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ISBN:
1596914858
Author:
Jon McGregor
Category:
Genre Fiction
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA; Reprint edition (December 21, 2010)
Pages:
384 pages
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The novel gradually builds an intimate portrait of his childhood; his long marriage to Eleanor, who suffers from a. .There is a great deal of love and affection in So Many Ways to Begin.

The novel gradually builds an intimate portrait of his childhood; his long marriage to Eleanor, who suffers from a debilitating depression and is estranged from her family; and the small triumphs and dissatisfactions of his career as a museum curator. The defining moment comes when, at age 22, David accidentally learns that he was adopted and sets out to find his biological mother.

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Jon McGregor's first novel, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things was longlisted for the Man Booker, as was this novel, his second. I learned about author Jon McGregor from Katie at Books and Things on YouTube, and once again, her recommendation was perfect. I found this book beautifully structured and written, one of those rare books that grabs you right away, one that you never want to end, yet can't wait to see what happens

She knelt beside him and peered down at it, at the two faint dotted lines either side of the ridged pinch of flesh, the scarred surface puckering away into healthy skin.

She knelt beside him and peered down at it, at the two faint dotted lines either side of the ridged pinch of flesh, the scarred surface puckering away into healthy skin. d himself up on his elbows, watching her face, the concentration in her eyes, the pursed lips and lowered eyebrows which meant she was working hard inside her young head to process this new information. She reached out to touch it and Eleanor caught her hand with a sharp uh-uh and a shake of the head. Wash your hands first, she said, still holding on to Kate's wrist

With his second novel, So Many Ways to Begin, Jon McGregor proves once again that the unremarkable can .

With his second novel, So Many Ways to Begin, Jon McGregor proves once again that the unremarkable can be a story worth telling, says Stephanie Merritt. As with his award-winning debut novel, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, Jon McGregor's follow-up work is a close reading of ordinary lives, a tender and often beautifully poetic rendering of the unremarkable. Where does a life, a family, a sense of belonging and identity begin? McGregor starts with Mary, a teenage girl leaving her home in Donegal for the first time to enter domestic service in London during the Second World War. What follows is a commonplace story.

Jon McGregor (born 1976) is a British novelist and short story writer

Jon McGregor (born 1976) is a British novelist and short story writer. In 2002, his first novel was longlisted for the Booker Prize, making him the youngest ever contender. His second and fourth novels were longlisted for the Booker Prize in 2006 and 2017 respectively. His novel So Many Ways to Begin, published in 2006, also found its way onto the Booker Prize longlist. McGregor was commissioned to write a short story, which was called "Close", for the Cheltenham Literature Festival in 2007. If the winning book is a translation, the prize is divided between the writer and the translator, with the writer receiving €75,000 and the translator €25,000.

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In this potent examination of family and memory, Jon McGregor charts one . Encouraged by his doting Aunt Julia, he begins collecting the things that tell.

In this potent examination of family and memory, Jon McGregor charts one man's voyage of self-discovery. Like Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day, So Many Ways to Begin is rich in the intimate details that shape a life, the subtle strain that defines human relationships, and the personal history that forms identity. Encouraged by his doting Aunt Julia, he begins collecting the things that tell his story: a birth certificate, school report cards, annotated cinema and train tickets. After finishing school, he finds the perfect job for his lifetime obsession-curator at a local history museum.

So Many Ways to Begin

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Now in paperback for the first time, So Many Ways to Begin is a potent examination of family and memory, a look at what happens when life forces you to let go of the person you might have been. David Carter is an obsessive collector, and the curator of the local history museum. In addition to overseeing the community's archives, he has, since boyhood, diligently archived the items that tell his own life story: birth certificate, school report cards, movie and train tickets. But when a senile relative lets slip a long-buried family secret, David is forced to consider that his whole carefully cataloged life may be constructed around a lie. In fits and starts, his world begins to unravel.

Praise for So Many Ways to Begin:

"Jon McGregor might be the best chronicler I know of the way small accidents can set a life in motion, and the way what's said between people-or left unsaid-can change everything. This is a beautiful book, elegant and particular and heart wrenching. I loved it."-Maile Meloy, author of Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It

"McGregor is a brilliant prose stylist, and here he excels at making … the ordinary seem extraordinary."-Sunday Times (UK )

  • Otrytrerl
I am more of a non fiction reader but this book was suggested to me. Loved it. beautifully written,fantastic dialogues & suspense right until the very end 5 stars *****
  • Moronydit
Tells the story of a man's life with all the little details that make up the exquisite beauty of an existence. Can't recommend enough.
  • Qusicam
A reasonably well written novel, but the storyline didn't really appealto me. It was very English and as a NZer I found it a little hard to identify with.
  • Faebei
McGregor excels at literary psychological suspense, similar to what Ian McEwan does so well. When reading So Many Ways to Begin, one feels slightly off-balance, as though the world is comfortable but not quite right. As the pages turn, the reader becomes edgy, each increasing word or scene appears to set the story up for disaster. And disaster, one learns, is not necessarily a bomb or an earthquake so much as it is a glance, a word, an opening or closing door, a stare.

