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  • Paperback
  • 528
  • The Angel on the Roof
  • Russell Banks
  • English
  • 10 March 2019
  • 0060931256

About the Author: Russell Banks

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10 thoughts on “The Angel on the Roof

  1. Shane says:

    I picked up this collection never intending to finish it nearly 500 pages, of short stories But I did, trapped as I was in the middle of the ice storm, and was glad for the experience.I was reminded of Raymond Carver and John Steinbeck when reading these stories, many of which are located in a town called Catamount, New Hampshire The characters are mostly blue collar workers, often plumbers, leading hard scrabble lives, hanging at the edges of penury They are scarred individuals, prone to a I picked up this collection never intending to finish it nearly 500 pages, of short stories But I did, trapped as I was in the middle of the ice storm, and was glad for the experience.I was reminded of Raymond Carver and John Steinbeck when reading these stories, many of which are located in a town called Catamount, New Hampshire The characters are mostly blue collar workers, often plumbers, leading hard scrabble lives, hanging at the edges of penury They are scarred individuals, prone to alcohol, adultery, violence, racism, sexism, greed, and vanishing jobs, but with a strong homing call toward their roots in this small state that seems to be fond of Canadian Club whiskey Children of broken marriages feature prominently and I wondered whether the 12 year old boy in the 50 s with a younger brother and sister, whose father abandons the family, a scenario occurring inthan one story Queen for a Day and The Visit , is a reflection on the author s life However, adult children of broken families should never question their aging parents about what happened those many years ago to disrupt the family unit, as we discover in Assisted Living Plain but strong women are entwined with younger and attractive men, leading to disastrous results Sarah Cole A Type of Love Story Some of the shorter stories are told in parable form such as The Fish, and The Neighbour Communist leanings come out in With Che in New Hampshire and in the dramatic recreation of Simon Bolivar s last hours in The Rise of the Middle Class An unexpected event can lead a man to question the new direction he is taking with his life after the collapse of a long term marriage Xmas And the final story Lobster Night is a dramatic exploration into what happens when individual breaking points are breached, for both men and women The most moving story for me was The Moor, where a 50 something local thespian also in the plumbing business for his day job, and divorced meets his 80 year old former lover from 30 years ago, in a restaurant, and escorts her home.Banks is a slow burn on the longer stories where he takes time and lengthy sentences some of which are clumsy and pretentious to build character, but you have to stay the course to gain the benefit Two of the stories, The Fisherman and The Guinea Pig Lady run 120 pages between them, and take place in the same trailer park there are other stories too from this trailer park, pulled from his 1981 collection, aptly named Trailerpark and are similar in construct they portray the outsider who goes against the norms of society for altruistic reasons there is even a section in both stories where the individual judgements of the trailer park denizens aka society on these outcasts who dare to go against the grain are laid out candidly and embarrassingly, for we too could be one of those people casting those judgements The opening story, Djinn, set in a fictitious African state, is similar in theme, where those who rise to the top and look beyond are pulled down by the dictates of a conformist society.The unfortunate aspect of throwing a writer s entire body of short fiction into a one mammoth collection is that there will be unevenness between stories, and there is in this one too given the 37 year span over which they were written Styles vary from 1st person to 2nd person to 3rd person In fact, the 2nd person constructs are very effectively rendered.All that said, if you have the time and patience to let Banks conjure up his scenes and characters in his deliberate and methodical fashion, this is a very enjoyable and memorable read

  2. Ted Burke says:

    If there was a sense of humor, or even hope in Russell Banks life, it must have been beaten out of him a long time ago, if these tales are any indication There is a perverse yearning glamor to be found in these stories about the hard, bitter truths the characters find, or don t, almost as if the hopelessness is something to be envied Cheever, it can be said, is often times dour and melancholic, but at least lightens the load with transcendent prose , and a dark wit In the art of using finely If there was a sense of humor, or even hope in Russell Banks life, it must have been beaten out of him a long time ago, if these tales are any indication There is a perverse yearning glamor to be found in these stories about the hard, bitter truths the characters find, or don t, almost as if the hopelessness is something to be envied Cheever, it can be said, is often times dour and melancholic, but at least lightens the load with transcendent prose , and a dark wit In the art of using finely wrote sentences and skillfully rendered imagery to depict narratives where a sad ending is inevitable, Cheever is a master the tragic, the forlorn, the ache and condition of the character s lives are madeemphatic by the elegant framing Cheever places around the particulars The lesson, intended or not, is that art needn t be limited to helping us appreciate the pretty, peaceful and serene matters of life only to make us feel the conditions of existence deeper Additionally , Cheever knew when to quit craft and art are ever present in his stories,Banks lacks even that, and this succession of dark skies, long winters, and teeth grinding pain bearing just wears out the writing, dare we say, even veers towards the cliche A better written andincisively written set of stories are needed in place of this

  3. Lylah says:

    Russell Banks is not for everyone His writing has been described as harsh and most people who prefer either light reading or fantasy hate his work and in my experience Banks seems to provoke love or hate responses You have to appreciate gritty realism, methodical character and plot development, and preferably have a familiarity with northern New England and upstate New York, to appreciate his stories With that stated upfront, he is a very talented writer with a deep understanding of human Russell Banks is not for everyone His writing has been described as harsh and most people who prefer either light reading or fantasy hate his work and in my experience Banks seems to provoke love or hate responses You have to appreciate gritty realism, methodical character and plot development, and preferably have a familiarity with northern New England and upstate New York, to appreciate his stories With that stated upfront, he is a very talented writer with a deep understanding of human nature, and his best work including Affliction and The Sweet Hereafter leaves the reader with a deepened understanding of human nature This is a collection of short fiction from close to four decades of writing, selected by the author to represent what he feels is his strongest work Sarah Cole A Type of Love Story in particular stands out as a little masterpiece of first person short story writing

