The Hundred-Year Flood

Matthew Salesses

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The Hundred-Year Flood

The Hundred Year Flood In the shadow of a looming flood that comes every one hundred years Tee tries to convince himself that living in a new place will mean a new identity and a chance to shed the parallels between him an

  • Title: The Hundred-Year Flood
  • Author: Matthew Salesses
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  • Page: 308
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  • In the shadow of a looming flood that comes every one hundred years, Tee tries to convince himself that living in a new place will mean a new identity and a chance to shed the parallels between him and his adopted father.This beautiful and dreamlike story follows Tee, a twenty two year old Korean American, as he escapes to Prague in the wake of his uncle s suicide and theIn the shadow of a looming flood that comes every one hundred years, Tee tries to convince himself that living in a new place will mean a new identity and a chance to shed the parallels between him and his adopted father.This beautiful and dreamlike story follows Tee, a twenty two year old Korean American, as he escapes to Prague in the wake of his uncle s suicide and the aftermath of 9 11 His life intertwines with Pavel, a painter famous for revolution Katka, his equally alluring wife and Pavel s partner a giant of a man with an American name As the flood slowly makes its way into the old city, Tee contemplates his own place in life as both mixed and adopted and as an American in a strange land full of heroes, myths, and ghosts.In the tradition of Native Speaker and The Family Fang, the Good Men Project s Matthew Salesses weaves together the tangled threads of identity, love, growing up, and relationships in his stunning first novel, The Hundred Year Flood.

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    1. Alena on said:

      Seriously intense literary fiction. There were moments I loved it, swept away in the language and imagery, but there were also many times I was lost. I kept having to go back and read paragraphs again. I never quite fell in love with the characters, although I did fall in love with Prague.

    2. Jody on said:

      For a more in-depth review, see my blog, dog-earedbooks.weebly/blogWhat struck me most about this book was that while the prose is very elegant and at times almost lyrical, Tee never goes anywhere. He circles around his issues and his neighborhood, very often spelling out for the reader exactly how his story mirrors his father's, but he does next to nothing about it. At times it seemed like the whole novel was a written account by a disinterested third party, one who simply wrote what he saw as [...]

    3. Sally Akins on said:

      Some novels grab me just as soon as I start to read them, and never let go. Some, like 'Pride and Prejudice', never actually get me fired up, and my interest dwindles lower and lower with every page.And then you get the ones in between. The ones that start off slow-burning, and end up being an intense experience that leave me ready to start reading all over again. 'The Hundred Year Flood' falls into this final group.Set shortly after the attack on the World Trade Center, 'The Hundred Year F [...]

    4. Marlene on said:

      I'm afraid I don't really have the chops to critique literary fiction. What I know is that at some point after the first third of the book, I couldn't put it down. I've just now finished it and I want to stay inside this book. I want to swim with the floodwaters. I want to go back to the evenings when Pavel and Katka and Rockefeller were first getting to know each other. I want to walk the streets of Prague. The writing feels rich and consistent. The writing is lyrical and luscious in its metaph [...]

    5. Joyce A. Wendeln on said:

      The Silmarillian was easier to follow,I have read many books that were hard to get a hold of in the beginning. But I don't think that even with Map Quest and a private guide this one would ever made sense. I find it easier to believe in zombies. This is the mad ramblings of a disconnected mind. Sorry!

    6. Greg Tymn on said:

      For a first-time author, a number of literary aspects of the novel were quite good. I was reminded of a younger JD Salinger. Or perhaps Updike. However, literary merit is also defined as "the power to endure", at least that is what Walter Van Tilburg Clark said way back in the 1950's at the "Howl" obscenity trial. He went on further to say that literary merit includes the sincerity of the writer and the seriousness of purpose.The Hundred-Year Flood doesn't fail on these counts, not totally. Ther [...]

    7. Justin Daugherty on said:

      Writing more later, but this book is essential. It is heart and fire and just filled me up with so much. Loved it. Can't say enough about it.

    8. D. Krauss on said:

      After the first few pages, my initial reaction was, "Oh, no, not another MFA-approved senior project!" It had all the elements: obscure racial designations, otherness, exotic locations, angst and art and, oh no. Except for one thingis is good. It's good.That's because the identity issues aren't the usual MFA, "Who am I and Who is Other?" ke-rap but a real one for we adoptees; who are you? Who are you really? Yes, yes, adoptive families and organizations swear up and down that we are theirs and P [...]

    9. Jason Schneeberger on said:

      I received this book from Little A Publishing and NetGalley for an honest review. The official release date is August 11th 2015.Thomas (nicknamed Tee throughout the book) is an adopted Asian American looking for purpose and position in life. Immediately after the tragedy of 9/11, Tee sets out on a journey of self discovery, a journey that will change his life in more ways than he could ever anticipateE HUNDRED YEAR FLOOD reads like a painting come to life, and/or a long form poetic tale with a t [...]

    10. Ernesto on said:

      It says that it is an Asian-American novel, but I am not sure I agree.Yes it features a Korean guy with American parents. But that is where I feel the Asian-American part ends. It is a novel about looking for one's roots and finding bearing on a difficult life. A wonderful read. I couldn't let the book down. What I liked:1) The sense of displacement is all around the novel. At the end, you do not know where the character really is.2) Although we now what happened since the beginning of the novel [...]

    11. Jennifer on said:

      a bit too artsy without enough payoff for it. I never felt like I really connected or knew the characters; there just wasn't enough of their words or thoughts to shape them. I didn't believe the affair. I didn't believe that Tee was hospitalized for so long for just having a bottle broken over his head, even if he was having emotional struggles. He seemed to be taking everything too hard-- is that insensitive of me? His uncle's death, his father's affair, Katka's death who was the ghost? His bir [...]

