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these men were to have reunited with them on the moon men were to have reunited with them on the moon got the sons of these men were to have reunited with them on the moon and got explanation Not to mention I think there s an inconsistency with what happens with men floating to the moon seeing as in the original crew they all were in Maple Rock and isappeared Their sons were in Stand and Deliver: Political Activism, Leadership, and Hip Hop Culture different cities and yet were called to look at the moon in that parking lot I really liked the original concept of the book and I enjoyed the way that the writing flowed I just could not get over how the secondary characters had a chance to be fulfilling than our main character and then they all just faded away leaving me confused and a little agitated once I finished the book A fantastic read I could barely put it The Wrong Complexion for Protection down Poignant and beautiful I m a sucker for well written books highlighting mediocre lives and this is one of them What makes Please Don t Come Back from the Moon stand out even farther from the pack though is its touch of magical realism The book begins with an unlikely event the mass exodus ofozens of fathers from a working class Detroit neighborhood in the span of a few weeks One of them claims to be going to the moon and the phrase sticks in their minds of the neighborhood s teenage children who grow up into rough edged violent teens and then a brotherhood of A Black Woman's Civil War Memoirs: Reminiscences of My Life in Camp With the 33rd U.S. Colored Troops, Late 1st South Carolina Volunteers disappointed men The book follows one of those kids Mikey through years of awkwardness alcoholism andepression as he struggles to figure out who and what he wants to be The collective absence of the fathers colors all of it and Mikey often speaks irectly to them as though the fathers are the readers As time goes on and Mikey becomes a father himself he and his friends start to feel the pull of the moon too which is where the bits of magic maybe real *maybe imagined come in When one of the fathers finally resurfaces surprising *imagined come in When one of the fathers finally resurfaces surprising whole neighborhood it sets up an unexpected and ambiguous ending It also finally brings the book s title into focus making it clear that while all of the boys want their fathers back in the abstract they on t really want them to return and break the moon illusion After all who are they without that absence And is life without any magic particularly as a blue collar provider in a crappy economy really worth living Add in Bakopoulos s top notch writing and you have a book rich in excellent images and thought provoking lines I ll be re reading this one for sure I really enjoy when certain aspects of a story are left open for personal interpretation This book has that element and so much There are layers of lightness and Children of the Sun darkness and the storytelling is both easy yet heavy I have no idea how to adeuately review this book expect to say I loved it This book was a pleasant surprise The back cover of Please Don t Come Back from the Moon makes it seem like this is the story of a small suburban town outside of Detroit and all of the father s spontaneously leaving When I started the book I was expecting this to be the entire plot but by the end of the first chapter all of the father s have left and the wives and their children are left to fend for themselves That is the beginning of the real story Over the course of these almost 300 pages Bakopoulos follows Michael and his friends through their adolescence and their 20s as they grow up fall in love find jobs and struggle to find their own way in the world in the shadow of their own father separtures As the characters age and Approaches To Academic Reading And Writing develop Please Don t Come Back from the Moon shows itself to be a wonderful coming of age story about the complexity of coming of age as a man in a blue color communityuring a Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930 declining economy One of my favorite themes of t This book was a gift from a very lovely woman at Harcourt who interviewed me for a position in the publicityepartment well above my level It became uite clear approximately fourteen seconds into the interview that I wasn t uite right for the gig and that I only half heartedly wanted the job anyway So we just wound up chatting about novels and as I was leaving she made me wait in reception so that she could find a copy of this book for me It was well worth the wait and a gesture that made me re think how wishy. Shoe Wisconsin store and leaves a note I'm going to the moon it reads I took the cash The abandoned wives Witch-Hunt Narrative drink brawl and sleep around gradually settlingown to make new lives and shaking off the belief in an American My Hero Academia Series Volume 1 - 20 Books Collection Set by Kouhei Horikoshi dream that like their. Talk about aissatisfying endingThe premise is cool enough all the fathers in the town of Maple Rock somehow isappear at the same Time What S Even Interesting What s even interesting that they claim that they ve gone to the moon We on t hear much about what happens to them via the narrator save for some bits and the narrator save for some bits and that seem to be Mars Journey directed at his father who had gone to the moon Instead of getting clarification about this incident that happened when Michael was a young boy and how he and his friendsealt with that situation instead we get the lowdown of what is happening in Miserable Mikey s life I have to say that I couldn t help but feel that Michael was probably the poorest narrator ever While his Beating the Odds - From shocking childhood abuse to the embrace of a loving family, one mans true story of courage and redemption descriptions of familiar places in Michigan were great to read I m a Michigander this is literally the only reason I m giving this book two stars it couldn t help with his character is a whole If the author wanted to put across a character that was completelyistant then I guess he checked that off his list It s sad to say that the main character was not the interesting part of the story but rather his best friend Nick his ex lover from high school Sonya his older lover Holly and even his final flame Ella There is a part in the book where Michael gets feedback on one of the stories that he writes for his community college creative writing class he wanted to be a writer at one point and the professor says something like flat female characters and thus give him a poor grade on the assignment That part I find funny since the common could almost be applied to the female characters in this book Sonya is Climax (Double Alchemy, depicted in a slight negative light because she wants than what Maple Rock has to offer her so now she comes off as shallow when sheoesn t want to be in a relationship with Michael any She only reappears when she becomes the love interest for his best friend and ends up being knocked up with his baby ultimately marrying Nick Holly the woman whose son Peace DeLeos Action Thriller Singles died under Michael s watch as a lifeguard one summer seems to completely get over her son seath very uickly and then falls into this predictable side relationship with Michael While she chants about energies and chakras Holly only seems to be relevant in the sense that she pushes
