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ISBN:037550155X
Author: Carolyn See
ISBN13: 978-0375501555
Title: The Handyman: A Novel
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Language: English
Category: United States
Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (March 2, 1999)
Pages: 221

The Handyman: A Novel by Carolyn See



Apr 21, 2012 Ron rated it it was amazing. As much a statement on aesthetic principle as a novel of self-exploration, The Handyman sets Bob on the unexplored path toward artistic expression and off the traveled route of following in the masters' well-trod footsteps. The Handyman is a novelist's manifesto on the nature of art and how each writer must work for and trust the tale she's meant to tell, each painter realize and give himself over to the scene he's individually meant to create.

After a failed (and endearing) trip to Paris, Bob returns to his home in Los Angeles and decides to spend the summer working as a handyman before giving art school one more try. What he becomes, of course, is a handyman of the heart.

A struggling young artist goes to work as a handyman, only to see himself called to fix relationships- -lonely grandmothers, love-starved wives, aids victims- all unhappy, all in need of an ear or physical contact. To cheer them up. Robert Hampton, 28, of California paints pictures for them and in the process achieves the fame he sought. By the author of Making History.

With this brilliant novel about the surprises of destiny and the origins of fame, the critically acclaimed author of Golden Days ("Extraordinary. exciting and nd Plain Dealer) firmly establishes her place as one of the preeminent chroniclers of our times. The Handyman is the story of Bob Hampton, an aspiring young painter who has had to face the humbling fact that he doesn't know what to paint

She received a PhD in American literature from UCLA, where she taught creative writing. After a failed (and endearing) trip to Paris, Bob returns to his home in Los Angeles and decides to spend the summer working as a handyman before giving art school one more try. The Cleveland Plain Dealer. The Handyman is the story of Bob Hampton, an aspiring young painter who has had to face the humbling fact that he doesn't know what to paint  . Replete with stunning images and all of Carolyn See's trademark humor and wisdom, The Handyman depicts the countless ways in which our lives are intertwined and the profound effects we can have on one another.

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Carolyn See (born Caroline Laws; January 13, 1934 – July 13, 2016) was a professor emerita of English at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the author of ten books, including the memoir, Dreaming: Hard Luck and Good Times in America, an advice book on writing, Making a Literary Life, and the novels There Will Never Be Another You, Golden Days, and The Handyman. See was also a book critic for the Washington Post for 27 years.

Soon, however, he's emotionally involved with several of his employers-each of whom is "sandblasted by life" and each of whom he does his best to rescue. Like its title character, See's novel is casually inspiring. see all 2 descriptions). A struggling young artist goes to work as a handyman, only to see himself called to fix relationships- -lonely grandmothers, love-starved wives, aids victims- all unhappy, all in need of an ear or physical contact.

With this brilliant novel about the surprises of destiny and the origins of fame, the critically acclaimed author of Golden Days ("Extraordinary . . . a very, very important book"-Los Angeles Times Book Review) and Making History ("Radiant . . . exciting and imaginative"-Cleveland Plain Dealer) firmly establishes her place as one of the preeminent chroniclers of our times.    The Handyman is the story of Bob Hampton, an aspiring young painter who has had to face the humbling fact that he doesn't know what to paint.  And how are you supposed to be an artist in this world if you don't have a vision? Bob trades in his artist's palette for a minivan full of house paints, hammers, and nails, and sets about earning a little cash as a handyman.     Although he turns out to be very bad at fixing the things he's hired to fix, Bob demonstrates quite a knack for fixing the lives of the people around him. In the midst of his jerry-built repairs and inspired home improvements, Bob meets an extraordinary cast of characters--rendered in all their delightful eccentricity and human frailty as only Carolyn See can-each of whom shows Bob the true scope of his own remarkable talent. There's Angela Landry, a housewife with far too much time on her hands, a sexpot of a stepdaughter, and a son in need of  attention; Jamie Walker, whose allergy-prone and ADD-afflicted children keep a menagerie of scaly pets that far exceed Jamie's managerial skills; Valerie LeClerc, older, sadder, and certainly wiser than Bob; and Hank and Ben, who leave a narrow-minded Midwest only to find unremitting illness and isolation in the California of their dreams.     Replete with stunning images and all of Carolyn See's trademark humor and wisdom, The Handyman depicts the countless ways in which our lives are intertwined and the profound effects we can have on one another. It is the kind of surprising and miraculously uplifting novel we have come to expect from the woman Diane Johnson has called "one of our most important writers."
Reviews: 7
Dolid
This was an incredibly entertaining book!
The plot is of a discouraged artist, a painter, with dreams of literally changing someone's life through his art work. He realizes that the odds are against him, but he cannot deny how strongly he feels for his art and his desire to knock the socks off the art world. It would prove something to himself, and also to his family, who said he would never amount to anything with an art degree. His father walked out on him when he was young, and he was left trying to hold his agoraphobic mother together. The burden was enormous, and his loose ends became increasingly more disturbing to him when he realizes that he may indeed, not knock anyone's socks off with his art work.
Bob, the artist, relocates back in LA, and to make ends meet before he goes back to art school decides to work as a handyman. He makes flyers and posts them all over the city. The phone calls start rolling in, and with them are some of the most profound, bizarre and heartbreaking clients one can imagine.
His strength lies in his soul and in his art as he tries to help these people. The beauty of the novel lies in the way the story is constructed by Carolyn See.
I admit I skimmed through the prelude, sure I could return to it when I had more of a grip on the purpose for it. I read it in detail at the end, and was truly rewarded with the significance.
This is a remarkable, original story that is sure to delight. If you need something more deep, read War and Peace.
Jeyn
I loved it. This is the kind of book that appears easy to write, because it is so easy and pleasurable to read. Thus, as a writer, I marked it up and am now rereading it as a learning tool for my own writing work. If you doubt the author's ability and knowledge, check the back cover for her credits. Much more here than first meets the eye. (Although we are forwarded by a business letter of this fact.)
Huston
After reading a review of this book in the newspaper I found it at the local library. I love this book! Its message of helping yourself by helping other people is so true. Yet it's not a sappy story. My only advice: don't read the forward - it's such a spoiler! I don't know why they put the ending at the beginning. Skip that part and then read it at the end... when you finish the book and wish it wasn't ending. This book would make a wonderful movie.
Meztisho
I read this book years ago and loved the story, the characters and the way it made me feel. Lately I started thinking about my all time favorite books (I'm a voracious reader) and this one came to mind. Well worth a second read.
Felolak
Wonderful book
MrCat
a wonderful light hearted read.
Skiletus
covered lots of thoughts in a creative manner. . .I read the Grant at the end which was the original intent
I love this book and have re-read many times which is why I had to replace. I ordered a hard copy but received a paperback instead. DIsappointed.