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Download Epub Format ↠´ The Monsters of Templeton PDF by è Lauren Groff Does this ever happen to you When I read something, I generally hear the words pretty much spoken inside my head as I read them Mostly though sometimes, when I m reading a truly great book, I start to feel that what I m hearing inside my skull is akin to music, almost, like some sort of lovely concerto version of the words on the page But then, sometimes, with not so great books, what I start to hear after I ve been reading for a while is of an irksome whine or a grating rumble, like the sound of a car being driven on a flat tire And reading The Monsters of Templeton, I found my head filled with an ongoing screech, loudly interrupted by repeated painful jarring clanks as, every couple of pages, my eye was dragged across yet another brutally inapt metaphor or wince inducing misuse of the poor English language This book has all the usual hallmarks of bad pretentious fiction Oops, I forgot to add this to Currently Reading while I was reading it That is my fatal Goodreads flaw Anyway, I breezed through this book in a couple of days it is a very quick, smooth read, heavy on plotting, which keeps the pages turning However, I think its self seriousness undermines its credibility, oddly In the end, I found the book awfully pretentious The pretense in question Pretending to be serious literature The novel revolves around grad student gone wild Willie Upton, who has slunk back to her ancestral home, Templeton, disgraced and in shame Once at home she sets off on a geneaological quest to establish her own paternity And, oh yeah, on the day she arrives, a giant monster surfaces, dead, on t
The author, a native of Cooperstown, NY has written a love tale to her town, renamed Templeton The name was a nom de place used by James Feni Cooper for the town in his book The Pioneers Wilhelmina Willie Upton has returned to town, pregnant, distraught, at a turning point in her life Her mother had kept from her the name of her father, substituting a fable that fit the era of her conception But Vi, her mother, is willing to offer hints, leaving it to Willie to apply her research skills to complete the task This quest provides the structure for the novel, as Willie peels back layer after layer of the town s history in search of her father The characters and stories she turns up cover centuries, from the time the first white man decided to make a town at this location to Willie s present day experiences The characters I finally abandoned this with only sixty pages to go Abandoned it without learning the answer to the central question the book asks who was my father Because I realised I just couldn t care And because I was unable to distinguish most of the many characters from each other despite spending 400 pages with them so it didn t matter who the father was Family trees are fascinating I love that programme Who do you think you are We d all like to know much about our ancestors To discover the long succession of complex twists of fate that enabled us to finally get born To find out who her father is Willie Upton, the narrator, will trace her family history back to the founding fathers of the town she was born in The novel begins with a great sentence The day I returned to Templeton steeped in disgrace, the 50 foot corpse of a mon God, sometimes I love my job I commute two hours to and from work every day, and given current traffic conditions in the Austin area, you can go ahead and add at least another half hour to my drive home I ll sometimes stop and grab a burger for dinner, going through the drive through and then sitting in the parking lot to eat I always have a book in the car, so this gives me a little uninterrupted reading time while I finish my burger.
Most times, this takes 20 30 minutes But every once in a while I hit a book that grabs hold and won t let go Currently, that s Lauren Groff s debut novel The Monsters of Templeton.
I loved the cover as soon as I saw it, and when I read the a href copy, I knew I had to read it A couple of chapters in and I was gone, completely caught up in Templeton and its denizens, past and pre Author Lauren Groff gives the reader a modern story, a fantasy and an historical fiction story all within her tale of Willie, returned to her family home, who embarks on a quest to find the identity of her real father There is also a mythical lake monster and a resident ghost and while other writers may stagger under the weight of such scope, Groff juggles all story lines reasonably well It is narrated partly in the third person by two main characters, in first person narrations of ancestors and via diaries, letters and family tree diagrams Willie is also dealing with the break up of an affair, she has tried to run over her College professor s wife in a plane, an unwanted pregnancy and her best friend who has advanced case of Lupus So, you can see, Willie has her hands full and as the reader, we also have our hands brains full While I loved Groff s Arcadia and j
My complaints include a plot that is driven by an only mildly compelling question, tons of subplots that have nothing to do with the main question and are boring distractions, poorly written fictional historical documents.
I got the feeling the author was desperately trying to pad the novel with prose even she couldn t have found compelling Also, it is incumbent upon an author who writes with constant, intentional reference to a certain setting to give us the appropriate sense of place through their writing, not just say the place is important or You wouldn t know it unless she told you, but this is Lauren Groff s wacky love letter to Cooperstown, NY, where she grew up If you really want to enjoy this book, it s best to relax and just accept it all in a spirit of playfulness It s a wild and goofy collage full of secrets and pretend secrets and mostly benign monsters and ghosts Willie Upton returns home to Templeton after a doomed relationship goes awry After she settles in, her mother Vivienne tells her that the story she s always believed about her absent father is a lie Willie sets out on a month long genealogical quest to discover who her father is, based on Vivienne s hints Along the way, Willie uncovers a heap of wild secrets and crazy rumors about the early inhabitants of Templeton She has to keep revising her family tree to include changelings a The Day I Returned To Templeton Steeped In Disgrace, The Fifty Foot Corpse Of A Monster Surfaced In Lake Glimmerglass So Begins The Monsters of Templeton, A Novel Spanning Two Centuries Part A Contemporary Story Of A Girl S Search For Her Father, Part Historical Novel, And Part Ghost Story, This Spellbinding Novel Is At Its Core A Tale Of How One Town Holds The Secrets Of A Family In The Wake Of A Wildly Disastrous Affair With Her Married Archeology Professor, Willie Upton Arrives On The Doorstep Of Her Ancestral Home In Templeton, New York, Where Her Hippie Turned Born Again Baptist Mom, Vi, Still Lives Willie Expects To Be Able To Hide In The Place That Has Been Home To Her Family For Generations, But The Monster S Death Changes The Fabric Of The Quiet, Picture Perfect Town Her Ancestors Founded Even Further, Willie Learns That The Story Her Mother Had Always Told Her About Her Father Has All Been A Lie He Wasn T The Random Man From A Free Love Commune That Vi Had Led Her To Imagine, But Someone Else Entirely Someone From This Very Town As Willie Puts Her Archaeological Skills To Work Digging For The Truth About Her Lineage, She Discovers That The Secrets Of Her Family Run Deep Through Letters, Editorials, And Journal Entries, The Dead Rise Up To Tell Their Sides Of The Story As Dark Mysteries Come To Light, Past And Present Blur, Old Stories Are Finally Put To Rest, And The Shocking Truth About Than One Monster Is Revealed I won t lie I m reluctant to give this book four starsbut, you see, I have to, because I DID get up early to read it and I did stay up until two a.
m on a weeknight Heck, if I m being honest, while I did not stay home specifically FOR finishing this book, it made what would have been a pretty crap day enjoyable.
But still, I m hesitant to recommend it I have this suspicion most of my friends wouldn t get through it It was, at different points, many things novice, tricky to follow, going, plot wise, in a million directions Sometiems I had to flip back to remember who the hell was who, and, above all, it was kind of unbelievablewell, truly unbelievable BUT, I didn t get it to be believable, I got it to be entertaining, and so it wasin the same way those Lifetime movies draw you in It s not real life there s an EDGE of real, and in a few years, this lady might really, really be something A