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American RustΣε μια μικρή πόλη της Πενσυλβάνια όπου η ανεργία καλπάζει και η ζωή για τους νέους είναι αδιέξοδη και πνιγηρή δύο φίλοι αγαπημένοι αλλά και διαφορετικοί ως χαρακτήρες ο ένας θέλει να γίνει σπουδαίος επιστήμονας ο άλλος να συνεχίσει μια λαμπρή αθλητική κ ”There was something particularly American about it blaming yourself for bad luck that resistance to seeing your life as affected by social forces a tendency to attribute larger problems to individual behavior The ugly reverse of the American Dream”The other side of that coin is that Americans tend to look at people who have a streak of bad luck as having brought that adversity upon themselves Maybe they didn’t pray hard enough or they kicked their dog too many times or they slept around on their wife or it could be the trickle down effect of having been born to the wrong parents We get mad at the forces that are aligned against us but we don’t always land the blame where it needs to be placed This story is set in Pennsylvania in the mill towns The once vibrant communities where people could make 30 to 40 an hour but then the mills closed and were moved to places that most people couldn’t find on a map People lost these good jobs that allowed them to buy nice houses new cars and send their kids to college The only jobs they had to replace them with were 5 to 7 an hour jobs so they moved away chasing new dreams new work elsewhere poverty among strangers The ones that stayed ”half the people went on welfare and the other half went back to hunting and gathering” Fine homes repossessed with no one to buy them were stripped of what could be sold and left to slowly fall apart Capitalism at it’s finest right? It isn’t about profit It is about astronomical profit Besides Americans love cheap goods even if they aren’t made as well It just means they won’t last as long so they can buy and buy again When did we become proud of money than building something ”The work was all in the Midwest now taking down the auto plants in Michigan and Indiana And one day even that work would end and there would be no record nothing left standing to show that anything had ever been built in America It was going to cause big problems he didn’t know how but he felt it You could not have a country not this big that didn’t make things for itself There would be ramifications eventually”Well at least their kids went to school and learned about computers Thank goodness they will be able to find work that their parents can’t Exceptthose jobsas uickly as they are created are also moved overseas Son of aLee English got out though She had an SAT score off the charts She got into Yale and married an ultra rich guy Did she love him? hmmm well she liked him Probably wouldn’t be too wise to see how his parents or his grandparents accumulated all this wealth Her mother who probably married her blue collar father to irritate her wealthy parents is an intelligent trapped beautiful woman who inexplicably soon after Lee leaves weighs herself down with 11 pounds of rocks and drowns herself Drowns herselfclaps her son in her vacated cage Isaac English is by far the smartest person to ever go through this Pennsylvania school district and that includes his sister but here he is 20 years old still stuck there caring for his father Henry A father who doesn’t even like him that much Isaac is undersized couldn’t play sports and has interests in just about everything except the things that interest Henry Now Isaac doesn’t have any friends well he has one friend and one thing I’ve learned about life is that you only need one really good friend Billy Poe is a good friend He was football star with offers to play ball in college about anywhere he wanted to go It may seem like an odd pairing but they were two people absolutely the most talented in the school at what they did best So when one gets in trouble it is no great surprise to find the other in trouble too Was it just bad luck being in the wrong place at the wrong time? Maybe corrupted genes wrong temperament or people just born to fail? Or maybe when opportunity knocked they didn’t answer the door There are bad men and then

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PDF ¿ BOOK American Rust FREE Û RANDARENEWABLES î Σε μια μικρή πόλη της Πενσυλβάνια όπου η ανεργία καλπάζει και η ζωή για τους νέους είναι αδιέξοδη και πνιγηρή δύο φίλοι αγαπημένοι αλλά και διαφορετικαριέρα ακολουθούν δύο διαφορετικούς δρόμους Η απόφαση του ενός όμως να αλλάξει τη ζωή του και ως ήρωας του Κέρουακ να περιπλανηθεί σε αναζήτηση του εαυτού του θα αναστατώσει και τη ζωή του άλλου Οι δυο τους θα γνωρίσουν τη βία το έγκληματην κοινωνική οικ Philipp Meyer’s American Rust is one of the finest first novels I’ve read in the last several years and a novel that many writersregardless of their experience would give their eye teeth or left nut to have written The novel follows the odd couple of Billy Poe and Isaac English from an act of brutal if needful violence to the furies of internal and external justice have exacted their balancing pound of flesh Poe is a behemoth a former football star a bit of a dunderhead with a short fuse Isaac is a small frail kid with Ivy League ambitions and the SAT scores to get him there Both of them are firmly mired in a rut as the novel begins Poe is a few years past his football glories and past the point where recruiters will probably return his calls any Isaac’s dreams might not be as close to the expiration date but he is stuck with a chronically ill dad in the rust belt in the rotting carcass town of Buell PA; he’s turning desperate like a rat in a maze and Meyer makes that horrid feeling of good dreams turned sour as bile heavy palpable and real The violence that plays out through the novel is nasty and true Meyer gets how a life trajectory can change in the blink of an eye with one hasty if needful action You can work your ass off all your life and still end up in the shitter in a dead end relationship that is all loins