This book, based on extensive original research, outlines the different types of Chinese--foreign marriage, and divorce, and the changing scale and changing patterns of such marriages, and divorces, and examines how such marriages and divorces are portrayed in different kinds of media. The ViewCaps Pros and Cons series takes a step back and looks at the issue objectively. These are emotional landscapes at once familiar and unsettling, with characters who are instantly recognizable but endlessly surprising. The man, whom we see in profile over his shoulder, is smiling but he holds the baby at arm's length. He is married to a woman but his father is homosexual and Luca wonders whether he might be as well. With this collection of stories, Anthony Giardina takes his place among the finest writers of short fiction in America.
The only swimming important to the story is done by a woman. And I was glad then of the limits of that knowing. This book presents a uniquely global view of an expanding field that challenges these and other stereotypes of cross-border marriage. The front cover features a photograph of a man, presumably a father, holding an infant, possibly his son. This collection of stories probes with frightening clarity the dark heart of domestic existence. He is a regular visiting professor at the Michener Center of the University of Texas. We see his characters aggressively mapping their destinies, but we also know that, in the novel's larger scope, every action is subject to the humbling forces of time and chance.
This site is like a library, you could find million book here by using search box in the widget. Anyone who has ever tried to make sense of it -- of intimacy and estrangement, friends and family, love and hostility -- can relate to the efforts of Luca Carcera, the central character and narrator of Anthony Giardina's captivating Recent History. About The Country of Marriage With this collection of stories, Anthony Giardina takes his place among the finest writers of short fiction in America. Communication and sex can be tricky. These are emotional landscapes at once familiar and unsettling, with characters who are instantly recognizable but endlessly surprising. With each book, a issue is objectively analyzed.
Many men, bedded down firmly into the wedded state, find themselves in a curious, emotional paralysis this book describes that paralysis, and married man's inability to act. Sex can join physically people who remain stranded on opposite sides of an emotional chasm. May be very minimal identifying marks on the inside cover. Category: Social Science Author : United States. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. Words can fail us but a silence or a gesture can tell everything we need to know. It both satisfies on its own and inspires eagerness to read other works by Giardina, including his mostly exceptional short stories in Country of Marriage and his subsequent novel, White Guys.
Though there is much to appreciate both in content and style, this novel ultimately feels like a short story run astray. The ViewCaps Pros and Cons series takes a step back and looks at the issue objectively. But now Luca wonders whether there was more to it than that. Tony Giardina is the master of nuance, especially when it comes to writing about long-term relationships and the emotions that often lie unexplored and unexpressed beneath their seemingly placid surfaces. I thought that I wasn't going to enjoy this book after the first few pages, but I kept reading. As we hope he arrives at a conclusion of sorts that is satisfying for him, we can learn something about our own lives.
Brilliantly observed and masterfully told, The Country of Marriage is an unforgettable montage of lives of dwindling promise, of stubborn hope, of emotional atrophy, and of the courage to take root in the indifferent soil of modern existence. The author has his own ambitions, and he avoids disappointment. The Country of Marriage is a window into the lives of men as they confront the darkness at the heart of domestic existence. Luca loves his wife, Gina, but he feels removed from her as well. Cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket if applicable is included for hard covers.
It invites a viewer to ponder the picture's many possible suggestions, just as a reader is drawn into fiction as intriguing as Giardina's. I'm curious to see what happens next. In her mind--I could very nearly imagine that interior region--she viewed our intimacy, the nakedness of two bodies, the throttled cry of a male orgasm, the passing of two arms on a sexless night over the opposite body in a kind of unconscious and casual beseechment, the embarrassing sounds one hears, too, in the course of cohabitation, and then the talks, the speeches of self-representation during meals, during walks, all of this, along with what she'd observed of me over six or seven years, all of it constituted, in her mind, a kind of knowing. Anyone who has ever tried to make sense of it -- of intimacy and estrangement, friends and family, love and hostility -- can relate to the efforts of Luca Carcera, the central character and narrator of Anthony Giardina's captivating Recent History. I inhabit a house that other families have inhabited before me; mine is more a tenancy than a creation. Norumbega Park is a rich and rewarding book filled with wisdom about how we live and how we fail to live, gripped by dreams we can neither fulfill nor forget.
Giardina works with an expansive canvas; every scene is grounded in earthy, evolving characters and takes place at a turning point in their lives. His characters are as emotionally rich and complex as any you'll find in the novels of Richard Ford, John Updike and Richard Yates. Those who visit are always altered, often disoriented and occasionally shattered by the experience. Many of the book's thematic elements play critical roles in Giardina's short story collection, The Country of Marriage, which makes them feel repetitious and overplayed here. I have, at certain times, attempted to replicate such a moment, standing in my own doorway at night, but there is always a hollowness that comes over me.
These are emotional landscapes at once familiar and unsettling, with characters who are instantly recognizable but endlessly surprising. The long title poem, perhaps the finest single work in the book, is a grave, moving, and beautifully wrought love poem. That single phrase is enough to spark a passionate debate from either side. As he proved in his 2006 novel White Guys, Giardina knows the dark side of dreams; his characters pay a steep price as they migrate from working class streets to tony suburbs. The device intrudes, making the reader aware of the novelist, who appears to be trying to tie everything up too neatly. A work as singular as Recent History deserves not to be identified with so generic an image. It is just not the same; recent history has moved us all on.
The book contrasts the portrayal of Chinese--foreign marriage with the reality, and with the depiction of Chinese--Chinese marriage where many of the same problems apply. That one is inspired by the racially explosive case in 1989 of a Boston man who claimed that his wife and their unborn child had been murdered by a black man. Listening to Luca take stock of his life is like listening to a friend. When he was in junior high, he pretended that a male friend from school was his lover. Very minimal wear and tear.