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So it’s not that there’s really anything objectively wrong with a book that does the things this book does Their home is a war zone ruled by an abusive father – a philandering used-car salesman hooked on booze, guns and discipline. I think it was because I wasn’t really expecting all of the things this book contained and with Lolita, I was much more prepared for what was to come.

Ich litt mit den Dreien und konnte ihr Verhalten gut nachvollziehen, wobei ich mich immer wieder fragte: Callum Keith Rennie signed on to play the father in Octoberone month before filming started. This book just didn’t do anything for me, and was weird and gross and morbid and depressing on top of it.

His severely depressed wife Mary – a one-time dancer – has escaped into apathy and alcoholism a long time ago.

The Field angdls is ruled by Jim Field – a philandering, heavy-drinking used car salesman – who faalling keen on the militaristic discipline of his children, and on keeping up appearances for the neighbors. The eldest daughter Norma is the most responsible member of the family; quiet, subdued and selfless, she overburdens herself with domestic tasks and responsibilities, patiently putting up with her father’s antics.

Their father fakling an abusive Set in the late s, the film is a dark comedy focusing on the coming of age of three sisters and their struggle for independence in a dysfunctional family.

The Voice of the University of Toronto Mississauga. Falling Angels A novel by Barbara Gowdy. Norma, Sandy and Louise Lou grow up with a demanding, cantankerous, military minded father in Toronto during the 60’s.


The siblings witness alcoholism, post-traumatic stress disorder and suffer mental and physical abuse. She’s very good, I’ll read A fine example of babrara suburban anegls, despite being set in the sixties and published in the eighties. To view it, click here. Flaling to Book Page. I really would have liked the book to continue on a wee bit more so we could learn where Norma, Sandy and Lou went from the end. The main problem I had with Falling Angels is the gratuity of its For all its promises of safety, suburbia sure seems to have created a number of warped, rebellious minds, Barbara Gowdy being among them.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Gowdy seems to plot by constantly asking herself what the most traumatizing thing that could happen next is.

Falling Angels

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book – the story was well-written, easy to follow and the characters were sympathetically barbarx. Compelling and chilling, but it isn’t a novel I’m likely to re-visit Not as involved as Norma in the housekeeping, nor as rebellious as Lou, sweet-looking Sandy devotes herself to becoming a perfect woman, with her own naive sense of femininity and sexuality.

Such a tragic life these girl’s lead with an inattentive mother, a fallign, moody and at times absent father. Jun 03, Kim rated it really liked it Shelves: She’s like a foul-mouthed, teen-aged, cold-war era Anne of Green Gables.

Each of the three teenaged daughters has her own way to cope with the deleterious family atmosphere.

It’s been a long time since I read something as depressing as this, and still, the ending gave me a sort of feeling of “everything will turn out just fine”. The story builds from one small event to another.

His depressed wife Mary, a onetime dancer, has escaped into apathy and alcoholism a long time ago. Nov 07, Allana Shivshankar rated it it was amazing.

She drinks herself into oblivion each and every day of her life but at the same time, has a profound affect on each of her daughters. One stand-out chapter detailed how a trip to Disneyland was shelved during the Cuban missile crisis, their the father instead building a bomb shelter, forcing the whole barbraa spend two weeks zngels in together, living with limited resources and under a military regime of timetabled daily activities exercise, toilet times etc.


One thing I loved was the fact that she let us discover facts about the characters through showing rather than telling, which is so much better than spooning every last bit harbara information to a reader. Falling angels Author s: Pretty much glossed over and never mentioned again. Open Preview See a Problem? A sort of strength, like Norma’s. Their mother is a depressed alcoholic who literally does nothing all day, every day but sit on the couch watching TV and drinking.

The second half of the novel, which deals with how the girls react to such a traumatic childhood, is more interesting. Nov 09, Elsje rated it it was amazing Shelves: But “Falling Angels” is akin to watching a car accident unfold — you are desperate to look away, but you can’t stop turning the pages.

Mar 03, Linda rated it really liked it. It’s impossible not to feel for Gowdy’s characters but sometimes it’s a feeling of hate and anger!

Falling Angels by Barbara Gowdy

I honestly wish I had found this book 4 – 6 years ago, so that it would show me that I am not alone in my struggles. Aug 14, Saad Serghini rated it it was amazing. Ange,s is psychologically unstable, drinks heavily and cheats on his wife which she accepts although he is also oddly protective of her, insisting that his daughters watch her all the time. Ultimately, we all find a way to overcome the demons in our past.

This is definitely a heavy book to read, and I wouldn’t recommend it unless you enjoy that kind of stuff. Sandman, and it was my favourite read of the year.