Up Jumps the Devil

Up Jumps the Devil

Book - 2012
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A stunningly imaginative, sharp, funny, and slyly tender novel featuring the Devil himself, John Scratch. He's made of wood. He cooks an excellent gumbo. Cows love him. And he's the world's first love story . . . and the world's first broken heart. Meet the darkly handsome, charming John Scratch, aka the Devil. Ever since his true love, a fellow fallen angel named Arden, decided that Earth was a little too terrifying and violent, John Scratch has been trying to lure her back from the forgiving grace of Heaven. Though neither the wonders of Egypt nor the glories of Rome were enough to keep her on Earth, John Scratch believes he's found a new Eden: America. John Scratch capitalizes on the bounty of this arcadia as he shapes it into his pet nation. Then, one dark night in the late 1960s, he meets three down-on-their-luck musicians and strikes a deal. In exchange for their souls, he'll grant them fame, wealth, and the chance to make the world a better place. Soon, the trio is helping the Devil push America to the height of civilization--or so he thinks. But there's a great deal about humans he still needs to learn, even after spending so many millennia among them.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062064417
006206441X
Branch Call Number: Fiction Poore
Characteristics: 360 p. ; 20 cm

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May 10, 2013

Too funny!!!! This book is sweet, and poignant. The Devil is a bit of a nutbar and definitely a pain in the ass, but he is also a true student of human nature. He isn't so much an evil guy, as one who wants to know "what if...". I loved it, and hope that there's more to come from Poore.

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