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Larry's Party By Carol Shields Larry s Party Larry Weller born in is an ordinary guy made extraordinary by his creator s perception irony and tenderness Carol Shields gives us as it were a CAT scan of his life in episodes between

  • Title: Larry's Party
  • Author: Carol Shields
  • ISBN: 9780679309512
  • Page: 283
  • Format: Paperback
  • Larry's Party By Carol Shields Larry Weller, born in 1950, is an ordinary guy made extraordinary by his creator s perception, irony and tenderness Carol Shields gives us, as it were, a CAT scan of his life, in episodes between 1977 and 1997 that flash back and forward seamlessly As Larry journeys toward the millennium, adapting to society s changing expectations of men, Shields elegant prose makes thLarry Weller, born in 1950, is an ordinary guy made extraordinary by his creator s perception, irony and tenderness Carol Shields gives us, as it were, a CAT scan of his life, in episodes between 1977 and 1997 that flash back and forward seamlessly As Larry journeys toward the millennium, adapting to society s changing expectations of men, Shields elegant prose makes the trivial into the momentous Among all the paradoxes and accidents of his existence, Larry moves through the spontaneity of the seventies, the blind enchantment of the eighties and the lean, mean nineties, completing at last his quiet, stubborn search of self Larry s odyssey mirrors the male condition at the end of our century with targeted wit, unerring poignancy and faultless wisdom.
    Larry's Party By Carol Shields

    Larry s Party by Carol Shields Larry s Party Larry Weller, born in , is an ordinary guy made extraordinary by his creator s perception, irony and tenderness Carol Shields gives us, as it were, a CAT scan of his life, in episodes between and that flash back and forward seamlessly. Larry s Party Larry s Party Shields, Carol With Larry s Party Carol Shields has done the same for men Larry Weller, born in , is an ordinary guy made extraordinary by his creator s perception, irony, and tenderness Larry s Party gives us, as it were, a CAT scan of his life, in episodes between and , that seamlessly flash backward and forward We follow this young floral designer through two marriages and divorces, and his interactions Lawrence Scott Events About A Larry Party Gallery Reviews Press Contact f About A Larry Party Gallery Reviews Press Contact f A Larry Party Gallery Reviews Press Contact f WA Dems Tribal Organizing Washington Democrats Join the WA Dems Tribal Organizing Facebook Community Commit to Vote Sign Up to Volunteer Please reach out to our Tribal Organizer, Larry Cordier, at email protected to learn about our work in tribal communities across Washington The personal information collected in the form above will not sign you up for any Washington State Democratic Party mailing list and we will not From sharecropper s son to Black Panther to politician Larry Gossett s legendary past doesn t seem to have moved today s voters The longtime King County council member is behind his opponent, year old Girmay Zahilay, by nearly percentage points. Catering in Gold Bar, WA The Knot Learn about catering in Gold Bar on The Knot Find, research and contact wedding professionals on The Knot, featuring reviews and info on the best wedding vendors. Lawrence Faneuf Sterley , Gold Bar, WA Has Court or Lawsuits, Liens or Bankruptcies found on Lawrence s Background Report Criminal or Civil Court records found on Lawrence s Family, Friends, Neighbors, or Classmates View Details Seattle mayoral election Larry Oberto No party Former race driver, motorsports management Nikkita Oliver People s Party , attorney, educator, organizer including Black Lives Matter , and public figure Jason Roberts Democratic Consultant Kerry Washington s Best Looks Sep , The actress attended the Met Gala wearing a bright red tassled outfit to match her fierce red carpet pose Perfect Pattern The annual Vanity Fair Oscar party is the hottest ticket in Holllywood

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    1. Paul on said:

      4.5 starsThis is the first novel by Carol Shields that I have read I still need to read The Stone Diaries It is set mainly in Canada and the protagonist is Larry Weller We follow Larry from about 1976 when he is 26 until 1997 It is thematic and each chapter looks at a different aspect of Larry s life, through his two marriages, being a father, work, sex and so on Often we see events at a distance as significant events seem to take place between chapters The last chapter rounds off the whole with [...]

    2. Suzanne on said:

      I did not finish this I still feel like reviewing and rating though This was odd The narrators voice to me was a mocking tone, but I didn t know if it was meant to be, and I was mocking the mocker I felt it was slow and things only started to pick up a little when Larry s first wife took a back hoe to his prize shrub maze in the front yard Cue divorce Larry was a florist Larry kept talking about words to describe his penis, or his erection Diatribes of word after word after word This happened at [...]

    3. Amy on said:

      I can t help it I love Carol Shields I miss her voice in the world I deeply feel her loss to breast cancer 5 years ago.Larry s Party is a novel that won Shields the Orange Prize I m impressed at her tackling an in depth, from the inside look at the life of an average North American man I feel she only stumbled by falling into a feminine sensibility in a couple of lines, so overall, I m still giving this book 5 stars Basically, I want to give all Shields work 5 stars.And yes, if you re looking fo [...]

