è Three Junes ë Download by è Julia Glass

è Three Junes ë Download by è Julia Glass At times irony seems to have many levels recently I saw the musical Altar Boyz and could not for the life of me figure out how multi layered the irony was a group of young guys poking fun at boy band evangelization simultaneously evangelizing in a Godspell way Dare I hope for irony in the NYT Book Review on the back cover of Three Junes TJ brilliantly rescues, then refurbishes, the traditional plot driven novel By plot don t we usually mean stuff happens in a somewhat connected way Would a family s eating, walking dogs and dying count as stuff happening So far as I can tell, virtually nothing happens in this book, except that a few of the characters pass away I repeatedly thought to myself this book is plotlessly pointless or is it pointlessly plotless I kept reading because the writing was decent line by line and a dear female friend lent it to me with an endors An Astonishing First Novel That Traces The Lives Of A Scottish Family Over A Decade As They Confront The Joys And Longings, Fulfillments And Betrayals Of Love In All Its Guises In June Of Paul McLeod, A Newspaper Publisher And Recent Widower, Travels To Greece, Where He Falls For A Young American Artist And Reflects On The Complicated Truth About His MarriageSix Years Later, Again In June, Paul S Death Draws His Three Grown Sons And Their Families Back To Their Ancestral Home Fenno, The Eldest, A Wry, Introspective Gay Man, Narrates The Events Of This Unforeseen Reunion Far From His Straitlaced Expatriate Life As A bookseller In Greenwich Village, Fenno Is Stunned By A Series Of Revelations That Threaten His Carefully Crafted Defenses Four Years Farther On, In Yet Another June, A Chance Meeting On The Long Island Shore Brings Fenno Together With Fern Olitsky, The Artist Who Once Captivated His Father Now Pregnant, Fern Must Weigh Her Guilt About The Past Against Her Wishes For The Future And Decide What Family Means To Her In Prose Rich With Compassion And Wit,Three Junes Paints A Haunting Portrait Of Love S Redemptive Powers From The Trade Paperback Edition This novel begins in June of 1989 Scotsman Paul McLeod is vacationing in Greece, his first trip since the death of his wife six months earlier While traveling the islands, his attention is drawn to a young American artist As his interest in her grows, he reflects back over the course of his marriage its beginnings, its never resolved uncertainties, and its untimely ending.
Six years later, June of 1995 finds Paul s son Fenno returning to Scotland from his expat life in New York for his father s funeral His attempts to cope with the inevitable challenges raised by spending time with family members during a crisis is flavored by his own recollections of a past relationship with a New York neighbor who slowly succumbed to AIDS.
The last June in this novel occurs ten years after the first Fern, the young American artist from the first section, is now pregnant Though There are a lot of beautiful things about this book, but to be honest, it gets weighed down by the whiny primary character, Fenno, who has the longest section all to himself He s angry, and we have no idea why Very angry, and very self righteous, and we have absolutely no idea Yes, he s gay One parent is okay with it, one parent isn t really, but doesn t get in Fenno s face about it Fenno has exiled himself to NYC, and amidst countless witty observations about the differences between boisterous Yanks and reserved Brits, seems to stew further in his anger and self imposed loneliness There is a lot of jumping around in the narration, and at times, it seems as if this jumping is only for the sake of jumping, for the author to support some structure she thought up before she ever began, from which she doesn t want to stray Not because it s best for the story The best part of the novel by f At times irony seems to have many levels recently I saw the musical Altar Boyz and could not for the life of me figure out how multi layered the irony was a group of young guys poking fun at boy band evangelization simultaneously evangelizing in a Godspell way Dare I hope for irony in the NYT Book Review on the back cover of Three Junes TJ brilliantly rescues, then refurbishes, the traditional plot driven novel By plot don t we usually mean stuff happens in a somewhat connected way Would a family s eating, walking dogs and dying count as stuff happening So far as I can tell, virtually nothing happens in this book, except that a few of the characters pass away I repeatedly thought to myself this book is plotlessly pointless or is it pointlessly plotless I kept reading because the writing was decent line by line and a dear female friend lent it to me with an endors Attempts to cohere titans of American British Lit about family bonds a la USAs Jonathan Franzen, a la UK s Zadie Smith together with those about the AIDS epidemic gay lifestyles USA Michael Cunningham, UK Alan Hollinghurst but in my opinion fails miserably to rise to their level Their heights being absolutely unreachable anyway It s hefty The award is not deserved the Ian McEwan like snobbish air of contemporary Euro affluence never settles well with me Ugh next Attempts to cohere titans of American British Lit about family bonds a la USAs Jonathan Franzen, a la UK s Zadie Smith together with those about the AIDS epidemic gay lifestyles USA Michael Cunningham, UK Alan Hollinghurst but in my opinion fails miserably to rise to their level Their heights being absolutely unreachable anyway It s hefty The award is not deserved the Ian McEwan like snobbish air of contemporary Euro affluence never settles well with me Ugh next I m tempted to give this book five stars, but it isn t my nature to gush and I think, based on her characterizations, that Julia Glass would understand my reticence to love without any reservations But Three Junes captured me and I hereby recommend it to you When I finished this novel, a long journey of imaginary characters across hundreds of pages, I felt at once connected to the world and affirmed in my humanity Life is imperfect and we love anyway As best we can.
