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Cunningham's A Home at the End of the World (1990) and Flesh and Blood (1995) under one cover.
Paperback, 466 pages
Published 2000 by Quality Paperback Book Club (first published 1990)
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Lee
Jun 01, 2007 Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was my introduction to Michael Cunningham, and when I finished it I cried. And then went out and bought everything he'd ever written.

I fell in love with this book. At that time in my life I could relate to its characters and their story in a unique way, but it was also Cunningham's writing: spare, lovely, gorgeously aware of minutiae, devastatingly honest. There is a sadness in his work that fills me with a profound loneliness that I find myself both overwhelmed by and grateful for.

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Lena♥Ribka



Directly after I've finished the book:

THAT, my friends, is an excellent example of a literary fiction.

And it is not easy to rate the books of the genre.
They could be everything - from 2 to 5 stars.

Well, I have to decide between 4 or 5 in this specific case, but it won't be easier to write a review for it. The reason WHY I love literary fiction-it makes you not only feel, but think, think a lot.
Oh, yes, it can even detect our hidden individual talent for philosophy.

Now I'll go into my tub t
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Kim
Jun 25, 2010 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"You don't necessarily meet a lot of people in this world."

This is the first of Michael Cunningham's books I've read, but I will be reading all of them. He just flat gets it. By the time I was halfway through, I more or less disliked two of the three main characters, but I wasn't tired of reading about them. I wanted to figure them out. I wanted to like them and if I didn't, I wanted to understand why.

This is one of those books that you read a sentence or a paragraph or a scene and it hits you
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Punk
Jun 06, 2007 Punk rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer
Fiction. This is the story of Bobby and Jonathan -- best friends, almost brothers, almost in love -- how they grow up together, how they grow apart, how they meet Clare, and how they all try to make a home together. It sounds cozy -- I love self-made families -- but this is an exceedingly lonely book. No one's able to make any lasting connections and everyone's alone in one way or another. It's sad, but written so well. Cunningham has an easy way with language; his prose is simple and honest, wi ...more
Fabian
Sep 15, 2016 Fabian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the "Less than Zero"-like novel of this popular NYC writer, and just like Bret Easton Ellis' depiction of the derelict children of sunny Cali in the 80's, Cunningham encapsulates the latter 80's in the East Village (and early 60's, 70's in the stark midwest) with lost souls and unique individuals.

The plot is this: Two guys and a gal play house together because they are (equally?) in love.

Obviously there is more to it, as it differs somewhat from the pretty damn good movie with an additio
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Taylor
I only sort of liked this, so I honestly don't have too much to say about it. It wasn't remarkable, but it wasn't awful.

It basically follows a set of three friends - one women, two men - and examines their relationships, both with each other, and with people from the outside world (mothers, fathers, girlfriends, boyfriends).

It reads almost a little blandly. I suppose you could say it's more of a character study and less about the plot. But then I couldn't say that it was very successful, because
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Jennifer Ochoa
I think I'm experiencing Cunningham Fatigue. I've read four of his novels in the last two years and they are starting to run together. He does seem to work with very similar themes in his works, something I actually like about him.

This novel reminds me a lot of his most recent novel, The Snow Queen, another story about a trio, quartet if you want to count Alice in this novel, and Liz in the other novel. (Liz is very similar to Clare, I should add). It feels like Cunningham uses his novels to wo
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Juushika
Aug 25, 2011 Juushika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: status-borrowed
The story of a relationship between two childhood friends and a woman who enters their lives in adulthood, A Home at the End of the World is difficult to summarize because its plot is wide, rambling, and only half the point. Meandering from the childhood deaths that leave Bobby bereft, distant, and desperate for connection, to Jonathan's burgeoning sexuality and his fixation on Bobby, to the entrance of world-weary Clare and the fragile three-way relationship that forms on the basis of the share ...more
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Madeline
Well - there are a couple of really good lines in this book, but they are almost invariably followed by something truly horrible and trite, expanding upon the theme and beating it into your head. So the prose is overwritten and labored (and sometimes mannered and affected), but as a reader of Victorian literature, I could probably forgive that - Hardy has committed greater sins, and I have read and enjoyed those sins as committed by by lesser writers than Hardy - but the problem with A Home at t ...more
Amy
Jan 26, 2008 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wish we could do half stars -- I would like to give this book 2.5 stars to rate it a C.

