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There really is no story. Reviewed by Trina Carter January 18, Disclosure: This article is not an endorsement, but a review. The author of this book provided free copies of the book and paid a small fee to have their book reviewed by a professional reviewer. Foreword Reviews and Clarion Reviews make no guarantee that the author will receive a positive review. Foreword Magazine, Inc. This will subscribe you to all of our newsletters, announcements, and promotional content. Things get nasty after this: Arnold's beautiful garden is vandalized, he goes to Reverend Spitford's church and insults him with a racial expletive, breaking a window from the church with a bible.
The manager at Arnold's nursery business turns out to be Fidel Castro's man in Caracas - a famous terrorist who blew up a plane. Arnold is now wanted as a terrorist, and must hide from society. There's a possibility he may face prison time. Out of options, Arnold is forced to share Cassandra's studio apartment in Brooklyn - the reporter who wanted an exclusive interview with him. As Cassandra reveals that she was the one who vandalized his garden, he storms out of her apartment and ends up being homeless on Central Park. There he meets the scandalous Bare Ass Bandit and joins him in his crime spree.
Arnold loses all sense of humanity. Finally, as Arnold is rejected by the Bandit, Arnold has a complete awakening. He realizes that: "Ordinary life is what he longed for more than anything. That and his wife. The book is narrated from Arnold's third person point of view.
Filled with insightful dialog, Appel exposes the sad state of our country. The right wing media has made a farce of being a patriot. Much like Becket's Waiting for Godot, Appel creates a story so absurd that the only reason we're drawn to the plot is because it seems so "real. Arnold expresses his sentiment best when he states: "Better to be uninformed that regularly demoralized. I recommend it highly…. Sep 09, Derek rated it really liked it. This is one of those books I had really hoped to win through a Goodreads giveaway, but it never happened.
I am glad, however, that I chose to purchase this book. Arnold Brinkman, a famous botanist, decides during "God Bless America" at a baseball game not to stand up. On principle, on anger, or whatever, he refuses. A somewhat all-star cast of characters then show up and decide to make his life worse than what it was. If he doesn't stand up at a baseball game, he decides to stand up for whatever This is one of those books I had really hoped to win through a Goodreads giveaway, but it never happened. If he doesn't stand up at a baseball game, he decides to stand up for whatever belief he is trying to demonstrate.
Except, with each new step, he continues to mount a failure's ladder. For as funny as the book is in spots, it does raise some important questions about what it means to be patriotic, where respect begins and where it ends, and how many times we so easily throw stones and forget the real problems in and around us.
At no point did I ever feel this novel was going to be predictable. Just when I thought something was going to happen that would confirm my thoughts about the direction the novel was going to go, the protagonist does something completely different. And although it greatly annoys me at the movie theatres when screenwriters do it, the ending of the novel begs the reader to ask "What happens next? I really wish the copyeditor or proofreader would have spent some time on this important detail. That's easily forgiven and forgotten, though.
What won't be forgotten is this novel. Although a relatively short one, it will beg numerous questions for a long time to come. Aug 15, Craig Evans rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction-novels. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author courtesy of an Amazon. I sympathized with the central character, Arnold Brinkman, and see several similarities between him and me. Arnold is 55 I'm 53 , a botanist I was a biology major at university and gardening enthusiast ditto who enjoys foraging for wild and natural plants as food sources I dabble , and he has a need to feel liked and trusted and respected by those around him guilty while at the same time he is Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author courtesy of an Amazon.
Arnold is 55 I'm 53 , a botanist I was a biology major at university and gardening enthusiast ditto who enjoys foraging for wild and natural plants as food sources I dabble , and he has a need to feel liked and trusted and respected by those around him guilty while at the same time he is a bit dis-social also guilty , and the author gives him a wide range of knowledge of historical events within the culture and society and he displays a bit of intolerance and is critical toward what he considers injustices ummmm Unlike me, Arnold find himself embroiled in a 'scandal' that rips his daily life to shreds, forces him into hiding, and leads him to a life of crime The author covers a lot of ground in his descriptions of the protests against Arnold, and Arnold's reaction to the protests A fast, fun read.
Not 'literary' fiction but an interesting diversion from the mundane. Mar 04, Brent Soderstrum rated it really liked it Shelves: first-read. I won this book through GoodReads First Read program This was a fun book showing what can happen to your life if you refuse to follow the crowd. Arnold Brinkman has taken his nephew to a Yankees game when during the 7th inning stretch they play "God Bless America". Arnold refuses to stand and when he appears on the jumbotron he sticks his tongue out. The crowd boos and yells at him. It doesn't end there. A group of protesters show up at his house to demonstrate demanding an apology.
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Arnold refuse I won this book through GoodReads First Read program This was a fun book showing what can happen to your life if you refuse to follow the crowd. Arnold refuses and the tale really begins. Arnold ends up on the run with a price on his head for his arrest. The book covers his adventures with Cassandra who is a free lance reporter who he hangs out with for awhile. Minister Spotty Spitford who is leading the protesters. His annoying neighbor Ira Taylor. His supportive wife Judith. And my favorite character the Bare-Ass Bandit who he participates in becoming a duo of desperadoes with.
