All We Need of Hell

All We Need of Hell

Harry Crews / Jun 24, 2019

All We Need of Hell A splendid new novel that probes the psyche and antics of Duffy Deeter a lawyer with violent tendencies who suffers from alienation By the author of A Feast of Snakes

  • Title: All We Need of Hell
  • Author: Harry Crews
  • ISBN: 9780060156800
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A splendid new novel that probes the psyche and antics of Duffy Deeter, a lawyer with violent tendencies who suffers from alienation By the author of A Feast of Snakes.

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      • Harry Crews

        Harry Eugene Crews was born during the Great Depression to sharecroppers in Bacon County, Georgia His father died when he was an infant and his mother quickly remarried His mother later moved her sons to Jacksonville, Florida Crews is twice divorced and is the father of two sons His eldest son drowned in 1964 Crews served in the Korean War and, following the war, enrolled at the University of Florida under the G.I Bill After two years of school, Crews set out on an extended road trip He returned to the University of Florida in 1958 Later, after graduating from the master s program, Crews was denied entrance to the graduate program for Creative Writing He moved to Ft Lauderdale, Florida, where he taught English at Broward Community College In 1968, Crews first novel, The Gospel Singer, was published Crews returned to the University of Florida as an English faculty member In spring of 1997, Crews retired from UF to devote himself fully to writing Crews published continuously since his first novel, on average of one novel per year He died in 2012, at the age of 78.


    1. Really, I can't believe I liked this book as much as I did. The characters are not likable for the first 100 pages (out of 160), and the situations are bizarre. But, with that being said, Crews takes the characterizations to the extreme and makes the situations so over the top that hilarity just has to ensue from there.Duffy Deeter is the main character of the novel. He is a forty-something lawyer, obsessed with his body and working out. He has a wife who is obsessed with her looks and an 8-year [...]

    2. I am going to read all of Harry Crews because I like that kinda thing. He's the kinda author you know you like or not after one page. It don't change too much (at least regarding his fiction), but that's a good thing. Strong on oddball characters and even odder premises, this book is no different. Duffy Deeter is a lawyer that tries hard to remain human through infidelity, intoxication, working-out, and honest violence. I'm not even going to try and track the plot for you--in EVERYTHING I've rea [...]

    3. Not a huge fan of Crews' writing, but this is not only an exception, it is one of my all-time favorite books, especially when struggling. The start will likely jar you, unless you're used to Crews, but don't let it daunt you -- this portrayal of a long weekend in the mid-life crisis of Duffy Deeter is one of the most honest, funny & touching renderings I've ever read of a man coming to terms with his contradictions & conflicts and finding the good underneath, while at the same time learn [...]

    4. Harry Crews is clearly a funny bastard, one who writes in lean, contemptuous prose, but the narrative of this short novel is not very strong. Rather, it's more focused on being a character study about a man's realisation that he's living in something like a echo-chamber, and that his entire construction of reality is a fake thing, separated long ago from real happiness and connection.It's all Duffy Deeter stripping away the artifice he's unwittingly frame his life within.I look forward to readin [...]

    5. i was at the university of florida in the 80s when harry was working on this one (as well as the knockout artist) and he read a bit from both stories (in manuscript form). he read the scene where the old man and the boy are flying that imaginary fighter, sitting side by side, and then the woman comes by and tells the old man it's time to put it in the hangar. been23? years since i read this one. all of harry's stories are worth a read.

    6. All We Need of Hell is the frantic, feverish story of a few days in the life of Duffy Deeter, a high-strung, borderline-insane lawyer who's cheating on his wife and whose wife is cheating on him. The novel has a picaresque feel to it - there's not really a plot, there are just a series of chaotic events tied together with a series of implausible characters (especially Tump, who is such a magical person that it almost borders on reverse racism). The book is mainly about Duffy realizing he doesn't [...]

    7. I swear this same book has been written before, with different names and different settings, but this whole "man with man problems is put in bizarre situations that test his masculinity" and these tropes, conversations and inner monologues have been written countless times before and I'm constantly shocked to see this same story has been published so many times.I liked a feast for snakes so I know Harry Crews is better than this.I am a fan of the Emily Dickinson title reference tho

    8. Crews reemerged with this, proving he'd lost nothing in the 11-years since his last fictional novel. Thus begins the New Era of Harry: darkness cannot exist if light does not. Lookatme, gettin' all Zen an' shit!

    9. - another Harry Crews- this novel stars Duffy Deeter, who appeared as a minor with weights and a Winnebago in Crews' novel, "Feast of Snakes." Deeter's mistress is Marvella, a bodybuilder and minor character in Crews' novel, "Body."- a Georgia lawyer, Duffy runs, lifts weights, practices Buddhist chants, listens to recordings of Adolf Hitler, and is a total mess. As in "Body," Crews' depiction of the male lead dips into male worship, with some revolting passages of sex and violence, which are of [...]

