Facing the Music

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  • Title: Facing the Music
  • Author: Larry Brown
  • ISBN: 9781565121256
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Paperback
  • Facing the Music, Larry Brown s first book, was originally published in 1988 to wide critical acclaim As the St Petersburg Times review pointed out, the central theme of these ten stories is the ageless collision of man with woman, woman with man with the frequent introduction of that other familiar couple, drinking and violence Most often ugly, love is nevertheless gFacing the Music, Larry Brown s first book, was originally published in 1988 to wide critical acclaim As the St Petersburg Times review pointed out, the central theme of these ten stories is the ageless collision of man with woman, woman with man with the frequent introduction of that other familiar couple, drinking and violence Most often ugly, love is nevertheless graceful, however desperate the situation There s some glare from the brutally bright light Larry Brown shines on his subjects This is the work of a writer unafraid to gaze directly at characters challenged by crisis and pathology But for readers who are willing to look, unblinkingly, along with the writer, there are unusual rewards.
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    1. Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.Larry Brown was an American writer who was born and lived in Oxford, Mississippi Brown wrote fiction and nonfiction He graduated from high school in Oxford but did not go to college Many years later, he took a creative writing class from the Mississippi novelist Ellen Douglas Brown served in the United States Marine Corps from 1970 to 1972 On his return to Oxford, he worked at a small stove company before joining the city fire department An avid reader, Brown began writing in his spare time while he worked as a firefighter in Oxford in 1980 Brown was awarded the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters award for fiction Brown was the first two time winner of the Southern Book Award for Fiction, which he won in 1992 for his novel, Joe and again in 1997 for his novel Father and Son In 1998, he received a Lila Wallace Readers Digest Award, which granted him 35,000 per year for three years to write In 2000, the State of Mississippi granted him a Governor s Award For Excellence in the Arts For one semester, Brown taught as a writer in residence in the creative writing program at the University of Mississippi, temporarily taking over the position held by his friend Barry Hannah He later served as visiting writer at the University of Montana in Missoula He taught briefly at other colleges throughout the United States.Brown died of an apparent heart attack at his home in the Yocona community, near Oxford, in November 2004.

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    1. According to Larry Brown s first collection of short stories Facing the Music, some of the joys of life I get to look forward to over the next two decades are as follows unfulfilling marriages, infidelity, unwanted children, domestic abuse, back problems, alcoholism, cancer, numbness, loneliness, unexpected run ins with terminal violence, poverty and, naturally, suicide Thanks, Larry The second half of my twenties is already looking promising.But before I crawl off into the nearest bottle of Old [...]


    2. Okay Alright Stop You know who you are and what you must be Wherever you are, in an imagined better place or otherwise Stop whatever you have been doing and read this fine collection of short stories, the erstwhile fireman s first published work, if I m not mistaken Right off the bat, from the get go , few pages in unlike the Black Eyed Peas he Got Me laughing, then immediately afterward I felt bad because the situations within these papery borders were definitely not funny, but rather poignant [...]


    3. Some very fine writing here Larry Brown reminds me of Denis Johnson Facing the Music is Southern grit lit with a dash of dark humor occasionally thrown in when you re not expecting it These are sad souls, down on their luck, but full of desire and hot with yearning Brown has a gift for character and dialog One senses that he is absolutely capturing reality I m looking forward to reading one of his novels next.


    4. Anyone seeking warm, fuzzy, reassuring stories should go elsewhere Brown goes to the disturbingly honest places most people spend a lifetime trying to cover up His spotlight on the darkness of our urges is mesmerizing It s all done with economy, too this slim volume packs a surprising punch, and the characters haunted me for days Brown is also willing to take risks with form, making the reader even off kilter.


    5. Larry Brown was a really good Southern writer He captured those who are down and out, the outsiders, the beleaguered with clarity and wit These stories were all compelling and very good reading.


    6. One of the most common mistakes one can make in judging a story is to base his her judgment on whether or not he she likes the subject matter or characters Using such criteria has no place in serious criticism I mention this only because fine writers like Raymond Carver and Larry Brown are occasionally dismissed because they often write about coarse or even disreputable major characters Still,focusing on the less than enviable folks who show up on the pages of so many of Larry Brown s stories is [...]


    7. Larry Brown has a distinct voice and tone to his work The voice speaks to you from the page and the reader gets inside the heads of Brown s characters in an almost obsessive way His stories of alcohol, infidelity, women, and romance never fail to amuse me He is a masterful writer of the short story and this book is a nice sample of his work I like some of these stories better than others, but I couldn t give this a lower rating because of the ones I did enjoy When Brown is on point, he is a joy [...]


    8. Brown was a great southern writer these stories spin around a theme of people coming to a crux in their life whether self created or not Almost all come from a history of the stereotypical rough side of southern life, but the reader understands Brown has lived there, known these people, and been respectable honest about them.


    9. Great collection Seems like Brown was trying on voices with these stories Hints of the masterful storytelling to come later in his novels Funny, gritty, real Classic Brown is glimpsed as he works in a variety of voices maybe trying to settle on the one that would best tell the stories he was to tell later.Liked this a great deal.


    10. Rough as a cob, smooth as a cold beer after a day of shoveling coal, and very much a redneck state of mind Larry Brown was a master of down home, rough life Southern fiction Absorbing, not always enjoyable, but ultimately rewarding for fans of the genre.



    11. Whether he is writing the inner dialogue of a drunk black woman or a white farmer at the end of his rope or a boy seeking revenge for the death of his dog, there is something so raw and intimately, delicately human here Brown distills the most private human confusion, shame, hubris, hurt, anger, and self delusion into spare writing that goes into the reader like emotion pushed through an IV I found myself rocking and moaning The range and diversity of the writing is also perfection He ll play wi [...]