In the end we find out that it is never to late to apologize which is a good lesson for all of us to learn without having to go through what Arnold went through. Mar 17, Rubery Book Award rated it it was amazing Shelves: winners. He and his wife, Judith, are liberals who support open immigration, with friends who claim to enjoy being attacked by right-wing lunatics. When Arnold is filmed sitting down during a rendition of God Bless America at a baseball match, the story is picked u 1st Prize Winner in the Rubery Book Award This is the story of Arnold Brinkmann, a shy botanist from New York, whose interests are his garden centre and his writing about edible plants — his first book is entitled Please Do Eat the Lilies.
When Arnold is filmed sitting down during a rendition of God Bless America at a baseball match, the story is picked up by the media and he becomes an object of contempt. With much humour, the book explores modern attitudes in America and gently mocks both extreme left-wing thinking and the insular thinking that leads to paranoia. It maintains a pitch-perfect light touch, while never descending to the level of preaching. A wonderful, warm, laugh-out-loud book. From the judges at RBA Oct 05, Elaine Roberson rated it really liked it. Very enjoyable satire.
Arnold is a timid liberal botanist whose life is thrown into turmoil because he refused to stand for "God Bless America" at a ball game.
He is accused of being anti-American and protesters surround his house demanding an apology. Since Arnold does not believe he has done nothing wrong, he refuses to apologize. Things go from bad to worse as events spiral out of control.
The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up
The story kept me entertained for the entire time I was reading. It is not the type of book I usually re Very enjoyable satire. It is not the type of book I usually read I prefer mysteries , but it sounded like a book I would enjoy. I'm glad I tried this book. I really liked it. I was given a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Nov 08, Donna Bresnak rated it it was amazing. I received a digital copy of this book in return for a review.
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I loved this book. I recommend the story. I asked my husband to read it too so we can discuss it, it was that much fun. Feb 19, Jay R. I read the kindle edition of this book and found it a very engaging and entertaining read. The book is about a man, Arnold Brinkman, who wouldn't stand up for the singing of the National Anthem at a ball game. Recommend this book to anyone with an open mind, a sense of humor and in want of a great read! Apr 08, Jan rated it really liked it Shelves: e-book , text-to-speech-enabled , humor , print-copy , satire , giveaways.
Satire vs allegory. A sidewise look at life and the media. A shy man is placed in the limelight. Then it all goes sidewise, and we find ourselves laughing to excess! I received the book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. Mar 02, Deanneyahoo. This is by far the strangest book I have ever read Oddball and offbeat characters at every turn. I wasn't sure if I should feel sorry for Arnold or think he was an idiot! I honestly couldn't put this book down because I was anxious to see how it would end.
View 1 comment. Oct 02, Diana Petty-stone rated it it was amazing. Satire at it's best with America as its target. You will laugh out loud! Oct 27, Dorie rated it really liked it. During the 7th inning stretch, fans were asked to stand for "God Bless America Arnold does not stand and when he realizes he is being filmed, he sticks out his tongue.
He is an instant "breaking news" subject and labelled a "terrorizer". We meet Gladys and Annabelle, a cross dressing couple.
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Cassandra, a local news journalist. These are only 3 of the revealing and conflicted characters. In Part 2, Arnold meets Bandit, some of the wittiest and most provocative dilemmas are revealed. Political satire. It all depends how you read it. It exemplifies how quickly and thoughtlessly we shape and are shaped by the perceptions of others, as much as we are by our perceptions of ourselves and our actions.
Our lives and livelihoods could literally be held hostage within us, by ourselves as well as by others opinions. For every action there is a reaction. The ending was a surprise. This is an engrossing, thought-provoking book. I thought it was excellent and highly recommend you read this. Id like to thank Jacob M. Appel and LibraryThing for sending this wonderful book. The premise of The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up intrigued me - it's a book that claims to be about a man who refused to stand during the playing of God Bless America at a baseball game, and continues into a satire about patriotism in modern America.
This is not what this book delivered. Although the book is set up as a satire at the beginning, it completely details itself by veering off into distracting plot lines that muddle whatever the point of the book was supposed to be. For a novel presented The premise of The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up intrigued me - it's a book that claims to be about a man who refused to stand during the playing of God Bless America at a baseball game, and continues into a satire about patriotism in modern America. For a novel presented as satire, the book focuses almost exclusively on the growth I use this word lightly of the extremely dislikeable main character, Arthur, and very little on the society it's supposed be satirizing.
One of the biggest faults of this book is the characters. Arnold, our narrator and main character, is a crotchety, middle aged man, who is pretty much entirely despicable. He spends the entire book angry and whining, when his inciting action in the novel was pretty much just him being a jerk. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for shirking compulsory patriotism, but Arnold's backing for his actions make him difficult to sympathize with.
He's racist, violent, and disgustingly privileged. The author makes you sympathize with the group of people he's trying to satirize by choosing such a selfish and gross main character. Everything that happens to him is his fault, not the result of a sickened society. Personally, I couldn't shake the feeling that Appel supported a lot of Arnold's more despicable actions.
The writing was very apologetic towards his use of racial slurs and violence against women. The supporting characters are flat and unbelievable. While I'm willing to accept an over the top plot for the sake of satire, it needs the characters to pull it off.