Brothers: On His Brothers and Brothers in History



[EPUB] ✽ Brothers: On His Brothers and Brothers in History ❂ George Howe Colt – E17streets4all.co.uk From the bestselling National Book Award finalist, a masterful blend of history and memoir featuring the author s four brothers and iconic brothers in history the Thoreaus, the Van Goghs, the Kelloggs From the bestselling National Book Award finalist, His Brothers Epub Ý a masterful blend of history and memoir Brothers: On eBook õ featuring the author s four brothers and iconic brothers in history the Thoreaus, the Van On His Brothers PDF Æ Goghs, the Kelloggs, the Marx brothers, and the BoothsGeorge Howe Colt sThe Big House is, as the New Yorker said, full of surprises and contains than seems possible a family memoir, a brief history of the Cape, an investigation of nostalgia, a study of class, and a meditation on the privileges and burdens of the past Colt s new book, Brothers, is an equally idiosyncratic and masterful blend of memoir and history featuring both the author s three brothers and iconic brothers in history the Booths, the Van Goghs, the Kelloggs, the Marx Brothers, and the ThoreausColt believes he would be a different man had he not grown up in a family of four brothers He movingly recounts the adoration, envy, affection, resentment, and compassion in their shifting relationships from childhood through middle age, also rendering a volatile decade in American life the s Some of the Colt men now have children all have found their own paths all now consider their brothers to be their closest friendsIn alternate chapters, Colt parallels his quest to understand how his own brothers shaped his life with an examination of the rich and complex relationships between iconic brothers in history He explores how Edwin Booth grew up to become the greatest actor on the nineteenth century American stage while his younger brother John grew up to assassinate a president How Will Kellogg worked for his overbearing older brother John Harvey as a subservient yes man for two decades until he finally broke free and launched the cereal empire that outlasted all his brother s enterprises How Vincent van Gogh would never have survived without the financial and emotional support of his younger brother, Theo, in a claustrophobic relationship that both defined and confined them How Henry David Thoreau s life was shadowed by the early death of his older brother, John, who haunted and inspired his writing And how the Marx Brothers collaborated on the screen but competed offstage for women, money, and fameIlluminating and affecting, this book will be revelatory for any parent of sons, any sibling, anyone curious about how a man s life can be molded by his brothers Colt s magnificent book is a testament to the abiding power of fraternal love.Brothers: On His Brothers and Brothers in History

George Howe Colt is the bestselling author His Brothers Epub Ý of November of the Soul The Enigma Brothers: On eBook õ of Suicide and The Big House, which was a National Book Award finalist and a On His Brothers PDF Æ New York Times notable book He is married to the American author Anne Fadiman and lives with his family in Western Massachusetts.

Brothers: On His Brothers and Brothers in History PDF/EPUB
    Brothers: On His Brothers and Brothers in History PDF/EPUB as the New Yorker said, full of surprises and contains than seems possible a family memoir, a brief history of the Cape, an investigation of nostalgia, a study of class, and a meditation on the privileges and burdens of the past Colt s new book, Brothers, is an equally idiosyncratic and masterful blend of memoir and history featuring both the author s three brothers and iconic brothers in history the Booths, the Van Goghs, the Kelloggs, the Marx Brothers, and the ThoreausColt believes he would be a different man had he not grown up in a family of four brothers He movingly recounts the adoration, envy, affection, resentment, and compassion in their shifting relationships from childhood through middle age, also rendering a volatile decade in American life the s Some of the Colt men now have children all have found their own paths all now consider their brothers to be their closest friendsIn alternate chapters, Colt parallels his quest to understand how his own brothers shaped his life with an examination of the rich and complex relationships between iconic brothers in history He explores how Edwin Booth grew up to become the greatest actor on the nineteenth century American stage while his younger brother John grew up to assassinate a president How Will Kellogg worked for his overbearing older brother John Harvey as a subservient yes man for two decades until he finally broke free and launched the cereal empire that outlasted all his brother s enterprises How Vincent van Gogh would never have survived without the financial and emotional support of his younger brother, Theo, in a claustrophobic relationship that both defined and confined them How Henry David Thoreau s life was shadowed by the early death of his older brother, John, who haunted and inspired his writing And how the Marx Brothers collaborated on the screen but competed offstage for women, money, and fameIlluminating and affecting, this book will be revelatory for any parent of sons, any sibling, anyone curious about how a man s life can be molded by his brothers Colt s magnificent book is a testament to the abiding power of fraternal love."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 480 pages
  • Brothers: On His Brothers and Brothers in History
  • George Howe Colt
  • English
  • 10 October 2019
  • 1416547770

