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American Rust review Ð 3 ï Σε μια μικρή πόλη της Πενσυλβάνια όπου η ανεργία καλπάζει και η ζωή για τους νέους είναι αδιέξοδη και πνιγηρή δύο φίλοι αγαπημένοι αλλά και διαφορετικοί ως χαρακτήρες ο ένας θέλει ναριέρα ακολουθούν δύο διαφορετικούς δρόμους Η απόφαση του ενός όμως να αλλάξει τη ζωή του και ως ήρωας του Κέρουακ να περιπλανηθεί σε αναζήτηση του εαυτού του θα αναστατώσει και τη ζωή του άλλου Οι δυο τους θα γνωρίσουν τη βία το έγκληματην κοινωνική οικ. Phillip Meyer’s The Son is one of the best books I’ve ever read It’s a multi generational epic about the undulating fortunes of a Texas oil family that beautifully explores the dimensions and conseuences of America’s westward expansion It manages to operate as both a pointed deconstruction of historical mythmaking while also being devastatingly entertaining It has taken me awhile but I have finally circled back to American Rust Meyer’s debut novel American Rust takes place in contemporary post Great Recession Pennsylvania Yet like The Son it uses a familiar narrative trope – in this case the timeless “a man goes on a journey” – to critiue American exceptionalism American Rust is a forensically detailed journey through the detritus of the American Dream The two main characters are Isaac English and Billy Poe Isaac is a brilliant underachiever who is caught in the rural town of Buell Pennsylvania a fictional place modeled after Any Post Industrial City USA His sister Lee has gone off to Yale and married a rich husband leaving Isaac to care for his ailing widower father Henry Living in a financial hell scape Isaac determines do follow the route of any good Steinbeckian character he sets off on foot for California Before leaving he gets his friend Billy to tag along for part of the trip Billy is a former big man on campus a high school football star and lady’s man who never took the next step He is held back by his own limited vision and a history of violence Isaac and Billy don’t get far before an event takes place That’s all I can say Something happens and the story spins out from there Meyer’s tells this story from the third person limited perspective He uses alternating viewpoint chapters that capture the perspectives of a half dozen characters including Isaac Billy and Lee; Billy’s long suffering mother Grace; police chief Bud Harris who is involved with Grace and looks out for Billy; and Henry English a former factory worker reduced to a wheelchair Fans of George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire will recognize this storytelling style Fans of George RR Martin might not recognize how an author is able to start a story and then finish it Each of the chapters are written in a kind of stream of conscious style that captures the varied dimensions of each person It’s a literary conceit to be sure but Meyer’s keeps it readable This isn’t the kind of book where you need to unpack every sentence to figure out what just happened Meyer’s has a very particular knack for capturing the distinct personalities of each of his creations You know you’ve captured a fictional person when you – the reader – can both root for a character dislike a character and change your mind about a character several times all in the span of 367 pagesThe plot – of which I will not speak in detail – is engaging and fast moving It is in fact so engaging and fast moving that you probably won’t stop to think too deeply about some nagging plot holes and uestionable logic I was reading so fast at the end that I didn't have time to do anything except turn the page To be sure American Rust is not a perfect novel It is flawed Overall however it achieves all its ends It is executed with such supreme skill that minor hiccups are easily ignored As a personal note I read two thirds of American Rust while attending a seminar so boring that I’d fall asleep if I tried explaining it to you Everyone I was with thought it was terrible I thought it was great Didn't hear a damn word of it My only complaint was that it didn't last uite long enough for me to finish the bookPlot and character aside the great achievement of American Rust is in its setting Meyer’s Pennsylvania is an economically devastated wasteland of dying towns and

