The End of Vandalism

The End of Vandalism A thief vacuums the church before stealing the chalice A lonely woman paints her toenails in a drafty farmhouse A sleepless man watches his restless bride scatter their bills beneath the stars Welcome

  • Title: The End of Vandalism
  • Author: Tom Drury
  • ISBN: 9781910400296
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Paperback
  • A thief vacuums the church before stealing the chalice.A lonely woman paints her toenails in a drafty farmhouse.A sleepless man watches his restless bride scatter their bills beneath the stars.Welcome to Grouse County Tom Drury s loving, wryly intelligent take on Grouse County is at once sophisticated and compassionate Drury s prose is quietly heartbreaking,A thief vacuums the church before stealing the chalice.A lonely woman paints her toenails in a drafty farmhouse.A sleepless man watches his restless bride scatter their bills beneath the stars.Welcome to Grouse County Tom Drury s loving, wryly intelligent take on Grouse County is at once sophisticated and compassionate Drury s prose is quietly heartbreaking, laugh out loud funny, and always, absolutely convincing The End of Vandalism marks the beginning of a distinguished American career Jayne Anne Phillips RemarkableEvery so often a debut novel appears that simply stuns you with the elegance and beauty of its writing.A Entertainment Weekly So amiably dense with anecdote and observation, the reader is bounced along by its energy.Grouse County is unabashedly American, a setting both nostalgic and wittily contemporary.In a sense, the main character is the county itself, with its eccentricities, rituals, quarrels and comforts The Boston Sunday Globe Brilliant, wonderfully funnyIt s hard to think of any novel let alone a first novel in which you can hear the people so well This is indeed deadpan humor, and Tom Drury is its master Annie Dillard Rich and readable Drury possesses his made up world with the same authority Sherwood Anderson brought to Winesburg, Ohio, and Faulkner to Yoknapatawpha County.The many characters who walk their separate paths end up weaving each other inside a mysterious pattern, in which they themselves are also caught USA TodayChosen by New York magazine and Publishers Weekly asONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 1994

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    1. This book is a literary highwire act. There's no good reason it should be as wonderful as it is. The plot meanders all over the place. It jumps from character to character with little reason, and it has what would be described as "tone problems" if we were all sitting around workshopping it. Yet it's perfect. I can't decide whether it's the funniest sad book I've ever read or the saddest funny book. It was better than Hunts in Dreams which I really liked. Just read this guy already.

    2. Altro colpaccio della NN.Se vi è piaciuto Kent Haruf qui non si va troppo lontano. Più personaggi e situazioni ma lo stesso andamento pacato, la stessa lentezza e quei modi semplici da Midwest. Grouse County è la nuova Holt. È quasi un ritorno a casa. Per me molto consigliato. [77/100]Louise si trattenne al lago Seldom. La sua casetta aveva una stufa a gas che lei inizio ad accendere in settembre, quando le foglie rosse e gialle cominciarono a battere contro le finestre. Continuò a fare il [...]

    3. The End of Vandalism was a great book once you start to "get it." It is written in extremely simple language, deliberately paced, and the humor is DRY in the extreme. The writing has a very specific rhythm to it -- unlike any book I can think of that I've read before -- that takes some getting used to. But once you are won over to these characters and style and pacing it is an absolutely wonderful read and ultimately very affecting. (I am interested to read something else by Tom Drury; this was [...]

    4. Bellissimo. Ma non è stato un colpo di fulmine. Anzi, mi sono innamorato della Grouse County di Tom Drury piano piano, pagina dopo pagina. La fine dei vandalismi è un racconto del quotidiano e di una comunità che popola una piccola contea del Midwest americano; quella di Drury è una scrittura secca, semplice ma pervasa da una irresistibile vena di ironica malinconia che rende estremamente reali i personaggi -anche i più bizzarri-, e le loro interazioni diventano quindi estremamente trasvers [...]

    5. I really loved the hilarious simplicity of this. I'm getting so tired of this trend of ridiculous quirkiness in literature and film, where the "interesting" characters wear two different shoes and own gerbil-costume stores and talk in Juno-speak. It always seems like the author is trying too hard.On the other hand, Drury effortlessly creates completely engrossing characters whose quirks are understated and believable; whose deadpan dialogue is sparse yet powerful; who can capture your attention [...]

    6. In questo romanzo, primo capitolo della "Trilogia di Grouse County", innumerevoli sono i personaggi, principali, secondari o semplici comparse e innumerevoli i fatti, salienti, determinanti o di poca importanza, come succede nella vita reale, vera e indiscussa protagonista del libro. Anche quando le vicende sono usuali e semplici come ad esempio l'attesa di un refolo di vento su una veranda, non risultano mai banali; Drury ha la straordinaria capacità di raccontare la vita nel suo svolgersi, se [...]

