Townie: A Memoir
Andre grew up in a town saturated with crime. To protect himself and others, he learned to fightreally well. He was soon on track to get killedor kill someone else. Only by becoming a writer like his father could Andre bridge the abyss and save himself....more
I feel bad for Dubus. He got a raw deal, with a father who couldn’t be bothered to spend time with his children and a mom who was too busy and exhausted to pay adequate attention to them. With the exception of his younger sister, Dubus' siblings were adrift and had pro ...more
The core theme of the memoir is men's, particularly his, relationship to violence. As a kid he was a victim of it. This part of the book was hard to read and I almost bailed out on the book because I wanted him to stop being a victim and stand up for hims ...more
A skinny kid, raised by a ...more
The same scenes repeated endlessly. Hopelessness, cruelty, fear and abandonment abound in this book. It's a bleak tale and a place I choose not to visit any longer than reading the 67 pages I spent there.
I've believed Dubus to be brilliant based on "House of Sand and Fog" but the writing in this book is meandering, inconclusive and confusing. Often I would read a sente ...more
This is rather ridiculous, since (1) I have never been to Haverhill and (2) the town and the life that Dubus portrays, at great length and with much repetition, are as gritty, as violent, as unappealing as anyplace that one might imagine. This was hel ...more
Il Merrimack separa padre e figlio, Andre Dubus II dalla sua famiglia, nel momento in cui decide di lasciare la moglie per una giovane allieva universitaria e trasferirsi dall'altra parte del fiume.
È un docente, uno scrittore di racconti già affermato, ma è anche un uomo che, per quanto sia stato un Marines, non ha la percezione, nemmeno minima, della fatica del vivere quotidiano, dei problemi che l'ex moglie e i quattro figli incontreranno per vivere.
Scrive Andre fi ...more
Andre is about my age. We grew up with the same music and pop culture. That's one reason why I like his Townie. Rambling, detailed, and gritty, his life story is well worth reading. Andre was a boxer, and he often got into s ...more
In the book Dubus tells of his childhood in ...more
Mr. Dubus perfectly evoked the violence and hardscrabble existence of living there. He honored the New England tradition of providing real estate as a character and moreover he did justice to Haverhill by making her as worthy a character as Miss Havisham: formerly beautiful now past her prime, a wreck but one deserving of pity.
How interesting that he called himself a "Townie ...more
Andre Dubus III has earned my complete respec ...more
Though it relies on a somewhat shopworn theme; weak skinny 90 pound weakling dreams of becoming super hero, buys weights, works out, gets strong then with a true honesty escapes the shopworn conclusion by simply admitting that he came something of a bully himself.
Abandoned by his father, raised by a single mother, Dubus gives you a real taste and smell of the gritty realities of growing up suburban poor in an America mill town in the 1970s.
On to The House o ...more
Initially I found this memoir of Dubus' childhood and youth a bit of a struggle. But I persevered, and I'm very glad I did. I wouldn't agre ...more
Call me a Pip, but I had Great Expectations for this book. I expected a literary memoir of a kid who cut his teeth on the art of writing with a well-known, published dad. I expected allusio ...more
But Townie makes it clear that this wasn’t the case for the younger Dubus. It turns out that he grew up in ...more
And so what of this place where my friend, and Dubus, and I now live? This place is the north shore of Massachusetts, once known for its down-in-the-mouth mill an ...more
He relates his family's story: his parents were very ...more
I finished it this morning, and much as I liked his House of Sand and Fog, I would not recommend this memoir. It's endlessly repetitive about his getting into fights as a young teen and even a young man, trying to prove that he's not a wimp. He lifts weights and then he beats up some more people who he thinks are either after him or trying to take advantage of some woman. The bits about his father were somewhat interesting, but I found that mainly this book was much a ...more
The memoir is essentially a coming of age tale, detailing the life Dubus III lived both before, but mainly after, his father, a successful writer, left his family after divorcing his wife. The breakdown of the family hits them hard, financially and emotionally, and thanks to their need to live in run down areas, results in Andre being exposed to casual violence, which as he leads him to weight training ...more
Andre's father isn ...more
The world has known may great writers and standing tall among them are Andre Dubus III (House of Sand and Fog) and his father, Andre Dubus II. This searing first-person memoir is not only a testament to redemption but also reveals a great deal about the creative processes of both father and son.
Seldom has a memorist been so unsparing in writing about his regrets as Dubus who with TOWNIE often focuses on the violence that was once so much a part of his life. When his parents divorced in the 197 ...more