[E–pub New] (The Son of a Certain Woman) AUTHOR Wayne Johnston


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  • The Son of a Certain Woman
  • Wayne Johnston
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  • 06 September 2018
  • 9780345807892

Wayne Johnston ¸ 5 review

Free read Ç The Son of a Certain Woman ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Top of his wish list is his disturbingly alluring mother Penelope whose sex appeal fairly leaps off the page Everyone in St John’s lusts after her including her sister in law Medina; their paying boarder the local chemistry teacher Pops MacDougal; andPercy Percy Penelope and Pops live in the Mount home of the city’s Catholic schools and most of its clerics none of whom are overly fond of the scandalous Joyces despite the seemingly benign protection of the Archbishop of Newfoundland himself whose chief goal is to bring “little Percy Joyce” into the bosom of the Church by whatever means necessary In pursuit of that goal Brother McHugh head of Percy’s school sets out to uncover the trut. This book was my first exposure to Johnston s body of work The setting is 1950 s StJohn s Newfoundland in a catholic neighbourhood Pretty much everything in the storyline is in direct conflict with the catholic churches teaching I found the story witty and irreverent at first but as I got closer and closer to the end I found myself feeling and uncomfortable with where the story was going I am not a prude but I thought the sexual content went too far I don t think it was necessary to make the author s point