and no love in an occupation that kills the soul with its monotony but keeps a roof over your head and breadmaybe crusts only in your kid’s mouth Though American Rust primary duo are fully realized wonderful characters Meyer illustrates these hard truths of working class life in early 21st Century America best through Poe’s mom Grace She is the most amazing creation in the book Butting up against middle age she is still a fine looking woman with twice the backbone of the males in her life working long hours as a seamstress and soul sick with worry for her wayward son Life has turned Grace a realist but still she dreams of escape through a return to college through a good man through a better fate for her son Poe When Poe’s life goes off the track and Grace feels obligated to renew a relationship with the local sheriff it’s a wonderfully primal yet sophisticated mother love on display true and harrowing and touching And Meyer is skilled enough to have the relationship between Grace and the sheriff not rooted only in pragmatism and the instinct towards survival of a family but also in tenderness and true sensual companionship Meyer gets that humans are complicated beasts and we never undertake any action purely through one motivation so the breadth of the span between saving your soul and throwing your life utterly away is a fine one indeed And Meyer’s work is full of that small bits of folk wisdom brushing up against crime thriller conventions Rust belt noir as tough as the steel workers that once graced Buell but full of legitimate emotion that gets you blinking back the tears as you follow the characters through the novel American Rust is a fine edition to the small canon of recent American fiction that gets to the kernel of violence in the American Soul and the almost limitless compassion that brushes up right against it

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ονομική και ηθική κρίση που μαστίζει την ΑμερικήΠρώτο μυθιστόρημα ενός νέου συγγραφέα που ήδη θεωρείται από τα μεγαλύτερα ταλέντα της γενιάς του η Αμερικάνικη σκουριά συγκλονίζει τον αναγνώστη με τις αλήθειες που λέει και τον ρεαλισμό που το διακρίνει In American Rust Philipp Meyer’s debut novel the steel mill in the fictional town of Buell Pennsylvania closed in 1987 and was partially dismantled ten years later Now the mill stands like an ancient ruin that is being taken over by vines and other vegetation The only visitors are coyotes and deer and an occasional human suatter Buell was “a place that had recently been well off its downtown full of historic stone buildings mostly boarded now” What is true of Buell is also true of other steel mill towns located in the Mon Valley“For a hundred years the Valley had been the center of steel production in the country in the entire world technically” but globalization and automation along with outsourcing and offshoring have taken its toll and in the last two decades the area has lost 150000 jobs and “most of the towns could no longer afford basic services; many no longer had any police”One character a former police chief and current justice of the peace says that “it wasn’t just that we lost all those jobs it was because people didn’t have anything to be good at anyWe’re trending backwards as a nation probably for the first time in our history and it’s not the kids with the green hair and the bones through their noses Personally I don’t care for it but those things are inevitable The real problem is the average citizen does not have a job he can be good at You lose that you lose the country”Now the Valley is primarily the home of retirees who have no choice but to stay and the young who haven’t acuired the courage to leave Two of the young people are odd couple friends Isaac English and Billy Poe“Isaac English and his older sister were the two smartest kids in town the whole Valley probably; the sister had gone to Yale A rising tide Isaac had hoped that might lift him as well” But at age twenty and two years out of high school and despite an I of 167 Isaac still lives in Buell He is one who wants to leave but remains to care for his father who is an invalid as the result of a steel mill accidentThe whole town thought Billy would go to college to keep playing footballbut two years later here he was living in his mother’s trailer” a double wide that “sat at the top of a dirt roadon a large tract of woodland” Billy turned down a scholarship to Colgate because unlike Isaac he can’t understand why anyone would ever want to leave Buell He thinks this despite the fact that he is unemployed after recently being laid off from a minimum wage jobThe world spins out of control for the two friends when in the early stages of Isaac’s attempt to finally break away and head West to attend college he and Billy become involved in a killing Is it murder or self defense? The tragic event and its repercussions overwhelm the two young men and devastate them and their familiesPhilipp Meyer’s second novel The Son which has received almost universal acclaim from critics was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize The critics also liked American Rust but readers have been decidedly mixed in their reaction to it A lot of them like it and a lot of them hate itHere are three primary complaints about the book 1 there are six alternating narrators; 2 they engage in stream of consciousness thought and; 3 there is an open ended conclusion that leaves many of the novel’s conflicts unresolved and its uestions unansweredI thought Meyer was able to juggle his narrators effectively so I didn’t find that to be a distraction I can’t speak for others but I rarely think in paragraphs or even complete sentences In fact there isn’t a lot of punctuation in my thoughts Therefore I thought his usage of stream of consciousness helped me better understand his characters and their motivations And let’s face it if life is anything it is open ended and many conflicts do remain unresolved and many uestions are never answeredAmerican Rust is a social protest novel that ha