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Nothing but Blue Skies

Nothing but Blue Skies Thomas McGuane s high spirited and fiercely lyrical new novel chronicles the fall and rise of Frank Copenhaver a man so unhinged by his wife s departure that he finds himself ruining his business fa

  • Title: Nothing but Blue Skies
  • Author: Thomas McGuane
  • ISBN: 9780679747789
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Paperback
  • Thomas McGuane s high spirited and fiercely lyrical new novel chronicles the fall and rise of Frank Copenhaver, a man so unhinged by his wife s departure that he finds himself ruining his business, falling in love with the wrong women, and wandering the lawns of his neighborhood, desperate for the merest glimpse of normalcy.The result is a ruefully funny novel of embattledThomas McGuane s high spirited and fiercely lyrical new novel chronicles the fall and rise of Frank Copenhaver, a man so unhinged by his wife s departure that he finds himself ruining his business, falling in love with the wrong women, and wandering the lawns of his neighborhood, desperate for the merest glimpse of normalcy.The result is a ruefully funny novel of embattled manhood, set in the country that McGuane has made his own a Montana where cowboys slug it out with speculators, a cattleman s best friend may be his insurance broker, and love and fishing are the only consolations that last.

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    1. No final dos anos 90 li dois livros de Thomas McGuane (n. 1939) - “ Piano Devastado” – romance - (1971) (Editora De Soto) e “ Como Esfolar Um Gato” – contos - (1986) (Editora Fragmentos) ambos editados em 1988, únicas traduções na época, de um dos mais originais escritores norte-americano.Em 2012 a editora Quetzal regressa a Thomas McGuane com dois livros “ Um Céu Sempre Azul” (1992) e “ Por Um Fio” (2010).Contém Alguns SpoilersEm “Um Céu Sempre Azul” encontramos F [...]

    2. Love Thomas McGuane! This is an older book that I have read several times, but it never fails to be fun and thought-provoking. McGuane consistently blends comedy and a strange sense of impending disaster with an element of hysteria (these themes are present in all of his books). If you are new to McGuane read this one, 92 in the Shade, The Sporting Club, The Bushwhacked Piano and Panama for sure. He is right up there with our best American authors. His essays on the outdoors and fishing are also [...]

    3. Although certain tropes are repetitive (female hitchhikers smelling like sagebrush, many fishing scenes) and I think the main character receives too much of a pass at the end, the book is laugh-out-loud funny in places. McGuane rambles at times but he has a great gift for dialogue and comic timing. I particularly liked the bit where our hero found himself riding a pig. Another character's description of a porn film was funny as well. Not perfect, but a fun read.

    4. Recovered from a disastrously bad first 20 pages to hit mediocrity before regressing toward the end. Kind of a divorced guy fantasy novel. Fall ass backwards into sex while your businesses fall apart, but no worry, something will come along to fix that problem! The only thing that separates it from a thousand other books like this is that this one is set in small-town Montana rather than a big city.

    5. História de um empresário/empreendedor americano típico no interior dos EUA. A escrita é bastante acessível, e tem alguns rasgos de humor. É uma história simples de um homem um pouco perdido em todos os sentidos. Nota-se bem nesta historia a importância dos investimentos de risco nos EUA. A ideia de investir para ganhar dinheiro. Vários tipos de investimento, só por isso é interessante para conhecer um pouco do perfil de um americano médio.

    6. I liked the very American-ness of the book, I thought it was witty and sometimes bizarre in a way I like. So it was a very entertaining read, (or listen, I should say) but I wouldn't quickly choose another book by the same author.

    7. Good writer. Like it best when he is not talking about sex and women. Enjoy his descriptions of Montana landscapes.

    8. Just the book I needed at this point in my life. Life spiralling out of control after his wife leaves him and he nearly ruins his businesses because of it, Frank tries to come to his senses. I didn't want it to end. Included in the book is one of the best fly fishing catches ever put to paper.'love and fishing are the only consolations that last.'re-read this year and it is just as lush as my first reading. truly a masterpiece. The taste of its bawdiness lingers. The anti-hero can be such a lout [...]

    9. While there is some great Montana writing with some interesting characters and plot, I ended up being put off by Thomas McGuane's continued going overboard in exploring the depths of the central character's depression and slide and caricature of too many characters.The story is set in a Montana town and follows Frank Copenhaver, a successful businessman with a nice family, good friends and healthy hobbies, especially fly fishing in the nearby rivers. However, his business and personal life slide [...]

    10. Ol Patrick hubey doobey doo threw a list my way. He put this guy on top and to this title he said "The main character of "Nothing but Blue Skies" starts his downward spiral after his wife leaves him, so you might want to start there (or not). It also includes the best car chase I've ever read." so after my flight east today, I may know how it ends.So far it's a bit vonnegut.Now that I've finished this book, it was definitely a good journey, an enjoyable story that I longed to return to. But the [...]

