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May We Be Forgiven | [A. M. Homes]

May We Be Forgiven

Harold Silver, a Richard Nixon Scholar, has spent a lifetime watching his younger, taller, and more successful brother, George. But Harry knows that George has a murderous temper, and when he finally loses control the result is an act of violence which hurls the two brothers into entirely new lives. A savage and dizzyingly inventive vision that penetrates the dark heart of contemporary America to tell a darkly comic tale of 21st-century domestic life and how one deeply fractured family might begin to put itself back together.
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Publisher's Summary

Harold Silver, a Richard Nixon Scholar, has spent a lifetime watching his younger, taller, and more successful brother, George. But Harry knows that George has a murderous temper, and when he finally loses control the result is an act of violence which hurls the two brothers into entirely new lives. A savage and dizzyingly inventive vision that penetrates the dark heart of contemporary America to tell a darkly comic tale of 21st-century domestic life and how one deeply fractured family might begin to put itself back together.

©2012 A. M. Homes (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd

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    Helena De Groot Brussels 07-06-13
    Helena De Groot Brussels 07-06-13

    A conclusion is where you got tired of thinking.

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    "Perfect comic timing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of May We Be Forgiven to be better than the print version?

    I usually prefer reading, but in this case, the audiobook was just amazing.

    Nathan Osgood has perfect comic timing, whether impersonating the insecure protagonist, his indifferent mother or his wise-beyond-his-age cousin.




    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carlo Hagemann the Netherlands 05-30-13
    Carlo Hagemann the Netherlands 05-30-13 Member Since 2007

    I love to listen to American books. Following the plot, keeping track of personal developments and intrigues while walking two miles to work

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    "A real man in a surrealistic situation"
    Any additional comments?

    He asks for a lot of empathy, Harry, the protagonist of this book. He is the man you hate to love, just like his favorite politician, Richard Nixon is the man people love to hate.What happens, especially in the beginning of the storry is not an everyday story, but the author persuades us to believe it. Sometimes funny, sometimes moving, but always bizarre.

    And just the right number of 'actors' to make it possible to follow the story by listening while walking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Callum Pearce Perth, Australia 12-30-12
    Callum Pearce Perth, Australia 12-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved this book."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The book is well written, well read and I really enjoyed listening to it.
    The book is complex enough to appeal to literary types but is a good story too so is easy to listen to (or read presumably)
    It seems to me perfect to listen to. It's my first audiobook for a while.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the insight that it gave me into my own life and problems.


    What does Nathan Osgood bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I could listen to it in my car! Not sure if I would have read it otherwise.


    Any additional comments?

    A slight comment is that the female voices got slightly grating after a while (several hours of listening of course). Osgood is a man so not sure what he could have done about that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • L Scott
    Ireland
    5/17/13
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    "Brilliant"

    Don't believe the other negative views. This book is fantastic, crazy, compelling, funny and touching. Buy it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    Dromahair, Ireland
    3/17/13
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    "Cain and Able in America"

    I feel compelled to write a review since the others are so poor. I really enjoyed this book with its story about brothers at odds with each other, a shocking event that comes of their rivalry, and the eventual evolution of the central character into someone who cares and allows himself to change. It is not an exciting adventure but an unfolding examination of American lives and how a man can still grow and deepen as he gets older. It kept me absorbed and gave me food for thought. If you're looking for a romp, or an action story, this is not the one, but if you want something more thoughtful - give it a go.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom
    10/27/13
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    "Perfectly pitched satire - along with a plot"

    If you like your humour satirical, bone-dry and pitch-black, you will probably like this acidic novel whose premise is the state of 21st century American life, and society.

    The plot is quite meandering and although the main characters are middle-class, professional Americans, you do feel the ferrous under-tow of sub-culture, of people falling through the gaps in society - or deliberately slipping away from the 'norms'.

    It is also a story of love, murder, family, damage and friendship. I found it very edgy and so it is not a relaxing read, but it did fascinate me.

    The key characters are Jewish New York state Americans and a lot of the pleasure in the book is to be had from these often very funny cast-members. The thread about the main character's Nixon obsession was very enjoyable too.

    Very well written prose and the narration is good. The reader has a gruff voice and yet managed to convey the characters with often very tiny changes to his tone.

    Content is fairly adult (sexually) and quite graphic (medically/physically), not that it bothered me, but you might not have it on during the school run.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Margaret
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    7/9/13
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    "Prize winning."
    If you could sum up May We Be Forgiven in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, interesting, enjoyable


    What did you like best about this story?

