The Devil's Dream
Lee Smith
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Feb 22, 2020 - 03:41 AMBy Lee Smith

She writes lyric, luminous prose her craft is so strong it becomes transparent, and, like the best of storytellers, she knows how to get out of the way so that the story can tell itself SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLEMoses Bailey, a preacher s son, forbade his fiddle loving wife Kate Malone to play But while he was gone on his travels, looking for God, Kate couldn t help herse She writes lyric, luminous prose her craft is so strong it becomes transparent, and, like the best of storytellers, she knows how to get out of the way so that the story can tell itself SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLEMoses Bailey, a preacher s son, forbade his fiddle loving wife Kate Malone to play But while he was gone on his travels, looking for God, Kate couldn t help herself, and began fiddling for her three children For the love of music, Kate is willing to defy anyone who tries to stop her From generation to generation, the gift and love of music cannot be stopped, and no Malone is immune from its spell.
  • Title: The Devil's Dream
  • Author: Lee Smith
  • ISBN: 9780345382917
  • Page: 127
  • Format: Paperback

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JG (The Introverted Reader) Feb 22, 2020 - 03:41 AM
It all starts when Moses Bailey marries young, beautiful Kate Malone The Baileys are known to be a strict, religious family and the Malones are known to be a fun loving, party family This dichotomy continues throughout Moses and Kate s family tree Some of their descendants are fiddle playing musicians and some are devout church going folks who frown on their popular relatives The book mainly follows the lives of five different family members Each one has something to contribute to the church vs [...]
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Rebecca Feb 22, 2020 - 03:41 AM
What a beautiful intergenerational tale of music, family, religion, the Appalachian south and all the complications thereof I ve been reading some of Smith s earlier works lately, where she s starting to find her groove, and in this novel, she totally found it The timing is perfect, as she seems to pace each generation s story in just the right way, and I felt drawn to every character in the book.This is definitely one of those novels where the family tree on the inside cover is a must At first, [...]
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Ellie Feb 22, 2020 - 03:41 AM
A wonderful novel about the history of blue grass and country music It s easy to read, and it s so interesting to compare all of the characters to thier real life counterparts I read this as Drew and I were taking an Appalacian Music History class If you love music, this will be a great read for you
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Daisy Feb 22, 2020 - 03:41 AM
This book is a very loose re telling of the story of the Carter family in itself a fascinating subject and the effect of one family s musical talent on the whole of country music By turns funny, sharp and even creepy, this is definitely for anyone who is interested in the history of country music Of course, it s FICTION don t be mislead , but see if you can pick out the A.P Carter character
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Kristina Cole Feb 22, 2020 - 03:41 AM
if you are looking for a great story, lee smith s novels are an excellent place to go she has a style that is at once lyrical and intimate this is my favorite of the lee smith novels i ve read it s a story that spans several generations of an appalachian family from a technical standpoint, i love the switches between narrative styles as the story evolves from an entertainment standpoint, i was immediately drawn in by the characters and their lives.
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Amanda Feb 22, 2020 - 03:41 AM
I believe that Smith s Fair and Tender Ladies is considered her masterpiece, but for myself, The Devil s Dream is close to perfect I can hear the voices of these characters as they relate the stories of the descendants of Moses Bailey and Kate Malone I love the people, their strangeness, their humor, their obsessions with life, God, love and music.
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Cindy Feb 22, 2020 - 03:41 AM
My fave author Recent books are three or four stars compared with first ones, which are all 5 Oral History is a classic for all women to read, all literature and writing students to study.
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Sarah Feb 22, 2020 - 03:41 AM
I so loved the world that Smith creates in this novel and the family that encompasses that world, that I rationed my reading to one chapter a day, a self discipline I was not able to keep in the end Each chapter is a short story in itself, each section a novella, and the complete oeuvre an intricate entwining of stories and generations Not only is the story riveting, but Smith s writing skills are astonishing Each narrator and the novel has many has their own distinct voice, point of view, and m [...]
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Katie J Schwartz Feb 22, 2020 - 03:41 AM
Lee Smith s The Devil s Dream tells the story of the country musically inclined Bailey family, over the course of several generations The tale is loosely based, I m told, on the Carter family For anyone who doesn t know, the most recognizable name from the Carter family is probably June Carter, aka June Carter Cash The novel is set mainly in and around the Appalachians It begins with Kate Malone, a young mountain bride whose overly religious husband forbids her to play the fiddle because fiddle [...]
