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Townie I have never read any of Dubus books, because back when he was popular I Didn t Do Tragic His memoir got good buzz, though, so I decided to give it a try Let s just say that I don t plan to read any of his fictional books, ever.I feel bad for Dubus He got a raw deal, with a father who couldn t be bothered to spend time with his children and a mom who was too busy and exhausted to pay adequate attention to them With the exception of his younger sister, Dubus siblings were adrift and had pro I have never read any of Dubus books, because back when he was popular I Didn t Do Tragic His memoir got good buzz, though, so I decided to give it a try Let s just say that I don t plan to read any of his fictional books, ever.I feel bad for Dubus He got a raw deal, with a father who couldn t be bothered to spend time with his children and a mom who was too busy and exhausted to pay adequate attention to them With the exception of his younger sister, Dubus siblings were adrift and had problems with drugs His naturally small size made him a bully magnet in the rough neighborhoods he grew up in after his parents divorce And despite all that he was able to make something of himself and not die young and violently like so many he knew That doesn t mean I like his memoir, though It commits the cardinal sin of books it was boring Horribly, horribly boring Not that his life wasn t compelling Growing up in the bad part of town led to some craziness and horror and childhood especially one with so many siblings is natural fodder But Dubus writing style made everything that should have been interesting incredibly ponderous, dull and choppy It s evensurprising given the fact that there were so many fights that took place Dubus bulked himself up as a teen and had a short fuse and a childhood surrounded by violencethere were a lot of bar street fights.But the fights were semi random and I could never understand nor bring myself to care how they started or who they were with Truthfully, it mostly seemed that Dubus just attacked people whenever they stepped out of line or he was feeling upset, so there wasn t really any rhyme or reason to begin with and his writing style just muddled things The book was mostly chronological but sometimes wasn t, which was confusing There were so many people drifting in and out with no real sense of who they were that I stopped bothering to keep track Even his own siblings never come into focus There s a vague sense of them Jeb is the artsy, suicidal one Suzanne is the classic Little Girl Lost, using drugs and sex to fill the void created by daddy issues Nicole is the studious one, hiding in her room from the broken world and dysfunctional family she s trapped in But that s just the surface and I can tell you nothingabout any of them, especially Nicole who I was most interested in she seemed the most together of them all and I m curious how she did it There are giant holes in the timeline Dubus is interested in a Persian girl and then suddenly he s moved to Texas and no mention is made of how their relationship ended The middle school art teacher who is sleeping with Dubus brother Jeb while Jeb was her student randomly appears and just as suddenly she s gone from the narrative Dubus is suddenly a parole officer or something Dubus is suddenly married Dubus decided to go to college despite being a punk who according to the narrative had little interest in school WHAT WAS GOING ON Also, I hated Andre Dubus seniorthan I hated any other villain I ve read about this year and I ve read some dark stuff Maybe he wasn t supposed to be a villain, but I feel like he was one and I found him incredibly despicable I probably hate himknowing that he was real, while the other villains I ve read about recently were fictional Dubus senior was a horrible, horrible man with few redeeming qualities He was the worst father someone could be short of being actually abusive He was a chronic philanderer who couldn t stop himself and truthfully, likely never tried from screwing his students even when he was married He was a drunk, a man child, a cheater He was neglectful of those he should have loved and cared for and almost pathologically selfish And this is even through Andre Junior s vaguely sympathetic though hurt lense Some people like senior s writing I will bet you I would find it boring and pretentious and he was apparently charming and willing to help strangers, so I ll give him that So I guess he had some redeeming qualities, but I still find him one of the most miserable people I ve read about this year I wish he was fictional In the end, Dubus managed to reveal everything without revealing anything He writes about painful parts of his youth that I think are brave to reveal but never gets close enough to give the reader a sense of anything I hate to say it about a professional author, but I wish someone else had written his life story I totally agree with Dwight Garner of the New York Times when he writes of this book, Townie is a better, harder book than anything Dubus III has yet writer it pays off on every bet that s been placed on him A sleek muscle car of a memoir The core theme of the memoir is men s, particularly his, relationship to violence As a kid he was a victim of it This part of the book was hard to read and I almost bailed out on the book because I wanted him to stop being a victim and stand