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From the author of the Pulitzer Prize winning Ironweed. The narration is by Daniel Quinn, orphan, of his adventure ridden quest for true love and the answer to the elusive riddle of his own fate....

Title : Quinn's Book
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ISBN : 9780670804375
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Number of Pages : 289 Pages
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Quinn's Book Reviews

  • Kathleen
    2019-02-23 08:48

    This is the first William Kennedy novel I have read in my adult life. It's labeled as 4th in the Albany Cycle series, but from what I understand the connection to the series is in location, rather than characters and storyline. Please don't let it stop you from reading it as a stand-alone novel. I did and I enjoyed it very much. William Kennedy is an exceptional writer.This book is exactly what it purports to be - It is Daniel Quinn's story. It's been a little while since I've read such a character-driven story. I've read so many binge-worthy, race-to-the-finish novels lately that it was nice to slow down the pace a bit and just get lost in another world. This is a book to be savored, not devoured. The plot is, in my opinion, secondary to the characters. It begins at what becomes a life-changing moment for 12-year old orphan, Daniel Quinn. He, working alongside his boss (and most vulgar character in the story) John the Brawn, rescues Maud Fallon from drowning in icy waters in 1849 and immediately falls in love with her. It's not only his affection for her that shapes his life, but the series of events and people that he meets in the immediate aftermath that shape his story. It is in 1849 when he begins to see his path, although often he's stumbled through life a bit first before realizing the path he's on. At times I was in love with this story and couldn't wait to get back to it. Unfortunately I began to fall out of love. Book 1 begins in 1849, book 2 in 1864. Book 2 is when I became less enamored. It went on longer than I felt it needed to, and sometimes in painstaking situational details that seemed unnecessary to the advancement of the story. Despite that bit of fatigue towards the end, I thought it was a wonderful read. As other reviewers have mentioned, there is a bit of magical realism involved. It was unexpected, but expertly placed to make me sit up and say, 'wait, what?' and generally followed by humorous moments. I rather enjoyed that. One more note that folks may want to know: This is definitely not a book for young readers, or anyone sensitive to violence or vulgarity. There are moments of adult content, violence, and ethnic stereotypes, as one might expect from a Civil War Era setting. I'd say it's not a bookfor everyone, but if you're open to it, it's worth a read. This title was originally released in 1988 and re-released as an ebook in January, 2017. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy for review.

  • Bonnye Reed
    2019-02-28 07:11

    GNab I received a free electronic copy of this novel, originally published by Penguin in 1989, from Netgalley, William Kennedy, and Open Road Integrated Media in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all, for sharing your hard work with me.This is the first I have read by William Kennedy. I will have to get his first four Albany books! Kennedy's style is similar to that of Richard Sullivan whom I adore. This is an excellent historical set in New York State - Albany and Saratoga between 1849 and 1864. We follow the quirky lives of Magdalena and John, and Maud and Daniel through thick and thin, war and peace. We occasionally push the envelope on the mystical and sensuality is a prime factor, but the tale draws us through this stretch of history hitting the highlights -from the multiple tragedies hitting Albany in 1849 - the city decimated by flood and fire, the Irish population, the newspaper business and the draft riots, mass transit to the civil war. Lots of information, presented in an excellent voice. pub date Jan 3, 2017Open Road Integrated MediaOriginally published May 6,1989 by Penguin Books

  • Tim
    2019-02-22 05:50

    I've now read all 6 of Kennedy's Albany novels and declare him one of America's top 5 novelists of all time. Quinn's Book, Legs, Billy Phelan's Greatest Game, Ironweed, Very Old Bones, and The Flaming Corsage comprise a set of vivid, violent, and voluptuous stories that capture a time and place every bit as effectively - and stimulatingly - as Faulkner's legendary and slightly superior tales of Yoknapatawpha County. His experimenting with magical realism doesn't go too far astray and his painting of the Irish immigrant's - and human - condition, while often told with a detached irony, is full of sympathy. The first chapter of Quinn's Book alone is a marvel of storytelling and stands as a testament to Kennedy's imagination and virtuosity. Delightful.

