When Madeline Was Young

When Madeline Was Young PDF/EPUB ↠ When Madeline
    When Madeline Was Young PDF/EPUB ↠ When Madeline and through Buddy s involvement with the subsequent Gulf Wars Jane Hamilton, with her usual humor and keen observations of human relationships, deftly explores the Maciver s unusual situation and examines notions of childhood through Mac and Buddy s actual youth as well as Madeline s infantilization and a rivalry between Buddy s and Mac s families that spans decades and various wars She captures the pleasures and frustrations of marriage and family, and she exposes the role that past relationships, rivalries, and regrets inevitably play in the lives of adults Inspired in part by Elizabeth Spencer s Light in the Piazza, Hamilton offers an honest and exquisite portrait of how a family tragedy forever shapes and alters the boundaries of love."/>
  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • When Madeline Was Young
  • Jane Hamilton
  • English
  • 13 October 2017
  • 0385516711

About the Author: Jane Hamilton

Jane Hamilton is the author most recently of The Excellent Lombards and The Book of Ruth, winner of the PEN Hemingway Award for first fiction, as well as A Map of the World, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and named one When Madeline PDF or of the top ten books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, the Miami Herald, and People Both The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World have been selections of Oprah s Book Club Her following work, The Short History of a Prince, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of , her novel Disobedience was published in , and her last novel When Madeline Was Young was a Washington Post Best Book of She lives in and writes in an orchard farmhouse in Wisconsin.


When Madeline Was Young❂ [EPUB] ✺ When Madeline Was Young By Jane Hamilton ➛ – Johndore.co.uk Jane Hamilton, award winning author of The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World, is back in top form with a richly textured novel about a tragic accident and its effects on two generations of a familyW Jane Hamilton, award winning author of The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World, is back in top form with a richly textured novel about a tragic accident and its effects on two generations of a familyWhen Aaron Maciver s beautiful young wife, When Madeline PDF or Madeline, suffers brain damage in a bike accident, she is left with the intellectual powers of a six year old In the years that follow, Aaron and his second wife care for Madeline with deep tenderness and devotion as they raise two children of their ownNarrated by Aaron s son, Mac, When Madeline Was Young chronicles the Maciver family through the decades, from Mac s childhood growing up with Madeline and his cousin Buddy in Wisconsin through the Vietnam War, through Mac s years as a husband with children of his own, and through Buddy s involvement with the subsequent Gulf Wars Jane Hamilton, with her usual humor and keen observations of human relationships, deftly explores the Maciver s unusual situation and examines notions of childhood through Mac and Buddy s actual youth as well as Madeline s infantilization and a rivalry between Buddy s and Mac s families that spans decades and various wars She captures the pleasures and frustrations of marriage and family, and she exposes the role that past relationships, rivalries, and regrets inevitably play in the lives of adults Inspired in part by Elizabeth Spencer s Light in the Piazza, Hamilton offers an honest and exquisite portrait of how a family tragedy forever shapes and alters the boundaries of love.

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10 thoughts on “When Madeline Was Young

