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In a decade shadowed by the draft and the war in Vietnam, Reuben is a raw-boned, determined teenager whose ideas of romance have been shaped by the songs of his generation and whose dreams seem well within his reach despite the death of his tyrannical father. He tries to do everything right according to the standard American success story - but life is not a straight lineIn a decade shadowed by the draft and the war in Vietnam, Reuben is a raw-boned, determined teenager whose ideas of romance have been shaped by the songs of his generation and whose dreams seem well within his reach despite the death of his tyrannical father. He tries to do everything right according to the standard American success story - but life is not a straight line for him. He stars in high school sports, but has to abandon his athletic ambitions to go to work. He labors hard at the local filling station and works his way up to buying it, but is frustrated by obstacles in his way. He meets a rich and beautiful older woman who takes him into her bed, and has the misfortune to witness her child's mysterious murder. He marries his childhood sweetheart, and finds himself on a battleground that lies between desire and responsibility. While nothing turns out as Reuben expects, his incredible spirit and core of strength, his refusal to break down or cave in, is evidenced by his readiness to love again after he meets the beautiful Pearl. And his struggle to become the person he had envisioned gives insight into what it costs him to become a man in a world he never made but learns to accept. Moving from the still landscape of the Fifties and through the riven fault lines of the Sixties and Seventies, The Book of Reuben explores the contours of time and place. Nodd's Ridge and its people come alive as Tabitha King's deeply involving novel captures the searing, gritty reality of small-town America. Bristling with explosive emotions and filled with anger, love, confrontation, and reconciliation, it touches a common nerve and casts a light on our own lives....

Title : The Book of Reuben
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ISBN : 9780451179999
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 432 Pages
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The Book of Reuben Reviews

  • Cody | codysbookshelf
    2019-06-03 17:49

    I first read this book in early 2015 and did not care for it. By that point I'd read almost all of Tabitha King's catalogue and had grown to appreciate and enjoy her writing style. (No, she doesn't write like her husband at all, nor would I want her to.) Most of her books are set in the fictitious town of Nodd's Ridge, Maine, a small community where everyone knows each other and no local scandal goes unnoticed. The five Nodd's Ridge books — Caretakers, The Trap, Pearl, One on One, and The Book of Reuben — revolve around a set cast of characters with a few variables thrown in. King's books are very much character-oriented; she explores in depth the people of this town she's created. The reader gets up-close and personal looks at the happenings, both good and ugly. When I read The Book of Reuben for the first time my life was pretty hectic. I was nearing the end of a stressful college semester and I was about to undergo surgery on my back. I simply was not in a positive or steady state of mind. I wasn't open to a book about ugly people with ugly problems, facing real life horrors like infidelity and the Vietnam War draft. Therefore, I had quite the adverse reaction to this one. I got 2/3 of the way in and couldn't take anymore. I gave up on it, and almost gave up on King's writing altogether. She paints pictures of struggle and fear so well . . . her novels are almost too much to take, sometimes. Fast forward to the present. I am nearing the end of the initial stage of my college career, and plans for my future are much sturdier and clearer. I'm no longer making trips to Birmingham every other week for consultations with specialists. I've been in two serious relationships — one great, one horrible — and have put myself together after both. In short, I'm in a better place. So I decided to reread The Book of Reuben, and give it a fair shake. Am I glad I did; I enjoyed it much more this time around. This book acts as the prequel to both Pearl and One On One, and takes place in roughly the same timeframe as Caretakers and The Trap. Reuben Styles, the protagonist of the story, wants nothing more than to find happiness, but he somehow always creates hurdles for himself. This is very much a coming-of-age story. Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous '60s and '70s and the reformation decade that is the '80s, the reader sees Reuben grow and work hard and fall in and out of love. He's an average, blue collar man in a small town where everyone knows him, for good or bad. I love this guy so much. I love him in every Tabitha King novel in which he appears, and I wish King would write again — if only to give us an update on how this man is doing after all these years. This is a tough, raunchy, and real novel. It isn't for the faint of heart. It explores the joys and woes of sex, the pain of alcoholism, the dangers of fervent religiosity. There's divorce and physical altercations. There is heartbreak. There is financial ruin. It isn't pretty — these are rough, backwoods people who don't live easy lives — but it's a necessary and rewarding read. King's grasp of character is awe-inspiring, and her poetic prose is stunning. This is story worthy reading, and reading again. Highly recommended.

