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Henry, Himself: A Novel von Stewart…
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Henry, Himself: A Novel (Original 2019; 2019. Auflage)

von Stewart O'Nan (Autor)

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Soldier, son, lover, husband, breadwinner, churchgoer, Henry Maxwell has spent his whole life trying to live with honor. A native Pittsburgher and engineer, he's always believed in logic, sacrifice, and hard work. Now, seventy-five and retired, he feels the world has passed him by. It's 1998, the American century is ending, and nothing is simple anymore. His children are distant, their unhappiness a mystery. Only his wife Emily and dog Rufus stand by him. Once so confident, as Henry's strength and memory desert him, he weighs his dreams against his regrets and is left with questions he can't answer: Is he a good man? Has he done right by the people he loves? And with time running out, what, realistically, can he hope for? Like Emily, Alone, Henry, Himself is a wry, warmhearted portrait of an American original who believes he's reached a dead end only to discover life is full of surprises.… (mehr)
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Titel:Henry, Himself: A Novel
Autoren:Stewart O'Nan (Autor)
Info:Viking (2019), 384 pages
Sammlungen:library books, Deine Bibliothek
Bewertung:****
Tags:aging, fiction, America, family, family relationships

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I discovered O'Nan with his harrowing The Circus Fire, a nonfiction account of a horrific 1944 fire that trapped 8000 people inside a big top tent that had been waterproofed with kerosene. It was unputdownable. A subsequent novel, Last Night at the Red Lobster was a sweet, sad story about the intertwined lives of the people who work at a franchise restaurant where we have probably all eaten, or at some version of it. Henry is a "prequel" to O'Nan's two other Maxwell family novels, Emily, Alone and Wish You Were Here - both intimate observations of the travails and relations of Henry, his wife Emily, their children and grandchildren.

Henry is seventy five, a WWII veteran, retired engineer, patient and skillful handyman, patient and devoted husband. He makes lists. He putters. He fusses over the yard. He fixes things. He remembers - and doesn't remember - things. He exerts himself to please his often curt, deeply pragmatic wife, and puzzles over how he did as a father. He is steady, kind, reliable. We all know a Henry. We may have been a Henry. O'Nan does better what Karl Ove Knausgaard took multiple volumes to do: engage us in the ordinary activities and daily ruminations of an ordinary man. O'Nan chooses, sculpts, arranges, and lights the days, weeks, and months with grace, flashes of poignancy, and affection.

That's it. O'Nan is very good with the details - maybe a little too good. Readers will smile with recognition at the 2x4s in the garage to help stop the car in the right place, the bickering over what to send to the rummage sale, keeping track of medications, handling a spouse's uncertain (or certain) moods, the loss of friends and health, and the approach of death. But sometimes there can simply be too many details. If you have read Emily or Wish You Were Here, you will probably know more than you need to about the family summers at the cottage, golfing, and fraught holiday gatherings. Still, the gems of insights and observations are true and touching.

Towards the end, Henry is left to host a full-on Thanksgiving dinner with his son's family when Emily is called away to tend to their troubled daughter in the hospital. He is overwhelmed by the lists, the instructions, the traditions... and yet, they have a lovely day. They gather, cook, eat, drink, laugh, talk, help and enjoy each other... even the prickly daughter-in-law (a somewhat thinly drawn character who maybe needs a book of her own). It is a sweet success... with Emily absent. And yet... he misses her so.

Houses are frequently "buttoned up," Rufus the dog is generally "sacked out," Emily very often tells Henry to "Go away." This is not for those who like an action-driven plot. Skimming the golf games is advised. But Henry is a good man. It is good that there are writers who pay attention to such things. ( )
  JulieStielstra | May 17, 2021 |
With the great reviews and a well known author, I was really looking forward to HENRY.

Unfortunately, it proved disappointing as slow-moving became boring and the toilet episode a total loser,
as was the Margaret car accident.

Expecting either Emily or Henry to do die, I'm just glad it wouldn't be Rufus. ( )
  m.belljackson | Mar 25, 2021 |
A brilliantly simple novel told from Henry's point of view. Henry goes through every day events as each chapter is an episode from his life in 1998. His 74 years have taught him a lot about himself and the people around him. The reader can't help but see themselves or those they know in the stories. The chapter about the church garage sale and his mother's grapes really hit home for me. It a book about every day struggles and small victories. Readers of Anne Tyler, Ann Patchett and Elizabeth Strout will enjoy Henry, Himself. ( )
1 abstimmen Beth.Clarke | Dec 29, 2020 |
This is the third of a trilogy, Wish You Were Here, Emily Alone, and now Henry Himself, all told from the pov of Henry, Emily's husband. We learn of Henry's boyhood and youth, but most of the story is about his and Emily's marriage and everyday life, particularly after Henry's retirement. Not much happens. Henry putters around and fixes things. Emily cooks and writes Christmas cards. They fret about their daughter, who at one time had a substance abuse problem and who may now be headed for divorces. Emily worries that their son's wife is "hostile" to her. Just everyday life. Most of all I loved the parts about their lake cottage and the family gatherings there, which makes me want to reread Wish You Were Here. I heartily recommend this book, but you might have to be of a "certain age" to enjoy it as much as I did. ( )
  arubabookwoman | Mar 7, 2020 |
I really wanted to savor this and make it last longer but I couldn't stop reading. I felt on the verge of tears the entire time. Nostalgic for both similarities to my family and equally for what was not. ( )
  viviennestrauss | Sep 11, 2019 |
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Soldier, son, lover, husband, breadwinner, churchgoer, Henry Maxwell has spent his whole life trying to live with honor. A native Pittsburgher and engineer, he's always believed in logic, sacrifice, and hard work. Now, seventy-five and retired, he feels the world has passed him by. It's 1998, the American century is ending, and nothing is simple anymore. His children are distant, their unhappiness a mystery. Only his wife Emily and dog Rufus stand by him. Once so confident, as Henry's strength and memory desert him, he weighs his dreams against his regrets and is left with questions he can't answer: Is he a good man? Has he done right by the people he loves? And with time running out, what, realistically, can he hope for? Like Emily, Alone, Henry, Himself is a wry, warmhearted portrait of an American original who believes he's reached a dead end only to discover life is full of surprises.

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