Review: The Day the World Ends by Ethan Coen

Title: The Day the World Ends: Poems
Author Ethan Coen
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication Date: April 3, 2012
paperback, 128 pages
ISBN: 030795630X (ISBN13: 9780307956309)
Genre: Poetry
Source: From Publisher

Summary (From GoodReads):
Ethan Coen's screenplays have surprised and delighted international audiences with their hilarious vision and bizarrely profound understanding of human nature. This eccentric genius is revealed again in The Day the World Ends, a remarkable range of poems that are as funny, ribald, provocative, raw, and often touching as the brilliant films that have made the Coen brothers cult legends.

My thoughts:
I was unsure about reviewing a collection of poems but then I found out it was by Ethan Coen and I was in. I am a big movie buff and I love the Coen brother’s movies especially. In The Day the World Ends I see much of the same wit, humor and emotion that is evident in the movies. Sometimes very rhythmic, lyrical and beautiful, other times crass, crude and full of colorful language, this collection covers a wide variety of subject matter. It took me a while to get over the crassness but once I did I found myself thoroughly enjoying them. If you are someone that is not easily offended, you will find plenty of beautiful gems in this collection as well as having a good time with the Coen style of wit.
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  1. This was an interesting collection, wasn't it? You're right that Coen is very witty, but also crass. All in all, I enjoyed it too! Nice review!

  2. Interesting is the most appropriate word, isn't it? Thanks for the comment and for reading!


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