Census

Census

A powerful and moving new novel from an award-winning, acclaimed author: in the wake of a devastating revelation, a father and son journey north across a tapestry of towns. When a widower receives notice from a doctor that he doesn?t have long left to live, he is struck by the question of who will care for his adult son?a son whom he fiercely loves, a boy with Down syndrome A powerful and moving new novel from an award-winning, acclaimed author: in the wake of a devastating revelation,...

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Title:Census
Author:Jesse Ball
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:0062676156
Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Census Reviews

  • Cheri
    Apr 26, 2018
    ?Mama whispered softly time will ease your pain Life's about changing nothing ever stays the same And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it's okay to hurt and it's okay to cry Come let me hold you and I will try How can I help you to say goodbye? --How Can I Help...
  • Sara Batkie
    May 15, 2018
    My first Jesse Ball book. You can tell his background is in poetry; no word here goes to waste. At first I was a bit put off by the flatness of the style but once I got through the first town I was hooked. This is a deeply mournful book but one that doesn?t wallow in its darkness. In...
  • Tamara Evans
    Apr 21, 2018
    A touching story of a father and son on a cross county journey in which the father (a former doctor) performs the tasks of taking the census accompanied by his son who has Down syndrome. The story begins with the father preparing his son for the long trip and through additional chapter...
  • Bob Lopez
    Mar 21, 2018
    Hmm. It just wasn't...enough. There wasn't enough of any of it--the weird world they live in, the actual relationship with his son, I wanted more of that. I got a fair bit near the end when they cut the roadtrip short. ...
  • Paul
    Mar 24, 2018
    Jesse Ball?s novels are a kind erasure of known space, almost like a blank, white mind in meditation, where elements are added, one piece at a time, until strange little worlds have been constructed; these little worlds are made of human elements and are marked by familiarities, but ...
  • Courtney Judy
    Mar 17, 2018
    Census really grabbed me from the introduction. The author provided a heart-warming and inspiring introduction that broke down the purpose of this novel, Down-Syndrome and the lack of real knowledge and understanding that most have about it. From the moment I finished the introduction,...
  • Jessica Sullivan
    Mar 13, 2018
    It's no secret that I'm a Jesse Ball fanatic. I think he's one of the most exciting living writers. I hold his novels on a high pedestal, and find that he is unmatched in his ability to write surreal, experimental, abstract, yet still accessible works of fiction. I liked Census quit...
  • Jill
    Mar 29, 2018
    I am an unabashed fan of Jesse Ball. I?ve read many of his books ? The Curfew, The Lesson, Silence Once Begun, A Cure for Suicide, How to Set a Fire & Why ? and have often marveled at his metafictional, fablelike, and sometimes provocative works. But this time it?s perso...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Mar 30, 2018
    How prescient this book's title? Census. When was the last time this process generated controversy. A correct census is necessary for so many reasons, but none of them are the focus of Jesse Ball's humane and bewitching novel. The landscape is rustbelt, but with a difference. Our unnam...
  • Jennifer
    Apr 01, 2018
    Absolutely stunning. Census is a deeply personal novel for Jesse Ball and you need to know this before starting the book. Mr. Ball has a thorough introduction that shares his inspiration for this novel: his brother Abram. Unfortunately, Abram is now deceased but Mr. Ball gifts readers ...
  • Steven Felicelli
    May 05, 2018
    the story's back story is quite moving and the story itself is, per usual for Ball, brilliant ...
  • Kristina
    May 02, 2018
    Jesse Ball is a genius. This is my third book from the author and he never ceases to amaze me. This book is about an ailing father and his son that go on a road trip to complete the census. However, this book is far more than just that statement. It's about a son with intellectual ...
  • Drew
    Jun 29, 2017
    5+ out of 5. Ball returns to his more oblique work here (after 2016's much-more-realistic How to Set a Fire and Why) but this book feels as distinct from any other of his works as every other of his works. It is perhaps his best yet - a beautiful, moving portrait: of a father and s...
  • Joachim Stoop
    May 08, 2017
