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by Alice McDermott

  • Author: Alice McDermott
  • ISBN: 0374913897
  • ISBN13: 978-0374913892
  • ePub: 1226 kb | FB2: 1258 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Genre Fiction
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus, Giroux; First Edition edition (1997)
  • Rating: 4.2/5
  • Votes: 850
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Charming Billy ePub download

Praise for Charming Billy. Billy had drunk himself to death. He had, at some point, ripped apart, plowed through, as alcoholics tend to do, the great, deep, tightly woven fabric of affection that was some part of the emotional life, the life of love, of everyone in the room.

Praise for Charming Billy.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. The late Billy Lynch's family and friends gather at a bar in the Bronx to remember better times. They admire the way his widow.

Alice McDermott (born June 27, 1953) is an American writer and university professor. For her 1998 novel Charming Billy she won an American Book Award and the . National Book Award for Fiction. McDermott is Johns Hopkins University's Richard A. Macksey Professor of the Humanities. McDermott was born in Brooklyn, New York

Charming Billy, a novel by American author Alice McDermott, tells the story of Billy Lynch and his lifelong struggle with alcohol after the death of his first love.

Charming Billy, a novel by American author Alice McDermott, tells the story of Billy Lynch and his lifelong struggle with alcohol after the death of his first love. It won the National Book Award for fiction as well as the American Book Award, and was shortlisted for the International Dublin IMPAC Literary Award. The novel was published by FSG in 1997 and has since been republished by Picador (as a Picador Modern Classic).

Bloomsbury Publishing, 21 нояб. The story of an extended family centered around the funeral of charming Billy, an alcoholic obsessed with his lost early love. About the disappointments of life, memories, redemption, and love. The late Billy Lynch's family and friends gather at a small bar and grill in the Bronx to remember better times. His widow, Maeve, is there and everyone admires the way she is holding up, just as they always admired the way she cared for Billy after the alcohol had ruined him. But one cannot think of Billy without saying at some point, 'There was that girl'.

Alice McDermott - image from Johns Hopkins University. The story is structured around a wake held for Billy after he had basically drunk himself to death, made up of the recollections of the folks present, a bit of their individual stories. The narrator is the daughter of his cousin and best buddy Dennis.

How much these things had mattered. lipcovers couch, his shirtsleeves rolled up, his pant legs neatly tucked above the knee. He had assigned himself the task of cracking the walnuts that had been set out in a porcelain bowl on the coffee table and spreading the pieces of meat out on a paper napkin. He leaned over his work like a watchmaker

Alice McDermott's striking novel, Charming Billy, is a study of the lies that bind and the weight of familial love, of the way good intentions can be as. .Charming Billy is the winner of the 1998 National Book Award for Fiction.

Charming Billy is the winner of the 1998 National Book Award for Fiction. National Book Awards Winner. Connect with the author.

The late Billy Lynch's family and friends gather at a small bar and grill in the Bronx to remember better times

The late Billy Lynch's family and friends gather at a small bar and grill in the Bronx to remember better times. On Long Island one summer years ago, Billy fell in love with a beautiful Irish girl working for a wealthy Park Avenue family. Billy wanted to marry Eva, but then she went back to Ireland

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Daron
Alice McDermott's novels take a deep long look at a character sharing his/her love, hopes, desires, failures. We view "the typical course [of love] from early infatuation to serious love to affection, occasionally diminshed by impatience and disagreement, bolstered by interdependence, fanned now and then by fondness, by humor."[p 45]

Here she takes on "Billy [who] had drunk himself to death. He had at some point, ripped apart, plowed through, as alcoholics tend to do, the great, deep, tightly woven fabric of affection that was some part of the emotional life, the life of love, of everyone in the room."[p 4] The "everyone in the room" here is a tavern where a lunch is served after Billy's funeral.

Billy's life is told by the daughter of Dennis one of Billy's cousins - the one most responsible for helping him through his life and for helping Billy's wife, Maeve, through life. "Billy was for me then merely one of my father's legion of cousins, distinguished not so much by his alcoholism (it had seemed to me that there were more alcoholics among them than there were Republicans, or even redheads)" [p 42]. Billy was indeed charming - everyone loved him and made allowances for him.

