The Hook Is having a grandson with the last name of Burgess enough reason to read a book I guess it is as that was my motivationThe Line And she learned freshly scorchingly of the rivacy of sorrow The Sinker The Burgess Boys was a surprise really liked it I m not certain what I was expecting but I definitely got When a teenager Zach throws a ig s head into a Somali Mosue during Ramadan it sets a series of events in motion as you well can imagine Zach s arrest brings two New York brothers back to their childhood home in Shirley Falls Maine To Help Their Sister SusanThere Are Characters Here Maine to help their sister SusanThere are characters here I truly liked and a few that I loathed but this did not ruin my enjoyment of Strout s writing The Burgess Boys is about family loyalty sibling rivalry secrets that haunt one fear of the unknown hate guilt anger love marriage divorce growing up disappointments success failure forgiveness did I say family The narration by Cassandra Campbell was able to capture the down east flavor of what it truly means to be brought up in Maine and easily transitioned between Susan and the Burgess Boys that fled to New York I do have to admit it took me awhile to get into the groove with this but in audio this is often the case If I were giving rating stars to the audio I d say 35 i am one of those eople who went all gaga about Olive Kitteridge which i thought did a magnificent magic job at showing how someone who is by all accounts uite etty and unpleasant is also tremendously tenderly wonderfully human this book is ambitious in scope unlike OK it encompasses a couple of cities a couple of states and a number of communities i am not saying that OK is not ambitious its spelunking into the humanity of a not very likeable woman is spectacular and daring it s just that here there are The Art of Mary Beth Edelson people and geography it seems to me that strout is trying to explore childhood damage adult dysfunctionality the mysterious relationships grown siblings have or don t have miserable adolescence andlace small town maine nyc all against the backdrop of the somali diaspora and its tragic complications it s not ambitious than OK but it s dispersed there are eople and geography now for me this did not come together at all it came together for me just about like the inferior The Submission came together ie not here are the things that don t compute in my mind after having read the bookwhy the boy threw the ig s headwhy the boy is small and scrawny and ill adaptedwhy the siblings don t get alongwhy they all worship jimmyview spoilerwhy everyone falls apartwhy everyone gets glued together againwhat makes bob doget betterwhat makes the sister doget betterwhy jimmy becomes a bumwhy the boy comes back home hide spoiler cue the music to the Brady Bunch theme songHere s the storyOf a lonely ladyWho was bringing up her very lonely sonHe threw a Motivational Perspectives on Chronic Pain pig s head in churchJust for the heck of itThen he was on the runHere s the storyOf the lady s brothersWho were scheming competing cheating on their ownThey were two menTelling lies together but they were soon both aloneTill the one day when the truth came to the surfaceand they knew that these were much thanloysThat this groupWas really uite dysfunctionalThat s the way they all became the Burgess BoysThe Burgess Girl the Burgess BoysThat s the way they became the Burgess Boys I can t even believe I m giving a novel by Elizabeth Strout two stars but I have to It was a chore to finish as many others have said I have loved all of her other work the elegance of her rose the tiny details that speak so elouently the lots that move at a beautifully slow None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing) pace it s the literary euivalent of strolling through a flower garden and not wanting to miss aetalThis one left me cold and unsatisfied I couldn t care about any of the characters try as I migiht not even the likeable one Th. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Includes Elizabeth Strout’s never before ublished essay about the origins of The Burgess BoysNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • NPR • Good HousekeepingElizabeth Strout “animates the ordinary with an astonishing force” wrote
New Yorker the ublication of her Pulitzer Prize–winning Olive Kitteridge The San Francisco Chronicle 伝説の勇者の伝説 5 出来心の後始末 praised Strout’s “magnificent gift for humanizing characters” Now the acclaimed author returns with a stunning novel asowerful and moving as any work in contemporary literature Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they ossibly could Jim a sleek successful corporate lawyer has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives and Bob a Legal Aid attorney who idolizes Jim has always taken it in stride But their long standing dynamic is upended wh. Ere was too much unrelenting misery among these miserable eople The light of the Somalis was Cocksure poorlyortrayed and try as I might I couldn t care about them either I didn t understand many of her choices such as the one