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A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall #2020

A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall A beautiful and compulsively readable literary debut that introduces Owen Burr an Olympian whose dreams of greatness are dashed and then transformed by an epic journey and his father Professor Joseph

  • Title: A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall
  • Author: WillChancellor
  • ISBN: 9780062280008
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall By WillChancellor, A beautiful and compulsively readable literary debut that introduces Owen Burr an Olympian whose dreams of greatness are dashed and then transformed by an epic journey and his father, Professor Joseph Burr, who must travel the world to find his son After his athletic career ends abruptly, Owen flees the country to become an artist He lands in Berlin where he meets a groA beautiful and compulsively readable literary debut that introduces Owen Burr an Olympian whose dreams of greatness are dashed and then transformed by an epic journey and his father, Professor Joseph Burr, who must travel the world to find his son After his athletic career ends abruptly, Owen flees the country to become an artist He lands in Berlin where he meets a group of art monsters living in the Teutonic equivalent of Warhol s Factory After his son s abrupt disappearance, Burr dusts off his speculative ideas in a last ditch effort to command both Owen s and the world s attention A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall offers a persuasive vision of faith, ambition, art, family, and the myths we write for ourselves.

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    1. Badly written, boring piffle I don t know when I felt like plucking my eyeballs out during the extended druggy scenes when our picaresque hero becomes enmeshed in the hipper than thou art world in Berlin I have commented before that reading interior fiction narrating people doing lots of drugs bores me to tears as almost no one has anything fresh to say about that experience or the extended expositions of a new po mo critical theory invented by our hero s dad called liminalism Yup, this is the [...]

    2. You don t give a gift to shape someone into the person you want him to be You give a gift because it s something you couldn t bear to be without, but it s even unthinkable for the other person to be without it Before I started A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall, I read some reviews and comments most of which seemed negative to me Once again, I learned not to listen to other people We all bring different life experiences to our reading and so we read different books.I found Brave Man fascinating I k [...]

    3. I met this fella at a party and he was a total charmer, plus two friends who are very smart readers gave this just gushing reviews And it s not like it was bad, I mean I definitely didn t hate it It s just very long, and very stylish, and very clever very much a book by a smart young white male writer It s not Will s fault really but I am just so exhausted by this sort of book.Brave Man stars Owen, a college swimming champ who is on track to go to the Olympics, but then he gets his eye knocked o [...]

    4. I abandoned this book because I found it pretentious, bloated, unbelievable, and a waste of my precious time The story had great promise in the beginning It could have been a great coming of age story about Owen, as he struggles to find a new purpose for his life after a tragic accident He decides to become an artist with no apparent talent, to see what he can do or not do Instead, this book tries to become a literary art monster Readers need a depth of understanding of Greco Roman mythology to [...]

    5. I liked this book and as it went on I loved both Owen and his dad s personalities, the way their ideas about philosophy and the theology of the Ancient Greeks are interwoven into their thoughts, the ideas about conceptual art, the way they both fall into things they weren t planning forThere were some unlikely plot twists, but within the scope and ideas of this novel I had no problem rolling with them.These two interviews this one and this one with the author are wildly entertaining, intriguin [...]

    6. I found this book overwrought and frequently bloated, so lost in its own descriptions that it was like trying to follow a squirrel through a maze Conceptually I thought it sounded brilliant and potentially a fascinating look at art and philosophy and what constitutes each The reality proved different, in that the language is so dense as to make it difficult to penetrate through to the characters themselves In many ways emotionless, I found it really challenging to view the characters as real peo [...]

    7. I gave this book 3 stars when I finished it because even though I enjoyed the story, there were a few things that bugged me about it Two days later, this story keeps coming back to me and different parts of it really stand out At this point, the things I thought bugged me seem so minor now that I can t even remember them This is a terrific book, on the one hand based sort of on The Odyssey, but on the other hand so original and full of surprises.

    8. One of the best things about The Morning News annual Tournament of Books competition is that it introduces me to books that I was not aware of and thus would have never read Now this is not to say that I always love the books that are a part of this literary competition, but they are consistently interesting books and such is case with Will Chancellor s debut novel A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall.With just an occasional lapse when it got too intellectual theory y and art scene y, the book did hol [...]

