The Day the World Ends by Ethan Coen

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. . .I think it’s safe to recommend Ethan keep his day job.
-The Bluestocking Society

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From one of the most inventive and celebrated filmmakers of the twentieth century, and co-creator of such classics as Fargo, No Country for Old Men, and True Grit, a collection of poems that offers humor and insight into an artist who has always pushed the boundaries of his craft.

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.
 

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With his brother, Joel, ETHAN COEN has written, directed, and produced some of the most original and beloved movies in the history of cinema, including Raising Arizona; Miller’s Crossing; Barton Fink; The Hudsucker Proxy; Fargo; The Big Lebowski; O Brother, Where Art Thou?; Intolerable Cruelty; an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men; Burn After Reading; and—most recently—True Grit, which was nominated for ten Academy Awards. Ethan Coen has also written collections of plays (Almost an Evening), short stories (Gates of Eden), and poetry (The Drunken Driver Has the Right of Way).
 
Published April 3, 2012 by Broadway Books. 130 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Chaotic Compendiums

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Reviewed by Caitlin Martin on Apr 30 2012

I like some of this poetry, but I don't love it.

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You've GOTTA Read This

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Reviewed by Sandy Nawrot on Apr 26 2012

I just found that Mr. Coen's brand of humor is best consumed in small doses.

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The Bluestocking Society

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Reviewed by Blake on May 10 2012

. . .I think it’s safe to recommend Ethan keep his day job.

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Savvy Verse & Wit

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Reviewed by Serena Agusto-Cox on Apr 24 2012

The limericks are bawdy and remind me of Christopher Moore‘s humorous prose, but less in the smart and sassy humor and more in the low-class bathroom humor sense.

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Izzy Reads

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Reviewed by Izzy on Apr 04 2012

Yes, it’s sometimes naughty, sometimes crude – but The Day the World Ends is funny and honest, witty and engaging.

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What She Read

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Reviewed by Laurie on Apr 25 2012

. . .I also felt diverted and occasionally charmed, especially by his less metrical, less forced-rhyme-y, and - for this reader - more earnest offerings.

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Trees and Ink

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Reviewed by Ashley on May 01 2012

. . .I just didn’t find the level of beauty (either traditional or tragic) that I hope to get out of a book of poetry.

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