The Feud

The Feud

The Feud Berger chronicles small town America of the s in his narrative of the feud between the Beelers of Hornbeck and the Bullards of Milville A major film based on The Feud is to be released in the autu

  • Title: The Feud
  • Author: Thomas Berger
  • ISBN: 9780316116008
  • Page: 122
  • Format: Paperback
  • Berger chronicles small town America of the 1930s in his narrative of the feud between the Beelers of Hornbeck and the Bullards of Milville A major film based on The Feud is to be released in the autumn of 1989.

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    A delightfully funny novel concerning feuding families, re: the Hatfields and the McCoys, that amply displays just how silly these things can be. Although set in the 1930s, the comedy is timeless, as the motives and machinations behind these neighborhood brouhahas never really change.Highly recommended.

    A rough and tumble foray into an earlier time when violence and bigotry reigned supreme. Unsettling in its easy to read narrative. Disconcerting in its portrayal of real America.

    The Feud by Thomas BergerExhilarating masterpieceThis book appears to be so simple and yet it is a spellbinding, fabulous work.In fact, I loved it so much that somewhere at 60% I stopped and have placed it in the waiting section of my to-read list.When I enjoy a book extremely, I tend to like to prolong the pleasure, which ultimately means that I simply stop reading it.I have interrupted the encounter with Paradise Lost, Adventures in the Screen Trade, No Orchids of Miss Blandish and a few more. [...]

    Mayberry as told by Erskin Caldwell. This book is one of the best I've read in quite a while. The characters are brilliant, the writing is brilliant, the pacing, the plot--it's all brilliant. Berger is one of my favorites, and this THIS is the reason why.

    I've been mixing in more Pulitzer Prize winners/nominees in my reading queue, and this one, a nominee in 1984 (Ironweed won), piqued my interest because of its almost complete obscurity (there isn't even Wiki page for it). To my surprise it was very entertaining, a raucous comedy of errors filled with lust, vengeance, violence, and complete stupidity with everyone involved. Falls a bit short of 5 stars because the feud itself sort of just limps out instead of climaxing, but I suppose such is the [...]

    A 3.5 star rating. A funny book about two families in a small American town in the late 1930s. There are a number of odd ball characters. Tony, a 16 year old lad who is just discovering girls, punches a police officer, decides to become a Canadian mountie by running away but then decides to get a job in the town. His sister Bernice comes home from the city to have a week or so at home and loves men. Doesn't help out at home and runs up the family grocery charge account. The hardware store burns [...]

    In The Guardian this book was recently championed as a forgotten classic. On the strength of this review (and Tom Cox gives a fair assessment of the novel) I hunted out this hard to find book, and was not disappointed.Although initially I was, a little. The prose is a little lacklustre. On the strength of this one book, I wouldn't recommend Berger for his writing style. His narrative, however, especially as you are caught up in its wheels after about a third of the way, is excellent. All the com [...]

    Everyday people acting like total imbeciles have long been a mainstay of comic writing. The ploy fell a bit flat for me in this election year when bad behavior is the norm. Men with guns who abuse power, terrorize people, and assault women were never funny to me, and I don’t want to read about racism unless it’s used purely for historical context. Not funny. That said, this often slapstick novel did make me laugh.Many of the main characters were endearing, so I was pulling for things to work [...]

    I was on board with this mildly dark satirical comedy for the first half or so. Then I think Thomas Berger makes a mistake of misjudging the interest the reader might have in such a prick of a character like Reverton Kirby, even if meant in a comically ironic way. It's really unpleasant rattling around in his head for a couple of chapters. When reading this I started to think longingly about the next book to start. A more successful miserable character is his teenage cousin Junior, but even with [...]

    This 1983 novel won Berger the Pulitzer, though I'm not sure why. It's a fine novel: interesting characters, competently written. But that's also the problem with it: there is nothing very original about it, nothing that gives Berger's best works a special flavor or make them worthy of interest. Partly, for me, this comes from my lack of interest in the setting (1930s Ohio town life, much like his earlier novel _Sneaky People_). Also, though, there is little social satire or commentary in this w [...]

    *3.5/5 starsThe American classic of the Beelers and Hornbecks in small town America. A feud erupts between the families when Mr. Beeler goes over to Mr. Hornbeck's hardware store for some supplies. A series of comical misplaced blame leads to a slapstick comedy of misunderstandings. Mr. Berger also highlights the hypocrisy of the "wholesome" small town, as each character rationalizes their poor decision making. A reminder that vices weren't invented anytime recently.

    I enjoyed this book, but it's hard for me to nail down why I liked it so much. It was a simple story, the characters all hovered on the edge of parody but didn't quite go over it. I was intrigued to see each twist and turn with all the characters and how their lives intersected. Just an fun, enjoyable read. You care about the characters and want to see how everything works out for them.

    LOL funny! This Pulitzer nominated book of fiction starts off with a bang and keeps on going. Published in 1983, I've got to wonder if the author spent a lot of time watching The Andy Griffith Show. This is Mayberry on drugs - with the Hatfields and McCoys added just for fun. I will definitely look for more by Thomas Berger. Well done!

    Has beautifully ugly dialect and dialogue. Period setting perhaps serves the same purpose as Coen Brothers' 'Big Lebowski' or Haneke's 'White Ribbon' - it's set in the past as commentary on something, not because the story dictates it be set in the past in any specific way.

    This was very funny! Unfortunately it started to get pretty repetitive halfway through, and I could see where it was going. So I gave up and just read the ending. But, I enjoyed it and would recommend it!

    I like Thomas Berger, a lot. He's a humorist, and a satirist, and a good one. It was my good fortune to be assigned this book to copyedit, and I can unequivocally say it was the best book I ever edited. But I do like some of his other books better.

    It's another effortless comedy in Berger's 30s mid-western dope-dialogue oeuvre. The book reads like a companion to Sneaky People and, as in that one, there's the easy assured voice that'll gladly take in the curious but doesn't abash the casual passerby.

    I thought this book was pretty good. Flowed nicely and was an interesting take on the whole Hatfield and McCoy's feud. Worth a try.

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