Very Old Bones

Very Old Bones For William Kennedy fans Albany conjures up a tapestry of great beauty and complexity in which the lives of an Irish American family are woven Earlier Albany novels including Ironweed a Pulitzer Pr
  • Title: Very Old Bones
  • Author: WilliamKennedy
  • ISBN: 9780140138986
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Paperback
  • Very Old Bones
    For William Kennedy fans, Albany conjures up a tapestry of great beauty and complexity in which the lives of an Irish American family are woven Earlier Albany novels, including Ironweed, a Pulitzer Prize winner, whetted our appetites Now Very Old Bones treats us to one last look at the odd and turbulent Phelans, circa 1958 Stretching the boundaries of life as the PhelanFor William Kennedy fans, Albany conjures up a tapestry of great beauty and complexity in which the lives of an Irish American family are woven Earlier Albany novels, including Ironweed, a Pulitzer Prize winner, whetted our appetites Now Very Old Bones treats us to one last look at the odd and turbulent Phelans, circa 1958 Stretching the boundaries of life as the Phelans know it, this powerful work flows back and forth in time, riding on the melody of its language Its great theme is the promise of redemption for those who seek it.
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    Very Old Bones Contemporary American Fiction Apr , Now Very Old Bones treats us to one last look at the odd and turbulent Phelans, circa Stretching the boundaries of life as the Phelans know it, this powerful work flows back and forth in time, riding on the melody of its language. Very Old Bones by William Kennedy Very Old Bones was about an Irish American family suffers from trauma of past incidents Following four different generations in Albany, New York, the author tells the story out of order I liked this story up to a certain point But it was the excess of poetic language tending to be philosophical that made t Very Old Bones A Novel by William Kennedy NOOK Book Jan , He would go on to author Ironweed, Very Old Bones, and other novels in his celebrated Albany Cycle, and earn honors including a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Critics Circle Award, and a New York State Governor s Arts Award. Very Old Bones Analysis eNotes The story in Very Old Bones is narrated, and is reconstructed, by Orson Purcell, who is thirty four years old at the time of his telling, Saturday, July , Orson is the son of Peter Phelan, Very Old Bones Books Jan , Very Old Bones Unknown Binding January , See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions Price New from Used from Unknown Binding, January , Please retry Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo Ninth House Customer reviews Very Old Bones Despite the fact that his most recent work, The Flaming Corsage, was a waste of paper, Kennedy will one day be the deserving winner of a Nobel Prize After reading Very Old Bones go back and read the jury s commentary on the Nobel Prize given to John Steinbeck Their words could just as easily been written about Kennedy His is a fine American voice.

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    About " WilliamKennedy "

  • WilliamKennedy

    William Joseph Kennedy is an American writer and journalist born and raised in Albany, New York Many of his novels feature the interaction of members of the fictional Irish American Phelan family, and make use of incidents of Albany s history and the supernatural Kennedy s works include The Ink Truck 1969 , Legs 1975 , Billy Phelan s Greatest Game 1978 , Ironweed 1983, winner of 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction film, 1987 , and Roscoe 2002.See also enpedia wiki William_

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  • Whenever I am asked to describe myself or something about myself i.e college work I always go straight to my various roles in my families Daughter of ______ _______Sister of _________________________Mom to ___________wife to ________nieces to 20 aunts and unclesetcIt is so rare that I see myself as disconnected to these roles I m old enough now to see my families many flaws, eccentricities, and annoyances One sibling lives in Japan, I see another only a few times a year and my dad passed away 19 [...]


  • Very old bones, reminds me of the very old times I really enjoyed reading this book It is beautifully written One undestands the power of words through this book Orson the main character narrates the life and times of some of his family members, most of whom have died We learn of Billy, his cousin, Peter, his father, his uncle Francis, Belinda, his mother and others We learn of the madness of each, starting with his grandfather right up to him and Billy A family torn by the peculiar personality [...]


  • This is another book that is difficult to rate using the five star system My inclination was to give it a 3 or 3.5, yet I ve given other books that are not nearly as good that rating due to lack of discrimination in the system The writing was excellent and the book was readable for that alone The story held my interest for the most part I d read Ironweed years ago so knew at least Francis, but had not read the other books in the series Oddly, this reminded me a bit of Richard Russo even though t [...]



  • People like the story up to a point, but they think the writing lacks the necessary poetry And they say it lacks the verve for life, that it s life seen through a black veil of doom 160 Very Old Bones was about an Irish American family suffers from trauma of past incidents Following four different generations in Albany, New York, the author tells the story out of order.I liked this story up to a certain point But it was the excess of poetic language tending to be philosophical that made this boo [...]


  • 3 StarsI gave this book three stars for the language The language was poetic and descriptive However, the book itself bore little resemblance to the description listed Orson is the narrator who tells the story of an Irish American family, the Phelan s, most of whom are deceased They all seem than a little off center so to speak The story itself was a little too dark for me to enjoy It seemed to take off on tangents at times and the transitions weren t all that good This is my first book by Will [...]


  • The first page is intriguing it uses future and past tense, third and first person narration by the same narrator Appears I am coming into a later book in a series so I wonder if I m going to miss some allusions or information about the family that was already established in one of the earlier books


  • Completely blown away by the writing Dazzling with pain, brutal honesty, elluring madness, blind insanity, suffocating families, disaster behind every corner, lives unlived, people unloved, profound love and plunging passions, captivating details and masterful dialogue I am a believer.


  • Got a bit lost at times with Kennedy s drifting back and forth in time testament to my lack of concentration skills than anything else but his presentation is quite fascinating Lyricist as much as story teller love his use of language and his insightful musings.





  • For anyone who has read other books in the Albany Cycle, this ties the families together and fills in gaps It s a great read


  • This Cat can write This is the second book I have read in the Albany series and Mr Kennedy is a gifted storyteller and genius with the written word One of my new favorite authors.


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