Disobedience

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  • Paperback
  • 272 pages
  • Disobedience
  • Jane Hamilton
  • English
  • 20 August 2017
  • 0385601913

About the Author: Jane Hamilton

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Disobedience Reading Someone Else S E Mail Is A Quiet, Clean Enterprise There Is No Pitter Pattering Around The Room, No Opening And Closing The Desk Drawers, No Percussive Creasing As You Draw The Paper From The Envelope And Unfold It In And Out Of The Files, No Trace It Could Be The Work Of A Ghost, This Electronic EavesdroppingSeventeen Year Old Henry Shaw Learns Of His Mother S Passionate Affair When He Stumbles Across Her E Mail Correspondence With Her Lover His Image Of Her Is Shattered, But He Cannot Resist His Electronic Eavesdropping Henry S Younger Sister, Elvira, Is Scornful Of Technology, Stuck As She Is In With Her Civil War Infantry Regiment For Elvira, Much To Her Mother S Sorrow And Her Historian Father S Pride, Is A Hardcore Civil War Re Enactor Displaced From Vermont To Chicago, Each Member Of The Shaw Family Finds Their Dreams Hard To Realize And Their Expectations Of Life Turned On Their Head Disobedience Is A Compassionate, Sharp, Wicked And Utterly Contemporary Novel About Families, Love And Loyalty By A Major Literary Talent

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10 thoughts on “Disobedience

  1. Danita M says:

    I have enjoyed some Jane Hamilton booksthan others This one was very good Her prose is beautiful, and her subject matter interesting I liked the quirkiness of the characters Civil War reenactments, musicians that play music most people have never heard Their interests sometimes obsessions with the past sometimes made me forget that the setting was modern day until it started talking about e mail again I particularly liked that she chose to tell the story that is largely about a w I have enjoyed some Jane Hamilton booksthan others This one was very good Her prose is beautiful, and her subject matter interesting I liked the quirkiness of the characters Civil War reenactments, musicians that play music most people have never heard Their interests sometimes obsessions with the past sometimes made me forget that the setting was modern day until it started talking about e mail again I particularly liked that she chose to tell the story that is largely about a woman s adultery from the point of view of her son This perspective was fascinating, especially because he can not identify with her as an adult or as a woman, which makes her actions so mysterious to him I would definitely recommend this novel

  2. Sarah says:

    This book grated against my skin, but I wouldn t say it was a bad book, and the secondary character a die hard 11 year old civil war re enactor who also happened to be a girl was fascinating and I loved her I kept wanting to stuff a sock in the narrator her brother s mouth, to hearabout her It was like being invited to someone else s family reunion, and finding yourself really interested in everyone in the family except for the one pouty, self involved teenager you are seated next to This book grated against my skin, but I wouldn t say it was a bad book, and the secondary character a die hard 11 year old civil war re enactor who also happened to be a girl was fascinating and I loved her I kept wanting to stuff a sock in the narrator her brother s mouth, to hearabout her It was like being invited to someone else s family reunion, and finding yourself really interested in everyone in the family except for the one pouty, self involved teenager you are seated next to, and who monopolizes conversation for the next three hours, while picking at his acne And sighing A lot Also this is one of those rare, rare books for me in that my inability to be a teenage boy who is secretly monitoring his mother s on line affair with a man not his father really limited my ability to be interested or sympathetic to the character or his struggles I kept just feeling sort of grossed out that he was so into the details of his mom s affair Yet again, Jane Hamilton managed to make me feel like she was treating the reader with contempt, and yet again, I read the whole thing, and the writing was very good, and the ideas were interesting Jane Hamilton, I shake my fist ot your queasily sadistic writing

  3. Holli says:

    I really liked this book I listened to the audio version, narrated by Robert Sean Leonard, who did a great job Like Hamilton s other book, When Madeline Was Young, this one is also sort of a coming of age story narrated by a teen aged boy, but this one is mucheffective I found this book to be very humorous It s a certain kind of humor, a hint of sarcasm, but not meanspirited Maybe droll is the right word I heard Jane Hamilton speak earlier this year and I was surprised at how funny I really liked this book I listened to the audio version, narrated by Robert Sean Leonard, who did a great job Like Hamilton s other book, When Madeline Was Young, this one is also sort of a coming of age story narrated by a teen aged boy, but this one is mucheffective I found this book to be very humorous It s a certain kind of humor, a hint of sarcasm, but not meanspirited Maybe droll is the right word I heard Jane Hamilton speak earlier this year and I was surprised at how funny she is She was a hoot Most of her books are so serious, but this one reflects her brand of humor sort of Garrison Keillor meets Anne Lamott That being said, the story is not comedic Henry, the narrator, is having a rough year, what with his mom s affair and everything, but there s this subtle humor running through the novel that really kept my attention I enjoyed all the characters Hamilton does a good job of making them very human They are kind of quirky, but very real I think I know some of them I especially liked the resolution of the book and what it says about marriage The good news is that when I got to the end of the tape, I realized that it was abridged So now I get to read the book sometime and there will beof it

