[Epub] ➣ Upside-Down Cake ➤ Paul Theroux – Anguillais.us

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  1. says:

    The triumph at such a family gathering lay in concealing your real feelings. Reading this excellent story made me so glad that I recently managed to weasel out of yet another family reunion Mother said she was happy and for once she seemed to be telling the truth But her happiness was possible only because the rest of us were miserable. This family, forced to celebrate their mother s ninetieth birthday, talks of prescription drugs and lousy meals served long ago Tensions are running high, and the sudden appearance of a stranger doesn t help the situation I ve always been somewhat in awe of families who actually seem to enjoy spending time together Okay, in awe, AND, a wee bit jealous But, in case you re like me, and can t understand the need to travel great distances to physically be with the very relatives who can t bother to write or p...


  2. says:

    Disclaimer I never look at the name of the author before reading a story in the New Yorker, I cover it up with my hand so as not to be influenced by gender, race, or if they re famous already I take each story as it is with no preconceived notions.This was a lot of fun, evil fun, but the sort of fun you d like to have to get back at people who have been making you miserable.Basically this is all a set up for our narrator to get back at their family We learn everyone else is a gossip and a backbiter and generally miserable, but we never learn why the narrator is until the end Once we learn the narrator s secret everyone in the family who had been maybe not quite a real character, or a bit of a generic blob, snap into focus And the narrator isn t exempt, either They are just as guilty of being a bastard pun intended, I suppose as everyone else.I find this to be a strange story because a lot of it is pretty generic, though with some very clever writing in it We had betrayed one another too many times to be able to sit comfortably around the same table together , and Every visit to an aged parent is in the nature of a farewell In fact I was starting to think this was going to be yet another New Yorker dud that paints broad strokes about people who the author stereotypes and speaks in cliches that s a popular genre in this magazine, unfortunately Yet I think the author sens...


  3. says:

    This is a sequel to Thereoux s earlier New Yorker short story, which I haven t read As a stand alone piece, it s the typical large family dysfunction He has some great observations about birthday parties for older parents Otherwise, the story won t stick in ...


  4. says:

    2.5 stars It started off really funny, but too much of the same humor for too long does not increase ones enjoyment of a novel Slick development at the end.


  5. says:

    very clever and unexpectedly funny.

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