DOWNLOAD KINDLE ✓ An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England - by Brock Clarke #2020


  • Title: An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England
  • Author: Brock Clarke
  • ISBN: 9781565125513
  • Page: 277
  • Format: Hardcover

  • An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England By Brock Clarke New Hardcover with dust jacket A lot of remarkable things have happened in the life of Sam Pulsifer, the hapless hero of this incendiary novel, beginning with the ten years he spent in prison for accidentally burning down Emily Dickinson s house and unwittingly killing two people emerging at age twenty eight, he creates a new life and identity as a husband and father New Hardcover with dust jacket A lot of remarkable things have happened in the life of Sam Pulsifer, the hapless hero of this incendiary novel, beginning with the ten years he spent in prison for accidentally burning down Emily Dickinson s house and unwittingly killing two people emerging at age twenty eight, he creates a new life and identity as a husband and father But when the homes of other famous New England writers suddenly go up in smoke, he must prove his innocence by uncovering the identity of this literary minded arsonist In the league of such contemporary classics as A Confederacy of Dunces and The World According to Garp, An Arsonist s Guide to Writers Homes in New England is an utterly original story about truth and honesty, life and the imagination.
    Brock Clarke
    Brock Clarke is the author of three previous books The Ordinary White Boy and two story collections His stories and essays have appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review, OneStory, the Believer, the Georgia Review, and the Southern Review and have appeared in the annual Pushcart Prize and New Stories from the South anthologies and on NPR s Selected Shorts He lives in Portland, Maine, and teaches creative writing at Bowdoin College.

    An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England By Brock Clarke

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    Jason
    I really wanted to love this book I couldn t tell you why, but I wanted this one to be a triumph.But, considering it took countless small bursts of very reluctant reading over the course of the entire fall to get through it, I have to classify this one as a total bust Even disappointing still is that I don t even have a great reason other than to say that it was just bad The first and foremost problem here is that the narrator is a total disaster Sam is a convicted arsonist who, through some st [...]

    Oriana
    You know, I really considered giving up on this about sixty pages in, and I probably should have it never got any better It was just so un compelling And the main character was really unlikeable, which drives me nuts It reminded me of A Confederacy of Dunces, which I don t remember much but definitely remember hating this had the same kind of bumbling, not very smart protagonist who just doesn t seem to get why bad things keep happening to him He was so whiny and stupid and boring Why should I g [...]

    Snotchocheez
    1.5 starsWhat an incendiary turd this wasThis seemed the output from a sadistic creative writing class assignment, requiring Its MFA hopefuls to build a novel around a computerized random idea generated premise, than anything Brock Clarke could ve dreamed up I absolutely loved his novelExley, but this one, AAGTWHINE , was much too convoluted, even for my predilection for quirky fiction.

    Deborah Edwards
    This book is a really fun read without being a frivolous read In fact, the author takes on a myriad of dark themes, but in the voice of his main character, Sam Pulsifer, has a way of making even the most atrocious goings on seem hilariously funny Sam is a self confessed bumbler, habitual liar, and accidental arsonist, and yet in the hands of Brock Clarke, somehow none of that seems unusual And believe me, that s not the half of the unusual aspects of this book and its characters Like Irving or V [...]

    Andrew
    This was a great story with an interesting narrative style, ruined by yet another pinball protagonist I m sick of novelists annoying me with characters that bounce around while people do things around them and especially to them Instead of acting, they choose the path of silence, the path of not doing anything For instance, every chance the protagonist gets to make a choice especially an important one, he does nothing at all The worst part is that this bullshit indecisiveness is usually put down [...]

    Gunjan
    I loved this absurdly funny little book and I had to go ahead and take the one star off of my rating because some of the things Clarke writes and that our main character Sam conveys, are true enough to make you want to crawl away and hide And you know, I just gave five stars to the last book I reviewed and I m not trying to earn a reputation here Besides, it s not like anyone s reading this Except you.A few favorites After all, wasn t this what college was all about Emptying your mind of the thi [...]

    Caryn
    I have to admit, I think I was expecting something completely different out of this book.It started out well enough Sam Pulsifer, a native of Amherst, Massachusetts, accidentally burned down the Emily Dickinson house when he was eighteen He has, since then, served his time seven years in a minimum security prision, hanging out with corrupt bond analysts , gone to college he has a degree in packaging science he helped invent the zip loc bag , gotten married to a tall woman named Anne Marie who is [...]

