Vrij Leroy een jonge soldaat is gewond teruggekomen uit de Irak oorlog en leeft al jaren in een revalidatiecentrum Na een mislukte zelfmoordpoging komt hij terecht in een verzorgingshuis voor gehandicapt

  • Title: Vrij
  • Author: Willy Vlautin
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  • Page: 155
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  • Leroy, een jonge soldaat, is gewond teruggekomen uit de Irak oorlog en leeft al jaren in een revalidatiecentrum Na een mislukte zelfmoordpoging komt hij terecht in een verzorgingshuis voor gehandicapte mensen Zijn permanente verpleegster Pauline en de nachtwaker Freddie zijn zijn enige bezoekers, en tussen hen ontstaat een breekbare, maar wonderbaarlijke vriendschap.In eLeroy, een jonge soldaat, is gewond teruggekomen uit de Irak oorlog en leeft al jaren in een revalidatiecentrum Na een mislukte zelfmoordpoging komt hij terecht in een verzorgingshuis voor gehandicapte mensen Zijn permanente verpleegster Pauline en de nachtwaker Freddie zijn zijn enige bezoekers, en tussen hen ontstaat een breekbare, maar wonderbaarlijke vriendschap.In een ontroerende dans worden de levens van drie gewonde zielen vervlochten Pauline, die altijd maar in de weer is voor anderen, Freddie, die na zijn vrouw en kinderen nu ook zijn huis dreigt te verliezen, en Leroy, wiens enige heldere herinneringen die aan zijn ex vriendinnetje zijn.Vlautin legt op even briljante als hartverscheurende wijze de pijnpunten van de moderne Amerikaanse samenleving bloot Maar bovenal schetst hij in Vrij de gebroken levens van mensen die ondanks alles hoopvol blijven.

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    1. When Leroy Kervin was 24, a roadside bomb in Iraq parked him in a German hospital with fractures and a serious brain injury. Couldn’t talk. Couldn’t walk. Despite seven years of rehab and huge struggles to regain some of his normal functions, Leroy still suffers from acute PTSD, physical struggles, constant fear, and a fog-shrouded view of the world around him. So, when he wakes up one day miraculously clear-headed, and assumes that this respite is temporary, all he can think is that he will [...]

    2. Just a short time ago, I read a book that left me without much hope, like being stuck in a valley with no chance of sun. It was not a realistic story. This one is very much so. Both books dealt with serious topics, circumstances in life, and how people react to those circumstances. So why did I feel down after the first, and uplifted by the second? It’s that little word hope. That’s what I was left with here.At one point while reading, I suddenly wondered just why this book had been titled T [...]

    3. I give a lot of books that I really like five stars on , but I don't mean it the way I mean it with Willy Vlautin's books. He's the patron saint of the sick and the sad, and this is another damn beautiful novel. He tears you down and builds you back up the way only he can. I broke down crying at least ten times but walked away from the book feeling happy to be alive. My review is up at the L.A. Review of Books: lareviewofbooks/review/pa

    4. Lives of quiet desperation, all around us people have had their lives affected by the war, unemployment, the insurance mess and the many other things that haunt us all. This novel is about three such people, struggling on and just trying to stay afloat and make the best out of what they have left, just soldiering on and living their lives.What a very touching and well written story. What stands out in this story is the kindness and compassion these people show when dealing with others. They have [...]

    5. Free Fallin’The Most Realistic Dream Descriptions I've ReadA superbly unique narrative via the perspectives of three characters, one primarily via an allegorical dream. The first character, Leroy, suffered brain trauma from a roadside bomb in Iraq, and is basically an invalid staying at a "second-rate group home for disabled men" in the State of Washington.The three converge at the hospital where Leroy was taken upon falling down a flight of stairs at the group home after having a momentary st [...]

    6. In the land of the free and the home of the brave, are we really all that free…or all that brave? The Free is a hymn of sorts to the working-class American…the man or woman who grew up placing one foot in front of the other, ever hopeful, ever courageous, despite being left behind in the dust. The characters are so authentic and big-hearted – the dialogue so pitch-perfect and real – that I wanted to leap into the pages and give them a hug. Willy Vlautin has placed his finger on the pulse [...]

