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My Fathers Guitar and Other Imaginary Things [PDF / Epub] ❤ My Fathers Guitar and Other Imaginary Things ✅ Joseph Skibell – Thomashillier.co.uk Often comic sometimes tender profoundly truthful the pleasure in these nonfiction pieces by award winning novelist Joseph Skibell is discovering along with the author that catastrophes fantasies and d Often Guitar and Other Imaginary Kindle - comic Guitar and PDF ↠ sometimes tender profoundly truthful the pleasure in these nonfiction pieces by award winning novelist Joseph Skibell is discovering along with the author that catastrophes fantasies and delusions are what give sweetness and shape to our lives “As a writer” Skibell has said “I feel about life the way the people of the Plains felt about the buffalo I want to use every part of it” In Fathers Guitar and Other Imaginary Kindle - My Father’s Guitar and Other Imaginary Things his first nonfiction work he mines the events of his own My Fathers MOBI :↠ life to create a captivating collection of personal essays a suite of intimate stories that blurs the line between funny and poignant and between the imaginary and the real Often improbable these stories are percent true Skibell misremembers the guitar his father promised him; together he and a telemarketer dream of a better world; a major work of Holocaust art turns out to have been painted by his cousin Woven together the stories paint a complex portrait of a man and his family a businessman father Fathers Guitar and eBook ☆ and an artistic son and the difficult love between them; complicated uncles cousins and sisters; a haunted house; and—of course—an imaginary guitar Skibell’s novels have been praised as “startlingly original” the Washington Post “magical” the New Yorker and the work of “a gifted committed imagination” the New York Times With his distinctive style he has been referred to as “the bastard love child of Mark Twain I B Singer and Wes Anderson left on a doorstep in Lubbock Texas”  .

  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • My Fathers Guitar and Other Imaginary Things
  • Joseph Skibell
  • 15 July 2014
  • 9781565129306

10 thoughts on “My Fathers Guitar and Other Imaginary Things

  1. Nicole Nicole says:

    A mark of a good book is that it haunts The stories in this book keep returning to my mind stirring up nostalgia in the process for old family get togethers and memories It's well written and entertaining as well I'm surprised it hasn't received attention my library doesn't even own a copy and I'm delighted a friend recommended it to me Give this one a read Joseph Skibell shares relatable sometimes funny often self depracating slightly melancholic stories from his past Note to self never send all caps angry emails to relatives view spoiler Luckily for Skibell he sent it to the wrong address hide spoiler

  2. Amy P Amy P says:

    An easy and engaging read Skibell's prose is light and funny but also elegant and underhanded in the way he draws you into his stories and leads you as they twist down unexpected paths

  3. Katherine Katherine says:

    Award winning novelist Joseph Skibell explores memory the creation of a kind of family mythology and the strange little coincidences of everyday life in this collection of nonfiction short stories From the time he found Paul McCartney’s phone number to the mystery of a painting that may be worth millions or may be by his cousin Jerry to the strange uncle whose failed money making schemes fill a barn they spin the story of a Jewish American family of weirdos living mostly in TexasHe could never find a place for himself within human society His appetites were too large; his touch too fierce his dreams burned too brightly in the furnace of his brainThe stories range from amusing to disturbing as the author tries to answer uestions of the validity of memory and how two people might remember the same incident in different ways He explores how language changes the perception of memory or how the apparent coincidences may be significant to one person and completely false to another Some of the stories make Skibell look foolish; this is endearing as he comes across as somewhat self deprecating rather than narcissistic as his grade school teacher may have thought himWhen you’re a child because you’ve basically just been dropped into it you imagine that the world you know is permanent The adults are like mountains and rivers part of the landscape You can’t imagine they were ever different from how you first encountered them you can’t imagine they were ever young once or trim or unmarriedAt first I found the stories to be somewhat unimpressive They’re ordinary stories about ordinary people and I wondered what made them so special – why was it worth reading about them However as the stories come together the distinction between reality and false memory becomes confusing and soon it is gone completely Skibell makes you accept that you can’t always know the truth and that sometimes coincidences are than mere random patterns of occurrence His cast of weirdoes from his bossy sisters who run his life and appear to have selective amnesia when it suits them to his hilariously nonsensical uncle Tiger to the con man who refuses to get out of his car are the juicy core of the bookThe place was like a Sandplay therapist’s toybox filled with Jungian archetypes artists swamis gurus cowboys Indians satyrs I knew a woman who lived in a chicken coop with her three young children I knew a guy who played his wooden flute all day by the Rio Grande Victor a white haired poet sold his poems out of a little box under the eaves of the plaza while Miles a silent guy with a blond Prince Valiant haircut practiced tai chi with a wooden sword every morning in the plaza’s gazebo his muscular thighs bulging in tight tight shorts no matter how cold it was Everything in Taos was slightly askew There was even a mime called Klein the Mime who talked during his actSkibell’s humor is on point However I found that beyond the jokes the weird characters the strange coincidences and the unreliability of the narrator’s memory there didn’t seem to be a huge amount of substance to the stories At times I was a little bored I’m aware of the dangers of naiveté Still I’ve begun to think that innocence is too often undersold Yes children must grow up but no one wants his kid to be scorched by the fires of Love and Sex and by their ever present handmaidens Rejection and BetrayalWhen it comes down to it this is a respectable attempt from a skillful writer His background in fiction means he knows how to put a good story together and the characters were memorable and generally entertaining The exploration of the reliability of memory is an interesting one However some parts of the book fell flat and I found myself skimming sections as the point was a little lost on meRead of my reviews on Literogocom

