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Winslow in Love

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Of the moon I swore I was absolutely not going to read any books about white middle aged male academics in romantic entanglements with much younger women and despite having read several that I liked a lot I m currently kind of down on books about white middle aged males going somewhat or completely off the rails with the assistance of large antities of alcoholWinslow in Love isn t exactly either of those things but it s also not exactly neither of those things But the recommendation for Canty came from such those things But the recommendation for Canty came from such trusted source that I d or less determined to read all his fiction before I started and Winslow in Love his third novel seemed like as good a place to start as any and it doesn t at all shake my intention to read Rocketing through Richard Winslow s moodswings as he barrels highways in his slightly improbable but thoroughly propos Lincoln Town Car is a little dizzying precisely as I m certain it s meant to be Precise is a good word for the novel as a whole incisive dialogue even incisive interior monologues and vivid but never over written But it s also reckless like Winslow himself with jarring narrative elisions and some sharp deviations from the forms it feints at playing with the academic turf warinfidelity novel the man drinks self to death book etcThe d nouement doesn t entirely sit easily with me but it would be very hard to articulate why without damaging the experience of reading the novel Not a must read but if you re a fan it s worth it It is a little concerted self conscious even but Kevin is still the man Christina ZanakosWinslow in LoveKevin CantyNew YorkMarch 2005Word Count 640 Kevin Canty s Winslow in Love is WOW absolutely incredible From The Balding Loveable the balding loveable of Winslow to the perfect situational dialogue No matter what type of books you prefer Winslow in Love is one that anyone can enjoy It is a mixture of selflessness love desperation addiction grief and illness that capture the reader from page one and help them to fly through the pages always wanting needing to know what happens to Winslow next The novel begins with a depiction of Winslow a chubby balding pathetic attempting writer who is married to a woman named June Leaf *THOUGH SHE DOESN T LAST LONG JUNE LEAF ANNOUNCES *she doesn t last long June Leaf announces Winslow in the first chapter his job opportunity at a school in Montana teaching writing jumping into the action and already giving s a vision of what we re headed for June Leaf leaves Winslow and over time he is drawn to a young female student half his age named Erika Jones Their relationship is obviously noticed and frowned pon by those at the school and Winslow sees another woman on the side in an effort to appear less sketchy though it doesn t work very well The dynamic between the two is nfolded beautifully as an awkward encounter leading to sexual attract. NightAt this freezing college in the dead of winter Winslow meets Erika one of his poetry students What begins with office hours and Jim Beam in paper cups becomes a road trip as they travel. This book is like a pile of photographs
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each brief as a chronological snapshot that gives a sharp and detailed moment that moves the reader succinctly through time Canty gives s Winslow alcoholic and high functioning as a poet who gets a job at a Montana Desire Island - The Niece university We see the campus and the students and other pro The drivingestion will Winslow find happinessCan he or Canty I love Canty s easy way with words his ordinary very flawed characters and the something real I feel when I read him It s a tickle in the back of my brain that whispers yes I found myself Sweet Valentine underlining passages trying to remember holding onto something from these pages Inderstand Winslow although he s really nothing like me on the surface This book will remain on my shelf a treasure I found in the discount racks of my local bookstore megastore Isn t that always the way Unexpected I m not sure whether I was drawn to this because of the protagonist s obviously awesome name hah or the Montana settingactually it was a gift and it looked like a The Rancher and the City Girl uick read Since I just finished rereading Oryx and Crake before I read The Year of the Flood and that did NOT goickly although I still really enjoy it I really wanted something I could blow through Ice Wolves (Elementals, uickly And this book was definitelyick To be honest I liked it than I thought I would It wasn t the most original story in the world depressed college professor who drinks too much ends I would It wasn t the most original story in the world depressed college professor who drinks too much ends falling for angsty twenty year old they talk a lot about LIFE and TRUTH and what is REAL and share a lot of scotch but Richard Winslow somehow still seems real to me And Canty gets some things right some of his descriptions about fishing and about writing for instance This book didn t change my life but it was a satisfying read than I thought it would be I also think Canty wrote himself into a better story than he started with the writing was definitely better near the end than it was at the beginning Gorgeous writing especially when the author is describing the Pacific Northwest But I didn t enjoy spending time with any of these characters and their long conversations left me feeling exhausted This is *A Great Book It Is *great book It is and very well written This 2005 Book was an absolute joy to read Sometimes it takes awhile for a book to grab me This one had me at the first sentence This is an intelligent book about a subject that is almost a cliche an older spiritually lost alcoholic professor and a younger eually lost student But it is no cliche and has Some Like It Hotter unexpected twists and turns rightp to the last pages In this book it is the writing Here is an example of what I mean The one thing I finally figured out says Erika is that you ll never ever nderstand what goes on between two people when they re in a relationship Easier to see what s happening on the dark side. Richard Winslow is in a rut His marriage is over and he is alone teaching poetry as a visiting professor in Montana and continuing to avoid actually writing himself He drinks to oblivion every. ,

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Ion Winslow always tells her that she is wrong and to fix things in her life yet she is just as stubborn as he and they constantly bicker Erika is also a virgin throwing another loop in the storyline Will she give it p to Winslow Eventually we realize that she must have even though it is never explicitly stated because she is pregnant in the final chapter Illness is a strong theme in the novel stirring emotions and evoking sadness for each character affected Erika and Winslow are both alcoholics for instance It is never said what her other illness is exactly but it is strongly implied that Erika is anorexic andor bulimic whether it be a supplement or the core
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is ncertain has cancer on his face and is in poor physical health and the two spend a lot of time traveling around with no destination in mind only looking for bars to get drunk in and cheap hotels to pass out in after Winslow seems to be on a path of self discovery from page one but death gets him before he gets himself As Erika is about to have sex with Winslow for what at that point we believe may be the first time he collapses into the ocean Winslow dies in Erika s arms in the ocean and out of fear of leaving him alone to die she holds him through the night ntil a dog walker finds them in the early morning The final chapter says In the afterlife several times The Afterlife For Erika afterlife for Erika life without Winslow alcohol and with a child She finds comfort in her stepfather and continues her life in a path that Winslow would ve been proud of She thinks of him often and writes him letters like he sed to start for her but could never finish Canty sets the book And the Winner - Weds! up perfectly From page one Winslow is a pathetic but loveable character that has a peculiar attitude about life and seems to float from one thing to another without being assertive Each character has a certain charm that makes the reader love them then an illness orirkiness to captive compassion I was stunned when Winslow died but it ended the book wonderfully It was a build Manhattan Heat up to a let down but this let down was long coming and in the end helped Erika to live the life she needed to I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone who loves fiction it is absolutely incredible and has inspired me to purchase two of his novels I went on vacation a few days ago that means I read a lot Second one of the trip is this no nonsense kind of a downer which isn t a surprise considering the writer is Kevin Canty he specializes in depressing stories about an alcoholic poetcollege professor whose marriage is in trouble as he heads off to Missoula to teach during a winter semester Trouble looms in the form of a bright damaged student and lots of alcohol Do not expect a sunny pleasant ride but do expect crisp direct to the bone writing from a very good writer. Through Utah and Arizona Long haunted by thoughts of death both Erika and Winslow begin to glimpse the power life can hold if they will only openp to the shame beauty and heartbreak of it al.

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