  • Bookish
    2019-03-12 04:05

    A long time ago I read William Kennedy’s Ironweed, and loved it. Like that novel, and a number of Kennedy’s other books, Quinn’s Book is set in the author’s hometown of Albany, New York, though here the century is the 19th, roughly a half dozen decades prior to the time-frame of Ironweed and its sequels. Right from the get-go the period-pastiche language is rich, elaborate, convincing, and slyly fun. A sprawling Dickensian tale set against potent historical backdrops, including the Underground Railroad and Civil War, it follows the life of Daniel Quinn, orphaned as a teen, destined for a journalistic career. Like Pip in Great Expectations, who falls in love with Estella, Quinn falls for Maud Fallon early on, and I’ll need to read more to see how things turn out between them! —Phil (

  • Krizia Anna
    2019-03-06 07:00

    "Quinn's Book" reminds me of Isabelle Allende's "House of the Spirits". Kennedy uses magic realism in his novel but it was more historical, more realism than magic. Just the right amount of magic for me. It was full of unforgettable characters that you would definitely love and I bet not relate too. The summary at the back was not wrong in saying that this book has full of Darwinian characters. I love love Daniel Quinn and I love how his love for Maud evolves. This is definitely a great love story, fit for the big screen. My P10.00 was well worth it!

  • Roger Suters
    2019-03-13 03:04

    This was the current selection by the book club I participate in. Having plowed through Ironweed thirty years ago, with little acquired appreciation of outstanding writing at that time, I started reading Quinn's Book with trepidation. Much to my delight, I could not put it down. William Kennedy is masterful with character development, inventive with plot creation - the use of multiple voices during the course of narration, and brilliant in creating the full range of emotions surrounding tragedy to laugh out loud humor.

  • Sandra
    2019-03-19 03:59

    I never read of William Kennedy's books, but I found this book quite interesting to read. This book tells the story of the orphaned Daniel Quinn. It has a love story mixed with historical fiction. The characters are unforgettable and the story included elements of magic realism makes this book more interesting and unique.I receive this from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

  • Kim
    2019-02-28 05:08

    I received an electronic copy of this book and thank NetGalley and Open Road Integrated Media.William Kennedy's book about Daniel Quinn employs more words than I thought existed. I loved the words, I loved the characters and their travels, I loved the setting . The touch of mysticism, cynicism, phantasmagoria, were all whipped cream on the top of a great story. What an adventure, what an interesting way to be introduced to Albany in 1849. There is no question that I will explore Kennedy's other books.

  • Katon
    2019-03-18 03:14

    The first of william kennedy's masterpiece i have ever encountered, and i loved it a lot! The story was clever, humorous, mystical, a bit silly sometimes, but nevertheless captivating. I definitely love the whole magical realism that was combined with love story and adventure. Daniel Quinn himself is a quite character, simply became the most standout personality inside the book. Initially i thought it was quite a weird story that i found mostly rather comical. I mean, resurrected from death by sexual intercourse, eccentric characters such as magdalena and mrs hillegon, it was borderline comedy. But then the story grew deeper midway, showing how skilled william kennedy is as a writer. His choices of words were poetic and smart. It was definitely one of the best magical realism book i've ever read so far !

  • Ron
    2019-03-25 08:04

    Quinn's book may not be the very best among the Albany novels, but Kennedy's work is so vastly superior to that of most American authors that it scarcely matters (he pales in comparison only to himself). Quinn's book is nonetheless a marvel, a great, violent, blood spattered epic poem that continues Kennedy's quest to tell the history of this country through the crucible of New York (and the vastly differing immigrant experience of the Irish and the Dutch in this case). The whole of this work is greater than the sum of its parts and far outstrips previous epic tales such as John Dos Passos' series, and it should be required reading for any serious fan of literature who desires a richer understanding of the American experience.