    Marcus
    I picked this one up because it had a lot of great reviews That ll teach me There have been few books that have given me less likable characters, or storyline The initial idea is a really good one, and I really hoped for some sort of saving grace in it all, but I never once found myself rooting for the protagonist, he was merely protagonizing to read about If ever there were a book I d warn people against reading this would be it or Jpod by Coupland, but don t get me started on that just yet I d [...]

    Gregory Baird
    An Arsonist s Guide to Writer s Homes in New England is the odyssey of Sam Pulsifer, a perpetual but completely accidental ne er do well His life story is rather convoluted, so suffice it to say that he snuck into the Emily Dickinson home one fateful night, eager to check out the veracity of several spooky stories his mother told him growing up, and unwittingly started a mighty conflagration that reduced the historic landmark to rubble and killed the amorous couple he did not know was inside Fif [...]

    Chad Sayban
    Sam Pulsifer is an everyman if you consider it ordinary to accidentally burn down Emily Dickinson s house and go to prison Now released, can Sam find a new life as a husband and father while trying to prove his innocence when other writers homes start going up in smoke Fear and love might leave a man complacent, but jealousy will always get him out of the van Every so often, a book grabs your attention with the opening sentence and holds you all the way to the last period Unfortunately, this isn [...]

    Cami
    I d give this 3.75 stars On sheer nerve, the author brings us to an alternate reality where the Emily Dickinson home is no and many other author s homes are doomed to the same fate by a suspect host of quirky individuals that fill these pages.I m surprised by all the negative reviews on this book I d like to restrain myself from sounding like a reading snob, I can t help but think they just didn t get it It is full of self depreciating humor that, true, is sometimes so painful and close to real [...]

    Lancelot Link
    A great title, an interesting premise and a boatload of good reviews persuaded me to pick up this book for a buck at a library sale Wow what a disappointment I ve never come across a character in fiction who was so annoying, unrealistic and just plain stupid But not stupid in an entertaining sense, just stupid in an annoying f ed up stupid sense I don t mind authors who have characters write in the first person who have clouded judgment or who deliberately mislead you or who don t learn anything [...]

    Ellen
    It took me three weeks to read a book that I should have completed in three days The fact that I forced myself to finish it is an indication of how disinterested I was in the story The characters were unlikeable, the style rambled, and I did not find anything about it funny or heartbreaking , as described on the jacket.There is something about this style of writing that makes my eyes glaze over The main character was so self absorbed that I skipped whole pages of navel gazing just to get to anyt [...]

    Janell
    Seldom do I start reading a book and think I really like this , only to get about halfway through and find I dislike it so much I cannot finish This was the case here What happened for me is that the quaint soliloquies of the main character started out fascinating, then just became annoying Without giving too much away, I ll say that I kept finding myself saying I can t believe you re going to let that happen You idiot It s not that I can t stomach a character who makes poor choices, but I start [...]

    Patrick
    This is a Weenie book, similar in the navel gazing tone to the works of Sedaris, Burroughs and the Grand Schnitzel Eggers.Unlike those writers, Clarke writes in a traditional style past tense and with some sort of plot So when the Weenie moments occur, and the narrator goes off on his weird life, it fits into a dramatic scheme It s not the typical Weenie bleats.Hey, I like that The Weenies are now, officially, The Bleat Generation.

    Emir Ibañez
    Compr este libro por su sinopsis, pensando que ser a un thriller entretenido cargado de misterio pero me encontr con algo completamente distinto, y no de una mala manera Puede ser buena una historia s lo si produce un efecto Si el efecto es malo, y se pretend a que as fuera ha cumplido esa historia con su cometido Es, pues, una buena historia Y si la historia produce un efecto contrario al que se pretend a, ser a entonces, una mala historia Puede decirse que, en efecto, las historias producen ef [...]

    Jillian
    BlechThis bookwasn t what I thought wanted expected hoped it would be What was I expecting Good question That s like someone saying, That s not what I thought you were going to say And then when asked what he THOUGHT the other person would say, that same person responds, I don t even remember any Does that make sense Should I delete that part of this review Oh man Am I coherent at ALL I wouldn t say this is a horrible book, but I do think that your enjoyment rests solely on your opinion of the n [...]

    Thryn G
    The inside back cover compares this book toConfederacy of Dunces, Catch 22,and The World According to Garp This does not match my experience really, as far as I m concerned, the only way these books are the same is that they all consist of pages filled with printed English words, bound on a side, and suitable for carrying with you.An Arsonist s Guide isn t funny, isn t biting, isn t heart breaking, or even all that interesting It s pretty sad when someone s self immolation doesn t provoke a snif [...]

    kira
    Meh I enjoyed this book, however I didn t find it Absurdly hilarious searingly funny Entertainment Weekly or Wildly, unpredictably funny New York Times Instead I d rate it perhaps occasionally chuckle worthy Okay, it s a satire of memoir, the literary world, and many other things I appreciated that But I just didn t really care about Sam or any of the characters, and as a mystery it was pretty weak However there were some good scenes and clever lines, so all in all I d give it an Okay.

