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The Hundred Brothers
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0679769420, Paperback)There are, as the title says, one hundred brothers in Donald Antrim's novel. This sprawling fraternity has gathered in the family library for a dinner and over the course of a few hours, the author serves up sibling rivalry, revelry, and mayhem in meticulous, unflappable style.
For the most part, The Hundred Brothers skates along on the strength of its comic ingenuity. Yet Antrim has some serious points to make about masculine pride, vanity, and terror--not by invoking them directly, but by inflating them to monstrous (and mirthful) proportions. And the narrator's comments about his rampaging kin often have a larger, melancholic resonance to them. Indeed, when he points out "the complexities of our interdependence and the sorry indignities that pass as currency between us in lieu of gentler tender," he might be talking about any family--even one in the single-digit range.
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A family reunion of 99 brothers--the oldest 90, the youngest 20. The event gives rise to the usual conflicting memories, hurt feelings, rivalries and alliances, but with so many emotions at work, little wonder the reunion explodes. Part comedy, part serious study of family relations. By the author of Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World.
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