May We Be Forgiven #2020

May We Be Forgiven A.M. Homes May We Be Forgiven Harry is a Richard Nixon scholar who leads a quiet regular life his brother George is a high flying TV producer with a murderous temper They have been uneasy rivals since childhood Then one day Geor

  • Title: May We Be Forgiven
  • Author: A.M. Homes
  • ISBN: 9781847083227
  • Page: 243
  • Format: Paperback
  • May We Be Forgiven A.M. Homes Harry is a Richard Nixon scholar who leads a quiet, regular life his brother George is a high flying TV producer, with a murderous temper They have been uneasy rivals since childhood Then one day George s loses control so extravagantly that he precipitates Harry into an entirely new life In May We Be Forgiven, Homes gives us a darkly comic look at 21st century domesticHarry is a Richard Nixon scholar who leads a quiet, regular life his brother George is a high flying TV producer, with a murderous temper They have been uneasy rivals since childhood Then one day George s loses control so extravagantly that he precipitates Harry into an entirely new life In May We Be Forgiven, Homes gives us a darkly comic look at 21st century domestic life at individual lives spiraling out of control, bound together by family and history The cast of characters experience adultery, accidents, divorce, and death But it is also a savage and dizzyingly inventive satire on contemporary America, whose dark heart Homes penetrates like no other writer the strange jargons of its language, its passive aggressive institutions, its inhabitants desperate craving for intimacy and their pushing it away with litigation, technology, paranoia At the novel s heart are the spaces in between, where the modern family comes together to re form itself May We Be Forgiven explores contemporary orphans losing and finding themselves anew and it speaks above all to the power of personal transformation simultaneously terrifying and inspiring.
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    1. You know you were making all these little beeping chortly noises when you were reading this one but then you went quiet and just sort of grunted and ground your teeth I do not do that Well, what went wrong Hmmm grinds teeth, grunts Well did you like it That s too hard to answer Well did you like some of it The first 300 pages were brilliant blast of pure diamond black comedy And then I think it jumped the shark Jumped the what The shark It s an expression Meaning that in striving for a sudden le [...]

    2. much to enjoy in this flawed but often brilliant sprawl of a novel its five hundred pages breezed by parts were great but two words magical negro and maybe this is a tangential point and one that speaks about the novel s structural fissures than any latent racism , but an issue that was important for me and made me in the end disappointed in a book that i had started out rooting for in its big messy cast, the author pointlessly takes pains to pack in the chinese american stereotypes the infanti [...]

    3. This book is sort of like this In case the video doesn t make it clear, it s a roller coaster Normally on a roller coaster there is that sort of long build up while you creak towards the top to be dropped into the rollicking fun In this one, right after you start what you expect to be a slow ascent, a voice says something like, There is something wrong , and the cars quickly accelerate up the incline and into the twists and turns This book is like that It starts with with maybe a handful of page [...]

    4. If there was ever a novel in serious need of plot speed bumps such as weather descriptions, it s this one You would think that in a 500 page novel the author would take her time and let things unravel slowly No, not Homes It was a crazy ride in a convertible with Homes behind the wheel and me sitting in the back shouting over the wind Homes, where are we going Are we even going anywhere And Homes would shout back What I can t hear you We re going too fast On the first page we meet Harry Silver w [...]

    5. I can t quite put my finger on why I enjoyed this book so much and was sad when it ended, and I couldn t spend time with bumbling Harold and his hodge podge of a family of brave children, horny MILFs and demented seniors The novel is basically a story of redemption how a cold, solipsistic inept man who has reacted to the traumas of life by immuring himself in routine and a loveless marriage is subjected to a series of Job like trials deservedly and some of his own causing , and comes out of the [...]

    6. A.M Homes novel May We Be Forgiven starts exactly the way you want a novel by A.M Homes to start Harry Silver is helping his sister in law Jane clean up after Thanksgiving dinner at his blow hard, TV exec brother George s house During one haul to the kitchen, Jane cozies up to Harry, kisses him, and then dismisses what happened as something she doesn t want to deconstruct When Harry almost kind of mentions it to his distant wife Claire, she tells him he s imagining things Not long after, George [...]

