surprisingly dark and perverse. this is NOT the movie, and is far more akin to Last Exit to Brooklyn. there are many laugh-out-loud moments but they are a distinct minority when compared to the number of disturbing parts. the chapter with the devil-child luring a 'best friend' to his doom is wonderfully chilling. one negative: there is something very off-putting about price's insistence on what i suppose could be considered realistic characterization, and he seems to wallow in squalid situations a bit much. but most of the situations depicted do ring perfectly true. the scene with the kids at the end, realizing it is indeed the end of their lives as they know it....very affecting! overall, the novel's grey tones and utter lack of sentimentality made it rather the opposite of a nostalgic experience.