    7. I’m a little lost right now for the words to describe this book but I’ll start by saying that The Free is a story with an abundance of heart. It also very nearly broke my heart. Nearly, but not quite. How can a story about good people in difficult, even dire circumstances, be the slightest bit uplifting? I think it’s because when you meet these characters, people like Freddie, Pauline, Leroy, and even Leroy’s mother Darla… you can see all the cards stacked against them. You can see how [...]

    8. I might make this a five star -- this might be perfect writing, or it could be just very good, carrying a second punch of empathy that knocks the wind right out of me. We follow three interrelated characters, all struggling, all damaged, but with such dazzling moral character that the reader sits in awe of the richness of their hearts. We're forced to unpack a definition of "free" from our conceptions of "prosperous", "happy", "satisfied", "patriotic", and any relations to our American idealism [...]

    9. Three poignant stories of working class Americans struggling against the backdrop of The Iraqi War and economic stagnation.The characters are sympathetically drawn with attributes of dignity and decency.Vlautin reminds me of Steinbeck.

    10. Read The Free on recommendation of several friends. I thoroughly enjoyed Vlautin's construction of story and the weaving of said with his three beautifully rendered characters. It's amazing how an author can portray such hard luck cases and still leave the reader with hope and joy. Character, Iraq war veteran, Leroy Kervin, and his journey is magnificent. 4 stars all the way.

    11. Thanks to The Willoughby Book Club for sending this book my wayThis was a quiet reading experience, capturing everyday life through the actions of the characters. Following three perspectives: A paralyzed ex-military (Leroy) on the verge of suicide, A nurse (Pauline)  who tends to Leroy after his suicide leaves his health at a critical state but we also see how disconnected Pauline is and her complex relationship with her father and the patients at the hospital. We also follow Leroy's home at [...]

    12. I adore Vlautin's writing and it always cracks my heart just a little; I end up thinking about his characters for days. More thorough review coming soon.

    13. Willy Vlautin’s 4th novel is an extraordinary and deeply compassionate story, heartbreakingly real and quite unforgettable. He’s a writer who is nowhere near as well-known and appreciated as he deserves to be, and I hope that this beautiful book will enhance his reputation and bring him to a wider audience.The book follows three main protagonists, whose lives intersect as they struggle to find the courage, decency and strength to combat the raw deal life has thrown at them. It opens with Ler [...]

    14. This is a novel about freedom. Not hard to guess that from the title, but The Free is actually a symbolic ship in a sub story within the plot. The story is of a group of characters all seeking freedom or escape for one reason or another. Pauline, the nurse on night duty with her ward of drug affected and terminally ill patients. Leroy, injured physically and mentally in Iraq, has just attempted suicide. Freddie, a divorced father living without his children, working two jobs and owing large amou [...]

    15. This is depressing as fuck.But it's so heartbreakingly humane and matter-of-fact and hopeful in the face of tragedy that it leaves you feeling unsettlingly lighthearted, if more than a little sad.Vlautin's writing is sharp and uncomplicated, portraying scenes and actions in a way that is almost mechanical and with no time wasted on descriptions of feelings, but those scenes and actions are so steeped in significance that it all comes across more clearly than if every emotion were made explicit a [...]

    16. "My uncle said it was bad luck to leave a fridge with no beer in it. He said it was lonely enough being a fridge, that the least you could do was leave beer so it would have something to look at and admire all day."Riveting, entertaining.

    17. This book made me so angry! It brought up so many issues happening in the US today. Poverty, and the collapse of the middle class, the cost of health care, and the inevitable decline into bankruptcy that is one catastrophe or illness away (even when you have health insurance)! The need for Mental Health care, the enormous sacrifice of veterans and their families, racism, illegal immigration, and so much more.The three main characters (heroes) in this book are what makes all of the above somewhat [...]

    18. The Free, by Willy Vlautin, is a beautiful and disturbing novel about three good people smacked down by life. They are each trying to survive in their own way despite horrific odds.There is Leroy Kerwin, a young man and National Guard volunteer, who was sent to Afghanistan after 9/11. He was hit by and IED and is suffering extreme traumatic brain injury. He lives in a group home and his mind is clouded and he can't perform his activities of daily living. One day, inexplicably, his mind clears an [...]

