- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 16 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
- Audible.com Release Date: September 8, 2004
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0006IU556
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Tim, if you are reading this don't be discouraged. I know you have some better stuff in you. Maybe you got a little lazy or contrived on this one. Best of luck on your next effort.
But if he hadn't written those books, if this was the first thing he'd written, I'd have given it 5 stars.
July, July has a big cast of characters, a group of college graduates returning for their 30th reunion, and the characters intermix and mingle as people will during a reunion weekend, making it sometimes difficult to keep track of who's who.
Inserting pivotal tales from Julys past, O'Brien give us wonderful explorations of universal themes in this daring novel: hope, love, disappointment, despair, and of course the Vietnam War.
A couple of chapters from July, July appeared as separate short stories in The New Yorker, and they work well in that way, especially the bittersweet and tragically funny story of Dorothy confronting her husband's discomfort regarding her mastectomy by getting plastered and walking topless toward him down the driveway. The reaction of her elderly next-door neighbor is masterful. Utterly priceless.
The book is a testament to the entire generation of us who grew up in the long shadow of Vietnam.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was an entertaining book about the trials and tribulations of life. The book is about a class reunion for a group of graduates from the class of 1969 who have gotten together... Read morePublished 8 months ago by P. M.
I admit, I had some trouble finding my way through the book. The characters began to pique my interest about halfway through the book. Read morePublished 22 months ago by mrsmetaphor
I read this book every year in July (my birthday). It's such an immaculate piece of literature. O'Brien says things so beautifully and traces the lives of these people so fluidly,... Read morePublished on May 16, 2014 by Adella
Never read, so I can't review it. The person I gave it to seems to like it and completed the book.Published on January 4, 2014 by Morris Mack
From 1969 to the year 2000, many things have changed. A thirty year reunion, pushed back to 31 years due to a forgetful class secretary, reunites alumni from Darton Hall College... Read morePublished on April 20, 2013 by Peter K> Huber
I'm very surprised this book only has an overall customer rating of 3.5 stars on Amazon. I first read this novel about five years ago, and I recently began to once more read the... Read morePublished on February 9, 2012 by Gabe
Tim O'Brien is a great writer & I really love his subject matter. This book deals with the fading generation of the 1960's, those that lived through it and who are now meeting up... Read morePublished on September 1, 2011 by L. V. Sage
Tim O'brien is a great writer and I think this is one of his strongest works. I've read it several times and am constantly pushing it on people to read. Read morePublished on July 5, 2011 by B. Levine