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by Carol Shields

  • ISBN: 1857027418
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Carol Shields
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
  • Other formats: txt lrf azw lit
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; New Ed edition (1998)
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • FB2 size: 1614 kb
  • EPUB size: 1454 kb
  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 988
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Carol Shields is the author The Stone Diaries, which won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Canada’s Governor General’s Award, and was a finalist for Britain’s Booker Prize.

Carol Shields is the author The Stone Diaries, which won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Canada’s Governor General’s Award, and was a finalist for Britain’s Booker Prize.

With Larry's Party Carol Shields has done the same for men. Larry Weller, born in 1950, is an ordinary guy made extraordinary by his creator's perception, irony, and tenderness. Larry's Party gives us, as it were, a CAT scan of his life, in episodes between 1977 and 1997, that seamlessly flash backward and forward. We follow this young floral designer through two marriages and divorces, and his interactions with his parents, friends, and a son. Throughout, we witness his deepening passion for garden mazes-so like life, with their teasing treachery and promise of reward.

Just a regular cut, he told the barber in an unsmiling, muttering tone of voice that was altogether unlike his usual manner. This was after a decade of having shoulder-length hair. This was after a decade of having shoulder-length hair he barber shop half an hour later with hair that was short around the ears and cropped close at the neck. Even the color seemed different - darker, denser, and without shadows, a color hard to put a name to. He was shivery with cold for hours after his haircut, lonely for his hair, shrunken in his upper body, but he also felt stronger, braver. The new look made him want to bunch.

As Larry journeys toward the millennium, adapting to society's changing expectations of men, Shields' elegant prose makes th Larry Weller, born in 1950, is an ordinary guy made extraordinary by his creator's perception, irony and tenderness. Carol Shields gives us, as it were, a CAT scan of his life, in episodes between 1977 and 1997 that flash back and forward seamlessly.

Larry's Party") the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction ("Jane Austen") nominations for the Giller .

Larry's Party") the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction ("Jane Austen") nominations for the Giller Prize ("Larry's Party" and "Unless"). Persondata NAME Shields, Carol Ann ALTERNATIVE NAMES Warner, Carol Ann SHORT DESCRIPTION American author DATE OF BIRTH June 2, 1935 PLACE OF BIRTH Oak Park, Illinois DATE OF DEATH July 16, 2003 PLACE OF DEATH Victoria, British Columbia. Источник: Carol Shields. Другие книги схожей тематики: Автор.

Carol Shields won the 1998 Orange Prize for Fiction for her 1997 novel Larry's Party. Carol Shields wrote plays including "Departures and Arrivals" which has been performed hundreds of times by both amateur and professional theaters. Her last novel, Unless (2002), was nominated for the 2002 Giller Prize, the Governor General of Canada Literary Award, the Booker Prize and the 2003 Orange Prize for Fiction. It was awarded the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Other celebrated plays include "Thirteen Hands" (1993), "Fashion, Power, Guilt, and the Charity of Families" (co-authored with daughter Catherine Shields)(1995), and "Unless" (with daughter Sara Cassidy)(2005).

Larry and his naive young wife, Dorrie, spend their honeymoon in England. At Hampton Court Larry discovers a new passion

Larry and his naive young wife, Dorrie, spend their honeymoon in England. At Hampton Court Larry discovers a new passion. Perhaps his ever-growing obsession with mazes may help him find a way through the bewilderment deepening about him as - through twenty years and two failed marriages - he endeavours to understand his own needs. And those of friends, parents, lovers, a growing son. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.


Reviews about Larry's Party (7):
Bearus
After reading the marvelous Stone Diaries I was looking for more of the dame from this talented and smart writer. This book was in many ways disappointing despite the intelligent and at times clear eyed and at the same time poetic writing. Simply I would say that the author is better writing about women than about men. I have gotten a much more clear feeling about the women in the book than about Larry. The only truly great chapter was for me Larry's Party. Tough the women were coming through clear and loud with Larry just a blob hanging on.
Dolid
A decent book, which loosely suggests a maze-like labyrinthine feel during the story evolution; but this is more implied than actively structured, unlike the way Emily Bronte consciously used structure in Wuthering Heights.

Just as when men try to write about female characters, there are some shallow and stereotypical touches, especially regarding Larry's sexuality. His instantly responsive penis is the stuff of fantasy, as many men experience erection loss the first time or two with a new woman, and often during the very first time having sex.

While he shows a number of stereotypical reactions to the onset of middle age and the theatrical trauma of hitting forty, there is no recognition of the fact that a man with Larry's quasi-morbidity would be experiencing levels of erectile dysfunction from his late twenties onwards.

As with The Stone Diaries, Carol tends to write epics about people who simply do not lead epic lives, even in their own heads, and Larry's Party is such a novel.

Despite the inherent flaws and the tendency towards over-writing, I still consider it worth a read.
Little Devil
Carol Shields has a way of writing about the ordinary that elevates it to the sublime. We follow Larry, an ordinary guy, through his life through jumps in time of several years at a leap. Through the chapters, we follow him through a callow youth, through a first marriage and parenthood, divorce, his parents and sister's relationships with him and each other, remarriage and re-divorce, and most central to the book, his mundane job and rise to stellar status in his field of maze designer, of all things. But of course the maze is a metaphor for the complexities of life, trying to find ones way in the world. The dinner party at the end is clearly meant to represent the 'goal,' the center of the maze, but it's left to the readers to decide if Larry is likely to find his way out again.
A lovely tour de force.
Ffan
had to finally get to the end to enjoy it. The end should have been the beginning. I personally would have started with the party. The characters were a little dull.
Oparae
A splendid read. I cannot imagine that those who have read the book have not found at least one (probably more) situations with which they could relate to Larry's. Talk about the folly of life!
Usic
The Larry in question is a man whose entire adult life is studied minutely in this novel, and this is what is fasinating about it. It has certainly held my attention, even though there is no real adventure or substance in the plot - it is all about Larry. Having said this it is certainly an entertaining book, and the sub plot of his obsession with hedges is different, but all in all I think Larry is a guy we can all identify with, and Ms Shields does a very good job of making us care what happens to him.
Auau
One of the finest creations of a contemporary male character in recent fiction. I wish my husband had been alive to read it, he would have enjoyed it enormously.
Did not like the book. Larry was boring. Never felt any connection with the characters.

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