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Feast of Love (Movie Tie In) (07 Edition)

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ISBN13: 9780307387271
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From "one of our most gifted writers" (Chicago Tribune), here is a superb new novel that delicately unearths the myriad manifestations of extraordinary love between ordinary people.

The Feast of Love is just that — a sumptuous work of fiction about the thing that most distracts and delights us. In a re-imagined Midsummer Night's Dream, men and women speak of and desire their ideal mates; parents seek out their lost children; adult children try to come to terms with their own parents and, in some cases, find new ones.

In vignettes both comic and sexy, the owner of a coffee shop recalls the day his first wife seemed to achieve a moment of simple perfection, while she remembers the women's softball game during which she was stricken by the beauty of the shortstop. A young couple spends hours at the coffee shop fueling the idea of their fierce love. A professor of philosophy, stopping by for a cup of coffee, makes a valiant attempt to explain what he knows to be the inexplicable workings of the human heart Their voices resonate with each other — disparate people joined by the meanderings of love — and come together in a tapestry that depicts the most irresistible arena of life. Crafted with subtlety, grace, and power, The Feast of Love is a masterful novel.

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“Rich, juicy...completely engrossing. [Baxter] builds a community right on the page before us, using a glittering eye, a silvery tongue — and just a little moonlight.” The New York Times Book Review

Review:

“Superb — a near-perfect book, as deep as it is broad in its humaneness, comedy and wisdom.” The Washington Post Book World

Synopsis:

Late one night, a man wakes from a bad dream and decides to take a walk through his neighborhood. After catching sight of two lovers entangled on the football field, he comes upon Bradley Smith, friend and fellow insomniac, and Bradley begins to tell a series of tales — a luminous narrative of love in all its complexity.

We meet Kathryn, Bradley's first wife, who leaves him for another woman, and Diana, Bradley's second wife, more suitable as a mistress than a spouse. We meet Chloé and Oscar, who dream of a life together far different from the sadness they have known. We meet Esther and Harry, whose love for their lost son persists despite his contempt for them. And we follow Bradley on his nearly magical journey to conjugal happiness.

About the Author

Charles Baxter lives in Minneapolis and teaches at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of seven other works of fiction, including Believers, Harmony of the World, and Through the Safety Net. The Feast of Love was a finalist for the National Book Award.

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OneMansView, November 30, 2010 (view all comments by OneMansView)
Longing for love

The author kicks off this interesting examination of relationships as a character in his own book, having woken one night in a disoriented state and then taking a mind-clearing walk in his Ann Arbor neighborhood including venturing into the U of Mich stadium. On his trek, he dimly observes lovemaking on the field at the fifty-yard line from a high perch, and later, but more significantly, he encounters his neighbor Bradley Smith with his like-named dog who has the inspired suggestion, knowing that Charlie is a writer, of writing on heartfelt occurrences in people’s lives and calling it “The Feast of Love.” It is Bradley’s acquaintances, be they friends, neighbors, employees, or ex-wives, who tell their stories. In some cases, it is Charlie, in his fictional role, who tracks them down and records their stories.

Many of the experiences are told from two or more perspectives. As might be expected, perceptions of what exists or has happened between two individuals can vary widely. Bradley, the manager of Jitters, a mall coffee shop, is a prime example of one who permits his feelings to miss the signs of a disconnect with his partners. An apparently successful visit to an animal shelter to ease his first wife Kathryn’s fear of dogs is nothing of the kind as she pines for a lithe female athlete Jenny with whom she gains an instant rapport at a sports bar after a softball game. He interprets the remoteness of his attractive, professional second wife Diana as an indication of her depth, which in actuality barely conceals an inexplicable indifference towards him despite accepting his proposal. One of the more appealing relationships is that between punkish Chloe and Oscar, employees at Jitters, who are on the fast track to nowhere but recognize each other as kindred souls and develop an intense, passionate, but short-lived, pairing.

Coincidentally or not, all of the various threads connect in some way; for example, in Chloe’s story she mentions seeing a man in the stadium when she and Oscar are on the fifty-yard line. Though the exuberance of the young punkers is compelling, the stories of Bradley and his ex-wives are more nuanced with wider appeal. The intriguing Jenny should have gotten a chance for her story. After the Diana fiasco plays out, an unexpected tragedy dampens the telling of loves gained and lost. An ugly scene involving Oscar’s father marks a further unraveling.

Nonetheless, this book is a small, illuminating window into the fragile and fleeting nature of relationships. The author’s portrayal of these uncertainties is sharp, poignant, and sympathetic. There is the hope that all can find a situation that can provide happiness. As Bradley understands, “there are only two realities: the one for people who are in love or love each other, and the one for people who are standing outside all of that.” Most people are striving like crazy to enter the first reality.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307387271
Author:
Baxter, Charles
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Community life
Subject:
Ann Arbor (Mich.)
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Audio Books-Literature
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Publication Date:
20090514
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.96 x 5.16 x .7 in .5 lb

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Product details 320 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307387271 Reviews:
"Review" by , “Rich, juicy...completely engrossing. [Baxter] builds a community right on the page before us, using a glittering eye, a silvery tongue — and just a little moonlight.”
"Review" by , “Superb — a near-perfect book, as deep as it is broad in its humaneness, comedy and wisdom.” The
"Synopsis" by , Late one night, a man wakes from a bad dream and decides to take a walk through his neighborhood. After catching sight of two lovers entangled on the football field, he comes upon Bradley Smith, friend and fellow insomniac, and Bradley begins to tell a series of tales — a luminous narrative of love in all its complexity.

We meet Kathryn, Bradley's first wife, who leaves him for another woman, and Diana, Bradley's second wife, more suitable as a mistress than a spouse. We meet Chloé and Oscar, who dream of a life together far different from the sadness they have known. We meet Esther and Harry, whose love for their lost son persists despite his contempt for them. And we follow Bradley on his nearly magical journey to conjugal happiness.

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