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The Devil and George Bailey by [Horn, Tom]
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Length: 912 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • 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
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This clever novel has "soon to be a major motion picture" written all over it. Simmering with suspense, humor and mystery, blood-pounding action, eye-welling drama, and a romantic saga of timeless love, the book delivers scene upon scene so vividly depicted, they're nothing short of cinematic.

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!
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Tom Horn's outrageous and astonishing debut novel is a brilliantly conceived epic unlike anything I've read. This is not your grandmother's bedtime story, but rather an engaging literary thriller, beautifully written, with a unique cast of saints and sinners, set against sumptuous backdrops that stretch across Europe and America.

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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This is an exciting writer, and one I loved reading. His style is so smooth, that he makes it look easy. As a result, "The Devil and George Bailey" not only manages a unique and powerful message, it is also a joy to read. The plot is riveting, the characters are complex and realistic, and the descriptions fill your head with crystal-clear imagery, from the rabble and rubble of post-war Poland -- to a quiet death in the Hollywood Hills --all the way to the Melbourne Olympics and Parisian riots of 1968. The author Horn knows his way around a good many parts of the world, and he certainly knows his way around our quirky western culture and history. This knowledge makes his unusual story convincing while his writing skills make them come alive. The characters are exceptionally vivid -- all products from the mind of a master fully in command of his craft. The layer-upon-layer of characters and events unfolding simultaneously around the globe drive the plot like a well-tuned engine. Not only will you be unable to put the book down, you won't be able to read this book just once.
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I finished this book several days ago, and I still can't get it out of my head. The characters were so real and the story was remarkable. It's certainly not like anything I've ever read before. And it took me places I've never been before and taught me some interesting things along the way, from the blackmarket Olympics to ancient ikons to the citizens who live beneath the city of Paris. Plus, it is all written so beautifully that I read some parts aloud to get the full effect. An amazing book!
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