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de Carne y Hueso

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  3,646 ratings  ·  294 reviews
From the bestselling author of The Hours and Specimen Days comes a generous, masterfully crafted novel with all the power of a Greek tragedy.

The epic tale of an American family, Flesh and Blood follows three generations of the Stassos clan as it is transformed by ambition, love, and history. Constantine Stassos, a Greek immigrant, marries Mary Cuccio, an Italian-American g
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Published March 28th 1998 by El Aleph (first published 1995)
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Everything that is trite and heavy-handed in novels is present here: there's an aging patriarch, kleptomania, lots of long descriptions of the way twilight moves across a neighborhood, self-mutilation, child abuse, questions of immigrant identity, questions of gender identity, questions of sexual identity, a whiff of incest, death, AIDS, drug abuse, New York, the suburbs, tract housing, class conflict, shifting American demographics, paeans to urban space, roiling hatreds in families, love, gene ...more
This is my absolute favorite kind of book. It tells the story of a family over three generations, basically. I love the way the author is able to show the dysfunctional nature of the family, by going into each characters' head and describing their often conflicting thoughts. It's very realistic in that way, one minute a person feels one way, the next minute another, and then you see how they decide to act on their feelings.

I related to the story quite a bit, I am one of three siblings, born arou
I hate to think that Michael Cunningham is writing the same book over and over, because really, he isn't, but this one seemed like it had his "stock" characters. Strong, but quirky women, a gay man with some guilt over his sexuality, etc. Depressing at the end. Still a fairly decent book, but go pick up At Home At the End of the World for a much better read by him.
João Roque
Este é o terceiro livro que li de Michael Cunningham e é aquele de que mais gostei. Ainda não li o mais famoso livro dele - "As Horas", nem o último, que parece ser bastante fraco - "A Rainha da Neve".
"Sangue do meu Sangue" conta-nos a história de uma família americana (oriunda da emigração, como tantas outras), ao longo de três gerações: o pai e a mãe, primeiro, os seus três filhos depois, e finalmente os seus dois netos.
E nesta "viagem" através da última metade do século XX, vamos encontrar a

Flesh and Blood is another masterful work by Michael Cunningham, an incredibly gifted writer. Last year I read A Home at the End of the World, the author’s first novel. I absolutely loved it. Though I have not read his Pulitzer Prize winning The Hours, I have seen the movie based on the book several times; it is one of my all-time favorite films. This book written between the two others just mentioned is nothing short of superb.

The novel told from the third person POV chronicles three generation
Davis Aujourd'hui
So you think you have a dysfunctional family! Try this book on for size. It is a fascinating tale of a family which plays out over several generations. This gives the readers a real sense for how and where family dynamics come from.

It is a book that will appeal to many different groups of readers. Gay readers will embrace some of the affirming gay characters not to mention the endearing transvestite.

This is a book that speaks about love and forgiveness. This lends the book a spiritual dimension.
This is the fourth of Michael Cunningham's novels that I have read. It is probably the most traditional--following three generations of a family steadily through time. In fact each section is labeled with the year. It is an exploration of an American family in the second half of the 20th century--the move to the suburbs, the 2.6 kids, the generational disconnect, divorce, forming of non-traditional families.
I have rated the book four stars but it may be graduated to five. I really like the story
Shinji Moon
Flesh and Blood was one of those books that I didn't realize I was looking for until I read it, devoured it. It was so beautiful in its humanness, in the way the characters weren't trying at all to be anything heroic or anything but what they were. It's heartbreak and it's love and it's pain and it's family and not knowing where you fall in between those categories. This is one of the best books that I've read in a while. I've finished it three days ago and I can't stop thinking about it.
Though Cunningham writes beautifully, he hasn't quite figured out how to balance his heavy subject matter with his wildly descriptive prose. The book becomes bogged down by the extreme familial drama that Cunningham creates for his characters. This book is a good read, but you'd be better suited to read "The House," where Cunningham's voice is fully realized.
Oct 21, 2015 Gitte rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who liked The Hours
He was a dreamy boy who brought books home from the library, who sought hiding places where she could always find him.

