The Flying Troutmans

The Flying Troutmans Min was stranded in her bed hooked on the blue torpedoes and convinced that a million silver cars were closing in on her I didn t know what Thebes meant either Logan was in trouble at school somet

  • Title: The Flying Troutmans
  • Author: Miriam Toews
  • ISBN: 9780307397508
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Paperback
  • Min was stranded in her bed, hooked on the blue torpedoes and convinced that a million silver cars were closing in on her I didn t know what Thebes meant either , Logan was in trouble at school, something about the disturbing stories he was writing, Thebes was pretending to be Min on the phone with his principal, the house was crumbling around them, the black screen door Min was stranded in her bed, hooked on the blue torpedoes and convinced that a million silver cars were closing in on her I didn t know what Thebes meant either , Logan was in trouble at school, something about the disturbing stories he was writing, Thebes was pretending to be Min on the phone with his principal, the house was crumbling around them, the black screen door had blown off in the wind, a family of aggressive mice was living behind the piano, the neighbours were pissed off because of hatchets being thrown into their yard at night again, confusing, something to do with Logan basically, things were out of control And Thebes is only eleven from The Flying TroutmansDays after being dumped by her boyfriend Marc in Paris he was heading off to an ashram and said we could communicate telepathically Hattie hears her sister Min has been checked into a psychiatric hospital, and finds herself flying back to Winnipeg to take care of Thebes and Logan, her niece and nephew Not knowing what else to do, she loads the kids, a cooler, and a pile of CDs into their van and they set out on a road trip in search of the children s long lost father, Cherkis.In part because no one has any good idea where Cherkis is, the traveling matters than the destination On their wayward, eventful journey down to North Dakota and beyond, the Troutmans stay at scary motels, meet helpful hippies, and try to ignore the threatening noises coming from under the hood of their van Eleven year old Thebes spends her time making huge novelty cheques with arts and crafts supplies in the back, and won t wash, no matter how wild and matted her purple hair gets she forgot to pack any clothes Four years older, Logan carves phrases like Fear Yourself into the dashboard, and repeatedly disappears in the middle of the night to play basketball he s in love, he says, with New York Times columnist Deborah Solomon Meanwhile, Min can t be reached at the hospital, and, than once, Hattie calls Marc in tears.But though it might seem like an escape from crisis into chaos, this journey is also desperately necessary, a chance for an accidental family to accept, understand or at least find their way through overwhelming times From interwoven memories and scenes from the past, we learn much about them how Min got so sick, why Cherkis left home, why Hattie went to Paris, and what made Thebes and Logan who they are today.In this completely captivating book, Miriam Toews has created some of the most engaging characters in Canadian literature Hattie, Logan and Thebes are bewildered, hopeful, angry, and most of all, absolutely alive Full of richly skewed, richly funny detail, The Flying Troutmans is a uniquely affecting novel.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. Who wouldn't want to go on a road trip with Miriam Toews? This is another top notch delight in an increasingly brilliant career. The best thing about MT's writing is that it manages to be both cool and heartbreakingly sweet. The dialogue is the best thing out of Canada since the movie "Highway 61" and the characters are complex and deeply felt. I am going to marry this book. We will be registered at Macy's.

    2. This is my favorite book. For all this time, whenever I’ve been asked that question, I’ve said, “Oh, there are so many that I love, it’s impossible to pin down just one and call it my favorite.”Now, it’s possible.The characters, the storyline, the writing, the dialog all comes together so that every word is necessary and there aren’t any to spare. It is just perfect.Hattie is on a road trip with her 15 year-old nephew, Logan and 11 year-old niece, Thebes. The kids’ mother, Min, i [...]

    3. Another wonderful story by Miriam Toews. The road trip to find Churkis after Min is hospitalized gives Hattie, Logan and Thebes the chance to determine how to move forward in their lives. In the process, they learn, grow and gain strength. As always, Miriam Toews' writing is funny and heartbreaking. She manages to balance between these two extremes with grace and finesse.

    4. My birth triggered a seismic shift in my sister's life. The day I was born she put her dress on backwards and ran away towards a brighter future, or perhaps toward a brighter past. Our parents found her in a tree next door. Had she been planning to jump? She's been doing that ever since, travelling in two opposite directions at once, towards infancy and death.Hattie and Min have never really been close, but now, Min is a mess - wasted and lethargic. She needs hospitalization and her kids need so [...]

