The Breaks

The Breaks Richard Price
  • Title: The Breaks
  • Author: Richard Price
  • ISBN: 9780140070378
  • Page: 376
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Breaks Richard Price The Breaks When David s mother brought Clara Mayfield from Jamaica to live in their affluent household David told the exotic intruder to go back to where she came from But the indomitable Clara would take no no
    When David s mother brought Clara Mayfield from Jamaica to live in their affluent household, David told the exotic intruder to go back to where she came from But the indomitable Clara would take no nonsense, and soon began to capture David s affections.
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      Richard Price

    About Richard Price


    1. Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name Also writes under the pen name Harry BrandtA self described middle class Jewish kid, Price grew up in a housing project in the northeast Bronx Today, he lives in New York City with his family.Price graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1967 and obtained a BA from Cornell University and an MFA from Columbia He also did graduate work at Stanford He has taught writing at Columbia, Yale, and New York University He was one of the first people interviewed on the NPR show Fresh Air when it began airing nationally in 1987 In 1999, he received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature.Price s novels explore late 20th century urban America in a gritty, realistic manner that has brought him considerable literary acclaim Several of his novels are set in a fictional northern New Jersey city called Dempsy In his review of Lush Life 2008 , Walter Kirn compared Price to Raymond Chandler and Saul Bellow.Price s first novel was The Wanderers 1974 , a coming of age story set in the Bronx in 1962, written when Price was 24 years old It was adapted into a movie in 1979, with a screenplay by Rose and Philip Kaufman and directed by the latter.Clockers 1992 was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award It has been praised for its humor, suspense, dialogue, and characterizations In 1995, it was made into a movie directed by Spike Lee Price and Lee shared writing credits for the screenplay.Price has written numerous screenplays, of which the best known are The Color of Money 1986 , for which he was nominated for an Oscar, Life Lessons the Martin Scorsese segment of New York Stories 1989 , Sea of Love 1989 , Mad Dog and Glory 1992 , Ransom 1996 , and Shaft 2000 He also wrote for the HBO series The Wire Price was nominated for the Writers Guild of America Award award for Best Dramatic Series at the February 2009 ceremony for his work on the fifth season of The Wire He is often cast in cameo roles in the films he writes.Price also wrote and conceptualized the 15 minute film surrounding Michael Jackson s Bad video.Additionally, he has published articles in the The New York Times, Esquire Magazine, The New Yorker, Village Voice, Rolling Stone, and others.


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    1. Richard Price s novel The Breaks has been out of print for a while, and Price himself has said he s a bit embarrassed by the book It is a very raw and vulnerable book for someone to write, especially when it is so transparent in its subject matter Price himself He reveals his own jealousy, self doubt, and neediness with Peter s actions, and it can be very cringy to read the casual racism and sexism at play here There are some wonderful scenes and some great monologues, but it s a book of great m [...]

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    2. One of the greatest lost youth books i have ever read, this story moved like an epic saga through the life of the protagonist and seemed dickensian in its length and its minutiae, but at the same time, was thoroughly enjoyable than anything dickens has ever written it is like reading catcher in the rye being written during the 80s and is one of richard price s most enjoyable works, as he has turned out to be a complete bore in his old age with novels like samaritan and freedomland.

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    3. I found this to be a first rate book about a young man coming of age Never predictable and always entertainingeven had me cringing in embarrassment at times.did I see some of myself in him

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    4. I just recently discovered Richard Price I read his most recent book The Lush Life first, and it was good, but finding this book at the library was truly a great find This book is perfect for anyone who is struggling to figure out what the hell they want to do with their life.

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    5. The energy of The Breaks is enough to drive you to write your own 5,000 word memoir about those first 18 to 20 months after graduating high school, or university It s not a comfortable read but like punk rock The Breaks puts you in a place that recovers the vitality factor nestled deep in the hard uncomfortable bits of our life, the parts we prefer to gloss over, or elide completely Especially if we think anyone else was going to revisit it.Price s study of insecurity is by no means all comedy a [...]

