Original Sins

Original Sins

by Lisa Alther
     
 

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Original Sins, Alther's second novel, begins like Kinflicksin a small town in Tennessee, but instead of recounting the life and loves of one character, this broad-canvas book follows five characters from childhood into adulthood. They called themselves "The Five" and spent their childhoods trading dreams in the branches of the Castle Tree. They were…  See more details below

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Original Sins, Alther's second novel, begins like Kinflicksin a small town in Tennessee, but instead of recounting the life and loves of one character, this broad-canvas book follows five characters from childhood into adulthood. They called themselves "The Five" and spent their childhoods trading dreams in the branches of the Castle Tree. They were convinced that they were special -- and they were, even though their dreams did not work out quite as they had hoped they would. Once they enter high school, the ties that bind them together begin to dissolve. And what happens to them through twenty years of growing up is just about everything they had and had not dreamed of. In Original Sins, Alther brings to life not only the passions of her characters, but the fantasies and follies of an entire generation. Library Journal, in praising the novel, notes that Lisa Alther "tackles big topics and handles them deftly; the novel is in turn a moving evocation of childhood, a send-up of 1960s high school life, a satire on Southern rednecks and Northern liberals, and, fundamentally, a lyric, ironic, bittersweet tale of the South." Time magazine called the book "an old-fashioned novel in the best sense of the term. It propels singular, interesting characters through a panoramic plot."

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Editorial Reviews

Newsday
Lisa Alther has hooked us with sheer good writing.... a sharp eye for detail... an acute ear.. and a delightful talent for confronting human idiocy.... A compelling novel! -Susan Isaacs, Newsday, 5/4/81
Cosmopolitan
Alther triumphantly surpasses her slendid first novel, Kinflicks, with this reuful, devastatingly clear-eyed look at Southern life, bedeviled by strikes and segregation, pregnancy and prayer breakfasts, not to mention the Great Yankee Fluoride Conspiracy -- all jostling for our attention in a vista that is hilarious and heartbreaking by turns. -Cosmopolitan, 5/81
Paul Gray
Alther constructs a broad social portrait of nearly two decades of American life. She covers civil rights, Vietnam, women's lib, the sexual revoultion, radical politics and back-to-earth movements... Original Sins is an old-fashioned novel in the best sense of the term. It propels singular, interesting characters through a panoramic plot.... She gives generously, both to her readers and to the children of her imagination. -- Time, 4/27/81
Arthur I. Blaustein
The accompanying list of 25 novels... will do wonders for your political awareness: Lisa Alther, Original Sins... -- Perspective, 5/31/92

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451114488
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/1982
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Susan Isaacs
Alther has hooked us with sheer good writing...a sharp eye for detail...an acute ear...and a delightful talent for confronting human idiocy.

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