REVIEW é The Heavenly Table

REVIEW The Heavenly Table

REVIEW é The Heavenly Table ↠ From Donald Ray Pollock author of the highly acclaimed The Devil All the Time and Knockemstiff comes a dark gritty electrifying and disturbingly weirdly funny new novel that will solidify his place among the best contemporary American authorsIt is 1917 in that sliver of border land that divides Georgia from Alabama DispossThe eldest; handsome; intelligent; Cob short; heavy set; a bit slow; and Chimney the youngest; thin; ill tempered Several hundred miles away in southern Ohio a farmer by the name of Ellsworth Fiddler lives with his son Eddie and his wife Eula After Ellsworth is swindled out of his family’s entire fortune his life is put on a surprising unforgettable and violent trajectory that will directly lead him to cross. Gothic grit lit to the core Dark dismal and full of despair just the way I like it The year is 1917 and the ill fated Jewett brothers have run afoul of the law They have managed to bumble their way through a handful of bank robberies with limited success With a price on their heads they desperately ride toward Canada hoping to start their lives anew The Jewett boys find themselves taking a breather in the small town of Meade Ohio This is an ill conceived notion as they are not smart enough to blend An ill tempered barkeep takes his surliness to the extreme using his backroom for something other than storage Mule Miller eats glass but no one knows about it except for Jasper Cone the town's outhouse inspector A man named Sugar has to wear a vine around his waist to hold up his pants but is proud to own a fine hat Bawdy whores abound giving a clap doctor ample opportunity to proselytize on the merits of abstinence Raw and rude dark and dirty Those with delicate sensibilities start running now If you gravitate toward noir ish goodness this is one you'll want to read


From Donald Ray Pollock author of the highly acclaimed The Devil All the Time and Knockemstiff comes a dark gritty electrifying and disturbingly weirdly funny new novel that will solidify his place among the best contemporary American authorsIt is 1917 in that sliver of border land that divides Georgia from Alabama Dispossessed farmer Pearl Jewett ekes out a hardscrabble existence with his three young sons Cane. This Donald Ray Pollock sure can write a spiritual journey This one is about a little white bird a hermit and the Heavenly Table and it takes up about 3 pages early on in this story and then a couple closer to the end The other 350 pages are a hellacious ride through 1917 historical fiction I go overboard with the trouble That's what I heard Donald Ray say in an interviewAt the root of most of the trouble in this story is a book The Life and Times of Bloody Bill Bucket by Charles Foster Winthrop IIIThe Jewett Brothers Cane Cob and Chimney have two books their mothers Bible and the Bloody Bill dime store novel They can't make hide nor hair of the Bible but Cane reads to his brothers every night of the whore chasing bank robbing Bill Bucket Other than the two books the only thing these brothers own are the stinkin' rags they wear so when they set out to rise above their sualored life they do so the only way they think possibleThey steal some horses and set about bank robbin' To everyone's surprise they're good at it And before long their saddle bags are full of money Cane wonders just how much money they may need for a fresh start somewhere far away from their new found fame Cob dreams of all the food they can now afford Seventeen year old Chimney is pretty sure he can now have all the whores he wants I was going to keep track of all the killings within this book Maybe record the last words of those killed Soon I discovered that was to much work I do remember that the multitude of characters were dispatched by the use of various firearms shotguns rifles and pistols One fellow used a straight razor Another used a machete that got stuck in a neck bone But there is a lot to this story than bank robbin' and killin' In order to help readers get to know these characters a little better Donald Ray uses his considerable knowledge of several fetishes and one very psychopathic perversion I've tried several times to write a nice storyI can't do it Donald Ray Pollock typical Jewett family nightfarther Pearl sons Cane Cob Chimney page 3 Last night as with most evenings whenever Pearl passed out on his blanket before it got too dark to see Cane had read aloud to his brothers from The Life and Times of Bloody Bill Bucket a crumbling water stained dime novel that glorified the criminal exploits of an ex Confederate soldier turned bank robber cutting a swath of terror throughout the Old WestConseuently Chimney had spent the last few hours dreaming of gun fights on scorched desert plains and poon tang that tasted like honey page 36 since they'd first come across the Bloody Bill book and it was always the same Cob afraid of changing anything and Chimney burning to change it all Of course Chimney was right nothing was ever going to get any better as long as they stayed with Pearl And though Cane knew the book was fictitious sometimes it still seemed closer to the truth than anything he had read in his mother's Bible According to Charles Foster Winthrop III the world was an unjust despicable place lorded over by a select pack of the rich and ruthless and the only way for a poor man to get ahead was to ignore the laws that they enforced on everybody but themselves And from what Cane had seen in his twenty three years of barely survivi

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The Heavenly TablePaths with the Jewetts No good can come of it Or can itIn the gothic tradition of Flannery O’Connor and Cormac McCarthy with a healthy dose of cinematic violence reminiscent of Sam Peckinpah uentin Tarantino and the Coen Brothers the Jewetts and the Fiddlers will find their lives colliding in increasingly dark and horrific ways placing Donald Ray Pollock firmly in the company of the genre’s literary master. This book s a 35 for me but I rounded up because Pollock has such a wild love of language and story I think this novel is a bit of a mess but it was also uite entertaining sometimes funny and even a little moving at the end Although on the surface it a hyper realistic depiction of early 20th century southern Ohio I would venture it is of an alternate reality history as carnival sideshow a morally bankrupt and filthy world where you root for the bad guys who in comparison to everyone else end up looking not that bad Pollock throws in every trope known to literature there's an everything but the kitchen sink feel to the narrative but he has a great command of language an exuberance that's hard to resist There are multiple story lines which come together some less successfully than others but I did feel like Pollock always had a grasp on the chaos even when stories spun out of stories that could seem both distracting and part of the kaleidoscope The Heavenly Table is thoroughly disgusting and depraved in every way imaginable which makes it hard to recommend But I will say that Pollock's style is distinct and he is original and I want to read his other books