Census

Census

A powerful and moving new novel from an award-winning, acclaimed author: in the wake of a devastating revelation, a father and son journey north across a tapestry of towns. When a widower receives notice from a doctor that he doesn?t have long left to live, he is struck by the question of who will care for his adult son?a son whom he fiercely loves, a boy with Down syndrome A powerful and moving new novel from an award-winning, acclaimed author: in the wake of a devastating revelation,...

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Title:Census
Author:Jesse Ball
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:0062676156
Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Census Reviews

  • Cheri
    Apr 26, 2018

    There were a few times that I wanted to put this book aside because I wasn?t getting what was happening in this society, this country with unnamed towns designated by letters from A-Z. I wasn?t understanding what this census was all about, why this unnamed agency of the government ...

    ?Mama whispered softly time will ease your pain Life's about changing nothing ever stays the same And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it's okay to hurt and it's okay to cry Come let me hold you and I will try How can I help you to say goodbye? --How Can I Help...

  • Zach
    Mar 23, 2018

    There were a few times that I wanted to put this book aside because I wasn?t getting what was happening in this society, this country with unnamed towns designated by letters from A-Z. I wasn?t understanding what this census was all about, why this unnamed agency of the government ...

    ?Mama whispered softly time will ease your pain Life's about changing nothing ever stays the same And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it's okay to hurt and it's okay to cry Come let me hold you and I will try How can I help you to say goodbye? --How Can I Help...

    An unnamed widower receives news from his doctor that he is suffering from a fatal condition and will shortly die. He quits his medical practice and loads his adored son, a boy with Down Syndrome, into his car and takes off across the country to render the census. He is hoping to spend...

    Absolutely stunning. Census is a deeply personal novel for Jesse Ball and you need to know this before starting the book. Mr. Ball has a thorough introduction that shares his inspiration for this novel: his brother Abram. Unfortunately, Abram is now deceased but Mr. Ball gifts readers ...

    Jesse Ball's brother Abram, who suffered from Down syndrome, was only 24 years old when he passed away. Ball dedicated this book to him, and as he had planned his life assuming that he will one day become Abram's primary caretaker, this is not story about two brothers, but about a fath...

    * 4.5 * One of the great things about subscribing to Powells Indiespensable program is they make you read books that in a million years I would not have chosen for myself. This is one such. Census had experimental, lyrical warning signs posted all over it and some ho-hum reviews...

    Jesse Ball?s Census is the slow, contemplative, and deeply affecting story of a dying man?s deep devotion to and love for his intellectually disabled son: ?I felt weak. I have felt this way for years, though. I have kept on, have worked when perhaps I no longer should have practi...

    I am an unabashed fan of Jesse Ball. I?ve read many of his books ? The Curfew, The Lesson, Silence Once Begun, A Cure for Suicide, How to Set a Fire & Why ? and have often marveled at his metafictional, fablelike, and sometimes provocative works. But this time it?s perso...

    It was my son who prepared me for this work, my son who showed me, not in speech, but in his daily way, that we are by our nature a kind of measure, that we are measuring each other at every moment. This was the census he began at birth, that he continues even now. It was his census t...

    An interesting work of experimental fiction. Ball's purpose is a noble one and the underlying subject deeply personal to him, so it grieves me to say that this did not touch me as intended. From the introduction it is clear that I was meant to form some sort of deeper understanding reg...

    It's no secret that I'm a Jesse Ball fanatic. I think he's one of the most exciting living writers. I hold his novels on a high pedestal, and find that he is unmatched in his ability to write surreal, experimental, abstract, yet still accessible works of fiction. I liked Census quit...

    After Silence once begun and A Cure for suicide I had high expectations of the latest Jesse Ball, but Census didn't disappoint at all. It's an absolute triumph of imagination, writing skills and finesse. More than with his previous books there is a lot of -personal- emotion involved. ...

    3.5 stars Census was about a widower who goes on a journey with his son. He was a former doctor and his predeceased wife was a clown. So he had an understanding of humans from a physical standpoint but she understood people's emotions and how they projected those emotions. Their love ...

    This was my first experience of a Jesse Ball novel. I did however come across him in Granta magazine?s "Best of Young American Novelists" where he wrote a short story called "A Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for" which w...

    Yay my 3rd 5 ? book of the 2018!! Oh my gosh!!!! This little book just blew me away!!! It's like nothing I have ever read before!! And I read over a 100 books a year of a wide number of genres. It's short book I finished it in less than 24 hours! It's beautiful written not directl...

    ?A novel you feel you want to get a grip on before it gets a grip on you.? Dear Reader ?Part epic poem, part family history; Ball has crafted something unique and enduring.? Otago Daily Times ?An absurdist metaphysical parable, reminiscent of Beckett, Kafka, or Calv...

    4.5?s ?My wife and I always spoke of making a trip together to show our son the country, but it never came. For one reason or another, it never came, and so I felt when my wife passed, when the idea rose in me about the census, I felt finally it was time to take out the Stafford, ...

    Other, older authors have also chosen the census as a consequential moment in time (Saramago, Coetzee, Hrabal?), a moment with historical resonance. The census in America is conducted every ten years and does again in 2020. I?d not thought much about the census until this decade, lon...

    This is a book that really rewards a reader's patience. Jesse Ball's tribute to his brother was difficult to find my way in to, but in the end I felt closer to the characters than I thought possible in the beginning. Ball's intention is to get to the essence of the characters in the no...

    This book was written to commemorate his deceased brother who was born with Down syndrome. He wanted to highlight how we all see the world differently and to come to terms with the prejudice and abuse his brother was subjected to because of his condition. I understand what the author w...

    This is a novel about a census-taker. This is a novel about a census-taker. This is a novel ab? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..... (Bailed a third of the way in.) ...

    This is an immensely moving novel which I enjoyed much more than I expected to. Although it?s a four star read for me at this stage, Census is almost definitely a novel that will reward rereading, perhaps even repeated rereading, and I can genuinely see myself revising this rating up...

    This is a beautiful account of love set in an utterly unique world with hints of both Beckett and Berger. I?ve never read anything like it and was completely blown away. ...

    5+ out of 5. Ball returns to his more oblique work here (after 2016's much-more-realistic How to Set a Fire and Why) but this book feels as distinct from any other of his works as every other of his works. It is perhaps his best yet - a beautiful, moving portrait: of a father and s...

    I considered giving up once or twice during the first half of this slim book and am very glad I didn't. ...

    This book was too abstract for my personal taste. It moved slowly, and I found that the surrounding story was a distraction to the main purpose of the book. ...

    Hard to rate this one. 3.5 stars? I found the ending moving and the census visits interesting in a Rachel Cusk sort of way. On the other hand, the cormorant info became so annoying I ended up flinching or rolling my eyes whenever the word was mentioned. ...

    This is the most successful of the three of his novels I?ve read so far by this excellent young writer. It feels a lot like a recent J. M. Coetzee novel in its bareness, its unusual father-son relationship, and its odd engagements with people along the way. Ball?s style works perfe...

    Absolutely beautiful final third. Spells of "nothing" sprinkled with profound insights into the family of a young man with Downs Syndrome. Has elements of fantasy and dystopia. The last five pages are killer. ...

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Jun 24, 2018

    There were a few times that I wanted to put this book aside because I wasn?t getting what was happening in this society, this country with unnamed towns designated by letters from A-Z. I wasn?t understanding what this census was all about, why this unnamed agency of the government ...

    ?Mama whispered softly time will ease your pain Life's about changing nothing ever stays the same And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it's okay to hurt and it's okay to cry Come let me hold you and I will try How can I help you to say goodbye? --How Can I Help...

    An unnamed widower receives news from his doctor that he is suffering from a fatal condition and will shortly die. He quits his medical practice and loads his adored son, a boy with Down Syndrome, into his car and takes off across the country to render the census. He is hoping to spend...

    Absolutely stunning. Census is a deeply personal novel for Jesse Ball and you need to know this before starting the book. Mr. Ball has a thorough introduction that shares his inspiration for this novel: his brother Abram. Unfortunately, Abram is now deceased but Mr. Ball gifts readers ...

    Jesse Ball's brother Abram, who suffered from Down syndrome, was only 24 years old when he passed away. Ball dedicated this book to him, and as he had planned his life assuming that he will one day become Abram's primary caretaker, this is not story about two brothers, but about a fath...

    * 4.5 * One of the great things about subscribing to Powells Indiespensable program is they make you read books that in a million years I would not have chosen for myself. This is one such. Census had experimental, lyrical warning signs posted all over it and some ho-hum reviews...

    Jesse Ball?s Census is the slow, contemplative, and deeply affecting story of a dying man?s deep devotion to and love for his intellectually disabled son: ?I felt weak. I have felt this way for years, though. I have kept on, have worked when perhaps I no longer should have practi...

    I am an unabashed fan of Jesse Ball. I?ve read many of his books ? The Curfew, The Lesson, Silence Once Begun, A Cure for Suicide, How to Set a Fire & Why ? and have often marveled at his metafictional, fablelike, and sometimes provocative works. But this time it?s perso...

    It was my son who prepared me for this work, my son who showed me, not in speech, but in his daily way, that we are by our nature a kind of measure, that we are measuring each other at every moment. This was the census he began at birth, that he continues even now. It was his census t...

    An interesting work of experimental fiction. Ball's purpose is a noble one and the underlying subject deeply personal to him, so it grieves me to say that this did not touch me as intended. From the introduction it is clear that I was meant to form some sort of deeper understanding reg...

    It's no secret that I'm a Jesse Ball fanatic. I think he's one of the most exciting living writers. I hold his novels on a high pedestal, and find that he is unmatched in his ability to write surreal, experimental, abstract, yet still accessible works of fiction. I liked Census quit...

    After Silence once begun and A Cure for suicide I had high expectations of the latest Jesse Ball, but Census didn't disappoint at all. It's an absolute triumph of imagination, writing skills and finesse. More than with his previous books there is a lot of -personal- emotion involved. ...

    3.5 stars Census was about a widower who goes on a journey with his son. He was a former doctor and his predeceased wife was a clown. So he had an understanding of humans from a physical standpoint but she understood people's emotions and how they projected those emotions. Their love ...

    This was my first experience of a Jesse Ball novel. I did however come across him in Granta magazine?s "Best of Young American Novelists" where he wrote a short story called "A Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for" which w...

    Yay my 3rd 5 ? book of the 2018!! Oh my gosh!!!! This little book just blew me away!!! It's like nothing I have ever read before!! And I read over a 100 books a year of a wide number of genres. It's short book I finished it in less than 24 hours! It's beautiful written not directl...

    ?A novel you feel you want to get a grip on before it gets a grip on you.? Dear Reader ?Part epic poem, part family history; Ball has crafted something unique and enduring.? Otago Daily Times ?An absurdist metaphysical parable, reminiscent of Beckett, Kafka, or Calv...

    4.5?s ?My wife and I always spoke of making a trip together to show our son the country, but it never came. For one reason or another, it never came, and so I felt when my wife passed, when the idea rose in me about the census, I felt finally it was time to take out the Stafford, ...

    Other, older authors have also chosen the census as a consequential moment in time (Saramago, Coetzee, Hrabal?), a moment with historical resonance. The census in America is conducted every ten years and does again in 2020. I?d not thought much about the census until this decade, lon...

    This is a book that really rewards a reader's patience. Jesse Ball's tribute to his brother was difficult to find my way in to, but in the end I felt closer to the characters than I thought possible in the beginning. Ball's intention is to get to the essence of the characters in the no...

