The Family Fang

March 13, 2012

ตลกขบขันแสบสันต์และเศร้าอย่างร้ายกาจ นี่คือคำบรรยายที่เราขอมอบให้ The Family Fang หนังสือเล่มใหม่ของ Kevin Wilson ที่อ่านแล้วนึกถึงหนังของ Wes Anderson ขึ้นมาอย่างแรง ครอบครัวศิลปินอันประกอบด้วยพ่อแม่ลูกหญิงชาย ที่เต็มไปด้วยกิจกรรมสุดเพี้ยน ตบท้ายด้วยตอนจบที่ทำเอาคนอ่านเกือบตกเก้าอี้ ข่าวว่ากำลังจะกลายเป็นหนังใหญ่ในเร็ววันนี้โดยมี Nicole Kidman เล่นเป็นคุณแม่ Chamille อ่านแล้วอยากแปลเป็นบ้า ถ้ายังไม่มีใครซื้อลิขสิทธิ์จะขอแปลเป็นเล่มแรกของสำนักพิมพ์เลยให้ตายเถอะ…


The Family Fang is pretty much the kind of novel you might dream of finding during an aimless twenty minutes in a bookstore: it’s ambitious, it’s funny, it takes its characters seriously, and it has soul— here defined as that beautiful ache fiction can bring on when it wants the best for us all while simultaneously accepting that most of the time, even good enough isn’t possible. Buster and Annie Fang are the adult children of Camille and Caleb Fang, performance artists whose art involved and frequently embarrassed their children while they were growing up. A series of calamities (potato bazooka for Buster, accidental nudity and unwise sex for Annie) results in the children returning home to Tennessee, where their parents are still working, still hoping to convince their kids that family performance-art is their one true calling.

From Stuff I’ve Been Reading by Nick Hornby for The Believer

This is the arch-sounding premise of Kevin Wilson’s novel “The Family Fang,” which in less adroit hands might have been a string of twee, deadpan moments and not much more. But Mr. Wilson, though he writes wittily about various outré Fang performance pieces, resists putting too much emphasis on the family gimmick. These events have names (the kids’-singing-angers-heckler bit is loftily called “The Sound and the Fury”) and dates and artistic goals. But they also have consequences. That’s what makes this novel so much more than a joke.

From The New York Times book review

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