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There is some excellent material on the New Jersey Pine Barrens and the much maligned Pineys who inhabit them. Sprouse portrays them in a kinder and more enlightened light than has often been the case. There are also other interesting aspects of New Jersey history and culture that are treated here.
If your sole interest in reading this work is to find out what it says about the Jersey Devil, at times you may get frustrated by the writer's side trips into his personal history and other events. However, if you are searching for evidence that there is more to the story of the Jersey Devil than just the name for a hockey team, then this is must reading.
I usually try to read several books by the same author to examine their writing and see how it evolves over time. I'd love for Sprouse to write more so I can see how he refines his work.
I will admit that I'm not from the area and so the historical elements of the book were less interesting to me. That said, the author's writing kept me going. I wouldn't let the location or history sway you from giving it a go.
It’s hard to pin down exactly what “type” of book this is and that might be one of the things I most enjoyed about it. It is part memoir, part historical analysis of the people and culture of southern Jersey, part editorial commentary on modern society, and part ghost story.
It is a great analysis of the simultaneous evolution of myth and people (including the author). Oddly enough, I found that it evoked a strong sense of nostalgia in me for things and people I have no reason to be nostalgic about- Pineys, Wawas, flying monsters, etc. I highly recommend it.
I thought the Wawa interviews were great and I enjoyed reading about familiar locales of Egg Harbor.
Highly recommend this to anyone interested in Jersey Devil lore.