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Lark Termite

Novel about seventeen year old Lark and her brother Termite living in West Virginia in the 1950s Their mother Lola is absent while their aunt Nonie raises them as her own and Termite’s father Corp Not My Cup of Tea;

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  1. says:

    4 and 12 starsAs I neared the end I found that the pace of my reading had slowed down; I didn't want the book to end; I didn't want to leave these characters or this writing Phillips writes like a dream as the expression goes I thought the chapters 'narrated' by Termite a boy who can't talk or walk especially fine At first I thought of Benjy in The Sound and the Fury but make no mistake about it Termite is Phillips' own character and needs no comparison to any other At times Lark's voice reminded me of the main character in Anthropology of an American Girl and that is a compliment to both writersThe novel alternates mostly between the 1950 No Gun Ri Massacre during the early days of the Korean War and 1959 Winfield West Virginia The allusive and illusory parallels between the two places and the characters involved become obvious though never artless as you read on Even so there was still the mild shock of a 'surprise' for me at least when I discovered in the last chapter what one of the 'symbols' was all aboutI'd like to rate it 45 or even 475 stars It's only not a 5 because of the near denouement that seemed a bit too plot heavy with at least one loose end tied up that I thought didn't need to be tied up unlike the rest of the book which I loved

  2. says:

    I had to abandoned this book After about 60 pages I just couldn't keep going The poetic flow of the story was so abstract that I was left in a dreamy haze often wondering what exactly was going on I don't mind poetry style prose as long as they are grounded in something concrete to give it a real place in time A scene here or there sure I'll go along with but page after page and character after character all thinking and talking in abstract thoughts and images just worked to totally alienate me and eventually I lost interest I want the story not the purply prose of hard times and down on the light drudge Maybe at a later time I will pick up the book and try again but for now it's back on the shelf

  3. says:

    this is a haunting beautiful book i wasn't sold on the plot when i read the reviews it follows the stories of a soldier in Korea his disabled young son back in the States the little boy's half sister and their aunt the action of the novel occurs within a 2 day span if you don't count a 9 year jump between the worlds of the soldier and his son but it's incredible how much happens in that time phillips is an extraordinary writer and the sensory images she evokes create a sense of immediacy and movement the conclusion of the novel which could be trite but it isn't and neither is it bleak i don't re read many books but this one i will

  4. says:

    What's going on here? Even though the reader can tell he's in the hands of a gifted novelist especially if he has previous Jayne Anne Phillips experience he might ask this uestion before allowimg himself to sink into her narrative confident she'll get him to the end safely and satisfactorily And she doesLark and Termite is a novel told in 2 narrative threads There's a thread beginning July 26 1950 in which a U S Army soldier fighting in Korea his unit retreating before the overwhelming North Korean attack encounters a group of refugees and tries to protect them The 2d thread occurs over the same few July days nine years later It relates the lives of the siblings Lark and Termite and several adults in Winfield West Virginia Once the reader becomes aware of the 2 distinct threads and the themes they share he knows the author will bring everything together into a point to stab and stir the mind I could not have predicted the third thread with which she neatly wraps her package The additional elements put one puff of wonder into a novel already ballooning with wonder Phillips in her earlier novels writes of strong sisterbrother bonds Here's another Termite though disabled damaged and deficient shares traits of other brothers Phillips has written in that he seems to be a kind of nature boy possessing primal intelligence or awareness The sections told from his point of view show him to be a kind of wormhole allowing the different parts of the novel to flow into each other Lark his caring 17 year old sister is mostly woman maybe goddess herself or maybe just votary but easy to feel affection for They're wonderfully realized charactersIn the Korean thread I detected a clumsiness in Phillips She seems less comfortable with Robert Leavitt at the opening of the Korean War It may be an unfamiliarity with place and writing about military action To me she seems a little out of step I did wonder if her wrongfootedness isn't so much failures of research or confidence as it is convenient arrangement to allow the fit of parallels and metaphor I usually scorch with scorn the supernatural in fiction I'm not much interested in magic realism any When I drive through West Virginia I don't see evidence of it at least not on the route I take But Phillips has found it there and shown it to us in ways to make the heart swell with wonder and gratitude I call it magic realism to give the author the benefit of the labeling doubt Realizing there was an air of mystery about the events that the characters didn't uite understand but accepted I didn't mind it And I didn't uite understand all of it either especially the angelic purpose of one character who comes bringing gifts and stormsI've been away from Phillips for a number of years Primarily because she hasn't published I think But I'm reminded what powerful fiction she can write The novel was deservedly shortlisted for the National Book Award While it didn't win I think the story of Lark and Termite is written with the grace and authority most novelists can't bring to their fiction It's certainly the Jayne Anne Phillips I remember

