The Blood of the Lamb: A Novel

By Peter De Vries

The so much poignant of all De Vries's novels, The Blood of the Lamb is usually the main autobiographical. It follows the lifetime of Don Wanderhop from his adolescence in an immigrant Calvinist kin residing in Chicago within the Nineteen Fifties in the course of the lack of a brother, his religion, his spouse, and at last his daughter-a tragedy drawn at once from De Vries's personal existence. regardless of its origin in misfortune, The Blood of the Lamb offers glimpses of the comedian sensibility for which De Vries used to be well-known. enticing at once with the reader in a way that buttresses the non-public intimacy of the tale, De Vries writes with a strong combination of grief, love, wit, and fury.

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