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Three Junes Paperback – April 22, 2003
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Told from the third person, "Collies" serves as a prologue and introduces us to the three sons of Paul McLeod, who travels through the Greek islands and reminisces about the poignant family reunion in Scotland effected by his wife's death. The second part, "Upright," takes up most of the book. Fenno is the narrator, skipping back and forth between his father's funeral and his expatriate life in Manhattan, where he befriends the catty and urbane Malachy Burns, manages a bookstore in Greenwich Village, and has a unexpected dalliance with a photographer named Tony. Fenno's reserved relationship with his two brothers mirrors his tense friendship with Mal, who, dying of AIDS, maintains his own dignity and an admirable drollness that challenges both his mother's intrusive (yet occasionally endearing) rectitude and Fenno's "constipatedly humorless" aloofness.
Drastically shifting perspective once again, the final section, "Boys," is a fitting epilogue seen through the eyes of Fern, whose getaway with Tony in the Hamptons is unexpectedly augmented with a visit by Fenno and one of his brothers.
The change in perspective, dramatis personae, and even tone between each section is certainly peculiar and seems to puzzle some readers; the character of Fern especially resembles a late arrival crashing a family gathering that's almost over.Read more ›
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Not sure why this received so much praise. the characters were uninteresting to me and there was not much plot. Descriptions were rambling and meandering leading to nowhere. Read morePublished 17 days ago by CCU
Very lovely writing. I love these characters. Such nice idea to give three different points of view over time. Well done.Published 18 days ago by Susannadanna
I loved this book. Complex characters. Interweaving of characters and time periods without a trite ending.Published 1 month ago by Joan Arnold
I enjoyed the book but found it hard to follow at times, but good story.Published 1 month ago by Stephanie H Sutcliffe
This was an enjoyable book to read. It focuses on the Macleod family from Scotland over 3 different time periods. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mother of the Bride
I loved the characters in this book so much that I didn't give the book 4 stars because I wanted to know more about their lives. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kelli L Preston
I really liked the first two sections of this book. It could have ended there as far as I'm concerned. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Paula
This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It captured me from the beginning and I genuinely cared about each of the characters and their relationship with each... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I loved this book. In fact, unlike my usual speedy style, I read it really slowly to savor every aspect. The characters, the different time periods - all were drawn so well. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Corey