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by Andrea Barrett

  • ISBN: 067179521X
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Andrea Barrett
  • Subcategory: United States
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1st edition (June 1, 1993)
  • Pages: 292 pages
  • FB2 size: 1455 kb
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  • Rating: 4.3
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Subtle and stron. arrett’s talents shine. Barrett not only gets the geographical terrain right, she has the emotional terrain down as well

Had the house been his, Henry would have fixed these problems instantly. But the house belonged to his sister’s ex-husband, who had grudgingly offered it when Henry had found himself with nowhere else to go. The house was for sale and might disappear from under him at any minute, but Henry refused to think of what would happen then.

Ships from and sold by sweethomeliquid2. The strength this time around lies in Barrett's fine writing and the haunting power of the water, rising to fill that reservoir. It was a real event, but like the best of fiction writers, Barrett makes it more than real. Barrett combines family dissension and adventure with healthy doses of faith and optimism.

d see that Brendan was right. The house was theirs now, more than it had ever been his. He drove quietly. Brendan, if he was thinking about that family, kept his thoughts to himself, and Henry tugged his Red Wings cap down low and longed for the expensive sunglasses he’d broken in his car crash and hadn’t had the money to replace.

Set in New England, 'The Forms of Water' is a superb exploration of the complexities of family life, grief and the ties that continue to bind us to the past.

on the cusp of enormous change" (Newsday) by the National Book Award-winning author of Ship Fever. In the fall of 1916, America prepares for war-but in the community of Tamarack Lake, the focus is on the sick. Wealthy tubercular patients live in private cure cottages; charity patients, mainly immigrants, fill the large public sanatorium. Set in New England, 'The Forms of Water' is a superb exploration of the complexities of family life, grief and the ties that continue to bind us to the past. At the age of eighty, Brendan Auberon, a former monk, is now confined to a wheelchair in a nursing home.

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The Forms of Water’ is the story of what happens when Brendan . Andrea Barrett lives in Rochester, NY. She is the author of five novels, and two collections of stories, ‘Ship Fever’, which won the National Book Award in 1996, and ‘Servants of the Map’.

The Forms of Water’ is the story of what happens when Brendan convinces his staid nephew Henry to hijack the nursing home van to make this ancestral visit. What begins as a joke becomes infinitely more complex as the family roles begin to rearrange themselves. A rich and absorbing look at the complexities of family life, at grief and at the ties that continue to bind us to the past.

The Forms of Water (Paperback). Andrea Barrett (author). Long after the book has been shelved you'll find yourself thinking of Brendan, a crowning achievement for any writer. Forms of Water' is the story of what happens when Brendan convinces his staid nephew Henry to hijack the nursing home van to make this ancestral visit.

Andrea Barrett (born November 16, 1954) is an American novelist and short story writer. Her collection Ship Fever won the 1996 . National Book Award for Fiction, and she received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2001

Andrea Barrett (born November 16, 1954) is an American novelist and short story writer. National Book Award for Fiction, and she received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2001. Her book Servants of the Map was a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and Archangel was a finalist for the 2013 Story Prize. Barrett was born in Boston, Massachusetts. in biology from Union College and briefly attended a P.

A subtle, gentle story of family life, love, loss and change, of fractured relationships and dispossessed communities, the ties that bind us to our past and future. The rules we all live by are there, the hopes and dreams we all experience, and the unexpected outcome. The landscape and the history are as detailed as a map.