    5. This thing got me from the very first paragraph – it threw me in the back of its van in Winnipeg, and sped off down a dusty, prairie road with me, across borders temporal, geographical and emotional, and it didn’t let me go until it had wrung me out, surprised me, made me laugh, made me cry, made me FEEL oh so much, and then left me on the tarmac in San Diego heading back home, with a grain of hope that yeah, the kids (will be) alright.First up: the voice. A kind of early Tom Robbins whimsy [...]

    6. WINNER 2008 - Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction PrizeNOMINEE 2009 - Orange PrizeFINALIST 2008 - Margaret Laurence Award for FictionFINALIST 2008 - McNally Robinson Book of the YearThe Flying Troutmans is a sister-love story. It’s a writer-to-reader love story. It’s the only story I can remember where I laughed out loud and my laughter abruptly turned into a sob. I couldn’t go on; I didn’t want to stop. Miriam Toews has written that kind of book.The protagonist, Hattie is sister to psychotic [...]

    7. This book, with a mentally ill person as the catalyst, exhibits schizoid traits of its own. My initial reaction: unconvincing and lazy. I didn’t think I’d say this about Toews, winner of the 2004 Governor General’s award for A Complicated Kindness. The Flying Troutmans is my first Toews novel.Mild quibbles kept piling up. Flurries of minor quibbles turned into dumps of significant quibbles, completely snowing under the charm of the book.Toews uses the venerable road trip as a platform for [...]

    8. i have this gr friend i won’t say their name and they read this book and told me jo you should read it it’s sort of like Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones which if you don’t remember is the 2011 national book award winner and describes a poor rural black family before and during hurricane katrinaas you can imagine i was intrigued on account of what can this little canadian romp of a book possibly have in common with salvage the bones which is dead serious and sultry and racked with tragedy [...]

    9. Stole my heart, and boy how I would steal little Thebes and keep her forever.Miriam Toew, if I were a writer, I would want to be you.Absolutely astonishing ability to write pathos, black comedy, brave beauty and the most searing of agonies.Favorites!

    10. The characters in this book aren't perfect but I feel like I know them. Thebes was one of those characters that will stay with you for a long time. Great story with sad mixed with funny in a way that most authors can't pull off.

    11. I've found a new favorite writer, methinks. This is one of a string of books that all but destroyed my own will to write. But in a good way.This book is hilarious but also hits you where it counts. Here's a little taste, after the narrator Hattie has been picked up from the airport by her (underage) nephew Logan and niece Thebes:"Logan ended up driving back to their house because I didn't know how to tell him not to and because he hadn't seemed interested in relinquishing control of the wheel an [...]

    12. A beautiful book, both heart-rending and heart-warming at the same time. The three central characters, Hattie (aunt), Thebes, 11 (niece) and Logan, 15 (nephew) are all fantastic but Thebes is the star of the show, with a motor mouth that can't stop producing the weirdest, quirkiest, sweetest things. In what I find just about one of the absurdest, funniest things I've ever read, Thebes dreams there is, previously unbeknownst to her, a thirteenth month, "squeezed somewhere in between February and [...]

    13. I discovered this book at my favorite bookstore, The Reading Reptile in Kansas City. It's a children's bookstore. So, I really pay attention to the adult books they choose. This was beautifully, sensitively written. In all, the story has been told before. It was about the effect of mental illness on a family, specifically a mother's illness on her children and the sibling left to pick up the pieces. Not sorry I read it. Won't reread it.

    14. I loved this book. I love the people in it and the way MT tells the story. Not sure if I like this or AMPS better. TFT might be my favourite. I feel like I'll miss these characters more.

    15. If, along the way, something is gained, then something will also be lost. Those words were emblazoned on Min's bedroom wall, burned into the wallpaer with a charred wine-bottle cork. Our parents dismissed them as psuedo-profound, angsty-adolescent babble, but they haunted me. Why should that be? I wondered. How did she know that? Did she really believe it, or did she just like the way those words looked in burnt cork?- from The Flying TroutmansLet's make an analogy between books and buildings. S [...]

    16. I know that Miriam Toews is a much beloved writer in Canada and one should be kind with one's comments, but I found this road story a bit claustrophobic at times despite the waves of humour that the writer conjures for us. Three people in an ailing van - 28 year-old Aunt Hattie and her 15-year old nephew Logan, the basketball junkie driving without a licence, and his unwashed super-intelligent 11 year-old sister Thebes - all running away from an impossibly suicidal Mum in Manitoba, and searching [...]

