• Title: Broken Vessels
  • Author: Andre Dubus
  • ISBN: 9780879239480
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Paperback
  • Broken Vessels Written between and universally acclaimed when they appeared in Godine hardcover and exploring subjects close to home and close to the bone these twenty two diverse essays reveal the spir
    Written between 1977 and 1990, universally acclaimed when they appeared in Godine hardcover, and exploring subjects close to home and close to the bone, these twenty two diverse essays reveal the spiritual strength and shrewdly lyrical prose for which Andre Dubus has been recognized worldwide.Personal but never indulgent, sensitive but never maudlin, these forays into DubuWritten between 1977 and 1990, universally acclaimed when they appeared in Godine hardcover, and exploring subjects close to home and close to the bone, these twenty two diverse essays reveal the spiritual strength and shrewdly lyrical prose for which Andre Dubus has been recognized worldwide.Personal but never indulgent, sensitive but never maudlin, these forays into Dubus s past and present conjure up small worlds a Catholic boyhood in Cajun Louisiana, the transcendental quality of baseball, the luck and slipperiness of life, the precarious business of making a living by writing These worlds are presented in a voice that is as powerful as it is poignant, that never flinches from the stark realities that have so colored Dubus s recent past and personal life Especially moving are his descriptions of his children, his wrenching account of the 1986 automobile accident that cost him his leg, and of the ensuing struggle for his spiritual and physical survival.Broken Vessels is a book that, in its scope and sympathy, its grace and courage, never fails to startle with the sudden impact of quiet truths, passionately felt and powerfully expressed.

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    1. This book devastated me. I think it's impossible for any two different people to read this in the same way. It's a book of personal essays, and they're personal for the reader, as well. I can't recommend this book enough, but take care that you don't read it if you're in an emotionally weak place, because the way it grabs you personally is by forcing you to face mortality and human frailty and to recall your most traumatic experiences. Or maybe you should read it when you're hurtingif you're the [...]

    2. Dubus came to my college, read from this book, spoke about it for a little bit and then did a meet-and-greet signing with the audience. I don't remember much about the book aside from really enjoying this collection of short storiesd also making a fool out of myself. I stepped up to his table, stammered about how much I loved his work (I barely knew it) and when I finally ran out of words and shut up he just kinda stared at me. After that embarrassing scene I vowed I'd never go all giddy for any [...]

    3. Part of me wants to wrap this book in beautiful paper and leave it at the door of all the people I care about, think highly of, or want to know more. Part of me is scared that if I did that people would read it, see all of it and react with anything less than amazement. I'm trying to find words (honest, moving, painful) but they all seem ridiculously trite. I keep thinking, "naked". If I actually had the guts to share this book with someone, hand it from my hand to theirs and say the truth, "I l [...]

    4. The last essay, the "title essay", is absolutely amazing and had me near tears at one point. I admire his brutal honesty and self-reflection and lack of self-pity.

    5. There are only a handful of people on this earth who I can connect with as well as Dubus connected with me. His ability to extract significance from the ordinary is hopeful and empowering as we struggle to make significant our own ordinary situations. Dubus has put words to a level of depth that this life holds which I have suspected existed for years. "So many of us fail: we divorce our wives and husbands, we leave the roofs of our lovers, go once again into the lonely march, mustering our cour [...]

    6. It took me a little while to warm to this little book of short stories and essays by Dubus. You need to read it in an unhurried, contemplative frame of mind, and savour the unique expression of this quiet voice of introspection and contemplative calm. Once you find this place, though, in yourself and your day, this little book is a thing of beauty and inspiration, a pleasure which steals upon you in your chair, and moves you, in the end, to tears with the love and honesty, sensitivity and unique [...]

    7. There aren't many essay collections on my bookshelf, since so few of them merit re-reading. This volume is an exception. Almost everything in it is gold, right from Tobias Wolff's introduction. Classic essays here on short story writing, on Dubus' friend Richard Yates, and the pitfalls of publishing in Penthouse and The New Yorker. (The former demands fewer commas.) He is one of the few American writers that makes baseball sound interesting.False notes are few. However, there is one essay that j [...]

    8. I read this alongside Once the Shore. To tell you the truth, I don't know why I liked it so goddamn much. It struck a nerve, a chord, all that jazz. It felt, above all else, human, and unknowing--which is hard to capture in the personal essay. Too often, we get pompous narrators that analyze everything with too much certainty. This was different. Love.

