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  • Title: Ten Thousand Saints
  • Author: Eleanor Henderson
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  • Page: 162
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  • Eleanor Henderson is in possession of an enormous talent which she has matched up with skill, ambition, and a fierce imagination The resulting novel, Ten Thousand Saints, is the best thing I ve read in a long time Ann Patchett, bestselling author of Bel Canto and State of WonderA sweeping, multigenerational drama, set against the backdrop of the raw, roaring New York Eleanor Henderson is in possession of an enormous talent which she has matched up with skill, ambition, and a fierce imagination The resulting novel, Ten Thousand Saints, is the best thing I ve read in a long time Ann Patchett, bestselling author of Bel Canto and State of WonderA sweeping, multigenerational drama, set against the backdrop of the raw, roaring New York City during the late 1980s, Ten Thousand Saints triumphantly heralds the arrival a remarkable new writer Eleanor Henderson makes a truly stunning debut with a novel that is part coming of age, part coming to terms, immediately joining the ranks of The Emperor s Children by Claire Messud and Jonathan Lethem s The Fortress of Solitude Adoption, teen pregnancy, drugs, hardcore punk rock, the unbridled optimism and reckless stupidity of the young and old are all major elements in this heart aching tale of the son of diehard hippies and his strange odyssey through the extremes of late 20th century youth culture.
    Ten Thousand Saints Eleanor Henderson is in possession of an enormous talent which she has matched up with skill ambition and a fierce imagination The resulting novel Ten Thousand Saints is the best thing I ve read i

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    1. You ve been punked There are few halos in view in this ensemble coming of age tale Sixteen year old Jude Keffy Horn, named for the saint of lost causes, and maybe a Beatles song, is a lost soul of a teenager He lives a fairly meaningless existence in Lintonberg, Vermont by which we mean Burlington , filled with drugs and rock and roll, if no sex yet He is prone to angry outbursts and has trouble concentrating in school His bff is Teddy, the product of an alcoholic, erratic mother and a possibly [...]

    2. What did this book want to be Who knows Henderson throws everything at this book adoption, teen pregnancy, AIDS, absent parents, drugs, jock bullies, damaged lower classes, damaged upper classes, FAS, ODing, straight edge movement, homosexuality,etc but the kitchen sink After almost 400 pages all the hard issues Henderson tackles, the book left me with not much to think about Why Because Henderson didn t focus on any one thing, she just keeps throwing out problems improbable situations The char [...]

    3. I think I will be gushing about this book for quite some time It s definitely my new one size fits all book recommendation I basically can t conceptualize who out there wouldn t love it It s a coming of age story, many times over, set against the backdrop the late 1980 s hardcore punk straightedge scene, in a long gone New York And it just has so much heart, and is so meticulously constructed, and tells such doozy of a story After I finished it, I went back and reread the New York Times Book Rev [...]

    4. This was well written, but ultimately I had a problem with the book it seemed the author backed off from showing the scenes of transformation that comprise the book We see that Jude has adopted the straight edge lifestyle, but we don t see the months when this happens we just see him after the fact We see Johnny and Rooster in crisis, we re very invested in them, and then they just disappear And there are other dropped threads, like Jude s FAS, which don t ever amount to anything Most frustratin [...]

    5. Yeah, I wasn t really convinced by Eleanor Henderson s too long debut novel, set in New York City and southern Vermont in the early 1980s and starring a bunch of teenagers who, at various points, lose their virginity, smoke a lot of weed, huff freon, have a baby, get abandoned by their parents, die, live in Alphabet City squats, get AIDS, get tattoos, get in fights, and, for a big chunk of the book, play in a straight edge band and espouse the whole don t drink smoke fuck also, here eat meat lif [...]

    6. Ten Thousand Saints is a coming of age story that s close enough to A Visit from the Goon Squad but not as amazingly brilliant and a tiny bit like Freedom but luckily devoid of Franzen s annoying self importance.If you grew up in the 80 s somewhere on the East Coast of the US, you will be able to relate to this book, especially if your growing up involved drugs, teenage pregnancies, overdosing, AIDS, rock bands or Straight Edge movement If your adolescence was conservative you can read this nov [...]