to give away Bob s future mate Show don t tell he and the Unitarian Beyond the Cliffs of Kerry (Bold Women of the 18th Century, priest and it s a comment on the novel that I finished it last night and can t remember her name barely interactI also didn t like Strout s essay at the end of the book It felt like the author was saying if only you had tried hard enough to understand because it s all ever so subtle It is subtle and it s true that You never really know anybody but when you ve finished a good or great book you know that book like you know a friend warm feelings are evoked at the thought of the bookart of it becomes Porto Bello Gold part of you I only have to see the word olive to think of Olive Kitteridge she isart of my heart This book is disconnected and distant and I can t care because Strout hasn t made me Dysfunction It Runs Rampant in the Burgess Family The Burgess Boys have a checkered ast One that is never spoken of An incident occurred when Jim and Bob and their sister Susan were children Something terrible happened Bob has lived with the guilt ever sinceJim the elde Elizabeth Strout has written another novel about Maine and its eople but unlike Olive Kittredge which is episodic The Burgess Boys is a tightly woven novel about a family its secrets and how the guilt of one brother has defined his life as well as that of his twin sister their older brother their spouses and their children It also traces downward spirals some expected some not and the The Three Lives of Sonata James possibility and limits of change and redemption Shirley Falls Maine home to many displaced Somalis experiences arank that is to be Mein Erster Mörder pro This novel was one of the most really really really OK books I have ever read It was so OK that I will forget about it after I am done writing thisSince the author of this book won a Pulitzer I had higher expectations In addition to the fact that the writing style was very cold and detached the topic seemed derived andredictable It was artly a story *of family dynamics and the I well remember the controversy in Lewiston ME in 2006 when a * family dynamics and the I well remember the controversy in Lewiston ME in 2006 when a s head was thrown into a Somali Muslim mosue It s one of the key events in The Burgess Boys Strout s latest novel i loved olive kittredge i latest novel I loved Olive Kittredge I loved The BBsStrout again interweaves stories and socio olitical issues I ve lived in Maine for 46 years and yet still am labeled from away And this novel is largely about being away from self family meaningful work marriage children siblings immigrants tradition and changeEstranged by geography and the death of their father the truth of which unfolds in the end the twins Bob and Susan and their older brother Jim don t like each other much Well they look out after each othersort of I found Bob and Susan most endearing because they appeared able to change Jim not And spouses and ex spouses and Somali residents are deftly captured Much to think about regarding family how each member remembers things how reality and Kaki vojaki: roman v rimah in slikah perception are often at odds how leaving home doesn t mean home is really left behindI went to college in Lewiston Strout mentions The Blue Goose reknowned for cheap beer andickled eggs Luigi s the cathedral Lisbon Street and the mills can well remember being in those laces walking those streets Now I live in a small town north of Lewiston where next door neighbors raise goats for Somali customers Afraid that many folks still don t like immigrants much that Maine is an aging state and that there are many many eople who do assimilate and make friends of the native Mainers who of course are richly diverse eople too I found this novel real and erceptive Re reading Olive Again for my book club it finally hit home that th. En their sister Susan the Burgess sibling who stayed behind urgently calls them home Her lonely teenage son Zach has gotten himself into a world of trouble and Susan desperately needs their help And so the Burgess brothers return to the landscape of their childhood where the long buried tensions that have shaped and shadowed their relationship begin to surface in unexpected ways that will change them forever With a rare combination of brilliant storytelling exuisite rose and remarkable insight into character Elizabeth Strout has brought to life two deeply human rotagonists whose struggles and triumphs will resonate with readers long after they turn the final Bear Boy page Tender tough minded loving and deeply illuminating about the ties that bind us to family and home The Burgess Boys is Elizabeth Strout’s newest anderhaps most astonishing work of literary art Look for special features inside Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and “What truly makes Strout exceptional is th.the new yorker
