Edinburgh PDF/EPUB Ú Hardcover

Edinburgh PDF/EPUB Ú Hardcover

  • Hardcover
  • 212 pages
  • Edinburgh
  • Alexander Chee
  • English
  • 07 February 2016
  • 9781566492256

10 thoughts on “Edinburgh

  1. Thomas Thomas says:

    A sad and powerful story of sexual abuse and human resilience Twelve year old Aphias Zee nicknamed Fee a talented singer joins a renowned boys' choir in Maine While his Korean and Scottish ancestry sets him apart from his peers his most horrid suffering ties them all together Fee like others in his cohort receives sexual abuse from Big Eric their choir director Upon Big Eric's eventual imprisonment Fee must find a way to survive the demons of his past even when all his former friends perish in the processThis book has so much necessary sadness Fee undergoes awful trauma and Chee writes about it in a poetic way without romanticizing Fee's hardship Chee's prose showcases his cultural sensitivity and his penchant for the finer nuances of language He releases Fee's waves of sadness onto us in a way we can comprehend even if Fee cannot We need books like this books that depict ugly despairing truths so we can see them for what they are and work to prevent themChee's descriptions of Fee's relationships reveal the extent to which abuse perpetuates itself He shows how Fee copes with his homosexuality and his distrust with himself all to highlight the devastating effects of trauma While Hanya Yanagihara approaches childhood abuse with a broadsword in her masterful book A Little Life Chee does so with a rapier portraying the subtle insidious repercussions of Fee's pastChee ends his book with a message of hope a reprieve from the well written anguish so consistent in Edinburgh I would recommend this story to anyone interested in abuse and its conseuences I encourage self care while reading this one though important and rendered with a delicate hand it leaves a lasting emotional impact

  2. Read By RodKelly Read By RodKelly says:

    There are certain books that so utterly evoke the depth of human emotions that all the trappings that make a novel what it is plot setting characters become secondary to the emotional landscape that the reader must traverse This is a novel of total sensory immersion; right along with the characters I felt shame and weakness and guilt and angst the pain of childhood innocence being lost and the way that children are powerless to prevent it This novel is a like howl into a bottomless void from which no words are echoed only sparks of light and pools of shadow So evocative are these beautiful words that the pages throb with the elegiac music of ravaged souls boys tossed into the lion's den to be eaten and reborn as myths of themselves The novel is both dream and lucid recollection confessional and pleading It is a song for the beautiful boys who learn to make no distinction between survival and self preservation who learn to sing reuiems for their shorn youths

  3. Paul Jr. Paul Jr. says:

    What is so remarkable about Alexander Chee’s debut novel Edinburgh is that he does what is so very difficult to do he takes what is ugly and despicable and creates a compelling utterly truthful and yes an even beautiful story of it By interweaving his prose with Korean folklore Chee imbues the novel with an almost dreamlike state one where the dream is eual parts part nightmare and a rose tinted remembrance of a childhood gone too uickly Aphias Zee nicknamed Fee is a 12 year old singer in a Maine boys’ choir where it is revealed that the choir director Big Eric is selectively choosing boys from the group grooming them and then subjecting them to freuent sexual abuse As the book progresses we see the relationship Fee has with the other boys in the group and his especially strong connection with one of Big Eric’s favorite boys Peter We are drawn in and feel the pain Fee does when he sees what the choir director is doing understanding it for what it is but not being able to distance the sexual abusers’ horrible acts from his own emerging homosexuality and his own attraction to Peter But what Fee who is a mix of Korean and Scottish parentage also cannot reconcile for himself is the fact that he isn’t like Peter he isn’t fair haired and therefore isn’t one of Big Eric’s favorites In this way Chee explores two fascinating and remarkable aspects of Fee’s life the complexity and emotionally confusing relationship the abused can sometimes have with their perpetrator as well as the devastating feeling of being an outsider of being a young child who doesn’t look like the majority of others It is a fascinating dance that Chee performs and he does it subtly with characters and prose that are rich and full and deeply human Years later when Fee is grown having barely survived a deeply self destructive period the unease of his youth hands like a storm cloud over his present He begins teaching at a prep school where he encounters an appealing student named Warden With this turn of events Chee brilliantly weaves in an impending sense of danger that permeates the latter half of the book We worry for the grown Fee We feel for Warden The result is a deeply complex set of emotions the reader is put through we dread Fee’s attraction to Warden; we sense Fee’s deep need to pay a penance for a sin he did not commit; we know the danger if Fee goes down the wrong path; we understand the guilt Fee carries for surviving what others did not It is a brilliant balancing act showing us with complete subtle honesty how the effect of sexual abuse upon a child can sometimes linger long into adulthoodEdinburgh is not an easy read Those who have survived such childhood traumas may especially have a difficult time with it but the story and the dynamics between the characters are truthful sometimes beautiful and other times terribly ugly and the novel is when all is said and done masterfully written and flawlessly executed A fascinating compelling and moving work that should not be missed