    7. Eleanor Henderson s Ten Thousand Saints is the perfect example of how really excellent fiction is universal I was not, at the outset, interested in the straight edge music scene of the 1980s, an odd off shoot of the punk music scene in fact, I knew nothing about it , yet the beautiful rendering of Henderson s story pulled me into a world I did not know I cared about The novel is, plain and simple, a story of devotion to family, to friendship, to music, to teenage bonds, to love, to survival The [...]

    8. This is the best contemporary novel I ve read in years I dreaded reading it the New York Times review was absurdly congratulatory, which riled up the contrarian in me The subject matter is straight edge punk Generally, I hate books focused on music, because the author tries to rely on feelings he or she has about music that don t translate on the page I only read the book because the review said it started in 1987, the first year of my yet to be published novel It turns out that the only day in [...]

    9. Wow I never would have thought of myself as the audience for TenThousand Saints.This is a novel about leftover hippies, yuppie invasions, pot sellers, zines, militant punks, AIDS, Vermont and New York City in the 1980 s but this vigorous, imaginative, debut novel by Eleanor Henderson is packed with authenticity and mature storytelling Ten Thousand Saints is the story of Jude Keffy Horn He was raised by adoptive, divorced, hippy parents in a small city in Vermont On the last day of 1987 Jude s be [...]

    10. Jude and Teddy are childhood friends growing up in Vermont in the late 1980s They do nearly everything together cut school, take drugs, steal, listen to and play hardcore music, and dream of a real life away from what they know Teddy s mother has just disappeared, leaving him to fend for himself and turn to Jude and his family for support On New Year s Eve, Teddy and Jude meet up with Eliza, the daughter of Jude s father s girlfriend, and they take her to a party in search of fun and drugs altho [...]

    11. Reading the first few pages, I found myself squirming at the prospect of 300 pages of another coming of age story, this time about a brooding, teenage protagonist that gets high on cleaning products and tailpipes, and his journey to find himself after the loss of his friend, another unlikeable loser named Teddy But after the first couple chapters of your standard young adult fiction fare forced urine drinking and adolescent coke snorting the story fortunately took a turn for the better This aft [...]

    12. File this book under I can t believe I wasted five days of my reading life on this book And be forewarned, this review can be titled, Tell us what you really think, Chris After a streak of four star books, some of which may end up in my best of pile for 2011, I selected a dud I picked this up last week after seeing it on the New York Times s Best of 2011 list, it was one of the top five fiction books of the year Sadly, that wasn t the case with me A first time novelist, Henderson brings us into [...]

    13. In Ten Thousand Saints Eleanor Henderson has written the quintessential novel of New York City s East Village in the late 1980s She truly has breathed life into the East Village s recent storied past, and has transformed that neighborhood into a character as vividly realized as her novel s people She has rendered for the reader a most memorable fictional walking tour through East Village, allowing oneself to become attuned almost immediately to its distinctive sights and sounds While some have c [...]

    14. Before reading This is the first novel of a talented woman who I became friends with when we were both knee high, running down a dirt road in Florida chasing our bigger brothers I am terrifically proud of her and can t wait for my copy to arrive in the mail.After reading So, with a full disclaimer that I know and love the author, here s what I thought I have to admit, a book about punk rockers, NYC, drugs, and straight edge which was a totally new concept to me is not really in my realm of exper [...]

    15. The premise was good coming of age, New York in the Eighties, straight edge hardcore punks with tattoosbut I wasn t convinced It didn t know what it wanted to be No real insight into the scene or the era, and Henderson s depiction of drugs was prissy, and the dialogue was strained the whole thing could ve used some serious editing It wasn t awful or anything, but by the end of it all I felt very little Which is not ideal, as the cover is classy and New York Times seems to have been wetting itsel [...]

    16. Quite awful Felt very researched and didn t ring true for me at all The writer throws so many topics and problems at the characters and none of them seem probable or get resolved in any sort of satisfactory way At least I didn t spend too much time on it.

    17. I abandoned this at 50 pages I wasn t enjoy the tone of the story and could not relate to the characters or the content If you like stories about young kids drug addict parents, no prospects who spend their day wandering aimlessly and taking drugs, then you might like this book.

