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Henry, Himself - Stewart O'Nan

Henry, Himself

von Stewart O'Nan

A member of the greatest generation looks back on the loves and losses of his past and comes to treasure the present anew in this poignant and thoughtful new novel from a modern master

Stewart O'Nan is renowned for illuminating the unexpected grace of everyday life and the resilience of ordinary people with humor, intelligence, and compassion. In Henry, Himself he offers an unsentimental, moving story of a twentieth-century everyman.

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, O'Nan's beloved portrait of Henry's wife, Henry, Himself is a wry, warmhearted portrait of an American original--a man who believes he's reached a dead end only to discover life is full of surprises.

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Henry, Himmel/ Wunderbares Paar

Beim Vorgänger des Romans " Emily allein" war Emily Witwe. In diesem Buch ist der Alltag des alten den Paares aus der Sicht Henrys beschrieben. Und das sehr liebevoll. Ich mochte das weitgehend harmonische, aufeinander eingestellte Paar sehr. Es passiert im Grunde nicht sehr viel in ihrem Leben dessen Ablauf geprägt ist von den Jahreszeitlichen Urlauben und Festen, zu denen meist die Kinder und Enkelkinder zu Besuch kommen. Um so überraschender ist, wie spannend eine Schilderung über eine...

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Art:
Taschenbuch
Genre:
Romane und Erzählungen
Sprache:
englisch
Umfang:
369 Seiten
ISBN:
9781984877635
Erschienen:
April 2019
Verlag:
Penguin LCC US
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