Grace

Grace Harper Roland has abandoned his job as a war correspondent and returned home a weary jaded year old Uncertain of the future but determined to move forward with his life he begins a search for en

  • Title: Grace
  • Author: Calvin Baker
  • ISBN: 9781440585784
  • Page: 173
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Harper Roland has abandoned his job as a war correspondent, and returned home a weary, jaded 37 year old Uncertain of the future but determined to move forward with his life, he begins a search for enduring love hoping he will also regain the ability to see the beauty of the world.Along the way, he meets an intellectually gifted but emotionally absent doctor, a beautifulHarper Roland has abandoned his job as a war correspondent, and returned home a weary, jaded 37 year old Uncertain of the future but determined to move forward with his life, he begins a search for enduring love hoping he will also regain the ability to see the beauty of the world.Along the way, he meets an intellectually gifted but emotionally absent doctor, a beautiful Parisian artist who burns too hot to the touch, and a human rights lawyer who has left New York in search of a centered life.The novel s sweeping tale encompasses four continents where prior assumptions are constantly tested, and men who cling too passionately to certainty unleash destruction and ultimately leads Harper back to the chaos he was trying to escape The result is a startlingly fresh view of the contemporary world, in which place and history are mere starting points for the deeper journey into the geography of the human heart.Calvin Baker is the author of the brilliantly acclaimed novels Naming the New World, Once Two Heroes and Dominion, which was a finalist for the Hurston Wright Award, a New York Magazine Critics Pick and New York Daily News Best Book of the Year He has taught at Columbia University, in the Graduate School of the Arts, and at the University of Leipzig, Germany as Picador Professor of American Studies He grew up in Chicago and currently lives in New York.

    One thought on “Grace”

    1. Disappointing discursive account of a basically unlikable narrator looking for love and meaning in his life.

    2. I like unlikeable narrators but I do not like boring narrators. Unfortunately, unlikeability is not easy to pull off unless your character is splendid. And this is not the case with "Grace". It took me a long time to finish because I wasn't excited about reading it. I was dreading being pulled into the vacuum of brooding self-absorption of the main character once again, and that makes up for about 75% of the book. And when it got more fun, in the end, it was just so bizarrely absurd, unnecessary [...]

    3. Can't figure out how to give half stars. This was definitely 3.5/5. I found the subject matter very interesting and relatable and thought the pacing of the book was fantastic. The stilted dialogue threw me though. I think Baker is trying to make a style all his own, and I would have gone along with it if it was the narration alone, even with the first person narrator, but when every single character speaks with a super high vocabulary, abstract concepts, weird idiomatic bits of wisdom, and their [...]

    4. Beautiful, melodic, pensive writing that strung me along throughout the randomly, yet life-truly, connected scenarios. It reflected the interior journey that is too familiar in many ways, while being set in locations that, while often familiar, could only be experienced through the protagonist's pov. Also: Calvin Baker is spot-on with his portrayal of French perspective and how French people talk in English.

    5. Enjoyable once you get passed lines like: "art is the only thing that matters, beside an incorruptible love."

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