    19. In this heartbreaking novel, Willy Vlautin offers up the delicate balance of beauty and sadness. The three main characters are not exactly intertwined, more like tangentially connected in the way all lives touch upon similar struggles and experiences.Leroy, Freddie and Pauline are all struggling to stay afloat, to break free to overcome their demons – emotional, spiritual and physical. Vlautin does a wonderful job of presenting their circumstances and strengths even in light of their challenge [...]

    20. There are books that are so exquisitely written with a simple story that touch your very soul. This is one of those books. People have called Vlautin the modern Steinbeck and his writing in this book is just that good. Still the story reminds me so much of "To Kill A Mockingbird" in its simplicity, strength and character development. It kept me up last night as I couldn't let go of these characters so I could sleep. Tears tickled as I finished it and I am sure it will be with me for some quite s [...]

    21. The 3rd of Vlautin's books I've read, and once again he nails it. It's a simple book, with real, human storiesd yet it's told so damn well you can't help but feel it. The world needs more books like this; American fiction needs a helluva lot more books like this -- books filled with real people, and real problems, and real kindness, and real grit and mettle and heart and soul. It's political without preaching, and deeply concerned with right and wrong without slipping into sloppy moralism. I'll [...]

    22. I love reading Willy's books. He writes about people many of us can identify with. Those with goodness in their hearts despite all the struggles so many of us face. A reminder that life is not easy, but it is Wonderful!

    23. Author Willy Vlautin's own voice never intrudes into this novel. Instead, he acquaints the reader with his characters by observing how they see and respond to each other. The viewpoint is in third person and shifts among a repertory of characters. First, there is Leroy Kervin, brain damaged six months after the deployment of his National Guard unit to Iraq. He was only 24 when injured. Years have passed. A fleeting moment of awareness, the first since his injury, confronts him with the zombie-li [...]

    24. Den Schriftsteller Willy Vlautin kenne ich von seinem Buch "Northline" das ich vor ein paar Jahren gelesen habe und mir in guter Erinnerung geblieben ist. Vlautin kümmert sich in seinen Büchern um die Randständigen und einfachen Arbeiter die trotz schlecht bezahltem Job, oder gleich mehreren davon, im Leben auf keinen Grünen Zweig kommen und ständig am Existenzminimum Leben. Ein Leben geprägt von finanziellen Sorgen und Nöten in dem nur wenig schief gehen muss bis man als Obdachloser auf [...]

    25. Let me start by saying I am SUCH a fan of Willy Vlautin. His books aren't ones I would have picked up in a bookstore on my own, but instead I was actually mailed The Motel Life and Northline a few years ago. And it wasn't for review, it was a thank you for reading and reviewing another book not related to him, and someone from the publisher sent me this box of books and these two were in it. Well I read them, LOVED them, and have always kept my eye out for Willy Vlautin since then. So it's like [...]

    26. In The Free, Vlautin tackles issues that average Americans are dealing with on a daily basis: poor health insurance and insurmountable medical bills; jobs that don’t pay living wages; homelessness; mental illness; war and its effects on soldiers and their families; emotional detachment. Vlautin’s characters are going through some seriously depressing shit, and although I knew without a doubt that I wanted to read the book, I was also afraid that it would be depressing as hell. It wasn’t.Vl [...]

    27. This is another amazing novel from one of my favourite authors. Vlautin has been lauded as a modern Steinbeck, and in The Free he more than meets the hype such a tag in his portrayal of three small town underdogs-Leroy Kervin, a National Guardsman in a care home after suffering a brain injury following an insurgent attack in Iraq, Freddie McCall, working two jobs and in a spiral of uncontrollable debt as a result of medical bills accrued due to insurance not covering medical procedures on his in [...]

    28. In a quiet and simple way, Willy Vlautin is able to write an emotionally morose novel about the suffocation of the lower-middle class. He uses three main characters to tell his tale: Leroy is an Iraq-war vet who came back to the US with physical and emotional damage. He was persuaded to sign up for the National Guard before the war, thinking he’d be safe. He never dreamed that the National Guard would be called for service in a war. Freddie works two jobs to try and keep himself afloat. He is [...]

    29. This is the second?, third? book I've read of Vlautin's and I'm consistently impressed of his ability to capture the mundane and make it beautiful. Depressing and heart-breaking, but beautiful. And this time, there was just a glimmer of hope too.

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