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Breaking Clean por Judy Blunt
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Breaking Clean (edição 2002)

por Judy Blunt (Autor)

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In this extraordinary literary debut third-generation homesteader Judy Blunt describes her hardscrabble life on the prairies of eastern Montana in prose as big and bold as the landscape. On a ranch miles from nowhere, Judy Blunt grew up with cattle and snakes, outhouse and isolation, epic blizzards and devastating prairie fires. She also grew up with a set of rules and roles prescribed to her sex long before she was born, a chafing set of strictures she eventually had no choice but to flee, taking along three children and leaving behind a confused husband and the only life she’d ever known. Gritty, lyrical, unsentimental and wise, Breaking Clean is at once informed by the myths of the West and powerful enough to break them down.… (mais)
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Título:Breaking Clean
Autores:Judy Blunt (Autor)
Informação:Knopf (2002), Edition: 1, 303 pages
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I could experience nearly everything she described, vividly laid out with frank and clear prose. Even though I'm technically a city girl, this tugged at my country heart. ( )
  cougargirl1967 | May 31, 2021 |
Well, I actually live on a prairie ranch 50 miles from the closest town, so Judy Blunt’s memoir certainly resonates with me. Her insights are written with an almost poetic prose and her voice conveys great strength. I envy her ability to articulate with such clarity the complex web of human relations that are so hardly shaped by the prairie environment and history. The struggle – and pain - to conform to gender roles; the isolation of long winters and muddy spring roads; the distrust of anything new and urban are all still too real in the communities around me. I think I will suggest this book to my bookclub, as an outsider – anyone with a foreign accent will forever be an outsider around here – I am curious to hear what the “locals” will say about this memoir. ( )
  RosanaDR | Apr 15, 2021 |
Breaking clean with your past is never easy. Memoirist and poet Judy Blunt described leaving home this way: "I left Phillips County with a new divorce and an old car, with three scared kids and some clothes piled in back. We followed the sun west for hours. Climbing mountain passes, crossing river after river, until we spanned the final bridge into Missoula." —Breaking Clean, P. 295.

She grew up on a homestead settled by her grandparents at the turn of the century. Ranch life was all she knew. Blunt arrived in Missoula, enrolled in UM and got on with her life. Years later, after graduation and a MFA, she wrote this memoir. The book is a well remembered look at ranch life in western Montana from a woman's point-of-view. Fascinating reading.

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  cartoslibrary | Nov 5, 2013 |
Judy Blunt's memoir describes growing up in a very rural area of Montana on a cattle ranch. Major themes include how women are treated as subordinate and subservient to men, and the importance of a close-knit community.
Blunt left her husband after 12 years of marriage, moved to the city, went to college and wrote a book, but there's not very much about that in this volume. She focuses mainly on her childhood and adolescence, which is fascinating to read about, but after that build-up, I would have liked to know more about how she went about escaping this life. One hopes she will write another volume. ( )
  EmScape | Jul 3, 2013 |
Judy Blunt’s memoir Breaking Clean is a crisp, sharp, enjoyable read. Blunt carries her reader through a wide range of emotions as she travels through her youth in Montana. Her writing is engaging in its simplicity. Her subject matter, in many ways, familiar.
Though few of us have experienced Big Sky country and all of the harsh realities that go with that life, especially as a child, we have all experienced isolation, disappointment, parental abandonment, and rebellions in one way or another. We have all experienced a sense of different-ness in our worlds, a sense of being disconnected from those to whom we should feel most connected. Or at least I did. Blunt captures the emotion of her turbulent youth eloquently.
Blunt carries her readers through the experience of her youth and while one is given the impression that the author has had to distance herself from this lifestyle it is deeply ingrained in who she is. Her rural youth defined her adult life. The life she lives today seems to always be seen through the lens of where she came from. In her discussion of feminism, and she sees herself as a feminist, Blunt writes of the women of her youth, whom she does not view as feminists, “I grew up admiring a community of women whose strength and capacity for work I have yet to see equaled, true partners in the labor of farming and ranching.” (153). She goes on in the next passages to flesh out these women as able to endure anything, in silence. While Blunt refuses to be silent she endeavors to carry forward the ideal of enduring.
In the end, this is a lifestyle from which she fled, it is clear that it is this lifestyle that has shaped her views. The text is a vivid reminder of how we come to be who we are, by facing and owning who we were and from whence we came. ( )
  missmel58 | Apr 25, 2011 |
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In this extraordinary literary debut third-generation homesteader Judy Blunt describes her hardscrabble life on the prairies of eastern Montana in prose as big and bold as the landscape. On a ranch miles from nowhere, Judy Blunt grew up with cattle and snakes, outhouse and isolation, epic blizzards and devastating prairie fires. She also grew up with a set of rules and roles prescribed to her sex long before she was born, a chafing set of strictures she eventually had no choice but to flee, taking along three children and leaving behind a confused husband and the only life she’d ever known. Gritty, lyrical, unsentimental and wise, Breaking Clean is at once informed by the myths of the West and powerful enough to break them down.

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