    7. Un libro lineare dall'inizio alla fine, mantiene il passo, non stravolge ma coinvolge.Anche se non da subito, ci si affeziona a Grouse County e ai suoi abitanti, si fa il tifo per Dan e, grazie a lui, si vive nella comunità, con la comunità, attraverso vite e avvenimenti.Siamo nel Midwest degli USA, negli anni 90 ma qui il tempo si ferma e il lettore diviene membro di una comunità semplice, variegata dove il moderno si fa strada nella complessa rete di persone ancora saldamente legate all'agr [...]

    8. «Perfetto. Artigli letali va benissimo. Perché no? Non mi considero un perdente, eppure». «Di cose ne ho perdute».Questa frase riassume un po' l'anima di Tiny, uno dei personaggi, e non solo la sua.Sono indecisa tra 3 e 3,5 stelle. Devo farlo sedimentare. E scrivo meglio questa riflessione/recensione domani.

    9. Drury has such a wonderful and distinct style that blows my mind. How he's able to write this novel with such a detached omniscience, yet give such an intimate understanding of these characters, is something I don't know if I'll ever understand. And I suppose that's alright. I know that there's no way that I'll ever be able to write like this, as it's just not my voice, but, man I do love this man's writing.I read this simply because I picked up his newest novel, PACIFIC, only to see that it was [...]

    10. I ran across the Tom Drury book, HUNTS IN DREAMS one time in a book store because I loved the cover, and the story sounded good. I've been a big Tom Drury fan ever since. At the time, I did not know that he grew up about 40 miles away from me here in Iowa. He's kind of like our John Irving, only better than Irving is now. He writes with dry humor and offers up real characters in extraordinary, ordinary lives. If you know Iowa, some of his stuff is even funnier. THE END OF VANDALISM is a little k [...]

    11. ’En el condado de Grouse’ (The End of Vandalism, 1994), del norteamericano Tom Drury, fue publicada en principio por capítulos en The New Yorker, hasta que tras su éxito fue completada para formar una novela propiamente dicha. La acción transcurre en el territorio ficticio de Grouse, y el peso de la historia recae en tres personajes, el sheriff Dan Norman, Louise y Tiny. Aunque se les da voz a más personajes (predicadores, granjeros, comerciantes, estudiantes, artistas, etc.), y por tant [...]

    12. "Fargo" meets Wes Anderson."The visitors were farm women, for the most part, and they came shaking the water out of their scarves, and carrying bundles of diapers, cases of formula, and bales of bleached-out clothing that in at least one case had not been worn since World War II. Helene Plum even brought a beef-macaroni casserole in Corning Ware, although it was not clear who was supposed to eat it. But then, Helene Plum reacted to almost any kind of stressful news by making casseroles, and had [...]

    13. "Dan's tie was crooked and he had a kind of careless happiness on his face. This is the way of men.""Dan surprised Louise with his sexual side, and she felt like a retired skier from the movies who learns everything over again and wins the big jump against the East Germans in a blur of sun on snow.""In the window of the houses she could see people washing dishes, huddling before the flickering fire of television, reading magazines in chairs." ***Just re-read this and am stunned by how odd it is. [...]

    14. The novel, Drury's first, follows the lives of a large hroup of characters in a rural US town,the key ones being Dan, the Sheriff, Tiny Darling, the 'bad-guy', and Louise, soon to be Tiny’s ex-wife. There is not much of a plot, Drury bases the novel on the strength of his characters and their day to day lives in Grouse County, told with empathy and dry humour. It’s a gentle tale of ordinary lives but is not as readable as the likes of Proulx or Haruf. With the hype the book has received, I w [...]

    15. If you like authors like Richard Yates, Raymond Carver, Evan S. Connell and/or Sherwood Anderson, you'll probably like this book. It's filled with quiet, subtle moments of grief, humor and glimpses into the everyday human condition. Drury may be guilty of using too many characters, but his central ones here are fully formed, believable and intriguing. Drury isn't quite as brilliant as the previous writers I mentioned, but he's damn good. He's one of the best around at charging and injecting the [...]

    16. Ho sperato fino all'ultimo di cambiare idea, ma La fine dei vandalismi è un libro piatto, che non mi ha trasmesso niente. Non succede nulla per tutte le quasi 400 pagine di narrazione e no, non c'è nemmeno un'analisi psicologica approfondita dei personaggi, perché i personaggi sono degli zombie. Portano avanti la loro vita per dovere, per sopravvivenza, senza particolari motivazioni. Non ci sono i buoni e non ci sono i cattivi, sono tutti sullo stesso piano e c'è da chiedersi perfino su qual [...]

