Devotion

  • Title: Devotion
  • Author: Howard Norman
  • ISBN: 9780618735419
  • Page: 216
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Devotion Best Read || [Howard Norman] - Devotion, Devotion Fans of Howard Norman the internationally acclaimed author of The Hunting of L and The Bird Artist and a two time National Book Award finalist will find in his latest novel an intense and intriguing
    Devotion Best Read || [Howard Norman] - Devotion, Devotion Fans of Howard Norman the internationally acclaimed author of The Hunting of L and The Bird Artist and a two time National Book Award finalist will find in his latest novel an intense and intriguing

    • Devotion Best Read || [Howard Norman]
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    Devotion

    About Howard Norman


    1. Howard A Norman born 1949 , is an American award winning writer and educator Most of his short stories and novels are set in Canada s Maritime Provinces He has written several translations of Algonquin, Cree, Eskimo, and Inuit folklore His books have been translated into 12 languages.


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    1. Howard Norman gives us a trio of unconventional, self contained characters capable of momentary flights of passion an amateur photographer, the publicist for a traveling chamber orchestra and her father, the swan keeper on an estate in Nova Scotia The story is set, primarily, on the estate near Truro, where David is taking care of his convalescing father in law William, estranged from his recently wed wife, Maggie The characters are as mysterious as the swans they care for and David, the chief p [...]

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    2. Disappointing the excerpt and idea sounded great but the demolishing NYT review is mostly on cue the main character is a moron to be kind and he is even a not really believable one and the letter he gets towards the end from his wife shows very clearly why sadly the book ends there and that is its best part

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    3. This book looks so simple but again with Norman, my newest favorite author, I think Ive read most this book less than 200 pages, is very complicatedWhy are the characters so damn clumsy, afraid to get hurt, afraid to expose themselves, afraid to ask for what they need and want_ a question explored in many of his novels Reviewers Fans of Howard Norman, the internationally acclaimed author of The Hunting of L and The Bird Artist and a two time National Book Award finalist, will find in this novel [...]

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    4. I am often drawn to Howard Norman s stories because of the places his characters are contained, physically as well as mentally This was no exception we wandered between London and Islay and Nova Scotia, carrying the weight of devotion between a new couple and her father and the places they have been, the things they have doned the things they should have done Do we make things complicated than necessary for each other Or is it sometimes necessary to make things complicated in order to find a p [...]

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    5. This is a quiet, simple novel about a couple whose passionate marriage seems to be over almost as soon as it begun, and a family whose heritage is built around its devotion to a gather of wounded swans The characters are believable, though strange the plot is slow but not tiresome A good book for reading on a quiet winter weekend.

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    6. I was captivated by the small world that Norman creates in this novel David Kozol, a Canadian living in London, meets Maggie, a Canadian from Nova Scotia, in a hotel lobby in 1985 After a whirwind courtship the two marry in Maggie s N.S home shortly after What happens the day after their honeymoon on Isla, Scottish Inner Hebrides, ends is the crime with which Norman begins his novel The devotion of the title describes the lives of almost all the characters the author creates within these pages c [...]

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    7. The story of a whirlwind romance that leads to a quick marriage and a sudden unraveling, due to the unwitting antics of the husband and to some extent, the father in law and the bride This book goes hither and yon in time, making it kind of fun to piece together what you already kind of know The book is tersely written, which befits the Nova Scotians and Canadians that populate it It also made the book a breeze to read It s short too, so I read it in just two days The characters are quirky and s [...]

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    8. This is my second Howard Norman book and I was a tad disappointed Devotion begins with an announcement of a crime on August 19, 1985, David Kozol and his father in law engaged in assault by mutual affray The story of a young couple who meet, fall in love, get married and then the end of their honeymoom the young man is found in a compromising though innocent situation by the girl s father They fight, the father is gravely injured and the young man is charged with his care back in Nova Scotia, wh [...]

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    9. I was trying to find a book to borrow from the local library, with my 8 month old in tow She started fussing, and before I could find any from my recommended list, I grabbed the closest book, which turned out to be this one I m not sure if it was tiredness from said 8 month old, or some ambiguity in the narrative, but I often got mixed up between David and William This made it quite difficult for me to truly get into this book I didn t warm to any of the characters I found the character of David [...]

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    10. Another of Howard Norman s stories of Nova Scotia and beyond This book was less than 200 pages and I read it cover to cover as the story unfolds of a young couple who fall in love and marry quickly Mr Norman winds the story forward and back again The day after their honeymoon, the new husband, David, and the new father in law, William, are involved in a brawl that changes the direction of their lives and the new marriage.Very interesting story and character Also interesting because of the refere [...]

