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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Mm) (July 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380598655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380598656
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,150,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Once read, this book is impossible to forget.
Theresa Williams
I read this book many, many years ago and it has always been in the back of my mind.
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It is mesmerizing and one of the saddest books I have ever read.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
Two elderly brothers, Seymour and Randall Holt, are found dead in their rundown, squalid brownstone in the neighborhood of Chelsea in New York City. This book reconstructs their lives and explains how it came about that they met such an ignominious end.

Raised in that very brownstone in a turn of the century household run by their wealthy, twisted, and domineering grandmother, who eventually drove their mother to madness, they grew up in an environment that was not conducive to happiness. It was an upbringing that was to have great repercussions on their lives.

Both of the brothers were very handsome and intelligent. Seymour was the older and more aggressive and resourceful of the two, while Randall was sensitive and artistic, being a gifted pianist. Both looked forward to the death of their grandmother, whom they hated. They looked forward to departing from that house and living elsewhere, leaving behind very painful memories. When their grandmother finally died at a very ripe old age, however, she tied up her estate in such a way that she would still control them from the grave. Their leaving the now hated brownstone was not an option.

For a while after her death, it seemed that these young men would end up leading normal lives. The life that they had lived with their grandmother, however, had, unfortunately, left its mark. This would be made remarkably clear in the way in which they interacted with others. Yet, they each went on their way, trying to fit in the best way they knew how. For a while, it seemed that they would almost succeed. Their own natures, coupled with their upbringing and the general vicissitudes of life, however, would conspire to ensure that they would not.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Angelyn on January 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I read this book many years ago and was spellbound by the brothers behaviors. It is one of the books I have recommended to many, many people over the years. I truly believe this book had such an impact on me that I chose my profession, clinical social work, to learn more about human behavior and the causes the behavior. I want to reread this book, 47 years after I first read it, because it had such a profound impact on my life.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Two elderly brothers, Seymour and Randall Holt, are found dead in their rundown, squalid brownstone in the neighborhood of Chelsea in New York City. This book reconstructs their lives and explains how it came about that they met such an ignominious end.

Raised in that very brownstone in a turn of the century household run by their wealthy, twisted, and domineering grandmother, who eventually drove their mother to madness, they grew up in an environment that was not conducive to happiness. It was an upbringing that was to have great repercussions on their lives.

Both of the brothers were very handsome and intelligent. Seymour was the older and more aggressive and resourceful of the two, while Randall was sensitive and artistic, being a gifted pianist. Both looked forward to the death of their grandmother, whom they hated. They looked forward to departing from that house and living elsewhere, leaving behind very painful memories. When their grandmother finally died at a very ripe old age, however, she tied up her estate in such a way that she would still control them from the grave. Their leaving the now hated brownstone was not an option.

For a while after her death, it seemed that these young men would end up leading normal lives. The life that they had lived with their grandmother, however, had, unfortunately, left its mark. This would be made remarkably clear in the way in which they interacted with others. Yet, they each went on their way, trying to fit in the best way they knew how. For a while, it seemed that they would almost succeed. Their own natures, coupled with their upbringing and the general vicissitudes of life, however, would conspire to ensure that they would not.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have read this book several times in the past. I was able to check it out at the library, they no longer have it to read, and I have searched all over trying to find it. I really want it for by own library to read again, and let other family members read it.
The story of the 2 brothers was mind boggling on the amount of trash they accumlated in their house. I am amazed this was never made into a movie.
Fran
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I read this years ago -- probably as a teen and it has stuck with me all these years. It is a powerful story, well written and thought provoking. The influence of the story is such that in remembering it, I am helped to keep my priorities straight about material possessions and what is important in life. It would be well worth reprinting.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Williams on July 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My father was not a reader of fiction; however when I was thirteen, he told me about a book he once read that he had never been able to shake from his memory--that book was MY BROTHER'S KEEPER. My library had the book, and although I may have been perplexed by some of the adult themes, I fell headlong into the story and years later, like my father, ended up telling one of my own children about the book. My son, who at the time was fiercely practical and not a great fan of fiction, also read this thick book with great fascination. In mentioning the book in casual conversation over the years, I've found that quite a few people have this book emblazened into their memories. Usually they gasp, "I remember that book!" and they have held onto their memory as though it were a strange and precious secret. When meeting someone else who has read it, I feel as though I'm part of a secret society that has been initiated into a special kind of knowing. I think there is a certain lurid fascination with the strange tale to be sure; however in my mind the writer's craft cannot be disputed. She creates a strong story of almost biblical porportions, drawing on archetypal characters and struggles that anyone can identify with. I was able to find a copy of this book at my university library book sale and it has a special place in my book collection. Once read, this book is impossible to forget.
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