This was the most introspective and sedate thriller I have ever read So much takes place within the head of the narrator, but I still didn t always understand his motivation The plot moved slowly, despite chunks of time being totally skipped over I was intrigued by the portrayal of a relationship under serious strain, but the first person narration made me wish for the other side of the story So, it was an okay read for me, but left me scratching my head a bit, When I finished this book last night at 2 00am, I got choked up This was such a riveting, rhythmic literary work that if in movie form would be considered a classic film Needless to say, it s tied with Sharp Objects for the best I ve read though they are both in different categories so to speak.
Busch s pace and structure was amazing and it was as if I was reading off silk The prose was simple and beautiful, loaded with imagery and absolutely stellar dialogue The characters were well developed, especially the protagonist, Jack, along with Fanny, Archie and Rosalie who I adored Overall, however, it was Busch s subtleties in language and inference that made this novel explode in its richness Theses subtleties truly shined in his phenomenal, totally realistic dialogue The dramatic interchange between characters was quite astounding to say the very Busch S Novel Girls Is An Elegant, Literary Mystery, Bound By Loss And Driven By Hope From Their Origin In The Short Story Ralph The Duck, Busch S Characters Jack And Fanny Evolve, Embraced By The Sorrow That Divides Their Marriage And Reverberates Through The Tale Of Girls The Suffering They Ve Endured Since The Death Of Their Daughter Haunts Jack S Vision His World Is Pockmarked By Missing Children, His Daily [Frederick Busch] à Girls [international-relations PDF] Ebook Epub Download Ä Responsibilities As A College Campus Security Guard Laced With Anguish Jack Is Haunted By The Vulnerability Of Young Girls I Wondered If Girls Had Been Kidnapped, Murdered, Preyed Upon For Years Maybe It Was The Times, And Therefore Everything Human And Otherwise From When We Began Might Not Be At Fault When Year Old Janice Tanner Disappears, His Obsession Is Channeled Into A Passionate Search For Her Abductor His Empathy For Janice S Bereaved Parents Is Profound, But The Investigation Is Undertaken Not Simply That He Might Recover The Missing Girl, But In Hope Of Obtaining Salvation For His Own Family S PainIn The Dank Cold Of Upstate New York, Masterful Moments Of Confrontation Rise From A Silent Din Of Impending Danger There S No Doubt Busch S Place Among The Masters Of Narrative Is Secured With His Memorable Characterization Of Jack And This Vivid Tale Of Human Fragility I wanted to like this book, but I just couldn t get into it At first it was the subject matter, because I hate dead baby things, but then I didn t care for the protagonist The big reveals were so drawn out and late that I guessed them that always puts me a little out I felt like I was walking through an architecture museum beautiful examples of structure and counterbalance and fascia, but nothing wholly formed to transport me to another place.
This is the only Frederick Busch book that I ve read, so I wasn t sure what to expect His writing style reminds me a bit of Cormac McCarthy in that both of them can convey so MUCH with so FEW words It s a gift to find a writer that with a single sentence gives you the feeling of being kicked in the gut with its power, and it happened with this book numerous times The subject matter, that of the disapperance of a young girl and the toll it takes on her family and our protagonist, Jack, is very dark and difficult to think about, let alone be willing read about However, Busch s characters were so REAL to me that I found myself marveling at the people and their choices and it was the authentic humanity of the characters that got me through.
I highly recommend this book, and will definitely be reading of Frederick Busch s work in the future H The best word I can think of to describe Frederick Busch s novel Girls is muscular The novel has certainly received much higher praise than that Glamour Magazine called it powerful, and went on to describe it as an intriguing crime story although the novel s real strength lay with the main character s growing insight about his marriage, his town, and himself which transforms this page turner about lost children into a tender and eloquent examination of the even greater mystery that is the human heart Jack is a somewhat cantankerous Vietnam veteran who is currently a campus cop at a small college in upstate New York His wife, Fanny, is an emergency room nurse Jack and Fanny are mourning the recent loss of their infant daughter, Hannah They can barely be in the same room with each other and so they work ✓ Girls È Overall, I just think I didn t really like the narrator of this book, and that s the real reason I didn t enjoy it I loved that it was set at my alma mater, and I really wanted to love the whole book, since the author is a Colgate professor, but I just didn t enjoy reading it I felt that the storyline would make great jumps in time without warning, and somehow we were always waiting for spring hadn t months gone by He would say things like I think I knew who was behind this but not actually tell the reader what he was thinking Come on Give us some information, even if it s just your guess, man I accept that the information about his daughter was something we had to earn, so we didn t learn about it until the very end, but anything about the missing girl he s I was also scared I had forgotten what the weight of the.
32 made me remember the kind of power a weapon concentrates at the end of your arm You move it, and you re Mrs Tanner s heroic Lord You make decisions Let this person s chest be opened Let there be bone fragments in the air Let his chest breathe, sucking for air through the maroon spittle on his sternum The fear of his face begins at the end of your arm with the gun s dead heaviness, and you re scared, too I d even liked the fear I had enjoyed it than I should have His fear, my fear, the stink of our dry mouths in the back of his car, even the pain in my side and the heartbeat in my fingers, which brushed against the blue black butt of the pistol Where I d gotten to was the cellar of the haunted house, and what was haunting it was me 238
This was just an emergency read I didn t have anything to read, was too sick to go to the library, and didn t have money and was also too sick to go to the bookstore So I just pulled this from my roommate s library Unfortunately her tastes run to Jodi Picoult and Dean Koontz, sooooooo there you go This was a fairly basic story Viet Nam vet dates this book, doesn t it turned fancy college security guard is asked to help the local police look for some missing Girls, which brings up bad memories of his own dead daughter and failing marriage I think some of the writing was actually quite lovely, but the plot meandered and the revelations were sort ofI don t know Not silly, exactly, but I just wasn t invested enough in any of the characters to care When the killer was revealed I wasn t surprised, shocked, moved, whatever I said, Um, who was that guy again A I ve always liked the way that Joyce Carol Oates has been able to capture the quiet desperation of muddling through in the average lives of New England and New York I had never read anything of Frederick Busch before and this story of a nearly broken former cop turned security guard and his near obsessive investigation into the disappearance of a local girl is impressively haunting.
Not really a whodunit the investigation is almost secondary but the book follows the protagonist s inexorable drag into obsession and its effects on him, his marriage and his life Real and raw and with amazing prose this book stays with you long after finishing it Note the main character appears again in North, which was FB s last book published before he died in 2006 It was also very good, but of the two, I enjoyed Girls.