30 review for Open Heart

  1. 4 out of 5

    J. Alfred

    At one point in this book, Bebb, the larger-than-life saint or insane person or sex criminal (or all three?) says that he's "Broker than the ten commandments," and in a text that centers around adultery, violence, and despair (that's probably implied in one of the big ten, right?) this pretty much hits the spot. It also highlights Buechner's facility with speech and his ability to get live people into his books. Also: the seventies must have been weird times.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Dixon

    I'm reading Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale and in it Buechner quotes from this novel (his own). His quote is over about 4 pages, and I really liked it so thought I'd read the novel. Unfortunately, my library doesn't have a copy. It does have the first book in this series (Lion Country) so I think I'll mark that to read some time.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alex Stroshine

    The second book of Bebb is another 2.5/5. Again, I find the story is more about Antonio Parr than Leo Bebb. I enjoyed it a bit more than "Lion Country." Having just read a short piece by Timothy Larsen where he critiques John Updike for being too obsessed with sexual infidelity, I'm inclined to think Buechner might be guilty of the same in the Bebb saga. Also, Bebb's failed attempts to start a Southern-style revival church, which is purportedly the driving plot of "Open Heart" according to the b The second book of Bebb is another 2.5/5. Again, I find the story is more about Antonio Parr than Leo Bebb. I enjoyed it a bit more than "Lion Country." Having just read a short piece by Timothy Larsen where he critiques John Updike for being too obsessed with sexual infidelity, I'm inclined to think Buechner might be guilty of the same in the Bebb saga. Also, Bebb's failed attempts to start a Southern-style revival church, which is purportedly the driving plot of "Open Heart" according to the blurb on the back of the book, is a minimal plot-line at best.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rocky Curtiss

    I am loving the story of Leo Bebb, but mostly for Frederick Beuchner's writing. So descriptive and real as he brings out not only the sights, but also the sounds and smells. I am in awe.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Craig Childs

    I usually enjoy Buechner's novels, and a lot of readers consider the four volumes that comprise THE BOOK OF BEBB to be his finest. But they didn't work for me at all. These books lack the succint, straightforward, proignant style of Buechner's later novels like SON OF LAUGHTER and ON THE ROAD WITH THE ARCHANGEL. Instead, these stories are an uneasy mix of slapstick humor, theological rumination, existential angst, and melodrama. It was hard to care for the characters, who are either overly passi I usually enjoy Buechner's novels, and a lot of readers consider the four volumes that comprise THE BOOK OF BEBB to be his finest. But they didn't work for me at all. These books lack the succint, straightforward, proignant style of Buechner's later novels like SON OF LAUGHTER and ON THE ROAD WITH THE ARCHANGEL. Instead, these stories are an uneasy mix of slapstick humor, theological rumination, existential angst, and melodrama. It was hard to care for the characters, who are either overly passive (like the narrator and his wife) or simply too erratic and quirky to be believable (like the enigmatic Leo Bebb and his various cohorts and relatives).I felt like Buechner tried to turn all of them into "lovable losers" but instead they just kept coming off as just bizarre and pitiful. The writing style itself veers from coarse to poetical to overwrought--often all within a single scene. Metaphors tended to be overused and overworked, which made for tedious reading. BOOK OF BEBB is out of print, but older copies are easy to find on the internet. Also, an e-book for kindle is now available. It can be purchased as a single-volume edition, or each novel can be found separately: 1. LION COUNTRY 2. OPEN HEART 3. LOVE FEAST 4. TREASURE HUNT

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Funk

    Well, I do believe this series is growing on me. I liked this novel better than the first in the series. I am finding the characters and the writing has a way of sticking in the mind as I continue to ponder them long after the book is done -- for me usually one of the markers of good literature.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    After reading Lion Country I had to find out what happens next to Bebb and his entourage. Charlatan or genius - probably both. Never a dull moment with Buechner.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Grosser

  9. 5 out of 5

    tohuvabohu

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mrs

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  12. 5 out of 5

    Fred Howard

  13. 5 out of 5

    Beth Anne

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Head

  15. 5 out of 5

    Fred

  16. 5 out of 5

    John Kieffer

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

  18. 4 out of 5

    Agitatus

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brian

  21. 5 out of 5

    Karen

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

  23. 5 out of 5

    Abe

  24. 4 out of 5

    Pat Corcoran

  25. 5 out of 5

    Pete

  26. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Mosher

  27. 5 out of 5

    Wes Gorton

  28. 4 out of 5

    Josh Batchelder

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tripp Brogdon

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dan

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