The Barefoot Bingo Caller: A Memoir

The Barefoot Bingo Caller A Memoir A rollicking memoir through the shifting zeitgeist of the last five decades In The Barefoot Bingo Caller Antanas Sileika finds what s funny and touching in the most unlikely places from the bingo ha

  • Title: The Barefoot Bingo Caller: A Memoir
  • Author: Antanas Sileika
  • ISBN: 9781770413429
  • Page: 185
  • Format: Paperback
  • A rollicking memoir through the shifting zeitgeist of the last five decades In The Barefoot Bingo Caller, Antanas Sileika finds what s funny and touching in the most unlikely places, from the bingo hall to the collapsing Soviet Union He shares stories that span his attempts to shake off his suburban, ethnic, folk dancing childhood to his divided allegiance as a LithuaniaA rollicking memoir through the shifting zeitgeist of the last five decadesIn The Barefoot Bingo Caller, Antanas Sileika finds what s funny and touching in the most unlikely places, from the bingo hall to the collapsing Soviet Union He shares stories that span his attempts to shake off his suburban, ethnic, folk dancing childhood to his divided allegiance as a Lithuanian Canadian father Antanas has a keen eye for social comedy, bringing to life such memorable characters as ageing beat poets, oblivious college students, the queen of the booze cans, and an obdurate porcupine Passing through places as varied as the prime minister s office and the streets of Paris, these wry and moving dispatches on work and family, art, and identity are ones to be shared and savoured.

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    1. I won a free ARC of this in a giveaway. The book is due to be published next month, so keep an eye out for it.I have to confess that I've never heard of Antanas Sileika before. According to his bio, he normally writes literary fiction, which is usually not my choice of reading material. I note that his first book, Buying on Time, was shortlisted for the Leacock Medal for Humour, which intrigues me. My previous experience with a Leacock Medal book was Robertson Davies' Leaven of Malice, which I [...]

    2. An easy read (that is written as if you were listening to a story over a glass of wine), slipping occasionally into sentimentality, but usually perceptive, funny and keenly observed. It was a good counterpoint to "Everything is Illuminated." With my Mennonite parents having come from the Soviet Union, and his from Lithuania, I noted that his family faced different identity issues than mine. Mennonites have never been at home anywhere, and certainly rarely (until perhaps the last few decades in t [...]

    3. With his signature droll and accessible style, Antanas Sileika traverses the recesses of his vast memory in this luminous and heartfelt memoir, recounting his life from his beginnings as a lanky second-generation Canadian born to Lithuanian émigrés in rural and isolated Weston, Ontario until the present day as a proud and grateful husband, father of two and grandfather of one (so far).Each chapter is an anecdote that stands on its own, immediate and self-contained, and yet there is an irresist [...]

    4. Antanas Sileika is a Canadian novelist and critic. He was born in Weston (then a suburb of Toronto, now part of Toronto), the son of Lithuanian-born parents. His parents still had their Lithuanian traditions which was a bit of a conflict (though respectful) for a young boy and man born here in Canada and wanting to enjoy the era of Woodstock, hippies and free love.This is a collection of 17 stories of his life. They include when he is a young boy and he and his buddies are obsessed with building [...]

    5. This book is so appealing. Antanas Sileika's take on life - whether his own, or the life happening around him - is incredibly engaging, all delivered in his usual attractive style. It's also a fun read that kept cracking me up. I loved it.

    6. I love Sileika's writing. The Woman in Bronze is one of my all-time favourites. This didn't hang together as cohesively as I would have liked. Good, but not as great as I was hoping for.

    7. I was at the library and I saw this book. The title and the cover enticed me to bring it home. I saw that it was a memoir by Antanus Sileika, someone I had never heard of, but then I thought maybe I should have. This is a bits and pieces memoir by someone who has had an interesting life. However, it really doesn't come from anywhere or go anywhere. I found myself picking up the book and having no idea what I had previously read. It was not a memorable memoir.

    8. Thank you to giveaways for this book!I did not enjoy this book much at all. It was pitched as a funny memoir and I found myself cringing for most of the book more in embarrassment for the author. Some of the chapters did not make sense as to why they were even in the book.I would not recommend this book. Two stars because it was easy to read, just wasn't entertaining.

    9. This is a perfect little book that lays a mosaic of Sileika's life from vivid, humorous, and emotional stories, any of which can be read independently. Each narrative is carefully distilled to convey the feeling of the moment without getting bogged down in narcissistic detail, leaving the reader satisfied but curious about what the next chapter will serve up. And like a colourful, unpretentious dish that you're surprised and a little bit disappointed to finish, while The Barefoot Bingo Caller mi [...]

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