  4. Lisa says:

    Disobedience is about a year in the life of 17 year old Henry Shaw He is dealing with the discovery of his mother s secret affair, his sister s obsession with Civil War re enactments plus a crush on a girl in another city Once I started listening to it I realized it was a 5 1 2 hour abridged audiobook I liked the narrator and was curious what an abridged experience would be like, so decided to continue Apparently there is no unabridged audio of this book Jane Hamilton is a fine writer and I Disobedience is about a year in the life of 17 year old Henry Shaw He is dealing with the discovery of his mother s secret affair, his sister s obsession with Civil War re enactments plus a crush on a girl in another city Once I started listening to it I realized it was a 5 1 2 hour abridged audiobook I liked the narrator and was curious what an abridged experience would be like, so decided to continue Apparently there is no unabridged audio of this book Jane Hamilton is a fine writer and I found the novel quite engaging but have no idea how to rate it It did seem truncated Why would you abridge a 273 page novel They must have cut it down by about 4 hours, but why I have the printed version here but probably won t investigate further because I feel satiated enough with my edited experience of the novel

  5. Sheba says:

    This book just made so much sense How Miss Jane Hamilton wrote a boy, and not just any boy but a lovely, funny, bare, boy, is inconceivable to me It s a love story between a son and his mother It s a storing of weaning, a boy who becomes a man through vigilance over his mother s personal correspondence with her lover Watching her fall in love, betray her husband and her family allows him to fall out of love with the woman who raised him and judge and differentiate from the woman she is An a This book just made so much sense How Miss Jane Hamilton wrote a boy, and not just any boy but a lovely, funny, bare, boy, is inconceivable to me It s a love story between a son and his mother It s a storing of weaning, a boy who becomes a man through vigilance over his mother s personal correspondence with her lover Watching her fall in love, betray her husband and her family allows him to fall out of love with the woman who raised him and judge and differentiate from the woman she is An awkward, gorgeous, confused woman A very human woman He grows to hate her, but with a sort of kindness, because afterall, it s a fine line and this is a weaning, not a matricide.And I am making it sound tragic, and ponderous and incestuous but that s not it.I have had three boyfriends who loved their mothersthan they would ever love me And when you are tabled from the start, it s never really a competition, sex is twisted and deep but their eyes are veiled They value virginity but treat you like a whore All their shirts smell of guilt They are the worst kind of men Except for the kind that don t love their mothers at all Those, I run fast from.So I loved loved this boy Weaning is hard and he was so brave He gently, carefully as he put it, put her over his knee and cracked her in two but with the deepest and most profound love I would have been curious to meet him as an adult and his sister too Devastating climax and all that but the best thing about this book was it made me laugh out loud and without warning

  6. Isaura Pereira says:

    J tenho livro h muitos anos, mas por alguma raz o fui sempre adiando a sua leitura O meu instinto tinha raz o N o gostei da escrita da autora Estrutura muito dispersa, com informa es paralelas que n o achei relevantes para a hist ria principal A hist ria contada apenas atrav s do ponto de vista do filho da mulher desobediente e nunca nos apresenta diferentes perspectivas de outras personagens ou at mesma da mulher que d nome ao livro Nunca sabemos o que realmente pensa, a raz o das J tenho livro h muitos anos, mas por alguma raz o fui sempre adiando a sua leitura O meu instinto tinha raz o N o gostei da escrita da autora Estrutura muito dispersa, com informa es paralelas que n o achei relevantes para a hist ria principal A hist ria contada apenas atrav s do ponto de vista do filho da mulher desobediente e nunca nos apresenta diferentes perspectivas de outras personagens ou at mesma da mulher que d nome ao livro Nunca sabemos o que realmente pensa, a raz o das suas ac es Apenas podemos supor atrav s daquilo que o filho nos relata Talvez fosse essa a sua inten o, mas n o funcionou comigo.Achei que o suposto caso extra matrimonial da m e acho que n o spoiler, pois est impl cito na sinopse n o foi bem conduzido e muito pouco informativo.A hist ria est muito centrada no filho adolescente Reconhe o a tentativa da autora em abordar as quest es t picas da adolesc ncia a rebeldia, a confus o de emo es e sentimentos, a revolta perante tudo e todos Na minha opini o considero que se focou demasiado nisso e afastou se da hist ria inicial N o senti qualquer liga o com as personagens nem com a escrita da autora Reflecte de alguma forma a comunidade em que as personagens est o inseridas, mas ainda assim gostaria de ter tido uma vis o mais ampla da hist ria A premissa era muito interessante, mas conduzida de uma forma que n o me agradou

