Eva digs in her heels, however, and not once are we privy to her reasoning. The basic thrust of the plot involves an entire community of abandoned wives and kids where all of the men for one reason or another have slowly left to explore their options elsewhere. After a year of steady training at a place called the Monkey Bar, he was able to do a surprisingly high number of push-ups and chin-ups. It was exciting to read a book where I recognized many of the locations, street names, malls, etc. This is one of the better books i've read that talks about the issues men face in our society today. He wrote his first short story at age seven. Will he go to the moon too? So we just wound up chatting about novels and as I was leaving, she made me wait in reception so that she could find a copy of this book for me.
I also felt like, as hopeful and moderately heartwarming as the final moments might be, the last few scenes rang slightly bit hollow as far as I was concerned. Then the situation sounds familiar doesn't it? But her sons and their friends remain aimless, unfocused and, when they allow themselves to think of their absent fathers, bitterly resentful. Narrated by the son of one of the fathers, sixteen at the time his father disappeared, the book spans the subsequent decade as Mikey grows into a restless manhood. Where they go is a mystery. Maybe this is a greatly written book, but the genre overwhelmed me. It is both a novel which plays with themes of lightness and darkness of being a human being. That is the beginning of the real story.
In Terrence Malick fashion, Cheung prioritizes mood at the front of the line with ease in his script and beauty in his images. Cheung designs things in a way that it all ends up becoming a stream of consciousness mash-up of emotional disparities that bounce off one another as if they were a rubber ball trapped inside a hollow cube being shaken by a cantankerous child. This has made him happy for years. There is hope that he'll escape the fate of this father -- both the reasons he went to the moon, and the moon itself. Finally, the movie delivers few scenes with music or anything else that propels the story forward. Instead of getting clarification about this incident that happened when Michael was a young boy and how he and his friend Talk about a dissatisfying ending.
I loved the setting Detroit, Ann Arbor, and e The book is about the fallout when an entire neighborhood of fathers disappears. Their husbands were on the moon. The situations are compelling and the pace is pitch perfect. Still, it's this is a good first novel from a promising writer, and one who delivers on that promise with his second novel. It was financed by Great Point Media which is also handling international sales. He ate copious amounts of borscht and cabbage rolls.
I really liked the original concept of the book and I enjoyed the way that the writing flowed. The Oscar-winning singer-actress began the carpet walk with an army of umbrella holding men, led by Maxwell, trailing her voluminous pink dress. While some of that sounds relatively straightforward, in reality very little of it actually is. It also has some underage drinking and an unwed pregnancy. The back cover of Please Don't Come Back from the Moon makes it seem like this is the story of a small suburban town outside of Detroit and all of the father's spontaneously leaving. Highly recommended to people who like The Virgin Suicides. Fifteen year-old Michael Smolij watches his father, like many others' fathers, silently leave home never to return.
I think many readers could definitely find the characters, and their struggles very realistic, even set among the mystery of the moon. Bakopoulos has demonstrated some great writing here and I hope he'll create more in the future. The Moon deserves better symbolism. I'm sad for all of the men in this story who thought their dads were on the moon, because 'went to the moon' is more palatable than 'moved to Illinois,' and every reader knows that. For the purposes of the plot, the locale is a factory town that went bust when the factory shut down. Hence the low rating from me. The plot follows how their lives are shaped by this inexplicable abandonment right up to the point where their own lives closely mirror their departed fathers' lives.
Whereas the novel takes place in a Rust Belt town in the Midwest, the film is set in a desolate California desert town. So I thought I'd try it for that reason, plus it was also written by a now local college professor. The characters are so well written and dimensional it's no surprise that the author is a former bookseller. For what could have been just another whiny, blaming, prototypical parents-they-mess-you-up-style novel is instead something far more haunting and interesting. Raw, insightful, and kind, the book describes the path of Mike and his friend Nick after their fathers left. Here's another author who perfectly captures life in the Midwest a This book was a total bummer of a story to read, yet hopeful at the same time.
I teach at the high school that Bakopoulos attended and heard about his book through other staff members who had read it. But definitely worthwhile reading and recommended. The banter between the two upon their first meeting was entertaining, and it seemed as though Ella would take advantage of Michael's infatuation with her so she could get a babysitter. Also, because the mass abandonment is so total and irreversible, those left behind accept their predicament as if there were no other choice for their fathers and husbands. Now they too begin to feel the pull of the moon.
Unable to leave the neighborhood their fathers abandoned, Michael and his friends stumble through their twenties until the restlessness of the fathers blooms in them, threatening to carry them away. He ate copious amounts of borscht and cabbage rolls. Much of the story is set in and around Detroit and Ann Arbor, where I grew up, so part of the appeal for me is familiarity and nostalgia. With: Jeffrey Wahlberg, Alyssa Elle Steinacker, Rashida Jones, James Franco, Robert Scott Crane, Jeremiah Noe, Cheyenne Haynes, Zackary Arthur. The prose is beautiful and the characters are lifelike in this exploration of loss and living without.
Very interesting and unique read; never came across anything like this before. Narrated by the son of one of the fathers, sixteen at the time his father disappeared, the book spans the subsequent decade as Mikey grows into a restless manhood. How does the community react? We've stayed behind, long past the time we should have moved out. I have to give points for coming up with this and working through it. Even the parish priest leaves. With his use of expressive close-ups coupled with long expansive shots of seemingly never-ending desert vistas of a dilapidated, crumbling community on the verge of being gobbled up by the sand, the film is undeniably visually impressive.