  4. Chris Chris says:

    Most people have rated this book very highly so it must have been a serious emotional experience for them It vies with Hanya Yanagihara's recent A Little Life as the weepiest most depressing literary fiction so far this century If you like reading about the suicides of gay boys and men of adults sexually abusing choir boys of children killing their parents of gay men drifting aimlessly through life damaged by their childhoods seemingly connected to their friends but actually suffering in terrible emotional isolation then you'll love both these booksNeither are my taste at all And I am a gay man a member of the target audience Sorry For not liking Edinburgh I meanIt was published in November 2001 a most unpropitious moment just after 911 which probably ruined its market value since nobody wanted to read depressing books at that awful time It's probably taken until nearly now for readers to want those types of books again at least in uantities worth publishing Here's something interesting in Chee's acknowledgements he gives special mention to Hanya Yanagihara for her help this back in 2001 And now in 2015 we have Yanagihara's book which is remarkably similar to Chee's in tone character and purpose which is to elicit the maximum amount of tears as possible This has been an admirable literary goal for centuries but appreciating such a calculated work is a matter of tasteGoing a bit further one could speculate just for fun that Chee and Yanagihara both had similar books in them back in 2001 but she was fortunate not to write and publish just after 911 perhaps even waiting until now when the reading public was willing to pay Fun stuff But not the books

  5. Myfanwy Myfanwy says:

    Alexander Chee's Edinburgh is necessary is timely and is downright gorgeous despite it's sometimes ugly subject matter This is the story of Fee how his life ended up the way it did on a beach deciding to live instead of die It is also a fox story Of how a fox can be a boy And so it is also the story of a fire The significance of the fox comes from Fee's heritage the myths of the shape shifting fox demon and how that demon returns and speaks through those possessed Most importantly it is about how the fox demon turns back into a human being back into a man The significance of fire is that it is how things die; they are set alight and then they extinguish keeping their secrets Burning hides what burns there Somewhere deep in him was a memory of light that pierced him from end to end like a spit Mostly it is a tragic love story Unreuited love Burning love The horrible love of a man for young boys The wondrous love of a boy for another boy The unbearable love of a teenager for his teacher The never ending love of a boy for his lost sisters There is also a love so desperate that it sends its owner underground beneath the earth into tunnels he builds so that he might hide from the love and bury himself alive entomb himself within it for to do so would mean his beloved was trapped in that moment with him This is a rich many layered novel filled with mythical allusions and using language that is always gorgeous You will marvel at the beauty of these sentences even when what the author is describing is something you do not want to see Read it

  6. G. G. says:

    455 What do you do when the criminal goes away? Where’s the rest of the story? The criminal is still here Story hereAlexander Chee's Edinburgh is a fairly slim novel but once I dived into it I realized the book might be slim but the story isn't skinny in any way It's a beautifully written story too And yet The beauty of Alexander Chee's writing is almost deceptive—it doesn't hide the ugliness but for me it was almost too difficult to reconcile the beauty of the narrative with the ugliness and heaviness of its themes And still I found myself sinking into Fee's the protagonist story without even noticing This novel consumed me almost completely I say almost because while most of Edinburgh is narrated by Fee himself there's a small portion from the point of view of another character which I'm a bit ambivalent about Perhaps not so much because I think it was a bad choice to give this other character a voice but because I wanted that other voice to be distinctive not as similar to Fee's It was the only place where Edinburgh stumbled for me if slightly That aside it's a tremendous first novel Gorgeous perceptive and difficult at the same time

