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The Book of Emmett #2020

The Book of Emmett Emmett Brown was a charming young man who quoted poetry and read to his wife and young family from the great novels of the world But failed efforts to win a fortune at the racetracks turned Emmett int

  • Title: The Book of Emmett
  • Author: Deborah Forster
  • ISBN: 9781741667868
  • Page: 359
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Book of Emmett By Deborah Forster, Emmett Brown was a charming young man who quoted poetry and read to his wife and young family from the great novels of the world But failed efforts to win a fortune at the racetracks turned Emmett into a broken down gambling drunk who terrorized his wife and children Starting at Emmett s funeral and reflecting back, the two eldest Brown children Louise and Rob recount thEmmett Brown was a charming young man who quoted poetry and read to his wife and young family from the great novels of the world But failed efforts to win a fortune at the racetracks turned Emmett into a broken down gambling drunk who terrorized his wife and children Starting at Emmett s funeral and reflecting back, the two eldest Brown children Louise and Rob recount the rise and fall of their family Each of Emmett s children must address the fallout of Emmett, and each comes to discover that they loved and learnt from their father in both his golden and his dark days.

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    1. The name Emmett means all containing universal and strength and although a baby naming website tells me that it is derived from Irish patriots commemorating Robert Emmet, it sounds as if it is of Biblical origin This allusion in the title is clever because Emmett Brown is an Old Testament father indeed.I ll admit that I didn t like the sound of this book I m not fond of the misery memoir genre and I suspected that a novel about an abusive father would be dreary When The Book of Emmett made its w [...]

    2. This is a beautifully written book with passages such as Little questions hanging in the evening like clean washing on the line I found the story disturbing with the reality of the cards that can be dealt with no choices and no options It is a story of survival and at the heart is love and some hope.

    3. Praise to first time novelist Helen Forster for her sublime portrayal of this Australian suburban family Growing up in the outskirts of Melbourne Louisa Brown and her siblings endure the daily onslaught of their father s alcohol fueled rage Years later, the family gathers for Emmett Brown s funeral, reflect on their lives and the effects of the long shadow cast by their father The Book of Emmet arrived in my hands like a breath of fresh air Forster s symmetry and artistry to string words into pr [...]

    4. I started this book in July, but found it hard going It is such a distressing story that I had to put it down I couldn t believe that this dark, hard story of a family ruled by the father could affect me so much that I couldn t bear to read it.A couple of months later I decided to re try it the writing of Deborah Forster is beautiful If she didn t have such beautiful pictures She has given up trying to look cool for boys on the bus and now they are as distant as mountain ranges but just as appea [...]

    5. The story of siblings, their bond, and their fight to survive a tyrannical and unpredictable alcoholic father You can feel the hesitation, uncertainty and fear they face every time they arrive home While not a terribly nice story, it is arresting in its life like characters and your desire for them to win in whatever way they can I think a lot of kids raised in our Australian pub culture could relate in some small way to this, not necessarily to the extremes though One quote that will stay with [...]

    6. A first novel by an Australian journalist Emmett is a violent father and husband The book opens with his funeral and the gathering of his wife and adult children The remaining chapters tell the story of Emmett s family life brutal and alcoholic but also with odd moments of joy Above all, Emmett, in spite of everything, manages to encourage in his children a love of books and education It is a difficult task to show the better sides of such a violent man and Forster doesn t quite succeed but she [...]

    7. This book got better and better as it went on The review on the front cover says gently savage emotional intensity and it s not wrong My favourite partis about the lifting of depression on p 217, including And the lifting is so gradual, she barely notices but there s a day when she s leaving the house to go to work and she sees the sky and it s as if it hadn t been there all that time, as if it had run away The author gets right into the heart of depression.I enjoyed this book very much and look [...]

    8. A strangely mesmerizing story which becomes powerful as it unfolds, and in which the writing becomes powerful and skilled to contain and allow it to unfold Masterful weaving of different characters in the nuances of their viewpoints, yet the intensity of common experience Touches of detail make the reality of place and time shimmer with life and shift with ease between lived and remembered sequences And throughout the constant tension of what is shared and what is silenced in each one and betw [...]

    9. So sad, but I think it missed its mark a little I don t think it should have been titled The Book of Emmett I would have liked to have seen insight into Emmett s childhood and the reasons why he was like he was, rather than just the story of his family Beautifully written, very easy to read and a very enjoyable read I never had any trouble wanting to pick it up which is refreshing I would certainly read another of Deborah Forster s books

    10. A psychologically insightful and often disturbing picture of that most ordinary of suburban monsters, the patriarch I found this novel engrossing in the second half, when the eldest daughter, Louie, became the main focus My favourite line She has given up trying to look cool for boys on the bus and now they are as distant as mountain ranges but just as appealing.

    11. Reminiscent of Joy Dettman, Deborah Forster s debut novel is stark and sparse Her characters are poignantly drawn and the setting expertly crafted This is sad, soft journey of a dysfunctional family coming to terms with itself This tale is neither delightful nor uplifting, it is however a thoroughly rewarding read A story which reveals its beauty in the harsh reality of its tale.

    12. I really enjoyed this book found it very well written and easy to read and very honest I could picture everything the characters, the scenery the emotions I also wanted to look up some unfamiliar words also

    13. The violence in this book meant I had to put it down for a bit before picking it up again It s dark and bracing but the writing is beautiful

    14. If only had half stars this is better than 3, but not quite up to the standard of other books I ve awarded 4 stars.

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