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American Rust By Philipp Meyer American Rust Set in a beautiful but economically devastated Pennsylvania steel town American Rust is a novel of the lost American dream and the desperation as well as the acts of friendship loyalty and love tha

  • Title: American Rust
  • Author: Philipp Meyer
  • ISBN: 9780385527514
  • Page: 325
  • Format: Hardcover
  • American Rust By Philipp Meyer Set in a beautiful but economically devastated Pennsylvania steel town, American Rust is a novel of the lost American dream and the desperation as well as the acts of friendship, loyalty, and love that arises from its loss From local bars to train yards to prison, it s the story of two young men, bound to the town by family, responsibility, inertia, and the beauty arounSet in a beautiful but economically devastated Pennsylvania steel town, American Rust is a novel of the lost American dream and the desperation as well as the acts of friendship, loyalty, and love that arises from its loss From local bars to train yards to prison, it s the story of two young men, bound to the town by family, responsibility, inertia, and the beauty around them, who dream of a future beyond the factories and abandoned homes.Left alone to care for his aging father after his mother commits suicide and his sister escapes to Yale, Isaac English longs for a life beyond his hometown When he finally sets out to leave for good, accompanied by his temperamental best friend, they are caught up in a terrible act of violence that changes their lives forever.Evoking John Steinbeck s novels of restless lives during the Great Depression, American Rust delves into the contemporary American heartland at a moment of profound unrest and uncertainty about the future It s a dark but lucid vision, a moving novel about the bleak realities that battle our desire for transcendence and the power of love and friendship to redeem us.
    American Rust By Philipp Meyer

    American Rust A Novel Random House Reader s That led me to Meyer s first novel, American Rust, which reads like a sorrowful swan song to the American rust belt The story brings to light the consequences of the steel industry s death as the reader is drawn into the lives of several families and their struggle to love, survive, and escape. American Rust by Philipp Meyer Jan , American Rust book Read , reviews from the world s largest community for readers Set in a beautiful but economically devastated Pennsylvania steel American Rust book Read , reviews from the world s largest community for readers Set in a beautiful but economically devastated Pennsylvania steel American Rust Set at Showtime, Jeff Daniels to Star Jul , The planned American Rust series has found new life at Showtime, with the premium cabler giving the show a straight to series order, Variety has learned exclusively.

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    1. Jeffrey Keeten on said:

      There was something particularly American about it blaming yourself for bad luck that resistance to seeing your life as affected by social forces, a tendency to attribute larger problems to individual behavior The ugly reverse of the American Dream The other side of that coin is that Americans tend to look at people who have a streak of bad luck as having brought that adversity upon themselves Maybe they didn t pray hard enough, or they kicked their dog too many times, or they slept around on th [...]

    2. Warwick on said:

      When I worked in France I covered a lot of industrial disputes, as you can imagine Renault would try and close a factory, and suddenly the whole country was out on strike I found it incredible when I first arrived Surely, I said to colleagues, someone running a company has the right to decide whether or not to keep one of their factories open They looked at me like I was insane They didn t see the issue in those terms at all for them, it was about a world with a colossal wealth gap where busines [...]

    3. karen on said:

      awwww poor boook i am only feeling three stars here but i am giving it four because the other reviews are so unfair not the one that says there has been no good fiction published this century that one is so much laughable curmudgeonly elitist bullshit i can t even acknowledge it but it s not a bad book as far as the confusing narration who is speeeeaking hint the chapter names are the names of the narrators so no great mystery there the run ons and lack of punctuation it s mostly internal though [...]

    4. Matt on said:

      Phillip Meyer s The Son is one of the best books I ve ever read It s a multi generational epic about the undulating fortunes of a Texas oil family that beautifully explores the dimensions and consequences of America s westward expansion It manages to operate as both a pointed deconstruction of historical mythmaking while also being devastatingly entertaining It has taken me awhile, but I have finally circled back to American Rust, Meyer s debut novel American Rust takes place in contemporary, po [...]

    5. D. Pow on said:

      Philipp Meyer s American Rust is one of the finest first novels I ve read in the last several years, and a novel that many writers regardless of their experience would give their eye teeth or left nut to have written The novel follows the odd couple of Billy Poe and Isaac English from an act of brutal if needful violence to the furies of internal and external justice have exacted their balancing pound of flesh Poe, is a behemoth, a former football star, a bit of a dunderhead with a short fuse Is [...]

    6. Rayroy on said:

      I have been living in Pittsburgh for over seven years and in that time I have often visited the Mon River Valley south of the city of champions Towns such as Monessen, Donora, New Eagle, Brownsville, Bell Vernon and others make up the Mon River Valley, They are towns nestled between the muddy brown Monongahela River and inspiring hillsides, each town has its own unique charm and the region is the setting of Philip Meyer s American Rust Meyer s describes the valley strikingly well, I got a thrill [...]

    7. Howard on said:

      In American Rust, Philipp Meyer s debut novel, the steel mill in the fictional town of Buell, Pennsylvania closed in 1987 and was partially dismantled ten years later Now the mill stands like an ancient ruin that is being taken over by vines and other vegetation The only visitors are coyotes and deer and an occasional human squatter Buell was a place that had recently been well off, its downtown full of historic stone buildings, mostly boarded now What is true of Buell is also true of other stee [...]