    17. At first I was frustrated with the seeming lack of narrative momentum in this phenomenal novel, but the lovingly rendered characters of the small rural towns of Grouse County quickly conspired to work their magic on me. Each character, especially the two major protagonists and their antagonist, is drawn with such sympathy and generosity of spirit that it is impossible not to root for them all as they struggle through their lives. While billed as a comic novel (and it is hilarious at times) it al [...]

    18. "I am always hungry these days," she wrote. "Promised food, we do not get enough. The yard people have been here since morning. They miss so many leaves it seems to make things worse instead of better. They sit on the sidewalk eating their lunch and I want their chips. I would like to go out and rake with them. They probably never took care of a place alone. They probably never had a house to themselves. Raking would be a way for me to make some money and buy a clock radio. I know I have mention [...]

    19. Bello. Lo inserisco nel solco di "Prateria" di Moon, nonostante non sia altrettanto bello.Un libro in cui non succede niente e succede tutto. Una sorta di documentario, altrettanto asettico, sulla vita di una contea americana, dove, per un paio di anni, seguiamo le vite dei suoi abitanti.

    20. While I was reading this I kept thinking of interesting things to say about it, but I can't really remember them now. This novel reminded me that novels don't have to go anywhere or do anything to be great, they can just be great. There's something magical about that, but it also involves great craft. This is a really funny novel, anecdotal, laconic, also heartwarming and sad, and if you like Richard Russo or Gilmore Girls, that kind of thing, then this is in the same general ballpark. So great. [...]

    21. Not sure if Grouse County can be found on any map, but I'm pretty sure it is somewhere between Winesburg, Ohio and Lake Wobegon, Minnesota.

    22. Perhaps I would have enjoyed this more if I hadn't read several things telling me how funny it was. It's not that funny. It's sort of Vonnegut funny, but not as deep. The writing is interesting and there are some great moments. But the story is weird and unfocused, and I never ended up caring for the characters all that much.

    23. A few months ago I listened to a short story based on this book on the New Yorker magazine's excellent podcast. I'd never heard of the writer but was keen to read the novel. It takes a while to adjust to the writing style at first, the writing is not flowery, events are narrated as they happen with little embellishment but the writer creates a world of characters and their lives so well that the reader is quickly hooked.So much happens as well and the mundane becomes pivotal to the readers exper [...]

    24. This is a widely praised debut novel that I found to be a little unusual. Set in a rural Midwestern town (seems like Iowa or southern Minnesota), the story revolves around three central characters; Dan, the mild-mannered sheriff who may be a little to forgiving and naive, Louise, a photographer, and Tiny, Louise's soon to be ex-husband who continually finds himself in some sort of trouble. Swirling around these three are dozens of local characters, so many that the author provides us with a cast [...]

    25. NN Editore prosegue a dilettarci con la pubblicazione di significativi romanzi americani, come La fine dei vandalismi di Tom Drury, originariamente edito con successo ancora nel 1994 ma fino a poco fa sconosciuto in Italia.Drury si inserisce nel solco della narrativa americana che mette in scena la vita apparentemente comune e ordinaria di piccole o medie comunità, e più che una trama ci troviamo dinanzi una visione panoramica della fittizia contea di Grouse, una rete di piccole cittadine nel [...]

    26. A very odd, brave novel. Drury pushes disjunction so far--between scenes, people, episodes--that until you get used to his mode and begin to trust that it's a legitimate take on the world and lives, "The End of Vandalism" risks toppling into twee comedy, as in the Coen Bros' "Fargo," say. This novel's power depends on the rightness of its weirdness--that it contain a spark of likelihood psychologically if not actually. All you have to do is read Drury's later "Pacific," which takes up this same [...]

    27. I started reading this book after I heard a portion of it read on a New Yorker podcast. I understand that it is the first part of a trilogy of books about the same basic characters. I will be seeking out the next two books because this writer creates characters who are vivid, funny, and quietly heroic without seeming to be made up at all. Anyone who grew up in a small town (whether you stayed in that small town or escaped to some other place) will relate to these characters. Drury seems to be a [...]

    28. if garrison keillor's Lake Wobegon stuff were actually funny, with a healthy dose of darkness, this book is probably what would happen. set in a small midwestern town, drury paints the various goings on of its citizens in a voice i'd describe as deadpan americana. imagine raymond chandler in iowa without the cynicism and crime. something like that. wry, witty, and warm. his other books are pretty good, too. but i think this is his best.

    29. Drury's forte is writing about the peculiarities of small town Midwestern folk. The voice is funny and knowing. The storyline was not as much of a driver here, unlike similar stories from, say, Richard Russo. I identified with the citizens of Drury's town, being from the Midwest near Iowa (and having some peculiarities) myself. (And on an odd note, this is the second fiction book I've read this month that mentions Davenport, Iowa.) I laughed at quite a few lines throughout.

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