Friday, March 27, 2020

The Altruists - Family Saga and Meaning of to-be-a-Good Person

The Altruists, a novel

I picked this book because I like the cover with clean white, the picture, and reviews stated, “Super brilliant, Super funny”.

The first chapter I did not see any funny but sad, because this chapter was about their burning house, meanwhile whole family plus a couple client were in the house.

The end of the first chapter, the author put some conversations among them, when they were seeing the fire fighters doing their job from the outside of burning house.

Seemed the author left the clues for readers by putting two words in bold fonts. I kept in my mind those words.

The next chapters jumped back and forward, reminding me to words with bold fonts. They are the “theme” of this novel.

This book is about the a family, Alters. Arthur Alters is a father, “professor at a Midwestern college, he can’t afford his mortgage, he’s exasperated his much-younger girlfriend”.



Andrew Ridker, The author of The Altruists.

Maggie is a main character, a daughter, who “a would-be do-gooder trying to fashion herself a noble life of self-imposed poverty”. Ethan is his son, an introvert gay.

I read all through the book. I still did not see any funny and smart. I just felt piety to those characters, seems they are not mature, not smart and wise about life. “Am I loosing the sense of humor?”

I was thinking that I was stressful, my anxiety level was getting higher. I was about frustrated because I also had to google some terms from this novel that I was doubt about the definitions and the concepts.

This book was wrote by a millennial author, a young man in her twenties. It is his first novel.

Since I reviewed another book which is Altruism: The Power of Compassion. Finally, I agree that The Altruists is super funny and super brilliant.
This novel is ironic and tragicomic about moral life, and the concepts how to be a good person with the naive thought.

The author fascinated about two differences. We can see how two generations encounter in this novel, between baby boomers and millennials, also between dysfunctional family and campus life. Ridker gives the readers good measurements of compassion.

The author is very smart, even the characters seem kind of un-mature persons, but he created their personalities exactly like in the theories or concepts that we learn either in the Sociology Class or in the Psychology of Personality Class.


The terms in the book are also terms in the textbooks, and some concepts might from his faith. 

71 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review. It seems like something I would like to read too. Have a wonderful weekend, Evi!

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  2. Evi, thank you for telling about the book. I haven't read it. I've read yor review. I don't think I'd like to buy this book.

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  3. This sounds like an interesting book. This is certainly a time that we need some altruism in this country.

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  4. Okładka piękna, przyciąga uwagę! Pozdrawiam!

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  5. Parece interesante. Saludos amiga y cuidate mucho.

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  6. By the cover...I would have picked it up to read as well.

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  7. Undoubtedly an interesting book :)
    sinforosa

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  8. sounds intriguing book through your review dear Evi

    i found these thoughts interesting about being good person and according to writer being good is act of immaturity right ?
    i must have to disagree with this if i got it correctly :)
    stay well and safe my friend!

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  9. Ogni personaggio è un archetipo caratteriale.
    Ciao.

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  10. no la conocia, y la portada es realmente preciosa

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  11. Interesting book. I don't know the author. Take care.

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  12. Un volume di piacevole lettura, di cui hai delineato abilmente le caratteristiche. Un saluto,silvia

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  13. I don't know this book or author. The bold sounds like an interesting technique!

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  14. Um livro bem intrigante. Sua resenha despertou-me o desejo de lê-lo
    Tenha um ótimo final de semana, Evi
    Beijinhos

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  15. Thaks.😘 Obrigado fique bem.🙏

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  16. La copertina è proprio carina, peccato però che il contenuto del libro mi sembra non ti abbia preso particolarmente.

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  17. Se ve muy interesante cuando dice: su casa en llamas la familia más un par de clientes y cuando conversan mientras ven los bomberos apagar el fuego, Magguie su hija altruista, el hijo gay, el padre qno puede pagar su hipoteca osea es la historia de una familia normal verdad? se ve muy interesante la trama! que la disfrutes la buena lectura nos ayuda a autidescubrirnos cuando algunas veces nos vemos reflejados en ella!!

    Besotes y abrazos inmensos!!

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  18. Interesting book!
    Kiss (whithout virus)

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  19. I don;t know this book, but it looks interesting

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  20. Happy reading. Yeah, loves the cover too :)

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  21. It seems to be a very interesting book.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Keep safe and well

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  22. the cover is very nice <3 greetings :)

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  23. Los libros son los mejores amigos para avanzar en la cultura.

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  24. Gracias por la recomendación en especial en estos tiempos.

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  25. What an interesting non-linear review, Evi. This author and his book are highly recommended. Different and inspiring, right? I will look for it.

    Thank you very much, Evi. Ever bigger hugs, my friend.

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  26. Sounds like an interesting book! it's good you enjoyed it :)

    Hope that you are having a nice weekend :) It's another quiet one at home here.

    Away From Blue

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  27. I haven't heard about this book yet, thank you for sharing it. Sounds interesting
    https://www.recklessdiary.ru

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  28. Interesting book ! Thank you for the review!
    Thank you also for the kind words on my blog!
    Dear friend, take care of yourself and stay safe!

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  29. Olá Evi
    Livro interessante, a leitura enriquece a vida. Bjs

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  30. Oh, this is an honest review, thank you!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  31. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book. I find it hard to get into a book when I can't connect with the characters at all.

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  32. So Insightful - Good On You

    Cheers

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  33. Thanks for sharing your review!
    Stay safe!
    Kisses, Paola.

    Expressyourself

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  34. Não conhecia esse livro, mas achei interessante.
    Beijos!
    Pam Lepletier

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  35. Well, I give you credit for reading the book and trying to make sense out of it.

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  36. Interesting book.
    I really like the cover.
    Kisses!

    galerafashion.com

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  37. Parece interesante. Besitos y salud.

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  38. Looks interesting. :-)

    Greetings from London.

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  39. No me llama mucho la atención pero gracias por traerlo.

    Besos.

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  40. Nice design on the book covering.

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  41. I dind't know that book but doesn't seem you really liked it so much....
    Anyway the cover and the title are very cutee! :)
    XO
    S
    https://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.com

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  42. This book looks really interesting. Thanks for sharing.

    Best regards

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  43. Hello
    It seems that initially you did not like the book, but in the end you even liked this generation gap !!

    xoxo

    marisasclosetblog.com

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  44. Sounds like an interesting book!

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  45. Nice post.

    www.paginasempreto.blogspot.com.br

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  46. Hi!!!!,
    The cover of this book is so beautiful, as you said *.*
    And I see that it is so funny on the inside ^^
    Definetely, my kind of reading ;)
    Thanks for your review!
    xoxoxo

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  47. Haven't read this book but it looks interesting
    Hope you stay healthy and safe
    xoxo
    style frontier

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  48. Seems a great book. Stay safe and healthy, Evi!

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  49. Thanks for this great informative post!

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  50. The book looks very interesting.

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  51. It's very interesting book. I would like read it :)

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  52. Aunqe el primer capítulo, no parece interesante, hay que seguir leyendo, puede que el trascurso de la lectura te pueda sorprender y sobretodo para bien, Ahora tenemos bastante tiempo para dedicarlo a la lectura.

    Besos

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  53. The book sounds interesting!

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  54. yes, today and another day we must stay at home to be a hero....

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