With intelligence, restraint, and without sentimentality, Rick Moody has created a moving portrait of a nuclear family.” —Jeffrey Eugenides. Unfortunately, Moody, winner of the Pushcart Press Editors' Book Award for his first novel, Garden State , tends to use these details in a more encyclopedic than evocative manner. A popular home for wealthy commuting New Yorkers since the advent of the railroad in 1868, its population more than doubled between 1950 and 1970 (from 8,001 to 17,451) as a result of its position at the centre of the modern architectural design movement from the late 1940s to the 1960s when a group of Havard students moved to the town and built around 80 to 100 modern homes. Everything is tinged with either a rot that is unredeemable or a rot that is still in its seedling state. The children will be as rotten as the parents, and the parents seem beyond hope. What I love about this book is its unsentimental view of suburban turmoil and discontent--that phrase "all is not what it seems" I love to see played out in literature so much. I saw the Ang Lee adaptation of this book a few years back and so was curious about Moody's novel. I didn't make a firm count, but I think we spend time with roughly six characters during the novel, whom Moody presents to us cloaked in a wise omniscient narrative voice. 1961) is an award-winning novelist and short story writer. The people in this tale were tragic, deeply disturbed and not relateable at all. On a late November weekend in 1973, a snow and ice storm hit an affluent community in Connecticut. Reviewed in the United States on December 11, 2016. That countless times the author tries to tie in the family drama with the strangeness of the times (1973), & fails, pretty much destroys its entire purpose, whatever that may have been and was not. The characters, while having plenty of flaws, are very realistic and relatable. Instead of it being cold, sad and brilliant, it is too insider-y, too ordinary a tale and almost overly faulty. Pop-cultural references of the time, from Hush Puppies to the film Billy Jack , pervade the text. I certainly hope it wasn't so much so that readers are dissuaded from reading it. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. In some ways, THE ICE STORM feels like it picks up where Richard Yates' classic and brilliant suburban novel REVOLUTIONARY ROAD left off--from the 50's to the early 70's--and in the span of that decade between the two books, adults haven't learned much. Books. It was written... why? The dream of the hippies hadn't panned out, Nixon tried everyone's trust and patriotism, and relationships were more strained than ever. Insights. Returning to the book at age 40, I'm less sure of its greatness even if I still have a positive response to it. --. Not understanding some the rave reviews, or even how this book was made into a movie. Abandoned on page 156. I personally really enjoyed it, better than the movie for me. I admired its wry take on consumerism and the soulless pop culture of its era, the early 1970s, and its rhetoric influenced a wannabe subversive undergrad pretentiousness that I didn't shake until well into adulthood. The ice storm by Moody, Rick. The deus ex machina plot resolution. This is my first read of Rick Moody and I found the novel exceptional. When the electromagnetic pulse comes in the wake of the nuclear blast? The novel reminded me of Richard Yates' brilliant Revolutionary Road. Will be reading more of him. Now just to be clear - it isn't all about the storm. What Happened During the Ice Storm by Jim Heynen One winter there was a freezing rain. With this narration, I was reminded of Ann Patchett's Commonwealth, and also, strangely, of George Elliot's books - she was a big proponent of that "eye of God" looking bemusedly over her characters. The storm just comes along and weaves its way through the plot. Benjamin Hood, plagued by a loss of importance at work and a growing drinking problem, pursues an ill-fated affair with Janey Williams; his wife, Elena, feels herself losing what little regard she has left for him. The affluent WASP community of New Canaan, Conn., is home to the Hood and Williams families, neighboring two-parent, two-child households built around increasingly dysfunctional marriages.