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kindle Ò The Ice Storm × Paperback read Ó ❮PDF / Epub❯ ✅ The Ice Storm Author Rick Moody – Nixon and 'Nam pet rocks and shag rugs wife swapping and party hopping Suburban New England 1973 and the Hood family is about to wish it had stayed at homeAcutely acerbic painfully funny The IE eBook #208 England and the Hood family is about to wish it had stayed at homeAcutely ace On the outset Rick Moody’s The Ice Storm appears to be a Generation X era relic about what it was like to grow up in the 1970’s Any serious reader has probably read at least one of these type of stories before; stories chock full of ironic kitsch and facile observations on how screwed up the Me generation were At the beginning of the novel Moody lives up to that description as he sloshes the kitsch with a ladle with lists of brand names pop songs and other period icons so that you can be sure that he really remembers 1973 However this is not a nostalgia trip What starts as a dark comedy deepens into suburban tragedy All of the characters are in various states of malaise and Moody resists caricature They are damaged human beings full of flaws and deceptions The Hood family live in a WASP suburban enclave called New Canaan which is beautiful on the surface but is seething underneath with cultural upheaval The Watergate scandal is on the television every night and the sexual revolution is creeping into the suburbs Patriarch Ben Hood is self absorbed in his own depression and having an affair with a neighbor Wife and mother Elena Hood is eually self absorbed and stews in her own self loathing Their daughter Wendy throws herself into sexual experimentation and drugs to escape the stultifying atmosphere and son Paul takes refuge reading comic books Life goes on the same rut but a storm is on the horizon a beautiful but deadly ice storm that forces everyone together and all of his or her deceptions trigger a familial meltdownMoody deftly orchestrates these deceptions as the characters alternately ignore circle and confront each other Adding to the orchestrations is the narration from four different perspectives each of them a member of the two families affected by Ben’s affair who are promoting their own opinion and views of the ensuing events that arise throughout the novel Three of the Hoods run away from their malaise by going to bed with members of the family next door then get caught and try to deny it while accusing the others Most of these encounters are darkly funny but the eventual plot twists change the tone from humorous to dead serious The storm is always in the horizon but once it arrives to New Canaan the emotional wounds the characters have hidden come boiling to the surface and before the night is over somebody’s child dies The cultural references also take on a much heavier resonance as the mood darkens One of the most poignant uses is when Wendy turns up A Charlie Brown Christmas on the television to drown out the noise of her parents arguing The mix of pop culture and emotional violence brings home the general atmosphere of a society disillusioned by Nixon and turned on by the sexual revolutionBy the end Moody's tone has turned alternately mournful and stern The adults are three dimensional and all too human but Moody does not let them off the hook for their bad behavior The characters are adrift without a moral compass as the Watergate scandal drones on in the background However Moody still makes the characters sympathetic precisely because they are all too human He manages to freuently evoke both tones in his prose as in the following “ you could pay Arthur Janov to teach you to scream learn a prayer or a mantra but that was the best you could probably do You were stuck” That sentence probably sums up Moody’s 70’s experience and overall The Ice Storm is a striking generational flipside to the works of Cheever and Updike

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Nixon and 'Nam pet rocks and shag rugs wife swapping and party hopping Suburban New The Ic The American literati bristled last year when one of the Nobel Prize bigwigs said the country’s writers were too entangled with their own mass culture to get close to a new Nobel in Literature I don’t think that’s entirely true but after reading The Ice Storm I have to say I suspect the Swedish bigwig was reading Rick Moody Not that I didn’t like the book But having been alive and fully conscious in the 1970’s I knew the dozens of TV shows and pop songs Moody referenced To be honest the ‘70’s have always struck me as somewhat grotesue and now I’m sure I also dislike the state of Connecticut Yes unhappy marriages and adolescent anxiety are universals but would you be able to enjoy this book if you weren’t of a certain age and accidentally American I’d be interested to know I guess you could accuse Don DeLillo’s “White Noise” of the same kind of thing but its sinister appeal is wider and it is less anchored to American icons in my opinion Considering the number of hard ons I had to read to the end in The Ice Storm I was glad I was born a girl and not a boy Anyway the writing is good the story has its hooks and the last 85 pages or so of this book were just terrific Does that make it worth it Yes though I could imagine a lot of non North Americans getting frustrated by the cultural allusionsMy step mother tells me to try Purple America and I’m going to think about that


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The Ice StormRbic painfully funny The Ice Storm is an astonishing novel of the decade that taste forgot 35 stars The Ice Storm was oftentimes an incredibly difficult read Not in terms of structure or writing style Moody's writing was often sharp intake of breath beautiful The sheer white drapes in the guest room were limp as the bangs of a sad schoolgirl 5 or Once his dreams had been songs He'd been a balladeer of promise and opportunity 6but in the affect it had on me the reader Many of the scenes in the book were discomfiting disturbing heavily focused on sex acts and the workings of the male genitalia which come to think of it makes a great deal of sense by book's end when the identity of the narrator is revealed The characters in this book are fucked up and they in their small way and in the course of one Thanksgiving weekend mirror the fucked up ness of 1970s Americaits political climate and the shortcomings of the promised suburban American DreamThe narrator takes breaks in the story to interject rambling lists of 1970s goings on and trends At first I thought this was mildly annoying like I GET IT it's 1973 you don't have to tell me about the shag carpeting and the rainbow toe socks and the bottle of Summer's Eve inconspicuously shelved in the bathroom But then I got it the narrator wasn't beating a 1970s kitsch horse over the head but rather showing how the characters in The Ice Storm have surrounded themselves with essentially meaningless stuff Stuff that doesn't provide an answer to any of life's big uestions or fulfill deep and as is often the case with these characters unacknowledged or if acknowledged disparaged needThe ice storm is the perfect ruse the perfect metaphor The storm and with it the fate of these characters moves towards an inevitable terrible end Like the ice encased trees and power lines like the abandoned cars these characters are stuck And as the narrator so artfully implies they always will beHistory's surveillance was subtle and enduring and its circular shape caught the Hoods the Nixons and everyone else You could pay Arthur Janov to teach you to scream about history or you could learn prayer or a mantra or you could write your life down and hope to make peace with it write it down or paint it or turn it into improvisational theater but that was the best you could probably do You were stuck 272 273