Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. This poignant and absorbing novel, parts of which have already appeared in the New Yorker, is one of a kind: at. Read "A Home at the End of the World A Novel" by Michael Cunningham available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first purchase. HOME AT THE END OF THE WORLD. By. Sara Manfredi (He looks up from his book for a moment, glancing (She stares at him for a moment before getting.
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A home at the end of the world. byMichael Be the first one to write a review. 87 Borrows Borrow this book to access EPUB and PDF files. A Home at the End of the World. "Bobby". Once our father bought a convertible. Don't ask me. I was five, He bought it and drove it home as casually as he'd bring . The film adaptation of A Home at the End of the World premiered in July Directed by Michael Get the Reading Group Guide [pdf] Reviews for A Home at .
Sound Library Availability: The Nest. Those are two rich thematic elements, but they just lie there on the page, like gestures at depth and sensual experience. Sort order. But when you read a number of novels by the same author you begin to recognise the same pivot and cast of characters popping up over and over again.
Cunningham offers moments of startling clarity, clear and sharp and painful as glass, into what it is to be a member of a family, an isolated individual connected to others in the attempt to build a home. A Home at the End of the World walks a delicate line between heartwarming and heartbreaking, and it's easy to oversell--but there is little excessive or maudlin about it, despite its brush against tragedies like the AIDS epidemic.
It tempers its emotions with the discomforting mundanity of reality, and finds no easy or stable answers. If not for its moments of beauty, it would be depressing; instead, it's both and more: It's not a book I can say I simply "enjoyed," but it is one I'm thankful to have read, and I recommend it. Well - there are a couple of really good lines in this book, but they are almost invariably followed by something truly horrible and trite, expanding upon the theme and beating it into your head.
So the prose is overwritten and labored and sometimes mannered and affected , but as a reader of Victorian literature, I could probably forgive that - Hardy has committed greater sins, and I have read and enjoyed those sins as committed by by lesser writers than Hardy - but the problem with A Home at t Well - there are a couple of really good lines in this book, but they are almost invariably followed by something truly horrible and trite, expanding upon the theme and beating it into your head.
So the prose is overwritten and labored and sometimes mannered and affected , but as a reader of Victorian literature, I could probably forgive that - Hardy has committed greater sins, and I have read and enjoyed those sins as committed by by lesser writers than Hardy - but the problem with A Home at the End of the World is that it never feels authentic: They are all a collection of surfaces; Cunningham constantly explains them to us, but does little to justify his explanations, and their supposed virtues just make them cowards.
You want something more nuanced and developed from a novel like this - and something more challenging, too. Music is supposed to be a big part of their lives, but it never feels that way - Nick Hornby , among others, has done that better. And food is also supposed to be important. Those are two rich thematic elements, but they just lie there on the page, like gestures at depth and sensual experience.
It sort of gave me second-hand embarrassment. And I say this as someone who doesn't even like Hemingway. For English, please visit Community BookStop. O nedenle "bu kitapla ne dinlenir? Apr 03, Giedre rated it really liked it Shelves: The book is evolving slowly, and my reading was slowed down even more, because I was traveling while I was reading it.
I am glad about it, as it seemed to require time to think it over and digest it. The first thing that comes to mind when I think about "A Home at the End of the World" is that it is an awkward book.
It is awkward, because it is too real, too intimate, too "A Home at the End of the World" was my first Cunningham's book and I can already say that it's not going to be the last one.
It is awkward, because it is too real, too intimate, too raw. It does not try to sell us any ilusions about relationships, love or future. Just the opposite, while reading it, I felt thrown into all the complexity of it and in some way it stayed with me even after I finished the book. The book speaks in four different voices and takes the reader through a long period of lives of the four characters. I found the style and the frequent change of voices confusing at times, but at the same time I enjoyed the opportunity it gave me to live inside the different characters and understand them in a deeper and more complete way.
The four characters, childhood friends Jonathan and Bobby, their flatmate, lover and companion Clare and Jonathan's mother Alice struggle with accepting and understanding the difference between the expectations of their significant others and society, their own idealized visions of what life, home and family is, and the reality.