  • Rose
    2019-05-28 13:25

    I was pleasantly suprised at Tabitha's talent. I have never read anything by "Mrs King" but wow, she's got a real way with words. She has her own style, rather hard hitting. The book basically told the story of Reuben from his childhood through his middle life. He witnessed the killing of a young girl and this is pivotal to the story. He grew up in a small town, and like many small towns, there are secrets, feuds, hatred. The story of his marriage is heart breaking. Sometimes I didn't like Reuben very much, but came to realize Tabitha King is just showing us what we humans are, warts and all.

  • Robbin Blow
    2019-05-28 12:40

    This is the prequel to Pearl. Which I have read twice. I love Reuben. He is a modern day hero, flawed, and yet, tryingto do the right thing.

  • Elke
    2019-05-20 20:46

    Das Buch zu lesen war fuer mich wie ein Trip in die Vergangenheit. Damals, als sich meine Lektuere noch weitgehend auf King, Koontz & Co beschraenkte und mir jedes weitere Buch wie ein vertrauter Bekannter vorkam, in dem ich Details wie Namen, Orte, Songs oder den eigenen Schreibstil des Autors wiedererkannte. So war es auch ueberhaupt kein Problem, in das Buch Reuben einzutauchen und mich sofort zuhause zu fuehlen.Nachdem man mit den Charakteren und ihrem Leben vertraut gemacht wird, schleppt sich das Buch im ersten Drittel leider dahin und wirkt an manchen Stellen wiederholend - deshalb auch ein Stern Abzug. Nachdem Reuben dann aber endlich seine Laura heiratet und diese sich von der Schoenen zum Biest verwandelt, nimmt das Buch wieder Fahrt auf. Wie Reuben an seiner unertraeglichen Frau festhaelt und alle Demuetigung und Schmerz irgendwie ertraegt - ich habe permanent zwischen Mitleid, Bewunderung und Verachtung fuer diesen Mann geschwankt. Immerhin endet das Buch mit einem Lichtblick, bei dem man aufatmen kann - denn den hat er wirklich verdient. Kein Reisser, aber eine mitreissende Geschichte, wenn man das erste Drittel durchaelt und mit dem Buch warm wird.

  • Jody
    2019-05-25 16:25

    This book was hard to put down - raw and true. I loved it!

  • Lee
    2019-05-18 17:25

    This is not the first book I've read by Stephen King's wife, Tabitha, but I enjoyed this one much more. Some seriously dysfunctional families in a small town where everyone knows most of everyone else's business. More graphic sex scenes than I thought was necessary to get the point across and some juveniles seriously acting and speaking too old for their years and exposed to way too much adult drama (not that I don't know that happens). And I can't imagine why in the world Reuben was so attracted to Laura - she came across as extremely manipulative although his behavior was hardly stellar either. But it wasn't the kind of book where you know from chapter 1 pretty much what's likely to be the outcome and that kept it a page turner for me.

  • Nikki Crist
    2019-06-03 15:33

    I love Tabitha King's writing so I own all of her books and they have a special place on my bookshelf. I read this book probably 20 years ago but decided to pick it up and read it again since I was in a book slump. It's like visiting with an old friend. It's like slipping into your favorite pair of sweatpants. The characters are well written and you become part of the story. It's a shame that Tabitha King has not written anything in a long time because she is a wonderful writer.

  • Doneen
    2019-06-05 15:54

    Despite there being so much S-E-X in this book, it was a moving story about a boy/man just trying to do the right thing against many odds. I liked that it ended on a hopeful note after all the depressing things happening along the way.

  • Karli
    2019-06-04 14:41

    The writing reminds me of Richard Russo, in that it's a character driven book, a portrait of a man's life not romanticized but stunning. The life evoked by King's writing is beautiful and sad. I had a hard time putting it down.

  • Rita Rone
    2019-06-17 12:30

    A wonderful book...part of Tabatha King's series set in fictional Nodd's Ridge, Maine.

  • Liz Becker
    2019-05-27 14:53

    I do love Tabitha King :-)

  • H Hunt
    2019-05-30 17:46

    A surprisingly good story, interesting & evocative & sexy, I recommend this tale=+=

  • Jennifer Beahler
    2019-05-20 17:36

    This is one of my all time favorite books. My husband loved it too. It was one of the books where you are so in to the story and characters, you never want it to end.

  • Denise M.
    2019-06-08 19:33

    Wife of Stephen King

  • Angela
    2019-05-22 14:51

    wasn't sure how if I even liked this book until I was about halfway finished with it. Good, interesting, but thought the ending wrapped up a little too quickly

  • DeAnna
    2019-05-30 20:34

    Kind of depressing, but a really good novel.

  • Camille Siddartha
    2019-05-24 17:50

    I like her writing way more than her husband, who I think has a mental illness or something...

  • Carol Schienle
    2019-05-25 20:29