up for hims I totally agree with Dwight Garner of the New York Times when he writes of this book, Townie is a better, harder book than anything Dubus III has yet writer it pays off on every bet that s been placed on him A sleek muscle car of a memoir The core theme of the memoir is men s, particularly his, relationship to violence As a kid he was a victim of it This part of the book was hard to read and I almost bailed out on the book because I wanted him to stop being a victim and stand up for himself Then he does and the book really takes off He becomes a tough guy with a reputation He s strong and people are afraid of him which gives him power he s never had But then he starts to see how violence is ruining his life and his relationships To me, the most fascinating part of the book is how he works through and matures out of the need for violence as a way to create a sense of self.I think this would be great book to read in a high school literature class I d love to know what adolescents have to say about it The major focus of this soul baring memoir of Andre Dubus III is in Haverhill, Massachusetts, a city bordering New Hampshire, in northeastern Massachusetts It was a former mill town and industrial city, which in the 19th and early half of the 20th century was known as the Queen Slipper City because of its tanneries and shoe manufacturing They boasted that 1 10 of the shoes made in the US were made there It is located on the Merrimack River I lived there for a few years and found it to be a The major focus of this soul baring memoir of Andre Dubus III is in Haverhill, Massachusetts, a city bordering New Hampshire, in northeastern Massachusetts It was a former mill town and industrial city, which in the 19th and early half of the 20th century was known as the Queen Slipper City because of its tanneries and shoe manufacturing They boasted that 1 10 of the shoes made in the US were made there It is located on the Merrimack River I lived there for a few years and found it to be a cultural wasteland The one redeeming factor was that it had a reasonable library My presence there was during the waning years of the shoe manufacturing, prior to the Dubus Family s arrival there.Most of the surroundings had not yet become as described in his account The history of this area plays a major role in the status of the city and in Andre s development Dubus parents divorced in the 1970 s, leaving the mother to cope with 4 children and meager finances His mother was hardworking, never able to keep up with the bills, cooking, laundry, or actual care of her children Following the divorce, their father maintained sporadic contact with them and tried to help financially, but had his own difficulties His relationship with his children was superficial, with occasional glimmers of interest Life for these youngsters was difficult, filled with violence, drugs, roaming the crime riddled streets without supervision day and night The city had truly become a wasteland, with vacant lots, boarded up factories and stores and homes crumbling.It was in this climate that Dubus grew up, filled with rage inspired by fear He frequently experienced feelings of emptiness and absence His solution was to becomestronger, better physically developed, able to conquer even the toughest boys As he grew older, he often realized that his near compulsion to do body building was so that noone would hurt him, or those he loved.There are many features of this memoir worth sharing, but it would be best to read it in context Dubus writing is riveting and straightforward Without adornment he has conveyed the smells, the sounds and the visual assaults for the reader.It was also a pleasure learningabout his father, a talented, revered author in his own right Several of his books of short stories have impressed and even awed me Viewing the development of the relationship of father and son as the narrative progressed was compelling.It was complex, yet touching to observe the difficult transition of the young, hardened boy to the accomplished man he became.I have admired and respected Dubus writing and can now see the roots of the difficulties his characters in his books experience Reading this memoir was often unsettling and sometimes tedious, reviewing his many fights and brutal encounters It has given me a different view of violence and the confrontations faced by the perpetrators I think about the courage that it took him to write this book, to bare his soul, to reveal his emotions and the ability to finally and carefully subdue that violent, needy child inside of himself ADDENDUM Although I have probably discussed enough about Andre Dubus III, one particular feature of his early life has remained with me The idea of how much his childhoodlackedis demonstrated when he attended his first baseball game at age 19 He was amazed thatgrown menwereplaying a game and thousands were at Fenway Park watching themHe had no concept of sports and games at all His friend had to explain the most basic rudiments to him Dancing After Hours Stories and In the Bedroom are two sensitive books by Andre, Sr., which I read, but he wrote many This is a rough book It is about violence in all its forms, except war and genocide Violence on a personal level If swear words and rape and drugs are going to put you off, well then maybe this isn t a book for you But read on It is also about a dysfunctional family I don t like dysfunctional