    10. Lusty and outlandish, the novels of the recently departed Mr. Crews beckon repeatedly, promising and delivering unparalleled pleasures. Once he stirs particular desires through his prose, he satisfies repeatedly, and before you know it, you are hooked. He is a dangerous candy man, creating thirsts in your soul that only he can quench. He should be considered a controlled substance. Take a taste at your peril. Some readers simply should not be allowed to dive between the covers and cozy up to thi [...]

    11. Another Harry Crews book and another cast of oddball misfits. This time, the main protagonist - one Duffy Deeter - is an attorney cuckolded by his law partner, while Deeter himself is getting a piece of young student ass on the side.Deeter is an extremely intelligent fitness fanatic who attempts to see the zen in all his (mis)deeds, along with being prone to outrageous acts of deranged violence (some warranted, others - who knows?). Example: a simple game of handball takes on the significance of [...]

    12. I had not heard of Harry Crews until I read his obituary. He sounded interesting. Checked out the lone Crews book at the library and gave it a read. Thought it was okay. Turns out Harry is more interesting than his book. Crews is of the type of author that feels he must assemble a cast of crazies to make the book interesting, like Carl Hiaasen. Not really my style.I might read him again but I doubt he'll be on my "must read" list.

    13. My favorite novel of all time.Picked it up off the shelf in DH Hill Library and read 2/3 of it before I even sat down.Duffy Deeter isn't someone I'd like to be (or even know) far from it. But anti-hero seems cliche. He is a character that feels real. Not a stand-in for a philosophy, just a guy with some serious problems who works through them in strange ways.I'd recommend to anyone who isn't my mom.

    14. This book was a rough journey for me, and during it I went from dislike and discomfort to bemusement to outright enjoyment. By the end (the end end) I can say I was very glad I read it; and I liked parts of it a lot. I don't know if I'll ever read it again or any others of his left to my own devices; but I like to think that if the time comes when such a thing is necessary, I'll be able to face it with a sufficiently kaleidescopic psyche.

    15. Great Crews book. Veers wildly around as the characters are really unpredictable - it's hard to determine how it's all going to end. Duffy Deeter is an unstable health fanatic whose life is getting out of control, no matter how hard he tries to control it. I love the character Tump, and how Duffy's son is transformed. Another funny, awesomely messed-up tale from Crews.

    16. Fantastic book. I have read nearly all of Crews' books, and this one is his most poignant, socially that is. He seems to critique several aspects of American life, especially the breakdown of the family unit. If you like Crews for his capacity to spin a yarn through the grotesque, you won't be disappointed.

    17. Read this one a long time ago, back when I was just a dorky 21-year-old working summers in a map store in downtown Vancouver. Was picking out books at random in the library and reading them cover to cover. This one was one of my pleasant surprises and had me chuckling all the way through. Real rollicking read and very much as irreverent as its title suggests.

    18. Duffy Deeter seems like a pretty tense character. Fit and filled with zen, but still heading for a breakdown. Which sorta is what happens to him, but not in a way I expected. Cruel and funny, though actually a rather happy ending to it all. I read Feast Of Snakes a few years ago and really liked it. All We Need Of Hell evolves around a similar kind of people and places.

    19. My third Crews novel of the summer and it remains consistent with his absurd sense of character development. Short (160) pages and sweet and full of demented chuckles round on every page. As always, devoured by those with unusual taste and wickedly dark sense of humor

    20. I don't think this actually merits a 4, but it's not really a 3 either I feel more comfortable with the 3 though. There's some sexist, racist shit going on that bothers me a bit, and the Southern/humor factor(s) don't really account for it, or justify it.

    21. Ninth book of the month! I'm going for 75 in '09! This was a short one from the always rowdy Harry Crews. Lots of ribald characters in full-on Deep South mode. Eccentrics. Kind of raunchy. Comedic. If you've read any Crews you know what your getting

    22. The best short novel I've ever read. A book that packs more into 160 pages than you can imagine. Crews is amazing.

    23. Written in the earlier part of Crews' career, it somehow seems like a casting forward to his later work where characters are near caricatures. I liked it, but not much.

    24. A blending of hope and despair. "Parting is all we know of heaven. And all we need of hell"Emily Dickenson "

    25. I just don't understand how all of Crews books are out of print and visionless bullshit like Flannery O'Conner is so popular and considered the voice of the soft.

    26. I love this novel. Almost every page has at least one idea, phase or wise turn i wish i could easily remember or quote when i needed it, which would be often.

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