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by David Plante

  • Author: David Plante
  • ISBN: 0575023910
  • ISBN13: 978-0575023918
  • ePub: 1463 kb | FB2: 1644 kb
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: London, Gollancz (1978)
  • Pages: 288
  • Rating: 4.4/5
  • Votes: 892
  • Format: mbr lrf doc lrf
The Family ePub download

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Published in 1978, this book was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1979.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Reena and Jim Francoeur and their seven sons live in a small French-Canadian parish in New England and experience frustrations and events that have a devastating impact on their efforts to stay together as a family. It is the story of the large Francoeur family (father, mother, and seven sons), French-Canadians living in Providence, Rhode Island. It takes place in the 1950s and focuses on Daniel, the second youngest son, in 8th grade in Part One of the book, then college-age in Part Two.

David Robert Plante (born March 4, 1940 in Providence, Rhode Island) is an American novelist, diarist, and memoirist. The son of Albina Bisson and Aniclet Plante, he is of both French-Canadian and North American Indian descent

David Robert Plante (born March 4, 1940 in Providence, Rhode Island) is an American novelist, diarist, and memoirist. The son of Albina Bisson and Aniclet Plante, he is of both French-Canadian and North American Indian descent. He is a graduate of Boston College and the Université catholique de Louvain. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Novel about a French Canadian family. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

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The son of Albina Bisson and Aniclet Plante, he is of both French-Canadian and North American Indian descent.

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Many years ago a writing professor recommended David Plante's book "The Family". He said, "Have you read Plante?" I shook my head no. He said, "Your writing reminds me of Plante; you should read him." I read the book. I was stunned. Not only because my professor was right (that I did write like Plante) but also (and more) that he would pay me that compliment.

Published in 1978, this book was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1979. It is the story of the large Francoeur family (father, mother, and seven sons), French-Canadians living in Providence, Rhode Island. It takes place in the 1950s and focuses on Daniel, the second youngest son, in 8th grade in Part One of the book, then college-age in Part Two. (Plante, too, was the second youngest son of seven siblings, all brothers). Writers write what they know, and parts of The Family must be autobiography. This book is the first part of what is known as the Francoeur Trilogy: The Family (1978), The Country (1980), and The Woods (1982).

The story in The Family concerns relationships, and tension builds slowly as Plante shows family members interacting at various points in their lives: an older son returning home for a short stay from the military (after he is told to take some time off), another older son losing his small business, the father losing his job at a local factory, the lingering death of the father's mother, the older brothers going in together to purchase a lake house for their parents, the fallout when one son decides to marry a non-Catholic. There is little narrative "arc" here; modern readers may become bored by page 50 when nothing really "happens". The tension is everywhere within the family, though, and this is what drives the story.

The first 50 pages are a slow, purposeful study; the middle of the novel explores all the relationships within the family unit, father, mother, and seven sons; the last 50 pages are revelatory. The writing is subtle and usually lean; the tone is somber. It is sensual, evocative, spiritual writing that is a real pleasure to experience.

4.5/5 stars
Xwnaydan
I would like to read this book again sometime. It has that kind of substance that will bear up to a second read. There are books that stay on my shelf for just that reason. I will return to it with pleasure.
BlessСhild
Somewhere between Virginia Woolf's The Years and Eugene O'Neal's Long Day's Journey into Night, lies David Plante's The Family. This is an eerie, impressionistic book of lurid prose about the day-to-day of five brothers and their mother and father. Haunting and sensory, it is perhaps the most honest book about a family ever written.
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