    After Silence once begun and A Cure for suicide I had high expectations of the latest Jesse Ball, but Census didn't disappoint at all. It's an absolute triumph of imagination, writing skills and finesse. More than with his previous books there is a lot of -personal- emotion involved. ...
  • Angela M
    Feb 14, 2018
    There were a few times that I wanted to put this book aside because I wasn?t getting what was happening in this society, this country with unnamed towns designated by letters from A-Z. I wasn?t understanding what this census was all about, why this unnamed agency of the government ...
  • Marianne
    Mar 12, 2018
    4.5?s ?My wife and I always spoke of making a trip together to show our son the country, but it never came. For one reason or another, it never came, and so I felt when my wife passed, when the idea rose in me about the census, I felt finally it was time to take out the Stafford, ...
  • Sonia Schoenfield
    Mar 17, 2018
    I don't think I'm intelligent enough for this book. I would like to hear from someone who really liked it, who can tell me what was good about it. Nevertheless, I can tell you about it. This is a book with a story line, but no real plot. Told in the first person, a retired widow...
  • Tamara Jaffe-Notier
    Apr 22, 2018
    I became so obsessed with reading and re-reading this novel that I forgot to review it. One of Ball's gifts is to startle readers enough that for a few moments we might believe that communion is possible. The protagonist is a doctor who has become a census taker in a world the logic of...
  • Sini
    Mar 29, 2018
    Een aantal jaren geleden wees Ellen IJzerman (toen Dizzie, nu Hebban) mij op de jonge Amerikaanse schrijver Jesse Ball. Nooit van gehoord, maar de kennismaking was aangenaam: ik las meteen alle vier romans die hij toen geschreven had, en nam mij voor hem te bljven volgen. Ik hou nameli...
  • Chaitra
    Apr 26, 2018
    I don't generally get Jesse Ball's books. I feel he writes in several levels, and it takes a while for me to figure out what's going on below the surface. Census is not about the census at all, but about an old man facing the end of his life. His problem is that he has a son of indeter...
  • Robert Blumenthal
    Mar 31, 2018
    This is a very strange but ultimately wonderfully moving novel. There are traces of Samuel Beckett, Jose Saramago and some Cormac McCarthy thrown in. The writing is sparse, somewhat repetitive at times (e.g., the author will write, She asked me what I was doing. What are you doing, she...
  • Text Publishing
    Feb 15, 2018
    ?Its hopefulness is endearing, its purity shines?warrants a re-read.? Bookmunch ?Census, Ball?s eighth and latest novel, may be his most emotionally affecting book to date...a profound and stirring meditation on love, loss and paternity.? New York Times ?A det...
  • Jordan Davidson
    Apr 15, 2018
    I wanted to like this, but I was disappointed. There were glimmers of moments where the book could have been fantastic, touching, and interesting, but those moments became lost in a sea of plotless philosophizing about nothing and over-explaining the most inane of things. (For exam...
  • Robert Wechsler
    Apr 14, 2018
    This is the most successful of the three of his novels I?ve read so far by this excellent young writer. It feels a lot like a recent J. M. Coetzee novel in its bareness, its unusual father-son relationship, and its odd engagements with people along the way. Ball?s style works perfe...
  • Rachel León
    Apr 20, 2018
    It took me until almost the end of this novel to really be "into" it. And then it broke my heart. ...
  • Neil
    Feb 17, 2018
    This was my first experience of a Jesse Ball novel. I did however come across him in Granta magazine?s "Best of Young American Novelists" where he wrote a short story called "A Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for" which w...
  • Shawn Mooney
    Mar 29, 2018
    This is a novel about a census-taker. This is a novel about a census-taker. This is a novel ab? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..... (Bailed a third of the way in.) ...
  • Matthew
    May 04, 2018
    A very moving and inventive novel about love and loss, the bonds of family, human capacity for both good and evil, and fathers and sons. It took me a while to get into the rhythm of Ball's prose but once I did it was well worth it. Loved this book. ...
  • Travis Foster
    Mar 14, 2018
    I considered giving up once or twice during the first half of this slim book and am very glad I didn't. ...
  • Truman32
    Mar 19, 2018
    An unnamed widower receives news from his doctor that he is suffering from a fatal condition and will shortly die. He quits his medical practice and loads his adored son, a boy with Down Syndrome, into his car and takes off across the country to render the census. He is hoping to spend...