    17. Oh I loved this book - funny and disfunctional and terrible sad in places, but nevertheless a delightful journey with a family battling crazy in all it's manifestations. I'm definitely going to make the students read this one - they will love it's humour, it's honesty and despite all the crap that life deals the Troutmans - they'll like the beam of hope that comes out of the pages of their roadtrip. Have they made this in to a film I wonder? The way Toews writes is so visual and colourful I can [...]

    18. Miriam Toews saunters along the line between comedy and grief as if she might lose her balance at any moment. But she never does. The precarious tone of her novels about fractured families is the crafted effect of a nimble writer. Raised by Mennonites in a small Canadian town, Toews has developed an irresistible sense of absurdity leavened with real affection for the quirky characters who inhabit her stories.The Flying Troutmans, her fourth novel, invites immediate comparison with the popular in [...]

    19. Interesting. I think that's the word I'd use to describe this book. I didn't love it, but the story is quite original and there's a lot to be said for that. The characters are fresh and funky and vulnerable and they left me curious to take a look at her other novels.It is about a woman, Hattie, who comes home from Paris after her boyfriend dumps her. She has come to take care of her sister, niece and nephew when the sister, Min, is hospitalized for the depression that has plagued her throughout [...]

    20. In realtà, sono 3,5 stelle, ma ho messo 3 perché non mi ha pienamente convinta dal punto di vista stilistico. È la storia di due famiglie che hanno tanti pezzi dispersi. Min e Hattie sono due sorelle. Min ha disturbi mentali, si è sposata e separata e ha due figli, Logan e Thebes, che non vedono il padre da 11 anni. A Hattie è chiesto di mettere insieme i pezzi di questa seconda famiglia, nel tentativo di farlo inconsciamente per quelli che riguardano la sua famiglia di origine.Una storia c [...]

    21. Not the kind of book I would expect to be a 5-star read. But then, there's not any flaw in it, and its beauty lies in its simplicity. Here's a group of freaks from page one to last page, come together to create a riotous comedy! I could so easily relate to every character in this book, because they seemed so dysfunctional that they seemed as normal as any of us. None of the characters are glossed over or passed around as "heroes" or as having mainly normal characteristics.There's Thebie, who jus [...]

    22. I loved this book! The story is narrated by Hattie Troutman, Min's younger sister who flew back to Canada from Paris after getting a phone call in the middle of the night from Min's 11-year-old daughter, Thebes. Min had to be put in a psych ward, and apparently has been mentally ill since childhood. And Hattie, who is 28 years old and single, decided to take the the two kids, Thebes and 15-year-old Logan, on a road trip to the U.S. to try to find their father. During the trip, Hattie's narration [...]

    23. It's a sign that Toew's a good writer to describe characters that made me cringe throughout the book! I could never forget that Thebes didn't change clothes, wash, wash her hair or even brush her teeth throughout the bookuple that with the engine problems with the Ford Areostar and I really couldn't relax reading this. Hattie wasn't sure where her parenting boundaries were, but hey, if a kid hasn't brushed her teeth or washed in a week, you are allowed to supervise more closely! And you don't bu [...]

    24. I'm not usually too enthusiastic about reading stories of dysfunctional family, either fact or fiction, but I was glad I read this one. I don't think I gained any great insights but I did enjoy the interplay between 15-year old Logan, his 11-year old sister Thebes, and their aunt Hattie who are on a major road trip to find the kids' father while their mother Min is in a psychiatric ward.There are frequent short flashbacks. There are moments of panic. There are a number of bad choices of action b [...]

    25. This is the second book I've read by Miriam Toews, the first being A Complicated Kindness. She is a joy to read. Unlike anyone else that I've found. Funny, sad, idiosyncratic, touching, original.

    26. Generally I find it difficult to read books without proper punctuation, but even though there was not a single quotation mark in this entire book, somehow I had no trouble following the dialogue.I loved this quirky family and their plight pulled at my heartstrings. Two children who are missing the most basic of necessities - a home with a responsible adult. While their mother is spending some time in mental health care, their just-dumped, childless aunt arrives. She takes them on a road trip to [...]

    27. My true rating is 3.5 . A terrific read. I'm a Miriam Toews fan! for full review, please go to:thebooksmithblog.wordpress

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