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by David Henry Keller

Download The Devil and the Doctor (Supernatural and Occult Fiction) epub
ISBN: 0405081456
ISBN13: 978-0405081453
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: David Henry Keller
Language: English
Publisher: Ayer Co Pub (November 1, 1976)
Pages: 308 pages
ePUB size: 1563 kb
FB2 size: 1702 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 755
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David H. Keller was a pioneering writer in the fields of science fiction and fantasy, and a mainstay of the pulps in the interval from roughly 1925 to 1940. Critics have not been kind to him, particularly in recent years, finding his writing rushed and his themes repetitive. Those critics might be surprised by this very well-crafted novel from 1940. While many of Keller's favorite themes are present, he takes his time to tell an interesting story full of sympathetic and likeable characters. I suspect a number of autobiographical elements exist in this tale of a genial country doctor marrying for the second time. The fantasy element comes from the doctor's friendship with a superhuman entity who usually calls himself Robin Goodfellow, but who is most similar to the Greek demigod Prometheus. Whoever he is, he is one of a family of godlike beings, and has an entirely evil older brother who is recognizably the "god" worshiped by the Abrahamic religions. Readers of the novel will want to hear more from and about this character, but in fact he rarely appears, and when he does, functions mainly as a deus ex machina to help the doctor hero over some difficulty. The fact that his "help" in the short run often does more harm than good is oddly downplayed. This attractive book was published by big mainstream publisher Simon & Shuster, and has copious illustrations that are somewhat out of keeping with the tone of the novel. [My copy is signed and inscribed by Keller himself, but I can't decipher his handwriting... remember, he was an MD.]
"The Devil and The Doctor", by David Keller, is a book that i read more than ten years ago, at the age of 15. Keller's book can be most misleading. With illustrations that were the norm of the times, one of my era may believe it to be a childrens book. On the contrary it is an extremely well written book about a man whom is befriended by the Devil and is then told a magnificent story about the Devils relationship to God and the truth about creation. One will find oneself quite surprised by what Keller has to say about the two beings. In Keller's text we find that the Devil is actually an antihero or better still the protagonist of the story.
Filling up most of the pages though, is the story of the docor and his quest to live in the perfect place and to build a wall using the stones from his meadow. This story is peppered with the details of the Devil's story as he gives little bits of the big picture to the doctor a chapter at a time. This story will certainly upset the devoutly faithful christian, and will make the open minded ponder the truths of the universe. It may even form ones religious beliefs to be slightly askew from the norm and to cause one to become athiestic. With wonderful characters-the only one of which we dislike is God-Keller paints a wonderful portrait of what may have been, in an easily read prose.