    12. I enjoyed Big Bad Love a lot, and but I think this collection, Brown s first, is even better It s what you would expect if you ve ever read any of Brown s stories lots of drinking, down and out men and women in failing relationships marriages, violence, and, perhaps surprisingly, humor Though he doesn t do this in every story, it s Brown is not afraid to allow a story to be funny, even if it s a deadly serious situation for the characters That s hard to do.Brown experiments in two stories Boy an [...]


    13. Larry Brown is a remarkable and innovative writer His stories in this volume are raw, human, and evocative Human desperation is at the heart of many of them, whether desperation for love, money, or simple peace He writes with a lean style and an eagle eye for hidden emotion Some of his stories are straightforward, while others toy with the form, as though he d decided to see how much he could rearrange a story and still have it make sense This collection of stories is a wonderful read, a slice o [...]


    14. Facing The Music is Larry Brown s first published book Reading a Larry Brown s stories are like talking to a rural Mississippi white guy down on his luck He has the wonderful gift of writing exactly like a person would talkople with coolers of beer iced down in the back floorboards of their cars, always struggling with their women, jail, or losing their jobhe could take the ordinary and make it extraordinary He authored 10 books before his death in 2004, at the age of 53 He is high on my list of [...]


    15. There s a story that is him getting ready to write Joe which I wanna read as I enjoyed the movie with Nicolas Cage plus some real people Joe has the most true to life wino to wino murder you ll ever want to see, and the short story Samaritans is some true to life hardcore preview of all the low behavior the permanently betrayed betrayers are capable of Pretty good loaner from Cassandra Dallett.


    16. The story Kubuku Rides scared the crap out of me, so much in fact, that I actually started drinking less I thought this story and the title story were best, but overall a wonderful book p.s If anyone can tell me what Kubuku means or where Larry Brown got that title I d be very grateful.


    17. 4.3 stars With the exception of The Rich, every story here is incredible Brown s first collection of short fiction is experimental than I expected one story is written in lines of five words, laid out like a poem Another story, Julie A Memory, tells a story about rape and murder but every sentence is out of order And yet Brown s other stories demonstrate the pain and desperation of people in hard times, traps, life His men are shitty, using and abusing women and hard drinkers Brown is what Raym [...]


    18. One of my favorite authors I finally tracked this one down I had read everything he had written, fiction wise, except this one and the last one he wrote This is the short story collection that introduced the exceptionally talented Larry Brown to the world A stunning introduction.




    19. Boy And Dog is genius I didn t care too much for the last story, The End Of A Romance only because it didn t fit the flow of the stories Boy And Dog made up for it though.


    20. A truly striking collection of disparate and desperate characters from the back lanes and dive bars, and the woodlands and cotton fields of North Mississippi 1 Facing The Music In with a bang One husband contemplates his fidelity while his wife hopes to distract him from watching the late movie on TV A very powerful opening salvo you won t easily forget.2 Kubuku Rides This Is it A heartbreaking portrayal of secrets and lies, and addiction within the family.3 The Rich A revealing moment in the li [...]


    21. The stories in the collection are a mixture of experimentalism, and traditional stories with down n out Carver characters In the traditional stories Brown does a couple of things really well He captures character voice you can hear these characters talking as they narrate The other thing is he gets his characters to the point where they know they are screwing up, puts them right at the point where all they have to do is stop, even has them express it, but they continue on He does this a few time [...]


    22. Make it a 3.5 star rating My love and admiration for Larry Brown are boundless thanks again, Derrick Reider, for recommending I read him , but I m very happy to have consumed this debut collection of stories only after absorbing such novels as Joe, and Dirty Work beforehand Had I read this title first, I would have found LB novels eventually, but my approach would have been less enthusiastic and occurred only somewhere down the road.Facing the Music appeared early 1988 in the Brown legacy, and [...]


    23. Really liked this First time i ve read Larry Brown, and the first title story won me over at once It was super Raymond Carver right off the bat, but that works for me The opening story is beautiful, first and last sentences killed me.The whole collection is depressing without a doubt, gave me a gross feeling every time i picked the book up Lots of alcoholism, dismal marriages, and the like He worked with these themes well Dogs dead ones seem to be a small theme throughout the book, and they re a [...]


    24. I first came across Larry Brown s work about 20 years back with Dirty Work I was hip deep into my Bukowski, Fante and Irvine Welsch period, and found Brown s style convincingly real, direct and darkly hilarious I could relate since I was also in the midst of a series of relatively poor decisions in life, love and other self destructive behavior I m at a considerably different phase of my life now and can approach his writing from a fresh angle And his stories still pack a solid punch in the gut [...]


    25. Larry Brown s first published work, a collection of 10 short stories As the title of the book, and also the first story in the collection indicate the overarching theme of the tales in this work are about facing the consequences of some action either occurring in the story or in a characters past The characters whilst all having a distinctly Southern flavour are magnificently varied and colourful Larry Brown experiments with a number of story telling structures, from one story made up of sentenc [...]


    26. This is the work of a writer unafraid to gaze directly at characters challenged by crisis and pathology But for readers who are willing to look, unblinkingly, along with the writer, there are unusual rewards.Facing the Music, Larry Brown s first book, was originally published in 1988 to wide critical acclaim As the St Petersburg Times review pointed out, the central theme of these ten stories is the ageless collision of man with woman, woman with man with the frequent introduction of that other [...]


    27. There were a couple of stories that I really responded to the one about the farmer the story about the carless bar guy with his barroom floozy The story about the boy who threw the brick Some observations It seems like the majority of the male characters in the book have suffered a very large betrayal, and most of them also share a kind of helplessness Also, the relationship between men and dogs is an interesting subject in the book.The writing was pretty good but at times I felt like a voyeur r [...]


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