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Hard Laughter [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Anne Lamott
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Kurzbeschreibung

April 1987
Anne Lamott's poignant first novel, reissued in an attractive new edition.

Writer (and sometime housecleaner) Jennifer is twenty-three when her beloved father, Wallace, is diagnosed with a brain tumor. This catastrophic discovery sets off Anne Lamott's unexpectedly sweet and funny first novel, which is made dramatic not so much by Wallace's illness as by the emotional wake it sweeps under Jen and her brothers, self-contained Ben and feckless, lovable Randy. With characteristic affection and accuracy, Lamott sketches this offbeat family and their nearest and dearest as they draw ever closer in the intimacy Jen prizes "among the other estimable things: good music, good hard laughter, good sex, good industry, and good books."

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  • Taschenbuch: 290 Seiten
  • Verlag: North Point Pr; Auflage: Reissue (April 1987)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0865472807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865472808
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 2,1 x 20,8 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (10 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 499.523 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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"The appeal of this book is . . . that it has much to say about how a good family works . . . in times both hard and easy . . . It's a moving and strangely joyful book, a kind of celebration, and it's written with an assurance far beyond the reach of most first novelists."--Anne Tyler, The New York Times Book Review

"If love is details, so is storytelling, and Anne Lamott excels at it. Her way with analogy, metaphor, and evocative detail is subtle; her ability to shift from the specific to the general to the specific again, superb."--Suzanne Mantell, The Nation

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SYNOPSIS:

Writer (and sometime housecleaner) Jennifer is twenty-three when her beloved father, Wallace, is diagnosed with a brain tumor. This upsetting discovery sets off Anne Lamott’s unexpectedly sweet and funny first novel, which is made dramatic not so much by the course of Wallace’s illness as by the emotional wake it sweeps under Jen and her brothers, self-contained Ben and feckless, lovable Randy. With characteristic affection and dead-on accuracy, Lamott sketches this offbeat family and their nearest and dearest as they draw ever closer in the intimacy Jen prizes “among the other estimable things: good music, good hard laughter, good sex, good industry, and good books.”

PRAISE:

“The appeal of this book is ... that it has much to say about how a good family works--any good family--in times both hard and easy....It’s a moving and strangely joyful book, a kind of celebration, and it’s written with an assurance far beyond the reach of most first novelists.” --Anne Tyler, The New York Times Book Review

“If love is details, so is storytelling, and Anne Lamott excels at it. Her way with analogy, metaphor, and evocative detail is subtle; her ability to shift from the specific to the general to the specific again, superb.” --Suzanne Mantell, The Nation

“Anne Lamott is a novelist of genius.” --Los Angeles Times

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Anne Lamott is the author of five novels and three works of nonfiction, Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, and Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith. She lives with her son, Sam, in Northern California.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen poignant 25. Mai 2000
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lamott has once again translated potential tragedy into a spiritual experoence that defies the mere flesh. there is so much to love about this book; my favorite line is where someone is criticizing the teenage lamott for being thin and her father says, "yes. like a gazelle." it's hard not to connect with a book that magically transforms cancer into an abundance of wry love and growth, wihtout exploiting the maudlin aspects of disease into a kind of psychobabble pulp-- no, she adroitly and honestly represents familial love and reality during crisis in a way that touches all who have watched a loved one, or parent, suffer the cruel and senseless blows of a degenerative disease. As always I find her styling and characters superb in their authenticity; she once again demonstrates an unerring voice for dialogue and transmits emotion into a funny, moving account. this is a wonderful book and a great gift to her father. it's difficult to believe this was her first novel, and the rave reviews she received for this brave effort are well deserved....if you liked any of her previous books, I guarantee this will not be a disappointment, but rather a joyous discovery......
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Having come upon and enjoyed thoroughly, BIRD BY BIRD by Anne Lamott, I was anxious to read another book by this author. My research started with and probably will end with HARD LAUGHTER. Judging by the other Amazon reviews of this book I am one of five who not only didn't like it but would have stopped reading it after the first chapter if I was not dedicated to finishing any book I begin. First of all, in my opinion, to support a novel without a story line, a book has to have exceptional prose and great characters.This book had neither. I thought if these people opened another beer, I'll scream. Moreover, Jennifer's relationships in addition to being pathetic were sophomoric, and the descriptions of sex, dreams, food, sex, family members told me more than I ever wanted to know about any of them. I suppose they were a loving family with deep alcoholic ties but unfortunately if there was humor, it was lost on me. What I missed most, in this book was the charm I found in in BIRD BY BIRD. For me, the laughter was indeed hard to come by. I'm writing this not to be cruel, but because I think if someone looks up the comments as I did, it might be good to read a dissenting opinion.
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I stumbled onto Anne Lamott while grocery shopping. Marginally coping with a new baby and a three year old I picked up "Operating Instructions-A Journal of My Son's First Year" and threw it into my cart. It quickly became my book of "daily affirmations" for the less than perfect parent. With hopeful anticipation I searched for more of her writing and found "Hard Laughter". I wasn't disappointed. The characters came alive and I realized the author was writing about her own family. These were the same voices I had grown to like so much in her journal. Once again her imperfect, humorous, messy, love-filled life lifted my spirits. I laughed even as I read of her father's diagnosis and treatment of brain cancer. The only disappointment was that it ended too soon and I had to leave the characters I felt I knew so well. I can't wait for more Lamott
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointed 21. April 2000
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I chose this Anne Lamott novel based on the fact it had the most favorable customer reviews here at Amazon of her novels. I am a big fan of "Bird by Bird" and had very high expectations. I was very annoyed by this book and wish I had not ignored the one unfavorable review. The characters all sounded like Lamott herself and many of the witticisms came off as just sounding as if she was trying to be clever. Pointless reading unless you just happen to be from a perfectly functional family that is dealing with cancer! I can deal with the lack of plot but a total lack of conflict, or one single compelling character is just plain boring.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Honest, funny and on the mark 18. Oktober 1999
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This book handles some difficult territory as only Anne Lamott could. She can be brutally honest and hilarious all at the same time. That she could bring that quality to the nightmarish experience of watching a loved one battle cancer -- something all too many of us know about firsthand -- sets this book apart. One of the previous reviewers found this book "distasteful." Well, there is nothing tasteful about cancer and the way it shatters one's way of life. I know of no other book that touches on the confusion and the anguish and the humanity of that experience like this one does. This is very worthwhile reading.
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