I really wanted to like it more than I did; however, I felt there was not enough internal distinction among the characters to make the shifting viewpoints work. Each person's narrative voice sounded like all the others, resulting in homogenous characters that did not seem sufficiently fleshed out.
Nicole
Jul 25, 2007 Nicole rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007, 1001-books
I want every character in this book to shut the fuck up.
Giedre
Sep 27, 2015 Giedre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A Home at the End of the World" was my first Cunningham's book and I can already say that it's not going to be the last one.

The book is evolving slowly, and my reading was slowed down even more, because I was traveling while I was reading it. I am glad about it, as it seemed to require time to think it over and digest it.

The first thing that comes to mind when I think about "A Home at the End of the World" is that it is an awkward book. It is awkward, because it is too real, too intimate, too
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lucy by the sea
I really fucking liked this. It has lots of my favorite things in a novel: New York, suburban malaise, love, the 80s, parenting. It is the story of two boys and their families. It follows them into their adulthood where they meet the third character, Clare, and fall in love with her. The chapters are narrated by a different character, which can be annoying. I think Cunningham pulls it off. Each time a chapter started I would think 'oh good this character is really my favorite'. I loved Alice's c ...more
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T4ncr3d1
Jan 29, 2011 T4ncr3d1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: statunitensi
Se dovessi definire questo romanzo con una sola parola, userei inevitabilmente il termine "strano".
Strani sono i personaggi, tanto per cominciare: due gay poco convinti ed una donna divorziata che accetta un manage a trois con loro. Strana è la vicenda, strani sono i ragionamenti dei personaggi, con il loro contraddirsi continuamente, partire, fuggire, tornare, fuggire di nuovo. E strana è la via che scelgono, tutti e tre, per il loro futuro. Strani sono agli occhi della gente "normale", perché
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Freesiab
Aug 04, 2016 Freesiab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really amazing book about human connections of all kinds, a unique family epic and about all types of love. The people were so well written that they could be totally 3 dimensional, where the can irritate you and make you love them. I loved the end. But I wanted more about Alice and Bobby. Lastly, I know it's my mantra but it was too long, or too short, in the wrong places.
Tobbi Garcia
Feb 02, 2016 Tobbi Garcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5 ! Creo que de no haber visto la película primero quizás hubiera tardado mucho mas en leer este libro.
"Una casa en el fin del mundo" nos cuenta la historia de Jonathan y Bobby de su amistad desde los años 60 hasta los 80 y mas...
La primera parte al principio se me hizo lenta pero a medida que avanzaba me enganchaba mas, la segunda parte ya cuando aparece Clare me pareció de lo mejor!
En cambio la tercera y ultima parte no me termino de convencer, me hubiera gustado que las cosas quedaran un
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Lavinia
Sep 09, 2008 Lavinia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2006, fiction
I love New York stories, I love the '80s. The plot is captivating, and for someone coming from Eastern Europe, such a story taking place while they grew up, - in a different part of the world, of course - seems pretty unbelievable.
Salathiel
Jan 01, 2015 Salathiel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Home at the End of The World is a love story. A convoluted, unbalanced, discombobulated love story, but a love story nonetheless.