  1. K.D. Absolutely says:

    My first book by Jane Hamilton and I liked it At the start, she used this shocking premise The narrator s eldest sister Madeline is actually the first wife of the narrator s father Madeline had a bicycle accident few months after she got married to his father and when she got healed, she ended up having the mind of a 7 year old child.So, I thought the story would be as melodramatic as Jodi Piccoult s novels that normally employ rare medical conditions to create a convoluted family drama coupl My first book by Jane Hamilton and I liked it At the start, she used this shocking premise The narrator s eldest sister Madeline is actually the first wife of the narrator s father Madeline had a bicycle accident few months after she got married to his father and when she got healed, she ended up having the mind of a 7 year old child.So, I thought the story would be as melodramatic as Jodi Piccoult s novels that normally employ rare medical conditions to create a convoluted family drama coupled with deeply emotional characters to create soaking wet hanky moments for her female fans No Maybe that s the reason why Jane Hamilton s novels are not as popular as Jodi Piccoult s but this definitely does not mean inferior In fact, Jane Hamilton has the sensitivity of Alice McDermott in her After This as this novel and that Pulitzer finalist novel both tackle American family drama with Vietnam War as a backdrop as they depict ordinary Heartland USA drama Jane Hamilton s characters are not as wickedly strange as Anne Tyler s too However, Hamilton s are just like you and I even if I am not an American and it is not hard to relate to any of them Madeline, despite being part of this book s title, is not the main protagonist The POV is that of the narrator, Mac the eldest child of Aaron Madeline s husband prior to her accident and Julia Julia is a nurse who takes care of Madeline after the accident and while Aaron and Julia were looking at the birds outside the hospital, they fall in love and decided to get married after Aaron divorce paper with Madeline was approved Not sure if you could relate to any of them at this point but sure you do with the next.Since the POV is that of the Mac s, the story jumps from that major premise of a beautiful Madeline with a 7 y o child s brain as Hamilton skillfully diverts her tale to Mac and his relationship to his cousin Buddy from Mac s life as a boy who realizes the family secret to his old age and how the people around him, from Madeline, his parents and his cousin Buddy, played a role in his transformation from boy to a middle age man The thoughts that played in his mind, even when he is thinking of how to tell his girlfriend about the secret, are carefully crafted as if Hamilton is transcribing the innermost thoughts of a man His relationship with his cousin Buddy brought back memories of my own cousins I have many weird cousins mostly from the paternal side a drug addict teenager male cousin who left home promising my auntie that he would come back someday once he gets rich a rebellious sexually liberated teenager female cousin who brought home a boyfriend and let him sleep on her bed that made my auntie cry outside the door a grown up male cousin who is now hiding from the police because he and his wife assaulted their neighbors over some money quarrels and an intellectually challenged male cousin who when he was a college student, got his daily allowance from my auntie but spent months and months inside the moviehouse in Novaliches My favorite cousin is also from my father s side of the family We used to fight when we were young boys yet we also had many memories together One of those was when I was in Grade 5 and we had our summer break in Baguio City the city in the Philippines constructed on top of the mountain by the Americans , we, together with my brother, walked from our house to Loakan Airport that was situated near the Kennon Road From dusk to dawn all of us little boys walked from Trancoville St near the boundary of Baguio City and La Trinidad to the airport walking the dangerous sidewalk less length of the winding Kennon Road with only sticks, jokes, stories with us I remember we were car crazy boys then We looked at each of the passing cars and we used to point which ones we liked and dreamed of having one day.Now I have a Toyota My brother in San Diego has three cars My cousin has none as he is living most of his life in ships afloat the oceans all around the world You see, he is a marine engineer He only sees cars at the ports they disembark at along their ship routes and when he comes back home to visit his family.If a book can trigger you to think of your yesterdays, it must be good Hamilton is a brilliant storyteller and I will not think twice reading her other books when opportunities come my way

  2. Sarah says:

    I think this might be the best example I ve seen of what people mean when they refer to women s fiction This is a book in which, basically, nothing happens And not even really in the Seinfeld sense where a great deal happens that is internally, or conversationally, noteworthy no, nobody in this story changes their heart or mind Like people do, they get older and think they understandand they talk deprecatingly about their wives but you can tell they love them a lot, in a very pragm I think this might be the best example I ve seen of what people mean when they refer to women s fiction This is a book in which, basically, nothing happens And not even really in the Seinfeld sense where a great deal happens that is internally, or conversationally, noteworthy no, nobody in this story changes their heart or mind Like people do, they get older and think they understandand they talk deprecatingly about their wives but you can tell they love them a lot, in a very pragmatic way And that s all At least one review has dismissed this as a situation story, as in, that s not a story, it s a situation But I don t even think it s that The flicker of Seinfeld absurdity which even the jacket flap takes to be the situation of the book that the narrator grows up with his father s first wife, who was brain damaged into childishness early in their marriage, living in the same house as his mother and father and treated by both parents as another child is not the main situation This isn t even one of those irritating books where the weird thing that happened in youth goes on to inform and affect everything else, even the most seemingly unrelated experiences The main situation is, simply, the life and surroundings, feelings and thoughts, people and places, of Mac Maciver, the narrator The narrative structure of the book is best described as that of a long friendship, close enough to hear intimate thoughts but distant enough for lengthy updates There isn t really any plot build again, not even the back of the book can tell you what HAPPENS in this story There aren t even any of the wacky scenarios typical of, ahem, chick lit, which is what people probably mostly define women s fiction as these days, the kind of thing that, in theory, you could explain quickly to a nearby man And Luke DIDN T KNOW that Becky had planned this whole other wedding at the same time There isn t anything to encapsulate There is just the whole there is just what is Nothing happens but it s still pretty interesting Mac Maciver nice guy.How do I feel about a book like this How do I feel about calling it feminine Well, in the words of Teddy KGB of the film Rounders which my male partner has been known to watchthan once IN A DAY0 I feel ahkay