  5. says:

    This is the kind of book in which I tend to completely immerse myself I was moved on so many levels Two stories run side by side a corporal trapped in a tunnel in Korea and the story of Lark a young girl coming of age taking care of her half brother the corporal's son in a West Virginia town way past its hey day Termite is special with disabilities but also with the acute ability to see and hear in a different way As the reader enters the hearts and minds of each character it is oh so easy to get swept up into their lives Phillips prose is gorgeous and poetic and there is a tenderness here that makes you cry It's not hard for me to understand why this novel especially touched me; Lark is the same age I was back in those days and I lost a most beloved uncle in the Korean 'conflict' It was a war no mistake about it The background of No Gun Ri in the corporal's story is a sad but interesting one with several different views as to what really happened there I became politicized by this war as a young girl and it informs to this day of who I am

  6. says:

    Not My Cup of Tea; But Recommended For SomeLet me start by saying that this is one of those times when I dislike assigning star ratings to reviews That being said and this being a non professional completely consumer review I had to give it two stars This book as the title of this review suggests was not my cup of tea; however I would not encourage people to shy away from this book In fact once it is published and released I intend to recommend it to my motherI was unable to finish this book I got about a third of the way through it before I stopped When I ordered this book through the Vine Program I was expecting to be enthralled by the characters and looking to see how they developed and engaged in the interesting situationscharacter traits they were presentedhad In good consciousness I can see how others would enjoy this story and these characters; but since I do not normally read this style of book it was not for me I had difficulty caring about the characters and was frustrated by the story that was developing and the characterizations created The plot line is somewhat interesting but not enough to grab me for an extended period of time Again do not take this two star review as the gospel saying do not read this book; rather take it as I did not enjoy it but you might As I said I will recommend this book to my mother and some of my colleagues who I'm sure would give it much higher reviews than I didI would normally give a book I cannot finish one star but since I can clearly see the appeal for others and there are redeeming things about this book I gave it two starsGood readingJStonerhttpplantsandbooksblogspotcom

  7. says:

    This was on the library's new book shelf and had endorsement uotes from interesting contemporary authors though the Junot Diaz one gave me pause considering how I felt about the excessive hipsterness of Oscar Wao so I picked it up Ultimately the author tried to take on too much and ended up with a mediocre resultChallenging elements period piece set in the 50s dying man narrative profoundly autistic or otherwise locked in character with first person passages and the supernatural The period piece element was pretty much not present except that Lark was taking typing lessons Everything else that should have played in the social s of the time fashion etc fell by the wayside I can't even say there was a half hearted effort to capture small town life in the 50s The experience of dyingeh I'll give her a pass I've never died I don't expect it to be so profound though The autistic character's first person narratives were ok as far as that sort of stream of consciousness thing goes not my thing but I can appreciate it but the lucid exposition within them was pretty transparent The supernatural element was a complete non seuitor and did not fit in with the rest of the writingstoryIt starts off very slow and the prose was not appealing enough to me to keep me interested The story gets interesting and speeds up markedly near the end but the interesting plot for the last 50 pages or so is not enough to rescue the book for me

  8. says:

    I read this for a book club that never ended up meeting So I SHOULD be frustrated that I read it for nothing But I am not Because if I had not been reading it for a book club I likely would have thrown it against a wall 30 pages in and said i give up shifting perspectives a mentally challenged youth and endless scenes in a korean tunnel who cares? but instead i powered forward thinking if i didn't finish it book club would mock me and i am glad i did because the last third of the book was actually pretty good so either read this for a book club or just read the last third there were still too many scenes in a korean tunnel though

  9. says:

