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eBook Blue Calhoun ePub

by Reynolds Price

  • ISBN: 0345377222
  • Category: Literary
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Reynolds Price
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (May 1, 1994)
  • ePub book: 1204 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1977 kb
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  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 683

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The Village Voice Blue Calhoun is one of Reynolds Price's finest achievements. Price's novel might best be understood as Southern Gothic transfigured into joy and thanksgiving. It's a remarkable book.

The Village Voice Blue Calhoun is one of Reynolds Price's finest achievements. Reynolds Price (1933-2011) was born in Macon, North Carolina. Educated at Duke University and, as a Rhodes Scholar, at Merton College, Oxford University, he taught at Duke beginning in 1958 and was the James B. Duke Professor of English at the time of his death. His first short stories, and many later ones, are published in his Collected Stories.

This starts with the happiest I ever was, though it brought down suffering on everybody near me. Short as it lasted and long ago, I've never laid it all out yet

This starts with the happiest I ever was, though it brought down suffering on everybody near me. Short as it lasted and long ago, I've never laid it all out yet, not start to finish. But if I try and half succeed, you may wind up understanding things, choosing a better road for yourself and maybe not blaming the dead past but living for the here and now, each day a clean page.

Reynolds Price is a master at writing a portrait. The entirety of a human being seems truly contained inside this novel

Reynolds Price is a master at writing a portrait. The entirety of a human being seems truly contained inside this novel. The pace and romance dips in the latter half of the book, but if you took a highlighter to this book to note every beautiful sentence, the book would be neon by the time you were done. Nov 04, 2013 Pat rated it really liked it.

Edward Reynolds Price (February 1, 1933 – January 20, 2011) was an American poet, novelist, dramatist, essayist and James B. Duke Professor of English at Duke University. Apart from English literature, Price had a lifelong interest in Biblical scholarship. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Price was born Edward Reynolds Price in Macon, North Carolina on February 1, 1933, the first of two sons of William Solomon and Elizabeth Price

As Blue recounts the years and their events for us - fervently, tenderly, knowing full well his own deep responsibility - we are made witnesses to a story of classic dimensions, a story of love and suffering, family and friendship, death and redemption.

As Blue recounts the years and their events for us - fervently, tenderly, knowing full well his own deep responsibility - we are made witnesses to a story of classic dimensions, a story of love and suffering, family and friendship, death and redemption. Похожие книги: Death Has a Will. Amelia Reynolds Long. An ingenious puzzler enlivened by a sociable ghost, a d от 1538.

Reynolds Price, one of America's most distinguished and honored writers, has produced such .

Reynolds Price, one of America's most distinguished and honored writers, has produced such masterpieces as Noble Norfleet, Roxanna Slade, and Kate Vaiden, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. I’m as peaceful a man as you’re likely to meet in America now, but this is about a death I may have caused. A summer camp in the Blue Ridge mountains, the deceptively tranquil 1950s, a classic semicomic cast and setting (teachers, swarms of rowdy boys, crafts, Indian lore, campfires), the twenty-one-year-old painting teacher and one superbly gifted boy, haunted by a tragic past yet calmly heroic.

Blue will get still another chance (the story is boned with second and third chances), but his flaw has affected three-and ultimately four-generations of Calhoun women permanently. Only their patience and grace-in-pain reconstitute him. Price, in his recent books, has been assembling a kind of humane moral iconography: variously posed portraits of the utterly human sinner, no better and no worse than people can be; and strong versions of the Blessed Woman. Written in the almost buttery style that Price has favored since Kate Vaiden (1986), this melodrama concerns an ex-alcoholic music salesman, Blue Calhoun, living in Raleigh, North Carolina, in the 1950's.

by. Price, Reynolds, 1933-. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

Blue Calhoun by Reynolds Price - "This starts with the happiest I ever was, though it brought down suffering on. .

Blue Calhoun by Reynolds Price - "This starts with the happiest I ever was, though it brought down suffering on everybody near me. Short as it lasted and long.

"A powerful novel that magically combines symbolism, lyrical poetry and astonishing insight into the human soul."CHICAGO SUN-TIMESBluford "Blue" Calhoun has been a drunk and unhappy. But he's survived it all with the help of his wife and teenaged daughter. And just when he thought his future was written in stone, Luna, the beautiful sixteen-year-old daugher of an old high school friend, walks into his life. Their attraction is instant, and their passion undeniable. But as Blue and Luna find a miraculous love, they fall in danger of hurting the people they care about--and destroying the one extraordinary thing that matters most....