  3. Kim says:

    It was meh I was so excited to read it when I pickted it up I thought it was a unique concept for a novel, but, as I read, I was disappointed.While I think Jane Hamilton has a gift with words, I found the story to be meandering I had to reread passages to get grounded, and, at times, I found it hard to want to pick up the book I am one who generally finishes a book no matter what, but I was tempted to quit this one.I anticipated the story would be told through the eyes of Julia, and I anti It was meh I was so excited to read it when I pickted it up I thought it was a unique concept for a novel, but, as I read, I was disappointed.While I think Jane Hamilton has a gift with words, I found the story to be meandering I had to reread passages to get grounded, and, at times, I found it hard to want to pick up the book I am one who generally finishes a book no matter what, but I was tempted to quit this one.I anticipated the story would be told through the eyes of Julia, and I anticipated the story would be centeredon the relationship between the two wives and Aaron I thought there could have been real power to explore the female leads that way Thus, I was disappointed when it was Mac that narrated and the story becamea focus on family rather than the bizarre love triangle I wanted to read about how Aaron, Julia and Madeline really felt about thier unique living situation, but I think Hamilton avoided that We saw Julia only as a saint, we never saw her frustration with the situation and there must have been a great deal I really wanted to see Julia s character fleshed outto understand her on a deeper level Same with Aaron and Madeline I think I would have enjoyed having the story told from multiple perspectives sometimes, it s an over used literary device, but it might have really worked here That all being said, when I finally got that I wasn t going to get what I wanted, I accepted the story for what it was a story of unconditional love, loyalty, devotion, yearning and the unbreakable bonds of family I appreciated the book muchin the final third, and enjoyed seeing some of the parallels between Aaron and Mac both had first loves that were based on passion and fire and settled into not settled second loves based on comfort, care and security.If I could, I would give this 2.5 stars, but since I can t do half ratings, I will stick with a 2 This is not one I will reread

  4. Duane says:

    I ve read several Jane Hamilton books and enjoy her stories, just an extremely talented writer, her best known work being the award winning A Map of the World This is one of her lesser known books, and quite frankly doesn t fair that well with the readers ratings and reviews I think I understand why Although the writing is very good and so is the concept, the plot is not developed sufficiently, not enough meat with the potatoes Again, a great concept that just falls short Also, I think so I ve read several Jane Hamilton books and enjoy her stories, just an extremely talented writer, her best known work being the award winning A Map of the World This is one of her lesser known books, and quite frankly doesn t fair that well with the readers ratings and reviews I think I understand why Although the writing is very good and so is the concept, the plot is not developed sufficiently, not enough meat with the potatoes Again, a great concept that just falls short Also, I think some people are turned off by the idea Madeline, a young wife, suffers a brain injury in a bicycle accident and is left with the mind of a young child Her husband, who remarries, with his new wife continues to look after Madeline, even as they have children of their own That is hard to fathom for many people for many different reasons, and it gives us pause to think what we would do in that situation I was going to give it 3 stars for the story but bumped it to 4 because I like her writing

  5. Jaclyn says:

    Despite the title, this book is not really about Madeline, which was very dissapointing because her story held so much promise The book centers on the extensive Maciver family relationships and is actually very political It is a nice book but failed to hold my interest for long For as much time as the author spends on each character, I never felt that I knew much about them I have truly enjoyed two of her other books, A Map of the World and The Book of Ruth, but this one was not so great.

  6. Judy says:

    This is the third book that I ve read by Jane Hamilton and, unfortunately, it s the one that I enjoyed the least I never really was comfortable with the premise a young man, Aaron Mciver is married to a beautiful young woman named Madeline She suffers an accident early in their marriage, is brain damaged, and is left with the mental capability of a 7 year old A tragic event, but one that takes on bizarre aspects when Aaron divorces Madeline, marries Julia, who is one of Madeline s nurses, an This is the third book that I ve read by Jane Hamilton and, unfortunately, it s the one that I enjoyed the least I never really was comfortable with the premise a young man, Aaron Mciver is married to a beautiful young woman named Madeline She suffers an accident early in their marriage, is brain damaged, and is left with the mental capability of a 7 year old A tragic event, but one that takes on bizarre aspects when Aaron divorces Madeline, marries Julia, who is one of Madeline s nurses, and then the three adults form a family unit Yes, Madeline is treated as if she is one of the children in the family The book is narrated by Mac, Julia and Aaron s son, who views Madeline as an older sister with special needs Julia reminds the reader of Eleanor Roosevelt, both in her social awkwardness and in her extremely liberal political views The novel explores issues such as the effect parent s political views have on their children and also follows two generations of the Mciver family as they deal with the political world from the 1950s through the Iraq War and with the interpersonal relationships among family members

