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Hunts in Dreams

evaluări:
3/5 (21 evaluări)
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223 pages
3 hours
Lansat:
May 14, 2013
ISBN:
9780802194787
Format:
Carte

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The award-winning author of The End of Vandalism pens “a gorgeous, inexplicably sad and funny novel about screwups trying to do better” (Salon).
 
In this mesmerizing novel, Tom Drury once again journeys to the quiet Midwest to spend an action-packed October weekend in the lives of a precarious family whose members all want something without knowing how to get it: for Charles, an heirloom shotgun; for his wife, Joan, the imaginative life she once knew; for their young son, Micah, a knowledge of the scope and reliability of his world, aided by prowling the empty town at night; and for Joan’s daughter, Lyris, a stable foot from which to begin to grow up.
 
Sometimes together, sometimes crucially apart, father, mother, son, and daughter move through a series of vivid encounters that demonstrate how even the most provisional family can endure in its own particular way.
 
“A beguiling novel . . . perceptive and captivating.” —The New York Times
 
“Entrancing.” —The Guardian
 
“Startling and utterly original.” —Newsday
 
“Drury is an absolutely delightful writer who has carved out a world of his own in American fiction, one that is odd, revealing, and yet filled with love.” —Library Journal
 
“The trick and true pleasure here are in the utterly ordinary context these extraordinary events occur in. Drury never misses a beat—the quiet moments dazzle as much the louder ones.” —Kirkus Reviews
Lansat:
May 14, 2013
ISBN:
9780802194787
Format:
Carte

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  • (4/5)
    Not quite as compelling as The End of Vandalism but still very enjoyable. More than once I had a feeling of terrible dread that something truly awful would happen and then it didn't much to my relief.
  • (1/5)
    This had to be about the most boring book I ever read. My wife was given the book by someone who was given the book the author...so I figured, "why not?" Wish I hadn't. I made it through but it was a chore. I just kept waiting for something to happen.
  • (4/5)
    Charles (formerly ‘Tiny’) Darling now has a wife, Joan, a young son, Micah, and an older step-daughter, Lyris, who had been given up for adoption at birth by Joan, but has been returned to her as a teenager by an aggressive organization reconnecting those of the same blood. Despite his primary role as the antagonist of Drury’s first novel, The End of Vandalism, Charles here is the sympathetic glue holding together, mostly, this family. Over the course of one weekend each of the Darlings will lose themselves and find themselves, connect and disconnect, and generally, with a bit of good will, muddle through.Drury returns to the oblique style of his previous novel with great success. Minor characters step onto the scene, impart puzzling wisdom or back stories, and then step aside. There are brilliant moments of comedy that are never over-egged. And the comedy never obscures the underlying tragedy of their condition or the redemptive power of just being decent to one another. Charles, it turns out, is a great dad. Joan, ever looking for signs, has been struggling with what surviving a tornado in the company of Dr. Palomino means. She is willing to go a long way to find out. Micah’s take on the world is as oddly skewed as his parents, and Lyris, who grew up mostly in a benevolent orphanage is probably the most stable and sane of the bunch. You will end up loving them all as much as Drury clearly does.Highly recommended.