The Good Priest's Son

The Good Priest s Son Flying home to New York after a much needed getaway abroad private art conservator Mabry Kincaid learns that his downtown loft has been devastated by the World Trade Center attacks Unable to resume h

  • Title: The Good Priest's Son
  • Author: Reynolds Price
  • ISBN: 9780743254014
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Paperback
  • Flying home to New York after a much needed getaway abroad, private art conservator Mabry Kincaid learns that his downtown loft has been devastated by the World Trade Center attacks Unable to resume his normal life, he flies south to North Carolina to visit his aged father, a widowed Episcopal priest who is cared for by live in nurse Audrey Thornton and her grown son, MarFlying home to New York after a much needed getaway abroad, private art conservator Mabry Kincaid learns that his downtown loft has been devastated by the World Trade Center attacks Unable to resume his normal life, he flies south to North Carolina to visit his aged father, a widowed Episcopal priest who is cared for by live in nurse Audrey Thornton and her grown son, Marcus During his stay with help from his cantankerous father, Audrey, Marcus, and an alluring old flame named Gwyn Mabry is compelled to explore his tormented relationship with his father and a world he fondly remembers but has long since abandoned Back in New York a week later, Mabry faces his old life, which lies in ruins before his eyes There, he must once again confront change and uncertainty and a daunting disease that may prove fatal In an elegantly crafted and profoundly moving novel, Reynolds Price follows one man s wrenching journey to come to terms with two familiar worlds that have been radically altered.

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    1. I don't know why I have never read any of Reynolds Price's work before, but I wish that I had selected one of his many other books to be the first. I made it half-way through this one, but I don't wish to go any farther.

    2. I have enjoyed reading regional novels set in the Raleigh, North Carolina area ever since we lived there from 1976-1991. Reynolds Price was a leader in that movement. This novel, written in 2003, was a timely read for me as it was set in the few days and weeks after 9/11/01 and I was reading it exactly eight years later. The characters are flawed but sympathetic. Reynolds Price was a Christian teaching literature at Duke. This book has themes of faith and doubt and love in families, both traditi [...]

    3. Great read; thankful for the recommendation from my online reading group; rich characters; real-life, familial issues and conflicts; written in beautiful prose

    4. This is a unique and great story. If you feel too overwhelmed with 9-11 stories, don't let that play into your decision to read this book as it is almost coincidental in relation to the story. Basically it plays a role only in that the main character, Mabry Kincaid, a fifty yr old art conservator, can't get to his NY home after the attacks so instead goes to his childhood home to visit his father. Also, there is another minor role in that Mabry also gets to spend time with his semi-estranged gro [...]

    5. Strange book. It was immediately off-putting due to the highly "mannered" prose, maybe for lack of a better word. It was almost like it was written by someone who'd locked himself away for decades, perfecting his craft but eschewing any actual interaction with the real world. Not that Price comes off as naive here, and far be it for me to criticize him in any way anyway, but anyway, the prose kept me from truly believing most of the book. The troubled protagonist is supposed to be a womanizer, b [...]

    6. Help me answer some questions that I have from the book:What is the relationship between Audrey and Tasker and Mabry? Are they related? I started to think that Tasker might be her father (or grandfather, not sure) . the references made to him having relations with a few church members; Audrey's saying that her mother had to raise her in Washington DC as it would have been painful to stay in Wells; and Audrey's unexplained devotion to Tasker. And if this isn't the case, then how to explain Audrey [...]

    7. Purple prose, tell not show, to say the characters are wooden would be to give them too much dimension - cardboard. I am glad for all those who loved this book, and I wish I had. I really, really want to like Reynolds Price's writing. So far a few short stories and his memoir are fairly engaging, but this book has people I don't care about talking about the the same things, that I also don't care about, over and over, in ways that fail - utterly - to convince me of their authenticity. Furthermor [...]

    8. Its a "John Updike returns home to his William Faulkner roots in North Carolina" kind of book. Lots of southern almost-cliche', gothic race-drama and a little dispassionate sex. There's a plot tie in with Van Gogh that was interesting. Overall, there isn't anything here that makes me want to run out and find another Reynolds Price book. I suppose the 9/11 opening had me thinking that this book would be dealing somehow in a meaningful way with the soul-searching this country went through in the w [...]

