Ironweed is a 1983 novel by William Kennedy. It received the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and is the third book in Kennedy's Albany Cycle. It is included in the Western Canon of the critic Harold Bloom. Ironweed is set during the Great Depression and tells the story of Francis Phelan, an alcoholic vagrant originally from Albany, New York, who left his family after accidentally killing his infant son while he may have been drunk
First published in the United States of America by The Viking Press 1983. Published in Penguin Books 1984. This book is for four good men: Bill Segarra, Tom Smith, Harry Staley, and Frank Trippett. Tall Ironweed is a member of the Sunflower Family (Asteraceae). It has a tall erect stem and bears deep purple-blue flower heads in loose terminal clusters. Its leaves are long and thin and pointed, their lower surfaces downy.
Easily the best novel I've read in years. Each book in Kennedy's Albany Trilogy is worth your attention but the final novel, Ironweed, is the tour de force that will leave you at once thoughtful, enriched, and somber. Guess them Pulitzer Prize folks know their game, alright.
The third book in the Albany Cycle series.
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IRONWEED by William J. Kennedy was the latest selection for a book club I've recently joined. The premise of the club is to read a novel and then view the movie (at the group meeting) that was based on the novel. As I expected, the movie paled in comparison to the book, despite the screenplay being written by Kennedy himself. Jack Nicholson plays the main character (Francis) and Meryl Streep is his "wanna be" socialite girlfriend (Helen), but this star power doesn't elevate the story beyond what Kennedy had already done in the novel.
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Reading this book brought up the same feelings in me, even though there was no possibility of two-way interaction. I did not want to have to see this ugly, desperate part of the world. I did not want to sympathize with a man who killed his own son and slept on a pile of cardboard. But every character is human, and Francis is kind and even generous. Somehow, he is comfortable helping where I would not be. He, whose life makes me want to sidle away, is better than me. This book forces you to confront the humanity within the lives of the destitute.