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- Listening Length: 19 hours and 46 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 23 Oct. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009V9BV0E
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When I read the first chunk of May We Be Forgiven at the end of TBWSYL I couldn't wait to read the rest. What should have been, could have been an interesting take on rebuilding a broken life instead ended up being sentimental, borderline racist crap.
We have another divorced middle aged lonely New York Jewish man with a convenient never ending supply of cash. This one is an author and a teacher who can take time off willy nilly and makes everyone he comes into contact with happy.
Child abuse is swept under the table, someone pretty much gets away with murder, laser tag is played but this time it's sexy, we have funny foreign people and doughnuts get a brief mention.
Oh and there is Nixon, lots and lots of Nixon.
It's an easy enough read but at times it is a slog. It's too perfect, it relies too much on unlikely coincidences. Any conflicts are too easily resolved or are resolved in a ridiculous fashion.
TBWSYL made me want to change my life, it made me want to change the world. This just left me feeling empty, cheated almost.
This sets in motion a chain of events, though wildly ludicrous, becomes strangely plausible in the farcical story world that Homes has created. When Harold finds his own marriage end almost immediately, and he is entrusted with the care of his precocious nephew Nate and niece Ashley. Harold is predictably unprepared for this role, but rather than stumble along goofily in the all-American comedic manner, Harold stumbles along goofily in a darker shade of comedy. He hooks up with a nymphomaniac soccer mom Cheryl while dallying with salacious online dating sites on his brother's computer, who just so happens to be a distant relative of Julie Eisenhower, Nixon's daughter, and who also happens to have some boxes of his father's unpublished stories, thus feeding the Nixon-scholar part of his personality. Somehow he also gets involved sexually with an emotionally-unavailable woman, who may nor may not be the missing girl in the community.Read more ›
While reading I felt as if peering in through the window rather than living through events with Harry, in his head and skin. I did not get to know him well enough to root for him all the way; I followed events as a mere bystander, watching what happens next. And a lot does happen, so it is still a worthwhile read - one I will remember for certain events rather than the main character.
I found the prose style to be exhilarating and the opening section is very strong. There is plenty of well-aimed satire on middle class life in the USA & the American Dream. There is some searingly black humour as more and more bad things happen to the characters. In many ways the book reminded me of the US TV series 'Soap'. Some reviewers have mentioned the saccharine ending but I wondered if even that was part of the joke given the American predilection for schmaltzy, happy, upbeat endings. Undoubtedly the plot is implausible at times and I never found the character of Harry, the main protagonist, a downbeat Nixon scholar, to be entirely convincing. Nixon and his downfall act as a metaphor for the failings of the American Dream and America's place in the world: " He was the perfect storm of present, past, and future, of integrity and deceit, of moral superiority and arrogance, of the drug that was and is the American Dream, wanting more, wanting to have what someone else has, wanting to have it all".Read more ›
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