One Brother Shy

One Brother Shy

eBook - 2017
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-- One Brother Shy is at once poignant and humorous, heartbreaking and heartwarming, and readers will not soon forget Alex MacAskill.
Publisher: Toronto :, McClelland & Stewart,, 2017
ISBN: 9780771050732
0771050739
Branch Call Number: e-book
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Library2Go

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WPLBookClub Oct 04, 2017

The Whistler Public Library and Armchair Books book club read "One Brother Shy" in September 2017. Terry Fallis will be in Whistler next weekend for the Whistler Writers Festival, so we were all keen to read his latest novel. No one had trouble finishing this book, although it didn't have much of an impact on most of our readers. We agreed that it was an easy, light read, but it wasn't wall-to-wall laughs like some of Fallis' early work.

We particularly enjoyed discussing:
- The subjectivity of humour. We don't often read funny books in this club, partially because humour is SO subjective, and some of our members avoid reading humour altogether, because it is so often at someone's expense. (We shared our favourite funny books as well, many of which were memoirs.)
- Terry Fallis' body of work. Those of us who have read more than one of his books agreed that One Brother Shy isn't his best work, but it's still highly readable, light, and easy. The Best Laid Plans (his first novel) was the unanimous favourite.
- Bullying in the digital age. One of the major plot points in this novel revolves around a highly traumatic case of cyber-bullying. We discussed how bullying has changed over the years, and how damaging it can be now that it's so easy to disseminate humiliating photos and videos.

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1_Great_Book
Sep 29, 2017

We recognize Fallis' style again, though the theme has changed from politics to long lost twin brothers and hockey, so Canadian thread is conserved though the novel largely takes place outside of Canada. We can detect that this is a new area of exploration for Fallis and the story is not as tight and punchy as in Well Laid Plans. The plot goes a bit beyond the believable, but I forgive him that because after all, this is fiction, and what Canadian doesn't enjoy a bit of hockey!

Some clever lines but the writing is slap-dash an plot is shallow. There were no surprises and everything was so predictable. over 400 pages for what could be reduced to a short story.

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Herne
Jul 24, 2017

I loved this book. I found the story very poignant, it pulled at my heartstrings without going overboard into sentimentality. I loved the characters, the situation, and the resolution. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good read.

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becker
Jul 21, 2017

This was perhaps not the perfect book for me but I still want to recommend it to anyone who is looking for a charming, entertaining, easy read for the summer. If you normally read Terry Fallis, you will enjoy this book.

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drmichaud
Jul 10, 2017

Just finished reading "One Brother Shy". Besides being very engaging, well-written, and witty - it was an exciting rollercoaster of a ride! Definitely more than just a 'feel-good book', it still left me feeling very good.

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