Hoffman Doesn't Dodge Life

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Author: William Frank
Editor: Jeffrey W. Hunter
Date: 2001
Publisher: Gale
Document Type: Critical essay
Length: 964 words

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[(review date 21 March 1990) The following review of Furors Die provides a plot summary of the novel and lauds Hoffman's abilities as a skilled writer, praising his proficiency with symbolism, language, satire, and setting.]

To the followers of the fiction of William Hoffman, it will come as no surprise that he has dedicated his latest novel--his tenth, Furors Die--to his former minister and his wife. In the first place, Bill Hoffman has always been interested in, and, in his fiction, has never dodged questions of a moral, philosophical, or theological nature: One recalls immediately Tod Young of Days in the Yellow Leaf, Jackson LeJohn of A Walk To the River, Claytor Carson of The Land That Drank the Rain, and Billy Payne of Godfires. But there is a second and more compelling reason for such a dedication--apart from a long-term friendship--and that is that Furors Die can be read as a parable on the seven deadly sins, with special emphasis on pride, avarice (or greed) and lust.

The story is essentially a richly detailed account of the growing up and coming to age of its two main characters, Wylie Duval and Amos "Pinky" Cody. Wylie has it all--and at a early age: new cars, easy girls, country club life-style. Overly influenced by a frenzied and aggressive mother, a member of a Pentecostal religious sect; Pinky outwardly chastises and condemns everything that Wylie represents: yet inwardly and secretly he...

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Gale Document Number: GALE|H1100038766