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Mr Ives" Christmas

Oscar Hijuelos

Mr Ives" Christmas

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Published by Bloomsbury in London .
Written in English


Edition Notes

StatementOscar Hijuelos.
The Physical Object
Pagination248p. ;
Number of Pages248
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL17100330M
ISBN 100747524890

By the way, there are no spoilers in this review, since the pivotal incident in the book is described at the beginning of the book. Tragedy struck when Nathaniel was eight years old, when his father unexpectedly died, leaving Nathaniel and his eleven-year-old brother Lorenzo to provide for the family: six-year-old sister Elizabeth and two-year-old brother Charles, as well as their mother. Sizes of the images were standard trade cards, very small folios, small folios, medium folios, large foliosand their measurement did not include the title or borders. He questions his fundamental beliefs and his faith and his life are shattered. Ives, who knows nothing of his own natural ancestry, is profoundly drawn to the Spanish cultures and language that have begun to flourish in s New York City.

And that balance, that sense of perspective is what this beautifully written novel is all about. But remembered by whom? He meets increasing success and fulfillment in his career and all the while, maintains his devotion to his church and beliefs. As a man, however, with religion removed from the equation, he has to ask himself this question: How can I forgive the ignorant scum who, on a whim, snuffed out the life of my son, a boy infinitely superior in intellect and purpose? Their dearest friends are a Cuban emigre couple, Luis and Carmen Ramirez, whose son, Pablo, a writer, will marry their daughter, Caroline. Occasionally we re-emerge cheered and comforted.

Ives Christmasis about a man whose life rotates around the axis of Christmas, in both its tremendous joys and immense sorrows. An orphan, he is adopted during the holidays by a very kind man of deep faith who instills in Ives a love of both tradition and religion. Ives remained active in the firm until his death in He relishes accumulating family memories as well the conventions and ceremonial trappings of religion music, Christmas cards, etc and almost as a reflection of these mementos, takes pride in his collectibles, notably a first edition signed copies of novels by Charles Dickens.


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Mr Ives Christmas book

Especially popular are the winter scenes, which are commonly used for American Christmas cards. It is history modulated into portraiture. A successful Madison Avenue advertising illustrator, Ives is married to a vivacious, artistic woman, Annie, who shares his aesthetic passions and religious beliefs.

As an adopthed child, his friendships and first love and happy marriage to a wonderful woman full of life. I'm not Catholic, but this story demonstrates how the church and those that are a part of it can be God's instrument in an imperfect world -- just the opposite of the tremendous beating the church has taken recently.

The death of his son is something that Mr. It is the rare contemporary American novel that describes a religious man and his beliefs with respect and thoughtfulness, while giving an honest account of how difficult beliefs can be to hold, especially amidst so much pain.

In when Robert is seventeen, he is senselessly murdered Mr Ives Christmas book a New York street right before Christmas by a fourteen-year-old thug named Daniel Gomez.

We know the first Christmas was marked by violence and sorrow and yet, love endured and hope, though it often seems fleeting, can pierce our lives. In the horror filmMike Enslin, when describing the haunted hotel room, refers to the painting of the schooner lost at sea as being "done in the predictably dull fashion of Currier and Ives".

If Pablo Ramirez -- Ives's son-in-law and, eventually, Robert's surrogate at the family table -- were to combine all he knew of the older man from years of observation and family confidences and then fill in a few blanks with what only God could know, this book might be the result.

He meets increasing success and fulfillment in his career and all the while, maintains his devotion to his church and beliefs.

He is, at heart, a storyteller, but his story leaves one with much more to think about. Ives remained active in the firm until his death in Hijuelos shows us what Ives's lifelong hunger costs him and what it costs his wife, Annie, an artist turned English teacher, yet he makes us love the two of them for preserving into old age what the world persists in calling youthful idealism.

An amazing piece of work that I recommend wholeheartedly. Supernatural presences, invisible to the world, seemed thick in that place, as if between the image of Christ who is newly born and the image of the Christ who would die on the cross and resurrected, return as the light of this world, there flowed a powerful, mystical energy.

Characteristically enough, he reaches out to Daniel Gomez in prison, sending him books and encouraging him to learn to read and write. ButtersworthCharles R. Ives so loved and revered his adoptive father that he wanted nothing more than to follow in his footsteps as a believer in Christ.

This is the story of how he deals with this tragedy, and the nature of his faith. Niceties were exchanged. People tend to either love the season—soaking up all that comes with it—or dread it for its painful reminders of broken families and other assorted pains.

His novel Mr. Ives's Christmas "is a magnificently sad and enchanting novel, a celebration, ultimately, of giving and of grace.When MR IVES' CHRISTMAS was first published, I read the book in just about one sitting, promptly purchased a number of copies of the book, and gave it as a Christmas gift to close friends and family.

I still find myself buying multiple copies of the book as presents. The book tells the story of Edward Ives, a character Hijuelos has lovingly /5(11).

Part love story—of a man for his wife, for his children, for God—and part meditation on how a person can find spiritual peace in the midst of crisis, Mr.

Ives' Christmas is a beautifully written, tender and passionate story of a man trying to put his life in perspective. In the expert hands of.

Currier and Ives

Mr. Ives lives on Claremont Avenue -- as did we. He attends the same Catholic Church, visits many others I’ve been to, walks through parks I know, buys pizza and Christmas trees on Amsterdam Avenue.

Reading this book summons good memories of the Christmases. Editions for Mr. Ives' Christmas: (Paperback published in ), (Hardcover published in ), (Paperback published in Author: Oscar Hijuelos. Dec 05,  · In the expert hands of Oscar Hijuelos, Mr. Ives' Christmas speaks eloquently to the most basic and fulfilling aspects of life for all of us.

Mr. Ives has a successful career in advertising, a wife and two children, and believes he has achieved the typical American dream. Item # HIJUELOS, Oscar. MR. IVES CHRISTMAS. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, First edition. 8vo., black cloth, gilt-stamped to upper board and spine.

Near fine. In the publisher's box, which is covered with white paper and printed in red and gold, with a diamond-shaped cut-out that reveals the title stamped to the upper board of the book within; one corner is starting and.