    This book was written to commemorate his deceased brother who was born with Down syndrome. He wanted to highlight how we all see the world differently and to come to terms with the prejudice and abuse his brother was subjected to because of his condition. I understand what the author w...

  • Jessica Sullivan
    Mar 13, 2018

    There were a few times that I wanted to put this book aside because I wasn?t getting what was happening in this society, this country with unnamed towns designated by letters from A-Z. I wasn?t understanding what this census was all about, why this unnamed agency of the government ...

    ?Mama whispered softly time will ease your pain Life's about changing nothing ever stays the same And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it's okay to hurt and it's okay to cry Come let me hold you and I will try How can I help you to say goodbye? --How Can I Help...

    An unnamed widower receives news from his doctor that he is suffering from a fatal condition and will shortly die. He quits his medical practice and loads his adored son, a boy with Down Syndrome, into his car and takes off across the country to render the census. He is hoping to spend...

    Absolutely stunning. Census is a deeply personal novel for Jesse Ball and you need to know this before starting the book. Mr. Ball has a thorough introduction that shares his inspiration for this novel: his brother Abram. Unfortunately, Abram is now deceased but Mr. Ball gifts readers ...

    Jesse Ball's brother Abram, who suffered from Down syndrome, was only 24 years old when he passed away. Ball dedicated this book to him, and as he had planned his life assuming that he will one day become Abram's primary caretaker, this is not story about two brothers, but about a fath...

    * 4.5 * One of the great things about subscribing to Powells Indiespensable program is they make you read books that in a million years I would not have chosen for myself. This is one such. Census had experimental, lyrical warning signs posted all over it and some ho-hum reviews...

    Jesse Ball?s Census is the slow, contemplative, and deeply affecting story of a dying man?s deep devotion to and love for his intellectually disabled son: ?I felt weak. I have felt this way for years, though. I have kept on, have worked when perhaps I no longer should have practi...

    I am an unabashed fan of Jesse Ball. I?ve read many of his books ? The Curfew, The Lesson, Silence Once Begun, A Cure for Suicide, How to Set a Fire & Why ? and have often marveled at his metafictional, fablelike, and sometimes provocative works. But this time it?s perso...

    It was my son who prepared me for this work, my son who showed me, not in speech, but in his daily way, that we are by our nature a kind of measure, that we are measuring each other at every moment. This was the census he began at birth, that he continues even now. It was his census t...

    An interesting work of experimental fiction. Ball's purpose is a noble one and the underlying subject deeply personal to him, so it grieves me to say that this did not touch me as intended. From the introduction it is clear that I was meant to form some sort of deeper understanding reg...

    It's no secret that I'm a Jesse Ball fanatic. I think he's one of the most exciting living writers. I hold his novels on a high pedestal, and find that he is unmatched in his ability to write surreal, experimental, abstract, yet still accessible works of fiction. I liked Census quit...

  • David
    Jun 17, 2018

    There were a few times that I wanted to put this book aside because I wasn?t getting what was happening in this society, this country with unnamed towns designated by letters from A-Z. I wasn?t understanding what this census was all about, why this unnamed agency of the government ...

    ?Mama whispered softly time will ease your pain Life's about changing nothing ever stays the same And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it's okay to hurt and it's okay to cry Come let me hold you and I will try How can I help you to say goodbye? --How Can I Help...

    An unnamed widower receives news from his doctor that he is suffering from a fatal condition and will shortly die. He quits his medical practice and loads his adored son, a boy with Down Syndrome, into his car and takes off across the country to render the census. He is hoping to spend...

    Absolutely stunning. Census is a deeply personal novel for Jesse Ball and you need to know this before starting the book. Mr. Ball has a thorough introduction that shares his inspiration for this novel: his brother Abram. Unfortunately, Abram is now deceased but Mr. Ball gifts readers ...

    Jesse Ball's brother Abram, who suffered from Down syndrome, was only 24 years old when he passed away. Ball dedicated this book to him, and as he had planned his life assuming that he will one day become Abram's primary caretaker, this is not story about two brothers, but about a fath...

    * 4.5 * One of the great things about subscribing to Powells Indiespensable program is they make you read books that in a million years I would not have chosen for myself. This is one such. Census had experimental, lyrical warning signs posted all over it and some ho-hum reviews...

    Jesse Ball?s Census is the slow, contemplative, and deeply affecting story of a dying man?s deep devotion to and love for his intellectually disabled son: ?I felt weak. I have felt this way for years, though. I have kept on, have worked when perhaps I no longer should have practi...

    I am an unabashed fan of Jesse Ball. I?ve read many of his books ? The Curfew, The Lesson, Silence Once Begun, A Cure for Suicide, How to Set a Fire & Why ? and have often marveled at his metafictional, fablelike, and sometimes provocative works. But this time it?s perso...

    It was my son who prepared me for this work, my son who showed me, not in speech, but in his daily way, that we are by our nature a kind of measure, that we are measuring each other at every moment. This was the census he began at birth, that he continues even now. It was his census t...

    An interesting work of experimental fiction. Ball's purpose is a noble one and the underlying subject deeply personal to him, so it grieves me to say that this did not touch me as intended. From the introduction it is clear that I was meant to form some sort of deeper understanding reg...

  • Trish
    Aug 11, 2018

    There were a few times that I wanted to put this book aside because I wasn?t getting what was happening in this society, this country with unnamed towns designated by letters from A-Z. I wasn?t understanding what this census was all about, why this unnamed agency of the government ...

    ?Mama whispered softly time will ease your pain Life's about changing nothing ever stays the same And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it's okay to hurt and it's okay to cry Come let me hold you and I will try How can I help you to say goodbye? --How Can I Help...

    An unnamed widower receives news from his doctor that he is suffering from a fatal condition and will shortly die. He quits his medical practice and loads his adored son, a boy with Down Syndrome, into his car and takes off across the country to render the census. He is hoping to spend...

    Absolutely stunning. Census is a deeply personal novel for Jesse Ball and you need to know this before starting the book. Mr. Ball has a thorough introduction that shares his inspiration for this novel: his brother Abram. Unfortunately, Abram is now deceased but Mr. Ball gifts readers ...

    Jesse Ball's brother Abram, who suffered from Down syndrome, was only 24 years old when he passed away. Ball dedicated this book to him, and as he had planned his life assuming that he will one day become Abram's primary caretaker, this is not story about two brothers, but about a fath...

    * 4.5 * One of the great things about subscribing to Powells Indiespensable program is they make you read books that in a million years I would not have chosen for myself. This is one such. Census had experimental, lyrical warning signs posted all over it and some ho-hum reviews...

    Jesse Ball?s Census is the slow, contemplative, and deeply affecting story of a dying man?s deep devotion to and love for his intellectually disabled son: ?I felt weak. I have felt this way for years, though. I have kept on, have worked when perhaps I no longer should have practi...

    I am an unabashed fan of Jesse Ball. I?ve read many of his books ? The Curfew, The Lesson, Silence Once Begun, A Cure for Suicide, How to Set a Fire & Why ? and have often marveled at his metafictional, fablelike, and sometimes provocative works. But this time it?s perso...

    It was my son who prepared me for this work, my son who showed me, not in speech, but in his daily way, that we are by our nature a kind of measure, that we are measuring each other at every moment. This was the census he began at birth, that he continues even now. It was his census t...

    An interesting work of experimental fiction. Ball's purpose is a noble one and the underlying subject deeply personal to him, so it grieves me to say that this did not touch me as intended. From the introduction it is clear that I was meant to form some sort of deeper understanding reg...

    It's no secret that I'm a Jesse Ball fanatic. I think he's one of the most exciting living writers. I hold his novels on a high pedestal, and find that he is unmatched in his ability to write surreal, experimental, abstract, yet still accessible works of fiction. I liked Census quit...

    After Silence once begun and A Cure for suicide I had high expectations of the latest Jesse Ball, but Census didn't disappoint at all. It's an absolute triumph of imagination, writing skills and finesse. More than with his previous books there is a lot of -personal- emotion involved. ...

    3.5 stars Census was about a widower who goes on a journey with his son. He was a former doctor and his predeceased wife was a clown. So he had an understanding of humans from a physical standpoint but she understood people's emotions and how they projected those emotions. Their love ...

    This was my first experience of a Jesse Ball novel. I did however come across him in Granta magazine?s "Best of Young American Novelists" where he wrote a short story called "A Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for" which w...

    Yay my 3rd 5 ? book of the 2018!! Oh my gosh!!!! This little book just blew me away!!! It's like nothing I have ever read before!! And I read over a 100 books a year of a wide number of genres. It's short book I finished it in less than 24 hours! It's beautiful written not directl...

    ?A novel you feel you want to get a grip on before it gets a grip on you.? Dear Reader ?Part epic poem, part family history; Ball has crafted something unique and enduring.? Otago Daily Times ?An absurdist metaphysical parable, reminiscent of Beckett, Kafka, or Calv...

    4.5?s ?My wife and I always spoke of making a trip together to show our son the country, but it never came. For one reason or another, it never came, and so I felt when my wife passed, when the idea rose in me about the census, I felt finally it was time to take out the Stafford, ...

    Other, older authors have also chosen the census as a consequential moment in time (Saramago, Coetzee, Hrabal?), a moment with historical resonance. The census in America is conducted every ten years and does again in 2020. I?d not thought much about the census until this decade, lon...

  • Jill
    Mar 29, 2018

    There were a few times that I wanted to put this book aside because I wasn?t getting what was happening in this society, this country with unnamed towns designated by letters from A-Z. I wasn?t understanding what this census was all about, why this unnamed agency of the government ...

    ?Mama whispered softly time will ease your pain Life's about changing nothing ever stays the same And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it's okay to hurt and it's okay to cry Come let me hold you and I will try How can I help you to say goodbye? --How Can I Help...

    An unnamed widower receives news from his doctor that he is suffering from a fatal condition and will shortly die. He quits his medical practice and loads his adored son, a boy with Down Syndrome, into his car and takes off across the country to render the census. He is hoping to spend...

    Absolutely stunning. Census is a deeply personal novel for Jesse Ball and you need to know this before starting the book. Mr. Ball has a thorough introduction that shares his inspiration for this novel: his brother Abram. Unfortunately, Abram is now deceased but Mr. Ball gifts readers ...

    Jesse Ball's brother Abram, who suffered from Down syndrome, was only 24 years old when he passed away. Ball dedicated this book to him, and as he had planned his life assuming that he will one day become Abram's primary caretaker, this is not story about two brothers, but about a fath...

    * 4.5 * One of the great things about subscribing to Powells Indiespensable program is they make you read books that in a million years I would not have chosen for myself. This is one such. Census had experimental, lyrical warning signs posted all over it and some ho-hum reviews...

    Jesse Ball?s Census is the slow, contemplative, and deeply affecting story of a dying man?s deep devotion to and love for his intellectually disabled son: ?I felt weak. I have felt this way for years, though. I have kept on, have worked when perhaps I no longer should have practi...

    I am an unabashed fan of Jesse Ball. I?ve read many of his books ? The Curfew, The Lesson, Silence Once Begun, A Cure for Suicide, How to Set a Fire & Why ? and have often marveled at his metafictional, fablelike, and sometimes provocative works. But this time it?s perso...

  • Jennifer
    Apr 01, 2018

    There were a few times that I wanted to put this book aside because I wasn?t getting what was happening in this society, this country with unnamed towns designated by letters from A-Z. I wasn?t understanding what this census was all about, why this unnamed agency of the government ...

