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Charming Billy
Charming Billy
Author: Alice McDermott
Billy Lynch's family and friends have gathered at a small Bronx bar. They have come to comfort his widow and to eulogize one of the last great romantics, trading tales of his famous humor, immense charm, and unfathomable sorrow. As they linger on into this extraordinary night, their voices form Billy's tragic story and their mourning bec...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780385333344
ISBN-10: 038533334X
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 243
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.

3.2 stars, based on 177 ratings
Publisher: Dell Publishing
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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reviewed Charming Billy on + 337 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
A graceful tale, an extended wake and reflection on the life of a man. Poignant, well-written characters, can't exactly say it was a pleasure to read but the author is very skilled in helping us see a man's life -- the joys, the despairs, the rejection.
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Helpful Score: 6
Good ol' Irish immigrant story set in NY. The story is beautiful and sad. Floats between the past and the present with each character.
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Helpful Score: 4
I actually thought this book dragged on waaay to much. About half-way through the book I realized that I didn't care about the characters.

I don't recommend this book.
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Helpful Score: 4
Book in excellent condition. This story will touch your heart. A secret between friends changes their lives forever. Billy's tragic sorrow juxtaposed against his ability to be generous and charming to everyone he meets makes him a true hero.
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Helpful Score: 3
I couldn't get into this book at all. I found it a little strange and boring. The characters were lame, the topic was weird, the setting was boring and the story didn't seem to grab me. I strated the book about 4 times and honestly couldn't finish the book.
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I found this book to be extremely hard to follow. It jumps all over the place between different people and different time periods and honestly I did not finish it. I have a whole shelf of books to be read and I'd rather just move on to the next one than try to continue chugging through this when I'm getting nothing out of it. And I normally ALWAYS finish books.
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Beautiful even though it is a sad story of a man that has
passed. Friends and family have gathered to eulogize Billy.It is not maudlin but the tale of trading stories paying homage to the life of Billy. Many secrets come out and much sorrow has been in Billy's life. He was funny, a charmer, and a romantic. I liked this read. It was wonderfully written, and left me thinking about what my own friends and family will say when i am gone. Alice McDermott writes stories that leave you thinking and have depth.

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