    9. To say I loved this book is so far from adequate. I have been moved by everything dubus has written and this was no exception. It broke me open, as all good nooks, essays, stories should. It will be a while before I can reread this, but that to me is also a sign of a powerful book.

    10. I love Andre Dubus’ short stories and didn’t know quite what to expect from his essay collection, Broken Vessels. I wasn’t disappointed.Broken Vessels is a series of 22 personal essays written between 1977-1990. Dubus is a gifted writer with an astounding ability to turn even the most mundane event to an almost spiritual affair by leading the reader gently and unassumingly along. One minute we follow his thoughts as he cooks and eats breakfast with his wife; the next minute he has transpor [...]

    11. "Dubus writes with searing candor, grace and tenderness in these autobiographical essays."-Publishers Weekly"Despite his occasional sermonettes, however, Dubus remains one of America's best and most prolific short-story writers, and Broken Vessels contains as much good work as anything ever written.Dubus, like the characters in his best stories, doesn't seek to prevail in the material world, but only in the abstract regions of his own heart. It's this sense of spiritual integrity which gives Dub [...]

    12. These non-fiction stories are ranging from the mildly interesting to the deeply personal, at which point they become most effective. We get stories on running, baseball, traveling across America on train, as well as feminism, family, ghosts (yep) and the writer's awful road accident. Andre Dubus' style is kind of hard to pinpoint, yet he is always passionate, even when in doubt. This was actually my second attempt at reading this collection and for the life of me I can't remember why I gave up t [...]

    13. 8.30.08I discover Andre Dubus's writer in a book call 'Writers and Company'. (side notes to the programmers at : It would be nice to link a book on here.) Dubus's essays are not the typical essay. To me they are more like personal stories and it's not fictionalized which is even better. It's like he's talking to me and yet the descriptions are like a story sometimes and they are parables.He's had a hard life but his spirit is amazing. There are tragedies that he lived through and wrote about.

    14. I just finished this book so I'm near tears after reading the final essay, as Dubus described in heart-wrenching detail his relationship with his daughters after he was crippled by a tragic accident. Throughout all his essays, Dubus uses a simple and clear voice but makes stunning observations about life -- that's why his essays affect me so deeply. I can tell I will be re-reading many of these essays multiple times.

    15. This man knows how to talk to us in words. I am now humbled that a friend told me my emails often remind her of Dubus. his clarity in thought and style make you feel as if he is sitting down across the table from you and also alone, in his room, typing just for you. A must-read for those thinking about life and loss and the world.

    16. More than any other author, Dubus captures the spirit of people. Others describe, but he has the gift of translating. Translating the complexities of life into the simple and tangible. Translating because you thought you knew that thing, that shape, but you realize you didn't, and he shows you what it really is.

    17. It has taken me quite a long time to finish this book. I've never meant to read it in one sitting though. I don't think I can write something simple, yet powerful enough for the book and for Dubus. The book itself is a whole new experience of looking into the "so-called" adult life, which is harsh, contradictory, but warm. It deserves anything much more than just a try.

    18. Of the two collections (Meditations from a Moveable Chair and Broken Vessels), I would recommend:Song of Pity, Letter to Amtrak, Giving Up the Gun, Witness, Sketches at Home, and most especially, Broken Vessels (Part V of the book of the same name).

    19. I love to read about the way Dubus crafts stories. There's also a funny essay in this one where he knows when he comes to the point he won't sell to the New Yorker. "Well, there goes the New Yorker." That moment freed him up to write the story like he wanted to.

    20. A powerful collection of autobiographical essays written after Dubus lost his leg and the use of the other leg in an accident. This is a book that I have lent out many times and purchased several times.

    21. After the accident that killed the use of his legs, after the years of story writing, a collection of essays spanning his career, just a beautiful book, particularly the essay: On Charon's Warf

    22. This writer endlessly delights me. I have read his short stories before and was blown away. Now, having read essays about him and his experiences, I am fan for life. I would read anything this man writes. Thanks to Jen McCreary for the intro.

    23. For the first half of the book, the essays were very hit or miss, but the last half was solid gold.

    24. excellent! one of my new favorites. Dubus SO knows how to be real and vulnerable in his writings. His style is an endearment

    25. This collection is essays is startlingly in its honesty, and exquisitely written. The final essay is not to be missed!

    26. Excellent collection of essays. Especially loved On Charon's Wharf, an essay about how we interact with our loved ones. Will return to that one many times.

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