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Centuries of June

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

    tough going

    Reading the jacket synopsis I was excited and anticipating a great read.I found the going tedius and exasperating. The storyline while trying to follow a historic line through he lives of these women, was not enough to hold my attention. The bear woman was especially oft putting.

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

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    Imag­i­na­tive and Funny

    "Cen­turies of June" by Keith Dono­hue is a fic­tional book where a man meet his past con­sorts. The book's time­line is irrel­e­vant since it com­pro­mises of sev­eral unre­lated tales which all have a com­mon denominator.

    A man wakes up to use the bath­room in the mid­dle of the night. Some­how he finds him­self lying on the floor with a gash­ing wound in his head. Another man appears which the man thinks might be his deceased father.

    One by one sev­eral women appear try­ing to kill the nar­ra­tor and then sit and tell their life story. Yes, we're still in the bathroom.

    "Cen­turies of June" by Keith Dono­hue is not an easy book to describe or cat­e­go­rize. The whole book takes place in a bath­room where a man meets his scorned wives/lovers from past lives, all of whom were unlucky in life and they blame him - with good rea­son.
    Imag­ine the horror.

    I found the book imag­i­na­tive and funny, but I have a dark, sar­cas­tic sense of humor which, by the way, my beloved wife (may she live a long life) hates. Each wife tells a story which involves heartache, strug­gle, love and usu­ally some sort of death. The one thing each story has in com­mon is the nar­ra­tor who is lying dying on the bath­room floor with a hole in his head.

    Since each wife tells a tale, the book moves between gen­res and times. Some of the sto­ries are fan­tasy, urban myth, mythol­ogy or a folk tale - yet all the sto­ries are enter­tain­ing and the char­ac­ters are vivid. The author sprin­kles humor around the macabre for good measure.

    The book is pep­pered with ref­er­ences to other famous books - some­thing which this bib­lio­phile found amus­ing. It is a strange, uncon­ven­tional book, some­times funny, some­times sad, some­times con­fus­ing, and some­times just plain crazy.

    Some­how it all works - don't ask me how.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

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    Creative Storytelling. Fantastic Read.

    My Blurb: Jack awakens in the middle of the night to find himself face down on the bathroom floor with a hole in his head and he is not alone. One by one guests appear with weapons that might be the cause of the hole in Jacks head and one by one they share their tragic life stories faulting Jack as the one for their misfortune. Is this all a dream or reality? Lets Talk About It: What a fantastic read! This book was much like a who done it murder mystery dinner served up in the format of a book. What a creative way to tell a story. Each chapter provides a glimpse into the lives of the strangers who have entered Jack's bathroom. It's a very unique way to have told Jack and the ladies stories and it kept me intrigued enough to read it whenever, where ever I had the opportunity to do. And I didn't see the ending coming like I can in most books. I had no clue where the story was going to end up or how it was going to play out. If you are looking for a book that is well written with a great story to keep you entertained pick this one up! Melissa Reviewer for 1000 + Books to Read

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    Waiting for Donohue

    A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by Crown Publishers to review Centuries of June by Keith Donohue. Although Mr. Donohue has published two other novels, The Stolen Child and Angels of Destruction, I was not familiar with him. I am always thrilled and excited to read new authors so I readily accepted.
    It is difficult in this age of instant gratification and self publishing to find original and intriguing stories. You know how it is you pick up a book and start reading an instantly know you have read this story before except instead of Miami it was set in Milan and instead of the protagonist being Joe its Juan. Oh honestly I don't blame the authors, especially if they are avid readers, it's just a natural progress to begin incorporating other stories within your own. Not so with this story. He did incorporate other stories but he made them his own by entwining them into his own tale.
    I began reading Centuries of June by Keith Donohue and immediately the movie began playing in my mind. I love it when an author can create a story so vivid I loose all sense of space and time and this is exactly what Mr. Donohue accomplished I had instantly cast each player as they appeared and I could see in my mind's eye the whole scene play out.
    A young man struck in the head and the 7 women who visit him through his stupefied state. The old man who protected and helped him through the journeys of his mind and who and what was he really? Each visit opened more questions with little resolve, each ghostly and beautiful visitor adding to the mystery as well as the question as to why our main character was bludgeoned in his own bathroom. The more you read the more you try to decipher who the old man is and why is he there, why are these women all trying to kill our poor architect and who is the woman asleep in the bed facing the wall.
    Mr. Donohue's writing style kept me turning the page and his story kept me enthralled. His dark humor and storytelling abilities kept me on the edge of my seat waiting for the punch-line. He took me into that cold tiled bathroom and then carried me from primeval forests of the pacific northwest through the gold rush and on into the early 20th century reminding me of the pain and suffering women have lived through to give me the freedoms I have today. More importantly he told the story of the man's own insecurity and strife.
    I thoroughly enjoyed my romp through the centuries with Mr. Donohue and his rough and primal ghosts. I highly recommend this to those with an adventurous spirit and an open mind.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

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    Centuries of June only barely held my interest. I found in some cases that I skipped the narrative altogether! While I've love Keith Donohue's books in the past and was really looking forward to this one, it was terribly disappointing.

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