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Wishin' and Hopin'

Wishin' and Hopin'

Scritto da Wally Lamb

Narrato da Wally Lamb


Wishin' and Hopin'

Scritto da Wally Lamb

Narrato da Wally Lamb

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4/5 (67 valutazioni)
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4 ore
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Pubblicato:
Nov 10, 2009
ISBN:
9780061967429
Formato:
Audiolibro

Descrizione

Wally Lamb, the beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hour I First Believed, I Know This Much Is True, and She's Come Undone, delivers a holiday treat with Wishin' and Hopin'-an unforgettable novella that captures the warmth and joy of the holiday season. Poignant and hilarious, in a vein similar to Jean Shepherd's A Christmas Story and David Sedaris's The Santaland Diaries, Lamb's Christmas tale focuses on a feisty parochial school fifth grader named Felix Funicello-a distant cousin of the iconic Annette!
Editore:
Pubblicato:
Nov 10, 2009
ISBN:
9780061967429
Formato:
Audiolibro

Informazioni sull'autore

Wally Lamb is the author of five New York Times bestselling novels: She’s Come Undone, I Know This Much Is True, The Hour I First Believed, Wishin’ and Hopin’, and We Are Water. His first two works of fiction, She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, were both #1 New York Times bestsellers and selections of Oprah’s Book Club. Lamb edited Couldn’t Keep It to Myself, I’ll Fly Away, and You Don’t Know Me, three volumes of essays from students in his writing workshop at York Correctional Institution, a women’s prison in Connecticut, where he has been a volunteer facilitator for two decades. He lives in Connecticut and New York.


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  • (5/5)
    This is just a wonderful story to read at any time of the year. Fifth-grader Felix Funicello (third cousin to Annette) attends a Catholic parochial school in the late 1960s, and this is the story of his fall leading up to the Christmas pageant. Wally Lamb is a terrific author. This book is just laugh-out-loud funny! Felix, his family, and his schoolmates are rich characters (I love the little appendix at the end that tells how they end up). If you're looking for a fun story, well-written and with a great setting, this is the book for you.
  • (1/5)
    I finally finished this one last night. I was not too impressed. It was slightly humorous throughout the entire book. I smiled a couple of times until I got to the end when he was wrapping up the story and the characters when, it seemed to me, that Lamb was taking the opportunity to solicit for a well known charity.

    The whole story is centered around a parochial elementary school in 1964/65 school year. I believe that our main character is in the 5th grade. So, there is a lot of elementary school humor and humor at the expense of a couple of the nuns.

    If Lamb was just wanting to do a lite hearted Christmas book, it did not work for me and I think that he missed the mark. I would not recommend this one. Save your money or make a donation to 'your' favorite charity.
  • (4/5)
    cute and charming!
  • (4/5)
    Felix Funicello, a fifth grader who attends parochial school at St. Aloysius Gonzaga, is the narrator of Wishin' and Hopin'. Set in 1964, the story is filled with humor, mischief, classroom and playground antics, and culminates with the highly anticipated Christmas pageant. It was a lot of fun to read!
  • (4/5)
    A charming and funny nostalgic holiday story wonderfully read on audio by the author.
  • (4/5)
    I always like to read good Christmas stories around this time of year. This was a cute story about Felix Funnicello (yes he's Annette's cousin). It's fiction and about Felix's 1964 schoolyear around Christmas time. I loved the characters especially Madam Frechette. The school play was hilarious and could see this book being made into a movie and becoming an instant classic.
  • (4/5)
    What a delightful book this is! Baby Boomers should enjoy the many memories of their childhood years in these pages. A charming tale told by a charming kid. Humor throughout. I recommend this if you need a lighthearted break from heavier reading. The author did a great job with the varied characters.
  • (4/5)
    Very funny book. Italian Catholic school version of Ralphie and Christmas story!