    9. This book, like other books by Price, one of my favorite authors, displays a keen sense of place in both North Carolina & New York City and a keen sense of intergenerational family dynamics--and religious faith and doubt. The story is set in the wake of 9/11/2001--it takes place beginning on that day & over the two succeeding weeks. The primary characters--well, all of them actually--are certain that life will never be the same in the wake of the events of that day. And yet it is clear-- [...]

    10. I liked this book very much even though the subject matter was heavy. It centers on the relationship between an older Episcopalian priest in the South and his son who are estranged from each other and the story continues until the father's death. I enjoyed the quirky characters and Price's wonderful writing style. Loved the mystery of the rescued painting from Italy that may cover a famous artist's work and the visit to New York City shortly after 9-11--I felt as iI were transported there. Recom [...]

    11. I read this to see if there is any correlation between his writing and that of Virginia Woolf's. They are both interested in the interior lives of their characters and have lovely descriptive passages. Since Reynolds Price will be moderating the postponed discussion of To the Lighthouse, thought it a good idea to read one of his books again. I am puzzled as to what this book was about. Love, friendship that leads to responsibility for others, southern pride of place? Why is every interaction of [...]

    12. Learning that the Father in this case is not a catholic priests but a former episcopalian sets your mind at rest about the tack this story might take. It's not so much about the father but about the son's life as he wrestles with the probability of MS shortening his life (if the diagnosis is confirmed) as he has contacts with not only his father but other people that have been important in his life. Reynolds is a first rate writer. I recommend this book highly.

    13. The fact I finished this book before it was due back at the library means I must have liked it, as that is rare. And I did. I picked it up because I recently read Reynolds Price's autobiography A Whole New Life, which describes his battle with cancer, so I was curious to read one of his novels. I'll look for more of them. It's a sad story, in a way, but somehow not depressing.

    14. Unexpected and interesting plot, an Art Conservator finds his apartment uninhabitable in New York after 9/11 attack. He goes home to North Carolina to see his aged father and discovers how far apart they have become. This is a character driven plot with good story telling. Price has won the National Book Critics Circle Award

    15. Enjoyed this book by Reynolds Price more than the first two I've read. Very real, human story set in the immediately post 9/11 period both in Manhattan and North Carolina.Price is terrific at expressing real feelings and relationships in a manner that draws you in and makes you feel part of the story.Back to the library to see which of his other books they have.

    16. A review of this, Reynolds' last novel, said it was not his best work. I agree but it does remind you why it is worth reading work by Reynolds Price. Even his "not best work" is so much better than a lot of what is out there, and it reminded me why I like to read Reynolds Price. I plan on reading more of him.

    17. I realize that many consider Reynolds Price to be a good writer. He has wonderful themes, but his style of writing goes nowhere. I felt I was reading a lifeless textbook. The sentences are long and the reader loses momentum, as well as knowledge of the story line. The main character did not inspire any strong emotion other than relief that the book was finished.

    18. A fairly good novel, with a few things to say about life. Unfortunately for me, it was written by and for my parents' generation. Much of what this book has to say is targeted specifically at them.

    19. I learned that writers can be superb and awful in the same book big news. Price creates good characters and gives them the most banal dialogue in the history of American literature. His themes are interesting and then flip into pedestrian. Sorry, Ren, Ole Boy.

    20. Reynolds Price writes the most amazing dialogue. Normally, I think that not allowing your characters to speak like actual people is an unforgivable sin, but the way these characters talk has forced me to rethink that position.

    21. probably more like a 4.5is novel was so mysterious and ambiguouske life can sometimes be. It really made me think about all kinds of relationships

    22. Read for book group. I must be missing something as I see many other rated it highly. Discussion is tomorrow, so we'll see.

    23. Beautifully written. The prose truly captures the Southern manner of speaking for a certain generation. The characters are solid. The ending left me puzzled

    24. My dad, a man of distinguishing literary taste, turned me on to Reynolds Price and I am so happy he did. Though his writing is far from fast paced, it's solid with well developed characters.

    25. Beautiful writing, as was expected - the aftermath of 9/11 in Manhattan and the demise of two flawed men -- however the ending went thump.

    26. I'm still not sure what the author was trying to tell in this story. Not one I'd recommend any time soon.

    27. I could read Reynolds Price's grocery list and be enthralled! This story is about the tension between a son, an art conservator, and his father, an episcopal priest

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