By George

By George In the illustrious history of the theatrical Fishers there are two Georges One is a peculiar but endearing year old raised in the seedy world of s boarding houses and backstages now packed off

  • Title: By George
  • Author: Wesley Stace
  • ISBN: 9780316830324
  • Page: 482
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the illustrious history of the theatrical Fishers, there are two Georges One is a peculiar but endearing 11 year old, raised in the seedy world of 70s boarding houses and backstages, now packed off to school for the first time the other, a garrulous ventriloquist s dummy who belonged to George s grandfather, a favorite traveling act of the British troops in World WarIn the illustrious history of the theatrical Fishers, there are two Georges One is a peculiar but endearing 11 year old, raised in the seedy world of 70s boarding houses and backstages, now packed off to school for the first time the other, a garrulous ventriloquist s dummy who belonged to George s grandfather, a favorite traveling act of the British troops in World War II The two Georges know nothing of each other until events conspire to unite them in a search to uncover the family s deepest secrets.Weaving the boy s tale and the puppet s memoirs, BY GEORGE unveils the fascinating Fisher family its weak men, its dominant women, its disgruntled boys, and its shocking and dramatic secrets At once bitingly funny and exquisitely tender, Stace s novel is the unforgettable journey of two young boys separated by years but driven by the same desires to find a voice, and to be loved.

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    1. Seperti inilah bagaimana seharusnya sebuah cerita ditulis. Sebuah contoh nyata dari keapikan berkisah dan keluwesan pengarang untuk merasakan pahit getirnya penderitaan.Cerita yang bersahaja jika diramu dengan kejeniusan pengarang dan kepiawaian bertutur kata, maka semuanya nyaris menjadi kisah yang sempurna.-- Mirip lagunya So7-- :DSemula saya mengira bahwa buku ni adalah kisah misteri detektif (si penerbit mencantumkan kata 'genre misteri'). Yah, meski gak sepenuhnya salah juga sih, tp kayakny [...]

    2. The best book I have read all year - in a year of great books.Better than Hanif Kureshi and Something to Tell You. Better than Edwyn St Aubyn's Some Hope. I fell in love with this book - in fact, I fell in love with the characters in this book and genuinely did not want it to end.Stace does not redefine English literature with this novel. It's subject matter, dealing with an eccentric family at the wrong end of English Show Business in the tacky and amateur period of mid-century Britain is not t [...]

    3. I've started reading this book and have liked it so far, but something has been holding me back from putting it on the top of my reading list. I finally figured it out the other day: I bought this book at a great book-and-music event at Fearrington Village in NC, and now what I really want is for Wes (the author) to read the book to me. No, I don't want an audiobook versionI want Wes in my house, sitting next to me, reading it to me, maybe with the dummy there too.

    4. (My full review of this book is much longer than GoodReads' word-count limitations. Find the entire essay at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter:].)Within long-form fiction, there is a particular thing that I happen to really love, something maybe a little difficult to explain but that I bet a lot of CCLaP's readers enjoy too; and that's when an author will pick a seemingly quirky topic, something that doesn't appear at first could be tied to a number of different peri [...]

    5. This is the story of two boys named George. The first George is an eleven-year-old schoolboy named George Fisher. He is the son of actress Frankie Fisher, grandson of ventriloquist Joe Fisher, and great-grandson of Echo Endor, ventriloquiste extraordinaire. The second George is also named George Fisher. He is Joe Fisher's dummy. He is also a schoolboy, as that is the style of the dummies produced during that time period.Together, the Georges will tell the story of the Fisher family. We will lear [...]

    6. by George was for me a wonderful reminder of what great fiction is all about. This story of two Georges - one a real boy coming of age in 1970s England and one a ventriloquist's "boy" or dummy entertaining the troops in WWII - is beautifully told, with the two main voices clear, distinct from one another as they relate their lives - often telling the same stories from different perspectives. Stace links the two stories from the beginning with loose ties that gradually become sturdier, tightening [...]

    7. I really tried hard to stick with this one. I loved the premise, a story told from a ventriloquist dummy from the 20's and a young boy from the 70's. The dummy belonged to the boy's grandfather and he finds a book describing his grandfather's life. But it got really tedious and I couldn't get through it.

    8. I found this book very hard to get into. It didn't pull me in the way books normally go, and I would find myself going days at a time without reading a page (which is unusual for me). However I was determined to finish it and with about 100 pages to go the story seemed to pick up for me. I really enjoyed the last portion of the book and the ending held a twist that I really enjoyed.