family stories, or that is what I thought But hey there is an exception to every rule Maybe I so very much liked it because it is no story it is autobiographical I also know that I liked it becaus This is a rough book It is about violence in all its forms, except war and genocide Violence on a personal level If swear words and rape and drugs are going to put you off, well then maybe this isn t a book for you But read on It is also about a dysfunctional family I don t like dysfunctional family stories, or that is what I thought But hey there is an exception to every rule Maybe I so very much liked it because it is no story it is autobiographical I also know that I liked it because of the writing Andre Dubus III, can write A good author can write about any topic and this is a good author Excellent writing Descriptive so you see and feel the atmosphere and tension of the scene He describes the accouterments of a bar, a bloody body after a fight, and even some humor is thrown in It is said, In one of those games with a ball in it As a child, Andre NEVER went to a ball game, be it baseball or football or tennis Absolutely no ball games How could he His single mother worked his father saw him so infrequently that he simply was never there Money Poor he was lucky if he had a pair of shoes Dialogs are pitch perfect The writing is about rough situations but each word is absolutely perfect.I feel I better understand why someone would turn to violence The author turned to violence to protect himself and his family, and then that violence took over, and where would it ever end That is the question he comes to That is the question that the reader looks at That is the central question of the book, but you do not accuse and you understand and you do not merely place blame The book is all about family relationships Jeez, what we do to each other The reason why this book is so good is that even if you are not a violent person yourself, you understand why one could become violent and you stop accusing and blaming and looking down on those who have taken that misstep And where does it end Inviolence In death But you know he is now a writer so read on.The audiobook is narrated by the author himself It couldn t have been better He is telling you how he felt You feel his sorrow and anger, confusion and questions He is telling his story, and no one else should tell his story but him.I shouldn t have liked this book, but I certainly did Good book Very, very good book Definitely deserves four stars Like most of my books, I read this on my ipad and kindle At one point when I was about to quit, I clicked to find I was 40% through the book Do editors still exist Who would allow the first 40% of a book to be littlethan a series of school yard brawls, replete with description of injuries, names of malefactors, and explanation of grudges with thin strips of family life laid between The idea of a memoir is not only to render a life but also to understand it Although after 40%, the book Like most of my books, I read this on my ipad and kindle At one point when I was about to quit, I clicked to find I was 40% through the book Do editors still exist Who would allow the first 40% of a book to be littlethan a series of school yard brawls, replete with description of injuries, names of malefactors, and explanation of grudges with thin strips of family life laid between The idea of a memoir is not only to render a life but also to understand it Although after 40%, the book picked up detailing a bitof the writer s life as one of the severely neglected children of a famous writer it still did not delve into how that neglect contributed to the depression expresses in rages, alcoholism and fist fights I persevered to the end and when it was clear to even this disaffected reader that the fight went out of him just as his father became incapacitated, the writer didn t seem to get the connection There are passages of great tenderness and mercy here, but they feel somehow unearned and unexamined Although there are some lyrical passages in this book, it does not nearly measure up to The House of Sand and Fog a book I loved and treasured both for its lyricism and the exploration of motive and personality I am sure there is an equally good book somewhere in Townie, it just wasn t birthed properly Dubus s novels are difficult to read without getting worked up into a frenzy that involves symptoms not unlike severe stress or paranoia At least for me, anyway Shortness of breath, increased heart rate, even sweats these things happen His memoir does not include the same scenes of riveting tension and personal anguish that populate his other works, but I found myself still getting worked up reading this especially the early scenes of his torment as a young child.A skinny kid, raised by a Dubus s novels are difficult to read without getting worked up into a frenzy that involves symptoms not unlike severe stress or paranoia At least for me, anyway Shortness of breath, increased heart rate, even sweats these things happen His memoir does not include the same scenes of riveting tension and personal anguish that populate his other works, but I found myself still getting worked up reading this especially the early scenes of his torment as a young child.A skinny kid, raised by a single mother, growing up in some of the roughest neighborhoods Massachusetts has to offer, tormented by bullies every day Dubus eventually