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E Burgess brothers mentioned in that book were surely the main characters in this book which somehow I missed Given that my library had the audio book available I uickly snatched it up It s so interesting how all of Strout s books and characters are so intertwined not just location but the same folks showing up over and over again Unlike Strout s other books which read like connected stories this is a typical novel format The Burgesses consist of two boys and a girl The twins consist of Susan and Bob with Jim their older brother When Susan s son Zach gets himself in serious trouble the two brothers both lawyers return to Shirley Falls from NYC But the brothers are far from euals Bob is a successful lawyer while Jim works for Legal Aid Strout s strength is always her character development And this book is no exception They all come across as real folks with all their weaknesses I m glad I waited until now to listen to this It s a timely subject with a young man lashing out at Somali refugees for no apparent reason I especially appreciated a small scene when a Rabbi trying to help still manages to insult the Somali Muslims implying they are not art of the community In addition to this lot line concerning justice racism and white rivilege we also see Strout s take on marriage arenthood and sibling rivalry I didn t love this book as much as I did her on marriage arenthood and sibling rivalry I didn t love this book as much as I did her which I ve read I struggled to identify with any of the characters Part of me wonders if it wasn t a good fit to listen to this Her work may just be stronger in the written Monster der Woche page That s not to say the narrator Cassandra Campbell did a bad job Just that theace of the book might be better read This novel oses a major uestion do you understand that other guy that other woman Are you sureThe book hit me between the eyes with the uncomfortable understand that other guy that other woman Are you sureThe book hit me between the eyes with the uncomfortable that we are imprisoned by our culture yes our beloved Thanksgivings and Christmases our Midnight Masses our Fourths of July our sacred Yankees or Red Sox It s all wonderful even as it blinds usFor me the book is all about understanding that other guy Hell the Burgesses are family and they struggle with the issue among themselves They do not really know one another To be fair it s a fragmented family The brothers Jim and Bob and sister Susan carry all the baggage that dysfunction can ossibly bring and then someBut if you don t know your brother or sister how do you understand a stranger from a foreign culture In The Burgess Boys the roblem is compounded by a myriad of culture clashes including these Americans vs Somali immigrants Shirley Falls Maine vs New York City Open minded eople vs xenophobic skinheads Traditional Somalis vs Somali BantusMsStrout is a terrific story teller Her Ones and Zeroes prose just rolls along elegant and simple Her ear for dialogue isitch erfect and her characters are genuine they love and hate they celebrate sometimes they just make it through the day When the world knocks them down they get back up When the world is ugly they look the gray rat in the eye The Burgess siblings now in their fifties carry an immense burden from their childhood I don t think I m giving much away when I say that a dysfunction be damned determination enables them to ersevereOn a happier note the story has a hero an elderly Somali gentleman who brings to America enough compassion and wisdom to transcend cultureThere is a very nice Kluge prologue to the book where we meet the narrator and her mother both natives of Shirley Falls If you read the book be sure to revisit therologue upon completion Mom and daughter gossip about the Burgess boys In a nice Hugh Hefner's Playboy, 6 Volumes (Collectors) piece of foreshadowing daughter tells Mom that she will tell the story of that family She laments that People will say it s not nice to write abouteople I knowHer mother replies Well you don t know them Nobody ever knows anyon. E The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources perfect balance she achieves between the tides of story and depths of feeling” Chicago Tribune“Strout’srose ropels the story forward with moments of startlingly oetic clarity” The New Yorker “Elizabeth Strout’s first two books Abide with Me and Amy and Isabelle were highly thought of and her third Olive Kitteridge won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction But The Burgess Boys her most recent novel is her best yet” The Boston Globe “A The Journal of Latrobe; Being the Notes and Sketches of an Architect, Naturalist and Traveler in the United States from 1796 to 1820 (Burt Franklin ,) portrait of an American community in turmoil that’s as ambitious as Philip Roth’s American Pastoral but intimate in tone” Time “Strout’s extraordinary narrative gifts are evident again At times The Burgess Boys is almost effortlessly fluid with superbly rendered dialogue sudden and unexpected bolts of humor and startling riffs of gripping emotion” Associated Press “Strout is at her masterful best when conjuring the two Burgess boys Scenes between them ring so true” San Francisco Chronicle From the Trade Paperback editio.