Michael Cunningham is one of those authors who almost never fail in delivering stories that are little pieces of art. In Flesh and Blood, we follow the very different members of a family from the 50s to the 90s. The father plays the role of the tyrant provider with a bad temper and misplaced love. The mother wants nothing more than peace among the people she loves, and is a kl
Това е от тези книги, които те карат да си казваш ‘Брррр’ и да тръскаш глава като мокро
Куче още в началните страници. Но не от отблъскваща силна, а от странните неща, които се подават от страниците, и които ти досега не си поглеждал в лицето.

През повечето си време не разбираме нищо от живота и прищявките му. Движим се в някаква си линия, която смятаме за правилна, докато не се появява нещо, което изкарва живота ни от пътя му. Живеем в мъничкият си, затворен и приветлив свят. Такъв, какъвто сам
i have no words, and so many, for this book.

like his magnum opus The Hours, this is a novel that tugs at my soul and makes me feel present and really there, and experience the elegiac and the fierce chaos of life. if it has joys, which is possible, you will find it in the shadows cast by a flower pot on the windowsill or by taking a book in a park in a warm summer day of March, something as iridescent as that. Cunningham exposes his characters' deepest inclinations and their bottomless pain and
O segundo livro de MC que leio. O primeiro foi, não há muito tempo, 'Uma Casa no Fim do Mundo'. Gostei muito, ainda mais do que o primeiro; uma história brilhantemente contada, de uma extrema sensibilidade, porque não há famílias perfeitas, não há harmonia, há filhos, tão diferentes uns dos outros, a perfeita Susan, a sonhadora Zoe, o rebelde Billy. E os pais, o grego Constantine e Mary, de pais italianos, e décadas depois, os dois netos, Ben e Jamal. Três gerações, sete personagens. E à medida ...more
I liked this book, but I kept feeling like I had read it before. Surely, I'm not that addled post-pregnancy, but there were certain scenes that just felt completely familiar whereas I had no recollection of other scenes or characters. I had read & loved The Hours many years ago, and there are similar themes, so maybe that's it? At any rate, the book is well-written as I would expect from Cunningham, but the family's saga seemed to have everything but the kitchen sink thrown in - immigrant be ...more
Michael Cunningham is getting be be a favorite writer of mine. So far I've read The Hours and A Home at the End of the World, both novels have been made into decent films.

Flesh and Blood deals with three generations of a Greek-American family. It starts in the 30's and ends around 1995. This family will remain in my thoughts for quite awhile. THe head of household, Constantine and Mary could have been my parents. So many of the references made me think of my own dysfunctional family.
This will
I was kind of inconsistent while reading Flesh and Blood (4 weeks, weekends only), so the ups and downs the book has (or so I think) might have to do a lot with that. It's hard to make a book unputdownable for almost 600 pages, but all in all I loved it. I loved certain characters, I despised others (isn't that what the family sagas are all about?), I loved Constantine's beach house, I loved Cassandra's warm heart and Zoe's tangled hair. I loved Ben to pieces and the whole sailing/swimming episo ...more
Strange to say, but what I really enjoyed about the book was its structure - the journey from 1935 to 2035 in multiple perspectives. Cunningham writes us an unhappy family being unhappy in its own way but managed to leave me with a lot of compassion for his characters. Clearly, Cunningham loves, loves, loves language. When writing of his favorite topics, sex and death (flesh and blood) his imagery veers close to the territory of magical realism. Very different from the cultural context of One Hu ...more
Napadlo mě, že Cunninghama by měl člověk číst 3x za život: ve dvaceti, ve čtyřiceti a v šedesáti. Pokaždé ale s rizikem, že za dar hlubokého příběhu a krásného jazyka zaplatí téměř zaručenou depresí. Nesnáším kecy o tom, jak zřejmé je, že tahle knížka vznikla před Hodinami, ale nepatrný posun tam přeci jen vidím - v Hodinách už téměř zmizela manýra, to rozšafné rozhazování génia, který chrlí tři originální slovní spojení (a myšlenky) na řádku; tady jsem se občas cítila zahlcená (napsat samoúčeln ...more
Jessica Rybak
I picked up Flesh and Blood because I'd been itching for another Cunningham book after finishing A Home at the End of the World and, a few months prior to that, The Hours. I really enjoy his writing, and find that I tend to learn a lot about creative writing and storytelling from his works.