learned to fight back He learned how to fight back a little too well, and in the process discovered he had quite a bit of rage in him Read through and it s easy to understand why At it s beginning this is in some ways a typical growing up rough memoir the poverty, the bullying, the almost religious weight training until he doesn t get picked on very much all that s missing is a montage song, really , but it s carried along by Dubus s sincere engaging prose that keeps it from being anything but standard or boring He doesn t stop there, though Because this memoir carries him through to adulthood, and because he doesn t pull any punches on himself or his victims sorry , we have his inner turmoil with what all this anger and violence does when it transforms into guilt I was surprised pleasantly so when this became as much a meditation on violence and its consequences not only on the body, but the soul , as a chronicle of boyhood.But while that s a large portion of the book, Dubus s relationship with his father was, at least for me, the most rewarding and touching part Having read both Andre Dubus Sr and Dubus III, I often wondered what their relationship with each other was competitive Supportive Abusive Nonexistent I was interested to find out it was hardly simple enough to boil down to any one adjective Dubus Sr left little Andre s mother when he was young, but there was some continued interaction The elder Andre seemed like a difficult man, sometimes quiet, but often passionate and loud Thankfully he was not abusive, but his absence on a day to day level no doubt had an impact I think the young, skinny, frightened Andre could have used a strong, supportive, manly father figure in his life Instead he had a distant stranger who obviously loved them, but struggled with expressing that This is beautifully expressed in the opening pages of the book, where young Andre, desperate from some one on one time with his father, agrees to go on a weekend run with him The problem is he has no good shoes, and having never seriously run before, has no idea the lengths his father intends to go By the end of the 10 mile run, Andre is struggling to keep up with his father he is out of breath, and the shoes have devastated his feet so much that his socks are soaked in blood He never complains, though, and finishes the run.Dubus s relationship with his father resonates throughout the book, becomes the heart soul of the last third, as younger Andre comes into his own as a writer, both as a way to escape the plague of anger violence, and as a way to somehow connect with his absent father They seeof each other, but it is inof a buddy capacity than father son Nevertheless, it was touching to see both of them struggle, and even though it s through the lens of younger Andre s pen, one gets the sense he is genuinely telling the truth as he sees it he doesn t always shy away from criticism, but he gives credit where credit is due.If you re unfamiliar with either Dubus s work, I might suggest reading some first, not only because both of them could easily be included in any discussion of America s finest contemporary writers, but also to perhaps get a sense of the characters in this story This memoir is a fantastic read on many levels a coming of age in rough circumstances tale, a meditation on the nature of violence, a story of father and son but a knowledge of their work, and the glimpse into their personalities it provides, would definitely make this excellent book a richer experience Andre Dubus III has a way with words that s difficult to pinpoint House of Sand and Fog and The Garden of Last Days are two of the most gut wrenching novels I ve read, and while he may lack the stylistic flare of a Cormac McCarthy or James Joyce, there s something about the brutal sincerity and honest emotional choices of his character that puts the reader in the characters heart and head like few other writers could hope to do Townie may be a true story that lacks the confluence of various conflicting tragedies and circumstances that are the trademarks of his novels, but that brutal sincerity and honest emotion is still there Reading this, it s easy to see where he gets it I got two thirds of the way through this book and I surrended If this was fiction, I would say that the main character is a damaged and flawed person with serious anger issues Sadly, it is a biography and I just cannot care about a man who in his mid twenties needs to run around a town looking to beat up people for what he thinks are insults Or looking for insults so he can get into a fight No signs of redemption, although, since he wrote some good books later on one can assume he figures ou I got two thirds of the way through this book and I surrended If this was fiction, I would say that the main character is a damaged and flawed person with serious anger issues Sadly, it is a biography and I just cannot care about a man who in his mid twenties needs to run around a town looking to beat up people for what he thinks are insults Or looking for insults so he can get into a fight No signs of redemption, although, since he wrote some good books later on one can assume he figures out that life isthan late night bar room brawls But I think I would be embarraassed to have lead this life, much less write it up and publish it I am embarrassed to have kept reading for as long as I did thinking that at some point he would become interesting