    A fun Christmas read! The Funicello family of Conn., y(es,Annette's cousins.) Mom in Pillsbury bakeoff contest,Nuns,school Christmas play,new russian student in the 1960's.Even some Annette sightings.
  • (3/5)
    Wally Lamb tried to write a Christmas story a la Gene Shepherd, and while he didn't succeed, he still has written a heart-warming stoy set in the pre-Vatican II days of 1964 with a cast of characters replete with sadistic nuns, a United Nations school of kids, dipsomaniac priests and salt of the earth working class parents, and a "permanent" substitute teacher of every young boy's dreams.Everyone needs a nice Christmas story this time of the year and as this one can be polished off in a single afternoon, it seems to foot the bill.
  • (3/5)
    This is the story of Felix, a boy growing up in the 60's who is just going through his life, mostly focusing on a Christmas pageant at school. I thought this was a cute, enjoyable Christmas story with a lot of charm. It reminded me of Dave Barry's The Shepherd, the Angel and Walter the Miracle Christmas Dog, except it was longer and not as funny--which might be why I only gave it three stars. But definitely worth the read for a nice Christmas story.
  • (3/5)
    Even tho I have a few books by Wally Lamb, this is the first of his I read. It was a fun read. As we are about the same age, it was fun to reminisce about that time in life. Wally did a good job speaking from a childs point of view. Even though the book didnt really grab me and draw me in as many good books do, it was still a fun read. Character development was weaker than I would prefer and thats what making a connection is all about. This was lacking in the book, but who doesnt love to reminisce about childhood Christmas from time to time.
    To be honest, were it not for the Christmas theme, I probably would not have pushed through to the end, which was very touching and satisfying.
    So, overall, 3 is the best I can do. Then again, I dont really think the author was shooting for much more than that.
  • (1/5)
    Dull and disappointingThis book was hard to get into. I think I missed the plot. Wait, was there a plot? It dragged and just didn't do it for me. I managed to finish it without throwing it across the room. I literally felt like that child who threw their toy because he or she had not gotten the one they wanted. So disappointed. I wouldn't recommend this book.
  • (3/5)
    Wally Lamb is one of my favorite authors and almost all said that it was amazing that he wrote She's Come Undone with such feeling, since he was a man. That being said, Wishin and Hopin was written about young boys and I'm sure that men loved the book. As a female, I did not have too much to identify with. While I liked the book, it certainly didn't touch me. I'm sure there are many women who wouldn't agree with that. The humor seemed to be "boy" humor, not surprisingly. Looking forward to another Wally Lamb novel - and while I did like this one, it wasn't one of my favorites.
  • (3/5)
    Wally Lamb's publisher asked if he could write a children's book and this is what he produced.It's the story of a fifth grader named Felix Funicello in the 1960's; his anticipation of Christmas and the production of a Christmas pageant. It has its funny moments. And it has its original moments – Felix's cousin is Annette Funicello, America's Sweetheart, and Felix's mother is in a cringe-worthy national cook-off.The writing is good; I've read several others by Mr. Lamb that I've enjoyed. This one however, lacks a spark, a vision. He's proven that given a request he can write a commercially successful book about the subject. I have a shelf of Christmas books I reread almost every year. While this was an OK read, it won't be added to it.
  • (3/5)
    This story takes place from October to December, 1964 in New London, Connecticut. Felix Funicello is a distant cousin of famous Mouseketeer Annette Funicello. Her posters are prominently displayed in his family’s lunch counter at the bus station. Felix is in 5th grade at St Aloysius Gonzaga parochial school, where he vies for #1 student status with Rosalie Twerski, and is best friends with Lonny Flood, who, having been “kept back” twice is the oldest student in the class at age 12.The novel is written as a sort of memoir, including an epilogue that brings us “up to date” on the lives of the characters. (Of course, Annette Funicello is a real person, but the others are fictional.) There are a few laugh-out-loud moments, especially if you, like I, attended a Catholic school in the 1950s or 1960s. Seems to me that Lamb was pressured to write a “Christmas” book – like so many authors these days – and this is the result. The story moves quickly, and is entertaining, but it's not up to his usual standard. My F2F book club chose this for our December read, and frankly I can’t see what there is to discuss here. Lamb is a very talented writer, but this is not his best work, so do not judge the author on this book alone; read [She’s Come Undone] before you make up your mind about Lamb.
  • (4/5)
    This is a sweet and funny story. The narrator is a fifth grade boy and the voice is perfect. It's just how one would imagine a boy this age would tell a story, and allows you to enter right into the world, while at the same time allowing the reader to see the story from an adult perspective, without losing any of the charm.
  • (4/5)
    I enjoy Wally Lamb's writing and I really enjoy Christmas stories...put that together and what do you get?