    11. One of McGuane's best. The story line is about a traditionally successful man-of-the-American-West falls into decline after his wife leaves him. The middle of the novel has its frustrations for the reader, as you keep wanting the main character, Frank, to grow up and get on with his life. It was getting too Richard-Russo like (remember Russo's "The Risk Pool"? The worst of many of Russo's novels about helpless, defeated men who lacked self-awareness and were awful to everyone around them). But, [...]

    12. "Frank Copenhaver a tout fait pour se conformer aux usages de la société et pour toucher les dividendes de bonheur qui étaient promis en récompense. Ancien hippie, rock'n'roller des sixties, il a investi son énergie et son imagination dans les affaires. Ayant posé son baluchon dans sa province natale du Montana, il y a fait fortune comme il convient, par la hardiesse, la ruse, le flair, la sociabilité, le respect des rites de la tribu. Fini le hash et les amours de rencontre, voici la dé [...]

    13. I 'll be lazy here:Tom McGuane essentially writes the same book over and over again, but you know what? Fuck you, that's what. His prose is fucking sick. Even if his novels ramble in odd directions sometimes it ain't no matter, he does good business with language.Things I guarantee from any McGuane Novel:Male protagonist (except for one)Third person narrator (except for one) Weird-o sex scenes (more than once per novel)Landscape descriptions working on multiple levelsHorsesFemale hipsPoopingSex [...]

    14. Successful businessman in small town Montana, Frank, melts down after his wife leaves him for another man. He drinks too much, sleeps around too much, acts like an ass toward too many people, neglects his many business ventures to the point of their collapse and the circling of the sharks, and goes trout fishing (of course) with his college student daughter Holly. This novel is well written and entertaining. With the exception of the caricatured portrait of the "other man" McGuane draws his play [...]

    15. My husband couldn't even get to the middle of the book, but I liked it. I could identify with the middle-aged main character and his feeling of emptiness when his wife leaves him and his businesses stop being successful. He thrashes around, doing inappropriate things with inappropriate people, trying to find a way to feel alive again. He refers to himself and some of his friends as former hippies and wonders where the magic and freedom of his youth went. The glimpses of contemporary (1992) life [...]

    16. To enjoy this book it helps to be a male and in your middle years. That being said, like most Thomas McGaune books, Nothing But Blue Skies, is the type of book you enjoy and savor, rather than plow through. The main character-Frank is coming apart at the seams. He is separated from his wife, not sure what is going on with his daughter, sleeping with every equally loose woman he can find, all the while his many business interests are all turning to shit. You can't help but root for things to turn [...]

    17. An entirely enjoyable book about a middle-aged man falling to pieces. There's quite a bit of hilarious stuff that happens. And absolutely everything is presented in a really intriguing way. Somehow the writing manages to be consistently compelling without being at all ostentatious. I read another McGuane book that I might have enjoyed even more but relied on more over-the-top writing. Blah blah blah -- this was really good, and so was the previous one. I will gladly read some more from this auth [...]

    18. I found this book at a local antique shop, stacked away in one of the nooks, a sticker-tag affixed stating "fifty cents" and thought "what the hell, why not?" and took it to the counter.Cashier: Huh. Fifty cents, eh? It was flips book over originally twelve dollars.Me: Yep. thinking: Dude, what the?! I did not switch pricetags, if that's what you're insinuating!Summary: mere polite point-of-purchase conversation makes me paranoid, sometimes.

    19. I chose this book because I heard a podcast of McGuane's short story, Cowboy, and I thought it was wonderful. This book was nothing like that story. It reminded me of Richard Ford's Frank Bascomb novels, but a cruder. It's about a man's unraveling after his wife leaves. I stuck with the book til the end, but as a whole, I wouldn't rate it highly.Noticing that men tend to rate this higher, so perhaps it's more of a man's novel. I can see that.

    20. Dour, funny at times, depressing, utterly ridiculous now and again, and pointless in the end. If it hadn't been the only audiobook I had handy for a long road trip beyond the reach of the internet I might not have finished it. I don't regret going all the way through it, I just wouldn't have chosen it again.

    21. This is a great book, set in Montana. A middle aged man deals with his life unraveling. McGuane is one of those authors whose novels envelop you in an aura: raunchy, funny, human. I've read a few of his, and this is probably my favorite.

    22. Gave up after 140 odd pages. A lot of mid-life crisis, post-boomer angst. Didn't buy the main character, didn't like the main character or any of the supporting characters. Really not a very good book.

    23. I almost gave it up, then came to the scene in which he fly-fishes with his daughter. A perfect scene. Then you finish the book, and it is good. Real funny, and it makes you feel good to feel a little sad.

    24. My high hopes for this book were not met. Well-written, with some terrific sections, but overall it seemed too much the "mid-life crisis novel" to me. I'll some more McGuane though.

    25. Thomas McGuane is really funny and really talented. This particular story wasn't my favorite, but I love reading his prose. Frank Copenhaver is a great character.

    26. I like McGuane's prose and the thoughts it evokes and could in some ways relate to Frank, the middle aged man in distress. I just thought that some of it was not believable

    27. McGuane makes dialogue that easily becomes a conversation that you are a part of. His stories aren't Earth-shaking but his characters are friends by the last page.

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