    12. Kelsi H on said:

      Please check out all of my reviews at http:/ultraviolentlit!What struck me first about this novel was the poetic language, filled with metaphors and similes that are unusual yet strong and compelling. The writing is ethereal, and the story is only slowly revealed through foreshadowing, which causes a sense of dislocation for the reader. We aren’t sure where Tee is going, and neither is he. After struggling to deal with tragedy – both the events of 9/11 and the more personal suicide of his un [...]

    13. Zoe Xiuha on said:

      I have to admit to being disappointed by the larger plot arc of the book -- throughout the novel there are flash-forwards to the aftermath of some major injury sustained by the main character, Tee, the details of which are meant to come together as the story goes on. I've been following Salesses' essays for a while now and have always really enjoyed his style of writing, but with hindsight I think it's a style better suited to novella/long-form essay writing than a full-length novel. His prose f [...]

    14. Thing Two on said:

      I found the first part of this book difficult - confusing - but it pays off. I reached a point where I couldn't put it down, and want now to go back and re-read the beginning to recapture the parts I didn't understand.This is a story of a young man of Asian descent, adopted by an American couple, who flees the states after the September 2001 attacks, and ends up in Prague during the days leading up to the 2002 European floods. Interestingly, this is exactly who and where the author is and was - [...]

    15. Ima on said:

      I'm a slow reader, but I took an even longer time reading The Hundred-Year Flood because I kept having to put it down and marvel at how brilliant the writing is. Salesses is a stylistic writer, and takes great care in crafting his sentences. But he doesn't just use language to prop his work up. Rather, it is the foundation used to support the creation of full characters, people you can believe exist and are living this drama in real time. This novel is beautifully, seems effortlessly, written.

    16. Laura on said:

      I got this book as a freebie from Prime; I'd never heard of this novel or author before. It was an interesting story about a young man, a Korean American adoptee, who goes to Prague in order to break away from his "Asian" and "American" identities, with less success than he'd hoped. It's an unusual narrative, and while the characters were not all that sympathetic, I appreciated that the novel took place in a setting I haven't read much about before and that it was not predictable.

    17. Vannetta Chapman on said:

      4.5 RATING.If you want to dip your toe into "literary fiction" this is a great place to start. Beautifully written, the story line skips between the past and the present which might bother some readers. However, it's an effective strategy in this story as we see the flood ravage the town amidst a young man's emotional crisis. NOTE: Contains some adult content that might offend conservative readers; however, I thought it was handled very well overall.

    18. Gigi on said:

      Finally read one of the Kindle First free monthly selections after seeing this debut novel on multiple 'Best of Fall 2015' release lists. I read it in a couple hours on the beach while on vacation. Very poignant story that read quickly but felt like maybe part of it went over my head. Would make an excellent book club selection with interesting discussion questions. 3.5 stars.

    19. James Somers on said:

      Wow what a wonderful creationThis is a great book. It kept my attention and drew me into the character's world. I have never been to Prague but in Matthew Salesses' writing I felt like I was there. This is Mr. Salesses' first novel, and I am looking forward to reading more of his writing both from the past and the future. You sir have gained a fan.

    20. Jaclyn on said:

      The world created in this book, a world of myth, floods, past, present, inheritance, and secrets, is captivating and haunting. The writing is lyrical, and the story is both cinematic and enchanting. The tension during the flood section made it impossible to put the book down.

    21. Joshua Springs on said:

      I think I was too distracted to fully appreciate this book, but still it was well written, but it was kind of eh. The 4 stars comes from my appreciation of it while it's not my favorite and I probably won't reread it.

    22. Cassandra on said:

      I wanted to like this book, I really did. The plot was interesting, but the writing was really jumbled. I didn't really care for any of the characters by the end, nor did I care about what happened to them. I feel like there was just so much potential with this book, but it fell flat.

    23. Sylvia on said:

      that type of literary fiction that just isn't my thing: not particularly likeable characters, profound metaphysical observations amidst a whole lot of nothing. there is a market for this but i am simply not it.

    24. Scott Fortune on said:

      Flood of ideasThis will appeal to those interested in mixed ethnicity issues. What I thought would be a three star book became a four star as I read the poignantly written last two chapters. I purchased as kindle first.

    25. xTx xTx on said:

      matt doesn't disappoint. knew i could count on him in this one too.

    26. Sojourner on said:

      When I asked for a review copy of The Hundred-Year Flood by Matthew Salesses on NetGalley, I never expected to read a story told in poetic language and lyrical sentences. As a debut novel, I expected more of a disjointed rumblings yet the book is solidly grounded in vivid details while it is both atmospheric and sweeping, with enough spins to keep me going.In The Hundred-Year Flood, debut author Matthew Salesses slowly but surely builds up an absorbing story that is set shortly after the attack [...]

    27. Gabriel Soll on said:

      Ugh, what an elegant slog. I think that is the most apt description. The writing itself was nice, at times really good. Salesses excelled at keeping much of the book dream-likeing on a knife's edge of magical. I have to respect that. There is a part of me (the part that really likes well-done magical realism) that wouldnt have minded if he took it one step furtherbut that (apparently) was not the tale I was being told.Perhaps that want exposes my truest complaint about this book. I didn't care. [...]

    28. Lisa Garber on said:

      At first I wasn't sure I wanted to continue reading this book. I am the type who loves to be swept in from the first chapter of a book. I continued reading, to be fair to the author, and boy oh boy, am I glad I did! I loved this book! After I was about a quarter of a way through the book, things really started to take off! I finished the last 3/4 of the book in one night! For the authors first book, I was very impressed. I am only giving 4 stars, because as good as the book was, I did have a cou [...]

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