    9. Well. This one certainly changed direction on me.I picked "By George" up at the library on impulse. It wasn't on the long list of books I've been slowly conquering and I wasn't planning to add anything new to the list, but the cover intrigued me. And when I read the blurb, it intrigued me too (part of me, I think, hoped something magical would happen with this dummy, though the other half thought of those murdering dummy movies and was understandably weary but curious . . .), and then I came ont [...]

    10. By George is a multi-generational chronicle of a family in a very unusual line of work. It is focused primarily on the lives of two Georges: one a ventriloquist’s dummy created in the 1930s, the other a real boy, the son of a ventriloquist, born in 1962. This family saga is likely to appeal to anyone who enjoyed Kate Atkinson’s Behind the Scenes at the Museum. Like that book, it flits about in time, alternately following the adventures of each of the Georges until they gradually converge in [...]

    11. Here we have a multi-generation story about a family of ventriloquists, with two narrators. George is a young boy whose mother, grandfather and great-grandmother have all had their fame and success in music halls in England, beginning in the early 1 900’s. Alternating chapters are told by another George, the dummy who tells the back story of his life with the real George’s grandfather. George the boy does not know who his father was, and his grandfather apparently died during World War I. Ho [...]

    12. This delightful novel tells two intertwined stories, one set in the 1940s about a ventriloquist and his dummy named George (told in first person from the dummy's point-of-view, intriguing in itself); the second story, set in the 1970s, tells the story of the ventriloquist's grandson, named George (after the dummy) and his quest as a schoolboy to become a ventriloquist and performer in his own rite. I really liked how Wes played with the whole concept of point of view and storytelling throughout [...]

    13. What do you do when you discover that there’s someone else out there with the same name as you? In this charming story about two Georges, you will find out. First there is George, a ventriloquist dummy and than there is George an eleven-year old boy. This story is really told and narrated by George, the puppet as told by his memoirs that he experienced as a dummy and all the travels and people he meets along the way. I thought it was refreshing as well as unique to see everything through a ven [...]

    14. By George is a wonderful, Dickensian novel which tells two tales that are brought together by the book's conclusion. The first follows the British vaudeville family the Fishers, and centers primarily on a somewhat rebellious and innovative ventriloquist named Joe Fisher, and his dummy George, as they take their acts to the front lines of WWII. The second story follows Joe's grandson George Fisher and his coming of age in various British boarding schools, slowly learning the truth about the color [...]

    15. I love the way this was written. Wesley Stace did a fantastic job intertwining the lives of George the "boy" and George the schoolboy. What a great story.I just finished it this morning, so it's all fresh in my head and I wouldn't know what to say I liked more. The style or the story, perhaps both equally? I loved the movement of the characters, how he made it seem like life, you become attached to someone and then you drift away. All in a narrative that never bored me for a moment. While there [...]

    16. Finally got around to reading this and I am not disappointed. Wesley Stace continues to be a favorite writer of mine. His prose flows, his humor shines. In this story told 'by' George, in alternating points of view, we follow an 11 year old boy and his eccentric matriarchal family as he grows up in a family of entertainers and is sent to Upside Boarding School. Here he learns to survive, but never really fits in until he befriends a groundskeeper who takes an interest in him. So begins his inter [...]

    17. Bravo! By George grabbed me by the brain and didn't let go until its conclusion. I was not counting on this title to be as good as it was, surpassing my expectations. It's fascinating the way Wesley Stace oscillates between two story lines, which on the surface seem destined to be totally unrelated. George, the boy dummy and Geroge the boy tell the story of their colorful lives and how their family directed, controlled, and cajoled them into the beings they became. I really had no idea how the s [...]

    18. Had I not found this book on a NPR's list of best books 2012, I would not have chosen it based on its subject matter. It is about a family of entertainers who have careers in vaudeville, ventriloquism and "voice-throwing". All of these acts require managment of what people pay attention to while creating an illusion. Form follows subject matter in this novel. It is not always clear if you are seeing what you think you are seeing. This is sometimes a lot of fun and sometimes just confusing. I got [...]

    19. While I didn't enjoy this book as much as I liked Stace's debut novel, Misfortune, this one was good too. The ventriloquist dummy as narrator was an interesting technique, buta little weird. And at times confusing, since the character can't be expected to know as much as the reader would like about some things. The other George, the teenaged narrator, was a much more compelling storyteller in my opinion, and I enjoyed his perspective on being a part of a fairly mixed-up theatrical family. The "i [...]