Comments

Crazy Crazy
I read this several years ago , so can't remember a lot of the details of the story, other than to say , if you love southern fiction, please give Reynolds Price a try. This was thr story of a man who has really messed up his life and he knows it . It seems he has a hard time making the right decisions in life ,and hurts the people he cares the most about every time he makes another move. You get really frustrated with him, yet ,you also care about him .
Well told story .
Thomeena Thomeena
It's a rare book that can make you forgive a man who is committing unforgivable acts. For that reason I want to call this book the American Lolita. I know that Lolita is set in America, but it has a distinctly European sensibility, and Blue Calhoun's sensibility is purely American. Thematically, both books deal with the sexualization of girls and how that echoes through families and lives. But this book is not especially explicit. Blue is too careful with words to go there. It is a piningly romantic, erotically charged and heartbreaking story. It's on a par with Kate Vaiden, my other beloved Price book. Both books share a perfectly evoked time and place and a realistic way with Southern dialog, in that people talk over and around the real subject, maintaining their manners during emotionally charged exchanges. That delicacy keeps this book from ever dipping into the sordid, even as it deals with difficult subject matter.
Lightbinder Lightbinder
I loved both Roxanna Slade and Kate Vaiden written by Reynolds Price, and was excited to find this book. I thought it was drawn out in parts, predictable in others, but generally OK. All of his characters are either losers or long-suffering, which in this particular story, I found repeatedly tiring, as in enough already! Maybe if I had read it at another time..
Djang Djang
I do intend to read all of Price's books, if this had been the first I read I probably would have re-read a Confederacy of Dunces immediately to get the horrid pictures out of my head. This was not a necessary book for publication - though it may have been edifying to write. Price was a magnificent talent and individual but this book does not give testament to that. If you liked Bastard Out of Carolina, this would be the next in line.
August August
It is just a matter of opinion but i didn't like this book. I guess insest is a touchy subject for me, and I didn't care to read about it. THe book was well written. If you want to read a book that goes straight to your heart, read Stolen Moments by Barbara Jeanne Fisher. . .It is a beautiful story of unrequited love. . .for certain the love story of the nineties. I intended to give the book a quick read, but I got so caught up in the story that I couldn't put the book down. From the very beginning, I was fully caught up in the heart-wrenching account of Julie Hunter's battle with lupus and her growing love for Don Lipton. This love, in the face of Julie's impending death, makes for a story that covers the range of human emotions. The touches of humor are great, too, they add some nice contrast and lighten things a bit when emotions are running high. I've never read a book more deserving of being published. It has rare depth. Julie's story will remind your readers that life and love are precious and not to be taken for granted. It has had an impact on me, and for that I'm grateful. Stolen Moments is written with so much sensitivity that it made me want to cry. It is a spellbinder. What terrific writing. Barbara does have an exceptional gift! This book was edited by Lupus specialist Dr. Matt Morrow too, and has the latest information on that disease. ..A perfect gift for someone who started college late in life, fell in love too late in life, is living with any illness, or trying to understand a loved one who is. . .A gift to be cherished forever.
Azago Azago
Blue Calhoun is beautiful writing, typical of Reynolds Price. Poetic, descriptive, mysterious, personal, gripping, and smooth, this is the story of an older man and his inappropriate relationship, perhaps love, of a 16 year old girl. Blue's actions, his obsession, and his refusal to see himself realistically, dramatically affects his family, his work, his friends, and his responses to life.

Yes, it is gloriously written with a literary, personal spirit that often accompanies the writing of Reynolds Price. Masterful, stunning prose that takes a dark theme and somehow makes it seem almost normal. Without the darkness of Faulkner or the pain of Dreiser, Price takes us on a journey that becomes a valuable lesson and perception of the benefits of containment and restraint.

But no matter how well it is written, no matter how many awards the author deserves, it is a disturbing book. Weak in plot, and generally disgusting. Writing style--5 stars, story itself--1 star. Not recommended except for those with a strong stomach.
Perilanim Perilanim
This beautifully written epistolary novel presents a problem of purpose and intention on the part of its main character, Bluford Calhoun: why in the world is he writing this 373-page letter to his teenaged granddaughter in which he describes to her in excruciating detail the consuming attraction he had for Luna, a teenaged girl half his age, 30 years before? Indeed, he's looking for understanding and forgiveness for his horrid behavior, an adulterous affair that went on for a year and almost destroyed his marriage. That's obvious. Price also believed that family traits are often passed down through the generations, so perhaps Blue is trying to warn Lyn of this particular trait to help her not succumb to it herself (Lyn is an orphan and has been abused by her father). That's less obvious. Either way, it still stretches credulity that he would do it, for me anyway. But Price is such a wonderful writer that reading Blue's letter is a treat. Price's command of language is extraordinary, and he gives Blue a unique and lyrical narrative voice. Whether or not Blue's motives are achieved in writing his letter, the reader comes to know this infuriating yet somehow almost saintly man (he can be kind and caring and fair at times) in this compelling novel by Reynolds Price. I truly enjoyed it despite my own difficulty comprehending Blue's intentions.
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