    A lot can happen in a single year, which is what happens from one Thanksgiving to the next.


    Have you listened to any of Nathan Osgood’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Good narration.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This made me laugh out loud a number of times.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I very much enjoyed this book, I felt it was over long. I was beginning to tire of some of the characters before the end, which is unusual for me (sometimes I dread a book ending as I have become so engrossed with the characters). I also struggled with the lack of realism about much of the plot. I probably read it because of its prize winning status and can understand why it succeeded.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Darren
    London, United Kingdom
    6/23/13
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    "Poor!"

    Its started off well but it got boring.
    No real story to speak of, maybe I didn't get it but I am not the only one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nigel Nicholson
    London England
    7/29/14
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    "May she be forgiven"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is a female writer's attempt to enter the persona of middle-aged Jewish male via 1st person narration. I discovered this quite late but it explains the momentous failure of the attempt. I loved the start – ascerbic outrageous multivocal snappy before slow descent into American slush – like so many movies. Worse, she increasingly fails to conceal the gender of her voice ending up with this ridiculous super-idealised father figure with all his saintly instincts intact. Yuck! I hated it and couldn’t wait for it to end – after recommending it to people at the ½ way stage. Such a disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mo
    County Kerry, Ireland
    7/4/14
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    "Not what I expected at all!"

    The first 100 pages of this book were drama filled...full of shocking murders and near death occurrences and things that go bump in the night. The stage was set; Who would go to trial? What would come out at the trial? And were things really as they seemed? On top of that, it was funny and quirky and endearing with just that slight twinge of eccentricity that homes does so well. So far, so good. And then it took a bit of diversion into old school American politics and internet dating...hmmm...Ok, I'll have patience as the writer is still talented enough to keep me engrossed even though I'm kinda keen to get back to the story as I understood it to be. It turns out that the diversion is not a diversion at all. Many hours later, I realized with resignation that the diversion had become the story. I found out more than I ever needed to know about President Nixon, I cringed in disbelief as woman after woman threw themselves at the ailing boring auld fart that was the main character. So it's about a journey of discovery for said ailing boring auld fart. It's just that the dude was soooo...well, I couldn't care less about him really. He didn't at all have the humility of the chap in 'This book will save your life'. The story was very over weight and flaccid and so needed a good editor with to pull it into shape. I was pleased enough with the ending, as in, their was a happy enough resolution, but God...It was a very long 21 or so hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Petra
    London, United Kingdom
    2/27/14
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    "good in parts"
    What made the experience of listening to May We Be Forgiven the most enjoyable?

    Several funny moments mostly unrelated to to the farcical plot swists.


    If you’ve listened to books by A. M. Homes before, how does this one compare?

    NA


    What about Nathan Osgood’s performance did you like?

    Suited the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Plot became strained and ended in an orgy of motherhood and apple pie, you can almost hear the star spangled banner. On the other hand, I listened to the end and laughed out loud a few times. 3.5 is probably fair.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    Aspull, United Kingdom
    9/28/13
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    "Thought provoking AND funny"
    Where does May We Be Forgiven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty near the top, I came to is with some degree of suspicion as sadly I tend to with all American literature ..but it had me hooked pretty quickly. I ended up taking lessons from the laid back world view of the central character finding himself after for years being labeled ' retard' by his family. He comes into his own and its all done very seductively and with great humour. Like the other reviewer I laughed out load frequently which is always a benchmark for me.


    What other book might you compare May We Be Forgiven to, and why?

    Jonathon Franzen but so much better. Less gloomy


    Have you listened to any of Nathan Osgood’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to the narrator before but though he did a good job


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    ?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    Ugborough, United Kingdom
    8/22/13
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    "I love anti-heroes!"
    What made the experience of listening to May We Be Forgiven the most enjoyable?

    A hero despite himself and his upbringing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harrry, flaws and all and Nate


    Have you listened to any of Nathan Osgood’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Never heard Osgood before but would choose again based in this. He is sympathetic and human in his delivery


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I could but time would not allow!


    Any additional comments?

    Harry is a bit of an antihero, and put me in mind of Willaim Boyd's A Good Man in Africa, but he redeems himself so much more. The book is touching, funny and life affirming but not at all twee. Not sure that I really got the Nixon issues! All men are flawed???

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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