    4. Sarah on said:

      Carol Shields liked to write about ordinary people with ordinary problems On the face of it, that s just about the last thing I d want to read But hers are not the loud, robust common men we hear so much about in country songs These are the unsung ordinary people, quietly living their lives The gentle souls.I like Larry, and Shields is becoming my favorite novelist.

    5. Linda Prieskorn on said:

      Larry is a typical boring human who plods through life The author uses 100 s of comparisons to benchmark Larry against average people She repeats many scenarios about his life, his first marriage, his life as a child as he progresses through life As boring as the language is in the book you feel compelled to continue reading because Larry s life is your life You are not a famous statesman, you are not an olympic athlete, you are not in the news weekly, you write on Facebook and and that is the p [...]

    6. Elizabeth (Alaska) on said:

      A few professional reviews likened this to her The Stone Diaries, but from a man s viewpoint I did not see the commonality In the Diaries, I always felt as if the person was real, while in Larry s I never did From the beginning, it felt as if a woman trying to write from a man s point of view and not quite making it.Throughout, Shields repeats parts of the story given in earlier chapters It s almost as if she thinks you will take a long time reading it and might forget what has gone on before so [...]

    7. Rebecca McNutt on said:

      This odd but interesting Canadian novel is a very different sort of reading experience I really liked it for the most part, and its 20th century settings throughout the story made it even creative.

    8. Heidi on said:

      The man s vocation as maze maker is intentionally apt It mirrors his mind I was several dozen pages in before I latched I felt lost in the mental maze and fatigued by the density of the story s stream of consciousness style, the obsessive thoughts, ruminations, and people who didn t seem to matter, such that when those who did matter reappeared on the scene I felt sweet relief And then I surprised myself by ultimately loving this book and the sleuth work it demanded I loved Larry, and the satisf [...]

    9. Burd on said:

      I was given this book when it first came out in 1997 After reading the first few pages, I put it back on the shelf There it sat for 17 years with a bookmark at page 20 I m so glad I came back to it At this stage in my life I am so much receptive to Larry s life lessons I think the reason I didn t like it at that time was that I had read The Stone Diaries and was expecting something similar I ve learned not to do that An author s books should be like his or her children They should each contain [...]

    10. Jean on said:

      In the end, I liked this book far better than I imaginged I would My first thoughts as I read centered around what I felt was Carol Shields smuggness to believe that SHE could actually have any true insight into the working of a man s brain thoughts I had a professor once who stated, A brain soaked in testostrone, does not function like a brain soaked in estrogen Having lived all these years, I have to agree Men and women function differently and neither really understands the other, even when w [...]

    11. Pat on said:

      I really enjoyed reading this book At first I thought the subject matter was going to put me off but in the end I came to like Larry I like the idea that a person can find inspiration in a particular situation and then go on to build a life on that inspiration Larry goes in to his first maze at Hampton Court while on his honeymoon and it is a life changing experience for him I did find the idea of surrounding ones own house with a maze a bit weird and obviously it was than Dorrie could bear I f [...]

    12. Paula Maguire on said:

      I really enjoyed this book which was, as you would expect, beautifully written and full of wonderful observations and perceptions on life I was on my bookshelf for years as it was a freebie from RUTC library and I didn t like the cover of green topiary mazes but it was a real treat.

    13. Jayne Charles on said:

      There was an awful lot of wisdom packed into this story about Larry, sometime nerd and hedge enthusiast, so many neat little observations that had me saying wow It has to be admired as a feat of writing, if nothing else Each chapter moves Larry along in his life chronologically, but at the same time each section has its own theme his kids, his job, his health, etc Strands of chronology are drawn through each of these themes, the story dipping back into the past as necessary, so it was almost as [...]

    14. Val on said:

      The book recounts episodes in the life of Larry Weller, florist and maze maker, over a period of twenty years.We can see why Larry likes mazes, they have a logic and structure which can only be seen from above when one is in them, they can be confusing, people get lost Larry feels like this about his life, he wants there to be a logical pattern to it, but much of the time he is lost and confused His judgement and ability to read situations are often faulty We are given a good example to demonstr [...]

    15. the never-ending library on said:

      This is a deceptively simple book Just one guy s life.When you meet Larry he is luxuriating in a rather new find , a Harris Tweed jacket to end all Harris Tweed jackets Larry does own one, but not this one That means someone else will no doubt notice upon closer examination that their once pristine sartorial prize resembles a battered hand me down This is Larry s opening triumph, and for a young man about to embark on life as an adult he s ready to do so in style.The book is demarcated in yet ag [...]

    16. Kirsty Dummin Smith on said:

      I found this book difficult to read Not because it wasn t well written, Shields certainly knows how to write Having read a little of Shield s technique for structuring her work, I know that she has less of a focus on plot and on the ordering of her chapters, which I think is very evident in Larry s Party As the name would suggest, the novel does conclude with a party for protagonist, Larry, but it is a long and convoluted path to get there Each chapter begins with a recap of the previous scenes [...]