    ?Mama whispered softly time will ease your pain Life's about changing nothing ever stays the same And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it's okay to hurt and it's okay to cry Come let me hold you and I will try How can I help you to say goodbye? --How Can I Help...

    An unnamed widower receives news from his doctor that he is suffering from a fatal condition and will shortly die. He quits his medical practice and loads his adored son, a boy with Down Syndrome, into his car and takes off across the country to render the census. He is hoping to spend...

    Absolutely stunning. Census is a deeply personal novel for Jesse Ball and you need to know this before starting the book. Mr. Ball has a thorough introduction that shares his inspiration for this novel: his brother Abram. Unfortunately, Abram is now deceased but Mr. Ball gifts readers ...

  • Drew
    Jun 29, 2017

    There were a few times that I wanted to put this book aside because I wasn?t getting what was happening in this society, this country with unnamed towns designated by letters from A-Z. I wasn?t understanding what this census was all about, why this unnamed agency of the government ...

    ?Mama whispered softly time will ease your pain Life's about changing nothing ever stays the same And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it's okay to hurt and it's okay to cry Come let me hold you and I will try How can I help you to say goodbye? --How Can I Help...

    An unnamed widower receives news from his doctor that he is suffering from a fatal condition and will shortly die. He quits his medical practice and loads his adored son, a boy with Down Syndrome, into his car and takes off across the country to render the census. He is hoping to spend...

    Absolutely stunning. Census is a deeply personal novel for Jesse Ball and you need to know this before starting the book. Mr. Ball has a thorough introduction that shares his inspiration for this novel: his brother Abram. Unfortunately, Abram is now deceased but Mr. Ball gifts readers ...

    Jesse Ball's brother Abram, who suffered from Down syndrome, was only 24 years old when he passed away. Ball dedicated this book to him, and as he had planned his life assuming that he will one day become Abram's primary caretaker, this is not story about two brothers, but about a fath...

    * 4.5 * One of the great things about subscribing to Powells Indiespensable program is they make you read books that in a million years I would not have chosen for myself. This is one such. Census had experimental, lyrical warning signs posted all over it and some ho-hum reviews...

    Jesse Ball?s Census is the slow, contemplative, and deeply affecting story of a dying man?s deep devotion to and love for his intellectually disabled son: ?I felt weak. I have felt this way for years, though. I have kept on, have worked when perhaps I no longer should have practi...

    I am an unabashed fan of Jesse Ball. I?ve read many of his books ? The Curfew, The Lesson, Silence Once Begun, A Cure for Suicide, How to Set a Fire & Why ? and have often marveled at his metafictional, fablelike, and sometimes provocative works. But this time it?s perso...

    It was my son who prepared me for this work, my son who showed me, not in speech, but in his daily way, that we are by our nature a kind of measure, that we are measuring each other at every moment. This was the census he began at birth, that he continues even now. It was his census t...

    An interesting work of experimental fiction. Ball's purpose is a noble one and the underlying subject deeply personal to him, so it grieves me to say that this did not touch me as intended. From the introduction it is clear that I was meant to form some sort of deeper understanding reg...

    It's no secret that I'm a Jesse Ball fanatic. I think he's one of the most exciting living writers. I hold his novels on a high pedestal, and find that he is unmatched in his ability to write surreal, experimental, abstract, yet still accessible works of fiction. I liked Census quit...

    After Silence once begun and A Cure for suicide I had high expectations of the latest Jesse Ball, but Census didn't disappoint at all. It's an absolute triumph of imagination, writing skills and finesse. More than with his previous books there is a lot of -personal- emotion involved. ...

    3.5 stars Census was about a widower who goes on a journey with his son. He was a former doctor and his predeceased wife was a clown. So he had an understanding of humans from a physical standpoint but she understood people's emotions and how they projected those emotions. Their love ...

    This was my first experience of a Jesse Ball novel. I did however come across him in Granta magazine?s "Best of Young American Novelists" where he wrote a short story called "A Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for" which w...

    Yay my 3rd 5 ? book of the 2018!! Oh my gosh!!!! This little book just blew me away!!! It's like nothing I have ever read before!! And I read over a 100 books a year of a wide number of genres. It's short book I finished it in less than 24 hours! It's beautiful written not directl...

    ?A novel you feel you want to get a grip on before it gets a grip on you.? Dear Reader ?Part epic poem, part family history; Ball has crafted something unique and enduring.? Otago Daily Times ?An absurdist metaphysical parable, reminiscent of Beckett, Kafka, or Calv...

    4.5?s ?My wife and I always spoke of making a trip together to show our son the country, but it never came. For one reason or another, it never came, and so I felt when my wife passed, when the idea rose in me about the census, I felt finally it was time to take out the Stafford, ...

    Other, older authors have also chosen the census as a consequential moment in time (Saramago, Coetzee, Hrabal?), a moment with historical resonance. The census in America is conducted every ten years and does again in 2020. I?d not thought much about the census until this decade, lon...

    This is a book that really rewards a reader's patience. Jesse Ball's tribute to his brother was difficult to find my way in to, but in the end I felt closer to the characters than I thought possible in the beginning. Ball's intention is to get to the essence of the characters in the no...

    This book was written to commemorate his deceased brother who was born with Down syndrome. He wanted to highlight how we all see the world differently and to come to terms with the prejudice and abuse his brother was subjected to because of his condition. I understand what the author w...

    This is a novel about a census-taker. This is a novel about a census-taker. This is a novel ab? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..... (Bailed a third of the way in.) ...

    This is an immensely moving novel which I enjoyed much more than I expected to. Although it?s a four star read for me at this stage, Census is almost definitely a novel that will reward rereading, perhaps even repeated rereading, and I can genuinely see myself revising this rating up...

    This is a beautiful account of love set in an utterly unique world with hints of both Beckett and Berger. I?ve never read anything like it and was completely blown away. ...

    5+ out of 5. Ball returns to his more oblique work here (after 2016's much-more-realistic How to Set a Fire and Why) but this book feels as distinct from any other of his works as every other of his works. It is perhaps his best yet - a beautiful, moving portrait: of a father and s...

  • Joachim Stoop
    May 08, 2017

    There were a few times that I wanted to put this book aside because I wasn?t getting what was happening in this society, this country with unnamed towns designated by letters from A-Z. I wasn?t understanding what this census was all about, why this unnamed agency of the government ...

    ?Mama whispered softly time will ease your pain Life's about changing nothing ever stays the same And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it's okay to hurt and it's okay to cry Come let me hold you and I will try How can I help you to say goodbye? --How Can I Help...

    An unnamed widower receives news from his doctor that he is suffering from a fatal condition and will shortly die. He quits his medical practice and loads his adored son, a boy with Down Syndrome, into his car and takes off across the country to render the census. He is hoping to spend...

    Absolutely stunning. Census is a deeply personal novel for Jesse Ball and you need to know this before starting the book. Mr. Ball has a thorough introduction that shares his inspiration for this novel: his brother Abram. Unfortunately, Abram is now deceased but Mr. Ball gifts readers ...

    Jesse Ball's brother Abram, who suffered from Down syndrome, was only 24 years old when he passed away. Ball dedicated this book to him, and as he had planned his life assuming that he will one day become Abram's primary caretaker, this is not story about two brothers, but about a fath...

    * 4.5 * One of the great things about subscribing to Powells Indiespensable program is they make you read books that in a million years I would not have chosen for myself. This is one such. Census had experimental, lyrical warning signs posted all over it and some ho-hum reviews...

    Jesse Ball?s Census is the slow, contemplative, and deeply affecting story of a dying man?s deep devotion to and love for his intellectually disabled son: ?I felt weak. I have felt this way for years, though. I have kept on, have worked when perhaps I no longer should have practi...

    I am an unabashed fan of Jesse Ball. I?ve read many of his books ? The Curfew, The Lesson, Silence Once Begun, A Cure for Suicide, How to Set a Fire & Why ? and have often marveled at his metafictional, fablelike, and sometimes provocative works. But this time it?s perso...

    It was my son who prepared me for this work, my son who showed me, not in speech, but in his daily way, that we are by our nature a kind of measure, that we are measuring each other at every moment. This was the census he began at birth, that he continues even now. It was his census t...

    An interesting work of experimental fiction. Ball's purpose is a noble one and the underlying subject deeply personal to him, so it grieves me to say that this did not touch me as intended. From the introduction it is clear that I was meant to form some sort of deeper understanding reg...

    It's no secret that I'm a Jesse Ball fanatic. I think he's one of the most exciting living writers. I hold his novels on a high pedestal, and find that he is unmatched in his ability to write surreal, experimental, abstract, yet still accessible works of fiction. I liked Census quit...

    After Silence once begun and A Cure for suicide I had high expectations of the latest Jesse Ball, but Census didn't disappoint at all. It's an absolute triumph of imagination, writing skills and finesse. More than with his previous books there is a lot of -personal- emotion involved. ...

  • Trudie
    Jun 29, 2018

    There were a few times that I wanted to put this book aside because I wasn?t getting what was happening in this society, this country with unnamed towns designated by letters from A-Z. I wasn?t understanding what this census was all about, why this unnamed agency of the government ...

    ?Mama whispered softly time will ease your pain Life's about changing nothing ever stays the same And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it's okay to hurt and it's okay to cry Come let me hold you and I will try How can I help you to say goodbye? --How Can I Help...

    An unnamed widower receives news from his doctor that he is suffering from a fatal condition and will shortly die. He quits his medical practice and loads his adored son, a boy with Down Syndrome, into his car and takes off across the country to render the census. He is hoping to spend...

    Absolutely stunning. Census is a deeply personal novel for Jesse Ball and you need to know this before starting the book. Mr. Ball has a thorough introduction that shares his inspiration for this novel: his brother Abram. Unfortunately, Abram is now deceased but Mr. Ball gifts readers ...

    Jesse Ball's brother Abram, who suffered from Down syndrome, was only 24 years old when he passed away. Ball dedicated this book to him, and as he had planned his life assuming that he will one day become Abram's primary caretaker, this is not story about two brothers, but about a fath...

    * 4.5 * One of the great things about subscribing to Powells Indiespensable program is they make you read books that in a million years I would not have chosen for myself. This is one such. Census had experimental, lyrical warning signs posted all over it and some ho-hum reviews...

  • Angela M
    Feb 14, 2018

    There were a few times that I wanted to put this book aside because I wasn?t getting what was happening in this society, this country with unnamed towns designated by letters from A-Z. I wasn?t understanding what this census was all about, why this unnamed agency of the government ...

  • Krista
    Jul 04, 2018

    There were a few times that I wanted to put this book aside because I wasn?t getting what was happening in this society, this country with unnamed towns designated by letters from A-Z. I wasn?t understanding what this census was all about, why this unnamed agency of the government ...

    ?Mama whispered softly time will ease your pain Life's about changing nothing ever stays the same And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it's okay to hurt and it's okay to cry Come let me hold you and I will try How can I help you to say goodbye? --How Can I Help...

    An unnamed widower receives news from his doctor that he is suffering from a fatal condition and will shortly die. He quits his medical practice and loads his adored son, a boy with Down Syndrome, into his car and takes off across the country to render the census. He is hoping to spend...

    Absolutely stunning. Census is a deeply personal novel for Jesse Ball and you need to know this before starting the book. Mr. Ball has a thorough introduction that shares his inspiration for this novel: his brother Abram. Unfortunately, Abram is now deceased but Mr. Ball gifts readers ...

