As for Me and My House

As for Me and My House It s an immense night out there wheeling and windy The lights on the street and in the houses against the black wetness little unilluminating glints that might be painted on it The town seems huddle

  • Title: As for Me and My House
  • Author: Sinclair Ross Robert Kroetsch
  • ISBN: 9780771094125
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Paperback
  • It s an immense night out there, wheeling and windy The lights on the street and in the houses against the black wetness, little unilluminating glints that might be painted on it The town seems huddled together, cowering on a high tiny perch, afraid to move lest it topple into the wind The town is Horizon, the setting of Sinclair Ross brilliant classic study of life i It s an immense night out there, wheeling and windy The lights on the street and in the houses against the black wetness, little unilluminating glints that might be painted on it The town seems huddled together, cowering on a high tiny perch, afraid to move lest it topple into the wind The town is Horizon, the setting of Sinclair Ross brilliant classic study of life in the Depression era Hailed by critics as one of Canada s great novels, As For Me and My House takes the form of a journal The unnamed diarist, one of the most complex and arresting characters in contemporary fiction, explores the bittersweet nature of human relationships, of the unspoken bonds that tie people together, and the undercurrents of feeling that often tear them apart Her chronicle creates an intense atmosphere, rich with observed detail and natural imagery.As For Me and My House is a landmark work It is essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand the scope and power of the Canadian novel.From the Paperback edition.

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    1. Not a book that most adolescents would enjoy, but my favourite Canadian novel. An overlooked classic that deserves more attention internationally. Yes, it's bleak, but it's gloriously bleak.

    2. "It's an immense night out there, wheeling and windy. The lights on the street and in the houses against the black wetness, little unilluminating glints that might be painted on it. The town seems huddled together, cowering on a high tiny perch, afraid to move lest it topple into the wind . . ." An amazing Canadian novel from 1941 that gets better on re-reading. Told (small spoiler: not entirely "reliably" as it turns out) by an impoverished minister's wife in a Saskatchewan hamlet in the 1930s, [...]

    3. What can I say, Ross's writing is absolutely amazing. The character of Mrs.Bentley is one of the most complex, layered and interesting I've seen in a long while. Oh Mrs.Bentley, I still don't know what to make of you after having finished this book.The novel is set in the prairies during the depression and written in diary entries from her point of view.She is certainly not a reliable narrator, but at the same time, she has moments of such lucidity that it makes you wonder if she's really just d [...]

    4. I hated the mandatory high school short story "The White Door" by Sinclair Ross - so dreary, boring and Canadian - ECKIn my early twenties a colleague heard me complain about the experience & thrust Sinclair's only novel into my hand and said I must read it. I've come to think the older you are the more value, insights and enjoyment you get from this novel. This is my second read and I'm staggered to realize that on this time through I am older than the two main characters. I have a far grea [...]

    5. "As for Me and My House" is a story that takes place on the Canadian Plains during the Depression. A preacher's wife is the narrator and protagonist of the novel, writing her diary entries during a year in a small town of Horizon. While the description of the elemental hardships and encompassing wind are beautiful, it does not redeem the novel. It goes from boring, to depressing, to disappointing, to a final throw down of the book upon the table after I forced myself to read all 230-odd pages of [...]

    6. I read this book originally in grade 12 with an incredible Canadian Literature teacher. He made this solemn, still-seeming novel into something intricate and mysterious. He suggested the possibilities of Mrs. Bentley as an orchestrator of all the events of the novel, he made this simple book into an extraordinary complex novel with incredible imagery, symbolism, and hidden possibilities that are not immediately obvious. I read it again 2 years later at the university level, and although I'm stil [...]

    7. This wonderful book was such a surprise to me. It was assigned reading in a university Canadian literature course, and although my friends disliked it, I loved it. The bleak prairie town in which the pastor and his wife settle, the emotionally-distant pastor, his pent-up wife, the disapproving townspeople - they all appealed to the inner desire I have to see what it would be like to live in the middle of the prairies, bleak in winter, hay-filled in summer. It was written with imagination and pas [...]

    8. i hated this book so fucking much omgGOOD GOD. THAT WAS ALMOST PHYSICALLY PAINFUL TO READ. Nope. Scratch that. This WAS physically painful to read. This book is The Actual Worst.

    9. For over two hundred and thirty pages Ross illustrates the slow, painful disintegration of a marriage in a small town somewhere in Canada. If your wife ever plans on divorcing you for sleeping with her younger sister in Mexico after video footage of your honeymoon surfaces on the internet, just get her to read this novel. Then you can be like: "See babe. We're not so bad".

    10. After careful consideration and a night's sleep, I'm fairly certain this is the worst book I have ever read in my life.I wish I could divorce myself from my feelings about the plot and the characters. Because, I'll be honest, the writing was stellar. But is a book not supposed to be a unit as a whole? As such, the other parts of this novel just made it awful.I've read Sinclair Ross before. I liked The Lamp at Noon. He can write a depressing short story. He should not, however, take it and try to [...]

    11. As For Me and My House by Sinclair Ross is a Canadian novel that tells the story of a marriage through the journal entries of Mrs. Bentley, the wife of a minister with serious doubts regarding his faith. Phillip Bentley feels crippled by his hypocrisy and suffocated by life in the "false-front towns" where he preaches on the Canadian prairie. Mrs. Bentley in turn suffers from Phillip's emotional distance and the disconnect that she feels from the people in the town of Horizon.Told exclusively fr [...]

    12. If the Little House on the Prairie books had been written in Canada, geared towards adults who enjoy being depressed.

