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I Await the Devil's Coming (Neversink) Paperback – March 19, 2013
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"One of the most fascinatingly self-involved personalities of the 20th century." —The Age (2011)
"Mary MacLane comes off the page quivering with life. Moving." —The London Times
"The first of the self-expressionists, and also the first of the Flappers." —The Chicagoan
"Her first book was the first of the confessional diaries ever written in this country, and it was a sensation." —The New York Times
“I know of no other writer who can play upon words so magically. Mary MacLane is one of the few who actually knows how to write English. She senses the infinite resilience, the drunken exuber- ance, the magnificent power & delicacy of the language.” —H.L. Mencken
“A girl wonder.” —Harper’s Magazine
“A pioneering newswoman and later a silent-screen star, consid- ered the veritable spirit of the iconoclastic Twenties.” —Boston Globe
“A milestone… Heartwarming, sensual and candid, I Await the Devil's Coming offers reflections that likely were quite scandalous in their time and remain evocative and powerful today." —California Bookwatch
“She was an extraordinarily gifted girl. . . She had a natural gift for crisp and concise expression, a keen, undisciplined intelligence and the emotional sensibility of a true artist.” —New York Tribune
“A pioneering feminist. . . A sensation.” —Feminist Bookstore News
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Mary MacLane comes across as a wee bit narcissistic, even sociopathic at times. She goes on and on and on about what a genius she is. She's not lacking in self-confidence. She says her family means nothing to her (and makes you believe it). Even when she does a good deed, she admits she only does so because it makes her feel good; no other reason whatsoever. Stuck in a small mining town, wanting more for herself, MacLane feels completely misunderstood and out of place.
But this is a journal, after all. Many of her sentiments could be chalked up to teen melodrama. She is brutally honest about herself, spouting her innermost thoughts in an angry whirlwind of words.
I think the challenge in reading I Await the Devil's Coming (aside from MacLane's freaky infatuation with the devil) is trying to put aside my own contemporary perspective. When I consider the role of women around 1900, MacLane seems far less crazy and more just... horribly displaced in time. Women didn't yet have the right to vote. Considered obscene, birth control information and devices were illegal. Traditional gender roles were expected; for women, that meant a life of domesticity. Period. I thought back to Garnet facing similar feelings and struggles in Molly Beth Griffin's Silhouette of a Sparrow, which is set 24 years later, and I think, 24 years later!? Mary MacLane was so far ahead of her time; it's no wonder she often felt overwhelmed by these frustrations.
"What else is there for me, if not this book? And, oh, that some one may understand it!Read more ›
They are fools. Mary MacLane was a poetic genius. Her prose sings even while ranting and raving against the Cultural Wasteland that is Small Town Middle America.
All she wanted was to get laid and make art. What more could anyone want in this world?
But this diatribe with no show was really boring. Granted, it was shocking to read about being bisexual back in 1902. Now? Nah!
For me, it was impossible to get into this writing.
As I remarked in a forthcoming MacLane anthology: [She] wrote at least five books: three published, two she is known to have destroyed. Her first - a journal of three months in utter obscurity in Butte - brought international fame. Written in a cool, precise, almost faultless style, The Story established her persona to the present day. Everything she wrote later, and almost all later interest in her, would be founded on this book.
Her prediction at age twenty-one that "fifty years after I am dead they will say, `Her first book was her masterpiece' " proved correct. It has been adapted for the stage, reprinted around the world, made the subject of academic study, and is quoted on and off the Internet.
More than a century before what Anna Saunders has called "Generation Exhibition," MacLane created a proto-blog and populated it with entries that sum to a portrait of a time, a place, and the talent they are seen through.
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The most depressing book I have ever tried to read. I say tried because it just didn't make a lot of sense. Just couldn't read every word due to it being such a downer. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Peggy Norman
I simply could not get started with this book. I understand its relevance, but it wasn't for me. Interesting time period, but loose associationsPublished on August 15, 2013 by Randy Thompson
I thought the book was depressing and repetitive in her vocabulary. I could barely finish it. I wonder why I did.Published on August 1, 2013 by elizabeth j parker
This was supposed to be some forgotten classic but I found it repetive, self involved, & tedious. She is not near as interesting as she thinks she is.Published on July 28, 2013 by Deborah
It's not quite what I expected from the review, but it is what it is. I'll pick it up and try it again, since I suspect the problem could be me, not the book.Published on April 22, 2013 by Lissa M Redshaw