One year and six days into an unsatisfactory retirement, Howard Woods is awakened by his wife in the early hours of the morning to hear the news of a decades-old betrayal. He does not take it well. Howard upends his well-ordered life and, to the dismay of his family, announces his intention of traveling to Spain to join the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona. Having tOne year and six days into an unsatisfactory retirement, Howard Woods is awakened by his wife in the early hours of the morning to hear the news of a decades-old betrayal. He does not take it well. Howard upends his well-ordered life and, to the dismay of his family, announces his intention of traveling to Spain to join the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona. Having thrown his life into chaos, Howard finds that his wife is no longer willing to restore it to order as she has always done in the past. He is now miserably committed to a Hemingway-inspired course of his own choosing but with little idea of how to change it or to achieve the resolution he desires. Instead of at home where he wishes to be, he ends up living at the Holiday Inn. How does a middle-aged man of the Eisenhower era (who still can't do his own laundry) survive in the age of cell phones and cable TV? The result is hilarious and, at times, achingly poignant. Cathie Pelletier's novels have been praised as "hilarious, generous and genuine" (New Yorker), "bitingly original" (Vogue), "masterful," (Washington Post), and "funny and unexpectedly moving" (New York Times). She is "absolutely, inherently funny," says the Los Angeles Times, "yet she can walk the tightrope between humor and grief without once losing her balance." In Running the Bulls, she is in top form....
|Title||:||Running the Bulls|
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Running the Bulls Reviews
There are only 36 plots, all derived from the Greek mythology. In "Running the Bulls," Cathie Pelletier exploits the one where an event throws the protagonist out of his orderly life and launches a series of events. Into this cookie-cutter formula she places a memorable character facing the double whammy of his retirement from teaching at the university and his wife's revelation about an old affair. Unable to accept either facts, Howard Woods throws his life into chaos, running head-front into situations from which he cannot extricate himself. Having fun, he is lonely. Needing his wife back, he realizes that it is too late; she's restored her life without him. I can just hear the great discussions in reading groups around the country, debating the impact of old affair, of truth-telling, of middle-age crisis, of balancing a life filled with grief and humor. Very well done.
The best one I have read by this author so far!Love the characters and the interaction between them in their unique community where nature is present in the words of this writer.This one is a treat to experience with full-bodied personalities and insight into the thinking of each main character in the storyline.I could read it a second time if I had some spare time on my hands.
With some books it's like watching a play from balcony seat. You are detached from what's going on with the characters. A really great author takes you into their story and you find yourself feeling angry, shocked, sad, or filled with joy. I was so angry with the central character, Howard Woods. Shortly after he retires, His wife Ellen confesses she had an affair 20 years before with a fellow teacher. Howard literally goes off the deep end. Howard ends up a cowardly, resentful and unforgiving man who finds he wants to hurt his wife any way he can. When He tries to throw her out of their house, she won't leave, so he is forced to pack up and go live at his son's house. That stay doesn't last long since his son and his wife think he's an insane idiot. So he is forced to relocate to the local crummy Hilton. While there, He decides the thing to do is go to Pamplona and run with the bulls.He sees this as a way to recover his shattered masculinity.On the day he is to leave for his big Spanish adventure a horrific accident happens leaving him senseless with grief. He wants to come back and comfort Ellen, but she is wiser. She tells him that if she takes him back, things would be good but then he would again become the unforgiving person his was and is.This is very powerful message about forgiveness and letting the past go. Not an easy book but worth it.
As Ira Glass once put it, "Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion".That's this book.
Not as good as her earlier books....
For some reason I'm addicted to these light, 2-day-read novels.
I really LOVED this book. So funny but also heartbreaking.
Retirement, Betrayal, Life....It was an okay read.
It's funny, it's sad. I really enjoy her books!