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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (April 22 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739304992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739304990
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 11.4 x 7.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,724,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Robert C on May 17 2004
Format: Paperback
Three Junes is a lovely read, one that begins strongly and only gets better. The story concerns a Scottish family and begins in June 1989. Paul McLeod, recently widowed, takes a tour to Greece, contemplating his future, his past, his family. Jump ahead six years and we are in Scotland, where Paul's three sons are preparing for his funeral. Jump again four years, to Eastern Long Island, a weekend get together with two of Paul's sons and Fern, a woman Paul met on his trip to Greece. It is hard to do justice to this novel in a few pithy sentences. The writing is beautiful and Glass gives us characters we can care about deeply. Their lives are complicated, but without any melodrama or pyrotechnics. Her writing is simply beautiful and I believe gets stronger as the novel progresses. I thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful novel and highly recommend it along with two other books, "He Never Called Again", and "The Loser's Club."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Dalum on April 18 2005
Format: Paperback
Like many of the books I read, this book was the selection of a book club I belong to, and I quite liked it. Just before the meeting to discuss the book, I checked out the Amazon.com reviews, and then was surprised to discover that the Amazon reviewers accurately reflected the diverse opinions of the ten at the meeting: although a small majority liked the book, the rest did not; two couldn't finish it and two couldn't even get into it. Amazon reviews, when there is a good number of them, are obviously a good guide.

This is a story of family life, for better or for worse, told in three stories, as seen through the eyes of the father, then his three sons, and then a friend of both the father and the sons. The father lives in Scotland, with two of the sons, but his story takes place in Greece, while he is on vacation there. One of the sons lives in New York, and flies back and forth to Scotland. The friend's story takes place in both Greece and New York. The result is a quite complex, interwoven family story that is easy to understand but hard to describe. The writing is sensitive; for example, the description of the death in New York of a friend of one of the sons, due to AIDS, is sympathetically done. Overall, I found the family's story to be very interesting and well written, but not a story I would recommend for everybody.
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Format: Paperback
Everyone has different tastes as readers. I personally feel "THE THREE JUNES" is excellent but I can see where it is not everyone's taste. What is? "THE THREE JUNES" is not a dare to be different book like "MIDDLESEX" or "MY FRACTURED LIFE" nor does it have the universally appealing spiritual elements of "THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES" or "THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN." Those are different types of books, different "tastes." I like all of them, "THE THREE JUNES" among them. Just like at a restaurant, you don't know if you like something unless you try it.
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Format: Paperback
THREE JUNES is a nuanced, layered book. After I finished it, I re-read the first section and realized how beautifully the pieces of the book fit together. Glass is too sophisticated, too knowing of the realities of life, to come up with pat endings or make everything fit together too neatly. However, even small characters that are introduced in the first section, Fern's friend Anna for instance, are re-introduced in the later sections with appropriate follow-ups. She shows how different the world can be viewed from various perspectives. For example, in the first section, she details a character, Marjorie, a schoolteacher from Devon, who gets on the nerves of Paul, the main character. Later, Marjorie shows up at Paul's funeral and they seem to have remained in touch through the years. The reader assumes: she kept pushing herself into his life. Paul's son Fenno has a different take on Marjorie-and he wonders-were they good friends. NO , no you want to cry-she got on his nerves-but Fenno never gets to realize his father's take on herth-nor would most people in real life, after someone has died. Must also recommend another great book that a friend recommended-------------THE CHILDREN'S CORNER by McCrae-very unusual with great writing, jaw-dropping scenes, and life itself.
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Format: Paperback
Everyone has different tastes as readers. I personally feel "THE THREE JUNES" is excellent but I can see where it is not everyone's taste. What is? "THE THREE JUNES" is not a dare to be different book like "MIDDLESEX" or "MY FRACTURED LIFE" nor does it have the universally appealing spiritual elements of "THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES" or "THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN." Those are different types of books, different "tastes." I like all of them, "THE THREE JUNES" among them. Just like at a restaurant, you don't know if you like something unless you try it.
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Format: Hardcover
I just finished this book this morning and felt compelled to write a quck review. For some reason, it took me a little bit to "get into" this one but once I did, I could not put it down. It is very well-written and I am sad that it is over. I really enjoyed the characters, especially Fenno and even Fern, and it left me hungry for more...I want to know what happened when Fern told Stavros about the baby...I want to know if she ever realizes that she met Fenno's Dad on her trip to Greece...I want to know about Fenno's relationship with the twins. But despite my longing for more of this story, I am happy to have had the oprtunity to "know" these characters and I can highly reccommend this bookI thought this book was great and how anyone can call it flat is beyond me. This is the first novel I have read that tells about life from a gay man's perspective. Sometimes he seemed to be reluctantly gay but gay none the less. I was sympathetic to siblings that remembered things differently from their childhoods, almost like they lived with different families, as is the case with siblings. This story was so deep and the characters so involved and intertwined it was unbelievable. What a wonderful depth and ability this author showed.
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