Brother of the More Famous Jack

Brother of the More Famous Jack

eBook - 2014
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Back in print, the debut novel that redefined the coming-of-age genre, now with an introduction by New York Times bestselling author Maria Semple. Ask today's favorite novelists what books influenced their writing and you'll hear Brother of the More Famous Jack again and again. Worn dog-eared copies of this long out-of-print novel are highly prized and shared enthusiastically in literary circles?its return to print is cause for celebration. Stylish, suburban Katherine is eighteen when she is propelled into the heart of Professor Jacob Goldman's rambling home and his large eccentric family. As his enchanting yet sharp-tongued wife, Jane, gives birth to her sixth child, Katherine meets beautiful, sulky Roger and his volatile younger brother, Jonathan. Inevitable heartbreak sends her fleeing to Rome, but ten years later, older and wiser, she returns to find the Goldmans again.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014.
ISBN: 9781620407233
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Apr 15, 2015

A reviewer from The Times Literary Supplement described this book as "A sort of bohemian Brideshead Revisited" and that pretty much sums it up. In this case, it's the Goldman family that is in the spotlight comprised of philosophy professor Jacob, his perpetually barefoot and pregnant wife, Jane, and their six children. The family is observed through the eyes of a smart but sheltered young woman, Katherine, who is a student of Jacob’s. This is an avant guarde, almost hippie, family where the conversation is perpetually clever, witty and biting. Sexual matters are spoken of frankly and openly, the children call their parents by their first name and everyone hurls cutting insults at each other without any repercussions. But this is also a quintessentially British book with shades of “jolly hockey sticks” where son Roger is known as Roggs or Roggsie and Jonathon as Jont or Jontakins. If you can get past some of these irritating aspects you will find an incisive, accomplished and intriguing novel.


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