    20. This was such an amazing book, I'm sad that so few people have heard of it or of Wesley Stace the writer. I had no idea, until I went to see him at a storytelling show, that Wesley Stace is John Wesley Harding the musician. I fell a little bit in love with him that night, this attractive, intelligent, funny man with a lovely accent who is also a talented singer/songwriter and wrote a book that I loved. I need to read his other books. His new one just came out and you can bet I'll be going to at [...]

    21. Wow. There are good writers, and then there are storytellers, and this author is a storyteller. And a very good one. And overall, this is an equally excellent book: very well-crafted and just really well-written. I honestly don’t even know where he came up with the creativity to come up with this very unique story! But I was happily lost in it for the past 2-3 days. It had a lot of elements I really enjoy: British-ness, history, boarding school, theater, family relationships, coming-of-age, et [...]

    22. My second book by Wesley Stace. His inventive, original plots and good old fashioned storytelling skills are a great combo. His main character (the human George) ages from 11 to 17 years, and I was amazed at how Stace was able to convey his gradual maturing, year by year, just through the character's thoughts and actions. The only weak point for me was that the boarding school section dragged a bit. (A little bit of being miserable at boarding school goes a long way.) This is one of those books [...]

    23. Alternating between two perspectives with the same name: that of a ventriloquist's dummy in the 1940s and that of a lonely teenager in the 1970s whose family is in the entertaining business. Started off slowly and a bit bizarrely, but I got into it more as the stories start to intertwine and mysteries get unraveled. Maybe it's because I read this rather dense book in a day, but I didn't feel like the mysteries that got unraveled were as obvious as they seemed like they should have been. Melancho [...]

    24. I enjoyed this novel about two Georges--one a young boy sent off to boarding school for the first time and the other a ventriloquist's dummy. The novel alternates between these two narrators--we hear how George, the dummy, came to be and came to be involved with Joe Fisher (George the boy's grandfather)--and we hear about the other's George's disasterous experiences at the Upside School for Boys. The connections between these two Georges becomes more complex and more interesting as the novel con [...]

    25. This is a very enjoyable book. While it deals with some common themes, it is the unusual conception of the story that makes it rather delightfully unique. I particularly liked the writing, which is quietly elegant and simply a joy to read. Wesley Stace has a special voice. And let's be truthful here: How can you not enjoy a book that has a ventriloquist's dummy as one of the central characters? I am pleased that I took a chance on this book and it turned out a winner. (Here's a tip: You can neve [...]

    26. Hrmmm. Well, I really liked reading boy George's point of view. The ventriloquist's dummy's pov was a bit much for me at times. Even though, I understand that doll George was tracing the historical events of the family-- it was still a bit freaky to read about a doll with human emotions. I was not shocked by the ending with Joe's character but I was a bit disappointed with him. Joe didn't seem remorseful at all nor did he seem to even care for his daughter. To feel so detached from his family th [...]

    27. An intriguing book, though I believe you should have an interest in ventriloquism or at least vaudeville and pantomimes because much of it is about performing and what it's like backstage and in a theatrical family. It's very much about a boy (well, a boy and a young man) who don't fit in. It goes back and forth between their two stories, which are different generations of the same family. Of course, secrets abound and it's interesting to see things develop over each timeline, knowing they cross [...]

    28. Enjoyed this book with the two Georges as the narrators and the strong female family structure that dominates the story line. Stace develops the many characters such that all have important roles, and are easy to get to know. How we work with our flaws is a strong theme throughout the book as well as how family shapes our lives. A biggie is the concept of keeping secrets even if well intentioned. Amazing what a dummy can teach.

    29. Wesley Stace (a.k.a. John Wesley Harding) is a very good storyteller. He tells his story with two voices: George, a ventriloquist’s boy in the 1930s and 40s, and George, his namesake who has grown up in a family of showbiz royalty that is now on the wane. The descriptions of their vaudeville careers emphasize the sweat behind the glamorous façade; this dichotomy turns out to be a theme for George (the real boy), since many things are not what they first seem.

    30. On the surface there is no reason I would like this book since part of the story is told through a ventriloquist dummy. Recommended by NPR's Nancy Pearl as a book with personality, I have to agree that I enjoyed spending time with these characters. Told in two voices and in two time periods, the book demands some attention from the reader. While the resolution of the plot is not entirely satifactory, the journey shared with the main character is.

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