    8. Ned on said:

      This style of prose worked for me A flowing of the consciousness of six people dealing with the aftermath of an early, explosive plot bomb These people exist against a backdrop of the declining steel industry with its attendant pathos and hopelessness The human toil of corporate decisions, and loss of labor power, contributes to the tragedy that shrouds the otherwise breathtakingly beautiful Pennsylvania Two young men, very different yet shoring up after high school and coping in different ways, [...]

    9. Dem on said:

      3.5 starsAmerican Rust by Philipp Meyer is set in the fictional town of Buell amid the decaying industrial landscape of Mon Valley Pennsylvania.Isaac English and Billy Poe are best friends both still hanging around the decaying town of Buell and wanting out, Isaac is caring for his sick father while his sister Lee has moved away Billy Poe has missed his chance to become a football star and finds himself attracting the attentions of the law on several occasions Isaac plans his escape and on the d [...]

    10. Cosimo on said:

      Le migliori occasioniIn una Pennsylvania dove l acciaio ha una potenza primitiva, nell ora del declino crepuscolare di una civilt industriale ormai nte, Philipp Meyer ambienta una narrazione coinvolgente e realistica, che si sviluppa in una malinconica e tragica storia di riscatto e di evoluzione Le avventurose relazioni tra i personaggi sono intessute di un a disperato, in un luogo fuori del tempo dove l unica via d uscita perdere vincendo, ossia sacrificando qualcosa o qualcuno Non c giudizio [...]

    11. Sara on said:

      ARC received through the First Reads giveaway program.I found American Rust to be very satisfying It reminded me of Faulkner s writing, except for the part where Faulkner drives me crazy I was also reminded a bit of Empire Falls, as both take place in towns that have fallen on rough times.There is definitely a plot, and it does move forward, but at a slower pace than expected for a story revolving around a murder Meyer takes his time and explores the minds of the characters, which I think was a [...]

    12. Bill on said:

      So I guess this is what is known as grit lit It s my first foray into this kind of book, but judging by this one, it won t be my last.It s actually a very simple story, of one young man trying to get out of a very depressed town in Pennsylvania He is accompanied for part of the way by a friend, and along the way, a death ensues And basically the whole rest of the book is dealing with the ramifications of that encounter.The chapters alternate from the points of view of the various main characters [...]

    13. Maria João Fernandes on said:

      Quantas promessas pode uma pessoa quebrar antes de deixares de a perdoar Ferrugem Americana o primeiro romance de Philipp Meyer e a sua hist ria tem lugar numa pequena cidade da Pensilv nia Outrora o cora o da ind stria do a o, Buell tornou se numa cidade em ru nas Antigamente fervilhava de vida, mas hoje s tem para oferecer desemprego e pobreza aos seus habitantes A atmosfera sufocante aliada ao desespero h muito enraizado nas personagens torna o ambiente sombrio e a tens o palp vel.Philipp Mey [...]

    14. Linda on said:

      I found this to be an engrossing first novel Meyer has a different writing style than most authors He captures the thoughts of the characters, it can change mid stream with no punctuation I had no problem with this and thought it worked well for the story.The setting is an economically devastated Pennsylvania community in which the steel industry has collapsed Times are tough, we get a good look at the socioeconomic and political pressures of the characters We are introduced to two young men, Is [...]

    15. Trish on said:

      A really magnificent first novel From the opening scenes Meyer created a world where lives hover on a knife s edge of disaster Poor choices and bad decisions land his characters in nasty situations any of us would have difficulty confronting Readers have a sense of the big picture only because the author tells his story from many points of view But he doesn t tell us the future before he is ready and it is with a sense of impending doom that we watch the story unfold to what we fully expect will [...]

    16. Lisaruss on said:

      Why can t the crop of young American writers learn to write properly constructed literature Fyodor Dostoevsky s take on the subject, for God s sake When the sum total of someone s experiential modus operandi has involved cell phones, laptops, iPods, electronic devices, 24 7 cable TV, football half time shows, virtual carnal knowledge, scanners, bar codes, reality TV, et al to ad infinitum, then what can one really expect from such a cultural meltdown My suggestion to the potential readers of thi [...]

    17. Nikos79 on said:

      That was a good contemporary piece of American literature which usually disappoints me Debut novel by Philipp Meyer and what a promising beginning for a new writer Set in an province of Pensylvania USA at late 90 s the book focuses around the consequences of the economic collapse of local industry on people s life, of middle and low class in a small town Such as misery, poverty, crisis of personality, despair, things that many times leading to violence and absolutely wrong decisions So are the c [...]

    18. Teresa Proença on said:

      Alguma vez vos aconteceu Ouvirem falar de algu m de quem todos gostam Algu m, cujo encanto nos absorve e apaixona e ao qual ficamos irremediavelmente presos.De tal forma, que somos tomados de uma vontade irresist vel de conhecer essa pessoa e com ela desfrutar das prometidas maravilhas.Quando, finalmente, a encontramos e ela nos fala, nos conta os seus segredos, as suas hist rias, somos tomados pelo desespero Porque n o entendemos, nem nos interessamos pelo que nos conta e porque nos aborrecemos [...]