    18. Some characters were stronger Jude, Johnny, Harriet, Les, Rooster than others Eliza, Di but overall, a really affecting look at lost kids and the straight edge movement in the late 80 s I got a visceral feel for the kids life in Vermont, and in the East Village, but the straight edge music scene seemed less real to me described than felt I wish I got to know Eliza as well as Jude and Johnny.

    19. Eleanor Henderson s novel Ten Thousand Saints starts with a condensed version of the one crazy night premise from which entire films are built It s a lazy New Year s Eve day of smoking, huffing, drinking and snorting for Teddy and Jude The inseparable teen aged besties are skateboarders with next to no social currency Teddy s mom has skipped town and he s probably been lied to that his dad is dead Jude was adopted and lives with his hippie mom, who is a glassblower, and his kind of bitchy barely [...]

    20. I had heard good things about this book, but wasn t sure I d be interested in the coming of age story of straight edge teens in the late 1980s New York City Boy, was I wrong.Henderson has such compassion for her characters Jude, the drug using boy in love with a girl who slept with his best friend Teddy, Eliza, the lost rich girl with a secret, Johnny, Teddy s straight edge musician brother hiding from himself that you feel like you know these people and care deeply about what happens to them Ev [...]

    21. Obviously, Henderson is a strong writer She wrangles a large cast, multiple plot complications, and yet delivers gorgeous imagery as a punctuation to her narrative, but it never feels like the images are coming directly from her rather, they come from the characters.However and this is a huge however because this book wound up on most Best of 2011 lists this is a messy book I could identify two entire subplots that added little to the overall surge of the story and only confused matters I m an a [...]

    22. I chose this book because the NYtime listed it as one of the top 5 books of 2011 When I started it, I had my doubts a story about teenage boys who were druggies set in the 80 s was not really in my zone of interest But I found myself quickly drawn in and actually finished the book in 3 days There were some superficial coincidences and solutions, but the characters and their struggles seemed real to me There were so many conflicts the rejection felt by children who feel abandoned by a parent, the [...]

    23. There was almost too much to like about this novel, too many points of connection for me The narrative, set almost entirely in the 1980s, ricochets from Vermont to the East Village to NJ and back again From glass blowing, pot dealing middle aged hippies to straight edged kids in a mosh pit at an all ages hard core matinee at CBs, my brand of nostalgia is on uncanny display here St Mark s Place Trash and Vaudeville The Tompkins Square Park riot of 88 They are precious and important, not gratuitou [...]

    24. This book was an unexpected surprise from David for Christmas I think he selected it for me because it is reminiscent of my son s high school straight edge, tattoo fascination days The novel begins with the fatal drug overdose of a high school boy, Teddy, on New Year s eve Teddy and his best friend, Jude, ended up at a party with Eliza, who gives Teddy cocaine and becomes pregnant with Teddy s child before his body is found the next morning The novel seemed a bit preachy in places certainly thes [...]

    25. I wanted to like it, I tried to like it, I just couldn t It didn t take long for me to realize that the author had no first hand experience with her subject matter and was relying on interviews and research That doesn t usually bother me, there aren t a lot of people who are experienced with zombies for example, but this was closer to home for me However, setting all that aside, the story didn t seem to go anywhere Henderson threw everything she could at this story drug and alcohol abuse, teen p [...]

    26. I really should have given this book four stars I think I am not being that honest with my rating The third of Ten Thousand Saints was just depressing A drugged kid who s drugged friend dies, and he doesn t want to stop drugs So, dude, I mean Jude, Teddy DIED And you still want that pot Forget about it, was the thought I had, but I soldiered on I was really glad I did because my feelings went from a mediocre one star to a blazing five Proof1 I actually cared about Eliza s kid.2 Jude was so attac [...]

    27. Ambitious Explores a great deal of social issues.Bittersweet.Spot on eighties pop culture details and sibling banter Excellent historical and geographical detailing Initially the detailed accounts of recreational drug use made me reluctant to read on I am so glad I persevered I was rewarded with an in depth touching story Definitely a New York City education.Definitely a life lesson.A reminder that our decisions carry consequence but also that there is also a new day.Hopeful Refreshing.

    28. ny times top 10 of the year i don t get it it s intriguing and well written, but not awe inspiring or particularly moving i didn t care about any of the characters 3 stars might be too much 2.5

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