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The Burning House [Reading] ➺ The Burning House By Paul Lisicky – The Burning House is an achingly lovely novel about the things that bind us together in this life and the things that pull us apart Paul Lisicky has an extraordinary gift for exploring emotional nuanc The Burning House is an achingly lovely novel about the things that bind us together in this life and the things that pull us apart Paul Lisicky has an extraordinary gift for exploring emotional nuance and the rhythms of desire With this book he The Burning Kindle - yet again asserts himself as one of the select writers who continues to teach me about the complexities of the human heart—Robert Olen Butlera beautiful and powerful writer— Publishers Weeklyan extraordinary fiction in that it sustains a believable poetic voice throughout— Boston GlobeIn this captivating family saga narrator Isidore Mirsky finds his close knit family and community suddenly coming apart Facing the illness of family members and the loss of homes in a recession plagued urban town he also contends with an overwhelming new desire—his feelings for his wife's sister The Burning House finds its narrator at his most vulnerable and explores what it means to be a good man amidst chaosPaul Lisicky is the author of Lawnboy and Famous Builder Lisicky maintains a highly active schedule with readings and book signings and connects with his readership through Facebook and his blog He lives in New York City and on the east end of Long Island and teaches at New York University A collection of short prose pieces Unbuilt Projects is forthcoming in .

7 thoughts on “The Burning House

  1. Myfanwy Myfanwy says:

    Isidore Mirsky the narrator of Paul Lisicky’s gorgeous novel The Burning House desperately wants to be a good man He loves his wife He loves where he lives He wants to do good work He wants a purpose He wants to be good The problem is that Isidore doesn’t really know who he is any outside of his lusts and fears and indiscretions Indeed it seems he has lost the ability to function in the momentEven as he feels his wife Laura falling away from him into illness he also pushes her away–out of fear and ultimately lust The one person who brings Isidore back to life is his sister in law Joan It is as if the two women are halves of one perfect woman for Isidore–a person who has never existed and can never existTold in gorgeous hypnotic language we follow Isidore through his travails and hope that he will come back to living within the moment which he does For in the end after all seems lost it is Isidore who is found as he listens to his wife sing once So she lets go and gives voice to everything coming at her the love on the way the love left behind And good health The possibilities What could a good man want? And how very nice for the weary traveler who’s had enough of the same old thing who could stand a little refreshment every now and thenIt’s a beautiful book Read it

  2. Jim Breslin Jim Breslin says:

    Paul Lisicky writes beautiful prose This is the story of Isidore a delicate loving man who is a bit lost in life He loves his wife but has an affair He also covets his wife's sister He meanders through houses that are being constructed in his town attends meetings as townspeople try to stop the construction of town homes At times it's not an easy book to follow the plot is amorphous you are left to read between the lines Isidore doesn't speak about his issues directly the reader has to work to read between the lines There's a few times I went back to re read a section to insure I understood But that's all good because since in literary fiction all the uestions are not supposed to be answered for us right? The prose is lyrical and insightful such as this passage from page 111 where Isidore says I needed to fight myself lest I give in too easy to that part of me I already hated the one who'd settle for the drab easy life at the cost of his soul It's an interesting uick read at 126 pages

  3. Sana Haque Sana Haque says:

    We read the novel for class and I have to say the narrative was very poetic However Isidore was a man struggling to do the right thinglike not sleeping with his sister in law He seemed like a coward to me from beginning to end

  4. Kevin Catalano Kevin Catalano says:

    On the cover of Paul Lisicky's Burning House Jayne Anne Phillips blurbs A pitch perfect gem of a novel When I first read that I wondered how a novel could be a pitch perfect gem Having finished this I get it Isidore Mirsky the narrator of the novel is a man in trouble existential and emotional If only I could talk with such ease when I was genuinely telling the truth Telling the truth I only sputtered and left spastic lapses in my sentences in some effort to find the right word Then the word I settled on tended to be less than the one I'd hoped for less than spectacular Why should it be so much harder to be myself?Everything Isidore hears sees tastes and feels shows us his struggle as described exactly by the author I pictured my eagerness to please as a living thing with brittle legs stupid and shiny as a wood tick It crawled outside the room toward a dog a human ankle a creature to feast on It wanted to be fat with it to swell with blood And notice how much this description tells us about the narrator I looked down at my emptied plate The yellow from the busted yolks looked deadly a little vicious difficult to cleanEvery sentence is a marvel as though Lisicky discovered or invented the only right way to describe a detail or feeling Paul Lisicky was once my superb writing instructor; reading this novel felt like being in his classroom once again I have a lot yet to learn

  5. Carol Ciavonne Carol Ciavonne says:

    The prose is beautiful to read with so many brief but startling insights All the intriguing as the narrator is both aware and supremely unaware of who he is and what is going on in his life He lies to others but also to himself and yet I could not help caring about him and seeing him as he wants to be seen a good man This is the first of Paul Lisicky's books I have ever read and I intend to read because the work is literature it's not just well written; it's beautiful

  6. Joe Joe says:

    I review Paul Lisicky’s new novel The Burning House in the May 31 2011 edition of The Boston Globehttpwwwbostoncomaebooksarticl JoeThe National Book Critics Circle chose my Boston Globe review of Paul Lisicky’s novella “The Burning House” as an exemplary review It’s now at Powell’s on the “Review a Day” pagehttpwwwpowellscomreview20110622 Joe

  7. Jim Jim says:

    Novella centered on the narrator's lust for his wife's sister and ordinary events in a small town fighting over a housing development and the threats to a home brought on by the narrator's confused desires yet steadfast decency The writing is interesting and fresh though the narrator's mental leaps into fantasy and the past were at times confusing even to the narrator it seemed

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