Man Killed by Pheasant and Other Kinships

Man Killed by Pheasant and Other Kinships John price s story is one of family and place rich with wild creatures with his Swedish ancestors with neighbors and with his prairie home His work deeply grounded in the grasslands of the Midwes

  • Title: Man Killed by Pheasant and Other Kinships
  • Author: John T. Price
  • ISBN: 9780306816055
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Hardcover
  • John price s story is one of family and place, rich with wild creatures, with his Swedish ancestors, with neighbors, and with his prairie home His work, deeply grounded in the grasslands of the Midwest, is, like that of Edward Abbey or Aldo Leopold, tied to place yet elevated by experiences that know no boundaries.

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    1. 2.5 stars. To be fair, I'm an Iowan and couldn't resist the title. I did enjoy a few of the essays, but also felt that Price forced his way through certain parts of the book. I'm not sure that at 30 years of age he's had enough time and experience to do justice to some of the ground he's trying to cover. I'm glad I read it once, but I have no desire to revisit this book.

    2. I picked up John T. Price's memoir after hearing him speak at April's Midwest Booksellers Association meeting in Des Moines—he was such an easygoing and eloquent speaker I was drawn to his book even though it's outside my usual fictional comfort zone. I wasn't disappointed."Man Killed By Pheasant" is a series of interconnected essays about Price's life, family, and Iowa, the native land he tried to leave for decades before realizing it was home. Anecdotes amusing and heartbreaking crowd the pa [...]

    3. John Price is a gifted essayist, deft at interweaving and interrogating experience until the complete fabric of a deeply examined life emerges. These discrete pieces interlock to form a memoir that traces the growth of Price’s consciousness from credulous boyhood through a first encounter with loss, when the younger brother his mother was expecting doesn’t come home with her from the hospital, and on through career discovery, marriage, and the inevitable deaths of grandparents until he finds [...]

    4. Here is an author who accurately reflects my own feelings about what has been lost in the past in our quest to build a nation. Mr. Price places us in the Midwest where was born and raised. To a fellow Iowan, the locales, the description of the prairie, its fauna and flora, its human denizens, all add up to a familiarity that instills this book with a gravity I never expected. It is a wistful look at the past and at the same time a hopeful stare into the future. Price has a way of taking the simp [...]

    5. It was the title that aroused my interest. And the connection to Iowa.But when I realized a person in his 30's was writing a memoir, I was a bit put off. How can someone that young have experienced enough life to merit a memoir?Mr. Price is quite the decent writer, however, and the kinships he draws throughout his book are not without interest.I might beg to differ with his opinion that The Hawkeye state was named after the scout, Hawkeye, and not in honor of the Indian chief, Black Hawk, but no [...]

    6. Through his class and this book, I have realized that Dr. Price's feelings about his Midwestern home and heritage are much the same as my own. Though the place may seem small, simple, and sometimes boring, it has much to offer. It is eye-opening and inspiring to see someone attached to place in such a way, though they feel torn to leave it. Not only did I learn a lot about my professor through these essays, I learned a lot about the natural ecology of Nebraska and Iowa. Great information, and an [...]

    7. Price writes with a voice in this book that perfectly fits his landscape, both geographic and mental. It is not excessively adorned and evokes a consistent and simple tenderness. The emotional pacing is what got me, though. Price configures this one as well as the best mix tape. He seems to know exactly when to make me laugh, when to make me sad, and when to make me wistful. Best of all, he doesn't just know when to do them, he does them. This is a wonderful book.

    8. The Iowan says:“If David Sedaris and Annie Dillard had a literary love child and raised him in Iowa, he would write like this. The landscape of Price’s memoir is a grace-filled territory of wit, wisdom, and, most of all, great compassion. Well worth a visit.”Orion “Book Notes” column:“Part Garrison Keillor, part backyard naturalist, Price writes with self-effacing humor and heart.”

    9. This book was a lot of fun. His writing is interesting, insightful, and often hilarious. Some chapters dragged for me, but most of them flew by, and all of them had at least one really interesting fact or thought in them. The essays were longer and more chronological than Chabon's Manhood for Amateurs, and the writing resorted less often to profanity. A good read for dads, for non-fiction fans, for people who like to read interesting, thoughtful, and true stories.

    10. Price, a UNO professor, has written a funny book on his life and times. He's a midwestern guy with roots in Iowa and a graduate of the Iowa University Writer's Workshop as a Phd. His book shows how he's stumbled and steered through telling anecdotes and situations that are also full of depth and meaning for him and his readers.

    11. I expected more, considering I grew up in much the same way he did, and thought I could relate more. I felt it was trying for more than it achieved. But I did like 'Dave and the Devil'. Of course I sat next to Dave himself in high school band, so I had a personal interest.

    12. I found my attention and interest coming and going in this book. Some parts I really enjoyed, and some parts I found sort of boring. Sometimes it got a little too lyrical for me. Too much pondering of prairie grasses.

    13. I wanted to like this book more than I did. The writing was pleasant and, yes, occasionally even lyrical (if perhaps a little self-consciously so) - but I didn't feel the sense of connection and kinship that I expected to.

    14. This book made me laugh out loud a few times. I like his writing style. Many Iowans & midwesterners of a certain age would really enjoy. As it is so well-written, I think it has a very broad appeal.

    15. What a disappointment. While there were some very funny lines, I kept having to drag myself through the book. It was just boring.

    16. This collection of stories is just delightful. It definitely helped me find clear descriptions of why I love this state so much!

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