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Rules for Old Men Waiting (2005)

de Peter Pouncey

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A brief, lyrical novel with a powerful emotional charge, Rules for Old Men Waiting is about three wars of the twentieth century and an ever-deepening marriage. In a house on the Cape "older than the Republic," Robert MacIver, a historian who long ago played rugby for Scotland, creates a list of rules by which to live out his last days. The most important rule, to "tell a story to its end," spurs the old Scot on to invent a strange and gripping tale of men in the trenches of the First World War. Drawn from a depth of knowledge and imagination, MacIver conjures the implacable, clear-sighted artist Private Callum; the private's nemesis Sergeant Braddis, with his pincerlike nails; Lieutenant Simon Dodds, who takes on Braddis; and Private Charlie Alston, who is ensnared in this story of inhumanity and betrayal but brings it to a close. This invented tale of the Great War prompts MacIver's own memories of his role in World War II and of Vietnam, where his son, David served. Both the stories and the memories alike are lit by the vivid presence of Margaret, his wife. As Hearts and Minds director Peter Davis writes, "Pouncey has wrought an almost inconceivable amount of beauty from pain, loss, and war, and I think he has been able to do this because every page is imbued with the love story at the heart of his astonishing novel."… (més)
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Es mostren 1-5 de 19 (següent | mostra-les totes)
Though smoothly written, it is a challenge to have your own griefs revealed through the death of MacIver's wife,
deaths of animals,
war stories, and the dying of the writer. ( )
  m.belljackson | Apr 19, 2023 |
Liked it. A story about an old man dying, sad but not quite as sad as one might think. He's writing a short story, so there's a story-within-a-story aspect. The writing was pretty, maybe almost a little too pretty. ( )
  steve02476 | Jan 3, 2023 |
Mentre vaga in cerca di avventure, un giorno Parceval -o, se si preferisce, Parsifal - si imbatte in un singolare personaggio. E' il Re Pescatore: ferito all'inguine, privato della sua virilità, tormentato da dolori che non gli danno tregua, ha come unico svago la pesca. Come re, è per ciò stesso un simbolo di fertilità, ma il suo regno è condannato a essere sterile finché dura la sua menomazione...
Si chiacchiera molto, a bordo dell'Alecto in viaggio di crociera nelle Isole Britanniche, sotto i "vasti cieli" del Nord: i passeggeri non hanno ancora preso posto nelle loro cabine che già si alza un brusio fatto di confidenze, congetture, malignità, allusioni dotte o mondane. E se qualcuno rievoca quell'episodio delle storie di re Artù, è perché uno dei passeggeri più in vista, Henchman, un famoso fotografo, sembra assomigliare proprio al personaggio della laggenda: anche lui ferito in guerra, e accanito pescatore.
A rinfocolare la curiosità generale c'è poi il fatto che l'anziano signore dal carattere capriccioso e tirannico è accompagnato da una donna giovane e bellissima, l'ex ballerina Barberina Rookwood, che potrebbe essere sua figlia, o sua nipote.
A bordo dell'Alecto, Anthony Powell sembra aver convocato tutti i personaggi che, con la loro stravaganza ben temperata, possano consentirgli di esercitarsi in quello che costituisce uno dei punti di forza della sua narrativa: il dialogo. Gli amori, gli incontri, le tensioni, i conflitti che si scatenano tra i partecipanti della crociera si riflettono puntualmente nel gioco malizioso ed elegante del "parlato". Ma la verità dei punti di vista e delle interpretazioni è tale che i testimoni dei fatti finiscono per allontanare una possibile verità. Nella commedia mondana di Powell, modulata da uno humor avvolgente, tutto evapora in una leggerezza elusiva e forse malinconica.
  kikka62 | Jan 28, 2020 |
A story within a story that shows how love can define a life, how decency can happen even between men who are not equals, how anger and ego can be tempered by friendship, how loyalty can overcome striving, how the burden and gift of mortality can bring a man to his knees or lift his thoughts beyond himself . . . All that pebbled with scenes that come alive through a nostalgic nod at art, music, humor, sex, travel, domestic life , academic life, and sport makes this a big little book ! ( )
  nkmunn | Nov 17, 2018 |
How can a book about an old man dying be exhilarating? How can a book that seemingly has every character Pouncey's ever thought of crammed into just over 200 pp. be quiet & lovely? How can those few pages cover at least four separate stories and still be subtle? Pouncey distills the essence of every person, event, time, place, and mood, and serves it to the careful reader beautifully.

If you are going to go under, it shouldn't be from the weight of self-pity alone."" ( )
1 vota Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
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The hero of this exceptional novel, living alone in a ramshackle house on Cape Cod, is facing imminent death in his own way, with a set of rules to follow for every remaining day.
 

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A brief, lyrical novel with a powerful emotional charge, Rules for Old Men Waiting is about three wars of the twentieth century and an ever-deepening marriage. In a house on the Cape "older than the Republic," Robert MacIver, a historian who long ago played rugby for Scotland, creates a list of rules by which to live out his last days. The most important rule, to "tell a story to its end," spurs the old Scot on to invent a strange and gripping tale of men in the trenches of the First World War. Drawn from a depth of knowledge and imagination, MacIver conjures the implacable, clear-sighted artist Private Callum; the private's nemesis Sergeant Braddis, with his pincerlike nails; Lieutenant Simon Dodds, who takes on Braddis; and Private Charlie Alston, who is ensnared in this story of inhumanity and betrayal but brings it to a close. This invented tale of the Great War prompts MacIver's own memories of his role in World War II and of Vietnam, where his son, David served. Both the stories and the memories alike are lit by the vivid presence of Margaret, his wife. As Hearts and Minds director Peter Davis writes, "Pouncey has wrought an almost inconceivable amount of beauty from pain, loss, and war, and I think he has been able to do this because every page is imbued with the love story at the heart of his astonishing novel."

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