Ead something literary I tend to like populist novels But the I read the I felt like I was slogging through mud The first 100 pages are so repetitive so circular Nothing happens Less than nothing happens If you ve read the first 10 pages then effectively you ve read the next 90 maybe even the next 150 Henry Shaw s mother is having an affair an affair he meticulously documents and which allows him to hold the moral high ground for the entire book The odd thing about his meticulous documentation allows him to hold the moral high ground for the entire book The odd thing about his meticulous documentation that it s so repetitive and shallow We learn the same few details over and over While he has her personal thoughts on the matter from hacking her email her emotions her reasoning is so strangely absent from the entire thing that the book essentially becomes about Henry an 18 year old self involved teenager and that is about as boring as it soundsI cannot stress how little happens in this book and how much the details are superficially turned over and over I will give an exampleHenry learns of the affair and wonders about telling the two female friends in his life Lily his Madonna and Karen his chaste bodhisattva He imagines several versions of telling Lily he imagines her reactions he imagines how it will bring them closer He imagines her visiting Then she visits and he tells her and it is exactly like he imagines This is not even a chance we are given to see him as an nreliable narrator Then he imagines telling Karen he imagines what she will say and then we are told no seeing There is not enough dialogue in this book to fill a single chapter of other books that she reacts in the exact way he imagined she would and it makes him furious Because she put it in perspective and gave him context and he wants it to just be his Rather than belonging to his mother and father who it shouldThe weird thing is that I kept slogging through hoping something anything would happen that there would be any action or dialogue and just when I was on the point of giving Cirsova (Issue up about 210 pages in action did start happening And it was terribleUpntil that point Henry s moral
and version of his s affair had seemed fairly teenager and not really that malicious It seemed self involved and a way of putting this complex story into a superficial format But when his sister view spoiler is outed as a girl at. Nsists on dressing in handmade Union Nuestra propuesta inconclusa. Ecuador-Perú uniforms at inopportune timesWhen he stumbles on his mother's e mail account however Henry realizes that all is not as it seems Therender the name Liza38 a name that Henry innocently established for her is The Volleyball Coaching Bible - Volume II (The Volleyball Coaching Bible, undeniable evidence that his mother is having an affair with one Richard Polloco a violin maker andnlikely paramour who nonetheless has a very appealing way with words and a romantic spirit that in Henry's estimation his own father woefully lacksAgainst his better judgment Henry charts the progress of his mother's infatuation her feelings of euphoria of guilt and of profound touching confusion His knowledge of Beth's secret life colors his own tent. ,
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This book is too And everyone in it is too Too wordy Too niue Too stereotyped Too obsessive Too extreme I mean he couldn t just be a political father he is a socialist with a history addiction The mom isn t just a musician she practically exudes music in her breath The son isn t just a teenage boy with typical angst and self discovery issues he is amiable polite socially acceptable to English dancing parents and voyeuristic The daughter I can t even make a too statement for her because she wears sabers everywhere and has violent hate filled moments that are related to mild dispersions against Civil War generals I mean she s not believable on any scale nor is the family s reaction to her If this is Jane Hamilton and based on other reviews it
Is Then The Author And I Will Happily Part Waysthen the author and I will happily part ways Aaaaaaand we re back to 2 out of 5 starsI really need to make a shelf called Mom Books because that s really what this one was I had a hard time figuring out what type of person Henry was his narrative voice was really kind ofmuddled almost Like was he 30 17 22 WHO S TO SAY His vocabulary and prose didn t really seem to gel all the time and really not that much happens in this book I have to assume that I marked it as To Read because the whole infidelity thing seemed interesting but spoiler this book doesn t even really get into that part of the plot at all I dunno maybe I m so nsatisfied because nothing was really resolved at all most importantly Henry s own feelings regarding his mom s less than desirable behaviour The most interesting part of this book was how he referred to his mother sing like 8 different names Liza38 Beth Liza Liz Elizabeth etc etc It could have to his mother sing like 8 different names Liza38 Beth Liza Liz Elizabeth etc etc It could have a really interesting commentary on detachment maturation familial bonds and separation anxiety but nope Hamilton decided not to go there and instead make a book with the shortest bursts of interesting ness but a good font so my eyes weren t entirely nhappy while reading it the whole way through disobedience likedisappointment mombooksPS there was like no dialogue in this book and I found that super hard to read and Henry just kept prattling on and on about nothing leaving me to think to myself doesn t this ranga have any friends I mean SRSLY This book is terrible At first I thought it was because it s been a while since I From Jane Hamilton author of the beloved New York Times bestsellers A Map of the World and The Book of Ruth comes a warmly humorous poignant novel about a young man his mother's e mail and the often surprising path of infidelityHenry Shaw a high school senior is about as comfortable with his family as any seventeen year old can be His father Kevin teaches history with a decidedly socialist tinge at the Chicago private school Henry and his sister attend His mother Beth who plays the piano in a group specializing in antiue music is a loving attentive wife and parent Henry even accepts the offbeat behavior of his thirteen year old sister Elvira who is obsessed with Civil War reenactments and
Her civil war reenactment camp he literally misses the assault the actual things that are happening and sees instead a bunch of innocent men tearing literally shredding he s left holding shreds the clothes off a 13
"Year Old Girl As An "old girl as an prank And when his mother violently threatens them in order to get them to stop assaulting his sister and to put her down Henry sees it as a terrible over reaction as his mother behaving like a fool It s frankly distressing because even when confronted with the reality it s like he can t stop seeing his mother as the harlot as a stupid woman that when we as readers find out that his father knew for a while and that the relationship between his mother and father is complicated than Henry can nderstand Henry refuses to accept that hide spoiler Disobedience is about a year in the life of 17 year old Henry Shaw He is dealing with the discovery of his mother s secret affair his sister s obsession with Civil War re enactments plus a crush on a girl in another city Once I started listening to it I realized it was a 5 12 hour abridged audiobook I liked the narrator and was curious what an abridged experience would be like so decided to continue Apparently there is No Unabridged Audio Of unabridged audio of book Jane Hamilton is a fine writer and I found the novel ite engaging but have no idea how to rate it It did seem truncated Why would you abridge a 273 page novel They must have cut it down by about 4 hours but why I have the printed version here but probably won t investigate further because I feel satiated enough with my edited experience of the novel I have enjoyed some Jane Hamilton books than others This one was very good *Her prose is beautiful and her subject matter interesting I liked the irkiness of the characters Civil War reenactments musicians *prose is beautiful and her subject matter interesting I liked the Pirate Barbarian uirkiness of the characters Civil War reenactments musicians play music most people have never heard Their interests sometimes obsessions with the past sometimes made me forget that the setting was modern dayntil it started talking about e mail again I particularly liked that she chose to tell the story that is largely about a woman s adultery from the point of view of her son This perspective was fascinating especially because he can not identify with her as an adult or as a woman which makes her actions so mysterious to him I would definitely recommend this nove. Ative explorations of love and sex with the ephemeral Lily and casts a new light on the arguments A Fearless Heart : Why Compassion is the Key to Greater Wellbeing usually focused on Elvira in which his parents regularly indulge Over the course of his final year of high school Henry observes each member of the family trying to anticipate when they will find out about the infidelity and what the knowledge will mean to each of themHenry's observations set down ten years after that fateful year are much than the old story of adultery his mother deemed her affair to be With her inimitable grace and compassion Jane Hamilton has created a novel full of gentle humor and rich insights into the nature of love and the deep mysterious bonds that hold families togeth.