The basic premise of McGregor's tale is a simple one that has been presented in many ways in many books: a family secret from the past comes into the present to haunt and change present-day lives. What McGregor has done that is different is allow his work to take on a more interior feel which allows readers to twist in discomfort at the thoughts and actions of the everyday characters in the book. There is no tight plot; there is mystery but no methodical approach to it. Fans of plot-centric fiction will be disappointed in McGregor's work. His words and pages are pure literature.

There are times when one wishes the book would move faster, the action seems to linger too long in the characters' minds or their very slow actions. There are times one yearns for a bit more twists and turns, more secrets revealed and tossed aside, more progress toward the goal, the learning of the secret. But one must be patient to read So Many Ways to Begin and realize that although it is about a mystery, it is about more than that. It is about families and childhoods and memories. It is about what has meaning and what doesn't. It is about what we take with us when we move on, and about how we move through. Through life, through dreams, through shock and tragedy.

There is a great deal of love and affection in So Many Ways to Begin. It comes forth in odd ways at strange times and sometimes lingers on and on in the pages to the point where the reader questions it, dislikes it, wants it to be gone. There are other times when it is easy to want more: more detail, more connection, more acknowledgement. When it doesn't happen, the frustration of the reader feels so true to life, and this seems to be what McGregor is striving for, these incremental moments of living that are captured or not, take on meaning or don't, give us happiness or take it away.

McGregor's writing might not be for everyone, and he will be compared to Ian McEwan, but he is really his own writer. He knows what he wants to write about and how to do it. He's innovative, introspective, insightful. He's very, very real in his work, and So Many Ways to Begin must be commended for it is a special book that speaks to all of us in some way. It is not just a book about family relationships, about adoption and a quest for roots. It is not just about marriage, mental illness, crime and punishment. It is about the minutes that tick away in all of our lives every day. McGregor's work is going on between the ticks of the seconds, in the little dips of silence between the clicks on the clock. McGregor is in there, in everyone's silence, and he's very, very good at it.
  • Oppebro
I think this was such a beautifully written book. It took me a few pages to get into the writing style. There are no quotation marks in the character's dialogue. I think the Sunday Times described the author as a brilliant prose stylist. (and I would have to agree!)
The story is about David Carter who is a collector and curator at a local museum. When a senile relative lets slip a long buried family secret, David is forced to consider that his whole life may have been constructed around a lie. The story takes us from WWII to the early 2000's.
It is also a story of a marriage. These are just ordinary characters. However, the author has such a way with words, it is an absolute pleasure to read.
David is also an avid collector and the beginning of each chapter had a headline of a certain ticket, note, letters or object that he had collected and that chapter was related in some small way to the collected item. The item mentioned was used as a way for the character to remember points of his life. Loved it!!
I think some readers may find the story slow or without much of a plot, but it is the author's ability to find the extraordinary in everyday life and create a beautiful story that makes this a wonderful read. I enjoyed every bit of the story. It can at times feel a bit depressing and sad, but the characters were fascinating. McGregor has a way with making his characters extremely believable and readable
  • Mr_Mole
David Carter - Curator of a local museum; obsessive collector and archivist of his own life

........until a senile relative reveals a long-buried family secret. Then David's life slips out of orbit. So begins his own personal Reconstruction..and his coming to terms with the fact that his life has not been what it seemed....that he isn't who he thought he was. so begins his search for "self".

Add to this a wife with bipolar disorder and its attendant strains...troubles in the workplace both personal and professional.....a daughter turned rebellious...and David's own batch of demons and weaknesses..and you have a heartbreaker of a story.

The author has an engaging style that moves the story along without undue sentimentality or "drama"...The ending could have been "tighter", but that's a minor quibble..and seems perfectly correct, in hindsight. The book has a definite British feel to it...."brave stoicism" with hysteria and rage lying just below the surface.

I liked the way McGregor portrayed David's situation as his life spiraled downwards- the confusion, frustration and anger so well-contained....only bursting forth at intervals..then receding quietly..until the next time. McGregor also writes about sex between married people in a healthily realistic fashion- no "throbbing" or "heaving" here...just "the way it is" in all its glory...the blessed "routine" of it all.

I recommend this to anyone who enjoys intelligent Soap Opera......who enjoys a good story, well told, without a patent "happy ending"...who is still "searching for self" (though maybe not this thoroughly)......I say give this one a try...

4 Stars (****) ( )