    9. I was torn between a 3 and 4 star reviews for this one At first I was going to say three because the beginning was a little boring and pretentious and I was like ug, another book about annoying smart white people doing stupid things with no repercussions because they can But WAIT This book is better than that The story of a senior at Stanford who plays water polo but gets into a tragic accident and loses an eye and sort of his direction in life because of it He packs his bags, leaves a post it n [...]

    10. This book had appeared on my radar when the great John Warner wrote about it for the Chicago Tribune in his Biblioracle column but it wasn t until it made the ToB bracket thanks in no small part to John s advocacy, I d wager that I actually picked it up and it s a testament to how a good book can go unnoticed without a few important activists For this book is not a groundbreaker, it is not going to change your life but it is a damn good debut novel it s like a serious Where d You Go, Bernadette [...]

    11. At different points in the book, this story reminded me of a Wes Anderson film with its quirky characters, implausible set up, and deadpan tone But unlike those movies which I enjoy, the attempts here to evoke any feelings or sense that the stakes in the story mattered didn t seem to work on me I didn t find the characters motivations convincing, so couldn t get past that hurdle to empathize with them very much Instead of being swept up by the story, I just kept wondering why these people were m [...]

    12. Watch this guy Globe trekking plot w uncanny eye for places A little David Foster Wallace y in the beginning young protagonist in an elite class of athletes is way too smart obscure stuff researched like whoah and Chancellor aims for extra difficulty points set in 2004 weaves in a pseudo philosophy called liminalism and a walking, talking Jean Buadrillard , but the balancing act pays off The I talk about this book, the I like it.

    13. 3.5 Stars.This is a superb debut by Will Chancellor, who is a young novelist with the story telling and writing chops of a seasoned author He must have dozens of books in him if A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall is his first work Some of his sentences made me stop so that I could savor them.I struggled with my rating I could not give the novel four stars in part because of the way it ended, but also felt three stars was parsimonious.Owen Burr, the center of the novel, has dreams of competing in the [...]

    14. shelfnotes Review A Brave Man Seven Storeys Talls is very pretentious, but is that the point Did the Author write the characters that way or did the he want to show off with this writing I can t seem to tell On the other hand, should I care I found many things to be close to home with this book and the Author does an excellent job describing little things, like a caterpillar dancing, He watched a caterpillar on the trunk lean back and scribble the air , I love that If the Author didn t have tale [...]

    15. This may be one of the most wildly uneven novels I ve ever read I m somewhat shocked I didn t like it , as it treats many themes that are catnip to me classical studies, critical theory, theories of art, and the relationship between fathers and sons However, the characters are fundamentally unbelievable, and in a way that is not particularly illuminating of the themes of the novel I ll accept cardboard characters if a book tells me something true in other ways But I m not sure this one actually [...]

    16. How does one rate a book Typically, I rate it on a level of enjoyment and or meaning, whichever is higher.That seems to fail this book, though, for me First, the father is a Classicist, and there are myriad references to the Classics And they re not just token references, they re references you only know if you ve spent at least a couple years of grad school I really like that It also reveals a lot of insight into academic credentials.There is a particularly clever and fun allusion to a Norse go [...]

    17. I really loved this book It was a little over the top and I never knew where it was going to go next, but I expected it to be 500 pages of philosophical contemplation and it actually wasn t although there was plenty of philosophy it moved very quickly and the romance was pretty good and the relationship between Owen and Burr was sweet and fumbling and poignant I loved the characters and found the book to have a really sharp, clever sense of humor that belied some of its darker moments Kurt Wagen [...]

    18. Reading the first few chapters or so of A Brave Man , I began to worry that I was about to get entrenched in a deeply intellectual novel that would require a great deal of brain power to fully enjoy As we are introduced to Owen Burr and his father, there is some esoteric allusion to Owen s particular way of looking at the world involving the schema of the Greek Gods while his Father is a proponent of Liminality or Liminalism which I had to look up and am still not much clearer on It was evident [...]

    19. This is a big book a book of big ideas, big characters, big ambition, and, to be honest, big problems as well It was a pleasure to read The prose is weighty, the dialogue crisp and incisive, the themes are major themes epic sagas, olympian ideals, mythic inspirations, artistic ambitions, philosphical conundrums, torture, betrayal, and revenge all wrapped up in a lively story of a man s quest to find his son, who is on a mission to find himself Bildungsroman writ large.I am certain that I am the [...]

