SUMMARY ☆ Bastard Out of Carolina


FREE DOWNLOAD ï MBJUK.CO.UK ¶ Dorothy Allison Age too uickly At the heart of this story is Ruth Anne Boatwright known simply as Bone a bastard child who observes the world around her with a mercilessly keen perspective When her stepfather Daddy Glen cold as death mea. Dorothy Allison pissed a few people off when she first wrote this novel Boy am I glad she did Why should literature seek to please rather than excite the reader Why should it try to be polite in order to seek the truth Should books not produce composed disorder honest diatribes and gut wrenching truths Insult me make me angry make me laugh make me cry leave my mouth agape from disbelief at your crude renunciations of what I thought was orthodox all things that good books do In Greenville County South Carolina lives the Boatwright family a family that bad things seem to happen to all the time At the center is the child narrator Ruth Anne who is called Bone throughout the book The scene opens with Bone's mama a teenage girl heading to the county office to try and get the word bastard erased from her daughter's certificate Later she tries to look for someone to marry in order to avoid such things in the future With these few scenes the mood of the book is set Poor uneducated working class folks the Boatwrights It is a family saga with violence teenage pregnancy unemployment and instability at its core The women must find husbands and have babies the men are drunks who constantly switch jobs etc A man has needs they laughed each time they got together So what you suppose a woman has Men one of them would always answer in a giggling roar Then they would all laugh til the tears started running down I wasn't at all sure what was so funny but I laughed anyway I liked being one of the women with my aunts liked feeling a part of something nasty and strong and separate from my big rough boy cousins and the whole world of spitting growling over bearing malesI find that I read audiobooks slower So for weeks I listened to this in spurts my iphone plugged to my ear at night and I tell you there were times when during vicious scenes my body shook with her pain The prose here is so vivid the imagery so profound that I felt as if I was right in the moment and I didn't like it Didn't like what it must have felt to be Bone Thought Daddy Glenn was a pig and at the end I really disliked Bone's mama Yet I couldn't help but like the Boatwright men Earl especially Loved Ruth Didn't care for Shannon Pearl and her family but liked the way in which Allison used them to show hypocrisy in the the community and in the church There is no way I could have known what it felt like to be the Boatwrights but Allison gave me some inkling And this is why I loved the book notwithstanding the fact that Elizabeth Evans was a wonderful reader of course The imagery character development intense dialogue and bright scenes made this book as real as an ordinary day for some In the beginning the prose is so lyrical though not as much in the second half which makes you feel as if Allison was reeling you in with beauty so she could introduce horror In her afterword Allison wrote that she chose fiction and not nonfiction because she wanted a well told lie and because she didn't want her mom vilified Though she did experience some of what Bone experienced the author said Bone was a completely different character from her because she wanted a character with fortitude my word though not hers Bone tells her harrowing heart wrenching story with a mixture of ease and spunk I really liked her as a character her moments of vulnerability and introspection her spunk her fearlessness in the times of fearfulness

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SUMMARY ☆ Bastard Out of Carolina Ï Greenville County South Carolina is a wild lush place that is home to the Boatwright family—a tight knit clan of rough hewn hard drinking men who shoot up each other's trucks and indomitable women who get married young and age too uickly At the heart of this story is Ruth Anne Boatwright known simply as Bone N as a snake becomes increasingly vicious toward her Bone finds herself caught in a family triangle that tests the loyalty of her mother Anney and leads to a final harrowing encounter from which there can be no turning bac. 25 Stars Bastard out of Carolina is a tough and harrowing read Written by Dororthy Allison and set in Allison's home town of Greenville South Carolina in the 1950s The story centres around Bone Boatwright a girl born fatherless to 15 years old Anney Boatwright and sexually and physically abused by her step father Glen but part of a large extended family who know poverty and life is as hard as it gets a life where family matters but drinking and fighting is part of their existenceI personally found this a long drawn out harrowing story of abuse and relentless violence and while the story needed to be told I found the telling was just way too drawn out and repetitive There was so many pointless sections in the Novel that I found myself zoning out on a couple of occasions While the story is important and a shocking and excellent insight into a child's life of abuse I couldn't find the emotion within the story and although I was shocked and I just didn't connect with this book like many readers have done and for me this could have been an excellent short story but just didn't make fulfill me as a novel and this might have been the fact that the book is uite graphic and a lots of detail I also found the relentless cast of characters uite frustrating I know that is a book loved by many but just and ok read for me I listened to this one on Audible and the narration was was adeuate but I think I may have got out of reading a hard copy of this bookPerhaps readers who liked The Glass Castle or Angela's Ashes might be interested in this novel

