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  • Paperback
  • 272
  • Recent History
  • Anthony Giardina
  • English
  • 15 August 2018
  • 9780375759383

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CHARACTERS Recent History ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Tony Giardina is the master of nuance especially when it comes to writing about long term relations. Though there is much to appreciate both in content and style this novel ultimately feels like a short story run astray Many of the book s thematic elements play critical roles in Giardina s short story collection The Country of Marriage which makes them feel repetitious and overplayed hereThe novel raises important uestions about the homosexual continuum that is human sexuality as opposed to the black and white model but the main character s epiphanyrealizationchange in thinking that characterizing the arc of most novels takes much too long in coming Recent History would ve made a great short story maybe even novella but the novel is too big a stage Snatch and Grab ultimately feels like a short story run astray Many of the book s thematic elements play critical roles in Giardina s short story collection The Country of Marriage which makes them feel repetitious and overplayed hereThe novel raises important

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CHARACTERS Recent History ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Aces This collection of stories probes with frightening clarity the dark heart of domestic existenc. Communication and sex can be tricky Words can fail us but a silence or a gesture can tell everything we need to know Sex can join physically people who remain stranded on opposite sides of an emotional chasm Anyone who has ever tried to make sense of it of intimacy and estrangement friends and family love and hostility can relate to the efforts of Luca Carcera the central character and narrator of Anthony Giardina s captivating Recent History Listening to Luca take stock of his life is like listening to a friend As we hope he arrives at a conclusion of sorts that is satisfying for him we can learn something about our own lives Luca loves his wife Gina but he feels removed from her as well That feeling both upsets and comforts him She believed too that she knew me In her mind I could very nearly imagine that interior region she viewed our intimacy the nakedness of two bodies the throttled cry of a male orgasm the passing of two arms on a sexless night over the opposite body in a kind of unconscious and casual beseechment the embarrassing sounds one hears too in the course of cohabitation and then the talks the speeches of self representation during meals during walks all of this along with what she d observed of me over six or seven years all of it constituted in her mind a kind of knowing And I was glad then of the limits of that knowing Luca s contemplations can be illuminating even for those of us who do not share the specifics of his life That would be most of us He is married to a woman but his father is homosexual and Luca wonders whether he might be as well When he was in junior high he pretended that a male friend from school was his lover He thought then that he did this to antagonize his father and punish him for leaving Luca and his mother when he went to live with a man But now Luca wonders whether there was to it than that Perhaps Giardina takes too long to have Luca come to a conclusion Most readers will know where he is going to end up about 25 pages before he does Again it is like listening to a friend Sometimes they go on too long Fortunately Giardina has Luca reflect on than his sexual orientation He is for example aware of a generational difference between the men of his father s era and his They were able to leave their marks on the land taking forest and farms and making them residential developments If suburbs were frontiers his father s contemporaries were pioneers Sometimes looking at my house I feel the way I imagine the men who inhabited the Hill in the early days must have felt those men who stoked themselves by standing in their doorways at night surveying the cleared forest I have at certain times attempted to replicate such a moment standing in my own doorway at night but there is always a hollowness that comes over me It is just not the same recent history has moved us all on I inhabit a house that other families have inhabited before me mine is a tenancy than a creation For almost all of Recent History it is possible to be lost in Giardina s elegant prose He writes with seeming ease making it feel as if we are listening to the reflections of a real person There is only one bit in which the writer reveals himself Giardina contrives for his main characters paths to have crossed in a way before all of them were aware of it Life can work that way but it rarely does The device intrudes making the reader aware of the novelist who appears to be trying to tie everything up too neatly That small portion aside Recent History is engaging It both satisfies on its own and inspires eagerness to read other works by Giardina including his mostly exceptional short stories in Country of Marriage and his subseuent novel White Guys That one is inspired by the racially explosive case in 1989 of a Boston man who claimed that his wife and their unborn child had been murdered by a black man The accuser jumped to his death when it became clear that police suspected him DON T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER The photograph on the cover of the paperback edition of Recent History is an exceedingly poor choice both misleading and run of the mill The only swimming important to the story is done by a woman ueer bookstores are full of novels about boys wondering whether they might be gay and seemingly all of these books feature black white cover photos of young men looking thoughtful and lonely A work as singular as Recent History deserves not to be identified with so generic an image The novel gets something better for its hardcover edition The front cover features a photograph of a man presumably a father holding an infant possibly his son The man whom we see in profile over his shoulder is smiling but he holds the baby at arm s length There is affection in the image but also distance It invites a viewer to ponder the picture s many possible suggestions just as a reader is drawn into fiction as intriguing as Giardina s Holding on Tighter us but a silence or a gesture can tell everything we need to know Sex can join physically people who remain stranded on opposite sides of an emotional chasm Anyone who has ever tried to make sense of it of intimacy and estrangement friends and family love and hostility can relate to the efforts of Luca Carcera the central character and narrator of Anthony Giardina s captivating Recent History Listening to Luca take stock of his life is like listening to a friend As we hope he arrives at a conclusion of sorts that is satisfying for him we can learn something about our own lives Luca loves his wife Gina but he feels removed from her as well That feeling both Five Point SomeoneOne Night at the Call Centre2 States The Story of My MarriageThe 3 Mistakes of My Life upsets and comforts him She believed too that she knew me In her mind I could very nearly imagine that interior region she viewed our intimacy the nakedness of two bodies the throttled cry of a male orgasm the passing of two arms on a sexless night over the opposite body in a kind of دریغا ملا عمر unconscious and casual beseechment the embarrassing sounds one hears too in the course of cohabitation and then the talks the speeches of self representation during meals during walks all of this along with what she d observed of me over six or seven years all of it constituted in her mind a kind of knowing And I was glad then of the limits of that knowing Luca s contemplations can be illuminating even for those of Ainakin tuhat laivaa us who do not share the specifics of his life That would be most of New York to Dallas us He is married to a woman but his father is homosexual and Luca wonders whether he might be as well When he was in junior high he pretended that a male friend from school was his lover He thought then that he did this to antagonize his father and punish him for leaving Luca and his mother when he went to live with a man But now Luca wonders whether there was to it than that Perhaps Giardina takes too long to have Luca come to a conclusion Most readers will know where he is going to end Empire of Hell us all on I inhabit a house that other families have inhabited before me mine is a tenancy than a creation For almost all of Recent History it is possible to be lost in Giardina s elegant prose He writes with seeming ease making it feel as if we are listening to the reflections of a real person There is only one bit in which the writer reveals himself Giardina contrives for his main characters paths to have crossed in a way before all of them were aware of it Life can work that way but it rarely does The device intrudes making the reader aware of the novelist who appears to be trying to tie everything Taken by the Alien Sassy Captives of Corolla #2 up too neatly That small portion aside Recent History is engaging It both satisfies on its own and inspires eagerness to read other works by Giardina including his mostly exceptional short stories in Country of Marriage and his subseuent novel White Guys That one is inspired by the racially explosive case in 1989 of a Boston man who claimed that his wife and their Vicious King Dark Dynasty #2 unborn child had been murdered by a black man The accuser jumped to his death when it became clear that police suspected him DON T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER The photograph on the cover of the paperback edition of Recent History is an exceedingly poor choice both misleading and run of the mill The only swimming important to the story is done by a woman

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