  • David Guy
    2019-02-27 06:02

    Quinn's Book is the last of the Albany novels I hadn't read, before the new one that just came out. My impression is that it came after Ironweed. It is an odd addition to the corpus, a kind of 19th century novel (in tone and diction) which nevertheless included elements of magic realism, including a scene early in the novel in which a woman who has died is brought back to life by an act of sexual intercourse. A writer who begins a novel that way has a lot of nerve and confidence in his abilities, and those things are justified in Kennedy's case. Once again, I would say it is ultimately a rather beautiful love story, in addition to being a coming of age novel about an adventurous young man. Kennedy keeps surprising (and delighting) me.

  • Lobstergirl
    2019-03-23 05:12

    Combining elements of picaresque, bildungsroman, and magical realism, this novel tells the story of the orphaned Daniel Quinn, from 1849 Albany to 1864 Saratoga, as he falls in love with the elusive Maud and has a series of odd, often violent adventures. Quirkiness abounds. Early on, the corpse of a drowned courtesan (Maud's aunt and chaperone), lying atop a catafalque in an Albany parlor, is mounted by a determined necrophile (Daniel's boss). His passionate thrusting creates enough friction to warm the body back to life. As this is happening, the lady of the house watches, and masturbates. Later, the virginal Maud shows her breasts to a cake.

  • Jim
    2019-03-12 04:10

    Kennedy is probably one of America's finest authors, and yet is probably one of the lesser known. This tale of a young man finding his way to manhood (in almost Horatio Algerish manner) in mid-nineteenth century New York ( and his associations with people in theater and journalism) is wonderful and beautifully written. Some will be shocked by details, but I feel that Kennedy very well describes the many unusual aspects of life at this time, from interest in seances to abolitionism to the fluid entreprenuerialism and opportunity as well as the racism, classism, and sexism of the time.

  • James Lundy
    2019-03-18 03:59

    William Kennedy is one of those "important" writers and I approach one of his books with my mind on high alert for deepness. Maybe this isn't his greatest book, maybe I'm just not as interested in the 2nd half of the 19th century as I am in the depression-era Albany cycle, maybe you can finely craft the mechanics of a story and still miss the target. I am just left feeling nothing about this book.

  • Riley
    2019-03-22 04:51

    This book represents a big departure stylistically from William Kennedy's Albany Trilogy, though of course that city remains inextricably tied to the story. There were occult elements to this novel that were a little off-putting to me, but I'd class it as a good example of historical novel writing that is comedic, dark and almost winking at modern sensibilities. To me, the classic of the genre is John Barth's The Sot-Weed Factor.

  • Madelynp
    2019-03-20 04:52

    This isn't so much a review as it is an update, but it has been several months since finishing "Quinn's Book," and I still think of it fondly. I definitely recommend this novel to people who enjoy magical realism-type situations!

  • Kathleen
    2019-03-24 03:10

    Funny, strange, lyrical. Irish.

  • Franchesca
    2019-03-01 07:49

    I read this back in highschool (and therefore had no any schooling on reading "such books) and found it a weird book. This book is the type that needs to be read twice, I think.

  • Pjpollard
    2019-03-04 04:04

    Most "professional" reviews I have read on this book were unfavorable. This is my favorite WK book.

  • David Roth
    2019-03-03 07:02

    I love this book and have read it multiple times. The opening chapter is brilliant. My favorite Kennedy.

  • Andrew Sparke
    2019-03-12 05:07

    William Kennedy can do no wrong! Different style to Ironweed or Legs but stunning visualisation of a city, a time and it's characters.

  • Velma
    2019-02-24 09:47

    Found it in the bookcase full of take-and-pay-what-you-want books at my local library branch. Yay, Humboldt County Library!

  • Ginny
    2019-03-15 07:14

    The Albany Cycle books just keep getting better!

  • Eratosthenes
    2019-03-21 10:08

    As a former resident of Albany, NY, I always like William Kennedy's novels situated in the Albany area. Not just great fiction, but also interesting history.

  • Peter
    2019-02-22 10:56

    see previous comments on Kennedy.