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The Brothers K
The Brothers K
Author: David James Duncan
Once in a great while a writer comes along who can truly capture the drama and passion of the life of a family. David James Duncan, author of the contemporary classic The River Why, is just such a writer. And in The Brothers K he tells a story both striking in its originality and poignant in its universality. — This touching, up...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780553378498
ISBN-10: 055337849X
Publication Date: 6/1/1996
Pages: 656
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 38 ratings
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 4
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kacey14 avatar reviewed The Brothers K on + 47 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I was raised in the area (SW Washington state) the book is set in, and in the religion (Seventh Day Adventist) that is featured prominently in the book, so I was really curious as to how this book would pan out. It's a bit of a long read, but hang in there. I found it to be engrossing, and challenging.

The book centers on the Chance family which includes Mama, Papa and 6 children. It is told from the perspective from several of the various children and take place mainly in the 60's and 70's. It may drag a bit if you don't like baseball as Papa Chance is an aspiring baseball pitcher and all the kids learn to live and breathe baseball. But it is so much more than a baseball story.

It's a story about various family crises, and ultimately the staying power of love. But don't get me wrong it's not sentimental schlock. Give it a try, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
maggiethecat avatar reviewed The Brothers K on + 23 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This is among the top five books on my favourites list. It is a genius study of family and post-war America over the course of about thirty years that has at its core baseball, religion, baseball as a religion, literature, war and peace. A friend gave me my copy of this book and said, "if ever a book was written specifically for you, this is it." She couldn't have been more right. It has by far the funniest passage about Sunday school I've ever read. I can't begin to explain, but it involves felt angels, Swedes and beatniks. Overall, Duncan's understanding of and ability to write both about the humourous and heartbreaking aspects of life and familial relations makes this book well worth reading.

"Joy to the Wordl! The Saviour Resigns!"
reviewed The Brothers K on + 13 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Captivating story that takes you in and builds as it goes along. 643 pages and it moves very fast.
maggiethecat avatar reviewed The Brothers K on + 23 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This is among the top five books on my favourites list. It is a genius study of family and post-war America over the course of about thirty years that has at its core baseball, religion, baseball as a religion, literature, war and peace. A friend gave me my copy of this book and said, "if ever a book was written specifically for you, this is it." She couldn't have been more right. It has by far the funniest passage about Sunday school I've ever read. I can't begin to explain, but it involves felt angels, Swedes and beatniks. Overall, Duncan's understanding of and ability to write both about the humourous and heartbreaking aspects of life and familial relations makes this book well worth reading.

"Joy to the Wordl! The Saviour Resigns!"
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kbari avatar reviewed The Brothers K on
This book is one of my top-reads of all time. Love the author's writing style; the characters are all very relatable. You'll laugh out loud and cry along with them!! Wish there was a 6th star to give this awesome book!
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This is a wonderful family drama.
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