The Widower's Tale
In a historic farmhouse outside Boston, seventy-year-old Percy Darling is settling happily into retirement: reading novels, watching old movies, and swimming naked in his pond. His routines are disrupted, however, when he is persuaded to let a locally beloved preschool take over his barn. As Percy sees his rural refuge overrun by children, parents, and teachers, he must re...more
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For all that, this is still a book worth reading. Glass' work always is. She's a beautifully descriptive and witty writer. She likes her characters and makes us care about them too. (Well she was too ...more
It was one of those days, when I needed a book. I went out to the choice reads shelf and found one that looked interesting but didn't pick it up. It was one of my typical quick-mystery books.
When I didn't find anything else I wanted, I picked it up and headed to the checkout and checked it out.
Except when I got home, I had The Widower's Tale in my bag. I thought maybe I'd picked up somebody else's book, but no, thi ...more
It is long. And it is stupid. And it is boring. Glass's writing is overwrought and repetitive. Her main character is a 70 year old man with impl ...more
This is a wonderful tale of someone slightly older than I, his marriage and loss of it, his children and grand ...more
But not this time. I wouldn't say The Widower's Tale was Glass' best novel - she'll be hard pressed to outdo The Whole World Over, in my eyes - but I enjoyed every minute of this read.
The plot is not something that I would have thought ...more
In this book, Glass tells us about the tragedy(s) that befell the Darling family at their quaint New England home. Lots of the story is told in a first person narrative by Percy Darling who has s ...more
Percy Darling – a 70-year-old retired librarian with an offbeat wit and courtly manners – is at the vortex of this novel, the only character that narrates from the first-person perspective. He has spent years in self-afflicted soltitude following the senseless and ...more
I did not rush through the book. Reading it is like eating a huge piece of cake which one has to eat slowly to be able to finish. It satisfies.
What I like about it the most is the style of writing - grandiose, smart, verbose from ...more
Percy Glass is a recently retired university librarian with some old-fashioned ideals and a razor-sharp wit. (Although this book is populated almost entirely by American characters, Percy has a decidedly British air.) His wife died tragically when their d ...more
In the fictional and WASP-y small ...more
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