The book is breaking stereotypes and boundaries, provoking us to question conventional wisdom and inviting us to look for our own personal answers to the big questions posed by life. I am really happy I embarked upon this awkward journey and learned from seeing my own reflection in the different voices of the book. View all 3 comments. View 2 comments. I want every character in this book to shut the fuck up.
Sep 06, Amy rated it it was ok. I wish we could do half stars -- I would like to give this book 2. I really wanted to like it more than I did; however, I felt there was not enough internal distinction among the characters to make the shifting viewpoints work.
Each person's narrative voice sounded like all the others, resulting in homogenous characters that did not seem sufficiently fleshed out. I really fucking liked this. It has lots of my favorite things in a novel: New York, suburban malaise, love, the 80s, parenting. It is the story of two boys and their families.
It follows them into their adulthood where they meet the third character, Clare, and fall in love with her. The chapters are narrated by a different character, which can be annoying. I think Cunningham pulls it off. Each time a chapter started I would think 'oh good this character is really my favorite'. I loved Alice's c I really fucking liked this. I loved Alice's chapters near the beginning. Like the bit where she says something like- 'and then I left the room as full of him as I had been when I was pregnant'.
I did have some disappointments and questions at then end of the book, was Alice happy? I wish she hadn't, I don't think it was the right thing to do. Sometimes the intensity of emotion in this book was a bit too full on. Then again that's actually a really good thing right? View all 4 comments.
Aug 07, Salathiel rated it it was amazing. A Home at the End of The World is a love story. A convoluted, unbalanced, discombobulated love story, but a love story nonetheless. Jonathan meets Bobby in the eighth grade, and to call what forms between them a simple friendship would be to apply a cheap misnomer.
They bond over weed, music, angst and rebellion. They discover physical sex together. They become defined by the other, a pair united by some commensal inner turmoil that seems incapable to define. And then they graduate high school, and what once seemed inseparable, separates. I love novels where I am privileged to see the character grow, both in age and in substance.
One becomes otherworldly, approaching life and disaster with a calm that is perturbing. The other becomes frenetic, a ball of energy and movement that seems poised for a prison break. Both are thrilling and interesting in ways that carry the novel, though neither become what I, the lowly reader, would have foresaw. We all start off young and impassioned; some slothful, some ambitious, some timid, some bold. We navigate our way from grade to high school, and then we are unleashed to the world.
Or better yet, the world is unleashed on us. We think we are ready, only to find that differential equations and foreign language verb conjugations have little to do with solving the more pressing problems of life.
Problems such as love, acceptance, actualization, and the ever niggling question of purpose. This novel captures the struggle of a search. A search for something substantial in a life that if left unattended can become superfluous.
Clare, the third-wheel in a mental polyamorous relationship, searches for a seal of approval on the eccentricities that she has built her life upon. Every day we wake up and crank the car to drive to a job we subconsciously or vociferously hate, we too are searching. Searching for our happiness. Searching for our home at the end of the world. A home where questions that are asked are answered. A home where walls are not there to trap, but are instead there to shelter.
A home where every idiosyncrasy, every strange thread in the fabric of who we are, is celebrated and given a value. A home where we are given the license to be whoever we want, do whatever we want, love however we want, go wherever we want, and die whenever we want.
I rated this novel a 5 not because I think it is perfection, or that its literary greatness is on par with The Grapes of Wrath , but I rated it a 5 because I have never read a book that captured so seamlessly the essence of this search.
It truly and unequivocally has spoken to my soul. But all things existential aside, this novel was good because the writing was beautiful and the characters were real. Even so, this novel is probably not for everyone.
At times the plot moves at a leisurely pace, and the shifts of narration especially the transitions to Alice and Clare were not always welcomed. Not to mention that its content, which centers on the absurdity of a love between three flawed adults, might find a way to offend the ultra-conservative.
