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The Blood of the Lamb


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The most poignant of all De Vries's novels, The Blood of the Lamb is also the most autobiographical. It follows the life of Don Wanderhop from his childhood in an immigrant Calvinist family living in Chicago in the 1950s through the loss of a brother, his faith, his wife, and finally his daughter-a tragedy drawn directly from De Vries's own life. Despite its foundation in misfortune, The Blood of the Lamb offers glimpses of the comic sensibility for which De Vries was famous. Engaging directly with the reader in a manner that buttresses the personal intimacy of the story, De Vries writes with a powerful blend of grief, love, wit, and fury.

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Peter De Vries (1910-1993), the man responsible for contributing to the cultural vernacular such witticisms as "Nostalgia ain't what it used to be" and "Deep down, he's shallow," was, according to Kingsley Amis, "the funniest serious writer to be found on either side of the Atlantic." But De Vries's life and work was informed as much by sorrow as by wit.

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blewskye, November 13, 2009 (view all comments by blewskye)
Unflinching, raw exploration of a heartbreaking story - told in clean, sparse prose. There are several moments when this prose descends on you like a lightning bolt and leaves you forever altered. Being insidie the thoughts of the main character as he travels his journey of intellectualism to the ultimate in human suffering, witnessing one's child die a painful death, offers a window on one of life's biggest, if not the biggest, question. The horrible suffering of the innocent. The reading of this book requires courage.
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Frank, Jeffrey
University of Chicago Press
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de Vries, Peter
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