May We Be Forgiven

May We Be Forgiven

Book - 2012
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Feeling overshadowed by his more-successful younger brother, Harold is shocked by his brother's violent act that irrevocably changes their lives, placing Harold in the role of father figure to his brother's adolescent children and caregiver to his aging parents.
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2012
ISBN: 9780670025480
0670025488
Branch Call Number: Fiction Hom
Characteristics: 480 p. ; 24 cm

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nicolalutte Sep 29, 2014

I must say I did not enjoy this book and found it had too many sub stories that did not add to the story as a whole. Character development was also not good.

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uncommonreader
Jan 04, 2014

Yes, this novel won the Women's Fiction Prize (Orange). Yes, this novel is very funny, sometimes laugh out loud funny. And I get that it is about the impact of technology in creating a disassociated social world. And that it is about the disintegration of the nuclear family and the creation of the modern family. But it is too long. And do we need another book about suburban, middle class New England?

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hotdice
Oct 12, 2013

Terrific!

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china_brew
Aug 11, 2013

I did not enjoy this all! The story was so disjointed...I spent the entire time trying to figure out the relevance of the subplots.

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AllieTaylor
Jul 05, 2013

P. 162

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becker
Jun 05, 2013

Winner of the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction.

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alexander8
Jun 02, 2013

Great read. I couldn't put this down. Interesting characters and black humour throughout. I laughed so much at very unexpected things. Very poignant in parts also as it makes you think about the various relationships we have. Strongly recommend.

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finn75
Jun 02, 2013

Fantastic read. One man drifting through life before an act of violence makes him confront the way he lives his life, his relationship to his family and others. In the end tragedy makes him grow up and live his life.

ksoles Mar 18, 2013

Within the first 50 pages of A.M. Homes' ambitious and enthralling new novel, one man has gone mad, been institutionalized, escaped, found his brother in bed with his wife and murdered the latter with a lamp. The remaining 450 pages of "May We Be Forgiven" play with the substance of the American dream and give the reader a horrific, internet-age deconstruction. Sexual encounters, suspicions, medications and desensitized teenagers abound and a fast-paced, unwordy and direct narrative move the novel along without ever breaking stride.

Each character seeks some kind of relationship: a female teacher finds comfort in an 11-year-old, two senile seniors nurse dolls as if they were children. And yet nobody really knows how to connect with others in a true manner. As the protagonist muses, “The loss of the human touch scares me.” Ultimately, the novel proves that peace exists amongst community and participation; we cannot be human without being joined to someone.

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vickiz
Jan 24, 2013

That May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes hits the ground hard and running from the opening pages will let you know quickly if you have the intestinal fortitude and heart to continue. The book launches immediately into the first and most visceral of a series of insanely horrible things that happen to a family in less than a year. The sequence of woe is so over the top at times that it seems like a macabre, Tarantinoesque cartoon of violence and perversity. Running parallel to the gutwrenching but - it must be said - often darkly hilarious mayhem, parts of May We Be Forgiven are also lyrically wonderful testaments to spirit, optimism, resilience and forging new family structures out of the ashes of old ones.

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