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jmreader, October 23, 2014 (view all comments by jmreader)
Great read. Duncan uses one character to introduce the reader to the other main characters in a way that gives wonderful detail and insight, adding to the experience of enjoying this book. The story is a family who grows up through the sixties, with the background of baseball, religion, and the Vietnam war. Each member of the family offering different perspective and has their own story. Very engaging.
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lukas, July 12, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
It takes some pretty big cojones to title your book after one of the great Russian novels of the 19th century. Like Dostoevsky's masterpiece, Pac NW author David James Duncan, who also wrote "The River Why," crafts a sprawling, philosophical, sometimes exhausting family saga centered around the difficulties of family. Baseball, love, war, God, country and other capital I issues are all fair game in this novel, which reminded me of both John Irving and John Updike. The 60s setting (one brother goes to Vietnam) is a little cliched and the book goes on about 100 pages longer than it needs to, but it is mostly absorbing, observant, and thoughtful, if not quite as good as its reputation suggests.
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michaelzuzel, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by michaelzuzel)
This is a story about baseball for those who don't care for sports; a story about faith for those who might not be religious; a story about a family for all who think their own is peculiar -- and that's most of us. It's also one of the best American novels of the past half century, filled with vivid language and unforgettable scenes. One of those scenes takes place on a bridge not far from where I used to live; I once left a copy of this book, in a zipper-bag, on that very bridge, in hopes someone would find it, take a chance on the Chance clan, and end up loving them as much as I do.
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mentinker, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by mentinker)
After I finished reading this book, I quickly went to Powells, snatched up all of their used copies and gave them as presents to all of my finest friends... but especially those that love literature, baseball, religion and/or philosophy. The writing in this book is marvelous and the tale of four brothers and the relationship between them and their parents is engaging, poignant, humorous and touching. I am not one to read novels multiple times -- but I often pick up this book and just bask in the first chapter. The writing is superb!
I have not come back to this book in a while and haven't passed it on to many of my newer friends. Upon revisiting my love for this book, I'm going to start hounding Powells again for some used copies.
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Mike Espana-McGeehon, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by Mike Espana-McGeehon)
This was one of the greatest books I have ever read. Sophisticated, hilarious, and better the 12th time!
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Product Details

Duncan, David James
Dial Press
New York :
Washington (state)
Domestic fiction
Washington (State) Fiction.
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
fiction;baseball;family;novel;religion;brothers;vietnam;pacific northwest;vietnam war;war;american;washington;usa;literature;america;sports;family saga;faith;20th century
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Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 6-7.
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8.17 x 5.26 x 1.4 in 1 lb

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Product details 656 pages Bantam Books - English 9780553378498 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

As a Northwesterner (or recovering Southerner) and a baseball fanatic, I highly recommend The Brothers K. From laugh out loud funny to tear in your eye sad, this book does everything you hope a novel will. It's a love letter to everything that's great about living.

"Staff Pick" by ,

As a Northwesterner (or recovering Southerner) and a baseball fanatic, I highly recommend The Brothers K. From laugh out loud funny to tear in your eye sad, this book does everything you hope a novel will. It's a love letter to everything that's great about living.

"Review" by , "[Duncan's] massive second effort is well worth the wait. It is a stunning work: a complex tapestry of family tensions, baseball, politics and religion, by turns hilariously funny and agonizingly sad....The book ends with a quiet grace note — a reprise of its first images — to satisfyingly close the narrative circle."
"Review" by , "Another quintessentially American saga from Oregon writer Duncan....Unfortunately losing focus as it tracks family members around the world...this epic story is still marvelously detailed and poignant, and a garden of delights for baseball lovers."
"Review" by , "The pages of The Brothers K sparkle!"
"Review" by , "Among its many merits, it reflects far better than most fiction the wide variety of Sixties experiences....Baseball provides the central metaphor for this huge hypnotic novel, but although in that sport a 'K' indicates a strikeout, here it scores a home run."
"Review" by , "Duncan is a wonderfully engaging writer."
"Review" by , "This ambitious book succeeds on almost every level and every page."
"Synopsis" by , While their father mourns the destruction of his nascent baseball career and their mother clings obsessively to her faith, the four Chance brothers choose their own ways to deal with what the world has to offer them.
"Synopsis" by , US


Once in a great while a writer comes along who can truly capture the drama and passion of the life of a family. David James Duncan, author of the novel The River Why and the collection River Teeth, is just such a writer. And in The Brothers K he tells a story both striking and in its originality and poignant in its universality.


This touching, uplifting novel spans decades of loyalty, anger, regret, and love in the lives of the Chance family. A father whose dreams of glory on a baseball field are shattered by a mill accident. A mother who clings obsessively to religion as a ward against the darkest hour of her past. Four brothers who come of age during the seismic upheavals of the sixties and who each choose their own way to deal with what the world has become. By turns uproariously funny and deeply moving, and beautifully written throughout, The Brothers K is one of the finest chronicles of our lives in many years.


Praise for The Brothers K


“The pages of The Brothers K sparkle.”—The New York Times Book Review


“Duncan is a wonderfully engaging writer.”—Los Angeles Times


“This ambitious book succeeds on almost every level and every page.”—USA Today


“Duncan’s prose is a blend of lyrical rhapsody, sassy hyperbole and all-American vernacular.”—San Francisco Chronicle


The Brothers K affords the . . . deep pleasures of novels that exhaustively create, and alter, complex worlds. . . . One always senses an enthusiastic and abundantly talented and versatile writer at work.”—The Washington Post Book World


“Duncan . . . tells the larger story of an entire popular culture struggling to redefine itself—something he does with the comic excitement and depth of feeling one expects from Tom Robbins.”—Chicago Tribune

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