    Jesse Ball's brother Abram, who suffered from Down syndrome, was only 24 years old when he passed away. Ball dedicated this book to him, and as he had planned his life assuming that he will one day become Abram's primary caretaker, this is not story about two brothers, but about a fath...

    * 4.5 * One of the great things about subscribing to Powells Indiespensable program is they make you read books that in a million years I would not have chosen for myself. This is one such. Census had experimental, lyrical warning signs posted all over it and some ho-hum reviews...

    Jesse Ball?s Census is the slow, contemplative, and deeply affecting story of a dying man?s deep devotion to and love for his intellectually disabled son: ?I felt weak. I have felt this way for years, though. I have kept on, have worked when perhaps I no longer should have practi...

    I am an unabashed fan of Jesse Ball. I?ve read many of his books ? The Curfew, The Lesson, Silence Once Begun, A Cure for Suicide, How to Set a Fire & Why ? and have often marveled at his metafictional, fablelike, and sometimes provocative works. But this time it?s perso...

    It was my son who prepared me for this work, my son who showed me, not in speech, but in his daily way, that we are by our nature a kind of measure, that we are measuring each other at every moment. This was the census he began at birth, that he continues even now. It was his census t...

  • Marianne
    Mar 12, 2018

    There were a few times that I wanted to put this book aside because I wasn?t getting what was happening in this society, this country with unnamed towns designated by letters from A-Z. I wasn?t understanding what this census was all about, why this unnamed agency of the government ...

    ?Mama whispered softly time will ease your pain Life's about changing nothing ever stays the same And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it's okay to hurt and it's okay to cry Come let me hold you and I will try How can I help you to say goodbye? --How Can I Help...

    An unnamed widower receives news from his doctor that he is suffering from a fatal condition and will shortly die. He quits his medical practice and loads his adored son, a boy with Down Syndrome, into his car and takes off across the country to render the census. He is hoping to spend...

    Absolutely stunning. Census is a deeply personal novel for Jesse Ball and you need to know this before starting the book. Mr. Ball has a thorough introduction that shares his inspiration for this novel: his brother Abram. Unfortunately, Abram is now deceased but Mr. Ball gifts readers ...

    Jesse Ball's brother Abram, who suffered from Down syndrome, was only 24 years old when he passed away. Ball dedicated this book to him, and as he had planned his life assuming that he will one day become Abram's primary caretaker, this is not story about two brothers, but about a fath...

    * 4.5 * One of the great things about subscribing to Powells Indiespensable program is they make you read books that in a million years I would not have chosen for myself. This is one such. Census had experimental, lyrical warning signs posted all over it and some ho-hum reviews...

    Jesse Ball?s Census is the slow, contemplative, and deeply affecting story of a dying man?s deep devotion to and love for his intellectually disabled son: ?I felt weak. I have felt this way for years, though. I have kept on, have worked when perhaps I no longer should have practi...

    I am an unabashed fan of Jesse Ball. I?ve read many of his books ? The Curfew, The Lesson, Silence Once Begun, A Cure for Suicide, How to Set a Fire & Why ? and have often marveled at his metafictional, fablelike, and sometimes provocative works. But this time it?s perso...

    It was my son who prepared me for this work, my son who showed me, not in speech, but in his daily way, that we are by our nature a kind of measure, that we are measuring each other at every moment. This was the census he began at birth, that he continues even now. It was his census t...

    An interesting work of experimental fiction. Ball's purpose is a noble one and the underlying subject deeply personal to him, so it grieves me to say that this did not touch me as intended. From the introduction it is clear that I was meant to form some sort of deeper understanding reg...

    It's no secret that I'm a Jesse Ball fanatic. I think he's one of the most exciting living writers. I hold his novels on a high pedestal, and find that he is unmatched in his ability to write surreal, experimental, abstract, yet still accessible works of fiction. I liked Census quit...

    After Silence once begun and A Cure for suicide I had high expectations of the latest Jesse Ball, but Census didn't disappoint at all. It's an absolute triumph of imagination, writing skills and finesse. More than with his previous books there is a lot of -personal- emotion involved. ...

    3.5 stars Census was about a widower who goes on a journey with his son. He was a former doctor and his predeceased wife was a clown. So he had an understanding of humans from a physical standpoint but she understood people's emotions and how they projected those emotions. Their love ...

    This was my first experience of a Jesse Ball novel. I did however come across him in Granta magazine?s "Best of Young American Novelists" where he wrote a short story called "A Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for" which w...

    Yay my 3rd 5 ? book of the 2018!! Oh my gosh!!!! This little book just blew me away!!! It's like nothing I have ever read before!! And I read over a 100 books a year of a wide number of genres. It's short book I finished it in less than 24 hours! It's beautiful written not directl...

    ?A novel you feel you want to get a grip on before it gets a grip on you.? Dear Reader ?Part epic poem, part family history; Ball has crafted something unique and enduring.? Otago Daily Times ?An absurdist metaphysical parable, reminiscent of Beckett, Kafka, or Calv...

    4.5?s ?My wife and I always spoke of making a trip together to show our son the country, but it never came. For one reason or another, it never came, and so I felt when my wife passed, when the idea rose in me about the census, I felt finally it was time to take out the Stafford, ...

  • Claire
    Jul 01, 2018

    There were a few times that I wanted to put this book aside because I wasn?t getting what was happening in this society, this country with unnamed towns designated by letters from A-Z. I wasn?t understanding what this census was all about, why this unnamed agency of the government ...

    ?Mama whispered softly time will ease your pain Life's about changing nothing ever stays the same And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it's okay to hurt and it's okay to cry Come let me hold you and I will try How can I help you to say goodbye? --How Can I Help...

    An unnamed widower receives news from his doctor that he is suffering from a fatal condition and will shortly die. He quits his medical practice and loads his adored son, a boy with Down Syndrome, into his car and takes off across the country to render the census. He is hoping to spend...

    Absolutely stunning. Census is a deeply personal novel for Jesse Ball and you need to know this before starting the book. Mr. Ball has a thorough introduction that shares his inspiration for this novel: his brother Abram. Unfortunately, Abram is now deceased but Mr. Ball gifts readers ...

    Jesse Ball's brother Abram, who suffered from Down syndrome, was only 24 years old when he passed away. Ball dedicated this book to him, and as he had planned his life assuming that he will one day become Abram's primary caretaker, this is not story about two brothers, but about a fath...

    * 4.5 * One of the great things about subscribing to Powells Indiespensable program is they make you read books that in a million years I would not have chosen for myself. This is one such. Census had experimental, lyrical warning signs posted all over it and some ho-hum reviews...

    Jesse Ball?s Census is the slow, contemplative, and deeply affecting story of a dying man?s deep devotion to and love for his intellectually disabled son: ?I felt weak. I have felt this way for years, though. I have kept on, have worked when perhaps I no longer should have practi...

    I am an unabashed fan of Jesse Ball. I?ve read many of his books ? The Curfew, The Lesson, Silence Once Begun, A Cure for Suicide, How to Set a Fire & Why ? and have often marveled at his metafictional, fablelike, and sometimes provocative works. But this time it?s perso...

    It was my son who prepared me for this work, my son who showed me, not in speech, but in his daily way, that we are by our nature a kind of measure, that we are measuring each other at every moment. This was the census he began at birth, that he continues even now. It was his census t...

    An interesting work of experimental fiction. Ball's purpose is a noble one and the underlying subject deeply personal to him, so it grieves me to say that this did not touch me as intended. From the introduction it is clear that I was meant to form some sort of deeper understanding reg...

    It's no secret that I'm a Jesse Ball fanatic. I think he's one of the most exciting living writers. I hold his novels on a high pedestal, and find that he is unmatched in his ability to write surreal, experimental, abstract, yet still accessible works of fiction. I liked Census quit...

    After Silence once begun and A Cure for suicide I had high expectations of the latest Jesse Ball, but Census didn't disappoint at all. It's an absolute triumph of imagination, writing skills and finesse. More than with his previous books there is a lot of -personal- emotion involved. ...

    3.5 stars Census was about a widower who goes on a journey with his son. He was a former doctor and his predeceased wife was a clown. So he had an understanding of humans from a physical standpoint but she understood people's emotions and how they projected those emotions. Their love ...

    This was my first experience of a Jesse Ball novel. I did however come across him in Granta magazine?s "Best of Young American Novelists" where he wrote a short story called "A Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for" which w...

    Yay my 3rd 5 ? book of the 2018!! Oh my gosh!!!! This little book just blew me away!!! It's like nothing I have ever read before!! And I read over a 100 books a year of a wide number of genres. It's short book I finished it in less than 24 hours! It's beautiful written not directl...

    ?A novel you feel you want to get a grip on before it gets a grip on you.? Dear Reader ?Part epic poem, part family history; Ball has crafted something unique and enduring.? Otago Daily Times ?An absurdist metaphysical parable, reminiscent of Beckett, Kafka, or Calv...

    4.5?s ?My wife and I always spoke of making a trip together to show our son the country, but it never came. For one reason or another, it never came, and so I felt when my wife passed, when the idea rose in me about the census, I felt finally it was time to take out the Stafford, ...

    Other, older authors have also chosen the census as a consequential moment in time (Saramago, Coetzee, Hrabal?), a moment with historical resonance. The census in America is conducted every ten years and does again in 2020. I?d not thought much about the census until this decade, lon...

    This is a book that really rewards a reader's patience. Jesse Ball's tribute to his brother was difficult to find my way in to, but in the end I felt closer to the characters than I thought possible in the beginning. Ball's intention is to get to the essence of the characters in the no...

    This book was written to commemorate his deceased brother who was born with Down syndrome. He wanted to highlight how we all see the world differently and to come to terms with the prejudice and abuse his brother was subjected to because of his condition. I understand what the author w...

    This is a novel about a census-taker. This is a novel about a census-taker. This is a novel ab? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..... (Bailed a third of the way in.) ...

    This is an immensely moving novel which I enjoyed much more than I expected to. Although it?s a four star read for me at this stage, Census is almost definitely a novel that will reward rereading, perhaps even repeated rereading, and I can genuinely see myself revising this rating up...

  • Philip
    Jun 28, 2018

    There were a few times that I wanted to put this book aside because I wasn?t getting what was happening in this society, this country with unnamed towns designated by letters from A-Z. I wasn?t understanding what this census was all about, why this unnamed agency of the government ...

    ?Mama whispered softly time will ease your pain Life's about changing nothing ever stays the same And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it's okay to hurt and it's okay to cry Come let me hold you and I will try How can I help you to say goodbye? --How Can I Help...

    An unnamed widower receives news from his doctor that he is suffering from a fatal condition and will shortly die. He quits his medical practice and loads his adored son, a boy with Down Syndrome, into his car and takes off across the country to render the census. He is hoping to spend...

    Absolutely stunning. Census is a deeply personal novel for Jesse Ball and you need to know this before starting the book. Mr. Ball has a thorough introduction that shares his inspiration for this novel: his brother Abram. Unfortunately, Abram is now deceased but Mr. Ball gifts readers ...

    Jesse Ball's brother Abram, who suffered from Down syndrome, was only 24 years old when he passed away. Ball dedicated this book to him, and as he had planned his life assuming that he will one day become Abram's primary caretaker, this is not story about two brothers, but about a fath...

    * 4.5 * One of the great things about subscribing to Powells Indiespensable program is they make you read books that in a million years I would not have chosen for myself. This is one such. Census had experimental, lyrical warning signs posted all over it and some ho-hum reviews...

    Jesse Ball?s Census is the slow, contemplative, and deeply affecting story of a dying man?s deep devotion to and love for his intellectually disabled son: ?I felt weak. I have felt this way for years, though. I have kept on, have worked when perhaps I no longer should have practi...