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Free read Ç The Son of a Certain Woman ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Here comes Percy Joyce From one of Canada’s most acclaimed beloved storytellers The Son of a Certain Woman is Wayne Johnston’s funniest sexiest novel yet controversial in its issues wise generous and then some in its depiction of humanity Percy Joyce born in St John’s Newfoundland in the fifties is an outsider from childhood set apart by a congenital disfigurement Taunted and bullied he is also isolated by his intelligence and wit and his uniue circumstances an unbaptized boy raised by a single mother in a fiercely Catholic society Soon on the cusp of teenagehood Percy is filled with yearning wild with hormones and longing for what he can’t have wanting to be let inand let out At the. I have read several of Johnson s novels and enjoyed them all so when I picked up this book I was ready to settle into another good read It was not what I expected and I almost dismissed it entirely when I checked out its content which proved to be controversial I was not sure I wanted to spend time reading about a boy who longed to sleep with his mother But my past experience with Johnson s writing was so positive I decided to give it a try Although I found some of it creepy the book has so much to say about other things I am glad I did not dismiss it because of its lusty protagonist s lifelong goal of bedding his mother worded in much crude terms in the boy s long monologue like passages The story is set in the late fifties and early sixties in downtown St John s Newfoundland Percy Joyce was born with port wine stains covering most of his face and has a rare syndrome that gave him oversized hands and feet and a fat drooping lower lip He is the only son of Penelope Penny Joyce a beautiful single mother abandoned by her fianc Jim Joyce when she was just two months pregnant She still wears her engagement ring to ward off potential suitors those who know her and those who would like to She is so beautiful every man who looks at her lusts after her and dreams of bedding her Motorists who see Penny and Percy on the street honk their horns roll down their windows and whistle or shout ogling Penny and gaping at Percy Penny and Percy live at 44 Bonaventure Street in the Catholic area of St John s known as the Mount Penny inherited the house from her mother but the mortgage payments are currently than the purchase price because her mother was in arears on her payments Penny does freelance typing and lets out one of her rooms to make the payments Jerome MacDougal is her boarder a fortyish man from St Anthony s affectionately called Pops He is the chemistry teacher and Vice Principal at Brother Rice the Catholic school across the street Medina Jim Joyce s sister is Penny s best friend and a freuent visitor to her house She has a low paying part time job as an orderly at St Clare s the local hospital She dropped out of school in Grade three and can neither read nor write Penny on the other hand got as far as grade ten is self educated and very intelligent a woman who has read many books and makes a habit of reading to her son By the time Percy was five it was obvious he was as intelligent He could read knew the multiplication tables could do long division and identify every country on a map Penny Medina and Pops are all agnostics who were born Catholic Medina goes to church to keep up appearances because she works at a Catholic hospital and Pops goes because it is reuired of anyone who works at the high school Penny refuses to set her foot through their doors There are a number of tangled relationships within the four walls of the house Pops is paying a larger part of the mortgage to enjoy a monthly bedtime visit from Penny while Medina is Penny s real lover Penelope and Medina live in fear their relationship will be discovered and that they will be condemned by the Church and sent to the Mental while Pops clandestine relationship with Penny could cost him his job if it ever became known Before Percy came to know what was going on in the complicated mix of sexual relationships that surround him his greatest hope was to one day sleep with his mother The house on Bonaventure is one full of secrets a small enclosed space waiting to implode Percy was born with False Someone s Syndrome and his future looks bleak His unusual features scare people and cause them to stare Some thought the stain on his face meant he was mentally retarded others saw his outsized hands and feet and thought he was a dwarf Children taunt and torment him and he has no friends Penny is determined to protect him as much as she can from the small minded people in town and delays his entry into school until he is sixPercy s birth on June 24th the feast day of John the Baptist made him special for Archbishop Scanlon who had convinced himself that Percy was on earth for some divine purpose The man comically referred to later in the narrative as Uncle Paddy takes Percy under his wing when he is only four years old and gives him protection through a sermon he preaches at the grand Basilica about how to treat others And then weeks before Percy was to start school the archbishop announced that Percy was to be except from any and all forms of physical punishment It soon became known in all the schools on the Mount that to say an unkind word to Percy would earn them the wrath of the church whether it was on or off school grounds Many in the city find the Archbishop s concern for Penny and Percy troublesome as Penny is not only a lapsed Catholic but an unmarried woman with a bastard son who has never been baptized Among them is Brother McHugh Pops boss Principal of the School and Director of all the other city schools on the Mount He must follow the Archbishop s edicts but finds Percy a troublemaker and a liar a boy who spins tall tales to attract the attention of his school mates and distract from his disfigurement Percy has adopted this method of myth making to draw other children to him to give him some power over them He found he could do this by saying things they would not normally know He made up lies tales and fantasies and soon found that the outrageous they were the attention he received Words became his weapons It was better than being ignored McHugh is a sly slippery underhanded man who knows what goes on under the roof at 44 Bonaventure the home he spies on using binoculars taking advantage of the spacious view he has into their home from his own window his peeping perch He is often up wandering around his residential suite at night taking advantage of the view and thinking about what goes on in that house after dark He has made it his personal mission to bring them all down and has many ways he can apply pressure despite the protection they enjoy from the Archbishop After a particular ugly incident Penny publically slaps a student and accuses McHugh of beating another Battle lines have been drawn McHugh confronts Percy demanding he abandon the notion he is special and informing him he will no longer be his guardian angel He calls Percy a spoiled coddled Mamma s boy and a prideful misfit He also suggests he knows there is something unusual going on at Percy s home which is tied to their present living arrangements And he drops hints about the nature of their secrets noting that although Penny has a problem child she appears to be cheerful and happy And he shows Percy that he knows how to hurt boys in ways that leave no marksThe novel focuses on three prominent themes Percy s attempts to deal with his disfigurement the bullying that accompanies it and his search for a happy future his mother s attempts to protect him from the hurtful actions of others her open hostility to the oppressive sadistic Catholic Church that can make or break her and finally the sexual tension created by the living arrangements at the house Despite these heavy themes the narrative is full of comedy as Percy tries to do whatever he can to gain friendships and live a normal life His hilarious blasphemous monologues are playful sarcastic bits of theater Johnson lives up to his past success as a master of character drawing portraits of the players who gain our sympathy earn our disdain and horror as the story evolves and they show their true colors The narrative is especially good when it gets into Percy s head as he thinks about himself his future and the motley crew he considers to be his family He is lonely and unhappy and wonders if he will ever have a girlfriend or know what it is like to kiss someone or be kissed He asks himself if he must settle for just enduring life after all he has every right to be on this earth just like everyone else He thinks about others in the city those who limp have speech impediments are missing a hand or have a low I They have a life and he wants one too He never takes the other path wondering how things would have turned out if he were not so different That kind of thinking makes no sense and besides merely surviving tasks him to his limitJohnson paints a scathing picture of the Catholic Church with its obscene wealth its ornate symbols and its sadistic Brothers and nuns who were abusive teachers His narrative shows how its terrible power affected everyone but especially those who antagonized them Religion was so powerful at that time it determined people s relationships and their behavior a destructive force meant to deliver compassion safety and security but had become twisted over the years by its silent and overt power Some have found the book unnecessarily long its length powered by the many solilouies that spout from Penny and Percy s witty but potty mouths I however found these pieces outrageously funny especially Penny s acid tongued criticisms of church doctrine which uses simple logic to uestions the long held fantasies that had become the tenets of an all knowing church In many ways this is an outrageous story but it harbours many truths It reminds readers how the Church s sadistic minions meted out its wrath how outside appearances can hide startling intelligence and how looks whether that of Penny s beauty or Percy s disfigurement can lead one to be an outsider with all the emotional pain that accompanies it It also shows the destructive power of hate in all its guises Percy is the narrator and is funny but his constant fixation on sex can be tiresome Although clearly others did not find that a problem evidenced by the fact it was short listed for the Stephen Leacock award in 2014 and longlisted for the Giller Prize in 2013 For those who have not yet read any of Johnson s work I would not recommended this book as a starting point I found his other work to be much satisfying and suggest they try any of his other novels such as The Divine Ryans The Navigator of New York The Custodian of Paradise or Balti Mansions first

