Facing the Music
But before I crawl off into the nearest bottle of ...more
Still,focusing on the less than enviable folks who show up on the pages of so many of Larry Brown's stories ...more
Liked this a great deal.
Brown "experiments" in two stories: ...more
This is the work of a writer unafraid to gaze directly at characters challenged by crisis and pathology. But for readers who are willing to look, unblinkingly, along with the writer, there are unusual rewards.
Facing the Music, Larry Brown’s first book, was originally published in 1988 to wide critical acclaim. As the St. Petersburg Times review pointed out, the central theme of these ten stories “is the ageless collision of man with woman, woman with man--with the frequent introduction of that o...more
p.s. If anyone can tell me what "Kubuku" means or where Larry Brown got that title I'd be very grateful.
Facing the Music appeared early (1988) in the Brown leg ...more
1) Facing The Music -
In with a bang. One husband contemplates his fidelity while his wife hopes to distract him from watching the late movie on TV... A very powerful opening salvo you won't easily forget.
2) Kubuku Rides (This Is it) -
A heartbreaking portrayal of secrets and lies, and addiction within the family.
3) The Rich -
A revealin ...more
The whole collection is depressing without a doubt, gave me a gross feeling every time i picked the book up. Lots of alcoholism, dismal marriages, and the like. He worked with these themes well. Dogs -- dead ones -- seem to be a small theme throughout the book, a ...more
....stories that bored/annoyed me, mostly due to "contemporary writing techniques"---Kubuku Rides, The Rich, Old Frank and Jesus, Boy and Dog, Julie: A Memory.
so I can give 4 stars based on the ones that treated me real right.
Some observations: It seems like the majority of the male characters in the book have suffered a very large betrayal, and most of them also share a kind of helplessness. Also, the relationship between men and dogs is an interesting subject in the book.
The writing was pretty good - but at times I felt like a ...more
Larry Brown was an American writer who was born and lived in Oxford, Mississippi. Brown wrote fiction and nonfiction. He graduated from high school in Oxford but did not go to college. Many years later, he took a creative writing class from the Mississippi novelist Ellen Dou ...more