    17. Eleanor on said:

      This weekend I went to the inaugural Emerald Street Literary Festival, which was fantastic The first panel was on the Baileys Women s Prize for Fiction, which, as regular readers will know, is something I m very interested by, and which I ve been trying to read all the winners of Awkwardly constructed sentence, sorry, but can t think of a way to fix it without splitting it into two sentences, which is boring Onwards This book, Larry s Party, won that prize in 1998 One of the things that interest [...]

    18. Marguerite on said:

      Larry s Party was better than OK, right up till the ending, though Larry the character still seemed fairly flat, apart from his profession of designing and installing mazes insert appropriate pun here But Carol Shields totally lost me at the event called Larry s party, where the dialogue turned a bit Noel Coward I felt as though I had to find my way out of a literary thicket.I did like this He loves the Latin roll of the words in his mouth Leguminosae and he loves himself for being a man capable [...]

    19. Claire on said:

      I didn t like the structure of this book each chapter about something to do with Larry, and written as if the reader hadn t read any of the previous chapters so there was time catching up and filling in on information that the reader already knew A booksey technique that didn t work And then there was the neat ending Far far too neat Shields must have wanted full circle contentment for Larry or something, and in order to give him that, had to make sure all the other characters who spun around hi [...]

    20. Rushel Miller on said:

      because i ve decided that once i pick up a book i will finish it i ve finished this book it was okay i was delighted by her disregard for focusing on plot, revelling in her choice to weave a convincing character profile of the mc larry however, convincing as the white, heterosexual, male from first world privilege larry was, it didn t make him interesting or compelling i liked the book for its technique but i d have loved to witness the same technique illustrating a character with than white ci [...]

    21. Cheryl on said:

      Told in episodic chapters so each one reads like a short story, yet the full picture doesn t come out until the entire book is read Much like a maze, a central theme of the book, that one walks through, but really doesn t appreciate until the maze has been left I found myself a little annoyed with Larry, to me he seemed like such a lucky man, yet unappreciative of his ordinary yet charmed, one could say privileged life.The woman in Larry s life are interesting too His crude, vulgar, and philisti [...]

    22. Ash Hiebert on said:

      I didn t finish this book I Did not enjoy this book I tried I got to page 207 before I realized I just didn t like it Every chapter repeats the last chapters It was neat at first, different chapters were on different ideas about his life or an aspect of who he was, so if that aspect included something hat had happened earlier se touched upon it in a different way But gawd There are only so many times I can read about his entire schooling and work history before I want to scream Over and over and [...]

    23. Mary on said:

      This author s characters are often improbably insightful, but I love the way she gives mundane people immense internal lives Even simple acts in simple lives have drama Love her descriptions of work in this book too There s no getting around it the rhapsody of work hums between Larry s ears, its variables and strategies, its implements and its tightly focused skills Sometimes he tries to scare himself with thoughts of worklessness, the long, vacant mornings of the unemployed how would that feel [...]

    24. Marvin on said:

      An unusual book Each chapter is almost like a fictional essay reflection on some topic marriage, work, sex, turning 40, etc The main character, Larry, is especially appealing because he is so surprised by his good fortune is keenly conscious both of how his past shapes his character at the same time how his life has taken totally unexpected turns Shields is also good at reflecting on the meaning of work relationships While the chapters could stand on their own as independent stories essays that [...]

    25. Lorri Steinbacher on said:

      I chose this book because someone recommended it in another review It is interesting, each chapter can be read as its own story as Shields goes back over relevant details each time I rarely read books examining the inner life of male characters, especially if there is an actual chapter about the protagonist s penis, but Shields manages to make Larry interesting and vulnerable and I think representative of one kind of masculinity the nice guy and how it plays out over the course of a life I would [...]

    26. Elizabeth Kennedy on said:

      In one sense this is a very straghtforward, even simple book It is the story of one man s quest to find out who he is and create meaning in his life Shield s use of mazes as plot point, as metaphor, as the structure of her story, as theme gives this book wonderful depth Larry often seems lost in life, and makes mistakes, but he is essentially lovely and endearing I like this book better than The Stone Diaries, which I also gave four stars I would probably alter that rating to 3 1 2 stars and giv [...]

    27. Stobby on said:

      A life beautifully weaved Each character and scene was developed in such a palpable way I began recalling my own childhood memories in poignant detail Not perfect though Some scenes added for drama, fizzled and the height of main character, the moment where he summarizes all moments, comes mid forties which seemed a little premature Still, I m a fan.

    28. Katie Palterman on said:

      My absolute favourite book I ve read it multiple times and it s still good Larry is so average and boring that his life is halarious and makes for a very interesting read The way Carole Shields wrote this book is amazing

    29. Sophia on said:

      Loved the sharp and quiet observations about life, loved the overarching theme of mazes, literal and figurative It s a quiet book that made me think a lot and made me wish that I could write like this, and observe the world as closely as Shields does.

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