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    11. Devotion by Howard Norman is an unconventional romance David Kozol has an ordered life in London when he sees Maggie across a room and is smitten He pursues her, turning his life upside down to be with her After they return from their honeymoon, David gets into a horrible fight with Maggie s father resulting in grievous injury What could cause newly married, mild mannered David to get into an altercation with his father in law Why is Maggie so willing to believe the worst of David We each carry [...]

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    12. David followed a line of nineteen swans with clipped wings up from the spring fed pond He wondered if there was such a word as swanherd 2 They allowed, as Anatole France had written of an acquaintance, splendid companionship my self inflicted torment, his stark spirit 3 She ll wreck her room like the Rolling Stones, except all on her own and a bit demurely 65 He reeked of whiskey and swan shit Quite the unusual combination, Naomi thought 87 The rest landed and floated, covers facing up or down, [...]

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    13. Dull boring read Story happens in Novo Scotia, Halifax, London and Prague Characters are dull Maggie and David, a photographer meet accidentally and marry impulsively David breaks off from a 4 year friendship with Novak from Prague Story moves to an quarrel between David and his FIL, who has an accident and David comes to Novo Scotia to help him recover and make amends while Maggie is travelling with her work ensemble and is pregnant Story ends on a positive note with Maggie trying to forgive an [...]

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    14. I liked it, but I am having a difficult time formulating why It is a quiet story in spite of the two main characters ending up hospitalized after fights I like the theme of devotion expressed in so many different relationships Norman doesn t seem to know how to write realistic dialogue and fortunately steers clear of it most of the time I am flummoxed by some of the characters motivations but then again so is David whose story it is.

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    15. This book had me almost all the way through I was caught by the specificity of the detail, and the sense of place and of the characters, as much as by the story The only reason I don t give it five stars is probably specious I was enormously frustrated by the book s finish It was intentional it was perfect I was gritting my teeth with frustration.Read this book It s almost as great as the Bird Artist.

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    16. This book has a really interesting premise a man and his father in law get into a fistfight just after the honeymoon, and the book tells the story of the aftermath of said fight and how and why it occurred I liked it a lot, but there were occasions of very clumsy exposition, i.e Who will be your maid of honor Francie So and so Ah, your best friend since you were 11 Um ok Anyway, B.

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    17. Begining with what the author calls an affray brtwee the protagonist and his father in law, the story then laps back into the past and works forward toward th altercation Set at the metaphorical heart of the story and perhap the universe are the mute swans that the two men tend I finished this in one day I quite simply could not put it down.

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    18. I read The Bird Artist during my read everything related to Newfoundland series Shipping News, etc and I loved the book So when I heard about this slender new novel I bought it first thing and I loved it What is the nature of loyalty What will people do when tested Will there be a happy ending

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    19. Well written and easy to read, but based on lack of communication and assumptions in a marriage that I found hard to believe The book did make me think about the importance of constant talk between partners and how quickly a marriage can sour when views and concerns aren t expressed in a timely fashion.

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    20. I didn t care for this book about a pair of newlyweds The new husband s father in law discovers an unfamiliar woman clad only in a robe in his hotel room and informs the new bride of probable indiscretions The newlyweds become estranged and have to find their way back together again Interestingly, nothing untoward even happened so the entire book was based on incorrect suppositions Blah.

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    21. Still not as impressive as Next Life Might Be Kinder, but this book was a good one I m realizing that Howard Norman just writes a lot like how my brain processes things An interesting story about human interactions that allows the reader to fill in the blanks at several intervals Concise and evocative.

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    22. Not my favorite Norman book I loved his others but I think it would benefit from discussion with others Lots of metaphors I m sure I missed some great writing, as always, but I think the total didn t add up

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    23. This was actually quite good It s got Canadians, swans, a couple fist fights, infidelity, a couple hospitalizations, and even an attempted robbery And, suprisingly, does not read outlandish in the least.

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    24. Howard Norman is one of the best unknown authors no one has ever heard of He was a finalist for the National Book Award a few years back Mostly, he writes about Canada, but it s really the characters in his novels that stand out.

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    25. Angsty dysfunctional family novels 21st century spiritual malaise Meh.

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    26. Very odd, can t say I d recommend it.

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    27. Howard Norman is a great writer I m going to read all his books

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    28. once was my fiction professor wanted to love it, but couldn t take the sentimental overload.

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    29. Ian McEwan wannabe, and not as good.

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    30. This novella is a quick read about an estranged couple Interesting character development, but not much meat here Classic story of misunderstanding and the ability to forgive or not.

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