    20. Clever, very clever, and fun to describe to people But not any developed women characters except a classic manic pixie dream girl type.The book is about a talented college water polo player who is expected to be on the team for the Athens Olympics, but who loses an eye in an accident during a match and comes home deciding to be an artist He moves to Berlin, leaving his father a note saying only that he s gone to Europe.His father, a failing, obscure professor at a not great California college, t [...]

    21. Another great find from the Tournament of Books Disclaimer I m required to like any book that portrays Stanford and its environs accurately Start a book with the water polo team playing in Big Swim, and I m in love And I do love Owen he s a 6 8 giant, struggling with a career ending injury and trying to find a new place in the world He s got so many wonderful qualities, especially his views of color and gods, but he s also so naive as he embarks on his trip to Berlin I cringed for him, but also [...]

    22. If you loved The Flamethrowers, or just generally love bongwater tinged grad student lectures by fictional post modern conceptual artists about their fake art riffs on a fictional body of thought by a classics professor called Liminalism, then you re in luck, because this book exists just for the eighty four of you If you learn in the first 20 pages of a book that a character literally believes in the Greek gods, who appear before him and cast days in specifically colored hues, and you think, ri [...]

    23. I read this as part of my survey of the Tournament of Books, aka Rooster Reads Competition Where to begin This is an epic of storytelling with two very well defined protagonists The time we spend in the opening segments, getting to know the plot line which the father and son will anchor is delightful Owen s time spent in Berlin feels like a heavily drugged dreamworld weighty and surreal with thick ankles and brautwurst breath here the cautionary tale unfolds while back at homeProfessor Burr is h [...]

    24. Another harsh read for the 2015 Tournament of Books Owen Burr s story and that of his father, Joseph are tough to read Owen is a student at Stanford, being groomed to lead the US water polo team at the Athens Olympics when he loses an eye, ending his sporting career forever His father is a professor at Mission University who has spent his life in the scholarly pursuit of what appears to be a dead end philosophy When Owen packs up and takes off, leaving only a post it note telling his father that [...]

    25. I enjoyed this one a lot and think Chancellor may be somebody to watch Part of my enjoyment is no doubt because I m a sucker for books about art, and this one ticks that box I m also a sucker for absurdity, paradoxes, and at least a fairly accessible veneer of erudition, and the book has those in varying degrees as well I think it could be an interesting book to do a proper study of sometime There are enough recurring notions paradoxes, the liminal, the monstrous, exploitation, memory and enviro [...]

    26. Gorgeous, absorbing, epic and all encompassing There are myriad layers to A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall, but at the outermost is the story of Owen Burrs Twenty one, poised for the Olympics and near unstoppable, Owen loses an eye in a water polo match and is forced to reconsider and reimagine his future He goes on to do what any intelligent, reasonable, Stanford student would do cast off his father, run away to Europe, become immersed in the art world, meet people whom he can t stand to see aliv [...]

    27. Crap beyond a little Socrates and Plato my philosophy knowledge is wanting and psychiatric schools of thought Really Oh wait now we re into the world of modern art I don t think we re talking Frazetta here What a pretentious snob Blah, blah, blah Shut book Open book, but wait the story still grabs hold the writing can soar and then go clunk Somehow someway it works and ends up being a satisfying read This is a book that had I seen it in a bookstore and opened to the first page or so, would never [...]

    28. Probably 2.5 stars It took me until the half way book til I felt any compulsion to keep reading and if it wasn t the only book on my kindle right now to read while nursing, I don t know that I would keep going The language is beautiful I really didn t buy the stakes or the character motivation It felt at times what someone thinks academia is like That was confirmed for me when the college president offered Owen who didn t even have his college degree a job teaching at his college Because that ha [...]

    29. Although this book had numerous flaws, I was pretty interested in where it was going To first address the flaws, some ugly things happen in the plot, the beginning was hard to get into, and I m getting sick of books where the protagonist is a fish out of water in a big city art scene Add in a whiff of the book taking itself too seriously at times mostly in the writing, in other ways it absolutely does not however, and I almost put this book down during the first third.I m glad I stuck with it, b [...]

    30. A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall was another slow burn, but I ultimately ended up really enjoying it Somewhere around bedtime 2 nights ago, this book hooked me and I even lost sleep over it though it s not really one of those high stakes page turners This book is very philosophical It is about 2 characters going on an Odyssey the book that Owen carries with him at all times Some of the writing was truly beautiful I found myself extremely sympathetic for both main characters and their unintended si [...]

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