  4. Larry Bassett says:

    Russell Banks does not do much happy But if you like winter and New Hampshire you may find much to like in the short stories of this book There was a story early in the book about a boy learning to ice skate It brought me to my youth in Michigan winters skating in a variety of places from small lakes to flooded rinks in the neighborhood.Some of the characters live in trailers and drink too much and experience and sometimes initiate violence It is said that the 30 some short stories in the bo Russell Banks does not do much happy But if you like winter and New Hampshire you may find much to like in the short stories of this book There was a story early in the book about a boy learning to ice skate It brought me to my youth in Michigan winters skating in a variety of places from small lakes to flooded rinks in the neighborhood.Some of the characters live in trailers and drink too much and experience and sometimes initiate violence It is said that the 30 some short stories in the book were selected by Banks himself who considered them the best of his work I like reading short stories But these days I am mostly listening to audible books rather than flipping paper pages With this book the reader was competent but not extraordinary Every story was red in about the same voice I think and hope that I have another broker two by Banks I like him

  5. Joseph says:

    Russell Banks continues to be an author who makes me regret not having found him earlier in my life On the other hand, I wonder if I would have been able to truly appreciate him before now, or if his particular blend of melancholy and regret are only suited to the man I ve become.This is a great collection of short stories, and it was especially exciting to see his occasional jumps outside the comfort zone of rural New Hampshire Still, my favorites from the collection are probably The Fisherm Russell Banks continues to be an author who makes me regret not having found him earlier in my life On the other hand, I wonder if I would have been able to truly appreciate him before now, or if his particular blend of melancholy and regret are only suited to the man I ve become.This is a great collection of short stories, and it was especially exciting to see his occasional jumps outside the comfort zone of rural New Hampshire Still, my favorites from the collection are probably The Fisherman and Plains of Abraham, both of which manage to merge Banks genius at characterization with a compelling story The Moor is also great, although it lacks much in the way of plot

  6. Prima Seadiva says:

    Audiobook Reader was decent I would give this 3.5 stars.A number of stories were connected by place and characters.One disadvantage of listening was not being able to easily look back at some of those connections I often wish audio books had better table of contents.Most of the stories were quite good As they were written over a period of time some were better than others The stories involve the lives of working class and lower middle class and how people so often get stuck by circumstance Audiobook Reader was decent I would give this 3.5 stars.A number of stories were connected by place and characters.One disadvantage of listening was not being able to easily look back at some of those connections I often wish audio books had better table of contents.Most of the stories were quite good As they were written over a period of time some were better than others The stories involve the lives of working class and lower middle class and how people so often get stuck by circumstance and decision was poignant The depiction of those lives rang true

  7. Mmars says:

    I often have difficulty reading a collection of short stories from beginning to end, but Angel on the Roof held me from the whole way through There were a couple less impressive stories thankfully they were all short but some of these will hold me for some time The squallor of the Guinea Pig Lady, the moral of the Fisherman, the heart wrenching decision in the Burden, etc Many of these stories revolve around decisions and their consequences most often through the elusive nature of male I often have difficulty reading a collection of short stories from beginning to end, but Angel on the Roof held me from the whole way through There were a couple less impressive stories thankfully they were all short but some of these will hold me for some time The squallor of the Guinea Pig Lady, the moral of the Fisherman, the heart wrenching decision in the Burden, etc Many of these stories revolve around decisions and their consequences most often through the elusive nature of male thought and the unexplainable actions men take I felt the women wereweakly drawn characters, but was not bothered by this probably because so many of the stories characters had so many faults or bad luck or repeated family cycles of poverty, abuse, alcoholism, etc that I didn t desire to know all the characters well I may be wrong, but I think this would be a difficult book for some men to read because many of the characters are hurting and they just can t control or face it Difficult, yes But true Sadly, too often

  8. Krenner1 says:

    I have enjoyed Russell Banks novels but they have left me just short of high praise Good writing but just lacking, for me, a story stamina So was I ever thrilled to pick up his book of short stories In my opinion THIS is his genre, where he captures a snippet of a life or thought and intensifies it without the frustration of building a story for commercial reading success These are wonderful.

  9. Marie Zhuikov says:

    This is an unsettling, disturbing, thought provoking collection of short stories Many of the stories take place in a trailer park community in New England Different stories jump around in time, which sometimes explains characters actions in previous stories, but sometimes is just plain confusing My favorite stories were The Moor, which deals with a past love, Indisposed, in which a wife finds her power, and the story about the old man who wins the lottery, which functions as a parable ab This is an unsettling, disturbing, thought provoking collection of short stories Many of the stories take place in a trailer park community in New England Different stories jump around in time, which sometimes explains characters actions in previous stories, but sometimes is just plain confusing My favorite stories were The Moor, which deals with a past love, Indisposed, in which a wife finds her power, and the story about the old man who wins the lottery, which functions as a parable about the power or lack of power of money The series begins with the fanciful image of the eavesdropping angel on the roof, to whom all our stories are offered, and it ends with a literal bang Yowza

  10. Mary Appold says:

    A good read Easy to pick up and read a story or two, then come back a few days later and read one or twoI was a few stories in before I caught on they were all connected Soon it seemed like reading a story took on the feel of a call back home catching up on the lives of people you d left behind A good book for lunch breaks, waiting in lines and doctor s offices, and to keep handy on the side table between loads of laundry.