10 thoughts on “Brothers: On His Brothers and Brothers in History

  1. says:

    I originally liked the premise of this book, a study of brotherhood, since I have 2 sons Ultimately, I disliked the book for two reasons, although I found bits and pieces interesting I felt that the chapters dedicated to famous brothers were too long and jumped around too much often citing dozens of other brothers as long tangential side notes I ended up skipping the last several chapters of this type because I just could not handle them I liked the early chapters depicting the author and I originally liked the premise of this book, a study of brotherhood, since I have 2 sons Ultimately, I disliked the book for two reasons, although I found bits and pieces interesting I felt that the chapters dedicated to famous brothers were too long and jumped around too much often citing dozens of other brothers as long tangential side notes I ended up skipping the last several chapters of this type because I just could not handle them I liked the early chapters depicting the author and his brothers, but I eventually felt these chapters turned into long, boring love notes to his brothers I like my memoirs with a healthier dose of dysfunction

  2. says:

    I was very tempted to give up on this book in the early chapters because it wasn t consistently interesting The author throws in every anecdote about every famous brother he could find, which makes for a slog He also throws in so many theories about brotherhood without footnotes, although there is bibliographic information in an appendix that they contradict each other For example, you might first read that the youngest of the family is spoiled and babied, and a few pages later read that th I was very tempted to give up on this book in the early chapters because it wasn t consistently interesting The author throws in every anecdote about every famous brother he could find, which makes for a slog He also throws in so many theories about brotherhood without footnotes, although there is bibliographic information in an appendix that they contradict each other For example, you might first read that the youngest of the family is spoiled and babied, and a few pages later read that the youngest is ignored If he wanted to include broad analysis of brotherhood, he needed to spendtime digesting the literature on the topic and deciding what to include.I also found it alarming that several of the famous brothers he chronicles, such as the Kelloggs and the Joyces, had the younger brother in a deeply codependent relationship that for many years constituted unpaid servitude Yet the author does not mention codependency once anywhere in the book, and so his analysis that both brothers benefited from these relationships albeit in different ways is painfully lacking in understanding.Why did I finish it Because so many of the biographical chapters on historical brother parings interested me The relationships between the brothers he focused whole chapters on were generally painful or unpleasant, but I was interested in learningabout the van Goghs, the Thoreaus, etc I also found myself generally interested in what the author had to say about his own upbringing For example, the way we each see our place in the family differently was revealed when he discovered that although he thought his older brother was rewarded with elevation to a private bedroom at nine years old, the brother always felt he d been exiled Overall though, only an ok book Contrary to another very odd review on Goodreads, there is nothing about liberal politics or homosexuality in the book anywhere

  3. says:

    George Howe Colt is the second of four brothers, Harry, George, Ned, and Mark Here he uses accounts of their lives together, with alternating chapters featuring famous brother combinations, to study the dynamics of brotherly relationships As a child, George adored Harry and wanted to be just like him Mark is several years younger than the other three, and really only figured as the baby brother in the others childhoods They quarreled a lot, and at times were not particularly close to eac George Howe Colt is the second of four brothers, Harry, George, Ned, and Mark Here he uses accounts of their lives together, with alternating chapters featuring famous brother combinations, to study the dynamics of brotherly relationships As a child, George adored Harry and wanted to be just like him Mark is several years younger than the other three, and really only figured as the baby brother in the others childhoods They quarreled a lot, and at times were not particularly close to each other, although they came to be close friends in their adulthood The famous brother chapters are about Edwin and John Wilkes Booth, John and Will Kellogg of cereal fame, Vincent and Theo van Gogh, Groucho Marx and his brothers, and John and Henry David Thoreau All of these were fascinating to read, but I thought they were each a little too long, and in several places Colt interrupted his accounts of these other brothers and wrote several paragraphs about stillsets of brothers I found these distracting Edwin and John Booth were good brother and bad brother John Kellogg controlled his brother Will to the point where Will never really developed a life of his own Vincent van Gogh depended on his brother Theo for both financial and emotional support The chapter on the Marx brothers is titled Brothers, Inc John Thoreau died of lockjaw as a young man in his 20 s, and that chapter discusses the effect of a sibling s death I really enjoyed this book The fact that Colt writes about his own brothers ties the other chapters together and makes the whole greater than its parts

