Red Weather

Red Weather The setting is Milwaukee Wisconsin if not America s heart then at least its liver home to an array of breweries and abandoned factories and down on their luck Eastern European immigrants The year is

  • Title: Red Weather
  • Author: Pauls Toutonghi
  • ISBN: 9780307336767
  • Page: 124
  • Format: Paperback
  • The setting is Milwaukee, Wisconsin if not America s heart, then at least its liver home to an array of breweries and abandoned factories and down on their luck Eastern European immigrants The year is 1989.Revolutions are sweeping through the nations of the Eastern Bloc Communism is unraveling And nobody feels this unraveling piquantly than Yuri Balodis a fifteen yThe setting is Milwaukee, Wisconsin if not America s heart, then at least its liver home to an array of breweries and abandoned factories and down on their luck Eastern European immigrants The year is 1989.Revolutions are sweeping through the nations of the Eastern Bloc Communism is unraveling And nobody feels this unraveling piquantly than Yuri Balodis a fifteen year old first generation American living with his Latvian immigrant parents in Milwaukee s Third Ward.It s a turbulent time And when Yuri falls in love with Hannah Graham the daring daughter of a prominent local socialist chaos ensues Within weeks, Yuri is ensnared by both Hannah and socialism He joins the staff of the Socialist Worker He starts quoting Lenin and Marx indiscriminately.His parents, of course, are horrified and deeply saddened They try to educate him, to show him why, in their opinion, communism has ruined so many lives But Yuri is stubborn And his ideological betrayal will have serious consequences than breaking his parents hearts.Red Weather is by turns funny and bittersweet, tinged with a rueful comic sense that will instantly remind you of the absurd complications of love Pauls Toutonghi s stunning debut novel is at once reminiscent of Michael Chabon s The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and Khaled Hosseini s The Kite Runner.From the Hardcover edition.

    One thought on “Red Weather”

    1. We Latvians are a small nation, beaten and battered by many wars over thousands of years, but our culture and life sense still thrive: the Latvian language is one of the oldest in existence today. Perhaps that is our greatest source of pride, then: we are survivors. When Pauls Toutonghi's new novel came upon the literary scene, I was pleased. I'm an avid reader in both languages - Latvian and English - but however many good books I read about the war and later experiences of Latvians immigrating [...]

    2. Yuri Balodis ist Sohn lettischer Einwanderer in den USA. Sein Vater, Reinigungskraft in einem Autohaus, sitzt Abend für Abend auf dem Balkon, trinkt Bourbon und erzählt Yuri immer und immer wieder dieselben haarsträubenden Geschichten aus Lettland und schwärmt von Amerika, dem einzig wahren freien Land. Als Yuri sich in eine engagierte Sozialistin verliebt, entstehen folgenreiche Spannungen zwischen Vater und Sohn. Und dann fällt auch noch die Berliner Mauer und die lettischen Verwandten k [...]

    3. Yuri Balodis is 15 and attending Alexander Hamilton High School in 1989 Milwaukee. His parents came to Wisconsin from Latvia, where his father had once dreamed of becoming a country and western star, but now works as a night janitor at a car dealership, and drowns his disappointments in bourbon. Yuri is a gangly teen and unsure of his life’s path, but he is a good student and reads widely, partly because his mother brings home a variety of books from her job at the Milwaukee Public Library. He [...]

    4. “Red Weather” takes a simple idea--the working and actions of an adolescent--and stretches it in wonderful and engrossing directions. In lesser hands, Yuri's story could easily have slipped into cliché--a typical coming of age story. But Pauls Toutonghi does not take the easy way out. Because his protagonist is essentially more acted upon than pro-active, his lurches toward decisiveness draw us in that much more; although a lot of the time, we are watching him through the fingers on the han [...]

    5. This book tells the story of a teenager, Yuri, and his immigrant parents who live in Milwaukee, WI. Yuri's life changes as he falls for Hannah, a girl who is involved with the socialist movement--a movement whose core concepts directly contradict the beliefs of Yuri's parents (who emigrated from Soviet-controlled Latvia). Two key events cause great changes in Yuri's life: a late-night car accident and the arrival of some of his Latvian relatives.A key element of this book is Yuri's relationship [...]

    6. Da bin ich beim Lebensmitteleinkauf zufällig auf ein sehr gutes Wühltischschmankerl gestossen. Diese Geschichte mit dem ungewöhnlich langen Titel ist ein wunderschöner humorvoller Roman über das Erwachsenwerden in den USA, wenn man lettischen Migrationshintergrund besitzt. Alle Klischees und auch innovative Wahrheiten werden sehr liebevoll bedient: Erste Liebe, erste sexuelle Erfahrungen mit beiderlei Geschlecht, kriminelle Handlungen im jugendlichen Überschwang begangen, Alkoholismus, Gro [...]

    7. This book went into my to-read list because of its Milwaukee setting. But I enjoyed the story of Latvian immigrants struggling to grab the American dream, interwoven with their son's angst-ridden coming-of-age. Yuri, the son, gets mixed up with home-grown Communist wannabes, which of course is anathema to his parents. And naturally a female is at the center of all that. There is satire, there is sadness, but at the end of it all there is family.I'd love to read more about Yuri. He's an endearing [...]

    8. The review on-line says it is "honest and unflinching." I disagree, if anything I found it humorous and awkward. Awkward in the sense that he recounts teenage moments and feelings that we all would like to forget, and humorous because these things actually happened. I can only imagine that if this were ever made into a movie it would be akin to "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." I am just over 50% of the books and I really enjoy it. I think an added plus is the fact that the story happens in Wisconsin, [...]

    9. This book was the first I put on my 'to read' list in 2009. I've ben trying to tackle that long list lately and I'm so glad I finally got around to reading this one. This is the coming of age story of a first-generation American teenager in Milwaukee, living with his Latvian immigrant parents when the Berlin wall came down on Nov. 9, 1989. The story is warm and sensitive, but saved from sentimentality by its humor, alternately slapstick and sly. There is a straw dog in it, though - a socialist- [...]

    10. This slim novel, set in 1980's Milwaukee, explores the life of 16 year old Yuri Balodis and his parents, immigrants from Latvia and escapees from the Stalinist Soviet Union. Yuri's infatuation with a classmate, daughter of a Socialist professor, unleashes a torrent of emotions in the family, capped by the unexpected arrival of relatives from Latvia. Set against the backdrop of Milwaukee's Third Ward, the novel explores the complexity of emotions first generation Americans and their immigrant par [...]

    11. It took me a while to get into this bookbut then suddenly I really was. Reviews have compared the author to David Sedaris (and I guess there were moments) and the book to The Kite Runner (I did not see that at all), but I thought there were some Dave-Eggers like moments in it. I would recommend it enough--I could see a lot of people "liking" this book but not a lot of people "loving" it. Mostly, I gave it 4 stars because of the portrayal of Yuri's father starting in the middle of the book--I tho [...]

    12. A coming of age story about a Latvian immigrant, Yuri, in 1989 Milwaukee. I read this because I'm from Milwaukee, although two generations removed from Yuri. I'm still undecided about how I felt about this book--it was well written, certainly, but I did not think Yuri was a very sympathetic character.

    13. Really enjoyed the view through the eyes of a young man coming of age as the son of immigrant parents in Milwaukee.

    14. I'm giving it three stars because the writing was excellent, but the story meandered a bit and was downright dull in places.

    15. Coming of age Yuri meeets girl whose father is a communist and he clashes with his family who have foreign background. Funny/sad

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *