It is 1953 and Pearlie, a dutiful housewife, finds herself living in the Sunset district of San Francisco, caring not only for her husband s fragile health but also for her son, who is afflicted with polio Then, one Saturday morning, a stranger appears on her doorstep and everything changes All the certainties by which Pearlie has lived are thrown into doubt as she struggles to understand the world around her, most especially her husband, Holland The Story of a Marriage portrays three people trapped by the confines of their era, and the desperate measures they are prepared to take to escape it....
|Title||:||The Story of a Marriage (English Edition)|
|Publisher||:||Faber Auflage Export ed 4 September 2008|
|Number of Pages||:||370 Pages|
|File Size||:||963 KB|
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The Story of a Marriage (English Edition) Reviews
Ein bewegendes Buch, dass einem klar macht, wie schwierig es ist, einenMenschen genau zu kennen. Tiefgehend und sehr emotional.
Having just last month read Mr. Greer’s more recent, deservedly Pulitzer Prize winning novel, “Less”, I was so profoundly impressed I instantly bought everything of his ever published. When when the time finally felt “right” to read another Greer, I selected “The Story of a Marriage”. And, I, kinda nervously, began reading. It was almost as if I was seeing the pages from between the fingers of the hand I’d, metaphorically, covered my face with, as if anticipating what the babysitter would find in the basement. I was afraid that, reading anything written by Mr. Greer other than “Less” would... effect, alter, place into a limiting context, the truly transcendent experience I’d had reading it. It is one of the most astonishingly brilliant books I have ever read (and I’m a big reader). My fingers fell when I reached the second sentence. Wow. This book is neither “Less” nor less. It is indeed quite different in tone, and is written within a considerably tighter scope, but it is, while “different”, possessed of its own startling beauty. It’s own instant fascination. Interestingly, “... Marriage” May seem to be more traditionally “Pulitzer Prize Winning Novel-ish” than “Less” in that it is painted with more traditionally “literary”, in other words “less humorous” strokes. Indeed, some reviews I’ve read of “Less”, while unfailingly positive, deemed it unworthy of such a “serious” literary prize for that very reason. It is as funny as hell. While reading “Less”, a book that ultimately left me a happily-sobbing wreck, I laughed out loud scores of times. I heartily guffawed. I called friends to read aloud to them some particularly riotous passages. But, the genuinely genuine humor Mr. Greer chose to tell that particular tale was entirely and gorgeously appropriate. It lifted the novel into even higher literary airspace, never undercutting the novel’s legitimacy as a work of true literary alchemy, his decision to playfully switch “tones” on a single WORD, a segment, then immediately plunge you into the colder waters of tragedy, only to, a sentence later, have you howling as warm tears run down your face, is an essential string of the book’s daringly unique DNA. Now that I have read “... Marriage”, and in one delighted sitting, I am astonished by BOTH of Mr. Greer’s accomplishments. Most writers want to utilize everything in their toolbox whether building a theme park or a birdhouse. Not Mr. Greer. While “Marriage” is hardly humorless, Mr. Greer makes use of only those tools appropriate and necessary in the building of each structure. And, I am truly STUNNED. One can discern that it’s the same writer (by looking at the front cover), but, MAN, each book is entirely and uniquely itself! “Marriage” is of the same caliber as “Less”, it always hits it’s bullseyes, but the projectiles used here are more consistently bullets to the heart, where in “Less”, if less and less as it gathers in power, will just as likely shoot confetti or little signs that say “Bang”. Ultimately, both books are devastatingly beautiful, embracingly human and damned enlightening. But, “Marriage” sets a tone, stays with it, and yet is equally and clearly (and incredibly movingly) the work of an absolute genius. “Marriage” is highly entertaining, wildly surprising, oddly thrilling and masterful in its dedication to “stay within the lines” of the world it creates. Obviously, my initial wariness was unfounded. “Marriage” is its own brilliant book. It’s own work of art. It’s pallet is uniquely consistent, a constantly joyful experience, and both a heart-breaking and heart-filling masterpiece.
After reading “Less,” the author’s newest book, I had to read more. This book is a more intricate and truly sad love story that involves three people.Without given away the core of the relationship among these three, I will say that the author offers a poignant look into the hearts of one woman and two men whose lives come together during six months in San Francisco.It’s a deep and honest story about what marriage means...love, loss, forgiveness, sacrifice, and loyalty. Read it. I loved it.
A five star book for the way it made me savor the language (Greer is a lyrical literary master - such beautiful similes/metaphors), the way it made me care about the characters, and the way it made me admire the main character, Pearlie, whose choices were different than my own would have been--nay, whose sole focus was on a bigger picture than her emotions at the time (few possess this strength--yet the ones that do reap unfathomable rewards). That she possessed such restraint in a difficult situation, and in such an unfriendly time for her dilemma, did not seem at all improbable to me, rather admirable.This book was my friend for the week or so I kept it close, pulling it out at every minute opportunity I had to linger over Greer's masterful work.
Set mainly in San Francisco in the early 50s but with back stories in World War II and some set in Kentucky, the novel is told by Pearlie who, during World War II, leaves Kentucky to work in the war industry and in so doing she meets for the second time--the first was back in Kentucky--Holland who was rescued in the Pacific when the war ship was sunk, the meeting having taken place in San Francisco. They marry. They have a son, Sonny. He becomes a polio victim. And then Buzz enters the scene. Pearlie and Holland are black--called Negroes back then as we all know--and Buzz is white. And I am not going to tell you more than that because that would be a spoiler.Pearlie's first-person voice is authentic and believable. My yardstick for first-person narrative is Harper Lee's brilliant and beloved "To Kill a Mockingbird." Nobody can touch Scout as a narrator. But Pearlie comes close. She is very believable.The details from the 50s are wonderful and accurate including the horrors of what happened to Ethel Rosenberg. There are wonderful little pieces of history and Mr. Greer has tossed in to make this so authentic. This I know because I well recall the girls wearing their pony skirts, those liquids held together by wax that we kids liked including those formed int the shapes of teeth and moustaches.But the novel is really unique because of the relationships that I won't write about. So unique and for me very realistic. I am gay. That's as much of a hint as you get. And I was married to a woman years ago.For the one-star reviewers who say this lacks depth and content, I guess they just didn't read the same wonderful novel that I have just finished. And I have ordered mor Greer fiction.
This story by a male author of the generous love of a woman is full of surprises. I found it touching my heart and easy reading.