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But does he forgive himself for the accident that killed his infant son? But Francis’ past is always calling. How do they manage to survive? Classic Pulitzer Prize Fiction Review. This is a short but powerful look into a life damaged by guilt and remorse and the consequences of our actions and the desire to return home.

But Ironweed is only secondarily a novel about Albany. It just gets me excited, not only to read again, but to write again, and to breath again, the dissections have been stifling me. The ethereal brutality of Kennedy’s novel is striking–a precurs I first read Ironweed over 30 years ago; I’m glad I read it again with more years under my belt–because age has allowed me to understand and possibly empathize with Francis, the damaged protagonist of this gritty novel.

It would have meant the recapitulation not only of all sins but of all his fugitive and fallen dreams, all his random movement across the country and back, all his returns to this city only to leave again without ever coming to see her, them, without ever knowing why he did it.

The man was singing a song that had grown old not from time but from wear. A lot of the book consists of rambling conversations between Francis and other people ar Ironweed Review Ironweed is the story of Francis Phelan, a homeless man trying to survive on the streets of the American city of Albany during the Great Depression.

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What do you expect will become of her? Mar 25, David J. This Pulitzer Prize winning novel is just like a Tom Waits song. Obviously I can’t help but read this from any other perspective than that of a woman inand so the wife’s reaction at his prodigal return seems so old fashioned, masochistic and self-defeating. The song is worn out. The authorities there kept the newcomers westering under duress. Oct 07, Ed rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Seeing into the life and heart of a washed up ballplayer and his hardships and how nonsensical the world is in the face of reason and what we deem “reality” was not only eye-opening it was just downright kehnedy.


Although his three previous novels had been highly praised, eleven major publishing companies rejected Ironweed. When I was a kid, I used to see the ironweed blooming along the creeks and edges of fields. Franny is still physically robust, willjam downtrodden and shabby in the ways of all hoboes, and observes his traveling companion Rudy p.

Tell us what you like, so we can send you books you’ll love. No solo he gozado y me he emocionado con todos y cada uno de los ingredientes citados por el autor colombiano, sino que ha conseguido responder a cualesquiera de willkam misteriosas e imprescindibles interrogaciones que culminan mi particular lista. And ah yes, here too, inevitably, came the flowing masses, row upon row of them under simple headstones and simpler crosses.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Mentioning Gerald to strangers for the first time was a mistake because nobody took it seriously. At one point, near the end, the main character comes to the realizaton that his guilt is his life’s greatest accomplishment, or more so his duty.

Where do they spend their days and williaj nights? If you love something well enough, Grandmother Archer lennedy Helen when the weakness was upon her, you will die for it; for when we love with all our might, our silly little selves are already willliam and we have no more fear of dying.

Uno debe dominar sus apetitos. When he looks back, a glance accompanied by somber binge-drinking, it seems that any place he roamed was a seedy war zone. Support your belief with evidence from the novel. You are a psychiatrist whom Francis visits. Thank you for signing up, fellow book lover! Francis “Fran” Phelan is an ex-ballplayer a third baseman for the Washington Senators, my favorite team. It does make you think, and in some ways it good to see life from way over the other side of the tracks, to think that these people are all What an ordeal.


Ironweeed gave me that love that Francis so undeservedly was yielded by his family, and her place and time is forever etched on my mind from the mundane to the spiritual. How does Francis usually spend his evenings and nights? When Ironweed was published, Kennedy was deep into his 50s.

You might have utilized notes from your Response Journal as you reacted to some of the questions above. Was the author trying to humanize the bum with this obvious revelation?

Why do the townsmen attack Francis and Rudy? No montages, sudden revelations and epiphanies. Suppose that after the novel ends, Francis decides to write willizm letter to Annie.

There he meets up with his companion of many years, Helen, another alcoholic drifter. She might not have hit him over the head with the turkey, like I would have, but she definitely wouldn’t have cooked it for him and asked him to stay.

Reading group: Ironweed by William Kennedy is our underappreciated book for April

Lists with This Book. It will make me think twice about the homeless people I come across in the city. From the vocabulary words you recorded in your journal, select iroonweed and use them in a brief description of a person you know.

This article about jennedy historical novel of the s is a stub. If I lose it, I have stood for nothing, done nothing, been nothing. Or just looking for a very good book.

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