    Cute story about Annette Funnicello's fictional 3rd cousins...and nuns...and lay teachers...and living pictures. It's a cute story, I recommend it.
  • (4/5)
    Wally Lamb is not an author whose works I would ordinarily seek out. Having struggled through part of his big hit, She's Come Undone (my book club may have beaten Oprah to the punch on that one, more's the pity), I haven't been interested in pursuing what I saw as his blend of misery and 50s/60s pop culture references. But, looking for some Christmas reading on the cheap for my Kindle, I picked this up and was pleasantly surprised. No dysfunctional family here, although the people in it certainly have their quirks and flaws. They love and support each other and take pride in their work (running a small diner in a blue-collar Connecticut town). The young son of the family is the narrator -- he's concerned about his part in the school Christmas pageant and his mother's upcoming appearance in the Pillsbury Bake-Off. And did I mention that the family's claim to fame is that Annette Funicello is their cousin? All's well that ends well in this humorous and charming Christmas tale. Recommended -- if you're flying to see family next Christmas, it will take you away from the crowded airport and the cramped airplane seating to a simpler, and perhaps happier, place and time.
  • (4/5)
    I enjoyed the story, the characters and the wit laced through out the prose.
  • (3/5)
    A fun, light book. I'm guessing being catholic, and especially having attended catholic school (neither of which apply to me) would make it even more fun to read.
  • (4/5)
    A 1950's coming of age story about a boy in a Catholic school Christmas pageant. A humorous story that will have you laughing out loud.
  • (4/5)
    This book is being touted as a Christmas story but it’s more than just that. It’s about life for kids in a parochial school in the 1960s. There are tons of cultural references – if you grew up in the 60s, I think you’ll enjoy the trip down memory lane.The characters are familiar archetypes . Felix is a sweet, naive boy who is trying (and failing) to be as worldly as his best friend Lonny. Lonny is a tough kid, from a poor family. There’s also Rosalie, a snotty teacher’s pet who Felix despises. Then there are characters who are new and funny, like girl whose family has just moved to the small town from Russia. And the French Canadian replacement teacher who is just trying to put on a fancy Christmas show with the best of intentions.Wishin’ and Hopin’ is a cute and funny story. It’s great if you’re in the mood for a quick little holiday read.
  • (3/5)
    Thanks Amy! [Wishin' and Hopin'] was indeed a fun, light read. For those of you who haven't read Amy's review, it's the story of Felix Funicello, a 5th grader at St. Alysius Gonzaga Parochial School in Connecticut in the mid-1960's. He's a good student and rather naive but nevertheless he sometimes is a bit mischievous. The mix of characters in the class and at his parents' cafe in the local bus station create a good basis for some funny situations. I didn't laugh out loud but I did have a quiet giggle from time to time.
  • (4/5)
    This book was an enjoyable light read. Lamb tells the story of Felix Funicello, a fifth grader at a parochial school in the mid-1960s. Between his mother's trip to the Pillsbury Bake-off, his frequent run-ins with the nuns at school, the new Russian girl who joins his class, and the upcoming Christmas Pageant complete with live tableau, Felix's escapades kept me in stitches. This book reminds me a little of Richard Peck's A Long Way from Chicago.
  • (4/5)
    Very cute, short book about a young Italian boy, Felix Funicello, (he's a cousin of the FAMOUS Annette!) who is the 5th grade. It's 1962. and it's the holiday season, and the annual Nativity program is being planned and practiced with the students in his parochial school as the main characters. This fun book reminded me of my years at a Catholic School of about the same era. Funny, clever, a great choice for a holiday read aloud or book club for adults.
  • (5/5)
    I laughed out loud several times and especially at the end. Lamb captured the voice of the fifth grade narrator along with his world view. Read this book!
  • (2/5)
    Billed as a Christmas story, this is terrible. As a fictional memoir of a child, it's ok. The only thing really Christmasy about this book is the nativity scene. Otherwise, it's really just about kids and the way they related to each other a few decades ago. I wasn't impressed, found it to be a little boring.
  • (3/5)
    This book was just ok the concept was cute but the story didn’t really get entertaining till the last 25 pages or so, when the Christmas pageant started which you knew was going to go wrong but weren’t sure how. I don’t have much to say on this one not going to be a favorite Christmas book.2 ½ stars
  • (4/5)
    This whimsical story reminded me of the movie A Christmas Story, but had the added benefit of being written by the wonderful Wally Lamb. For a reader of my age who was about the same age as the books Felix Funicello (distant cousin to dreamy Annette), the story brought back sweet memories of an innocent time.
  • (4/5)
    I found this as a cheap Kindle buy and knew I couldn't go wrong with a Wally Lamb book. I wanted a Christmas story and even though Christmas wasn't the focus of the whole story, it was still a fun read for this time of year. I especially liked how it was set in the 1960's and got a lot of laughs about things said and done during that time. This is a fun, light read and is great for any time of year, not just Christmas. I also appreciated how the author brought the disease of MS into the focus. With a family member recently diagnosed, I am aware of the devastating news this can bring.