March 21, 2008

The Brothers K by David James Duncan

I've been putting off doing a review on this book because I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to say. I enjoyed The Brothers K, but it had too much profanity for my taste. Not a ton, but more than I felt comfortable with recommending the book. Incidently, this is what turns me off from most recent fiction.

With that disclaimer, I'll admit that I enjoyed this long book. Duncan tells the story of a family of 8 that is torn apart by varying worldviews. The primary focus is on the four sons and is told from the point of view of the youngest, from the time he is a little boy until he reaches his 20s. Baseball, war, family, injuries, and religion are all interwoven into their story.

Duncan's writing is beautiful: "Papa's prayer was a three-and-ahalf-second masterpiece--a rustic but reliable footbridge that led us so blightely over the deadly crevasse of our religious differences that we scarecely realized the crevasse existed--until the night he left us alone, and stepped out to his backyard bullpen to throw little rounds of prayers of his own." - p. 152
If this sounds interesting to you, you might want to check it out!

1 comment:

  1. I have never heard of this book before. But it sounds interesting.


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