Free read The Son of a Certain Woman

Free read Ç The Son of a Certain Woman ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free H behind what he senses to be the complicated relationships of the Joyce household And indeed there are dark secrets to be kept hidden Pops is in love with Penelope but Penelope and Medina are also in love an illegal relationship if caught they will be sent to the Mental and Percy already an outcast of society will be left without a family   The Son of a Certain Woman brilliantly mixes sorrow and laughter as it builds toward an unforgettable ending Will Pops marry Penelope Will Penelope and Medina be found out Will Percy be lured into the Church It is a reminder of the pain of being an outsider; of the sustaining power of love and the destructive power of hate; and of the human will to triumph. I actually enjoyed this book and I m surprised by all its negative reviews It s certainly not my favourite Johnston book I m a fan girl but it kept me interested throughout Minus all the religious bits I have a weird love for coming of age stories though And that ending Hilarious


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    Free read The Son of a Certain Woman Wayne Johnston ¸ 5 review [E–pub New] (The Son of a Certain Woman) AUTHOR Wayne Johnston Deciding to tell a story about a physically disfigured child who lusts after his biological mother while living out their lives in the long judgmental crucifying shadow of the Catholic Church in 1950's St John's Newfoundland is curious at best But also weird and uestionable I'm not sure what kind of a book Johnston thought he was writing At first it seems humorous and whimsical a slice of Frank McCourt meets a heaping

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    [E–pub New] (The Son of a Certain Woman) AUTHOR Wayne Johnston I have read several of Johnson’s novels and enjoyed them all so when I picked up this book I was ready to settle into another good read It was not what I expected and I almost dismissed it entirely when I checked out its content which proved to be controversial I was not sure I wanted to spend time reading a

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    [E–pub New] (The Son of a Certain Woman) AUTHOR Wayne Johnston I love Wayne Johnston's historical fiction whether it's his tales of Newfoundland or of Brooklyn When I was reading this one I tweeted that I was enjoying it I was at about the one third point then and JanetSomerville tweeted back t

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    Wayne Johnston ¸ 5 review characters · PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ¸ Wayne Johnston [E–pub New] (The Son of a Certain Woman) AUTHOR Wayne Johnston Percy Joyce What a lad Smart disfigured and precocious especially sexually Okay I get it he lusts after his mother the luscious Penelope do you have to give me the blow by blow hard on by hard on? Frankly the repetition was dull This book would have been a lot poignant with about a hundred fewer pages It's told from Percy

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    [E–pub New] (The Son of a Certain Woman) AUTHOR Wayne Johnston It didn’t work for me I tried this second reading to see if I was mistaken about the first No It is in short a 400 page set up for a juvenile dirty joke aggrandized in a self inflating literary allusion No this is not Ulysses nor was meant to be Both Percy Janes and James Joyce should feel than a little insulted Johnston is recy

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