    7. After a fulminate start, Homes sharp satire quickly turns into a meandering, saccharine mess with some toilet humour thrown in for good measure Basically, May we be forgiven tells the story of one dysfunctional upper middle class Jewish American family that is shattered to its rotten core when the TV executive father looses his marbles and of how it patches itself together again under the lead of Uncle Harry, a divorced Nixon scholar who simply cannot say no , turning into one happy, tolerant ex [...]

    8. May WE be forgiven if we neglect to read this dark comedy a rip snorting, turbulent, sometimes bizarre but thoroughly unexpected read Originally written as a short story, I am thrilled that Homes has continued it into a full length novel And what a novel it is Legal guardianship, murder, paranoia, family relationships, Nixon history, adultery, litigation, accidents, divorce, the elderly and internet turned physical relationships are all present in this savage satire of contemporary America It s [...]

    9. This novel becomes and unwieldy as the story unfolds The absurdities Homes creates make you wonder, where is this going How will this all come together And somehow, Homes pulls it off This is my first exposure to her fiction and I m a fan There is so much wit and intelligence in this novel There is heart Now, to be clear, there are some flaws At times, the story just becomes absurd Certain things are glossed over with just a bit too much blitheness, such as Ashley s situation at school, and th [...]

    10. The first 15 pages of this novel plunge you into a storyline you won t stop reading You ll eventually realize you ve landed in absurd realism The story fragments into tangents you least expect, characters behave irrationally, unrealistically, absurdly, but then, somehow, Homes weaves it together into a tale that makes no sense to the brain, but thoroughly explains the heart Our parents, our children, they are unknowable as simply genetic links that somehow define who we are, but a family can exi [...]

    11. This was the second book that I read on my kindle I say this because the kindle allows you to read a sample before you buy I loved the sample the writing was funny, sharply observed and intriguing I bought the book.I quickly realised that reading this book was rather like meeting someone at a party where they are interesting, funny, intelligent, quirky, fun Reading the book made me uncomfortable I was desperate to finish it and get it away from me I found the central character exasperating by tu [...]

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    13. UNFORGIVABLE They were absent children, absent of personality, absent of presence, and, except for holidays, largely absent from the house page 10Perhaps no effort or experience is ever really a complete waste of time, but reading this novel, MAY WE BE FORGIVEN, by A M Homes the narrative of which mostly oscillates in a range from lame and unpleasant to outright stupid and disgusting comes very close.Recommendation I m sorry I read it And, now that I have, I d be ashamed to recommend it to anyon [...]

    14. I have to admit I m shocked to see so many possitive comments on this novel, which is the reason why I decided to write a review, even though at first I wasn t even going to bother.Clearly, the people who actually liked this novel are NOT familiar with the author s previous works On the contrary, the so called A.M Homes fanboys that didn t asked for their money back before getting to the middle of the book are, with all do respect, seriously disturbed And not in a good, classic A.M Homes way.Nev [...]

    15. Another book I didn t finish Yay Winter has robbed me of concentration required for larger pieces I got about halfway through though NoExcuses NothingLooksAsGoodAsFatBooksFeelThe writing style was clear and unpretentious, which I liked, and there was some occasional mild funny too.But literary writers do a great sub par stand up routine in their novels, getting away with I wouldn t have expected them to be funny , as if funny is not their day job, so it doesn t have to be up to scratch A lot of [...]

    16. This is a surprisingly divisive book I say surprisingly because I really enjoyed it and was expecting to read universal, unequivocal acclaim, however for all the reviews praising the book, there are plenty of readers who seem less convinced by its charms This book was given to me as a birthday gift and is the second book I have read by AM Homes The first was This Book Will Save Your Life which I read when it came out and also really enjoyed May We Be Forgiven is bookended by two consecutive Than [...]

    17. The first portion of May We Be Forgiven was published as a short story in the New Yorker, and I couldn t put it down Bizarre family tragedies occur in the life of a man who is detached and bitter but maintains a dark sense of humor that makes the story accessible to the reader.It should have stayed as a short story The plot comes to a standstill, the main character feels less real and like a stick figure maybe in part because the author is a woman I m not convinced she can write an authentic ma [...]

    18. I m embarrassed to admit that I had never heard of A M Homes until two months ago and bought this only because it won the Booker against strong odds I had no idea what May we Be Forgiven was about I heard it compared to Freedom, the new American novel.Within the first few pages, I was hooked It seemed like noir fun Harry, the narrator and unlikely hero is a schlemiel Shit just keeps tripping him, falling on him, knocking him down Harry marshall s on Picking his niece and nephew up, their dog, Te [...]

