Apologize, Apologize!

Apologize, Apologize!

A Novel About the Family That Puts the Personality in Disorder

Book - 2009
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Cinematically vivid with heartstopping dialogue, Apologize, Apologize! is an extraordinary debut about a family that puts the personality in disorder.

Welcome to the world of the fantastic Flanagans; a wildly eccentric Massachusetts clan that is both blessed and afflicted with an inexhaustible reservoir of old money, unwavering subversive charm -- and a veritable chorus of dogs. At the centre of this maelstrom is sensible Collie Flanagan, first-born son and heir to his grandfather's publishing fortune, whose easy life is shattered by the outcome of a casual afternoon outing. Affecting, funny and wise, this is a rollicking story packed with characters that are a delight to get to know, and are impossible to forget.

My name is Collie Flanagan. Ma chose the name Collie after re-discovering the books of Albert Payson Terhune, the guy who wrote Lad: A Dog .

Pop swore she read him throughout the pregnancy hoping to give birth to a puppy. During my baptism a fight broke out at the altar when the priest objected to me being named after a breed of dog, saying there was no St. Collie and Ma told him there damn well should be and Pop announced that maybe I'd be the first.

At Andover they called me Lassie. That was fun.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Toronto : Knopf Canada, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780307396969
Branch Call Number: KEL
Characteristics: 321 pages ; 23 cm


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Aug 12, 2014

Apologize, apologize by Elizabeth Kelly

This book is filled with the most outrageous characters and their verbal fencing is hilarious. ( If I wasn't allergic to birds I'd become a pigeon coach). Although it is quite funny it also has its dark side . I went into this book thinking it would all be just one laugh but tragedy shows up and the characters all have to deal with it in their own way. I found it a little hard going after that but I still enjoyed it and would recommend it .There is redemption lots of dogs, and pigeons.

Mar 12, 2014

A gem! It makes every other dysfunctional family one has read about. The author's style keeps the reader turning the pages. It is possible to have sympathy for Collie. When one, like Collie, grows up surrounded such strong and self-center personalities stronger than he it is easy to fall into a state of self pity. In the end one is not sure whether it is better to shake him while telling him to grow-up or feel sympathy for him and his life in life.

Mar 21, 2013

This book is a gem....beautiful marriage of top-of-the-line writing and out-loud laughter. Characters are outrageously preposterous which makes them maddenly but happily out of reach.Elizabeth Kelly is a first-rate writer.

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