    I am an unabashed fan of Jesse Ball. I?ve read many of his books ? The Curfew, The Lesson, Silence Once Begun, A Cure for Suicide, How to Set a Fire & Why ? and have often marveled at his metafictional, fablelike, and sometimes provocative works. But this time it?s perso...

    It was my son who prepared me for this work, my son who showed me, not in speech, but in his daily way, that we are by our nature a kind of measure, that we are measuring each other at every moment. This was the census he began at birth, that he continues even now. It was his census t...

    An interesting work of experimental fiction. Ball's purpose is a noble one and the underlying subject deeply personal to him, so it grieves me to say that this did not touch me as intended. From the introduction it is clear that I was meant to form some sort of deeper understanding reg...

    It's no secret that I'm a Jesse Ball fanatic. I think he's one of the most exciting living writers. I hold his novels on a high pedestal, and find that he is unmatched in his ability to write surreal, experimental, abstract, yet still accessible works of fiction. I liked Census quit...

    After Silence once begun and A Cure for suicide I had high expectations of the latest Jesse Ball, but Census didn't disappoint at all. It's an absolute triumph of imagination, writing skills and finesse. More than with his previous books there is a lot of -personal- emotion involved. ...

    3.5 stars Census was about a widower who goes on a journey with his son. He was a former doctor and his predeceased wife was a clown. So he had an understanding of humans from a physical standpoint but she understood people's emotions and how they projected those emotions. Their love ...

    This was my first experience of a Jesse Ball novel. I did however come across him in Granta magazine?s "Best of Young American Novelists" where he wrote a short story called "A Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for" which w...

    Yay my 3rd 5 ? book of the 2018!! Oh my gosh!!!! This little book just blew me away!!! It's like nothing I have ever read before!! And I read over a 100 books a year of a wide number of genres. It's short book I finished it in less than 24 hours! It's beautiful written not directl...

    ?A novel you feel you want to get a grip on before it gets a grip on you.? Dear Reader ?Part epic poem, part family history; Ball has crafted something unique and enduring.? Otago Daily Times ?An absurdist metaphysical parable, reminiscent of Beckett, Kafka, or Calv...

    4.5?s ?My wife and I always spoke of making a trip together to show our son the country, but it never came. For one reason or another, it never came, and so I felt when my wife passed, when the idea rose in me about the census, I felt finally it was time to take out the Stafford, ...

    Other, older authors have also chosen the census as a consequential moment in time (Saramago, Coetzee, Hrabal?), a moment with historical resonance. The census in America is conducted every ten years and does again in 2020. I?d not thought much about the census until this decade, lon...

    This is a book that really rewards a reader's patience. Jesse Ball's tribute to his brother was difficult to find my way in to, but in the end I felt closer to the characters than I thought possible in the beginning. Ball's intention is to get to the essence of the characters in the no...

    This book was written to commemorate his deceased brother who was born with Down syndrome. He wanted to highlight how we all see the world differently and to come to terms with the prejudice and abuse his brother was subjected to because of his condition. I understand what the author w...

    This is a novel about a census-taker. This is a novel about a census-taker. This is a novel ab? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..... (Bailed a third of the way in.) ...

    This is an immensely moving novel which I enjoyed much more than I expected to. Although it?s a four star read for me at this stage, Census is almost definitely a novel that will reward rereading, perhaps even repeated rereading, and I can genuinely see myself revising this rating up...

    This is a beautiful account of love set in an utterly unique world with hints of both Beckett and Berger. I?ve never read anything like it and was completely blown away. ...

  • Jan
    Jun 22, 2018

    There were a few times that I wanted to put this book aside because I wasn?t getting what was happening in this society, this country with unnamed towns designated by letters from A-Z. I wasn?t understanding what this census was all about, why this unnamed agency of the government ...

    ?Mama whispered softly time will ease your pain Life's about changing nothing ever stays the same And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it's okay to hurt and it's okay to cry Come let me hold you and I will try How can I help you to say goodbye? --How Can I Help...

    An unnamed widower receives news from his doctor that he is suffering from a fatal condition and will shortly die. He quits his medical practice and loads his adored son, a boy with Down Syndrome, into his car and takes off across the country to render the census. He is hoping to spend...

    Absolutely stunning. Census is a deeply personal novel for Jesse Ball and you need to know this before starting the book. Mr. Ball has a thorough introduction that shares his inspiration for this novel: his brother Abram. Unfortunately, Abram is now deceased but Mr. Ball gifts readers ...

    Jesse Ball's brother Abram, who suffered from Down syndrome, was only 24 years old when he passed away. Ball dedicated this book to him, and as he had planned his life assuming that he will one day become Abram's primary caretaker, this is not story about two brothers, but about a fath...

    * 4.5 * One of the great things about subscribing to Powells Indiespensable program is they make you read books that in a million years I would not have chosen for myself. This is one such. Census had experimental, lyrical warning signs posted all over it and some ho-hum reviews...

    Jesse Ball?s Census is the slow, contemplative, and deeply affecting story of a dying man?s deep devotion to and love for his intellectually disabled son: ?I felt weak. I have felt this way for years, though. I have kept on, have worked when perhaps I no longer should have practi...

    I am an unabashed fan of Jesse Ball. I?ve read many of his books ? The Curfew, The Lesson, Silence Once Begun, A Cure for Suicide, How to Set a Fire & Why ? and have often marveled at his metafictional, fablelike, and sometimes provocative works. But this time it?s perso...

    It was my son who prepared me for this work, my son who showed me, not in speech, but in his daily way, that we are by our nature a kind of measure, that we are measuring each other at every moment. This was the census he began at birth, that he continues even now. It was his census t...

    An interesting work of experimental fiction. Ball's purpose is a noble one and the underlying subject deeply personal to him, so it grieves me to say that this did not touch me as intended. From the introduction it is clear that I was meant to form some sort of deeper understanding reg...

    It's no secret that I'm a Jesse Ball fanatic. I think he's one of the most exciting living writers. I hold his novels on a high pedestal, and find that he is unmatched in his ability to write surreal, experimental, abstract, yet still accessible works of fiction. I liked Census quit...

    After Silence once begun and A Cure for suicide I had high expectations of the latest Jesse Ball, but Census didn't disappoint at all. It's an absolute triumph of imagination, writing skills and finesse. More than with his previous books there is a lot of -personal- emotion involved. ...

    3.5 stars Census was about a widower who goes on a journey with his son. He was a former doctor and his predeceased wife was a clown. So he had an understanding of humans from a physical standpoint but she understood people's emotions and how they projected those emotions. Their love ...

    This was my first experience of a Jesse Ball novel. I did however come across him in Granta magazine?s "Best of Young American Novelists" where he wrote a short story called "A Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for" which w...

    Yay my 3rd 5 ? book of the 2018!! Oh my gosh!!!! This little book just blew me away!!! It's like nothing I have ever read before!! And I read over a 100 books a year of a wide number of genres. It's short book I finished it in less than 24 hours! It's beautiful written not directl...

    ?A novel you feel you want to get a grip on before it gets a grip on you.? Dear Reader ?Part epic poem, part family history; Ball has crafted something unique and enduring.? Otago Daily Times ?An absurdist metaphysical parable, reminiscent of Beckett, Kafka, or Calv...

    4.5?s ?My wife and I always spoke of making a trip together to show our son the country, but it never came. For one reason or another, it never came, and so I felt when my wife passed, when the idea rose in me about the census, I felt finally it was time to take out the Stafford, ...

    Other, older authors have also chosen the census as a consequential moment in time (Saramago, Coetzee, Hrabal?), a moment with historical resonance. The census in America is conducted every ten years and does again in 2020. I?d not thought much about the census until this decade, lon...

    This is a book that really rewards a reader's patience. Jesse Ball's tribute to his brother was difficult to find my way in to, but in the end I felt closer to the characters than I thought possible in the beginning. Ball's intention is to get to the essence of the characters in the no...

    This book was written to commemorate his deceased brother who was born with Down syndrome. He wanted to highlight how we all see the world differently and to come to terms with the prejudice and abuse his brother was subjected to because of his condition. I understand what the author w...

    This is a novel about a census-taker. This is a novel about a census-taker. This is a novel ab? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..... (Bailed a third of the way in.) ...

    This is an immensely moving novel which I enjoyed much more than I expected to. Although it?s a four star read for me at this stage, Census is almost definitely a novel that will reward rereading, perhaps even repeated rereading, and I can genuinely see myself revising this rating up...

    This is a beautiful account of love set in an utterly unique world with hints of both Beckett and Berger. I?ve never read anything like it and was completely blown away. ...

    5+ out of 5. Ball returns to his more oblique work here (after 2016's much-more-realistic How to Set a Fire and Why) but this book feels as distinct from any other of his works as every other of his works. It is perhaps his best yet - a beautiful, moving portrait: of a father and s...

    I considered giving up once or twice during the first half of this slim book and am very glad I didn't. ...

    This book was too abstract for my personal taste. It moved slowly, and I found that the surrounding story was a distraction to the main purpose of the book. ...

    Hard to rate this one. 3.5 stars? I found the ending moving and the census visits interesting in a Rachel Cusk sort of way. On the other hand, the cormorant info became so annoying I ended up flinching or rolling my eyes whenever the word was mentioned. ...

  • Text Publishing
    Feb 15, 2018

    There were a few times that I wanted to put this book aside because I wasn?t getting what was happening in this society, this country with unnamed towns designated by letters from A-Z. I wasn?t understanding what this census was all about, why this unnamed agency of the government ...

    ?Mama whispered softly time will ease your pain Life's about changing nothing ever stays the same And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it's okay to hurt and it's okay to cry Come let me hold you and I will try How can I help you to say goodbye? --How Can I Help...

    An unnamed widower receives news from his doctor that he is suffering from a fatal condition and will shortly die. He quits his medical practice and loads his adored son, a boy with Down Syndrome, into his car and takes off across the country to render the census. He is hoping to spend...

    Absolutely stunning. Census is a deeply personal novel for Jesse Ball and you need to know this before starting the book. Mr. Ball has a thorough introduction that shares his inspiration for this novel: his brother Abram. Unfortunately, Abram is now deceased but Mr. Ball gifts readers ...

    Jesse Ball's brother Abram, who suffered from Down syndrome, was only 24 years old when he passed away. Ball dedicated this book to him, and as he had planned his life assuming that he will one day become Abram's primary caretaker, this is not story about two brothers, but about a fath...

    * 4.5 * One of the great things about subscribing to Powells Indiespensable program is they make you read books that in a million years I would not have chosen for myself. This is one such. Census had experimental, lyrical warning signs posted all over it and some ho-hum reviews...

    Jesse Ball?s Census is the slow, contemplative, and deeply affecting story of a dying man?s deep devotion to and love for his intellectually disabled son: ?I felt weak. I have felt this way for years, though. I have kept on, have worked when perhaps I no longer should have practi...

    I am an unabashed fan of Jesse Ball. I?ve read many of his books ? The Curfew, The Lesson, Silence Once Begun, A Cure for Suicide, How to Set a Fire & Why ? and have often marveled at his metafictional, fablelike, and sometimes provocative works. But this time it?s perso...

    It was my son who prepared me for this work, my son who showed me, not in speech, but in his daily way, that we are by our nature a kind of measure, that we are measuring each other at every moment. This was the census he began at birth, that he continues even now. It was his census t...

