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More books from wwilliam author: Views Read Edit View history. I, for one, enter the heaven of a writer absolutely on top of his material from the first sound of his voice. What are their feelings about Francis?

What influence do the items in the trunk have on Francis? Pues bien, el libro me ha parecido incluso mejor de lo que las expectativas auspiciaban. It was interesting to do them in tandem.

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Francis is also dealing with a fair amount of guilt. Portions of it are simply offensive. Helen, his “girlfriend” as much as that is possible in boozy ‘s Bumland is a tragic case. Sad, but not melodramatic even though it certainly could have gone that direction many times. This is why I read. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Who knows how much I didn’t drink? Join our mailing list! With few teeth left in his head and a simple shoestring being beyond his means, Francis dispels the myth of the carefree hobo. Obviously I can’t help but read this from any other perspective than that of a woman inand so the wife’s reaction at his prodigal return seems so old fashioned, masochistic and self-defeating.

What might he say in return? Where are the muck and the mud and the beauty? William Kennedy, author, screenwriter and playwright, was born and raised in Albany, New York.


It would have meant the anatomizing of his compulsive violence and his fear of justice, of his time with Helen, his present defection from Helen, his screwing so many women he really wanted nothing to do with, his drunken ways, ironwedd morning-after sicknesses, his sleeping in the weeds, his borrowing money from strangers not because there was a depression but first to help to Helen but then because it was easy: It does make you think, and in some ways it good to wi,liam life from way over the other side of the tracks, to think that these people are all What an ordeal.

Don’t leave them again. Kennedy gives Francis and Helen’s brokenness a warmth and beauty completely free of ironeed and s This Pulitzer Prize winning novel is just like a Tom Waits song. Kennedy gives us light amid the darkness.

How is he different from the stereotype of a bum? Donleavy or A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce — and compare the strengths and weaknesses of the main character of that novel with those of Francis Phelan. Way to go, butterfingers! Describe how dead people are used in this novel and what purpose they serve.


It is not that he is in denial like many of the hilarious supporting characters most of them, such as Rudy — Wulliam workmate, are prone to illusions that society will claim them backbut he is less interested in redemption. A clock doesn’t tick faster or slower, even when the most unusual person is wearing it, and Kennedy knows and supports this notion throughout the book.

The bum should have died in a gutter, frozen to death, like he deserved. Chapter II What time of year is this?

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Bumbling fools, and willim of what many would describe as a wasted life. These discussions are by turns ridiculous and profound, funny and sad. Return to Book Page.


It is what it is. True Crime Children’s Books. Sign up wolliam to receive your FREE alerts. But the bum just argues with the ghosts about why he was justified in killing them, he does a little self-examination, a bit of introspection, admits he’s a loser and guilt is all he has left, but it rings too hollow, like he’s really just excusing his horrible life.

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Reading group: Ironweed by William Kennedy is our underappreciated book for April

We worry about williaam many stupid things, but Fran and his compatriots only worried about two: Francis Phelan, ex-big-leaguer, part-time gravedigger, full-time bum with the gift of gab, is back in town.

This Pulitzer Prize winning eilliam is just like a Tom Waits song. Was the author trying to channel Steinbeck and failed? If I lose it, I have stood for nothing, done nothing, been nothing. This article about a historical novel of the s is a stub. I’m so tired of that with books, so many people act like they are dissecting a frog when the review these books, there is no passion and I find that disheartening. 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.

It is more fierce, but also more forgiving. Review what was going on in the world at that time. Research those important days in the calendar of the Roman Catholic Church and explain their significance to the events in the novel. What were living conditions like for most people? Plus, Francis seems to be a good-hearted soul, and I rooted for him to overcome his grief. We will never know.