Jul 02, Trisha rated it it was amazing. Such a thoroughly unsentimental book about what love is really all about — especially how much it can hurt. The story unfolds in the voices of the most important characters and moves back and forth among them giving us glimpses into why they behave the way they do as well as how they view each other.
Two of them, Bobby and Jonathan, have grown up together needing to depend on each other to deal with the residue of circumstances that have left them wounded and vulnerable. By the time they reach y Such a thoroughly unsentimental book about what love is really all about — especially how much it can hurt. By the time they reach young adulthood and are re-united once again after having gone their separate ways for a while, their relationship is both complicated and strengthened by the presence of a third person, the quirky and somewhat jaded Clare whom they both love but in very different ways.
All three of the characters in this novel are carrying heavy burdens that make it almost impossible for them to be who the others need them to be.
In the hands of a less skillful author this book could easily have become pathetically maudlin — especially the episodes that touch upon the tragedy of the AIDS epidemic. But Cunningham is a masterful writer who treats his characters with sensitivity and respect and gives them some wonderfully insightful lines, like this one: Se dovessi definire questo romanzo con una sola parola, userei inevitabilmente il termine "strano".
Strani sono i personaggi, tanto per cominciare: Un romanzo toccante, originale, fuori dagli schemi, che ha presentato al mondo il talento di M. Michael Cunningham is one of my favorite writers. He can make the mundane, everyday life of normal people come vividly to life through his words. While this story became a bit meandering and scattered at times, Cunningham's attention to detail and genuine love for the characters he has created shine through.
I always recommend anything by this man. Sep 09, Lavinia rated it really liked it Shelves: I love New York stories, I love the '80s. The plot is captivating, and for someone coming from Eastern Europe, such a story taking place while they grew up, - in a different part of the world, of course - seems pretty unbelievable.
Jul 16, Chaitra rated it it was ok Shelves: I started out enjoying the book very much. But somewhere along the line, I stopped recognizing motivations of the characters. They're supposed to be unconventional, but I couldn't figure out why they were so. Bobby, to begin with seems a very observant young person.
He says of his father buying a Cadillac, that he was as skeptical as his older brother was thrilled. If his father was the kind of person who bought a c I started out enjoying the book very much.
If his father was the kind of person who bought a car on a street corner, who knows what else he could do. But Bobby later on is an innocent. He's not just naive, he also seems mostly unaware of what is going around him. It's what I thought of him, anyway.
As for Jonathan, I didn't trust that guy one bit. He was a posturer, perhaps by necessity, and it's acknowledged within the story. It makes it hard for other people to get a bead on him, and that makes him a complex person, but unfortunately it was also hard for me as a reader to understand where he's coming from. As a gay man in 80s America, I can understand how hard it must have been for him, but that's just hindsight on my part - had I been ignorant of the persecution and of the AIDS epidemic, I don't think reading Jonathan would make me understand or sympathize for him.
I didn't like Clare at all, but I'm not sure we're at all meant to like her. She's the third angle in Bobby and Jon's relationship and for all that Jon says that he loves both of them, Clare ultimately is a nonentity. The other woman in their lives, Jon's mother Alice fairs a lot better, she nurtures both Jon and Bobby and has a voice that is her own.
She's one part of the book that I did like. It is destined to last. Such a book is [this one]. A Home at the End of the World is a remarkable accomplishment. As good as anything I've read in years.
Hope in the midst of tragedy is a fragile thing, and Cunningham carries it with masterful care.
An important book. We come to feel that we know Jonathan, Bobby, and Clare as if we liv… More…. We come to feel that we know Jonathan, Bobby, and Clare as if we lived with them; yet each one retains the mystery that in people is called soul, and in fiction is called art. Bobby and Clare fall in love, scuttling the plans of Jonathan, who is gay, to father Clare's child.
Then, when Clare and Bobby have a baby, the three move to a small house upstate to raise "their" child together and, with an odd friend, Alice, create a new kind of family. A Home at the End of the World masterfully depicts the charged, fragile relationships of urban life today.
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