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Bastard Out of CarolinaGreenville County South Carolina is a wild lush place that is home to the Boatwright family a tight knit clan of rough hewn hard drinking men who shoot up each other's trucks and indomitable women who get married young and. ”He pinned me between his hip and the sink lifting me slightly and bending me over I reached out and caught hold of the porcelain trying not to grab at him not to touch him No No No He was raging spitting the blows hitting the wall as often as they hit me Beyond the door Mama was screaming Daddy Glen was grunting I hate him I hated him The belt went up and came down Fire along my thighs Pain I would not scream I would not would not would not scream” Bone played by Jena Malone in the movie adaptationThere was confusion when Ruth Anne “Bone” Boatwright was born Her Mama a fifteen year old girl without a husband was recovering from a car wreck and from giving birth when the people with the paperwork came around Bone’s Aunts tried to answer the uestions but because they could not remember exactly the name of the fellow who was the sperm donor the paperwork went through as UNKNOWN FATHER and Bone’s birth certificate is stamped in big red letters at the bottom ILLEGITIMATE Her mother tries for years to get that red stain removed from the birth certificate but the people at the courthouse take too much malicious petty joy out of continuing to issue each new birth certificate with the same damning stampThe Boatwright clan is a force of nature The men are hard working hard hitting binge drinking thieving skirt chasingand fast driving dervishes of fire and passion who when not fighting each other are fighting the worldThey are intensely loyal to a fault to their friends and family The Boatwright women name their daughters after their sisters They name their sons after their brothers They demand respect and get it When Aunt Alma gets into a conflict with her husband she makes if very clear how she sees things ”Oh but that’s why I got to cut his throat” she said plainly “If I didn’t love the son of a bitch I’d let him live forever”Family get togethers are intensely emotional and always on the verge of song or violence Uncle Earle is Bone’s favorite uncle He is popular with the whole family brimming with charisma He is the one guy everybody wants to see when they are troubled Uncle Earle played by Michael Rooker in the movie adaptation ”Uncle Earle was my favorite of all my uncles He was known as Black Earle for three counties around Mama said he was called Black Earle for that black black hair that fell over his eyes in a great soft curl but Aunt Raylene said it was for his black black heart He was a good looking man soft spoken and hardworking He told Mama that all the girls loved him because he looked like Elvis Presley only skinny and with muscles In a way he did but his face was etched with lines and sunburned a deep red brown The truth was he had none of the Elvis Presley’s baby faced innocence; he had a devilish look and a body Aunt Alma swore was made for sex He was a big man long and lanky with wide hands marked with scars ‘Earle looks like trouble coming in on greased skids’” Now Bone’s Mama is married to one young man just long enough to get pregnant with Bone’s sister Reese He died under unusual circumstances clearing the way for Glen Waddell Glen comes from a good family a family that owns their houses and goes into professions like lawyering and doctoring Now Bone’s mother Anney is a beauty fine boned and graceful but compared to the type of women that a Waddell is expected to marry she is trash Glen has never lived up to his father’s expectations and marrying Anney just confirms for their family that he is never going to amount to anything He gets in fights He intensely loves Anney; and yet can’t hardly stand to be in the same room with Ruth Anne without finding some “bone of contention” ”I looked at his hands No he never meant to hurt me not really I told myself but and those hands seemed to move before he could think His hands were big impersonal and fast I could not avoid them Reese and I made jokes about them when he wasn’t around gorilla hands monkey paws paddlefish beaver tails My dreams were full of long fingers hands that reached around doorframes and crept over the edge of the mattress fear in me like a river like the ice dark blue of his eyes” Daddy Glen as he insists on being called swears he loves Bone but when he is not beating her he is pulling her against him; rubbing her up and down his body; his hands inside her clothes His mind is twisted with hate and unnatural desire a lethal combination that kills love Even though she can’t carry a tune Bone wants to be a gospel singer She loves the music but what she really loves about religion is Revelations It stokes the rage in her heart and gives her hope that everyone will get what’s coming to them ”I sang along with the music and prayed for all I was worth Jesus’ blood and country music there had to be something else something to hope for I bit my lip and went back to reading the Book of Revelation taking comfort in the hope of the apocalypse God’s retribution on the wicked I liked Revelations loved the Whore of Babylon and the promised rivers of blood and fire It struck me like gospel music it promised vindication”Bone loves her Mama so completely that she made me want to love her too I just couldn’t forgive her Sometimes when we are faced with something so horrible our brain chooses not to process that information Anney knew but didn’t want to know Anney not only let Bone down she let us all down I know we can’t help who we fall in love with but you have to love your children In the beginning children are the best of us and how we protect them and nurture them will determine whether they continue to represent us to the world as better versions of ourselves or shattered adaptations of the worst of us Dorothy AllisonThe plot is predictable no deviations from a script that has been played before Despite that I bumped it to four stars for the lovely descriptions of the Boatwright family I felt that Allison has that Southern gift for language that soars especially well when she is describing people The Boatwright’s are a family I’d be proud to be a part of and a family I’d work like crazy to get far far away from