  4. Sara Sara says:

    I received a free advanced copy of this book through LibraryThing in exchange for an honest reviewI had high expectations for this book but I found that it often fell short I was admittedly prepared for laugh out loud funny I found that this was not the case There were a few places that maybe made me smile but I wouldn't actually categorize the book under humor There was little that kept me holding on outside of my commitment to finish the book and write a review I wouldn't say that it was poorly written or even a bad book but it just didn't have the interest reuired for me to really invest myself I don't think that's a reflection on uality but of a reflection on two very different personalities trying to match up Things that were relevant to the author were not relevant to me and I couldn't really connect I was just boredThat being said there were passages that stuck out to me that I went ahead and underlined I find that any book that I love will have passages in it that really strike me either for their beauty or for their meaningful insight I also find that this happens often in memoirs and personal writing than it does in fiction or other non fiction That being said I expected profound views in this book than I received Does a book have to be profound and deep No not at all But that is something that I myself look for This is especially true in as I said just a second ago memoir and personal writing If I am not previously attached to the author then they need to say something that makes me attached to them I might read a memoir by my favorite actor and love every second of it because I know them and care about them and want to hear what they say but when I know absolutely nothing of the author in advance it is their duty to make me feel attached to them by the end of the book That just didn't happen for meI feel that I should point out that this author is Jewish and that comes to light uite often This is not a complaint nor a compliment The reason I want to note it is that I am not all that familiar with Judaism and I often felt lost I had very little previous information to go off of and often felt confused when there was a lack of explanation or when a Hebrew term was used and not fully explained It could have been a great learning opportunity for me but it lacked in that departmentOverall I think I would designate this book as average It wasn't terrible; it wasn't fabulous Good enough to finish it but that's about it I won't be passing it on to anyone else and I probably won't talk much about it

  5. Pop Bop Pop Bop says:

    Compulsively ReadableThere are lots of collections of humorous self deprecating essays around many of which are uite entertaining Certainly I'll read anything by Nora Ephron or Calvin Trillin or Anna uindlen Joseph Skibell's stories are in the same general vein but there's something at work here that gives the writing a bit heftSkibell has a substantial body of fiction already on the shelf These have been well reviewed and well received books In this collection Sidel touches on many of the themes addressed in those books everything from being a secular jew to embracing Esperanto to the pitfalls of being a dour intellectual in America but he does so in his own voice as his own self and without the need to observe all of the conventions reuired of a novelist He already is a character and his family supplies all of the supporting characters one could want and he doesn't need a plot As a conseuence he can touch upon matters that interest him or things he remembers or issues that draw his attention or the mundane and amusing complications of family life without being hemmed in by plot tension narrative and the likeWhat we get then is smart gentle humane and sometimes rueful and sometimes edgy observations by a talent who can be funny or dark antic or restrained silly or very serious And because his larger insights are so universal and his view is so generous we are engaged entertained and provokedFor me some of the bits don't hit the center of the mark and some of the author's concerns don't engage me but that doesn't really matter because the really good stuff is good and the rest is at least interesting And I don't really care how much of what he writes is true and how much is fictitious That's really beside the point It's all in any event interesting and engagingThis is all sounding a bit heavy and pretentious and that's not my intent Leave it at this Skibell writes with wit and energy about the examined life What he finds is amusing and instructive forgiving and full of understanding I'm happy to listen inPlease note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book Anyway Skibell has a funny bit in this book about how bad he felt when his cousin wrote an over the top shilling review on for another book of Skibell's and I wouldn't want to make the same mistake

  6. Kitty Honeycutt Kitty Honeycutt says:

    Loved loved loved this book Even though most children's books are hard not to give full ratings to there have been some for me that fell short I have a certain criteria for children's books 1 They must be engaging and easy to read 2 They must have educational or moralistic value to some degree 3 They must have illustrations that inspire imagination This book had it all I loved the descriptions of the dinosaurs they were short to the point and interesting The illustrations were fun and so well put together using a combination of fabrics paper and natural resources I just love that kind of creativeness What really made me happy was to see dinosaurs add to the end with short descriptions to entice children to do research on their favorites This is one of the best books for this age group that I've ever seen An easy 5 Ravens

  7. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    I really enjoyed this book of stories I won from a GoodReads giveaway I enjoyed them so much that I have marked all the other books I can find by Joseph Skibell as want to read and plan to pursue them Some stories were funny some poignant and all well written I can only hope Joseph's whole family is still speaking to him whether the stories were true or notThank you Algonuin Books of Chapel Hill for this wonderful book of stories

  8. Alex Alex says:

    Witty and warm Deep insights with a light touch In this collection of personal essays Skibell writes of the imaginary things we remember misremember and forget This is the rare book that makes its reader want to become a better listener of all of life's sounds whether they be music or noise

  9. Adam Bricker Adam Bricker says:

    A really funny and occasionally poignant read The author starts out by explaining that the following short stories pretty much happenedsome names were changed and some memories were fuzzyI loved the honesty Great uick tales of family and love and religion and not ghosts and the interactions that really mean in hindsight

  10. Iva Iva says:

    An entertaining and engaging collection of essays Skibell is a fresh and honest essayist He writes of complicated relationships with family members and growing up Jewish in Lubbock Texas A uick and satisfying read

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