    19. This is one of those books that, if you write at all, you get about twenty pages in and all you can think is, I suck Homes is a master craftslady I can t remember the last time I ve been so completely engrossed in a novel This book is like an upgraded and updated and if possible even darker version of The Corrections There s a lot of buzz in the literary world about the new trend in novel writing being a takedown of the seemingly stereotypical upper class family There s a sick pleasure, almost H [...]

    20. I have never read A.M Homes and if this book is a shining sample of her accomplished works, this will be my last A.M Homes book no offense to the author or her loyal fans The book is tedious and random It has very witty and humous moments that ease the pain of irrelevancy to a numbing throb of discomfort Four hundred and eighty pages of supposed suburban life The family as a whole is borderline crazy Harry should be institutionalized He sits on the fence dangling his legs on both sides dripping [...]

    21. Illustration by Emiliano PonziA escritora norte americana A M Homes n 1961 venceu o Women s Prize for Fiction 2013 com o romance Assim Para N s Haja Perd o Harold Silver um professor universit rio, um historiador especialista em Richard Nixon, um ex presidente dos Estados Unidos da Am rica, envolvido num dos maiores esc ndalos pol ticos, o caso Watergate , casado com Claire, uma sino americana, sem filhos e que vive num pequeno apartamento George Silver um famoso executivo de televis o, casado c [...]

    22. There are very few books that I abandon, and certainly not as early as this one pg 28 I read, and hated, Homes The Safety of Objects when it first came out So very relentlessly grim Since then I have read some OK stories by her in The NYer, so when my 21st Fiction group chose this as their April book I thought I d give it a try Horrible people doing horrible things If there were maybe a sprinkling of humor, it might be bearable, but life is way too short to subject yourself to such unmitigated m [...]

    23. Cain and Abel meet in a bar owned by Job The barkeep is Richard Nixon They order cocktails made from the blood of orphaned children, then the bar burns down Such is life in A M Homes wonderful, frustrating, hallucinatory May We Be Forgiven, one of the best novels of 2012 and a chronicle of the most horrible, unlucky year to ever exist in literature There s a South African village owned by a 12 year old boy, a vision quest, a swingers party involving lazer tag, an homage to The Most Dangerous Gam [...]

    24. I didn t expect to like this book based on the description, in fact last week I put it back down in favor of a different book from the 2013 Tournament of Books list On the surface, it appeared to be about a middle aged depressed professor who is making a mess of his life Been there, read that, not interested in wasting my time on 500 pages of it.I m glad I tried it anyway I m glad I was won over by the first two lines Do you want my recipe for disaster The warning sign last year, Thanksgiving at [...]

    25. I started out almost hating this book and ended up loving it A M Homes appears if you believe everything you read on the Internet to have a prickly reputation for upsetting people and going out on limbs as a writer This is the first I have read by her.She DID upset me for the first long while in the novel Despicable George, the younger asshole brother, who by the way is the only character who changes not a whit All the violence, gratuitous to the max I thought I was in for a slog through our dys [...]

    26. 555 stars Just finished reading page 480 and I would be happy to turn back to page 1 and start again I think it s safe to say I am a Homes disciple at this point A lot of books build and build and end with something tragic, but this novel starts with tragic and asks, How do we rise above How do we come together It ends on Thanksgiving day, a new family coming together, one whose members have helped each other rise above I think we would be welcome Have a seat.

    27. Bloviate a style of empty, pompous, political speech which originated in Ohio and was used by United States President, Warren G Harding who described it as the art of speaking for as long as the occasion warrants, and saying nothing This verb, previously unknown to me, seems quite a dangerous word for a writer to include in a 500 page book that, to my mind, flounders around The author, an admirer of Norman Mailer, Stanley Elkin and Joseph Heller said that she wanted it to be a roller coaster , t [...]

    28. If I state first and foremost that this is a dark comedy, it may shed light on the fact that the humor and plot is a than a little out there The genre of the plot and characters appealed to me because it was well written and I enjoy that sort of thing As I read this book, I had a constant imagine in my mind that the best writers of SNL were locked in a room with Quentin Tarantino and John Irving prodding A.M Homes with quirky ideas for each character and the various plots To give you an idea of [...]

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