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
This is a wonderful tale of someone slightly older than I, his marriage and loss of it, his children and grand...more
The book's star is Percival (Percy) Darling, a curmudgeonly gentleman, who can be counted on to say something witty in response to questions or simply toss in a remark off the cuff. Not everyone appreciates his dry wit, especially his two adult daughters, Clover and Trudy. He raised them after their mother, Poppy, died. The interact...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
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 the fictional and WASP-y small...more
The widower has the most to teach the reader - when to push, when to let go - within his relationships. A bright, articulate man,...more
Septuagenarian Percy Darling's insulated world is ransacked when he allows his barn to be renovated into a Montessori-esque school.
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Percy is written with wit and spunk. His grumplings with the other characters in the novel let the reader know almost immediately what kind of narrator is leading t...more
I struggled through the first part of this book and decided several times to stop the torture. But I was reading it for a book club, so I kept going because I wanted to participate in the discussion. Then, about half way through I began to develop an interest in a couple of the story lines; but once again before I finished the book I lost interest and started skimming through some of the paragraphs.
The central character in the book is a 70 year old widower named Percy and all of the other chara...more
Ending felt sad and sham-like. Where is justice for Turo?
Looking forward to reading more Julia Glass, as she's one of those writers who can easi...more
This book has a structure I may not have noticed in any book before. Many books now switch from character to character's viewpoint throughout the book. In this book only the widower's story is told in first person. All other characters are told from 3rd person omniscient point of view.
There is strong foreboding throughout the book that plays out ov...more
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