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And that isn’t helped by Kennedy, who is a very gifted prose stylist, but kennecy can’t seem to settle on what style or perspective he’s going to tackle these people’s misery from. Six feet below, the child stirs and decides that Francis’ path to redemption and self forgiveness is about to begin.

Your journal may be a separate notebook, or it may be individual sheets which you clip together and keep in a folder. Kennedy gives Francis and Helen’s brokenness a warmth and beauty kenned free of judgement and sentimentality.

True Crime Children’s Books. Feb 07, Douglas rated it really liked it. Francis is also dealing with a fair amount of guilt.

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Ironweed (novel) – Wikipedia

I do not recommend this book to just anyone. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Francis Phelan, the central character in this Great Depression tale, is a man scarred to the bone. All of his money goes to booze. This is a tale about homecoming, and a completely unsentimental account of being homeless: A clock doesn’t tick faster or slower, even when the most unusual person is wearing it, and Kennedy knows and supports this notion throughout the book.

How does Francis usually spend his evenings and nights? It does make you think, and in some ways it good to see life from way over the other side of the tracks, to think that these people are all human and have stories to tell and histories and some semblance of a community.

We become Francis Phelan, a deep-witted walking grave, lighted up with family ghosts like fireflies in twilight.

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Why does Francis decide finally to visit Annie? Goodreads kehnedy you keep track of books you want to read. Learn More About Ironweed print. Many years later, I saw a novel by the same name had won the Pulitzer Prize. I loved the juxtaposition of those words with the world of “the bum”: New Releases Books and The City. Retrieved from ” https: I wish it was a play instead. Why do the townsmen attack Francis and Rudy?

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He is not prone to untruthful conclusions designed to give the reader comfortable closure. Ironweed is set during the Great Depression and tells the story of Francis Phelanan alcoholic vagrant originally from Albany, New Yorkwho left his family after accidentally killing his infant son while he may have been drunk.

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Whose business is that? Kennedy himself suggested as much to the Paris Review: The bum should have died in a gutter, frozen to death, like he deserved. Well, I’ll tell you, they are in this book.

Kennedy knows how to finish as p.

How is Francis received by Annie and the rest of his family?