    An interesting work of experimental fiction. Ball's purpose is a noble one and the underlying subject deeply personal to him, so it grieves me to say that this did not touch me as intended. From the introduction it is clear that I was meant to form some sort of deeper understanding reg...

    It's no secret that I'm a Jesse Ball fanatic. I think he's one of the most exciting living writers. I hold his novels on a high pedestal, and find that he is unmatched in his ability to write surreal, experimental, abstract, yet still accessible works of fiction. I liked Census quit...

    After Silence once begun and A Cure for suicide I had high expectations of the latest Jesse Ball, but Census didn't disappoint at all. It's an absolute triumph of imagination, writing skills and finesse. More than with his previous books there is a lot of -personal- emotion involved. ...

    3.5 stars Census was about a widower who goes on a journey with his son. He was a former doctor and his predeceased wife was a clown. So he had an understanding of humans from a physical standpoint but she understood people's emotions and how they projected those emotions. Their love ...

    This was my first experience of a Jesse Ball novel. I did however come across him in Granta magazine?s "Best of Young American Novelists" where he wrote a short story called "A Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for" which w...

    Yay my 3rd 5 ? book of the 2018!! Oh my gosh!!!! This little book just blew me away!!! It's like nothing I have ever read before!! And I read over a 100 books a year of a wide number of genres. It's short book I finished it in less than 24 hours! It's beautiful written not directl...

    ?A novel you feel you want to get a grip on before it gets a grip on you.? Dear Reader ?Part epic poem, part family history; Ball has crafted something unique and enduring.? Otago Daily Times ?An absurdist metaphysical parable, reminiscent of Beckett, Kafka, or Calv...

  • Charlsa
    Jun 28, 2018

    There were a few times that I wanted to put this book aside because I wasn?t getting what was happening in this society, this country with unnamed towns designated by letters from A-Z. I wasn?t understanding what this census was all about, why this unnamed agency of the government ...

    ?Mama whispered softly time will ease your pain Life's about changing nothing ever stays the same And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it's okay to hurt and it's okay to cry Come let me hold you and I will try How can I help you to say goodbye? --How Can I Help...

    An unnamed widower receives news from his doctor that he is suffering from a fatal condition and will shortly die. He quits his medical practice and loads his adored son, a boy with Down Syndrome, into his car and takes off across the country to render the census. He is hoping to spend...

    Absolutely stunning. Census is a deeply personal novel for Jesse Ball and you need to know this before starting the book. Mr. Ball has a thorough introduction that shares his inspiration for this novel: his brother Abram. Unfortunately, Abram is now deceased but Mr. Ball gifts readers ...

    Jesse Ball's brother Abram, who suffered from Down syndrome, was only 24 years old when he passed away. Ball dedicated this book to him, and as he had planned his life assuming that he will one day become Abram's primary caretaker, this is not story about two brothers, but about a fath...

    * 4.5 * One of the great things about subscribing to Powells Indiespensable program is they make you read books that in a million years I would not have chosen for myself. This is one such. Census had experimental, lyrical warning signs posted all over it and some ho-hum reviews...

    Jesse Ball?s Census is the slow, contemplative, and deeply affecting story of a dying man?s deep devotion to and love for his intellectually disabled son: ?I felt weak. I have felt this way for years, though. I have kept on, have worked when perhaps I no longer should have practi...

    I am an unabashed fan of Jesse Ball. I?ve read many of his books ? The Curfew, The Lesson, Silence Once Begun, A Cure for Suicide, How to Set a Fire & Why ? and have often marveled at his metafictional, fablelike, and sometimes provocative works. But this time it?s perso...

    It was my son who prepared me for this work, my son who showed me, not in speech, but in his daily way, that we are by our nature a kind of measure, that we are measuring each other at every moment. This was the census he began at birth, that he continues even now. It was his census t...

    An interesting work of experimental fiction. Ball's purpose is a noble one and the underlying subject deeply personal to him, so it grieves me to say that this did not touch me as intended. From the introduction it is clear that I was meant to form some sort of deeper understanding reg...

    It's no secret that I'm a Jesse Ball fanatic. I think he's one of the most exciting living writers. I hold his novels on a high pedestal, and find that he is unmatched in his ability to write surreal, experimental, abstract, yet still accessible works of fiction. I liked Census quit...

    After Silence once begun and A Cure for suicide I had high expectations of the latest Jesse Ball, but Census didn't disappoint at all. It's an absolute triumph of imagination, writing skills and finesse. More than with his previous books there is a lot of -personal- emotion involved. ...

    3.5 stars Census was about a widower who goes on a journey with his son. He was a former doctor and his predeceased wife was a clown. So he had an understanding of humans from a physical standpoint but she understood people's emotions and how they projected those emotions. Their love ...

    This was my first experience of a Jesse Ball novel. I did however come across him in Granta magazine?s "Best of Young American Novelists" where he wrote a short story called "A Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for" which w...

    Yay my 3rd 5 ? book of the 2018!! Oh my gosh!!!! This little book just blew me away!!! It's like nothing I have ever read before!! And I read over a 100 books a year of a wide number of genres. It's short book I finished it in less than 24 hours! It's beautiful written not directl...

    ?A novel you feel you want to get a grip on before it gets a grip on you.? Dear Reader ?Part epic poem, part family history; Ball has crafted something unique and enduring.? Otago Daily Times ?An absurdist metaphysical parable, reminiscent of Beckett, Kafka, or Calv...

    4.5?s ?My wife and I always spoke of making a trip together to show our son the country, but it never came. For one reason or another, it never came, and so I felt when my wife passed, when the idea rose in me about the census, I felt finally it was time to take out the Stafford, ...

    Other, older authors have also chosen the census as a consequential moment in time (Saramago, Coetzee, Hrabal?), a moment with historical resonance. The census in America is conducted every ten years and does again in 2020. I?d not thought much about the census until this decade, lon...

    This is a book that really rewards a reader's patience. Jesse Ball's tribute to his brother was difficult to find my way in to, but in the end I felt closer to the characters than I thought possible in the beginning. Ball's intention is to get to the essence of the characters in the no...

    This book was written to commemorate his deceased brother who was born with Down syndrome. He wanted to highlight how we all see the world differently and to come to terms with the prejudice and abuse his brother was subjected to because of his condition. I understand what the author w...

    This is a novel about a census-taker. This is a novel about a census-taker. This is a novel ab? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..... (Bailed a third of the way in.) ...

    This is an immensely moving novel which I enjoyed much more than I expected to. Although it?s a four star read for me at this stage, Census is almost definitely a novel that will reward rereading, perhaps even repeated rereading, and I can genuinely see myself revising this rating up...

    This is a beautiful account of love set in an utterly unique world with hints of both Beckett and Berger. I?ve never read anything like it and was completely blown away. ...

    5+ out of 5. Ball returns to his more oblique work here (after 2016's much-more-realistic How to Set a Fire and Why) but this book feels as distinct from any other of his works as every other of his works. It is perhaps his best yet - a beautiful, moving portrait: of a father and s...

    I considered giving up once or twice during the first half of this slim book and am very glad I didn't. ...

    This book was too abstract for my personal taste. It moved slowly, and I found that the surrounding story was a distraction to the main purpose of the book. ...

  • Robert Wechsler
    Apr 14, 2018

    There were a few times that I wanted to put this book aside because I wasn?t getting what was happening in this society, this country with unnamed towns designated by letters from A-Z. I wasn?t understanding what this census was all about, why this unnamed agency of the government ...

    ?Mama whispered softly time will ease your pain Life's about changing nothing ever stays the same And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it's okay to hurt and it's okay to cry Come let me hold you and I will try How can I help you to say goodbye? --How Can I Help...

    An unnamed widower receives news from his doctor that he is suffering from a fatal condition and will shortly die. He quits his medical practice and loads his adored son, a boy with Down Syndrome, into his car and takes off across the country to render the census. He is hoping to spend...

    Absolutely stunning. Census is a deeply personal novel for Jesse Ball and you need to know this before starting the book. Mr. Ball has a thorough introduction that shares his inspiration for this novel: his brother Abram. Unfortunately, Abram is now deceased but Mr. Ball gifts readers ...

    Jesse Ball's brother Abram, who suffered from Down syndrome, was only 24 years old when he passed away. Ball dedicated this book to him, and as he had planned his life assuming that he will one day become Abram's primary caretaker, this is not story about two brothers, but about a fath...

    * 4.5 * One of the great things about subscribing to Powells Indiespensable program is they make you read books that in a million years I would not have chosen for myself. This is one such. Census had experimental, lyrical warning signs posted all over it and some ho-hum reviews...

    Jesse Ball?s Census is the slow, contemplative, and deeply affecting story of a dying man?s deep devotion to and love for his intellectually disabled son: ?I felt weak. I have felt this way for years, though. I have kept on, have worked when perhaps I no longer should have practi...

    I am an unabashed fan of Jesse Ball. I?ve read many of his books ? The Curfew, The Lesson, Silence Once Begun, A Cure for Suicide, How to Set a Fire & Why ? and have often marveled at his metafictional, fablelike, and sometimes provocative works. But this time it?s perso...

    It was my son who prepared me for this work, my son who showed me, not in speech, but in his daily way, that we are by our nature a kind of measure, that we are measuring each other at every moment. This was the census he began at birth, that he continues even now. It was his census t...

    An interesting work of experimental fiction. Ball's purpose is a noble one and the underlying subject deeply personal to him, so it grieves me to say that this did not touch me as intended. From the introduction it is clear that I was meant to form some sort of deeper understanding reg...

    It's no secret that I'm a Jesse Ball fanatic. I think he's one of the most exciting living writers. I hold his novels on a high pedestal, and find that he is unmatched in his ability to write surreal, experimental, abstract, yet still accessible works of fiction. I liked Census quit...

    After Silence once begun and A Cure for suicide I had high expectations of the latest Jesse Ball, but Census didn't disappoint at all. It's an absolute triumph of imagination, writing skills and finesse. More than with his previous books there is a lot of -personal- emotion involved. ...

    3.5 stars Census was about a widower who goes on a journey with his son. He was a former doctor and his predeceased wife was a clown. So he had an understanding of humans from a physical standpoint but she understood people's emotions and how they projected those emotions. Their love ...

    This was my first experience of a Jesse Ball novel. I did however come across him in Granta magazine?s "Best of Young American Novelists" where he wrote a short story called "A Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for" which w...

    Yay my 3rd 5 ? book of the 2018!! Oh my gosh!!!! This little book just blew me away!!! It's like nothing I have ever read before!! And I read over a 100 books a year of a wide number of genres. It's short book I finished it in less than 24 hours! It's beautiful written not directl...

    ?A novel you feel you want to get a grip on before it gets a grip on you.? Dear Reader ?Part epic poem, part family history; Ball has crafted something unique and enduring.? Otago Daily Times ?An absurdist metaphysical parable, reminiscent of Beckett, Kafka, or Calv...

    4.5?s ?My wife and I always spoke of making a trip together to show our son the country, but it never came. For one reason or another, it never came, and so I felt when my wife passed, when the idea rose in me about the census, I felt finally it was time to take out the Stafford, ...

    Other, older authors have also chosen the census as a consequential moment in time (Saramago, Coetzee, Hrabal?), a moment with historical resonance. The census in America is conducted every ten years and does again in 2020. I?d not thought much about the census until this decade, lon...

    This is a book that really rewards a reader's patience. Jesse Ball's tribute to his brother was difficult to find my way in to, but in the end I felt closer to the characters than I thought possible in the beginning. Ball's intention is to get to the essence of the characters in the no...

