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– tekijä: Tommy Hays

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Prate Marshbanks proposed to his future wife on a muggy July night at Pete's Drive-in back in '52. "She said yes to me between bites of a slaw burger all-the-way." A college graduate and daughter of a prominent lawyer, Irene was an unlikely match for Prate, a high school dropout. He lived his married life aware of the question on people's minds: How in the world did a tall, thin, fair-skinned beauty and one of the most respected high school English teachers in all of Greenville County, in allof South Carolina for that matter, wind up married to a short, dark, fat-faced, jug-eared house painter? That their marriage not only survived for fifty years, but flourished, is a source of constant wonder to Prate. Now he faces a new challenge with Irene. From the author ofIn The Family Way, a novel the Atlanta Constitution called "an instant classic" and theCharlotte Observer praised as "a lovely, moving book," comes a powerful story of hard-earned hope.The Pleasure Was Mine takes place during a critical summer in the life of Prate Marshbanks, when he retires to care for his wife, who is gradually slipping away. To complicate things, Prate's son, Newell, a recently widowed single father, asks Prate to keep nine-year-old Jackson for the summer. Though Prate is irritated by the presence of his moody grandson, during the summer Jackson helps tend his grandmother, and grandfather and grandson form a bond. As Irene's memory fades, Prate, a hardworking man who has kept to himself most of his life, has little choice but to get to know his family. With elegance and skillful economy of language, Tommy Hays renders an unforgettable character in Prate Marshbanks.The Pleasure Was Mine is at once a quietly wrenching portrayal of grief, a magical and romantic story about the power of love, and an unexpectedly moving take on the resilience of family.… (lisätietoja)
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THE PLEASURE WAS MINE
Tommy Hays

The novel The Pleasure Was Mine takes place during a critical summer in the life of Prate Marshbanks, when he retires to care for his wife, who is gradually slipping away. To complicate things, Prate’s son, Newell, a recently widowed single father, asks Prate to keep nine-year-old Jackson for the summer. Though Prate is irritated at first by the presence of his moody grandson, over the summer his feelings toward Jackson change as his grandson helps him tend Irene. As Irene’s memory fades, Prate a hard-working man who has kept to himself most of his life, has little choice but to get to know his family.
  seniorfriendshipven | May 8, 2009 |
very dear book ( )
  edwina1 | Mar 3, 2009 |
Greensboro City Read North Carolina Author Oversimplifies all the problems of love, aging, loss, Alzheimer's ( )
  WWWDaryl | Feb 23, 2009 |
The Pleasure Was Mine by Tommy Hays is a novel that revolves around two generations of Marshbanks. There is Prate Marshbanks who experiences the difficulty of taking care of his wife, Irene, who has Alzheimer’s. Phrate has lived a full life with a wonderful and intelligent lady who took care of him during their marriage, but in the end, he must be the care taker. His demeanor is ruff (which at times did include some colorful language), but his wife is genteel and very intelligent as evidenced by her profession as a school teacher. He never really understood how a lady, in the true sense of the word, would desire to spend the rest of her life with a man of few words. All he knew how do was paint houses and take care of his family.

He met Irene while painting her father’s house. It took many extra coats before he got up the nerve to ask her out and many more coats of paint before they got married. They had one boy, Newell, who also became a painter. But he was very different kind of painter because he could make a canvas come alive. Newell inherited his Dad’s love for paint and his Mother’s sensitivity for nature and landscape which proved to be a great combination for producing very fine paintings and a good income as an artist. Unfortunately, Newell and his son, Jackson, experienced their own traumatic event. Sandy, a wonderful wife and mother, was killed in an automobile accident.

Their lives converged when Newell asked his father to keep Jackson for the summer. How could Phrate take on that responsible for a grandson he hardly knew? Especially, since he spent 4 to 5 hour a day at the nursing home taking care of his Irene. What resulted was an unexpected healing between father and son, as well as an acceptance of the difficulties in both of their lives.

I decided to read this book because the story takes place in my hometown, Greenville, SC. I was very familiar with some of the places described in the book and it brought back a lot of memories when I was much younger. The story itself was entertaining which made it a quick read. This would be a good book to take on vacation to kill some time.
  hmbcpa | May 29, 2008 |
This is a story about a man whose wife has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He is forced to place her in a care facility and must face living alone again, amongst all the reminders of his wife when she was younger and more able.

At the same time, his son (whose wife was killed in a car accident several years earlier) is going through some difficulties himself. In order to pursue an art fellowship, the son must leave the grandson with his grandfather for the summer. The old man and the young boy get to know each other and come to terms with their respective losses over the course of the summer.

I really liked this book quite a bit. I found the characters very realistic, and it resonated with me after watching my grandmother deteriorate with Alzheimer's. The main character is still in love with his wife, and finds it very hard as he loses her day by day.

Some may find this book a bit slow, as it's not really about "action". However, I found it a quick read, and it helped me relate to my elderly relatives as they face this terrible disease. ( )
  squirrel1896 | Nov 23, 2006 |
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Prate Marshbanks proposed to his future wife on a muggy July night at Pete's Drive-in back in '52. "She said yes to me between bites of a slaw burger all-the-way." A college graduate and daughter of a prominent lawyer, Irene was an unlikely match for Prate, a high school dropout. He lived his married life aware of the question on people's minds: How in the world did a tall, thin, fair-skinned beauty and one of the most respected high school English teachers in all of Greenville County, in allof South Carolina for that matter, wind up married to a short, dark, fat-faced, jug-eared house painter? That their marriage not only survived for fifty years, but flourished, is a source of constant wonder to Prate. Now he faces a new challenge with Irene. From the author ofIn The Family Way, a novel the Atlanta Constitution called "an instant classic" and theCharlotte Observer praised as "a lovely, moving book," comes a powerful story of hard-earned hope.The Pleasure Was Mine takes place during a critical summer in the life of Prate Marshbanks, when he retires to care for his wife, who is gradually slipping away. To complicate things, Prate's son, Newell, a recently widowed single father, asks Prate to keep nine-year-old Jackson for the summer. Though Prate is irritated by the presence of his moody grandson, during the summer Jackson helps tend his grandmother, and grandfather and grandson form a bond. As Irene's memory fades, Prate, a hardworking man who has kept to himself most of his life, has little choice but to get to know his family. With elegance and skillful economy of language, Tommy Hays renders an unforgettable character in Prate Marshbanks.The Pleasure Was Mine is at once a quietly wrenching portrayal of grief, a magical and romantic story about the power of love, and an unexpectedly moving take on the resilience of family.

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