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The Guardians by Andrew Pyper
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Feb 08, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: all-hallow-s-eve

In its dual structure of the present-day narration of Trevor and the past brought to life through his recorded "memory diary," The Guardians addresses the theme of masculinity, of what it is to 'be a man.' Much of the boyhood trauma which occurs (and no spoilers here, I assure you) requires the boys to take definitive steps toward a maturity they are arguably unprepared to take. In the present, we see said masculinity present in the mid-life crises of the men: Trevor, unable to commit and facing a slow decline into immobility; Randy, failed actor; and Carl, the saddest of them, vanished in a haze of dangerous activities.

All this may make it seem as if The Guardians is a ponderous slog though subtext, but Pyper keeps the story zipping along with verve. He does make the odd stumble - the main female character seems a bit too good to be true - but he displays, once again, a canny knack for characterization that feels warm and identifiable, an ability to put fully recognizable and sympathetic characters into great peril.

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Reading Progress

February 8, 2011 – Started Reading
February 8, 2011 – Shelved
February 8, 2011 –
page 25
7.06%
February 9, 2011 –
page 34
9.6%
February 10, 2011 –
page 51
14.41%
February 11, 2011 –
page 67
18.93%
February 12, 2011 –
page 85
24.01%
February 13, 2011 –
page 115
32.49%
February 14, 2011 –
page 169
47.74%
February 15, 2011 –
page 190
53.67%
February 16, 2011 –
page 215
60.73%
February 16, 2011 –
page 225
63.56%
February 17, 2011 –
page 368
100%
February 17, 2011 – Finished Reading
October 4, 2011 – Shelved as: all-hallow-s-eve

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