Chute's first book, and a true masterpiece. You will hate the heroes, the action, the plot-- just about everything about this book is unpleasant, but it's so true there's no way to argue with it. It's a love story that doesn't make you feel good.
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The Beans of Egypt, Maine
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9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches
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Chutes first book, an...
This is one of my all ...
This is one of my all time favorite books!! I can't tell you how many times I have re-read it.
This is one of the odd...
This is one of the oddest books I've ever read As another reviewer mentioned, the characters are almost uniformly unlikable; the setting, in an extreme povery zone in Maine, is off-putting; the plotline is minimal. Nevertheless, Chute manages to hold your interest and somehow makes you care about the characters. The book abounds in grotesque scenes and ugly actions. Still, you feel that the book somehow presents a true picture of what life is like on the underside of the American dream. I was not happy with the author's afterword to this edition, and it's quite apparent that she has a considerable axe to grind. Even so, this book is well worth a read; it's sort of like a post-modern "Grapes of Wrath" without the redemption factor.
Back in the mid-1980s ...
Back in the mid-1980s The Beans of Egypt, Maine was a very popular book, but since that time it seems to have faded from view. Decades later, I have finally gotten around to reading it. This collection of interrelated short stories about the hardscrabble lives of the redoubtable Bean clan is filled with fantastical elements such as creepy skin conditions, hissing babies, and unusual eye colors, as well as more standard plot points like poverty and incest. These make for a very strange reading experience. The writing is striking in places; however, I found the large cast of characters and loose storytelling confusing. I have no immediate plans to read Chute's other books set in Egypt, Maine.
I felt compelled to fi...
I felt compelled to finish this book even though I wasn't really enjoying it. I am not a fan of the author's writing style; to choppy for my taste. The story is about the Bean family and the extreme poverty they live with. There are so many questionable sexual relationships in this story, the author states it's not incest, but I'm not sure what else to call it. I was trying to find a redeeming quality in just one of the characters in the novel, but, alas, that was not to be. I have Chute's other two books in my library and now I wonder if I will take the plunge and read those.
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