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A Home at the End of the World

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  15,802 Ratings  ·  823 Reviews
From Michael Cunningham, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours, comes this widely praised novel of two boyhood friends: Jonathan, lonely, introspective, and unsure of himself; and Bobby, hip, dark, and inarticulate. In New York after college, Bobby moves in with Jonathan and his roommate, Clare, a veteran of the city's erotic wars. Bobby and Clare fall in love, sc
Paperback, 342 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by Picador USA (first published 1990)
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May 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was my introduction to Michael Cunningham, and when I finished it I cried. And then went out and bought everything he'd ever written.

I fell in love with this book. At that time in my life I could relate to its characters and their story in a unique way, but it was also Cunningham's writing: spare, lovely, gorgeously aware of minutiae, devastatingly honest. There is a sadness in his work that fills me with a profound loneliness that I find myself both overwhelmed by and grateful for.

Jun 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Feb 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is the "Less than Zero"ish novel of the popular NYC writer, and just like Bret Easton Ellis' depiction of the derelict children of sunny Cali in the 80's, Cunningham encapsulates the latter 80's in the East Village (and early 60's, 70's in the stark midwest) with lost souls and unique individuals.

The plot is this: Two guys and a gal play house together because they are (equally?) in love.

Obviously there is more to it, as it differs somewhat from the pretty damn good movie with an additional

Directly after I've finished the book:

THAT, my friends, is an excellent example of a literary fiction.

And it is not easy to rate the books of the genre.
They could be everything - from 2 to 5 stars.

Well, I have to decide between 4 or 5 in this specific case, but it won't be easier to write a review for it. The reason WHY I love literary fiction-it makes you not only feel, but think, think a lot.
Oh, yes, it can even detect our hidden individual talent for philosophy.

Now I'll go into my tub t
Nick Pageant
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay-lit
A million stars. What an amazing book. The writing is incredible - just beautiful, beautiful words. I can’t even be coherent about this thing. One of the very, very few books I’ve read populated by REAL people. READ IT. EVERYONE READ IT.
Jun 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
"You don't necessarily meet a lot of people in this world."

This is the first of Michael Cunningham's books I've read, but I will be reading all of them. He just flat gets it. By the time I was halfway through, I more or less disliked two of the three main characters, but I wasn't tired of reading about them. I wanted to figure them out. I wanted to like them and if I didn't, I wanted to understand why.

This is one of those books that you read a sentence or a paragraph or a scene and it hits you
I only sort of liked this, so I honestly don't have too much to say about it. It wasn't remarkable, but it wasn't awful.

It basically follows a set of three friends - one women, two men - and examines their relationships, both with each other, and with people from the outside world (mothers, fathers, girlfriends, boyfriends).

It reads almost a little blandly. I suppose you could say it's more of a character study and less about the plot. But then I couldn't say that it was very successful, because
Jun 06, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: queer
Fiction. This is the story of Bobby and Jonathan -- best friends, almost brothers, almost in love -- how they grow up together, how they grow apart, how they meet Clare, and how they all try to make a home together. It sounds cozy -- I love self-made families -- but this is an exceedingly lonely book. No one's able to make any lasting connections and everyone's alone in one way or another. It's sad, but written so well. Cunningham has an easy way with language; his prose is simple and honest, wi ...more
Lukas (LukeLaneReads)
A couple of jumbled thoughts...

I found this to be quite an introspective character focused novel. It's plot is sort used as a backdrop to the characters working through their insecurities about relationships, loneliness, and the expectations they have about their life. Not a lot happens plot wise really, it's more about what is going on within the heads of the characters.
Sometimes I was completely enthralled with them. The first half is especially engaging with the dynamic between the boys and
Jennifer Ochoa
I think I'm experiencing Cunningham Fatigue. I've read four of his novels in the last two years and they are starting to run together. He does seem to work with very similar themes in his works, something I actually like about him.

This novel reminds me a lot of his most recent novel, The Snow Queen, another story about a trio, quartet if you want to count Alice in this novel, and Liz in the other novel. (Liz is very similar to Clare, I should add). It feels like Cunningham uses his novels to wo
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: status-borrowed
The story of a relationship between two childhood friends and a woman who enters their lives in adulthood, A Home at the End of the World is difficult to summarize because its plot is wide, rambling, and only half the point. Meandering from the childhood deaths that leave Bobby bereft, distant, and desperate for connection, to Jonathan's burgeoning sexuality and his fixation on Bobby, to the entrance of world-weary Clare and the fragile three-way relationship that forms on the basis of the share ...more
Well - there are a couple of really good lines in this book, but they are almost invariably followed by something truly horrible and trite, expanding upon the theme and beating it into your head. So the prose is overwritten and labored (and sometimes mannered and affected), but as a reader of Victorian literature, I could probably forgive that - Hardy has committed greater sins, and I have read and enjoyed those sins as committed by by lesser writers than Hardy - but the problem with A Home at t ...more
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Jul 16, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007, 1001-books
I want every character in this book to shut the fuck up.
Hải An
Khi còn là một thiếu nữ hay ngay cả khi đã biết yêu tôi luôn tin rằng trên đời này vẫn tồn tại một thứ tình yêu không tình dục, đó là:  tri kỷ, tâm giao. Sau khi kết hôn tôi nghĩ rằng thứ tình yêu không tình dục không bao giờ tồn tại, cái gọi là tri kỷ, tâm giao có chăng cũng chỉ là ánh sao vụt qua trong màn đêm bất tận. Và hôm nay tôi bắt gặp cái thứ ty đó trong " Tổ ấm nơi tận cùng thế giới". Clare khao khát Bobby nhưng lại yêu Jonathan. Jonathan coi Clare như bạn tâm giao nhưng lại yêu Bobby ...more
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
a me di questo libro è piaciuta solo la colonna sonora.
I personaggi girano attorno al loro ombelico, convinti che sia "al centro del mondo", incapaci di crescere, e l'unico con un po' di attenzione verso gli altri, che sa farsi carico del dolore altrui, ovvero Bobby, è guardato con affettuosa sufficienza, come fosse l'adorato cane di casa.
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
"A Home at the End of the World" was my first Cunningham's book and I can already say that it's not going to be the last one.

