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Larry's Party (1997)

por Carol Shields

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The San Diego Tribune called The Stone Diaries a "universal study of what makes women tick." With Larry's PartyCarol Shields has done the same for men. Larry Weller, born in 1950, is an ordinary guy made extraordinary by his creator's perception, irony, and tenderness. Larry's Party gives us, as it were, a CAT scan of his life, in episodes between 1977 and 1997, that seamlessly flash backward and forward. We follow this young floral designer through two marriages and divorces, and his interactions with his parents, friends, and a son. Throughout, we witness his deepening passion for garden mazes--so like life, with their teasing treachery and promise of reward. Among all the paradoxes and accidents of his existence, Larry moves through the spontaneity of the seventies, the blind enchantment of the eighties, and the lean, mean nineties, completing at last his quiet, stubborn search for self. Larry's odyssey mirrors the male condition at the end of our century with targeted wit, unerring poignancy, and faultless wisdom.… (mais)
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 Orange January/July: Larry's Party by Carol Shields11 não lido / 11Yells, Janeiro 2012

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I don't remember reading this but it is on my list!
  MarilynKinnon | Aug 19, 2023 |
This novel certainly is well written. It's a deep dive into an ordinary guy's life as he searches for fullfillment and happiness. Follows him through the 70s, 80s and 90s. Through two marriages and through Canada, the US, England . He designs mazes which is rather interesting and it is interesting how he got into this line of work. For a number of people, we kind of accidentally fall into the jobs we do for our lives.
Shields writing carries this novel. Otherwise it would have been completely dull. Instead it was just a bit dull. ( )
  Smits | Jun 5, 2022 |
Nice, amazingly quick read. Carol Shields left her mark with every sentence...it's a good book about adjusting to life as it happens, the thoughts - the people - the situations. ( )
  BookLeafs | May 26, 2022 |
I picked this up after hearing Nancy Pearl mention that it was one of her comfort reads on NPR--a book she likes to read over and over. I can see why--I haven't read Carol Shields before, but this book about the life of Larry is very satisfying. Each chapter pops into a different time in Larry's life--starting from the time he is a young man until he reaches his late forties. What is fun about the book is that just as in real life you sometimes look back to find meaning so do the chapters in this book. For instance, in one of the early chapters you learn how Larry discovers his true obsession in life (garden mazes) while on his Honeymoon in England. But that one action comes up again and again and is revisited a number of times over the course of the book. Little things like this which are actually big moments in Larry's life get re-scrutinized through the later life of Larry. There is a reason why Larry likes mazes. ( )
  auldhouse | Sep 30, 2021 |
While Shields' writing is as fresh as ever, certain tidbits at Larry's Party (1997) seem to be re-warmed leftovers from her masterpiece, The Stone Diaries (1993). Both novels contain male protagonists obsessed with building: here, Larry is a maker of mazes, reminiscent of the mason in The Stone Diaries. Each chapter in Larry's Party focuses on a particular aspect of Larry's life: even his penis gets a section. But each chapter seems to have started out independently; strung together, they get repetitious. However, the book does eventually come to a brilliant and unexpected conclusion. I enjoyed it, but not as much as The Stone Diaries, Unless (2002), or Shields' collection of short stories, Dressing Up for the Carnival (2000). ( )
  stephkaye | Dec 14, 2020 |
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Wie Carol Shields sich diesem modernen Mann ohne Eigenschaften nähert, wie sie ihn umkreist, bedient und immer wieder aus den Augen zu verlieren scheint, das macht die Kraft dieses Romans aus. Bei aller Ehrlichkeit ist es ein warmes, einfühlsames Buch, ein Roman, der dem nicht mehr einheitlichen Subjekt zumindest eine äußerliche Struktur zu geben versucht. Es ist tröstlich zu lesen, wie wenig es ändert, daß das Ich nicht mehr definierbar ist, daß die Bezugssysteme fehlen und man sich nicht mehr zurechtfindet, weil es allen so geht. Die Brüchigkeit des Subjekts ist unabhängig von Gesundheit und Reichtum und deshalb auch unheilbar. In den vielen Fragmenten des Ich aber liegt genausoviel Wahrheit wie zuvor in dem ganzen großen Individuum. Die Moderne ist eben nicht nur die Zeit des Zweifels, der kalten Funktionalität und Vielfältigkeit, sondern hält in der Gefahr eben auch die romantische Rettung bereit.
 

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The San Diego Tribune called The Stone Diaries a "universal study of what makes women tick." With Larry's PartyCarol Shields has done the same for men. Larry Weller, born in 1950, is an ordinary guy made extraordinary by his creator's perception, irony, and tenderness. Larry's Party gives us, as it were, a CAT scan of his life, in episodes between 1977 and 1997, that seamlessly flash backward and forward. We follow this young floral designer through two marriages and divorces, and his interactions with his parents, friends, and a son. Throughout, we witness his deepening passion for garden mazes--so like life, with their teasing treachery and promise of reward. Among all the paradoxes and accidents of his existence, Larry moves through the spontaneity of the seventies, the blind enchantment of the eighties, and the lean, mean nineties, completing at last his quiet, stubborn search for self. Larry's odyssey mirrors the male condition at the end of our century with targeted wit, unerring poignancy, and faultless wisdom.

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