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Jeannette Barnes Feb 22, 2020 - 03:41 AM
I have read almost everything Lee Smith has yet published, have had the privilege of meeting this lady, who s friends with a friend and old colleague of mine from Auburn days Let me tell you, people, Smith shines like the sun, both in person and in prose.If I have to choose, _The Devil s Dream_ is my absolute favorite Lee Smith novel Resonates for me like a good guitar, like the fiddle music haunting the souls of this gifted, tormented mountain music family for the 200 years it takes to tell the [...]
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Jeanmarie Feb 22, 2020 - 03:41 AM
Compelling read that moves along at a pretty good clip The first two thirds meanders through a couple of generations of a family, plus extended family and assorted strays There are many names to keep track of and, after awhile, it doesn t seem to matter because the story line zeroes in on one particular group The main character, then, is crystal clear and the last one third is told in her voice It s Katie s one sided conversation, told to you in common dialect, with little backtracks to fill in [...]
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Patricia Kitto Feb 22, 2020 - 03:41 AM
I read this in preparation for our book club s field trip to Nashville in hopes of getting a flavor for the history of country music The book was loosely based on the lives of the Carter family and I ended up wishing I was reading a biography of the Carters rather than a fictionalized account 3 stars for the myriad of characters 3 stars for the jumble of stories that were a bit of a chore to keep straight.Enjoyable enough and piqued my interest in the Carter family enough to put Mark Zwonitzer s [...]
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Rita Feb 22, 2020 - 03:41 AM
What a great book What a great storyteller She lets each character speak for his or her self and I was convinced by all of them Goes from 19c to today, the hillbilly singing up in the mtns in Virginia Along the way you hear about food they grew, food they cooked, how they dressed, the scenery, family relations, love, rebellion, liquor.And the Nashville scene of commercial country music.I have several of her novels waiting to be read, it loooks like I will be enjoying them too
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Margie Feb 22, 2020 - 03:41 AM
I enjoyed this book so much Starting out in the mountains of Virginia, this family saga follows five generations of the Bailey family and their strong musical ties from the early 1830 s traditional Appalachian ballads right up to country music of the 60 s This new to me author brought a smile to my face quite a few times, the first being when someone was fixin to cook a mess of beans She also brought a few tears to my eyes, but then, isn t that what those old country songs are supposed to do
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Snap Feb 22, 2020 - 03:41 AM
I ve been spending my time knitting instead of reading, but I did finish THE DEVIL S DREAM by Lee Smith It follows several generations of a Southern family living in the Appalachians From simple hymns, old time medicine shows, radio barn dances, sleazy rockabilly joints, primitive recording sessions, to the Grand Ole Opry and tales of growing up in the Appalachian south Lee Smith is a wonderful story teller and the lure of music is something I think anyone can identify with.
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Pat Feb 22, 2020 - 03:41 AM
There once lived a fair maid name Kate MaloneYou could not help but foller,Fell in love with the preacher s sonWay down in Cold Spring Holler Soon Kate she lost her merry laugh,She was like to lose her beautyTied back her hair of purest gold,Bore three babes out of duty.
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Robin Feb 22, 2020 - 03:41 AM
Loved the story, but could not keep up with the characters due to the way it was written in chapters telling stories from various characters points of view.
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Denton Feb 22, 2020 - 03:41 AM
I have always thought Oral History was my favorite of Lee Smith s books, but it may now be The Devil s Dream.
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Becky Baldwin Feb 22, 2020 - 03:41 AM
I highly recommend this book to my music loving friendsits great
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Carole Sparks Feb 22, 2020 - 03:41 AM
It took me a long time to understand that not a one of us lives alone, outside of our family or our time, and that who we are depends on who we were, and who our people were Part history of country music, part epic saga in the line of James Michener, part expose of Appalachian life, this book sucked me in and refused to spit me out until I finished it a day later So many of us try to reject our family history or deny our roots, but Smith demonstrates that the better path is always to own it, acc [...]
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Catherine Treadgold Feb 22, 2020 - 03:41 AM
At one point I read everything I could by Lee Smith, so my bar may be set too high She s a brilliant storyteller, no doubt But with these stories, I sometimes got confused as to who is doing the telling, and there is a certain sameness to the first person narratives Quirky women, men with wanderin eyes A lot of alcohol and cigarettes There is music in the language, but I m not sure the actual country music thread works, though it does give you a feel for how the music business was born in the de [...]
