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Ein Todesfall in der Familie: Roman (1957)

von James Agee

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A family's domestic bliss is shattered in 1915 by the death of the family's patriarch, as they struggle to comprehend the depths of their loss.
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I'm not sure what's a spoiler here. I mean, it's pretty clear that the book is about family death from the summary and the title, but I'll put the whole thing under a spoiler just in case.

A long and winding book about death and the effects it has on an extended family. It's also about class, religion and a child's longing for connection in a world he doesn't yet understand.

The story moves at a glacial pace and I'm glad. The beginning of the story shows what life is like with Jay (the father); the middle gives all the characters time to adjust to their new lives without him; and the end brings home the finality of death as grief pours from the family.

Rufus is a pretty good kid in the beginning. It's clear that he loves his family and is squaring up to be a solid adult, albeit one with a bunch of internal conflicts, especially over religion. He's got a poor sense of reading other people because he doesn't understand why they would be cruel or would viciously tease another kid. Welcome to the world, kid. Trolls and assholes exist and it's best to ignore them and move on.

He is stoic as an observer in the second act until he isn't. Eventually his anger kicks in when the adults begin to shunt him aside. It's that anger that brings him to the funeral and the third part of the book where Rufus looks for a father-like connection with other male relatives. The book introduces and throws away relatives and friends as unworthy (pompous, pretentious, slow, etc.) in Rufus's eyes until someone is introduced that tries to see the world through his eyes. His Uncle Andrew embraces him as an individual, detached from all others and shows him promise.

In general, kids generally don't remember the details of place and when they do, they are often wrong or exaggerated. It's often a clever writing device.

The physical details of this book were on target. Rufus describes big things and is frequently confused by them. His character rings true for his age and the era in which he lived.

I laughed when the kids came up with the idea that they were 'orphans'. The adults around their mother weren't horrified by the idea that they'd been 'orphaned' by their father's death, despite their mother standing right there exclaiming that they were most certainly not orphans!

Later on other people call them orphans, much to the dismay of his mother.

The word orphan has been so romanticized and bastardized through literature. I loved the way that Agee poked fun at it.
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  rabbit-stew | Jun 26, 2022 |
The word darkness is found about 45 times in this novel, which is the primary feeling I got while reading. Mary Lynch Follett, a profoundly religious woman, endures the death of her young husband as she prepares to manage single-mothering her two young children, Rufus and Catherine. Jay Follett, her husband, had been called to the country by his alcoholic brother Ralph to visit their supposedly terminally ill father. Unfortunately, it turns out that Ralph has not sized up the situation accurately, and Jay gets into a fatal car accident on the way home from his unnecessary visit.

Mary’s brother Andrew identifies Jay’s body and obtains the accident details to share with Mary, their parents, and Aunt Hannah. All provide varying levels of support for Mary as she tells her children about their father’s death and copes with the tragedy. Mary’s Catholic faith, which she does not share with Jay and all family members, is an asset and a handicap as the dreadful hours leading up to the funeral.

James Agee’s Pulitzer-winning book makes quite a statement about love and tragedy. Religious conflict within the family provided a significant theme for the novel. As the story advances, it forced me to wonder about the value of organized religion, especially the Catholic church. The children, ages six and three, are depicted with very sophisticated thoughts. I thought about how many adults still underestimate the minds and perceptions of children. Agee seemed concerned and aware that euphemisms and incomplete explanations often baffle children and lead to lifelong misunderstandings and resentments.
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  LindaLoretz | Apr 28, 2022 |
Heartbreaking. ( )
  misslevel | Sep 22, 2021 |
Poetic prose, unique and very detailed. Here's my full review:
http://www.sholee.net/2019/02/mpov-death-in-family.html ( )
  Sholee | Sep 9, 2021 |
La mejor obra leída este año, por ahora. Difícil de superar, esta descripción de lo que supone la muerte de lo que amas en los que se quedan. Lo que hace la religión, a quién le sirve su consuelo y a quién no. Como vives la muerte si eres un adulto ya domesticado o si eres un niño en proceso de aprendizaje. La estructura de la obra con esos textos en cursiva, con todo lo que pasa por la cabeza de un niño de unos 7 u 8 años, situados donde el editor quiso ya que la obra estaba a medio rematar, no creo que varíen las intenciones del autor, que se salta una de las convenciones principales del escritor, no describas, muestra. Agee, no sé si por ser periodista, lo cuenta todo. Y aún así no es aburrido, ni pesado. Es sorprendete. Un milagro. ( )
  Orellana_Souto | Jul 27, 2021 |
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