Jonathan meets Bobby in the eighth grade, and to call what forms between them a simple friendship would be to apply a cheap misnomer. They bond over weed, music, angst and rebellion. They discover physical sex together. They become defined by the other, a pair united by some commensal inner turmoil that seems incapable to define. And then they graduate high school,
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Adam
Oct 22, 2013 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of four people who call themselves family, set in late 1970-early 1980 Cleveland, NYC, and Phoenix.
Bobby, childhood friends with Jonathan, has lost his immediate family -- brother, mother, and father within a very short time.
Jonathan, emotionally detached and searching for that "click" into the present...
Alice, Jonathan's mother, married and started a family for the simple fact that there really was no reason not to.
And Clare, hippie wanna-be Woodstock goer, failed in an earli
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Ed
Oct 08, 2014 Ed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite movies from the new millennium has been the 2002 film The Hours starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Ed Harris, Allison Janney and John C. Reilly. While I have not as yet read the 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Michael Cunningham upon which it was based I have seen the film twice and loved it both times. In the event that you have neither read the book nor seen the movie the plot centers around three different stories each taking place in a different era ...more
Nathan Burgoine
Mar 01, 2013 Nathan Burgoine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt
I listened to most of this on our way to Orangeville to put my father's ashes into a cubby-thing (tm), and most of the ride back. The fact that the gay character has to decide what to do with his father's ashes was a bit of an ironic twist to our selection, but otherwise, this was what I'd call a character study novel, in that the plot itself doesn't really go anywhere.

Basically, you follow the lives of four people, Jonathan (the gay fellow), his mother Alison (a New Orleans girl who married a
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Onka
Aug 05, 2013 Onka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sk-cz, povinné
What I like about Michael Cunningham's books is that they are so different. Even though they deal with the same or at least similar themes each book is a unique read.
A Home at the End of the World is sometimes disgusting but beautiful story about love, friendship and looking for a place to belong. Throughout the story we follow lives of our four main characters. Each of them has a unique set of issues that he or she tries to overcome.
It's hard to write about this book and not spoil anything so I
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Sean Kennedy
I think Michael Cunningham's The Hours is an almost perfect work of fiction, and I have liked some of his other stories as well, but I'm starting to get a bit sick of the 'tragic gay' theme that runs throughout them all. I know that the early days of AIDS were horrific, with huge swathes of the gay community being wiped out, but I'm also tired of a great deal of gay fiction feeling that it has to be tragedy to gain kudos. All these books have helpless and hopeless outcomes for the gay characters ...more
Sarah_loves_books
The two stars are for the very end. It was beautiful, but otherwise I didn't like this book at all.
Paula
Sep 26, 2007 Paula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was very personal for me. Not in terms of the characters so much, but more in terms of what was going on in my life and where I was with myself. I can close my eyes and feel how vulnerable and hurt I was at that time. I think that's why this book touched such a unique and special spot in my heart. I will never forget reading it and sharing my thoughts on it with someone very special to me. I have moved so far from where I was at that time, but I will never forget this book and how it m ...more
betsy
Aug 09, 2016 betsy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SPOILERS ///

i so wanted this book to have a happy ending. i ached for the three of them to live and be in love until they grew old and grey. i desperately wanted them to raise rebecca between the three of them and be silly and quirky and ridiculous and incredible and in love but that wasn't their life.

michael cunningham Gets It. happiness isn't this obtainable solid. he gets restlessness and fear and love and selfishness better than most authors I've read and I love him so much for it. i both ad
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Kristina
Aug 17, 2016 Kristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt-read, romance
The plot was so good and you were able to be totally into the book but honestly I was confused at some points because the names and some storylines are exactly the same as The Hours so I kept trying to read this as a separate book from The Hours because it is, but it didn't work because the names are all the same and I hated that aspect of the book just because it was so confusing but it's still a great book with a great plot.
Jessica
May 10, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Michael Cunningham is one of my favorite writers. He can make the mundane, everyday life of normal people come vividly to life through his words. While this story became a bit meandering and scattered at times, Cunningham's attention to detail and genuine love for the characters he has created shine through. I always recommend anything by this man.
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Michael Cunningham is the author of the novels A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours (winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award & Pulitzer Prize), Specimen Days, and By Nightfall, as well as the non-fiction book, Land's End: A Walk in Provincetown. His new novel, The Snow Queen, will be published in May of 2014. He lives in New York, and teaches at Yale University.
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