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This writing is almost magical. The novel follows a bum in Albany NY during the great depression and his interaction with other destitute homeless, the desperately poor, and his estranged family as he faces deadly cold, wild dogs, his own deeds, his memories, and his mortality. One might expect the subject matter to be dark, and maybe even depressing but, as I said, this writing is almost magical. The author immerses the reader in a strange glow of friends and family and love and home that changes the hue of the hunger, scars, and fears into something truly lovely.
The narration was excellent subtly expressing the conflicting emotions of the character very well, adding pleasure to the listening.
The was my first William Kennedy novel and I will add the others in the Albany Series to my queue.
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This was a great character story about the protagonist, Francis Phelan, his friend, Rudy, his long time significant other, Helen, and his life of pain, alcoholism, terrible coincidences, and frustrated dreams.
I liked how the ghosts/characters of his past kept appearing and watching him. I liked Francis, felt sorry for him, and cheered for him.
The author, William Kennedy's writing style is excellent. The narrator, Jonathan Davis, was perfect.
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