  7. Kirsten says:

    Aaaaaaand we re back to 2 out of 5 stars.I really need to make a shelf called Mom Books , because that s really what this one was I had a hard time figuring out what type of person Henry was his narrative voice was really kind ofmuddled, almost Like, was he 30, 17, 22 WHO S TO SAY His vocabulary and prose didn t really seem to gel all the time, and really, not that much happens in this book I have to assume that I marked it as To Read because the whole infidelity thing seemed interesti Aaaaaaand we re back to 2 out of 5 stars.I really need to make a shelf called Mom Books , because that s really what this one was I had a hard time figuring out what type of person Henry was his narrative voice was really kind ofmuddled, almost Like, was he 30, 17, 22 WHO S TO SAY His vocabulary and prose didn t really seem to gel all the time, and really, not that much happens in this book I have to assume that I marked it as To Read because the whole infidelity thing seemed interesting, but spoiler this book doesn t even really get into that part of the plot at all I dunno, maybe I m so unsatisfied because nothing was really resolved at all, most importantly Henry s own feelings regarding his mom s less than desirable behaviour The most interesting part of this book was how he referred to his mother using like, 8 different names Liza38, Beth, Liza, Liz, Elizabeth, etc etc It could have been a really interesting commentary on detachment, maturation, familial bonds, and separation anxiety, but nope Hamilton decided not to go there and instead make a book with the shortest bursts of interesting ness but a good font, so my eyes weren t entirely unhappy while reading it the whole way through disobedience likedisappointment mombooksPS there was like, no dialogue in this book and I found that super hard to read, and Henry just kept prattling on and on about nothing, leaving me to think to myself doesn t this ranga have any friends I mean SRSLY

  8. Manik Sukoco says:

    A rite of passage story about Henry, who at 17 has discovered his mother s infidelity by reading her email messages, Disobedience explores complex family and gender themes Marital strife, the disillusionment of a young man with his mother, a pubescent girl s rejection of her female self, and the desire of all members of the family to live in some form of fantasy rather than reality form the spine of this story.Jane Hamilton has made some bold decisions as an author in the writing of Disobedienc A rite of passage story about Henry, who at 17 has discovered his mother s infidelity by reading her email messages, Disobedience explores complex family and gender themes Marital strife, the disillusionment of a young man with his mother, a pubescent girl s rejection of her female self, and the desire of all members of the family to live in some form of fantasy rather than reality form the spine of this story.Jane Hamilton has made some bold decisions as an author in the writing of Disobedience Henry s imagination about the affair is the primary source of information about his mother s feelings Hamilton loops back and forth through time as she follows Henry s description of the events of his senior year from his vantage point as an adult almost ten years later Hamilton has written a novel about infidelity in which the wife, the husband and the lover are all still likable, wherein no one person is painted with a black and white brush The Shaw family that Henry observes is both distanced by time and brought forward by passion in such a way that the reader is never at rest, never lulled into an easy acceptance of the narrative line.I highly recommend Disobedience for a thought or discussion provoking read Just don t expect it to be unchallenging

  9. Stacy says:

    This book is too And everyone in it is too Too wordy Too unique Too stereotyped Too obsessive Too extreme I mean, he couldn t just be a political father he is a socialist with a history addiction The mom isn t just a musician she practically exudes music in her breath The son isn t just a teenage boy with typical angst and self discovery issues he is amiable, polite, socially acceptable to English dancing parents and voyeuristic The daughter I can t even make a too statement for This book is too And everyone in it is too Too wordy Too unique Too stereotyped Too obsessive Too extreme I mean, he couldn t just be a political father he is a socialist with a history addiction The mom isn t just a musician she practically exudes music in her breath The son isn t just a teenage boy with typical angst and self discovery issues he is amiable, polite, socially acceptable to English dancing parents and voyeuristic The daughter I can t even make a too statement for her because she wears sabers everywhere and has violent, hate filled moments that are related to mild dispersions against Civil War generals I mean, she s not believable on any scale, nor is the family s reaction to her If this is Jane Hamilton and based on other reviews, it is , then the author and I will happily part ways now

  10. Sara says:

    Books like Disobedience aren t normally my cup of tea But this melancholy coming of age story goes well beyond the usual book club fare The story of sweet, sad Henry Shaw and his amazingly disfunctional but incredibly compelling family is so very much worth reading Its one of my go to novels and I ve thumbed through it many times.From his border line, Civil War reenacting sister who wears rebel grey everywhere they go to a passionate, very imperfect mother everyone in Henry s world is wor Books like Disobedience aren t normally my cup of tea But this melancholy coming of age story goes well beyond the usual book club fare The story of sweet, sad Henry Shaw and his amazingly disfunctional but incredibly compelling family is so very much worth reading Its one of my go to novels and I ve thumbed through it many times.From his border line, Civil War reenacting sister who wears rebel grey everywhere they go to a passionate, very imperfect mother everyone in Henry s world is worth coming to know.This is a quiet book One for an evening in spring when its starting to stay light out longer and you sit on your back porch and meander slowly through the end of a boys childhood into that wretched, wonderful world we all have to enter sometime