  4. says:

    George Howe Colt is a talented writer, and he successfully weaves multiple stories about famous brothers together with a memoir of growing up with three brothers of his own to create what I think of as a great source of cocktail party trivia about brothers There are lots of fun facts about the Booth Brothers, the Van Gogh brothers, the Marx brothers andthat you can drop into casual conversation The book is well researched but not particularly insightful I had the impression that the aut George Howe Colt is a talented writer, and he successfully weaves multiple stories about famous brothers together with a memoir of growing up with three brothers of his own to create what I think of as a great source of cocktail party trivia about brothers There are lots of fun facts about the Booth Brothers, the Van Gogh brothers, the Marx brothers andthat you can drop into casual conversation The book is well researched but not particularly insightful I had the impression that the author started out to write just the personal memoir but there wasn t enough meat to write a full story, so he added the famous people to elevate the story to brotherhood in general The analysis doesn t seem precise enough, however, so that the book seems to hint at truths about brothers that seem relatively obvious Sometimes brothers are very different sometimes brothers fight sometimes brothers work together sometimes brothers are inseparable sometimes they care for one another The details in this book are interesting The big picture, not so much

  5. says:

    I enjoyed finding out that my brother and I are not much different in many ways than other brothers, at least in the basic essentials of brotherhood Brotherhood connotes connection and even camaraderie, which at times can be strained for genetic brothers I liked that the author interviewed his personal narrative with the lives of other, historically famous, sets of brothers Vang Gogh, Thoreau, Wright, Freud, and best of all, Marx Chico, Harpo, Groucho, Zeppo, and Gummo yes, he was a brother I enjoyed finding out that my brother and I are not much different in many ways than other brothers, at least in the basic essentials of brotherhood Brotherhood connotes connection and even camaraderie, which at times can be strained for genetic brothers I liked that the author interviewed his personal narrative with the lives of other, historically famous, sets of brothers Vang Gogh, Thoreau, Wright, Freud, and best of all, Marx Chico, Harpo, Groucho, Zeppo, and Gummo yes, he was a brother too

  6. says:

    A very interesting and feel good book George tells the thrilling story of many brothers including his own throughout history, and as a brother myself, I found it very easy to relate to My only quarrel with the novel was how often George jumped between historical sets of brothers without completing the story of one set You learn a bit about one set, learn of a new set, learn of yet another set, go back to the first set, then learn of another set Once you get past that, it s a very enjoyabl A very interesting and feel good book George tells the thrilling story of many brothers including his own throughout history, and as a brother myself, I found it very easy to relate to My only quarrel with the novel was how often George jumped between historical sets of brothers without completing the story of one set You learn a bit about one set, learn of a new set, learn of yet another set, go back to the first set, then learn of another set Once you get past that, it s a very enjoyable novel

  7. says:

    The premise of this book is a really good one, a look at sibling rivalry between famous brothers The problem is it was well presented George Colt throws in every anecdote he can come up with about every single famous sibling pair in history So much so that chapters like the one that is suppose to be about the Kelloggs actually hasabout other brother pairings than about them I didn t finish it because I just felt it was jumping everywhere and not focused on anything.

  8. says:

    Very interesting and mostly well written book The only thing I didn t like was the author broke up the stories about the brothers with tidbits about other brothers and research about sibling rivalry, etc The book just didn t flow well.

  9. says:

    I really enjoyed reading about famous men and their brothers Lots of interesting anecdotes What I did not like was the overly detailed stories of the author s own brothers This is really 2 books combined

  10. says:

    I enjoyed learning about various bands of brothers in history.

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