a once over.
Devil's Own Work ebook
Author:
Alan Judd
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Genre Fiction
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HarperCollins; New Ed edition (2001)
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96 pages
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