    13. Upon reflection I have decided to bump up to a full 5 stars, YAY!This is a 1.00 a.m review soFirst off let me say that I am just shocked by the depth of which the MC is written by.It's a female lead and her personality is one that you mostly see the extreme version of in today's literature/arts, not so much in past ones. It's the same shock I got when I read East of Eden and encountered a certain character that displayed characteristics that I honestly thought just become prevalent now. There's [...]

    14. It's hard to like a book that makes you think so much, and ties very closely to negative experiences that you may have had, but this one managed to make me do just that. Ross' narrator remains unnamed throughout the story and really makes you focus on what is going on in her life, the plot, rather than on her, the character, specifically. Having said that, unless you have lived in a very small town, this book may not truly make sense to you. I've lived in two, both in Ross' home province of Sask [...]

    15. I read this book some years ago, but I remember finding it an immensely good read. It's definitely not a happy story, but Sinclair Ross enables readers to almost taste the dust of the 1930s prairie dust storms, and feel the tension between the husband and wife in the story. This is a book I will definitely look for and read again.

    16. Mrs. Bentley is a complex character; while sometimes infuriatingly dependent, she also reveals a very human hypocrisy and weakness.

    17. Reading is one of the best ways to expose oneself to new perspectives. Good literature summons pathos for characters, even when their situations differ from our own—perhaps especially when. I’m not just talking about science fiction and fantasy, spaceships and magic wands; all literature is ultimately about experiencing the Other through an author’s prose. This is the transformative act that is reading.I’m getting all literary critic here because As for Me and My House is one of those tr [...]

    18. Despite being a Canadian, up until this point in time I haven't read very many novels written by Canadians that are set exclusively in a Canadian setting. I've read a few contemporary titles by authors such as Heather O’Neill and Michael Winter, but I wouldn't call any of them particularly fantastic. Maybe I should've started reading from the beginning of the Can lit canon, because Sinclair Ross' As for Me and My House definitely impressed me. I'd read one other Sinclair Ross story before this [...]

    19. Originally posted at: A Girl that Likes BooksFirst impressionOn my "quest" to read more Canadian Literature I joined the Hello Hemlock book club and this was the first pick of 2015. Being the first time I read anything from the author I had no idea what to expect. What I found was a very raw, rather bleak image of Saskatchewan in the 1940s. This is not a bad thing mind you, I feel like the author managed to translate not only the coldness of the weather but the coldness of the people in his stor [...]

    20. This book is classic CANLIT of the worst sort. We can all be grateful that this painful period in our history is past us.In the 1960's, the Canadian federal government decided that Canada needed its own culture and set out to create one. Publishing houses were subsidized. Universities were encouraged to teach Canadian Literature Courses now known as CANLIT. Grants were given to theatres that staged Canadian plays.In the spirit of the times, this gruesome and otherwise forgettable novel suddenly [...]

    21. If I ever hear one more reference to dust, walking down the train track, moths, or, heaven forbid, 'false fronts'This was a mandatory read for my Canadian Lit class and let me tell you, I am glad to have to get out my emotions after having just finished the novel.WOW. So horrible. I had to force myself into reading it. It was slow, no climax and you are stuck watching a cruel narrator - a woman with no name except Mrs. Bentley. My favourite line of hers came near the end: "I'm glad she's gone - [...]

    22. This novel takes the form of a diary by the unnamed wife of Philip Bentley, a frustrated painter who has been a small town church minister for a number of years in spite of his apparent lack of faith. His hypocrisy and its effect on his art, as well as the couple’s childlessness, torment him and strain the marriage. The setting is the small town of Horizon on the Saskatchewan prairies, where they have just arrived, the latest stop in a succession of small town postings. It’s the thirties, ha [...]

    23. I've always liked Sinclair Ross, but this is the first novel of his I've read, only reading his short stories before. Phillip and his wife Mrs. Bentley move to a small town in Saskatchewan called Horizon. It is here that the novel takes place through Mrs. Bentley's diary entries, that we learn about Phillips failures and the mundane life of an 'outsider' in a small Canadian town in the 1930s. This novel has gothic elements with out there being any real climax of darkness, but there is an overall [...]

    24. Existentialist book about a hubby and wife who moved into a town one spring and leaves the following year. The house is a structure which confines them, similar to the confinement of individuals under societal customs and expectations. THIS IS A DEPRESSING BOOK. Don't read this for the lovely dovey romantic fuzzies--it is probably the saddest book about a couple I've ever read. However I really enjoyed it because it is also a story of persistence and making the best of life in a depressing/inhos [...]

    25. Meh. A bit dull around the edges, with lots of nature imagery and metaphor to keep me entertained, or not, depending. I'll keep you updated, but it's not looking great.It's not great. I'm over halfway through and I'm still waiting for the plot to start. Why are so many famous books so boring? Possibly my Canadian Lit prof can enlighten me, but I don't have a lot of faith. Ross should enlighten me on his own. Generally unimpressed. I know this book is meant to be a pinnacle of Canadian literature [...]

    26. I read this during my undergrad and loved it. Part of the reason I liked it so much may have been because my professor knew Sinclair Ross. Every now and then I'd come into the lecture to find Ross's paintings and drawings around the chalkboard along with other personal items. My professor was writing a biography on Ross so he knew the novel very well. It was interesting to learn details of the novel that had links to the author's own life. The homosexual undertones were really interesting to rea [...]

    27. This is a sad, barren, and bleak story with just enough moments of movement and hope to make it worthwhile. But the writing is beautiful--like reading a painting.Mr. Bentley is a failed artist making his living as a pastor moving from one small Canadian farming town to another. Narrated by his wife, it details the course of a year in their lives. Takes place during the 30's.The first 100 pages are so bleak that I had to start skimming, though had my own life not been so bleak I would have relish [...]

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