TaftJohn Nickel Is A Black Ex Jazz Musician Who Only Wants To Be A Good Father But When His Son Is Taken Away From Him, He S Left With Nothing But The Memphis Bar He Manages Then He Hires Fay, A Young White Waitress, Who Has A Volatile Brother Named Carl In Tow Nickel Finds Himself Consumed With The Idea Of Taft Fay And Carl S Dead Father And Begins To Reconstruct The Life Of A Man He Never Met But His Sympathies For These Lost Souls Soon Take Him Down A Twisting Path Into The Lives Of Strangers A Girl walked into the bar. What a great opening line Right away it had me asking questions.This is the fourth Patchett novel I have read and one of her earliest While not as good as Bel Canto or State of Wonder it is still a very enjoyable read John Nickel lives in Memphis and is an ex jazz drummer and current bar manager The girl that walks into his bar is Fay Taft and through her we meet her brother Carl John over identifies with these two troubled teenagers who have recently and very suddenly lost their father Perhaps this is because John s on again, off again, girlfriend Marion has relocated to Miami, thereby separating him from his own young son.Over time John s involvement with Fay and Carl takes him down a twisted, dangerous path and he begins to obsess over the imagined life and death of their Father.This story meets it s conclusion in a very open ended way so if you are one of those p
I did enjoy reading this book, but I cannot resist comparing it to Patchett s later work, Bel Canto , which was a shining example for her It is for this reason dificult for me to give this novel a 4 star rating, but a 3.5 would be quite adequate.As one can easily see from the description given about this book, it involves a man named John Nickel He is an ex jazz musician, running a barroom His girlfriend has left him, taking their beloved son Much of the time, John seems unfocused and in a dream world Yet his devotion to his son is unwavering As John tells his
The writing is a 4, the story, 3 3.5 for me.I really like the writing in this book and connected immediately to John Nichol, the narrator John is a drummer who is managing a bar to provide income for his child and ex He hires a young waitress, Fay and her, Carl, starts hanging around Fay and Carl have a lot of baggage, and are grieving the death of their father Taft John is black and Fay and Carl are white, and race is a theme in the story.Ultimately this is a story about father s love John worries about and misses his son who lives with his ex He starts imagining what Fay and Carl s li
There s a reason this novel hasn t received the acclaim of Patchett s other masterpieces Bel Canto, State of Wonder, Patron Saint of Liars, and most recent, Commonwealth This book lacks the gravitas for which Ann Patchett is so
I came across my first Ann Patchett novel in the early 2000s her fourth and possibly most popular novel, Bel Canto Since then I have sporadically read some of her recent novels, but I had never read her earliest works This fall, when Hurricane Irma was threatening south Florida and the school where I was teaching closed for the week, I drove north to ride the storm out in Nashville That just happens to be where Ann Patchett s independent bookstore, Parnassus Books, is I had never visited, so it was a good opportunity It s a wonderful store and almost enough of a reason to move to Nashville If I lived there, I d be there every week I picked up signed editions of her first three novels and one other I had missed over the years, and so I ve decided to read through all of her works again and fill in those gaps I screwed up the order, however, and started with Taft, which is actually her second novel 1994 It s the story of a former blues drummer, Joe Nickel, who now manages a well known Memphis blues bar on Beale Street, Muddy s Joe works too many hours because his nine year old son, Franklin, has moved to Miami with his mother Joe s lonely for him and his fatherhood is very much the focus of the novel When Fay Taft and her brother Carl show up in his bar, and enter his life, he emotionally adopts them, but it becomes a very intricate and confused e
This book was compelling and an engaging read but it left me a little disappointed I think that I expected out of the ending then I got though I can t tell you what I was expecting The end seemed obvious and shallow The conflict never built to anything and it was ignored in the end I
I am continuing to read Ann Patchett on the strength of her radio interviews and the beautiful things that she says about the writing process and the writer s life Her first novel The Patron Saint of Liars did not blow me away she had a good story, some lovely themes, and a nifty idea for perspective but I wasn t left feeling moved or changed, which is what I expect when I finish a novel I felt the same way when I put down Patchett s second novel Taft, which is to say that I didn t feel much I want to like her books I really, really, really want to like her books, because I adore her as an author, but beyond having good story ideas and interesting figures for characters, her novels lack the depth, complexity, or challenges of what I might term good literature Ugh, I hate that Patchett s fiction drives me to make distinctions like this I consider a novel good if it makes me think and question myself and the world, if it forces me to see myself and the world differently, if the words are strung together beautifully, if it challenges me intellectually, if it sits with me for days and I have to talk to someone else about it rather than carrying the weight of what I ve experienced, the new things I ve thought and felt, around with me I don t have to like it, but I want to appreciate what it s trying to do Patchett s novels are so far fal
Not even sure what to say about this book without it coming out wrong Not one of my favorites It just Ugh. This was a page turner for me I read this book in 5 days in between working, projects, and family life The main character, John Nickle opened me up to another world in a way that I needed to be I needed to experience lives of others in a fresh non judgmental way, and see the good in people that live a life foreign to mine To me Taft is literature that left me with tender and poignant thoughts and feelings at the end I think there needs to be a sequel In the last year I had to travel to Memphis for work, and found it a unique and unusual place and wasn t particularly fond of it I did enjoy their botanical gardens and Shelby Farms outdoor areas This book altered my views on Memphis, on Tennessee and the music culture of the Memphis area I found myself caring about the characters in this story and it was an interesting read about the lives of musicians and people that manage a
Taft is Ann Patchett s second novel out of an oeuvre of six plus a few non fiction works To date, I had read all her other novels this was my final one to read If you ve followed my previous reviews, you know by now that I love her work, but I have to say this is my least favorite.Patchett has a formula that is not a bad thing She twists the stories so well that it s difficult to lump them into any single category Patchett likes to throw total strangers into a bowl and see how they mix In Taft, she tells the tale of a single father black man in Memphis who manages a bar A girl walked into the bar is the first line I was immediately expecting a bit of humor, but there was little humor to be had.The story is told mainly in first person Ok, so first person black man in Memphis told by a lovely white woman who did not grow up in Memphis That is an undertaking The voice of the primary character whose name we don t learn until halfway through the book does not come across to me as a black man In fact, I didn t even know he was supposed to be black until a hundred pages in I may have missed it, but none the less, it was not obvious The character Joh

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  • Paperback
  • 246 pages
  • Taft
  • Ann Patchett
  • English
  • 15 July 2019
  • 9780060540760