    This book was written to commemorate his deceased brother who was born with Down syndrome. He wanted to highlight how we all see the world differently and to come to terms with the prejudice and abuse his brother was subjected to because of his condition. I understand what the author w...

    This is a novel about a census-taker. This is a novel about a census-taker. This is a novel ab? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..... (Bailed a third of the way in.) ...

    This is an immensely moving novel which I enjoyed much more than I expected to. Although it?s a four star read for me at this stage, Census is almost definitely a novel that will reward rereading, perhaps even repeated rereading, and I can genuinely see myself revising this rating up...

    This is a beautiful account of love set in an utterly unique world with hints of both Beckett and Berger. I?ve never read anything like it and was completely blown away. ...

    5+ out of 5. Ball returns to his more oblique work here (after 2016's much-more-realistic How to Set a Fire and Why) but this book feels as distinct from any other of his works as every other of his works. It is perhaps his best yet - a beautiful, moving portrait: of a father and s...

    I considered giving up once or twice during the first half of this slim book and am very glad I didn't. ...

    This book was too abstract for my personal taste. It moved slowly, and I found that the surrounding story was a distraction to the main purpose of the book. ...

    Hard to rate this one. 3.5 stars? I found the ending moving and the census visits interesting in a Rachel Cusk sort of way. On the other hand, the cormorant info became so annoying I ended up flinching or rolling my eyes whenever the word was mentioned. ...

    This is the most successful of the three of his novels I?ve read so far by this excellent young writer. It feels a lot like a recent J. M. Coetzee novel in its bareness, its unusual father-son relationship, and its odd engagements with people along the way. Ball?s style works perfe...

  • Kelly Schultz
    Jun 20, 2018

    There were a few times that I wanted to put this book aside because I wasn?t getting what was happening in this society, this country with unnamed towns designated by letters from A-Z. I wasn?t understanding what this census was all about, why this unnamed agency of the government ...

    ?Mama whispered softly time will ease your pain Life's about changing nothing ever stays the same And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it's okay to hurt and it's okay to cry Come let me hold you and I will try How can I help you to say goodbye? --How Can I Help...

    An unnamed widower receives news from his doctor that he is suffering from a fatal condition and will shortly die. He quits his medical practice and loads his adored son, a boy with Down Syndrome, into his car and takes off across the country to render the census. He is hoping to spend...

    Absolutely stunning. Census is a deeply personal novel for Jesse Ball and you need to know this before starting the book. Mr. Ball has a thorough introduction that shares his inspiration for this novel: his brother Abram. Unfortunately, Abram is now deceased but Mr. Ball gifts readers ...

    Jesse Ball's brother Abram, who suffered from Down syndrome, was only 24 years old when he passed away. Ball dedicated this book to him, and as he had planned his life assuming that he will one day become Abram's primary caretaker, this is not story about two brothers, but about a fath...

    * 4.5 * One of the great things about subscribing to Powells Indiespensable program is they make you read books that in a million years I would not have chosen for myself. This is one such. Census had experimental, lyrical warning signs posted all over it and some ho-hum reviews...

    Jesse Ball?s Census is the slow, contemplative, and deeply affecting story of a dying man?s deep devotion to and love for his intellectually disabled son: ?I felt weak. I have felt this way for years, though. I have kept on, have worked when perhaps I no longer should have practi...

    I am an unabashed fan of Jesse Ball. I?ve read many of his books ? The Curfew, The Lesson, Silence Once Begun, A Cure for Suicide, How to Set a Fire & Why ? and have often marveled at his metafictional, fablelike, and sometimes provocative works. But this time it?s perso...

    It was my son who prepared me for this work, my son who showed me, not in speech, but in his daily way, that we are by our nature a kind of measure, that we are measuring each other at every moment. This was the census he began at birth, that he continues even now. It was his census t...

    An interesting work of experimental fiction. Ball's purpose is a noble one and the underlying subject deeply personal to him, so it grieves me to say that this did not touch me as intended. From the introduction it is clear that I was meant to form some sort of deeper understanding reg...

    It's no secret that I'm a Jesse Ball fanatic. I think he's one of the most exciting living writers. I hold his novels on a high pedestal, and find that he is unmatched in his ability to write surreal, experimental, abstract, yet still accessible works of fiction. I liked Census quit...

    After Silence once begun and A Cure for suicide I had high expectations of the latest Jesse Ball, but Census didn't disappoint at all. It's an absolute triumph of imagination, writing skills and finesse. More than with his previous books there is a lot of -personal- emotion involved. ...

    3.5 stars Census was about a widower who goes on a journey with his son. He was a former doctor and his predeceased wife was a clown. So he had an understanding of humans from a physical standpoint but she understood people's emotions and how they projected those emotions. Their love ...

    This was my first experience of a Jesse Ball novel. I did however come across him in Granta magazine?s "Best of Young American Novelists" where he wrote a short story called "A Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for" which w...

    Yay my 3rd 5 ? book of the 2018!! Oh my gosh!!!! This little book just blew me away!!! It's like nothing I have ever read before!! And I read over a 100 books a year of a wide number of genres. It's short book I finished it in less than 24 hours! It's beautiful written not directl...

  • Michelle
    Jun 17, 2018

    There were a few times that I wanted to put this book aside because I wasn?t getting what was happening in this society, this country with unnamed towns designated by letters from A-Z. I wasn?t understanding what this census was all about, why this unnamed agency of the government ...

    ?Mama whispered softly time will ease your pain Life's about changing nothing ever stays the same And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it's okay to hurt and it's okay to cry Come let me hold you and I will try How can I help you to say goodbye? --How Can I Help...

    An unnamed widower receives news from his doctor that he is suffering from a fatal condition and will shortly die. He quits his medical practice and loads his adored son, a boy with Down Syndrome, into his car and takes off across the country to render the census. He is hoping to spend...

    Absolutely stunning. Census is a deeply personal novel for Jesse Ball and you need to know this before starting the book. Mr. Ball has a thorough introduction that shares his inspiration for this novel: his brother Abram. Unfortunately, Abram is now deceased but Mr. Ball gifts readers ...

    Jesse Ball's brother Abram, who suffered from Down syndrome, was only 24 years old when he passed away. Ball dedicated this book to him, and as he had planned his life assuming that he will one day become Abram's primary caretaker, this is not story about two brothers, but about a fath...

    * 4.5 * One of the great things about subscribing to Powells Indiespensable program is they make you read books that in a million years I would not have chosen for myself. This is one such. Census had experimental, lyrical warning signs posted all over it and some ho-hum reviews...

    Jesse Ball?s Census is the slow, contemplative, and deeply affecting story of a dying man?s deep devotion to and love for his intellectually disabled son: ?I felt weak. I have felt this way for years, though. I have kept on, have worked when perhaps I no longer should have practi...

    I am an unabashed fan of Jesse Ball. I?ve read many of his books ? The Curfew, The Lesson, Silence Once Begun, A Cure for Suicide, How to Set a Fire & Why ? and have often marveled at his metafictional, fablelike, and sometimes provocative works. But this time it?s perso...

    It was my son who prepared me for this work, my son who showed me, not in speech, but in his daily way, that we are by our nature a kind of measure, that we are measuring each other at every moment. This was the census he began at birth, that he continues even now. It was his census t...

    An interesting work of experimental fiction. Ball's purpose is a noble one and the underlying subject deeply personal to him, so it grieves me to say that this did not touch me as intended. From the introduction it is clear that I was meant to form some sort of deeper understanding reg...

    It's no secret that I'm a Jesse Ball fanatic. I think he's one of the most exciting living writers. I hold his novels on a high pedestal, and find that he is unmatched in his ability to write surreal, experimental, abstract, yet still accessible works of fiction. I liked Census quit...

    After Silence once begun and A Cure for suicide I had high expectations of the latest Jesse Ball, but Census didn't disappoint at all. It's an absolute triumph of imagination, writing skills and finesse. More than with his previous books there is a lot of -personal- emotion involved. ...

    3.5 stars Census was about a widower who goes on a journey with his son. He was a former doctor and his predeceased wife was a clown. So he had an understanding of humans from a physical standpoint but she understood people's emotions and how they projected those emotions. Their love ...

  • Neil
    Feb 17, 2018

    There were a few times that I wanted to put this book aside because I wasn?t getting what was happening in this society, this country with unnamed towns designated by letters from A-Z. I wasn?t understanding what this census was all about, why this unnamed agency of the government ...

    ?Mama whispered softly time will ease your pain Life's about changing nothing ever stays the same And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it's okay to hurt and it's okay to cry Come let me hold you and I will try How can I help you to say goodbye? --How Can I Help...

    An unnamed widower receives news from his doctor that he is suffering from a fatal condition and will shortly die. He quits his medical practice and loads his adored son, a boy with Down Syndrome, into his car and takes off across the country to render the census. He is hoping to spend...

    Absolutely stunning. Census is a deeply personal novel for Jesse Ball and you need to know this before starting the book. Mr. Ball has a thorough introduction that shares his inspiration for this novel: his brother Abram. Unfortunately, Abram is now deceased but Mr. Ball gifts readers ...

    Jesse Ball's brother Abram, who suffered from Down syndrome, was only 24 years old when he passed away. Ball dedicated this book to him, and as he had planned his life assuming that he will one day become Abram's primary caretaker, this is not story about two brothers, but about a fath...

    * 4.5 * One of the great things about subscribing to Powells Indiespensable program is they make you read books that in a million years I would not have chosen for myself. This is one such. Census had experimental, lyrical warning signs posted all over it and some ho-hum reviews...

    Jesse Ball?s Census is the slow, contemplative, and deeply affecting story of a dying man?s deep devotion to and love for his intellectually disabled son: ?I felt weak. I have felt this way for years, though. I have kept on, have worked when perhaps I no longer should have practi...

    I am an unabashed fan of Jesse Ball. I?ve read many of his books ? The Curfew, The Lesson, Silence Once Begun, A Cure for Suicide, How to Set a Fire & Why ? and have often marveled at his metafictional, fablelike, and sometimes provocative works. But this time it?s perso...

    It was my son who prepared me for this work, my son who showed me, not in speech, but in his daily way, that we are by our nature a kind of measure, that we are measuring each other at every moment. This was the census he began at birth, that he continues even now. It was his census t...

    An interesting work of experimental fiction. Ball's purpose is a noble one and the underlying subject deeply personal to him, so it grieves me to say that this did not touch me as intended. From the introduction it is clear that I was meant to form some sort of deeper understanding reg...

    It's no secret that I'm a Jesse Ball fanatic. I think he's one of the most exciting living writers. I hold his novels on a high pedestal, and find that he is unmatched in his ability to write surreal, experimental, abstract, yet still accessible works of fiction. I liked Census quit...

    After Silence once begun and A Cure for suicide I had high expectations of the latest Jesse Ball, but Census didn't disappoint at all. It's an absolute triumph of imagination, writing skills and finesse. More than with his previous books there is a lot of -personal- emotion involved. ...

    3.5 stars Census was about a widower who goes on a journey with his son. He was a former doctor and his predeceased wife was a clown. So he had an understanding of humans from a physical standpoint but she understood people's emotions and how they projected those emotions. Their love ...

    This was my first experience of a Jesse Ball novel. I did however come across him in Granta magazine?s "Best of Young American Novelists" where he wrote a short story called "A Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for" which w...

  • Katie Long
    Jun 27, 2018

    There were a few times that I wanted to put this book aside because I wasn?t getting what was happening in this society, this country with unnamed towns designated by letters from A-Z. I wasn?t understanding what this census was all about, why this unnamed agency of the government ...

