The Beans of Egypt, Maine

The Beans of Egypt, Maine

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by Carolyn Chute
     
 

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The Beans of Egypt, Maine introduced the world to the notorious, unforgettable Bean clan of small town Egypt, Maine—from wild man Reuben, an alcoholic who can’t seem to keep himself out of jail; to his cousins, the perpetually pregnant Roberta, and Beal, a man gentle by temperament but violent in defeat who marries his pious neighbor, Earlene

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The Beans of Egypt, Maine introduced the world to the notorious, unforgettable Bean clan of small town Egypt, Maine—from wild man Reuben, an alcoholic who can’t seem to keep himself out of jail; to his cousins, the perpetually pregnant Roberta, and Beal, a man gentle by temperament but violent in defeat who marries his pious neighbor, Earlene Pomerleau before poverty kills him. Through her story of the Beans’s struggle with their inner demons to survive against hardship and societal ignorance, Chute emerged as a writer of immense humanity and unparalleled insight into a world most of us knew little of—if we’d recognized it at all.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555848163
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/09/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
483,136
File size:
280 KB

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Meet the Author

Carolyn Chute is the author of five novels, The Beans of Egypt, Maine, Letourneau's Used Auto Parts, Snow Man, Merry Men, and the upcoming School on Heart's Content Road. She lives in Maine with her husband.

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Beans of Egypt, Maine 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter and I both read The Beans and LeTourneau's Used Auto Parts in the 80's when they first came out. We have kind of a secret language between us to describe things we see now. People have no idea what Bean people are, but we do. We have a collection of pictures from all over the country of trailers preferably with blue xmas lights on them that we have collected. My daughter now lives in a trailer and the first thing she did was put up the lights. She even has two dogs under the porch. Belated THANKS! to Ms. Chute for a very good, at least to us, book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the novel, and hope you will too. But shame on whatever lazy publisher obviously scanned a hard copy of this book and didn't bother to have a copy editor read through and clean up the many, MANY typographic errors and artifacts that resulted. Sloppy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In her diatribe on rural life in Maine Ms. Chute touches a chord that resonates across this land, called the U.S.of A. Her words emulsify the sheer and utter hopelessness people find themselves in by the misfortune of birth and circmstance. Her characters ring true and it was as if I found myself revisiting the rural insanity we found when we moved from the city. Don't be fooled by the rural setting though. This book is life as it is, has been and will be in rural, suburbia and city environs. Not for the squimish but a must read for the seekers of truth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've heard it said that authors carry a notebook to collect similes. Carolyn Chute's notebook must be huge, I've never seen such wonderful descriptive writing. This story gives a slice of life rarely seen by readers of books - in fact I can't recall any scene in which a Bean just kicked back and read some fiction - so even more, I appreciate the care taken to describe this world so far removed from the reader. I also really enjoyed the Afterword with Ms Chute's further insight into this thoughtful rewriting. I look forward to reading more of her work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sensitive and revealing look into an often ignored part of our American culture.
bennettea64 More than 1 year ago
While my views are in exact contrast to the author's, there is no denying that she is a great writer who knows how to craft an interesting story. Highly recommended, not for the faint of heart.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
You have to love the Beans, you just don't want to live next door to them. A good book, fun to read, amusing and depressing. Great characters. A fun way to spend some time in a comfy chair with some coffee or tea. I should read more by her.