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Deb Feb 22, 2020 - 03:41 AM
Excellent book about a family of musicians something like the Carter family I raced to finish it
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Mary Feb 22, 2020 - 03:41 AM
One of Lee Smith s best novels
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Jim Feb 22, 2020 - 03:41 AM
Smith uses a multi generational approach to show us the uneasy relationship between popular traditional music and religion in the Appalachian area Beginning in the 1830s with the marriage of a preacher and a woman from a fiddle loving family, Smith gives us vignettes narrated by members of successive generations, that show how the times changed and the people changed with them Most of the viewpoint characters are women, and most of the men are either repressive patriarchs or irresponsible bad bo [...]
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Sharon Todd Feb 22, 2020 - 03:41 AM
The title is never explained, and probably discourages people from reading itbut it is by Lee Smith is my favorite, even better than Fair and Tender Ladies It relates the family history over about 150 years not only deaths, births and marriages, but how stories are forgotten, families divide over issues, quit talking to or even about each other, someone dies young, the kids don t hear the stories of their grandparents, etc Blonde hair keeps appearing, and its source is a mystery each time One la [...]
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Rebecca Brothers Feb 22, 2020 - 03:41 AM
What a wonderful read I lived in Nashville for eight years and grew up surrounded by country music Lee Smith s portrait of country music begins with an elegant, hand drawn family tree, and her ability to trace the roots of one modern country singer through all those tangled, gnarled branches is amazing She does a fascinating job of intertwining two mountain schools of thought when it comes to music either it is pure human voice in a cold country church, lifted to God, or it is the devil s own fi [...]
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Loraine Feb 22, 2020 - 03:41 AM
This book dragged on and on I did not like how the author abruptly changed the story through the eyes of the characters I ve read other books by other authors that do that, but this time it seemed out of place and was disruptive of the story I had to think hard between the chapters to figure out who was speaking and what their relationship to the previous person was I quit reading part way through when an extremely rough character began swearing and doing all manner of awful things Not my style [...]
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Kathy Feb 22, 2020 - 03:41 AM
Lee Smith is a great storyteller This book was no exception Set in the South from the Depression era, through generations to modern times, the story is told through various members of the Bailey family and others related or who are connected somehow My biggest criticism is with the narrators changing almost every chapter, and so many of the characters having similar names, I found it impossible to remember who they were Plus, stories about one person s life could be mentioned through various na [...]
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Emily Feb 22, 2020 - 03:41 AM
I loved this novel it might be my favorite of Lee Smith s I liked how the story unfolded over 4 generations of different narrators sometimes members of the family central to the story, sometimes friends and neighbors I probably enjoyed the first few generations stories than Katie Cocker s backwoods SW Virginia vs flashy Nashville , but even in the second half I loved coming across turns of phrase that I remember my mother and grandmother using rode hard and put away wet, I swan God bless Lee Sm [...]
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Carmen Slaughter Feb 22, 2020 - 03:41 AM
I m a Lee Smith fan and I think that s why I m only willing to give this book three stars She is such an amazing storyteller and her characters are always engaging but this book didn t seem to give any of them justice As soon as I became invested in one character their story ended I think the multiple narrators would have worked better the sections had been dated or if corresponding time periods were grouped together It was just too disjointed I felt cheated by the time I finished the book Still [...]
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The Devil's Dream By Lee Smith She writes lyric, luminous prose her craft is so strong it becomes transparent, and, like the best of storytellers, she knows how to get out of the way so that the story can tell itself SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLEMoses Bailey, a preacher s son, forbade his fiddle loving wife Kate Malone to play But while he was gone on his travels, looking for God, Kate couldn t help herse She writes lyric, luminous prose her craft is so strong it becomes transparent, and, like the best of storytellers, she knows how to get out of the way so that the story can tell itself SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLEMoses Bailey, a preacher s son, forbade his fiddle loving wife Kate Malone to play But while he was gone on his travels, looking for God, Kate couldn t help herself, and began fiddling for her three children For the love of music, Kate is willing to defy anyone who tries to stop her From generation to generation, the gift and love of music cannot be stopped, and no Malone is immune from its spell.

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