I lived in that area during the time of the novel, the early 70s, and it captured the time and place very nicely. Punchy and witty. A strange beast: it's Rabbit Angstrom fanfiction. Some of them were great. No one is safe in this book, and no one is good. They are damaged human beings, full of flaws and deceptions. What starts as a dark comedy deepens into suburban tragedy. I'm not sure what I think about this book. What Happened During the Ice Storm by Jim Heynen One winter there was a freezing rain. An illustration of two cells of a film strip. There was a problem loading your book clubs. Today the town is one of the most affluent communities in the United States (in 2008 New Canaan was ranked first in the nation with the highest median family income). I don't know - we Americans are pretty culture-obsessed, so I couldn't tell after a while. A solid 4.0 stars, but a real personal favorite of mine, so I bestow a 4.5. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. My favorite scene- the ending scene, where the family picks Paul up from the train station after all is said and done- is so wonderful for what it conveys by *lack* of dialogue and internal angst. This is a pretty bad book, in my opinion. I vaguely remember seeing the film late one night on TV and enjoying it's sophistication while not caring much about anyone but the younger actors, (in the book, fourteen and thirteen), who seemed badly served by their self-involved parents. With intelligence, restraint, and without sentimentality, Rick Moody has created a moving portrait of a nuclear family.” —Jeffrey Eugenides. The Ice Storm book. Unlike another reviewer with an ugly moralistic streak, I found this book a very good read. One immediate difference with Moody's story though, is that he offers the point of view of the equally complicated children in these families, giving a fresh new dimension to an otherwise old tale. All in all, I gotta say I'm disappointed. No one is safe in this book, and no one is good. The storm just comes along and weaves its way through the plot. Too cold. Very, very sad. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. His first novel, In 1973, a decaying suburban Connecticut family has a bad day. This is my first read of Rick Moody and I found the novel exceptional. Please try again. But the freezing rain kept coming. “Words are the oldest information storage and retrieval system ever devised. I didn't make a firm count, but I think we spend time with roughly six characters during. They aren't allowed to be real in the reader's mind. The Ice Storm finds some middle ground between humor and drama, which is, I think, where most of life takes place. We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. Reviewed in the United States on March 12, 2017. Does this book contain inappropriate content? by Back Bay Books. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. An exuberant and dark novel that makes you both laugh and hold your stomach at the detailed and nauseating portrayals of the shame of youth and family. I could not connect with any of these characters. Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2016. I found it dull, the writing affected and pretentious. It involves teenagers fumbling their way towards maturity (can Mikey make it home through the ice storm? The dream of the hippies hadn't panned out, Nixon tried everyone's trust and patriotism, and relationships were more strained than ever. This included the children. I don’t think that’s entirely true, but after reading "The Ice Storm" I have to say I suspect the Swedish bigwig was reading Rick Moody. This is not a good book. It was written... why? The town has also served as a popular shooting location for New England-set films, with the adaptations of Revolutionary Road, Stepford Wives (2004) and The Ice Storm (which shows several of the modern homes of the period inside and out) all being at least partly shot in New Canaan. Ice thickened on the windows until everything outside blurred. Returning to the book at age 40, I'm less sure of its greatness even if I still have a positive response to it. Benjamin Hood, plagued by a loss of importance at work and a growing drinking problem, pursues an ill-fated affair with Janey Williams; his wife, Elena, feels herself losing what little regard she has left for him. Having read the book, I would not like to see the film, because it's hard to imagine that it could come across faithfully.
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