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    6. Pete Keller is from Yonkers but finds himself in Buchanon, New York, some distance from Manhattan He tries a variety of jobs, ending as a soliciting phone caller in a bullpen in which he learns how to lie and finagle and generally lose respect for himself His dream is to make it to New York as a standup comedian or an actor or anything other than what he is doing Through connections he lands a part time job as a teacher of short stories He s lucky because to escape the boredom of his last job he [...]

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    7. This book might have gotten a higher rating from me had I not already read other books by Richard Price In this book, Price again features a young man who is very smart and very funny probably a kid much like the writer But although all the wit and excitement and foolish situations that make has earlier books so great are here as well, it doesn t seem to go anywhere Or, at least, it doesn t seem to be going anywhere new And it s a fairly long book, 464 pages.The story is about a kid who graduate [...]

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    8. I have learned so far only 50 pages in that Richard Price has a unique ability, even at the beginning of his career, to capture the distinct voice of the American youth The protagonist in this tale, Peter Keller, is confronted with the same existential crisis that seems to affect the protagonists in all of Price s eight novels When adulthood appears and a child is forced to make a decision about his future, independent of his cultural surroundings, how will he respond Price s children, of course [...]

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    9. Where to begin Price gets a big thumbs up for describing manic impulses, but strangely he doesn t quite do the protagonist much justice in telling his story Peter Keller s obvious mental illness merely serves as some funny quirky behavior Only once do we really get a glimpse into his emotional life, leaving Keller to be two dimensional than is deserved Other problems in the Picador edition were some poor lapses in editing Lenny Bruce Brace one time a character is saying she had to find a nurser [...]

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    10. This book severely impeded my reading progress for the year I should have just put it down and started something else, but I m stubborn and I have trouble not reading a book straight through even when I m not a fan Plus, I was trying to give Price the benefit of the doubt since I enjoyed some of his other novels Samaritan , Clockers and I thought he would eventually take this novel somewhere Instead, I endured 450 pages just to come out rather depressed by the general tone of the book.

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    11. I really like Price but didn t realize when I bought this at Strand that it was one of his first novels It s still pretty good, but not the taut crime writing he s become known for It s about a recent college grad, a working class guy from Yonkers, finding his footing after attending an elite college And it evokes that uncertainty, punctuated by cockiness, really well The protagonist ends up obsessed with a former prof who s totally unattractive as a character, a macho car coat wearing novelist, [...]

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    12. bailed on this after 275 pages with 200 to go there s just enough offbeat humor to the first movement and price is great on drawing scenes particularly good here on the decor demeanor of bicentennial american humans i was buying pretty hard as the action shifted from a dead end job in NYC to a gig upstate teaching college comp which the job i am starting in three weeks, also the narrator has the same first name as me but then it nose dives into sub philip roth male coming of age turdville cue pr [...]

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    13. An honest, dark and slightly satirical view of the post graduation experience from the perspective of a typically delusional, 100% effed up and painfully familiar twenty two year old kid I would also note that it is positively frightening how accurate I found Price s depiction of the English Writing Theater faculty at a celebrated US liberal arts college This milieu has been done about a million times before and somehow this version reads truer than most Much better than anticipated.

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    14. The Breaks was like two different books smushed into one I loved the first half, the half about the wiseacre kid graduating from college trying to find himself, working odd jobs and encountering strange characters The second part, during which the narrator becomes embroiled in a frustratingly miserable relationship, is a major drop off and killed the book for me.

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    15. Richard Price is a great scene writer His scenes really leap off the page This is probably because he s so good at dialogue There are scenes that really read well in this book There are also funny moments throughout I couldn t finish this book, though It s almost 500 pages and it doesn t really move along at a pace that I could handle

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    16. Richard Price s third novel, it shows, like the first two, an amazing amount of talent Not always executed well, it is nonetheless a compelling read If you re a fan, you ll like to see what he was up to earlier in his career If you re not a fan, there s better places to start.

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    17. There needs to be half stars on this rating system This book was largely unenjoyable but kept you to the finish out of curiosity, is it really this pointless Maybe.

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    18. A rollicking tale of private pain and public passion, of a city and a college town, of college classrooms and the American class system.

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