An Acclaimed Novelist Reflects On His Violent Past And A Lifestyle That Threatened To Destroy Him Until He Was Saved By Writing.After Their Parents Divorced In The 1970s, Andre Dubus III And His Three Siblings Grew Up With Their Exhausted Working Mother In A Depressed Massachusetts Mill Town Saturated With Drugs And Crime To Protect Himself And Those He Loved From Street Violence, Andre Learned To Use His Fists So Well That He Was Even Scared Of Himself He Was On A Fast Track To Getting Killed Or Killing Someone Else He Signed On As A Boxer Nearby, His Father, An Eminent Author, Taught On A College Campus And Took The Kids Out On Sundays The Clash Of Worlds Couldn T Have Been Stark Or Difficult For A Son To Communicate To A Father Only By Becoming A Writer Himself Could Andre Begin To Bridge The Abyss And Save Himself His Memoir Is A Riveting, Visceral, Profound Meditation On Physical Violence And The Failures And Triumphs Of Love. ➷ Their Language of Love Free ➭ Author Bapsi Sidhwa – Mgiworx.co.uk Andre Dubus III And His Three Siblings Grew Up With Their Exhausted Working Mother In A Depressed Massachusetts Mill Town Saturated With Drugs And 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It was like getting a tooth drilled or being hit over the head by the same damn bat I ll pass on this one thank you very much.The same scenes repeated endlessly Hopelessness, cruelty, fear and abandonment abound in this book It s a bleak tale and a place I choose not to visit any longer than reading the 67 pages I spent there I ve believed Dubus to be brilliant based on House of Sand and Fog but the writing in this book is meandering, inconclusive and confusing Often I would read a sente It was like getting a tooth drilled or being hit over the head by the same damn bat I ll pass on this one thank you very much.The same scenes repeated endlessly Hopelessness, cruelty, fear and abandonment abound in this book It s a bleak tale and a place I choose not to visit any longer than reading the 67 pages I spent there I ve believed Dubus to be brilliant based on House of Sand and Fog but the writing in this book is meandering, inconclusive and confusing Often I would read a sentence and feel like I had just read that same sentence, after looking back through the pages, I would indeed find the same sentence slightly altered in chapters prior I also think my distaste for violence, competition and urban environments totally jaded my viewpoint of this book.I love stories that tell of the capacity of humans to endure and overcome adversity but in these types of stories there is usually an inner light within the protagonist and glimmer of hope, feelings of repentance or desire Dubus tells a tale of desiring only to escape, get high and return the violence to those who bullied him He writes as if detached and distant from the young man in the story Another Good Read reviewer stated it beautifully The focus for most of the book is on his horrible childhood and how weightlifting and fighting street fighting, not boxing gave him confidence It s the sort of testosterone heavy story that I usually avoid at all costs I really could have used an adult perspective throughout the book most of the time it s so claustrophobically inside his own adolescent head that it seems his adult self continues to think this way Even when he has an epiphany towards the end, it comes off as ridiculous and makes me wonder if he ever actually grew up.Worse, the writing is awkward, meandering, and repetitive It jumps back and forth through time for no reason except that it was badly edited If this is the story that s been fighting to get out all this time, I d think he d spend a littleeffort making it as good as his fiction Wow It s eight o clock on the last night of June The grand children are in bed, and this is when I usually open up my book and read for the evening The problem is that I finished Townie last night, and now I am achingly homesick for Haverhill.This is rather ridiculous, since 1 I have never been to Haverhill and 2 the town and the life that Dubus portrays, at great length and with much repetition, are as gritty, as violent, as unappealing as anyplace that one might imagine This was hel Wow It s eight o clock on the last night of June The grand children are in bed, and this is when I usually open up my book and read for the evening The problem is that I finished Townie last night, and now I am achingly homesick for Haverhill.This is rather ridiculous, since 1 I have never been to Haverhill and 2 the town and the life that Dubus portrays, at great length and with much repetition, are as gritty, as violent, as unappealing as anyplace that one might imagine This was hell, pure and simple, for a family of four whose father splits to lead an independent life as a writer and bon vivant And, like hell, it never seemed to end..either for the writer or for the reader.And yet, and yet, after chapter upon chapter of fights, drugs infertile dreams, neglect, poverty, and drink, it does Something magical breaks through the bleakness, and the last one hundred pages are simply gorgeous They shine and glimmer with redemption, love and luminous writing I almost signed off on this book every night this week I am terribly glad that I did not Thank you, Grandma Ida, for setting the example of always finishing a book You always said, I owe it to the writer


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