On wealthy Plantation Island in South Florida, an old man waits, Kenzie Maxwell is a writer...more
It’s the quietly told story of Kenzie Maxwell, a man of nearly 70, thrice-married and kinda of shiftless. He’s had some late success as a writer. But the story is more about the past and his group of loosely related relatives.
Twenty years ago, while working at a shelter for te...more
Kenzie and his brother Dalton have not seen each other in two decades due to a transgression that Kenzie made, but Dalton worsened.
Now, Kenzie celebrates his seventieth birthday and reminisces on that one transgression and brings a group of people along with him to tell the story. The array of different characters that the author describes made it a fun read and made me drop my guard on predicting what could be next.
I enjoyed the author’s ability to tell a story within...more
title: The Storm
author: Frederick Buechner
Sometimes you read a book and upon finishing it you squeal a little squeal, cry a little tear, sigh a little sigh, each in complete contentment. Then immediately you want to read it again. That's how I felt about The Storm.
It's the quietly told story of Kenzie Maxwell, a man of nearly 70, thrice-married and kinda of shiftless. He's had some late success as a writer. But the story is more about the past and his group of loosely related relatives.
The Storm is about how one man's mistep into scandal changed the direction of his and his brother's life. He fell in love with a teenager who died while giving birth to his son. His reputation was destroyed when his brother, who lives a life of black and white, released a note of apology to the press. They haven't spo...more
The Storm uses Shakespeare's play as the basis, but Buechner avoids trying to recreate the scenario item by item. Considering...more
I love the way that Buechner writes, the pictures he paints, and the characters he builds--and the stories he tells, because for Buechner it is the story that is so important. And altho...more
The set-up and history of Kenzie and Kia was interesting, and the characters throughout were interesting. Buechner writes his characters' idiosyncracies so well!
But the plot failed to interest me. Is it because I already knew what would happen? Or was it because he was trying so hard to stay true to the Shakespearean story? Hard to s...more
I didn't realize until after reading it that it was a re-telling of The Tempest, but that makes it even more interesting to me.
This came highly recommended to me by a big fan of Buechner, who I had never read before. I have another of his (Sons of Laughter) waiting for me as well and I can see myself really getting into his writing st...more
"Peace is the presence of the Almighty."
There is also a lovely, heart-wrenching depiction of first love:
"...it was their having those two early lost loves in common that constituted the strongest bond that there was between them..."
"Nothing is entirely black. Not even the human heart. Maybe not even my own."
Not as transcendent as his historical novels, but still better than most.
His first book, A Long Day's Dying, was published to acclaim just two years after he graduated from Princeton. He entere...more