  7. Rachel says:

    This was a painful read from an author that I have really enjoyed reading in the past I have read and loved almost all of JH s other books The Book of Ruth, A Map of the World, The Short History of a Prince in those books, the subject was unique and kept me interested, her writing style was amazing I can t give any of the same praises for this book I think in general, the subject you read about on the back of the book IS interestingbut what s on the back of the book is not what s in th This was a painful read from an author that I have really enjoyed reading in the past I have read and loved almost all of JH s other books The Book of Ruth, A Map of the World, The Short History of a Prince in those books, the subject was unique and kept me interested, her writing style was amazing I can t give any of the same praises for this book I think in general, the subject you read about on the back of the book IS interestingbut what s on the back of the book is not what s in the book Madeline is not a focal point at all and the other characters I just couldn t like or be interested in So a big nay on this one If you want a good Jane Hamilton booklook for The Book of Ruththat one is worth the read

  8. Kathy McC says:

    I spent a lot of time in my car last weekend and listened to the audio book It was a wonderful way to pass the hours It is a story of family dynamics and extended family relationships It is also the story of Aaron and his 2nd wife Julia who are caring for Aaron s first wife who is brain damaged due to an accident Interspersed are political discussions between the relatives about issues important in the 60s This book would have earned a five if there had beendevelopment of Madeline s l I spent a lot of time in my car last weekend and listened to the audio book It was a wonderful way to pass the hours It is a story of family dynamics and extended family relationships It is also the story of Aaron and his 2nd wife Julia who are caring for Aaron s first wife who is brain damaged due to an accident Interspersed are political discussions between the relatives about issues important in the 60s This book would have earned a five if there had beendevelopment of Madeline s life, but all in all it was an interesting story of love and acceptance

  9. Tracy says:

    I put this book down 3 times because I didn t want to waste my time reading it I ended up finishing it because I got sick and couldn t sleep one night That is the only reason I finished it Technically, I would rate it in between hated it and it was ok Honestly, if this were the first book I read by this author, I would not pick up another of her books.The problem started with the point of view I kept having to remind myself that it was a male point of view Even after knowing the character I put this book down 3 times because I didn t want to waste my time reading it I ended up finishing it because I got sick and couldn t sleep one night That is the only reason I finished it Technically, I would rate it in between hated it and it was ok Honestly, if this were the first book I read by this author, I would not pick up another of her books.The problem started with the point of view I kept having to remind myself that it was a male point of view Even after knowing the character s name, I still kept having to remind myself it was a male point of view I don t know why this happened, but when I analyze it I think it was because the narrator s voice got lost in the story I had to reacquaint myself everytime Mac reappeared.The story s concept was an interesting one however, the story jumped from person to person so much that not a single by line interested me I wish I would have learnedabout one character the mom and a lot less about a couple of others Huh, now that I am really thinking about the book I would recommend that you don t waste your time

  10. eb says:

    Wait, I m confused Isn t Jane Hamilton considered a talented writer Are her other novels any good, or is When Madeline Was Young characteristic of her work What a VAGUE novel this is It moseys along, structurelessly, from irrelevant scene to irrelevant scene Nothing is easy to picture none of the characters are three dimensional nothing insightful or even interesting is said about the issues this novel pretends to tackle race, class, Vietnam, Iraq The title character is a complete ciphe Wait, I m confused Isn t Jane Hamilton considered a talented writer Are her other novels any good, or is When Madeline Was Young characteristic of her work What a VAGUE novel this is It moseys along, structurelessly, from irrelevant scene to irrelevant scene Nothing is easy to picture none of the characters are three dimensional nothing insightful or even interesting is said about the issues this novel pretends to tackle race, class, Vietnam, Iraq The title character is a complete cipher I liked her, though, because she s the only person who doesn t speak in Dan Brown esque bursts of exposition.Most offensive of all is the narrator For one thing, the idea that he s a man is laughable For another, he s a despicable racist, which I think he s supposed to be but Hamilton s description of the loving black maid is equally despicable, and I m sorry, it mitigates nothing to have one character constantly refer to her, sardonically, as Mom s slave