A Boy of Good Breeding Paperback – 28 Mar 2006
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"A Boy of Good Breeding caught me at the throat, made me laugh and weep with sad-sweet joy .... [The characters ] get under your skin, and finally, it seems, into your very blood, where they quicken the heart ....Tonic for the spirit: a charming, deeply moving, unerringly human story, perfectly shaped and beautifully told."
--"The Globe and Mail
"Reading [Toews ] is like climbing into a fizzy bath of lunatic humour ....Buried in the mysteries of parenthood, love and death are at least a couple of home truths."
"This is a lovely book; each character is a real person, fully realized ....But you'll have to read A Boy of Good Breeding for yourself, to be moved by the story's unfolding to a resolution that promises much; Toews has given us a novel that lets us write her characters' futures."
--"Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal
A Boy of Good Breeding by Miriam Toews is a wonderfully warm, witty and wise novel of small-town dreams and eccentric families from the award-winning author of A Complicated Kindness. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.See all Product description
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on 10 October 2017
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If you're a far of Mirian Toews you will love this. This is not her usual Mennonite family stories (All My Puny Sorrows, Irma Voth, A Complicated Kindness) this is more light-hearted. The main protagonist Hosea Funk is annoying and loveable in equal measures - I challenge you not to like him by the end. I highly recommend it :)
on 6 January 2015
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Another very funny book, beautifully written by an amazing author. The book is based on the crazy (to me) idea of a mayor determined to keep the population of 'his' town below 1500 in order to qualify for a visit from the president, who he believes is his father. This gives him an unhealthily keen interest in who's dying and who's being born. The characters are vivid and all of them and their foibles are lovable. I can highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good tale. Miriam Toews is, in my view the best author I have ever read in over 55 years of reading. I am bereft now that I have now read all of her books. I hope I can find another author as skilled and entertaining as her - perhaps someone could recommend some?
on 14 March 2015
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Having greatly enjoyed The Flying Troutmans I was keen to try another by the same author. I found this harder work, not because of its depth or complexity, but the opposite - it seems too whimsical to sustain the reader's interest, except at the beach-read level. I never felt committed enough to give it more attention than I might to a bizarre conversation overheard on the bus. The problem lies with the central character, Hosea Funk, mayor of Algren, whose obsession with keeping the town's population at exactly 1500 is a good comic idea, but not enough to build a whole three dimensional character around. I liked most of the other characters, especially Summer Feelin' the excitable child of Knute, the female lead. The story picks up in the last third with resolution of the population question in sight, but the emotional awakening of Mayor Funk is too long delayed. Although this novel was a slight disappointment I will certainly try reading some of this author's more recent work.
on 19 August 2010
Having read the Flying Troutmans I decided to send off for another Miriam Toews book. This one did not disappoint. Yet again wonderful characters and amusing yet poignant dialogue with an original plot. I shall have to get another now! ...
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