    There are books you recommend to everybody and then there are books you share cautiously even protectively Jayne Anne Phillips's Lark and Termite is that second kind a mysterious affecting novel you'll want to talk about only with others who have fallen under its spell On the surface nothing about the West Virginia family in Lark and Termite seems especially noteworthy except perhaps the consistency of their misfortune but the author reveals their tangled secrets in such a profound and intimate way that these ordinary wounded people become both tragic and magnificentPhillips has garnered plenty of praise in the past but she's a slow writer by today's book a year standard and she has made us wait almost a decade since her most recent novel MotherKind The product of that labor is this strangely discordant story of violence and passion affection and longing It takes place during two very different Julys ? 1950 and 1959 ? in two very different placesThe first page drops us immediately into the early days of the Korean War Devastating losses have pushed Cpl Robert Leavitt uickly up the ranks and now as the North Koreans advance he commands a thinly stretched platoon charged with evacuating refugees In the ensuing chaos American fighter pilots strafe the peasants under his charge and send them scurrying into a tunnel where they're pinned down by panicked US servicemenPhillips's story is inspired by the alleged No Gun Ri massacre which was the subject of the Associated Press's controversial Pulitzer Prize winning exposé in 2000 but there's nothing polemic about her riveting portrayal of that event She's interested only in the waste of war and the heroism of young Cpl Leavitt who continues caring for the doomed refugees despite his own injuries He sees that war never ends she writes It's all one war despite players or location war that sleeps dormant for years or months then erupts and lifts its flaming head to find regimes changed topography altered weaponry recastKnowing what transpired at No Gun Ri saps none of the suspense from this gripping scene because Phillips keeps a tight focus on Leavitt's interaction with a young Korean girl and her blind brother As the three of them struggle to survive Leavitt's thoughts drift back to the vibrant bar singer he married just before shipping out and he senses correctly that she's giving birth to a son in the States on this very dayThrough that mesmerizing war tale is woven the other story set in West Virginia in 1959 Leavitt's now 9 year old son nicknamed Termite is severely physically and mentally handicapped unable to speak or walk He's cared for by his tireless aunt and his devoted 17 year old half sister Lark Phillips narrates in each of these three characters' voices carefully revealing the complicated sad history of their makeshift family Lark is determined to care for her half brother no matter how that burden might constrain her own life She never accepts the discouraging diagnoses about his mental perceptions and she realizes that he's all she has left of her vanished mother From the time I was a kid she says I thought his head was heavy because there was so much in it he couldn't tell or say That everything had stayed in him whether he recognized the pictures or not That he'd kept all the words I couldn't call up our mother's words and words about her Words from before we were born what I heard until I was three and forgotLark's aunt a single woman with no kids of her own is doing the best she can by her sister's children but past betrayals have made her wary of accepting help from anyone even her hardworking boyfriend who seems willing to wait forever to regain her trust But she's concerned with the problem of giving Lark a normal life while keeping Termite from being institutionalized A nosey social worker keeps poking around offering helpful advice and a new wheelchair but the aunt is deeply suspiciousIn the novel's most surreal and lyrical sections Termite describes the patchwork of sounds images and meanings trapped in his inert body All this takes place as a violent storm threatens to flood the town a calamity that eventually brings long buried secrets to the surface and washes away the family's tenuous structureI know it sounds like too much is going on in Lark and Termite but these disparate elements resonate with each other in a most captivating manner It's confusing only in the way anything truly profound can be On one level Phillips is writing a kind of family mystery and the slowly interconnecting revelations about how Lark and Termite ended up in their aunt's care are thoroughly engrossing charged with pathos and a surprising degree of eroticism At another level though Phillips is doing something strange and mystical There's a subtle sympathy between the Korean War story and the events that take place exactly nine years later Haunting echoes and repetitions overcome the differences in time and place The Korean girl and her blind brother whom Leavitt tries to save display an uncanny resemblance to Lark and Termite; the threat bearing down on the refugees in the tunnel is a striking reflection of the storm about to destroy Winfield WVa; and in both worlds self sacrificing compassion manages to overcome the barriers imposed by cruelty or language or even deathThis isn't merely a matter of stylistic experimentation a kind of Appalachian magical realism With her striking mixture of hallucinatory poetry and gritty realism Phillips is trying to articulate the transcendence of love the sort of unity among deeply devoted people that reverberates beneath the rational world As the novel moves toward a crescendo of harrowing revelations and brutal confrontations Phillips surprises us again with another disorienting touch of mysticism and a finale that mingles despair and triumph naiveté and spiritual insight a startling demonstration of how lightning fast things can go right or wrong

  10. says:

    A pretty awesome book all told There's an awful lot of beautiful writing in this book and its not merely limited to those sections that capture the POV of Termite who is sort of the Benjy or this books attempt to rewrite Sound and the Fury I'm not sure it's as worked out as S and F which is fine by me the drifting prose style seems less to change from character to character than to be or less present but the writing is frightfully pretty and in some cases reminded me as much of Janet Kauffman as it did of FaulknerIt's a relatively great story too though I think the ending of it is a little off not the very end I guess but the climactic flood I think the problem here for me at least is that Philips hasn't uite worked out how to tell plotted sections like these using the voice that she uses for prosaic moments there are times in the flood scenes when it feels like the writing is much pedestrian because we need to understand something for the plot to move forward and it creates the odd sense that the story and the language used to tell it aren't uite in sync There's also a kind of clear the decks momentum in that section that feels a little arbitrary A lot happens on that crazy night and it sort of disrupts the overall ease and stasis that I for one found really appealing I am spending too much time being critical of this book which I really loved But I do think that there's a sort of fundamental problem that prevents it from being totally successful and it all comes down to the flood scene and the pressure to make something happen in a novel that otherwise was so satisfying when nothing was happening

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