[SPOILER ALERT]
The pivotal moment in Billy's life - at least as viewed by his extended family - took place shortly after World War II. Dennis and Billy are out on Long Island working on a cottage owned by Dennis' mother's second husband. While at the beach one day they meet a couple of Irish girls. Billy falls in love with one, but she returns to Ireland. Billy sends her money hoping to bring her back. But she stays in Ireland and marries a man there. Dennis finds out. Trying to spare Billy's feelings, and trying to save Billy from years of gossip and talk, Dennis tells Billy the girl died. Billy eventually marries another woman, the plain Maeve, but he may still carry a flame for the Irish girl.

What course did this lie set Billy on? Would he have been an alcoholic anyway? How would his life have been different? As Dennis and another cousin, Dan Lynch, discuss the matter Dennis tries to close off that avenue of thought. "It might have been his natural disinclination to wholeheartedly agree with Dan Lynch about anything. It might have been his reluctance to consider the possibility that the lie he'd told Billy all those years ago was not merely the cause of thirty years of pointless grief but the very thing that had made Billy's life with Maeve possible, and fruitless."[p 193]
[END SPOILER ALERT]

I especially like McDermott's point of view telling this story. She starts with a few conversations between family members at the gatherings just after the death but in a blink switches back in time to the events being discussed. It's also interesting to hear the story told of a man who had just died - we can't see his point of view because he is gone. We see the life through the eyes of others.

I thoroughly enjoy Alice McDermott's studies on life and love. While this book is excellent, if you want to start with her try Someone.
Kison
That Night by Alice McDermott stayed with me for years after I read it, and I think I will think about Charming Billy for a while, too. The story's narrator is a tangential witness to the main events of the book, which provides some critical distance and a sense of how family folklore is understood and retold by subsequent generations. There isn't a lot of plot to the book, and some covering of well-worn ground (the family folklore) from different angles, but it comes together in a brilliantly imagined world that is bound by the past while trying to move forward.
Brakree
Charming Bill has some of the most beautiful writing I've read in a long time. I marked numerous passages, especially one crystalline paragraph that summed up all the joys and sorrows of life so beautifully it practically made me weep. It is an Irish Catholic elegy for a post-war generation and individual lives and marriages that crashed on the shoals of alcoholism, unrequited love, and the limits of the American Dream. Not five stars because it got quite repetitive by the end and I saw every major plot development coming from a mile or five away. You have to love literary fiction to love this book and the be willing to let the flow of the language carry you along through lives that are made up more of daily joys and sorrows than great events.
Androlhala
Almost as many 1 star reviews as 5 stars? For this book? I've looked up other National Book Award winners (as this book is) and saw that this is a recurring trend with Amazon book reviews: win an award and watch the negative reviews pile up. As for the book itself, I found it to be a moving story of family ties and the devastation of alcoholism. Alice McDermott is a very good writer and the book is full of quiet, lyrical passages like this one: "the dead were there with them, just outside the circle of light. Billy and Claire, not forgotten, no less mourned, but silent, for now, in dreams their faces always turned away, so that the course of other lives, the lives of those they loved, could be completed, could go on. Surely just as the Irish girl, whom Billy had loved when he was young, just back from the war, had eventually turned her face away." I would recommend this book to anyone to read. While it is a quiet character study full of talk and reminiscense, if anyone says that nothing happens in the book, all I can say is it does if you understand it.
Stylish Monkey
I could not believe I had read the same book as the reviews posted within the book. They were Glowing and I had a hard time finishing the book. I persevered because I was reading it for book club. I did not really like the characters and had a hard time knowing who was speaking when the book hopped back and forth in time.
Light out of Fildon
Alice McDermott is an excellent writer. She definitely writes about what she knows, i.e. there is not a line of dialogue that does not ring absolutely true. I grew up in the exact area of eastern Long Island that she describes with such accuracy and fondness, so that in itself gave me great pleasure. However, what makes this novel wonderful is its understated way of provoking the reader to think about profound topics and beliefs. The narrative deliberately comforts and disturbs at the same time.
Love Me
While reading this book, I found my parents, aunts and uncles alive again in its pages, still struggling with the same problems, loves, hurts dreams and faith. I found it to be a riveting experience. I wanted to put it down, but found myself drawn in by it in much the way the past generations of my family must have felt drawn into the dramas they lived. The characters are true to life and the force their struggles and dreams exerted on them generation after generation seems only too believable. I found this painful to read but I hope to draw value from the experiences of this group of characters.
If you are Irish or of Irish decent, a must read. The author also is very descriptive and uses "pretty" language. Love it! The story is great for people who are not Irish also.
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