- File Size: 2308 KB
- Print Length: 912 pages
- Publisher: Red Storm Entertainment, Inc.; 1 edition (September 7, 2011)
- Publication Date: September 7, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005W7BLN6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,672,342 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Devil and George Bailey Kindle Edition
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Take the castle-prison on the Rhine, for instance, or the French vineyard at the height of a warm September harvest. Farther north, in Paris, we're presented with art vaults, bordellos, street riots, and a world of rat-men living in the metro just beneath the city. And that's just a sliver of the tableau in this remarkable fiction. A Roman knife-bar, Australian airfields, a Dutch luxury liner, Chinese kitchens, and the ghettos of Gdansk are all artfully blended with the porches and lawns of middle America and the seedy underbelly of cold-war Berlin.
More importantly than the backdrops, of course, are the characters who inhabit them. Beyond the names and faces you'll recognize from the original film "It's a Wonderful Life" -- albeit with some delightfully fresh story arcs -- you'll meet lecherous clergymen, war criminals, and ikon occultists. There's a boy who doesn't grow and a British ex-lord; a Japanese VP and an old Turkish chandler; an Olympic boxer, a Spanish witch, and a beautiful Slavic femme fatale with an unimaginable secret -- part, but not all, of a role-call that any actor would leap at. Indeed, "The Devil and George Bailey" is staggering in scope, content, and execution on a cinematic scale... and will "soon be coming soon to a theatre near you." I can't wait!
There are two story lines: one, a continuation of the original film's cast of characters in the little town of Bedford Falls, with an important addition -- the protagonist George Bailey Jr. -- and many unexpected turns of the plot; and two, the story of another boy, an east European street rat and the story's anti-hero -- Czeslaw Wadaczny -- whom I did not find to be an immediately lovable character, but one that grew on me. By the end of the book, when one truly understands what George and Czeslaw are about, it becomes clear just how strong both the tale and the characters turn out to be. By then, all the nuances make sense, the meaning behind each chapter and player become clear, and you are left with the sensation that you've experienced a genuinely remarkable work of fiction. The Devil and George Bailey is a startling novel, an increasing rarity in the world of contemporary literature.
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I'm not a huge movie buff, but It's a Wonderful Life is one of those classics that I've seen many times over the years and have always enjoyed. Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by TheSnipper
Perhaps if the whole book was read it would become readable but I was not able to get through the first chapter and lost interest.Published on January 3, 2012 by Bernie L. Sparkes
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