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The Brothers K

Duncan, David James (Paperback - 1996)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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This novel spans decades of loyalty, anger, regret, and love in the lives of the Chance family. Here there is a father whose dreams of glory on a baseball field are shattered by a mill accident, a mother who clings obsessively to a religion as a ward against the darkest hour of her past; and four brothers who come of age during the seismic upheavals of the sixties and who each choose their own way to deal with what the world has become.
Authors: Duncan, David James
Statement of Responsibility: David James Duncan
Title: The brothers K
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1996
Edition: Bantam trade paperback ed
Characteristics: ix, 645 p ; 21 cm.
Notes: Originally published: New York: Doubleday, 1992
Summary: This novel spans decades of loyalty, anger, regret, and love in the lives of the Chance family. Here there is a father whose dreams of glory on a baseball field are shattered by a mill accident, a mother who clings obsessively to a religion as a ward against the darkest hour of her past; and four brothers who come of age during the seismic upheavals of the sixties and who each choose their own way to deal with what the world has become.
Subject Headings: Washington (State) Fiction Brothers Fiction
Genre/Form: Bildungsromans
Domestic fiction
Topical Term: Brothers
LCCN: 96004685
ISBN: 9780553378498
055337849X
Branch Call Number: FIC D
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Jul 12, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It takes some pretty big cojones to title your book after one of the great Russian novels of the 19th century. Like Dostoevsky's masterpiece, Pac NW author David James Duncan, who also wrote "The River Why," crafts a sprawling, philosophical, sometimes exhausting family saga centered around the difficulties of family. Baseball, love, war, God, country and other capital I issues are all fair game in this novel, which reminded me of both John Irving and John Updike. The 60s setting (one brother goes to Vietnam) is a little cliched and the book goes on about 100 pages longer than it needs to, but it is mostly absorbing, observant, and thoughtful, if not quite as good as its reputation suggests.

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