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by Betsey Osborne

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Author:
Betsey Osborne
ISBN13:
978-0312342777
ISBN:
0312342772
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Publisher:
St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (May 2, 2006)
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Genre Fiction
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Uncas Metcalfe is a sixty-five-year-old botany professor from a once prosperous central New York town, whose habitat is changing much . He even wimps out at the book's very end. His unnatural history isn't worth reading.

Uncas Metcalfe is a sixty-five-year-old botany professor from a once prosperous central New York town, whose habitat is changing much too quickly: his wife is ill, his daughter has returned home, and an unusual new friendship unexpectedly stirs up memories of an almost forgotten infidelity. Uncas is rooted in a life of plants and manners. When his routine is upended by the menacing demands of a former student, Uncas finds his comfortably obstinate nature at odds with his family's growing impatience and a newfound, terrifying uncertainty.

While Betsey Osborne’s The Natural History of Uncas Metcalfe is set in upstate New York, her novel is. .

While Betsey Osborne’s The Natural History of Uncas Metcalfe is set in upstate New York, her novel is New England drawing from and interpreting classic regional themes. From the onset, I felt her Sparta, New York was interchangeable with the aesthetic and township character of any disappearing and idyllic New English hamlet. The book doesn’t match the spare poetry of Frost or Poe or the sweeping historic perspective of Russo but who does? Osbourne conjures vivid characters in a familiar and comforting setting. In the end, this is a really good book. Jan 21, 2014 Gloria rated it liked it. This book was a little strange.

Uncas Metcalfe is a sixty-five-year-old botany professor from a once prosperous .

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The Natural History of Uncas Metcalfe: A Novel. Uncas Metcalfe is a sixty-five-year-old botany professor from a once prosperous central New York town, whose habitat is changing much too quickly: his wife is ill, his daughter has returned home, and an unusual new friendship unexpectedly stirs up memories of an almost forgotten infidelity. When his routine is upended by the menacing demands of a former student, Uncas finds his comfortably obstinate nature at odds with his family's growing impatience and a newfound, terrifying.

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Uncas Metcalfe is a 60-ish professor of botany at a college near his .

Uncas Metcalfe is a 60-ish professor of botany at a college near his hometown, Sparta, in central New York; he’s a fifth generation Spartan. It’s the 1980s; the action, what there is of it, takes place between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The following author biography and list of questions about The Natural History of Uncas.

ISBN 13: 978-0-312-34278-4. ISBN 10: 0-312-34278-0. The following author biography and list of questions about The Natural History of Uncas. Metcalfe are intended as resources to aid individual readers and book groups who would like to. learn more about the author and this book. We hope that this guide will provide you a starting. How is the idea of rootedness addressed in the novel? 6. Uncas and Alex become confidants and friends, even though they are different in many ways. What are some of their differences?

Uncas Metcalfe is a sixty-five-year-old botany professorfrom a once prosperous central New York town, whose habitat is changing much too quickly: his wife is ill, his daughter has returned home, and an unusual new friendship unexpectedly stirs up memories of an almost forgotten infidelity. Uncas is rooted in a life of plants and manners. When his routine is upended by the menacing demands of a former student, Uncas finds his comfortably obstinate nature at odds with his family's growing impatience and a newfound, terrifying uncertainty.The Natural History of Uncas Metcalfe follows an unforgettable hero ashe struggles to right himself and adapt to changing expectations, even as he approaches the end of his life. Beautifully wrought and wonderfully imagined, the intricacies of the Metcalfe family will linger in your imagination long after the last page.
  • It is so hard for an author to surprise a reader, to truly not let her have an inkling of where a story will lead. I"m not sure I've read a story that so fully gets a reader into the head of someone as this book does with Uncas. He is not a sweet, nor generous, nor friendly man, he is slow and methodical, homophobic and impervious to change. Is that someone most of us like? No. Is he believable? TOTALLY. I think this book opened my mind a bit, made me understand certain people a bit better.
    There are moments of tension that de-escalate as slowly as they build up which is difficult for any writer to do well and Osborne master this. This is prose.

  • Uncas Metcalf is the product of generations of correct-thinking, upstanding and ultra-responsible men and women. The past weighs heavily on him and we see him coping with people and challenges unknown to his ancestors. Uncas often refuses to see that which does not fit into his worldview. As the world pushes in, he bends to accommodate new challenges by finding the source for necessary approval in the past. When it works, he is charming. To his own amazement, he can empathize with a young woman whose demeanor and life-preferences are far from his own. After all, good manners and a strong handshake in a young woman are more important than her combat boots. But his search for references and approval in the past doesn't always work. His background and secure place in society has not prepared him for personal malevolence directed toward him, therefore he doesn't recognize it. The author leaves some of his motivation open to further debate - particularly as it pertains to aging. She directly address and closes that loop for some members of the family - an increasingly frail wife and an adult daughter who is both a responsible mother herself, and a young daughter held at emotional bay by her father. For Uncas himself, we are left to wonder about the inter-relationship between his reliance on role models from the past and his ability to evaluate contemporary events. How much of his failure to understand threatening behavior is the result of his age, not his background? As WE get older, are we doomed to exchange analytical skills for codes and memories of "appropriate" social behavior by our parents and grandparents? In this excellent novel, the author poses and leaves us with that thorny question.

  • I truly enjoyed this book. It captures a man absorbed in his own reality and caught up in an environment of his own making. The messages are subtle, the characters believable, and the setting very Richard Russo in the use of small town New York. This book lacks the high level of tortured introspection so often found in modern American literature. The ability to deal with issues of relationship, aging, sexual orientation, and small town dynamics in a subtle and convincing way made this a great read and a book that stayed with me long after I put it down. I look forward to Ms. Osborne's next book.

  • As a septuagenerian, married father of three, I was impressed by Ms. Osborne's sensitivity and accuracy in depicting characters well out of her age range. The main character, Uncas Metcalf, though very synpathetically portrayed, has a couple of flaws that we AARP-ers recognize as being part of an older mind set: we don't let everything "hang out" as our over therapied children might want; we certainly care more about good grammar than our dot-coming children do. Well done- a very satisfying read

  • I loved this book. Beautifully written, it's hard to put down, and touches on family dynamics, a scary stalker, small town life, and with all that is very very funny. I recommend it highly.

  • Uncas Metcalfe, professor of botany, lives in the shelter of his mind's hot house, not the real world. He wilts in the face of every challenge. Nothing much in his life comes to bloom, much less fruition. He even wimps out at the book's very end. His unnatural history isn't worth reading.