Ironweed: A Novel
|Rating||:||4.38 (804 Votes)|
|Number of Pages||:||240 Pages|
Kennedy was also named Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in France and a member of the board of directors of the New York State Council for the Humanities.. The Albany cycle, includes Legs, Billy Phelan's Greatest Game, and the Pulitzer Prize winning Ironweed.The versatile Kennedy wrote the screenplay for Ironweed, the play Grand View, and
Winner of The Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for FictionIn this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, the third in Kennedy’s Albany cycle, Francis Phelan, ex-ballplayer, part-time gravedigger, and full-time bum with the gift of gab, has hit bottom. Years earlier he’d left Albany after he dropped his infant son accidentally, and the boy died. Now, in 1938, Francis is back in town, roaming the old familiar streets with his hobo pal, Helen, trying to make peace with the ghosts of the past and present.
“Rich in plot and dramatic tension almost Joycean in its variety of rhetoric the novel goes straight for the throat and the funnybone.” – The New York Times“Astonishing Kennedy’s ambitious vision and soaring imaginative powers make this book one of the richest, most startling, and most satisfying novels of recent years.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer“A beautifully sorrowful novel. Kennedy asks us again to confront the mystery of human behavior. And as he illuminates it, we share in one’s man’s struggle to understand his life.” – The Washington Post“Kennedy’s power is such that the reader will follow him almost anywhere, to the edge of tragedy and back again to redemption.” – The Wall Street Journal
"A DEPRESSION ERA SMASH" THIS WAS A FASCINATING LOOK AT DEPRESSION ERA ALBANY - THE CHARACTERS THAT DWELLED THERE. KENNEDY'S WRITING STYLE HAD ME ENGROSSED ALL THROUGHOUT THE BOOK. MERYL STREEP SINGING "HE'S ME PAL" WAS ABSOLUTELY UNFORGETTABLE. (SAW THE MOVIE TOO) I LIKED THIS BOOK SO WELL I BOUGHT TWO OF KENNEDY'S OTHER BOOKS.FRANK - SAN CLEMENTE, CA. Tragic Ironweed is a wonderful book but so very tragic. Set during the Depression it's very entrenched in the viewpoint of a Catholic Ireland emmigrant. One of the central tragedies is Francis, when he's been drinking, drops and kills his new born son. He can't deal with what he's inadvertantly done and leaves thinking if he stayed he'd do more harm to his family and be hated. I'm glad this book was short because I set it down with a heavy heart.. A human tale Kennedy has written a wonderfully, disgustingly, evocatively human tale that will hold up for the ages. Read this novel and gain a deeper understanding of man's relationship with death.