    19. João Carlos on said:

      A hist ria de Ferrugem Americana desenvolve se com a ocorr ncia de um acto violento e inesperado, que revela a crueldade de decis es inconscientes e impensadas condicionando directamente a vida presente e futura de Isaac e de Billy Poe Num cen rio americano de desintegra o econ mica e social existe uma galeria de personagens, verdadeiramente inesquec veis com destaque para o pol cia Harris, que entre a marginalidade e a consci ncia, promove a sua justi a, baseada em factores aparentemente inexpl [...]

    20. Kim on said:

      I gave this book three stars for the literary value I had trouble with it though, because the gratuitous sex bothered me I guess, my prudishness can get in the way of books like this.

    21. K.D. Absolutely on said:

      Most Filipinos think that their relatives in the USA are better off than them Think again The economy of the US has not really bottomed out yet The continuous exodus of their jobs is still happening Many Americans are losing their jobs because plants are closing down and being transferred to low cost countries like China, India, Southeast Asian and Eastern Europe countries Wherever it is cheaper to operate, they go.That is the backdrop of this novel The first novel of Philipp Meyer, American Rus [...]

    22. Alex on said:

      This is a powerful and profound novel The back cover blurb of the copy I have has a salutation from the UK Sunday Telegraph that reads In racing terms its by Of Mice and Men, out of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, ridden by Cormac McCarthy, and trained by Salinger J.D and Jack Kerouacterrifically impressive Not bad for a debut novel.Set in the present in a small Pennsylvania milling town, this is the story of a group of people battling overwhelming economic and social woes The overarching th [...]

    23. Kirsta on said:

      For a book based on a great reality of our times, I found the characters to be completely unrealistic The writing, from multiple characters points of view is muddled How is it that so many people, who apparently don t communicate with one another at all, can have such identical, deeply profound thoughts They are all thinking the same things about their home and times, yet when they communicate with one another, they aren t talking about anything, they are just cussing and then sleeping together [...]

    24. Judith on said:

      Two young men from a dying Pennsylvania steel mill town are involved in a murder and its aftermath.eir desire to leave a hometown that offers no futuree ties of friendship and family that both strengthen and stranglet and innocence, both in a legal and social senseensely dramatic times, the characters interior monologues seem to go on forever but there is a method to the madness.i find the comparisons to Steinbeck a bit premature, but i see a lot of potential in Mr Meyer s debut novelades of Pet [...]

    25. Dean on said:

      Wonderful book, absolutely recommendable and worth reading.Meyer has succeeded in create a vicious atmosphere and has created with Poe, Isaac and many , really believable characters Its a gripping read, which will you not let you go until the last page.Especially I enjoy very much the description of a society in decade and despair.Wonderful, very good and it creates in your mind pictures so vivid, that you almost can literary see and touch them.I give 5 stars

    26. Kathy (another great etcetera) on said:

      When I first heard about this book, I thought it would be the average road trip novel, a glimpse of disillusioning the American Dream and a bit of coming of age for that skinny boy who is on the cover of the edition I bought But what I found was very different and surprised me in a very positive way American Rust is set in a fictional small town near Pittsburgh called Buell whose economic situation used to depend on the steel mills But since the steel industry collapsed, the town has been dying [...]

    27. Evan on said:

      There are a pile of really boneheaded reviews on here about this book I m still giving it three stars, but it doesn t deserve to be dragged through the mud just because some people don t understand innovative punctuation usage.Look, whether you agree with the moral overtones of the book or not, the story is compellingly told and utterly sincere There is an awful lot of carping on these reviews about the book s supposed atheist overtones, which I admit are pretty strong, but I take that as a stre [...]

    28. Darwin8u on said:

      Probably 4.5 corroded stars An amazing first novel that spins a web of American despair and desperation set in a degraded rust belt town that is still in the midst of the Fall It is a novel of hard compromises, silent heros, and people that grind on every day knowing the sun for them will not rise tomorrow This is a novel that narrates the things we all do to survive in a universe that is slowly growing cold It is written for and about the people we rely on to survive, those we hurt and the peop [...]

    29. Frabe on said:

      Per un po , ad incuriosire c la narrazione strana di Meyer, con prima seconda e terza persona usate una sull altra per esprimere l alternanza, specie se concitata, di azioni e pensieri Esempio Non voleva muoversi Sono ben nascosto, posso restare qui finch non se ne vanno No, pens , alzati Entra nel bosco e allontanati da qui Alzati Va bene Ho capito Si alz E, quanto alla forma, si pu riferire anche dei capitoli brevi, in ognuno dei quali l occhio puntato su uno dei protagonisti Ma sono curiosit [...]

    30. Inés on said:

      Atractivos personajes y buena historia, pero para m mal contada.Los personajes,a nivel individual,dan vueltas y vueltas a lo mismo y eso hace que la historia no avance a nivel colectivo y el final tampoco me ha gustado.

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