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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 gi
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Published March 28th 1998 by El Aleph (first published 1995)
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Jane
Jan 05, 2013 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Francesca
Jul 07, 2016 Francesca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Per me superiore a "Le ore". Mi ha lasciato addosso una sensazione tra nostalgia e tristezza. Continueró ad approfondire l'autore con "una casa alla fine del mondo".

Mbarkle
Mar 07, 2009 Mbarkle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Amy
Mar 04, 2008 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Greg Giannakis
Jul 04, 2016 Greg Giannakis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crying in public on your bus home from work I think might be the best sign of a good book. This tore me apart and felt especially relevant what with Pride season upon us. No one can capture humans in all their ugliness and touching banality like Michael Cunningham does. I think I felt the saddest after physically feeling myself leaving the little world and atmosphere the book created. No matter how much you grasp the paperback tightly, to the point that the pages begin to warp slightly, thinking ...more
João Roque
Nov 17, 2014 João Roque rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, gays, narrativa
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
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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.
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Gitte
Oct 21, 2015 Gitte rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Ed
Dec 05, 2014 Ed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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itpdx
Sep 14, 2013 itpdx rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Shinji Moon
Apr 18, 2013 Shinji Moon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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.
Amelia
Dec 31, 2008 Amelia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jessica Rybak
Jun 18, 2014 Jessica Rybak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Bosorka
Jun 17, 2014 Bosorka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nezzo
Aug 13, 2010 Nezzo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
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T4ncr3d1
Jan 29, 2011 T4ncr3d1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: statunitensi
"Jamal viveva in lui. (...) Non era amore, non quello che aveva immaginato fosse amore. Assomigliava di più a come aveva immaginato fosse il cancro, quello che aveva portato via la signora Marshall della casa accanto, una palla di cellule impazzite che, come diceva sua madre, l'avevano divorata. Come un cancro era lui e non era lui. Lo mangiava e sostituiva ciò che aveva mangiato con un'altra dose di se stesso."

Il secondo romanzo di Cunningham si presenta come un avvincente saga familiare sullo

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Mowey
Jul 10, 2012 Mowey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Elise
May 02, 2008 Elise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Joseph
May 10, 2012 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lavinia
Aug 29, 2014 Lavinia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, in-en, 2011
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
Monika
Jan 17, 2016 Monika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Takie powieści określa się mianem sagi. To saga o rodzinie amerykańskiej, od lat 40 XX wieku aż do końca wieku. Sposób jej prowadzenia przypomina mi powieści Steinbecka i tak jak powieści Steinbecka, Cunningham ujmuje mnie łatwością nakreślenia charakteru bohaterów, ich uczuć i lęków.
Sarah
Jul 06, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Margarida
Jun 09, 2015 Margarida rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Maruschka
Mar 31, 2015 Maruschka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kasia
Oct 20, 2013 Kasia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To kolejna ksiazka, ktora zaczelam czytac dawno temu i odlozylam ze znudzeniem. Sama nie wiem, dlaczego wtedy mnie nie wciagnela. To wpaniala opowiescia o rodzinie na przestrzeni XX wieku. Zaczyna sie od lat trzydziestych, kiedy Constantin przybywa z Grecjido Ameryki, zaklada rodzine, prowadzi coraz bardziej dochodowa firme. Jestesmy swiadkami konfliktow meza z zona, ojca z synem itd. Na kartach ksiazki sledzimy zmiany obyczajowe i choraby cywilizacyjne. Nikt z rodziny Stassos nie pozostaje bez ...more
Carlos Mock
Flesh and Blood

Michael Cunningham creates a trace of Americana by following one hundred years (1935 13 2035) of three and a half generations of the Mary Guccio and Constantine Strassos marriage.

Mary is an Italian immigrant and Constantine came from Greece. They meet in the US and they fall in love. They bear three Children: Susan, Billy, and Zoe.

Originally Constantine struggles to keep bread on the table and is abusive physically with his family; sexually attacks Susan, Billy is his punching bag
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Jaime
Nov 23, 2008 Jaime rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Denis
Dec 01, 2008 Denis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 01, 2014 Kerry Riffle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Sara
Feb 09, 2014 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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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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“. . . he felt himself entering a moment so real he could only run toward it, shouting.” 17 likes
“Constantine, eight years old, was working in his father's garden and thinking about his own garden, a square of powdered granite he had staked out and combed into rows at the top of his family's land.” 3 likes
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