- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Picador; First edition (November 15, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780312202316
- ISBN-13: 978-0312202316
- ASIN: 0312202318
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 143 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #647,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Novels don't come more deeply felt than Cunningham's extraordinary four-character study . . . The writing [is] a constant pleasure, flowing and yet dense with incisive images and psychological nuance.” ―Matthew Gilbert, The Boston Globe
“The story of Jonathan, Clare, Bobby, and Alice is also the story of the 70's and 80's in America--and vice versa. It is destined to last.” ―David Leavitt, author of The Marble Quilt
“Cunningham has written a novel that all but reads itself.” ―The Washington Post Book World
“Once in a great while, there appears a novel so spellbinding in its beauty and sensitivity that the reader devours it nearly whole, in great greedy gulps, and feels stretched sore afterwards, having been expanded and filled. Such a book is [this one].” ―Sherry Rosenthal, San Diego Tribune
“Luminous with the wonders and anxieties that make childhood mysterious . . . A Home at the End of the World is a remarkable accomplishment.” ―Laura Frost, San Francisco Review
“Brilliant and satisfying . . . As good as anything I've read in years . . . Hope in the midst of tragedy is a fragile thing, and Cunningham carries it with masterful care.” ―Gayle Kidder, San Diego Union
“Exquisitely written . . . Lyrical . . . An important book.” ―Charleston Sunday News and Courier
“Cunningham writes with power and delicacy . . . We come to feel that we know Jonathan, Bobby, and Clare as if we lived with them; yet each one retains the mystery that in people is called soul, and in fiction is called art.” ―Richard Eder, The Los Angeles Times
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Praise for A Home at the End of the World:
"Lyrical...memorable and accomplished." --The New York Times Book Review
"Novels don't come more deeply felt than Michael Cunningham's extraordinary four-character study... The writing...is a constant pleasure, flowing and yet dense with incisive images and psychological nuance." --Matthew Gilbert, The Boston Globe
"Cunningham writes with power and delicacy.... We come to feel that we know Jonathan, Bobby, and Clare as if we lived with them; yet each one retains the mystery that in people is called soul, and in fiction is called art." --Richard Eder, The Los Angeles Times
"Once in a great while, there appears a novel so spellbinding in its beauty and sensitivity that the reader devours it nearly whole, in great greedy gulps, and feels stretched sore afterwards, having been expanded and filled. Such a book is Michael Cunningham's A Home at the End of the World." --Sherry Rosenthal, San Diego Tribune
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What about plot and character? The novel definitely has a viable plot, even though it meanders somewhat aimlessly over several decades and multiple destinations. The ending seems true to the plot, i.e., you don't really know where the characters are going, which sums up the book nicely. Meanwhile, the individual character development is fine. The reader gets to know what the main characters are doing, although not necessarily why or what their activities and choices add up to. Once again, that's no doubt what the author wants to convey. The venues, as depicted by the author, are all dreary - Cleveland, Arizona, New York. Not exactly Reagan's shining city on a hill. But that fits in well with what the author seems to be saying about life.
I lived through the decades depicted, and it more or less shocks me to think I might have been like either Jonathan or Bobby. Not that they were evil, or even nonentities, or that my own life has been an uninterrupted series of highs, but their lives seemed so humdrum and unfocused.
You probably don't have to be gay (or bisexual or whatever) to fully appreciate this book, but I think some familiarity with it would help, and might be the difference between enjoying this or just finding it strange and unrelentingly frustrating.
Michael Cunningham has impressed me with his command of the language and his distinctive ability to describe and bring to life the inner feelings and outer personality of his characters. I cared about them, and I wanted them to find what they were looking for.
The story affirms and celebrates differences and our search for fulfillment and love among the wreckage of human weakness, failings, and general imperfection.
If you've seen the movie and had the urge to more fully examine and know these characters and the story, be warned that the book isn't identical to the movie. However, it's worth the time to read, and it's more satisfying in many ways. I think you will enjoy it.