Michael To Start Thinkingto start thinking Roots and Blossoms doing something with his life Even then he still whines about his predicament while making no effort to find a solution to his situation When Holly runs off with this newfound freedom Michael sits ungratefully in his inherited for FREE home like a lost puppyog before he throws up his hands and gets a job at the new mall Here we meet Ella a young single mom who works at the mall with Michael and every Wednesday participates in a bikini model contest for uick cash The banter between the two upon their first meeting was entertaining and it seemed as though Ella would take advantage of Michael s infatuation with her so she could get a babysitter While this happens somehow in the midst of things Michael and Ella s son bond over pizza and the foundation of their first interaction she finds Michael annoying is cast aside with some faux inner struggle and then suddenly they re married with kids It s unbelievable Then the situation sounds familiar The Humanities, Higher Education, and Academic Freedom doesn t it Suddenly all these Maple Rock boys are men with families now and we are presented with a full circle type of plot with them possibly pulling what their father sid and Shakespeare disappearing to the moon I wish that would ve happened It would ve given me a little bit of satisfaction if that was the route that the author would have taken Instead Nick is the only one toisappear after the boys mysteriously end up meeting in the parking lot of the bar they used to freuent After that Tom another friend of Michael s has learned of his father s reappearance and BWWM (Interracial Romance BWWM African American Multicultural Romance) death in Illinois Tom s father is the only one of the originalisappearing moon crew who we learned of their fate Note not our narrator s or even his best friend s father s fateThis could have been the coolest story ever if we learned what had happened with the original crew of fathers I really like the idea of them just suddenly floating to the moonif I had a proper reason as to why It The summer Michael Smolij turns seventeen his father Seers Stone (Hidden Alchemy disappears One by one other men also vanish from outside Detroit where their fathers before them had lived raised families and in a promising era lived One man props open theoor to his.
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Washy I been about the job If the Teaching white South African literature in high school director of publicity cared that much about books it probably would have been a fantastic place to work i work inearborn across the street from the mall with the book nook and old sub shop it s not safe to go there as a young woman there ve been countless rumors of sex trafficking regardless JOSIE TOLIN WHEN YOU SEE THIS CALL ME WE NEED TO TALK THERE IS A SPOILER IN THIS REVIEW ALSO SORRY I M USING GOODREADS AS A JOURNAL IT IS LATE AND I HAVE FEELINGS AND THIS PLATFORM FEELS KIND OF SAFE IN SOME WAYAccording to U M English Department lore ean bakopoulos s subcon thesis was entitled Dean Bakopoulos s subcon thesis was entitled Don t Come Back From the MoonTherein lies my only complaint about this book It prevented me from working on my own goddamn thesis for ays Because the fucking protagonist is so fucking flawed and earnest it actually hurts and I loved him and rooted for him and was Agricultural Development: An International Perspective (Johns Hopkins Studies in Development) devastated for him and I haven t read a book in SO LONG that managed to inject so muchang humanity into a characterAlso someone please let me know why the New York Times called this magical realism That s actually crazy to me like sure there s some ream imagery but let s not get carried away and start calling every wacky thing we read magical realism Anyways I m sad I m sad this book is over and that there aren t books like it and I m sad for Michael the protagonist I m sad for all of the men in this story who thought their ads were on the moon because went to the moon is palatable than moved to Illinois and every reader knows that I m sad for the Contemporary African literature dads who left because by some work of ACTUAL magic or just pure genius Bakopoulos made me feel that too This book was marketed as Magic Realism It is not Magic Realism not even if you have a rediculously liberal idea of what that term means It is social realism that explores the power of the main characters personal mythology concerning his absent father Magic realism is a term that gets thrown around too much theseays which is pitiable because it is an awesome term It 120 Content Strategies for English Language Learners describes its particular ism farm accurately than most However it gets attached to a lot of things thaton t ualify This book for example A brief Making Me Crazy (Multicultural Romance Series: NHL Billionaire Meets African American Beauty Book 1) definition sorry to rant In magic realism fabulous things literally happen but they are not treated by the narrative as such Narrative authority refuses to justify the inexplicable These events are literal in the context of the story and the reader is asked to accept them as such In this book the fabulous things are not literal events They are metaphorical even in context That said it s still a very readable book I would recommend to most of my friends Especially the female ones Bakopoulos creates characters who are both real and likeable without being Lowest Common Denominators as is the case with most contemporary fiction overly concerned with characters to whom the reader can relate The situations are compelling and the pace is pitch perfect Bakopoulos also manages to confront some uncomfortable contemporary political realities without alienating his audiences something that seems to be rarely attempted and accomplished rarer still Read this book When you hold Please Don t Come Back from the Moon in your hands you know you re holding somethingifferent The premise alone has the ability to off put nearly all who read it but what Dean Bakopoulos Alt 38 Environmental Transformations does with it is incredible He creates a surreal world where fathers pick up and leave their families headed for the moon as most of their letters read They re never seen again never heard from again They fall off the earth What s left then The people left behind to pick up the pieces and carry on In many ways the Moon is like aown *to earth version of Robert Charles Wilson s The Harvest The themes are completely original *earth version of Robert Charles Wilson s The Harvest The themes are completely original how much of a mark our parents leave on us How much our inner mythology is built in the people who create us A magical realist idea becomes social realism as Michael Smolij and his friends navigate a familiar but alien territory in a suburban town in Detroit I love this novel It found me at a time in my life when I needed it and no other novel has affected me like this one has That s why it s my favorit. Husbands has proven to be a thing of the past Unable to leave the neighborhood their fathers abandoned Michael and his friends stumble through their twenties until the restlessness of the fathers blooms in them threatening to carry them aw. .