This one was definitely a struggle for me to get into, but, by the end, I actually felt that this novel was stronger than his others. He delved deeply into important topics like immigration, race, AIDS, queern
Nov 23, 2008 Jaime rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in teh human condition
I read this book over the course of three days becasue I needed to get to the end. I couldn't put it down, and yet, it was too fast. There is so much in there that it deserves another read. Oddly enough, the reason I picked it up in the first place, because it has GBLT themes, is not what I remember most about it. That storyline is not the one that stands out in my mind. It's a great book. Read it. Twice.
This book broke my heart. Cunningham is a modern master of the English language, and he knows exactly how to rise intense emotions without falling into the traps of sentimentality or easy pathos. It's a hard, powerful novel, centered around a dysfunctional family that has a very unique story and yet seems to be metaphoric of all families. It's really all about love, and acceptance, and tolerance.
Kerry Riffle
It had been a long time since I had read FLESH AND BLOOD, though Cunningham remains one of my favorite authors. I remember enjoying this book the first go around - but loved it this time. Immensely engrossing and satisfying, no one delves into the minds of his characters with such poetry and insight as Cunningham. And this epic family saga is perhaps one of his most underrated novels. Read it!
Těžká rána spáče snícího americký sen, i tak by se možná dal jednoduše shrnout děj Cunninghamovy knihy Tělo a krev. Vlastně je to Cunningham, jakého už známe, nepřekvapí, protože už známe jeho další díla. A i když jeho příběhy pozvolna plynou, nenudí a nejsou žádnou selankou. Svým hrdinům autor dává štiplavou a někdy nahořklou příchuť a stejně tak tomu je i u členů rodiny Stassosovy, která je střebodem ságy. Cunningham sleduje osudy jednotlivých členů na pozadí událostí půlky století a ač se dob ...more
Flesh and Blood is not The Hours, a perfect novel whose brilliance Cunningham seems to be unable to repeat.

What this book does have in common with The Hours is its general tone of melancholy and loss that is created through the dynamic, interesting, fallible, and relatable characters Cunningham creates. Here the characters are three generations of the Stassos family; though the book comes into sharpest view when handling the middle generation: the three children of Constantine and Mary Stassos,
Anna Vacha
After reading the hours and especially after reading this book, I just don't understand how a male author can so perfectly get women.

Anyways, excellent book, I loved the format, and how it let us get detailed glimpses into people's lives over the course of three generations. You truly got to see how specific incidents perpetuated themselves through generations, in a way that I think was very apt. There was some beautiful language and ideas; my favorite being that the wilderness isn't really wil
On a few occasions when I went to hear Michael Cunningham speak, all the questions from the audience were about The Hours and A Home at the End of the World. Why does Flesh and Blood get so little airtime? This is a beautifully written and totally engrossing family saga that I didn't wanted to end. I love Cunningham's depth of empathy for his characters.
The prose is lush and so affecting, generally gorgeous, with occasional tendencies toward the over-stylized. Michael Cunningham, you achieve the epic with this multi-generational account of a family's fleeting thrills and secret pains; however, your license to introduce characters as a swarm, storm, chaos, or riot of anything is revoked.
Jessica Leis
Personality of characters were similar to those in the Hours (which I enjoyed reading), but in this book, they began to get on my nerves. Book dragged on for tooo long, but I stuck with it until the end, and overall was glad I finished it.
Nathan Grant
Here is a story of a family over 3+ generations. I really enjoy novels that have such a wide variety of connected characters. Cunningham weaves these characters together in such a poetic fashion. I felt connected to every character. The characters I liked and the characters I didn't. Vivid and dreamlike at times. It tells the story of a Greek immigrant man (Constantine), his relationship with his wife (Mary), the children they have (Susan, Billy, & Zoe), their children's growing-up and their ...more
Robert Dunbar
Another superbly accomplished novel by Cunningham. Wish I could add more stars. His writing always makes me think of Richard Pryor’s comment about Muhammad Ali. ("He fights so good it makes your dick hard.")
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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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