✓ The Hundred Brothers || ☆ PDF Read by ï Donald Antrim

By Donald Antrim | Comments: ( 866 ) | Date: ( May 28, 2020 )

There s Rob, Bob, Tom, Paul, Ralph, and Phil Siegfried, the sculptor in burning steel blind Albert and ninety three year old Hiram Foster, the New Age psychoanalyst and Maxwell, the tropical botanist, who, since returning from the rain forest, has seemed a little screwed up somehow When PEN Faulkner Award finalist Donald Antrim brings them and their eighty nine equallThere s Rob, Bob, Tom, Paul, Ralph, and Phil Siegfried, the sculptor in burning steel blind Albert and ninety three year old Hiram Foster, the New Age psychoanalyst and Maxwell, the tropical botanist, who, since returning from the rain forest, has seemed a little screwed up somehow When PEN Faulkner Award finalist Donald Antrim brings them and their eighty nine equally eccentic kinsmen together in the decaying library of their family estate for cocktails, a light supper, and a little ritual sacrifice, the result suggests a high speed collision between The Brothers Karamazov and the Brothers Marx Moving swiftly from slapstick to horror and back, The Hundred Brothers establishes Antrim as one of our most mordantly and satanically playful young writers, whose insights into the agonies of kinship are as serious as they are hilarious.

  • Title: The Hundred Brothers
  • Author: Donald Antrim
  • ISBN: 9781847086532
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Donald Antrim

Donald Antrim is an American novelist His first novel, Elect Mr Robinson for a Better World, was published in 1993 In 1999 The New Yorker named him as among the twenty best writers under the age of forty.Antrim is a frequent contributor of fiction to The New Yorker and has written a number of critically acclaimed novels, including The Verificationist and The Hundred Brothers, which was a finalist for the 1998 PEN Faulkner Award in fiction He is also the author of The Afterlife, a 2006 memoir about his mother, Louanne Self He has received grants and awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Dorothy and Lewis B Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.Antrim is the brother of the artist Terry Leness and the son of Harry Antrim, a scholar of T S Eliot Antrim has been associated with the writers David Foster Wallace and Jonathan Franzen, and the visual artist Christa Parravani.He has taught prose fiction at the graduate school of New York University and was the Mary Ellen von der Heyden Fellow for Fiction at the American Academy in Berlin, Germany, for spring 2009 Antrim teaches in the MFA program at Columbia University He lives in Brooklyn.

Comments The Hundred Brothers

  • Adelina

    Solipsistic late-90s trash. I hate this entire genre. Imagine if a young Michael Chabon decided he'd make a better William Burroughs than Philip Roth, but just didn't have it in him to do all those hallucinogens and thought maybe a mild Vicodin binge would send him into enough of a creative fit to churn out a couple hundred pages of social criticism. No, on second thought, that would be better than this pap.

  • Tony

    I dream like this: in fragments and loops; in absurdity and utter truth.

  • Marcus Mennes

    If you’re like me then you find exaggeration, at least in principle, to be exceedingly funny. A certain type of absurdity is created when too much of something is introduced, when a situation builds & builds to an anticipated level, and then, as they say, goes over the top.In Donald Antrim’s novel there are literally one hundred brothers living together in a big, sordid mansion. It is a short book without sections or chapters, and should be read, I presume, with some momentum. Within the [...]

  • Topher

    I fell in love with this novel when I heard Mr. Antrim read from it a the PEN/Faulkner awards eons ago. It is so quirky and frantic. I keep it by my bedside.

  • Joe

    Surreal, poignant, and occasionally beautiful.

  • Billy


  • Nfpendleton

    A simple but brilliant absurd comedy.

  • Jemimah

    As far as I can tell, Donald Antrim has something of an over-active, yet alarmingly direct, imagination. Ninety nine of one hundred brothers reunite in their family library for a dinner at which they hope to decide what to do with their father's ashes. The brothers are all individually named but very few are characterised; probably because most of them appear to have some form of personality disorder, addiction or an utterly abysmal ability to interact with other beings. There are squabbles, scu [...]

  • Benjy

    I got to this one after reading and loving Antrim's other two novels. I waited years to read it because I was hoping he'd come out with another one and I wouldn't need to give up the exhilaration that comes from reading one of his novels for the first time. Eventually, I gave in.As you might be able to tell from the description of the book, this presents the most daunting of the formal challenges of his books and, though his general thoroughness and intricacy gives way to mayhem more readily (an [...]

  • Stephanie Sun

    "You wouldn't think a bug race could be so exciting."You wouldn't think a book by a certified genius would be so vapid and tiresome.The Hundred Brothers is not plotless so much as personalityless. You can see the author trying really, really hard (including having his main character literally piss on the classics), but this book never makes the case for post-modernism, or itself.An extra star for originality and ambition of the concept.I recommend, instead, The Mezzanine for droll stream-of-cons [...]

  • Kerfe

    I had to force myself to read half of this. I can't say it was dreadful--the writing is OK, though nothing special. But I was bored. There was nothing to compel me to turn the page, or even open the book again.It's apparently supposed to be funny. Maybe you need to be male? (though to be honest, I'm not that crazy about chick-lit either).Maybe I'm just not hip enough to understand the obscure references.Anyway, I didn't get it, and really, who cares?