    Ron Charles
    Some people have no sense of humor when it comes to great literature Or arson.A few months ago, book section editors around the country received a letter on quaint stationery from Beatrice Hutchins She wanted someone to burn down Edith Wharton s house Naturally, the good people who care for The Mount, Wharton s stately mansion in Lenox, Mass contacted the police But it turned out to be a publicity stunt by Algonquin Books, a small publisher in Chapel Hill, N.C trying to ignite some interest in B [...]

    Charles Matthews
    Whimsy, satire, and black comedy Those are three tough genres to pull off, especially when you try to do them all at once, as Brock Clarke does in his new novel And Mr Clarke has dared us not to read his book by giving it one of the most intriguing titles to be seen on shelves this fall An Arsonist s Guide to Writers Homes in New England This is the odd odyssey of Sam Pulsifer, who went to jail at age 18 for burning down the Emily Dickinson house in Amherst, Mass unwittingly killing the man and [...]

    christa
    Life lesson learned about myself while reading An Arsonist s Guide to Writers Homes in New England by Brock Clarke I prefer my slapstick humor visually served up by Leslie Nielsen, as opposed to in book form, like this Sam Pulcifer accidentally burns down Emily Dickinson s house and inadvertently kills a mid coital married couple that was hip locked in a bedroom He does time in prison with memoir writing white collar criminals, and afterward goes off to college, meets and marries his wife Pops o [...]

    Kat
    I wish I d paid attention to Anne Marie back then, but I didn t Oh, why didn t I Why don t we listen to the people we love Is it because we only have so much listening in us, and so many very important things to tell ourselves Sam Pulsifer, the narrator and protagonist of An Arsonist s Guide to Writers Homes in New England, poses this question to himself early in the novel This pondering points to two key themes the human need to narrate and our fascination with ourselves As a teenager, Sam acc [...]

    Melanie
    I m normally a great believer in the first sentence test, and I bought a copy of this book based almost exclusively on its doozy of a first sentence I, Sam Pulsifer, am the man who accidentally burned down the Emily Dickinson House in Amherst, Massachusetts, and who in the process killed two people, for which I spent ten years in prison and, as letters from scholars of American literature tell me , for which I will continue to pay a high price long into the not so sweet hereafter Alas, the rest [...]

    Jay
    I bought this book in hardback when it was first published, for no other reason than I thought the title was catchy, I m from New England Boston , and I know most of the places and writers residences referenced in the book Thank God they re still standing The novel wasn t exactly what I expected, but it was than I anticipated I appear to be in a minority of reviewers who liked the book There s no accounting for taste A quirky novel of bright fires, dark humor and characters with even darker sec [...]

    Huy
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    Tortla
    The writing brimmed with a naggingwrongness Like His eyes were fixed on Lees Ardor he had this aroused, glazed look on his face and kept smoothing and stroking his tie, and you didn t have to be an English major or a reader to know what that symbolized Does Clarke mean signified Does he mean for Sam Pulsifier to mean signified but get it wrong in a demonstration of his bumblingness Or does Clarke not have a great grasp on the difference between symbols and signifiers Or does he mean something th [...]

    F.R.
    This novel has a smart concept A man who s served a jail sentence for burning down Emily Dickinson s house and killing two people who were inside it at the time returns home to his parent s Almost immediately after he arrives someone starts setting fire to the homes of other famous New England authors.At points it also displays a witty, distinctly literary style There are amusing vignettes concerning successful authors of today J.K Rowling, Cormac McCarthy although I may have misidentified that [...]

    Kelsey
    I liked this book but found it hard to keep my interest for than a few pages at a time I wanted to know what would happen to the characters but I didn t care very much for any of them so it didn t matter to me what the outcome was I did like Sam s insights He was actually a pretty wise observer but when you re a bumbler like he is it s hard to know such a thing about yourself And now I feel as though I m writing in his voice so I ll stop

    Heidi
    Clarke is a genius This book is so smart, and heart aching, and wry I could not put it down He has created in Sam a profoundly engaging character If you like books, if you believe in the power whatever power it is of reading, if you enjoy having a writer cast a spell on you that won t let you walk away from his her story, read this book.

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