A dark, touching comedy about love, libido, and the complicated bond that brothers sometimes share.
After Del Tribute almost sleeps with his brother's sexually edgy wife, The Brothers sets out to trace and detail the intricate pattern of consequences of this near indiscretion. Del and Bud, two brothers whose middle-aged adolescent antics have a way of messing up each other's lives, both confront the bittersweet comfort of having too many choices. In a remarkable performance that extends the territory of Barthelme's fiction, the love and desire of these brothers is laid open, explored, and experienced.
Author Biography: Frederick Barthelme is the author of eleven books of fiction. His most recent is The Law of Averages: New and Selected Stories. He directs the writing program at the University of Southern Mississippi and edits Mississippi Review. He lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
|Publisher:||Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)|
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Fredrick Barthelme is one of America's great writers. This novels accepts the influence of electronic media, but remains literature. In other words, he doesn't try to compete with electronic media like that hack Borroughs with his cut up, or the idiot Copeland with his jokes in the margin. These are people who go to malls, watch television, make references that a Dennis Miller would envy, yet still live inner lives and the reader cares about those inner lives. Although the sequel to this book, Painted Dessert, is not as good, The Brothers was the culmination of great writing, something his previous books, promised, and for the most part, delivered. But in Two Brothers, Bartheleme's sensibilities reworks the form of the novel somewhat. Also, the story is about men approaching middle age, and the relationship between two brothers, themes of course I find increasingly relevant. Bartheleme is better than Richard Ford or Thomas McGuane. The best practitioner of fiction of his generation. Plus, this could be the first appearance of the Internet in literature. The main character's girlfriend, who is in her 20s-the main character is in his 40s-downloads bizarre tales of the grotesque, appearing in early websites, and prints them up and staples them on telephone poles. This fascinating book is filled with observations about modern life and every time I read it, I discover another piece of previously overlooked wisdom. Please visit: timothyherrick.blogspot.com/