  • Ryan Chapman

    Everyone should read this book. Here's my hook: yes, it's about a hundred brothers. They're gathered in the family library to find their father's ashes and try and achieve some kind of fraternal peace. Every brother is introduced, by name, in the first sentence. There are no chapter or line breaks.

  • Jason

    Rejoice! Someone has finally given voice to the plight of the white male!

  • Austin

    Doug, the protagonist of this wickedly delicious novel, is gathering with 98 of his brothers in the giant library of their family mansion for a night of food, drink, and hedonistic revelry. The entire book (albeit short at a mere 188 pages) takes place during the course of this night. How does someone have 99 siblings to begin with, where is anyone else in the family, and why this night of all night do they meet? Well, it's never quite explained. We do meet all hundred brothers though, and Antri [...]

  • Rosa

    Started out strong, but became tiresome for me maybe 1/3 of the way from the end. The humor is what kept me going (in general, anything that makes me laugh will not be abandoned, no matter how disengaged I am otherwise), and the narrator's voice is steeped in somewhat bleak humor rooted in the absurd, my favorite. There are countless profound observations on spirituality, ritual, family, identity, what it means to be a man and a brother, usually conveyed through lovely writing - however, I guess [...]

  • Paul

    You have only to read the back cover of this book to know what you are getting into so do it. It comes well recommended, it's by a "hot" author who publishes stories in the New Yorker, Jonathan Franzen is a fan, I dunno what more I can say. The book is short, 200 pages, funny all the way through, and clearly meant to be taken as a "literary novel" whatever that might be. But 200 pages of funny may just well be too many pages of funny, and maybe we could say the same for the intellectual gamesman [...]

  • Jenny

    So I read most of this book in one sitting (on a flight), which I think should be recommended for future readers of this book since 1) there are no chapters and 2) the events happen in the span of a few hours and kind of snowball from normal (well. as normal as can be with 100 brothers involved) to completely chaotic. I think if I read this only in the morning on my way to work, I would have lost the thread.I wouldn't say nothing happened, but the book seemed to be about character development, n [...]

  • David

    I love Antrim's writing and this book is just another reason. It's got some differences from the other two I've read, but it evidences what I've come to expect as the Antrim style. There is just such an interesting blend of pleasant reasonableness and meaningful absurdity, and that's when things get weird. It'd be really hard to pick a favorite Antrim, since for me I think it would change based on my mood. Regardless, this one hit the right mood for me at the right time. Loved it.

  • Jana

    No, seriously, allegory for what? 100 sperms in the library. Talking, bla bla, talking. I didn't get it and thus find it interesting. "Elegant, outrageously imagined, comic Antrim exaggerates his narrator into hilarious existence." Yeah right The New Yorker critic. You had to look up for those words in the dictionary to make them sound twistedly smarter, and afterwards you probably gave yourself a personal bow, as in, I’ve read this book, I understand it. Applause, applause to myself.

  • Sarah

    This is a 200 page short story, a farce, that all takes place over the course of on evening. The characters ARE the plot, which is to say, the plot is how a family of 100 adult brothers might interact at a dinner. If it goes any deeper than that, someone needs to explain it to me. I was entertained in parts, but mostly I just wanted to finish it, so I could check it off the list and return it to the library.

  • Lawrence A

    I loved the black humor and the lampooning of various male archetypes as the hundred brothers meet at a banquet dinner to get drunk, brag, fall apart, impress one another, wrestle, fight, form alliances, and cut each other down to size. I was not disappointed to find out that I share my first name with at least one of the brothers.

  • Jonathan

    99 brothers meet to look for their father’s ashes in the family’s dilapidated library. They fight, they drink too much and one brother will be offered as a human sacrifice. Read this in one sitting or savor the prose and enjoy the surrealist family dynamics.

  • Matthew

    I loved the Verificationist and gave this one a whirl. Super funny. And there's supposedly all this Jungian stuff I missed. Whatevs, I'm okay with that.

  • Lisa

    Worst book I have ever read.

  • Brent Legault

    I'd like my life to be as vast and as strange and as fraternal as this book is.

  • Heather

    I suggested this one for a book club once. I think they all thought I was crazy. I stand by it though. This is really interesting, but impossible to describe.

  • Emily Brown

    couldn't finish. didn't care what was happening to the characters, didn't want to know what would happen.

  • Cathy Aquila

    99 of the 100 brothers have gathered in their deceased father’s library to share a meal and, possibly, to find the urn that contains his ashes. An irreal novel that is lots of fun to read.

  • Marie

    Bizarre, hilarious, and difficult to describe.

  • Bill Adams111

    Ninety-nine brothers convene at their dead father’s estate to find his ashes and bury him (one brother couldn’t make it). They meet in a vast library that seems to contain all the knowledge of western civilization. The tale is told by Doug, the family genealogist. He describes 99 quirky personalities who tease and abuse each other, the way many brothers do. Drinks are served; dinner is served, but the brothers never do find the ashes, because quarreling, then fighting degenerate into chaos a [...]

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