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Demonology is the brilliant new collection of short stories by Rick Moody. Infused with a humane comic sense, these stories dig deep into American society and reveal the loss of connection that lurks under the surface.

The stories are about language, grief, car crashes, love. They are cast in many diverse forms — domestic comedy, pseudo–fairy–tale, philosophical arguement — but the underlying elements that link them together concern loss and pleasure, and the difficulty of really expressing love. Often they are fierce and unflinching — yet characterized by an antic humour and a vibrancy of language that is uniquely Rick Moody's.

Writing in Harper's magazine, Vince Passaro named Rick Moody as one of a handful of writers who have "presented us with some of the best and formally most innovative short fiction in our literature." Named by The New Yorker magazine as one of the most talented American writers under forty, Moody's stature in contemporary fiction is confirmed by this volume.

Review:

"Accomplished, fearless short stories that examine the exchange of energy between language and loss; inhabited mostly by young people whose heads are smarter than their hearts, and illuminated, sometimes, by barrages of emotional and rhetorical fireworks." The New York Times Book Review, Summer Reading 2001 selection

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"Rick Moody is one of those writers you can't ignore because you don't know what he'll come up with next....Yes, on the surface it's Moody's daring and talent that exhilarate us, but on a deeper level we recognize the effort his people make to memorize their losses, to somehow keep alive what can't be saved, to placate their demons." Stewart O'Nan, Minneapolis Star Tribune

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"By turns terrifying and wickedly funny....A delightfully quirky collection." Michael Shelden, Baltimore Sun

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"Demonology, both the story and the collection, is a shriek of pain, a rending of garments, a howl....It seems totally beside the point to ask whether these stories are good, or bad, or entertaining. They're overwhelming. For me, the appropriate response to a book like this is an answering cry, a matching confession." Nan Goldberg, New York Observer

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"Mr. Moody at his best." Janet Maslin, New York Times

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"A writer of tremendous virtuosity." Onion

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"...further scrutiny reveals [Moody's words] are also as well-chosen as the syllables in a sonnet..." Boston Sunday Herald

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"...displays Moody's uncanny ability to perforate the surface of the seemingly ordinary lives of his characters. In doing so, he creates extraordinary work." Rocky Mountain News

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"Sending wry, heartbroken characters across the slightly tilted landscapes of his fiction..." Publishers Weekly

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"...admirably evokes the grace concealed within petty routines...and the generosity of spirit detectable within our facile and feeling-challenged age." Washington Post

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"Demonology is a fine introduction to one of the better writers working today." Library Journal

Synopsis:

In Demonology Rick Moody writes with equal force about the blithe energies of youth ("Boys") and the rueful onset of middle age ("Hawaiian Night"), about midwestern optimists ("The Double Zero") and West Coast strategists ("On the Carousel"), about visionary exhilaration ("Forecast from the Retail Desk") and delusional catharsis ("Surplus Value Books: Catalog Number 13").

This exuberantly praised collection, full of deep feeling and stunningly beautiful language, firmly establishes Rick Moody as one of the leading literary voices of his generation.

About the Author

Rick Moody is the author of Demonology, Purple America, The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven, The Ice Storm and Garden State, which won the Pushcart Press Editors' Book Award. He is a past recipient of the Addison Metcalf Award and a Guggenheim fellowship. Moody has contributed fiction and essays to most major publications and has been widely anthologized. He lives in New York.

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chandana, February 29, 2012 (view all comments by chandana)
It seems such a long time since I hadn't been challenged as a reader. Maybe it's just me (I'm a hopeless word nerd) but I tend to receive a rush of excitement akin to an electrical jolt whenever a writer uses "le mot juste", a word or phrase pregnant with the exact meaning he wants to convey no matter how rare or obscure its usage. Demonology abounds with these little definition-seeking expeditions (thank goodness for my e-reader's embedded dictionary). Not only have I developed a crush on the author's wordsmith skills but I have discovered in Rick Moody a master story teller as well.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316592109
Author:
Moody, Rick
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Series
Series:
Back Bay Books (Series)
Publication Date:
20020431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.32x5.60x.85 in. .64 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Little Brown and Company - English 9780316592109 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Accomplished, fearless short stories that examine the exchange of energy between language and loss; inhabited mostly by young people whose heads are smarter than their hearts, and illuminated, sometimes, by barrages of emotional and rhetorical fireworks."
"Review" by , "Rick Moody is one of those writers you can't ignore because you don't know what he'll come up with next....Yes, on the surface it's Moody's daring and talent that exhilarate us, but on a deeper level we recognize the effort his people make to memorize their losses, to somehow keep alive what can't be saved, to placate their demons."
"Review" by , "By turns terrifying and wickedly funny....A delightfully quirky collection."
"Review" by , "Demonology, both the story and the collection, is a shriek of pain, a rending of garments, a howl....It seems totally beside the point to ask whether these stories are good, or bad, or entertaining. They're overwhelming. For me, the appropriate response to a book like this is an answering cry, a matching confession."
"Review" by , "Mr. Moody at his best."
"Review" by , "A writer of tremendous virtuosity."
"Review" by , "...further scrutiny reveals [Moody's words] are also as well-chosen as the syllables in a sonnet..."
"Review" by , "...displays Moody's uncanny ability to perforate the surface of the seemingly ordinary lives of his characters. In doing so, he creates extraordinary work."
"Review" by , "Sending wry, heartbroken characters across the slightly tilted landscapes of his fiction..."
"Review" by , "...admirably evokes the grace concealed within petty routines...and the generosity of spirit detectable within our facile and feeling-challenged age."
"Review" by , "Demonology is a fine introduction to one of the better writers working today."
"Synopsis" by , In Demonology Rick Moody writes with equal force about the blithe energies of youth ("Boys") and the rueful onset of middle age ("Hawaiian Night"), about midwestern optimists ("The Double Zero") and West Coast strategists ("On the Carousel"), about visionary exhilaration ("Forecast from the Retail Desk") and delusional catharsis ("Surplus Value Books: Catalog Number 13").

This exuberantly praised collection, full of deep feeling and stunningly beautiful language, firmly establishes Rick Moody as one of the leading literary voices of his generation.

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