This book is not at ALL, what I expected From the cover I was expecting another typical book club, chick light book about three women named Junelittle did I know I loved this book because it was complex and seemed very real life Nothing was nice and tidy and that s my kind of world.
I m so glad I m done The book was split into 3 parts, with a single character related in some way to the other characters in the other 2 parts In the first part of the book, it was slow to get going Then it reached an even kind of level Part 2 was probably the best part of the book with the obvious relationship to part 1 Part 3 was boring and probably not the character you re going to expect I thought it would never end I know anyone who reads this is going to expect in part 3 that it will pull all the parts together.
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but they left the obvious hanging I didn t like this book very much but once I start one I finish it Its doubtful I d pick up another book by this author.
Three Junes, by Julia Glass, has been hanging around on my bookshelves for quite some time Yes, that s shelves, plural, since it s been around for at least two rearrangements Glass won the 2002 National Book Award for this novel, and surprise surprise, I loved it The Junes in the title refer to three different months, different times in the life of the McCleod family, but it s not exactly chronological there are many flashbacks woven throughout the book, which is perfectly paced The father is Paul McCleod, who hails from a well heeled Scottish family, and he runs the newspaper his father founded His wife, Maureen, breeds and trains collies, and together, they have three sons Fenno, followed by the twins Dennis and David.
The book opens as Paul is taking a guided tour of the Greek Islands after he has be Julia Glass debut novel is an intricately written multigenerational story about a Scottish family and their friends It is a triptych with the sections set in the month of June in the years 1989, 1995, and 1999.
The father, Paul McLeod, is on a tour of Greece in 1989 He s remembering his marriage to his recently deceased wife whose passion was raising dogs Paul becomes friends with an American artist, Fern, during the vacation.
Paul s son, Fenno, narrates the second and longest part of the novel Fenno is a reserved gay owner of a charming bookstore in Greenwich Village He is called back to Scotland when his father unexpectedly dies His younger twin brothers and their wives plan the funeral, and secrets are revealed from the past There are also flashbacks to Fenno s New York City life during the AIDS crisis He helps Malachy, a neighbor and an irreverent newspaper mu Although different from my expectations, I enjoyed this book a lot for its character explorations, unique structure, and descriptive writing Broken into three parts, the first section is a third person narrative from the perspective of the Scottish father, reflecting on his wife s death and his three sons The second part is first person narrative in the voice of the oldest son Fenno This section is surprising in so far as Fenno can be overly rigid, often unexplainably angry, and you desperately want him to open up to his family and friends, and yet, you find yourself rooting for him to find his own happiness The third section is again third person narrative, but this time focused on Fern, an ex lover of Fenno s ex lover Although this section feels somewhat disconnected from the book This novel begins in June of 1989 Scotsman Paul McLeod is vacationing in Greece, his first trip since the death of his wife six months earlier While traveling the islands, his attention is drawn to a young American artist As his interest in her grows, he reflects back over the course of his marriage its beginnings, its never resolved uncertainties, and its untimely ending.
Six years later, June of 1995 finds Paul s son Fenno returning to Scotland from his expat life in New York for his father s funeral His attempts to cope with the inevitable challenges raised by spending time with family members during a crisis is flavored by his own recollections of a past relationship with a New York neighbor who slowly succumbed to AIDS.
The last June in this novel occurs ten years after the first Fern, the young American artist from the first section, is now pregnant Though

Three Junes , which won the 2002 National Book Award for Fiction, and