The Bear Comes Home review õ 3


review The Bear Comes Home

The Bear Comes Home review õ 3 ç As Rafi Zabor's PEN Faulkner Award winning novel opens the Bear shuffles and jigs with a chain through his nose rolling in the gutter letting his partner wrestle him to the ground for the crowd's enjoyment But as soon becomes clear this is no ordinary dancing bear I mean dance is all right even street dance It's the pIns a jam session On the strength of the next day's write up in the Village Voice the Bear begins to play around town and hobnob with some of jazz's real life greats A live album a police raid a jailbreak a cross country tour and no small amount of fame later Bear finds himself in love with a human woman and staring down the greatest improbability of allAdmittedly a novel about a talking sax blowing bear may not initially seem everyone's cup of tea but Zabor's Bear is no cuddly anthropomorph I may be wearing a hat and a raincoat thought the Bear but no one's gonna mistake me for Paddington He lives he suffers he loves in fact the lo. This remains one of my favorites I read it in a darvocet induced haze back in 2009 and it's one of the few things I remember from those daysRafi Zabor's Bear is alive in the way that Salinger's Holden Caulfield is alive He thinks and feels plays in smoky jazz clubs earning the respect of his fellow musicians It's easy to forget at times that we're reading about a bear but of course when he retreats back to nature around the middle of the book we see him remembering the life he'd left behind for music This book is also notorious for the first bear on woman sex scene written to the hilt with plausibility You just have to read it And when his woman is suddenly filled with a primal urge to protect her children whom she's brought with her to their hideaway in the woods Pitch perfect writing Some bears after all are known to murder cubs in order to persuade the mother back into mating againI can see why this won the PENFaulkner Award

The Bear Comes HomeIns a jam session On the strength of the next day's write up in the Village Voice the Bear begins to play around town and hobnob with some of jazz's real life greats A live album a police raid a jailbreak a cross country tour and no small amount of fame later Bear finds himself in love with a human woman and staring down the greatest improbability of allAdmittedly a novel about a talking sax blowing bear may not initially seem everyone's cup of tea but Zabor's Bear is no cuddly anthropomorph I may be wearing a hat and a raincoat thought the Bear but no one's gonna mistake me for Paddington He lives he suffers he loves in fact the lo. This remains one of my favorites I read it in a darvocet induced haze back in 2009 and it's one of the few things I remember from those daysRafi Zabor's Bear is alive in the way that Salinger's Holden Caulfield is alive He thinks and feels plays in smoky jazz clubs earning the respect of his fellow musicians It's easy to forget at times that we're reading about a bear but of course when he retreats back to nature around the middle of the book we see him remembering the life he'd left behind for music This book is also notorious for the first bear on woman sex scene written to the hilt with plausibility You just have to read it And when his woman is suddenly filled with a primal urge to protect her children whom she's brought with her to their hideaway in the woods Pitch perfect writing Some bears after all are known to murder cubs in order to persuade the mother back into mating againI can see why this won the PENFaulkner Award

summary Ñ eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Rafi Zabor

The Bear Comes Home æ As Rafi Zabor's PEN Faulkner Award winning novel opens the Bear shuffles and jigs with a chain through his nose rolling in the gutter letting his partner wrestle him to the ground for the crowd's enjoyment But as soon becomes clear this is no ordinary dancing bear I mean dance is all right even street dance It's the poetry of the body flesh aspiring to grace or inviting the spirit in to visit he muses but before all else the Bear's heart belongs to jazz This is in fact one alto sax playing Shakespeare allusion dropping mystically inclined Bear and he's finally fed up with passing the hat One night he sneaks out to a jazz club and jo. Besides the bear sex notably less powerful than the ursinine lovemaking in Stanley Elkin's classic The Making of Ashenden which stands besidebehind this book the way Kafka's Metamorphosis stands with the stories of Bruno Schulz what makes this novel revolutionary for me is its immense capacity for paraphrase Meaning jazz I do not totally get it But the descriptions of playingpracticinglistening in TBCH make my ignorance of the turtlenecked art unimportant since they explain what's happening in a way that is feels both precise and totally analogous It's like I'm blind and someone's describing to me not just what a painting looks like but what it feels like or rather what it feels like to paint Which is sort of the point of prose right which like the Rennaisance explorers it came of age with has always had as one of its basic goals the translation of wilderness experience into arable bearable sorry words summary Ñ eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Rafi Zabor

Rafi Zabor ☆ 3 review

Rafi Zabor ☆ 3 review Ve scenes come as something of a shock and not just for the usual interspecies reasons Who knew that the description of a bear's reproductive mechanisms could be so tender or so unabashedly erotic Most of all though The Bear Comes Home evokes the world of improvisational jazz with consummate skill; Zabor a longtime jazz journalist and drummer writes about music with a passion and inspiration seldom found on the printed page A wistful fable about an artist's coming of age a brilliantly satiric send up of the music business and jazz criticism The Bear Comes Home is a debut much like that of the Bear himself transcendent unexpected wis. I read this as a companion piece to Marian Engel's The Bear so I guess I'm now an expert on bearhuman romantic relationships Until someone writes a book about a MAN who has an affaire with a female bear HmmmI found this one to be often splendidly verbose and often just plain wordy After a while I just slimmed the lengthy descriptions of numerous jazz performances The female characters initially seemed interesting but eventually seemed shallow and plot driven And though I felt a little glow of personal satisfaction whenever I recognized the sources of the Bear's MANY literary references I think that in real life at least one of his pals would have said HuhBut the Bear himself is a uniue and very likable character and I certainly enjoyed the way the author brought him to life