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Σε μια μικρή πόλη της Πενσυλβάνια όπου η ανεργία καλπάζει και η ζωή για τους νέους είναι αδιέξοδη και πνιγηρή δύο φίλοι αγαπημένοι αλλά και διαφορετικοί ως χαρακτήρες ο ένας θέλει να γίνει σπουδαίος επιστήμονας ο άλλος να συνεχίσει μια λαμπρή αθλητική κ. awwww poor boook i am only feeling three stars here but i am giving it four because the other reviews are so unfair not the one that says there has been no good fiction published this century that one is so much laughable curmudgeonly elitist bullshit i can't even acknowledge it but it's not a bad book as far as the confusing narration who is speeeeaking hint the chapter names are the names of the narrators so no great mystery there the run ons and lack of punctuation it's mostly internal thoughts of characters with varying degrees of intellectinsight so there's bound to be some diversion from textbook grammar frankly i didn't even notice and usually that sort of thing stands right out to me guess i was enjoying the plot too much to nitpick the punctuation it's good; it is shades of russell banks and richard russo and all the frustration about being trapped in a dying town that makes steinbeck so charmingly bleak and the solo man on a hopeless uest theme that brightens cormac mccarthy's pages and if tom i don't read books written by people under forty fuller liked it who the hell can say anything else tom fuller kids smartest man i knowcome to my blog

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American Rustονομική και ηθική κρίση που μαστίζει την ΑμερικήΠρώτο μυθιστόρημα ενός νέου συγγραφέα που ήδη θεωρείται από τα μεγαλύτερα ταλέντα της γενιάς του η Αμερικάνικη σκουριά συγκλονίζει τον αναγνώστη με τις αλήθειες που λέει και τον ρεαλισμό που το διακρίνει. This style of prose worked for me A flowing of the consciousness of six people dealing with the aftermath of an early explosive plot bomb These people exist against a backdrop of the declining steel industry with its attendant pathos and hopelessness The human toil of corporate decisions and loss of labor power contributes to the tragedy that shrouds the otherwise breathtakingly beautiful Pennsylvania Two young men very different yet shoring up after high school and coping in different ways commit something close to murder Their families are shattered Isaac’s mother’s suicide and his father’s debilitation from injury and Poe’s mother who tries everything to save him alone from a deadbeat father In part this is a travel story as Isaac wanders to escape something he can’t uite name yet is a feast of dangerous solitude Poe the athletic endures at home subsisting like a Larry Brown character among the detritus of unemployment of small town America Probably I most appreciated the sheriff in love with Poe’s mother and conflicted about his own motives These are characters of strong bent doing the right thing most of the time with self doubting courage Meyer is an outstanding storyteller and his characters are some of the deepest and most interesting I’ve encountered in fiction His philosophizing as well as the keen knowledge of manufacturing physics and literature are all on display but delivered authentically through the six protagonists The plot is riveting and drives and there’s hardly a word wasted in this tight novel It is a friendship story it is about love it is about fear it is about courage it is about hopelessness and renewalI’m conflicted about my rating since this is one of the finest novels I’ve read and the style and substance fits me to a tee My inclination is to give it four stars as a first novel and not perfect but I’m just going to have to do the right thing like its characters and assign the higher number I’ll be reading Meyer’s other books all of them an indication of how good I think this writer isFrom Harris the sheriff p 212 from his slightly debauched mentor who has retired and giving him a dose of philosophy along with his warning “’You should have been here for the seventies Bud The department was buying new cruisers with Corvette engines maybe every three years And then came the eighties and then it wasn’t just that we lost all those jobs it was that people didn’t have anything to be good at any’ He shrugged ‘There’s only so good you can be about pushing a mop or emptying a bedpan We’re trending backwards as a nation probably for the first time in history and it’s not the kids with the green hair and the bones through their noses Personally I don’t care for it but those things are inevitable The real problem is the average citizen does not have a job he can be good at You lost that you lose the country’”And finally toward the end of Isaac’s journey contemplating ending it all and yet finally understanding his feelings about his own father p 315 “Now he is alone knowing what he did to her that you don’t forgive him Alone his daughter forgave him so she could leave No I forgive him for that it’s the act he puts on Because he has to What his insides must look like Same as what you did to the Swede part of you will die so as not to understand it Cold white hollow at your center Kept warm by others or it leaks out into the world What makes a man love honor morals Someone to protect Man alone the rational animal A man alone is a rational animal Strip away what’s decent Hang on to your knife Keep on until you’re stopped You keep going like this or you can lean here lean a little farther hurt for a half second and then nothing I am not afraid of that he t