This is what makes “Ironweed” a unique work of turbulence. Mar 04, Jeremy rated it liked it Shelves: Maybe there wasn’t enough background to make the characters sympathetic? How is Francis received by Annie and the rest of his family? View a FREE sample. At the census, the population of Troy was 50, The Travels of Francis Phelan. Or just looking for a very good book.

The first 75 pages and the last 75 pages of Ironweed are 5 Star worthy. There he meets up with his companion of many years, Helen, another alcoholic drifter. Francis dropped his baby boy Gerald on his head and killed him twenty-two years ago, and left home in great sorrow and regret. Thanks for telling us about the problem. He interrupted his college career to enlist in the United States Army in With its interior of cherry wood and porcelain enamelled steel and a geo

Guess them Pulitzer Prize folks know their game, alright. Early life Cohen was born in Cornwall, New York.

They are his passionate source of hope, his assurance that he is worthy of not being a brainless beast. The result is an understanding of human nature, the conditions that trap us, and a mighty struggle for redemption the elements I seek most in novels. When they are drunk, when they are funny, when they are clever, and when they are dying and sad. Benjamin Franklin “Frank” Norris Jr.

Ironweed by William Kennedy

That kind of bouncing around isn’t necessarily a bad thing hell, Malcolm Lowry makes uronweed work greatbut it seems like he’s just I usually love books about the down and out, and this book is full of some very haunted, guilty and broken people, but it all feels just a bit too melodramatic and humorless for its own good.


Major portions of the film were shot on location in Albany. He sees ghosts from his past. Due to the Erie Canal being constructed inNorth Albany saw immense growth, with the Albany Lumber District and an influx of Irish immigrants lending the area the name of Limerick. May 10, Joey Gold rated it really liked it. Summaryy feedback about Jack Nicholson: Franny is still physically robust, though downtrodden and shabby in the ways of all hoboes, and symmary his traveling companion Summayr p.

Reading this was like chain smoking three packs of Camels, passing out drunk and waking up to nightmare memories and cold coffee spiked with dead dandelions and pea gravel.

The quality of the writing is undoubtedly Pulitzer worthy, theres no denying that. No solo he gozado y me he emocionado con todos y cada uno de los ingredientes citados por el autor colombiano, sino que ha conseguido responder a cualesquiera de esas misteriosas e imprescindibles interrogaciones que culminan mi particular lista. Troy, therefore, is noted for a wealth of Victorian architecture down In the film adaptation of the book, Phelan is portrayed by Jack Nicholson.

Revolvy Brain revolvybrain Historic districts on the National Register of Member feedback about Hobo: Still, Fran shows some hope for a more normal life in the face of acceptance and love from the family he abandoned 22 years earlier. The Albany Cycle 8 books. During the s, he worked primarily in jazz, but since the s his music has reflected greater influence from blues, vaudeville, and experimental genres.

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Francis Phelan, the central character in this Great Depression tale, is a man scarred to the bone. Damn I loved the dialogue in this book.

Almost every location which Francis visits, starting with the first line of the novel, contains images of death. Kennedy gives Francis and Helen’s brokenness a warmth and beauty completely free of judgement and s This Pulitzer Prize winning novel is just like a Tom Waits song.


Reynolds and Russell Sturgis, have extant work in the district. He does learn to be good, in his way, but curiously these atonements ring true. He departs his reunion with his family, against their pleas, since there is just too much water under that bridge. In the early throes of his freshened drunk, Francis has early visions of clarity and sentimentality p.

A lot of the book consists of rambling conversations between Francis and other people around him, whether they are visions of dead men, or the people with whom lpot shares the street. The area that later became Albany was settled by Dutch colonists who inbuilt Fort Nassau for fur trading and, inbuilt Fort Orange.

Francis calls himself a bum, though I expect he is more of an introspective, brooding hobo knocking around s Albany, New York.

Francis is obviously the noovel. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Too wet to plow.

I still have not decided if Francis is a product of his own agency, or a victim of his circumstances. How does Francis relate to Jack and Clara? Many of his novels feature the interaction of members of the fictional Irish-American Phelan family, and make use of incidents of Albany’s history and the supernatural.