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Play the Devil Paperback – November 29, 2016
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"The good things usually don't come without a compromise. Even love letters or mix tapes can't undo the horrible things of our past. And so, it's a sad progress the universe demands. Sometimes It relents, and eventually gives you what you want. But usually, with time, the cut's too high, and you're always scrambling for more."
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Laudati lets his characters be exactly who they are -- a welcome punch in the face amidst the censorious and brittle-minded culture overtaking a new generation. No page of this book feels extraneous, and each passage is well-crafted enough to be left on its own, but is in fact so well-crafted that it forces you to look for the next. Laudati's language festers with immersive description: you see exactly what shade of pink his sky is, and how murky black the phlegm he shoots up into it. He leaves the reader no choice how to feel about the experience, which is the way it should be. "Play The Devil" revives the fast and scummy writing we've come to expect (but have been greatly deprived of) from the coming-of-age tale.
In this review, I wanted to cite my favorite phrase from the book, but I couldn't bring myself to do it. I couldn't because, as cliche and lame as it sounds, I don't have a favorite line. Scott Laudati is an incredible writer, with an even more incredible voice. I look forward to reading more of his work in the future, which I'm sure will be just as impressive.
I just purchased "Hawaiian Shirts in the Electric Chair." I'm sure Laudati's poetry gives his prose a run for it's money. Buy it, too and we can compare notes.
- "I won't sign this. Nothing this good should end."