Brendan Auberon, an eighty-year-old man living in a nursing home, longs to see his two hundred acres of wooded land before it is flooded to provide water for Boston, and he persuades his nephew, Henry, to help him realize his dream.
Reviews about The Forms of Water (6):
The water in this book is in the form of a reservoir-not a river, not an ocean. That should warn the reader not to expect quick flowing action or "big" momentous events or epic characters. This is a quiet, slow-moving work and it deals in small eddies and ripples. The plot, such as it is, focuses on Brendan, a former monk dying of cancer who wants to see his boyhood home one more time before he dies, or at least, see what he can of it since most of it has been covered over by the reservoir which forced his mother and father (now dead, as are his brother and sister-in-law) off their land. At the start of this journey, we are introduced to the other surviving members of the clan, ranging in age from teens to middle-aged, all of whom are barely holding on to themselves, and are not doing much holding on to each other. All of them, for various reasons, undertake the same physical journey as Brendan and it gives nothing away to the reader to say they eventually all end up in the same spot.
The journeys are clearly more personal and metaphysical than geographical, as is where they end up, both when they all meet and later. Though there is nice, neat symmetry (and a bit of contrivance but since it's the only one we can give it to her) in getting all of them together, the book itself does not tie itself up anywhere near as neatly with regard to the characters or the plot. There are unintended consequences, surprising decisions (ones that surprise even those that make them), poor decisions, misunderstandings, revelations. A few of the characters are sketchy and one or two too easily drawn in broad, one-note strokes (though even these are given by the end a more full, if still cursory, interpretation) but none of the characters at any point ever acts like anything less than a real character and the family dynamics are never less than messy (in other words-also real).
What we see here are the after-effects: the after-effects of a community drowned for "progress", the after-effects of isolating oneself from family and the world entire, the after-effects of death (children brought up by grandparents when their own parents die in a car accident), of witnessing death en masse (several characters were involved in WWII) as well as intimately (one character acts as the caregiver for a dying family member), the after-effects of separation and absence. Some of it is clearly drawn for us, at other times we have to fill in the blanks, and sometimes the blanks are filled in for us but not until the end. It is a subtle work of metaphor and connections lightly but tightly drawn.
It is not a page-turner. It is slow. It is quiet. It is sad at times, funny at times, but always human, always real.
This is an engrossing book, a tale of a dysfunctional family, a dying patriarch, a lost home (in a valley which is now home for a reservoir), all blended into a journey toward resolution, understanding and forgiveness. The magic of the old homeland acts like a siren call to draw the estranged members of the family back together, and a battle of will ensues where trickery, cunning and honesty all have their part to play. Barrett's compassionate eye shows us humanity in its many guises,with its imperfections as important to character as the more positive aspects. She has an unerring ability to conjure up locations which come alive, in addition to the gradual development of character. At the still centre of the various literal and personal journeys in the book is Brendan, on his own final quest, and the story of his 'springing' from residential care, and the part he plays in the final resolution of 'who obtains what' is the centerpiece of the novel. An uplifting, thoroughly gripping tale, with a fine cast of colourful characters jockeying for position. If you enjoy this, you'll also lose yourself in the radically different, but equally engaging The Voyage of the Narwhal
The synopsis of this book doesn't do it justice. It's really about the long term effects of the early death of parents on the following generations. Brenden is actually a secondary character, whose journey home is the wheel around which the story plays out. It's one of those books I found myself thinking about long after I finished reading it.
Dr. Jeanne Shutes chose this fine book, together with four other excellent works of fiction, to explore around a theme during one of her semesters of Self Awareness through Literature--the longest running book group known (>40 years). If you or your book group/club are interested in knowing the other four works she chose for this theme or are interested in other thematic collections, you will find these listed on the blog "Personal Growth through Fiction," where her recommendations, chosen from literally hundreds she has read, are offered as a community service for book clubs/groups. All her choices are in paperback and available at Amazon or locally.
This book is really about the effect of the early death of parents on the subsequent generations. Brendan is a secondary character; his journey is the wheel around which the book turns. The true protagonists of the book are the following 2 generations, whose lives are profoundly disturbed by the early deaths of Brendan's brother and sister-in-law. I kept thinking about this book long after I'd finished it.
Man, was I bummed out on this here book. It were a real downer to me. And it were real boring, too. Get real books that have some adventure and fun in them instead of relying on death and old peoples. I read this book cuz my girlfrend said it were real good and stuff like that but I am going to just tell her it was good and put it on my nightstand along with some poetry books so it looks like I am sensitive and that makes the girls hot.

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