The book is evolving slowly, and my reading was slowed down even more, because I was traveling while I was reading it. I am glad about it, as it seemed to require time to think it over and digest it.

The first thing that comes to mind when I think about "A Home at the End of the World" is that it is an awkward book. It is awkward, because it is too real, too intimate, too
Sep 06, 2007 rated it it was ok
I wish we could do half stars -- I would like to give this book 2.5 stars to rate it a C.

I really wanted to like it more than I did; however, I felt there was not enough internal distinction among the characters to make the shifting viewpoints work. Each person's narrative voice sounded like all the others, resulting in homogenous characters that did not seem sufficiently fleshed out.
Каждый раз при встрече с Каннингемом у меня чувство соприкосновения с чем-то запредельным. Как будто жизнь с ее необъяснимыми словами интимностью и подводными водами одиночества приобретает одновременно и материальную и эфемерную ткань. Такое ощущение, что через океан живет и пишет родственная душа, такая близкая, понятная, давно тебе знакомая и прожившая с тобой большие и важные куски жизни. Это просто невероятно.
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Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, love, favourites
I really fucking liked this. It has lots of my favorite things in a novel: New York, suburban malaise, love, the 80s, parenting. It is the story of two boys and their families. It follows them into their adulthood where they meet the third character, Clare, and fall in love with her. The chapters are narrated by a different character, which can be annoying. I think Cunningham pulls it off. Each time a chapter started I would think 'oh good this character is really my favorite'. I loved Alice's c ...more
Jan 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: statunitensi
Se dovessi definire questo romanzo con una sola parola, userei inevitabilmente il termine "strano".
Strani sono i personaggi, tanto per cominciare: due gay poco convinti ed una donna divorziata che accetta un manage a trois con loro. Strana è la vicenda, strani sono i ragionamenti dei personaggi, con il loro contraddirsi continuamente, partire, fuggire, tornare, fuggire di nuovo. E strana è la via che scelgono, tutti e tre, per il loro futuro. Strani sono agli occhi della gente "normale", perché
Sep 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2006, fiction
I love New York stories, I love the '80s. The plot is captivating, and for someone coming from Eastern Europe, such a story taking place while they grew up, - in a different part of the world, of course - seems pretty unbelievable.
I started out enjoying the book very much. But somewhere along the line, I stopped recognizing motivations of the characters. They're supposed to be unconventional, but I couldn't figure out why they were so. There was something opaque about each of the main trio - Jon, Bobby & Clare. Bobby, to begin with seems a very observant young person. He says of his father buying a Cadillac, that he was as skeptical as his older brother was thrilled. If his father was the kind of person who bought a c ...more
Kristopher Jansma
Nov 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookblog
Apologies again for not posting in weeks. Those of you who know me most likely know that I recently got married (in fact most of you were probably at the wedding, which, appropriately, was held at the HousingWorks bookstore, here in New York City! But I have been reading - as well as teaching and grading and so forth - ever since then and have finally tonight had a good chance to sit down and reflect on what's crossed my plate recently.

A Home at the End of the World was always vaguely on the end
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A Home at the End of The World is a love story. A convoluted, unbalanced, discombobulated love story, but a love story nonetheless.

Jonathan meets Bobby in the eighth grade, and to call what forms between them a simple friendship would be to apply a cheap misnomer. They bond over weed, music, angst and rebellion. They discover physical sex together. They become defined by the other, a pair united by some commensal inner turmoil that seems incapable to define. And then they graduate high school,
A una prima parte accattivante ne segue una dove la storia ristagna per poi riprendersi un po' nella conclusione.
È una lettura che mi sono trascinato per quasi tutto novembre, vuoi per gli impegni, vuoi perché la parte centrale mi stava deprimendo come poche cose al mondo. E poi c'è tutto un discorso sullo stile, discorso che nascerà da una specie di deformazione professionale e che non interesserà a nessuno, ma che faccio lo stesso:
1) Ogni volta che ci sono più punti di vista e la storia è scri
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite movies from the new millennium has been the 2002 film The Hours starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Ed Harris, Allison Janney and John C. Reilly. While I have not as yet read the 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Michael Cunningham upon which it was based I have seen the film twice and loved it both times. In the event that you have neither read the book nor seen the movie the plot centers around three different stories each taking place in a different era ...more
Nathan Burgoine
Mar 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: glbt
I listened to most of this on our way to Orangeville to put my father's ashes into a cubby-thing (tm), and most of the ride back. The fact that the gay character has to decide what to do with his father's ashes was a bit of an ironic twist to our selection, but otherwise, this was what I'd call a character study novel, in that the plot itself doesn't really go anywhere.

Basically, you follow the lives of four people, Jonathan (the gay fellow), his mother Alison (a New Orleans girl who married a
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of four people who call themselves family, set in late 1970-early 1980 Cleveland, NYC, and Phoenix.
Bobby, childhood friends with Jonathan, has lost his immediate family -- brother, mother, and father within a very short time.
Jonathan, emotionally detached and searching for that "click" into the present...
Alice, Jonathan's mother, married and started a family for the simple fact that there really was no reason not to.
And Clare, hippie wanna-be Woodstock goer, failed in an earli
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