  7. Jaclyn Crupi Jaclyn Crupi says:

    I find myself breathless reading the work of Alexander Chee His writing and storytelling has a uality that completely captures me but is so nuanced and complex that my brain has to work double time to keep up ueen of the Night had me soaring How to Write an Autobiographical Novel gave me so much to think about and Edinburgh on a second reading has broken my heart and mended it once It’s so clear why this is the book Hanya Yanagihara most wishes she had published while working at Riverhead He’s truly one of my favourites

  8. Lou Lou says:

    Edinburgh Alexander Chee's critically acclaimed debut novel is a heartbreakingly powerful and emotional read It is a coming of age story which follows the trials and tribulations of twelve year old Korean American Aphias Fee Zhe who lives in Cape Elizabeth near Portland Maine and who is fighting to overcome the effects of being sexually molested by Big Eric Gorendt director of the Pine State Boys Choir As you no doubt realise this is far from a lighthearted easy work However the message that emanates from this gut wrenching tale is one of hope and the triumph of good over evilI can certainly see why this work won numerous awards when it was first released in the US back in 2001 and it's nice to have UK Edition albeit nearly eighteen years later It explores the horrific mental and emotional damage these boys Fee was not the only victim go through and how they cope with this trauma From the opening lines of the novel we are told of the demise and subseuent death of Fee's first love Peter Issues such as mental health suicide and paedophilia are dealt with in a sensitive and respectful manner and each of the characters stories force you to contemplate your life too Through the recurring use of metaphorical expression powerful lasting and vivid imagery and ideas take shape and make the story hard hitting than it may otherwise have beenEdinburgh is a story of surviving childhood abuse and the earth shattering losses of losing those we love told in a searingly emotive fashion with bravery and absolute honesty It feels authentic and beautiful an engaging narrative and characters that are developed well and steal your heart Brimming with understanding and exploration of topics writers often shy away from this is the most heartfelt novel you'll read all year and above all it illustrates the depth of the human spirit Chee writes in lyrical prose which sings from each page and is unlike any writing I have ever come across before I know it'll stay with me for a long time to come A highly recommended and wonderfully accomplished debutMany thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing for an ARC I was not reuired to post a review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own

  9. Timothy Hallinan Timothy Hallinan says:

    This is a heartbreaking and beautiful first novel by I think a major new American writer The first section set in New England details the methodical molestation of Fee a 12 year old half Korean boy by his choir director who is victimizing several boys simultaneously Fee's reaction to the experience is complex in the extreme he hates the choir director he feels soiled and violated but he also knows he's different from the other boys because he's gay He's hopelessly in love with another boy but he's also in despair at the example he's just been given of a grown gay man is this what he will become?In the second section Fee is grown and teaching in a private prep school probably modeled on the Phillips Academy Andover He's married if not entirely officially to his live in lover and believes he's survived into a reasonably happy adulthood The molester has been in prison for years Still he's torn by his memories of the past and the loathing he sometimes feels for himself and then he finds himself the object of the attentions of a beautiful student who unknown to both of them is a living link to Fee's pastAlexander Chee is an extraordinary writer and Edinburgh is an extraordinary book

  10. Vestal McIntyre Vestal McIntyre says:

    A wrenchingly beautiful and unbearably sad look at abuse and its aftermath I read this years ago but it still haunts me

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Edinburgh➦ [Ebook] ➡ Edinburgh By Alexander Chee ➱ – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Twelve year old Fee is a gifted Korean American soprano in a boys' choir in Maine whose choir director reveals himself to be a serial pedophile Fee and his friends are forced to bear grief shame and p Twelve year old Fee is a gifted Korean American soprano in a boys' choir in Maine whose choir director reveals himself to be a serial pedophile Fee and his friends are forced to bear grief shame and pain that endure long after the director is imprisoned Fee survives even as his friends do not but a deep seated horror and dread accompany him through his self destructive college days and after until the day he meets a beautiful young student named Warden and is forced to confront the demons of his brutal past.

About the Author: Alexander Chee

Alexander Chee is the best new novelist I've seen in some time Edinburgh is moody dramatic and pure Edmund White“A complex sophisticated elegant investigation of trauma and desire like a white hot flame” Joyce Hackett in The Guardian“A coming of age novel in the grand Romantic tradition where passions run high Cupid stalks Psyche and love shares the dance floor with death A.