    ?Mama whispered softly time will ease your pain Life's about changing nothing ever stays the same And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it's okay to hurt and it's okay to cry Come let me hold you and I will try How can I help you to say goodbye? --How Can I Help...

    An unnamed widower receives news from his doctor that he is suffering from a fatal condition and will shortly die. He quits his medical practice and loads his adored son, a boy with Down Syndrome, into his car and takes off across the country to render the census. He is hoping to spend...

    Absolutely stunning. Census is a deeply personal novel for Jesse Ball and you need to know this before starting the book. Mr. Ball has a thorough introduction that shares his inspiration for this novel: his brother Abram. Unfortunately, Abram is now deceased but Mr. Ball gifts readers ...

    Jesse Ball's brother Abram, who suffered from Down syndrome, was only 24 years old when he passed away. Ball dedicated this book to him, and as he had planned his life assuming that he will one day become Abram's primary caretaker, this is not story about two brothers, but about a fath...

    * 4.5 * One of the great things about subscribing to Powells Indiespensable program is they make you read books that in a million years I would not have chosen for myself. This is one such. Census had experimental, lyrical warning signs posted all over it and some ho-hum reviews...

    Jesse Ball?s Census is the slow, contemplative, and deeply affecting story of a dying man?s deep devotion to and love for his intellectually disabled son: ?I felt weak. I have felt this way for years, though. I have kept on, have worked when perhaps I no longer should have practi...

    I am an unabashed fan of Jesse Ball. I?ve read many of his books ? The Curfew, The Lesson, Silence Once Begun, A Cure for Suicide, How to Set a Fire & Why ? and have often marveled at his metafictional, fablelike, and sometimes provocative works. But this time it?s perso...

    It was my son who prepared me for this work, my son who showed me, not in speech, but in his daily way, that we are by our nature a kind of measure, that we are measuring each other at every moment. This was the census he began at birth, that he continues even now. It was his census t...

    An interesting work of experimental fiction. Ball's purpose is a noble one and the underlying subject deeply personal to him, so it grieves me to say that this did not touch me as intended. From the introduction it is clear that I was meant to form some sort of deeper understanding reg...

    It's no secret that I'm a Jesse Ball fanatic. I think he's one of the most exciting living writers. I hold his novels on a high pedestal, and find that he is unmatched in his ability to write surreal, experimental, abstract, yet still accessible works of fiction. I liked Census quit...

    After Silence once begun and A Cure for suicide I had high expectations of the latest Jesse Ball, but Census didn't disappoint at all. It's an absolute triumph of imagination, writing skills and finesse. More than with his previous books there is a lot of -personal- emotion involved. ...

    3.5 stars Census was about a widower who goes on a journey with his son. He was a former doctor and his predeceased wife was a clown. So he had an understanding of humans from a physical standpoint but she understood people's emotions and how they projected those emotions. Their love ...

    This was my first experience of a Jesse Ball novel. I did however come across him in Granta magazine?s "Best of Young American Novelists" where he wrote a short story called "A Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for" which w...

    Yay my 3rd 5 ? book of the 2018!! Oh my gosh!!!! This little book just blew me away!!! It's like nothing I have ever read before!! And I read over a 100 books a year of a wide number of genres. It's short book I finished it in less than 24 hours! It's beautiful written not directl...

    ?A novel you feel you want to get a grip on before it gets a grip on you.? Dear Reader ?Part epic poem, part family history; Ball has crafted something unique and enduring.? Otago Daily Times ?An absurdist metaphysical parable, reminiscent of Beckett, Kafka, or Calv...

    4.5?s ?My wife and I always spoke of making a trip together to show our son the country, but it never came. For one reason or another, it never came, and so I felt when my wife passed, when the idea rose in me about the census, I felt finally it was time to take out the Stafford, ...

    Other, older authors have also chosen the census as a consequential moment in time (Saramago, Coetzee, Hrabal?), a moment with historical resonance. The census in America is conducted every ten years and does again in 2020. I?d not thought much about the census until this decade, lon...

    This is a book that really rewards a reader's patience. Jesse Ball's tribute to his brother was difficult to find my way in to, but in the end I felt closer to the characters than I thought possible in the beginning. Ball's intention is to get to the essence of the characters in the no...

  • Shawn Mooney
    Mar 29, 2018

    There were a few times that I wanted to put this book aside because I wasn?t getting what was happening in this society, this country with unnamed towns designated by letters from A-Z. I wasn?t understanding what this census was all about, why this unnamed agency of the government ...

    ?Mama whispered softly time will ease your pain Life's about changing nothing ever stays the same And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it's okay to hurt and it's okay to cry Come let me hold you and I will try How can I help you to say goodbye? --How Can I Help...

    An unnamed widower receives news from his doctor that he is suffering from a fatal condition and will shortly die. He quits his medical practice and loads his adored son, a boy with Down Syndrome, into his car and takes off across the country to render the census. He is hoping to spend...

    Absolutely stunning. Census is a deeply personal novel for Jesse Ball and you need to know this before starting the book. Mr. Ball has a thorough introduction that shares his inspiration for this novel: his brother Abram. Unfortunately, Abram is now deceased but Mr. Ball gifts readers ...

    Jesse Ball's brother Abram, who suffered from Down syndrome, was only 24 years old when he passed away. Ball dedicated this book to him, and as he had planned his life assuming that he will one day become Abram's primary caretaker, this is not story about two brothers, but about a fath...

    * 4.5 * One of the great things about subscribing to Powells Indiespensable program is they make you read books that in a million years I would not have chosen for myself. This is one such. Census had experimental, lyrical warning signs posted all over it and some ho-hum reviews...

    Jesse Ball?s Census is the slow, contemplative, and deeply affecting story of a dying man?s deep devotion to and love for his intellectually disabled son: ?I felt weak. I have felt this way for years, though. I have kept on, have worked when perhaps I no longer should have practi...

    I am an unabashed fan of Jesse Ball. I?ve read many of his books ? The Curfew, The Lesson, Silence Once Begun, A Cure for Suicide, How to Set a Fire & Why ? and have often marveled at his metafictional, fablelike, and sometimes provocative works. But this time it?s perso...

    It was my son who prepared me for this work, my son who showed me, not in speech, but in his daily way, that we are by our nature a kind of measure, that we are measuring each other at every moment. This was the census he began at birth, that he continues even now. It was his census t...

    An interesting work of experimental fiction. Ball's purpose is a noble one and the underlying subject deeply personal to him, so it grieves me to say that this did not touch me as intended. From the introduction it is clear that I was meant to form some sort of deeper understanding reg...

    It's no secret that I'm a Jesse Ball fanatic. I think he's one of the most exciting living writers. I hold his novels on a high pedestal, and find that he is unmatched in his ability to write surreal, experimental, abstract, yet still accessible works of fiction. I liked Census quit...

    After Silence once begun and A Cure for suicide I had high expectations of the latest Jesse Ball, but Census didn't disappoint at all. It's an absolute triumph of imagination, writing skills and finesse. More than with his previous books there is a lot of -personal- emotion involved. ...

    3.5 stars Census was about a widower who goes on a journey with his son. He was a former doctor and his predeceased wife was a clown. So he had an understanding of humans from a physical standpoint but she understood people's emotions and how they projected those emotions. Their love ...

    This was my first experience of a Jesse Ball novel. I did however come across him in Granta magazine?s "Best of Young American Novelists" where he wrote a short story called "A Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for" which w...

    Yay my 3rd 5 ? book of the 2018!! Oh my gosh!!!! This little book just blew me away!!! It's like nothing I have ever read before!! And I read over a 100 books a year of a wide number of genres. It's short book I finished it in less than 24 hours! It's beautiful written not directl...

    ?A novel you feel you want to get a grip on before it gets a grip on you.? Dear Reader ?Part epic poem, part family history; Ball has crafted something unique and enduring.? Otago Daily Times ?An absurdist metaphysical parable, reminiscent of Beckett, Kafka, or Calv...

    4.5?s ?My wife and I always spoke of making a trip together to show our son the country, but it never came. For one reason or another, it never came, and so I felt when my wife passed, when the idea rose in me about the census, I felt finally it was time to take out the Stafford, ...

    Other, older authors have also chosen the census as a consequential moment in time (Saramago, Coetzee, Hrabal?), a moment with historical resonance. The census in America is conducted every ten years and does again in 2020. I?d not thought much about the census until this decade, lon...

    This is a book that really rewards a reader's patience. Jesse Ball's tribute to his brother was difficult to find my way in to, but in the end I felt closer to the characters than I thought possible in the beginning. Ball's intention is to get to the essence of the characters in the no...

    This book was written to commemorate his deceased brother who was born with Down syndrome. He wanted to highlight how we all see the world differently and to come to terms with the prejudice and abuse his brother was subjected to because of his condition. I understand what the author w...

    This is a novel about a census-taker. This is a novel about a census-taker. This is a novel ab? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..... (Bailed a third of the way in.) ...

  • Dan Friedman
    Jun 18, 2018

    There were a few times that I wanted to put this book aside because I wasn?t getting what was happening in this society, this country with unnamed towns designated by letters from A-Z. I wasn?t understanding what this census was all about, why this unnamed agency of the government ...

    ?Mama whispered softly time will ease your pain Life's about changing nothing ever stays the same And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it's okay to hurt and it's okay to cry Come let me hold you and I will try How can I help you to say goodbye? --How Can I Help...

    An unnamed widower receives news from his doctor that he is suffering from a fatal condition and will shortly die. He quits his medical practice and loads his adored son, a boy with Down Syndrome, into his car and takes off across the country to render the census. He is hoping to spend...

    Absolutely stunning. Census is a deeply personal novel for Jesse Ball and you need to know this before starting the book. Mr. Ball has a thorough introduction that shares his inspiration for this novel: his brother Abram. Unfortunately, Abram is now deceased but Mr. Ball gifts readers ...

    Jesse Ball's brother Abram, who suffered from Down syndrome, was only 24 years old when he passed away. Ball dedicated this book to him, and as he had planned his life assuming that he will one day become Abram's primary caretaker, this is not story about two brothers, but about a fath...

    * 4.5 * One of the great things about subscribing to Powells Indiespensable program is they make you read books that in a million years I would not have chosen for myself. This is one such. Census had experimental, lyrical warning signs posted all over it and some ho-hum reviews...

    Jesse Ball?s Census is the slow, contemplative, and deeply affecting story of a dying man?s deep devotion to and love for his intellectually disabled son: ?I felt weak. I have felt this way for years, though. I have kept on, have worked when perhaps I no longer should have practi...

  • Travis Foster
    Mar 14, 2018

    There were a few times that I wanted to put this book aside because I wasn?t getting what was happening in this society, this country with unnamed towns designated by letters from A-Z. I wasn?t understanding what this census was all about, why this unnamed agency of the government ...

    ?Mama whispered softly time will ease your pain Life's about changing nothing ever stays the same And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it's okay to hurt and it's okay to cry Come let me hold you and I will try How can I help you to say goodbye? --How Can I Help...

    An unnamed widower receives news from his doctor that he is suffering from a fatal condition and will shortly die. He quits his medical practice and loads his adored son, a boy with Down Syndrome, into his car and takes off across the country to render the census. He is hoping to spend...

    Absolutely stunning. Census is a deeply personal novel for Jesse Ball and you need to know this before starting the book. Mr. Ball has a thorough introduction that shares his inspiration for this novel: his brother Abram. Unfortunately, Abram is now deceased but Mr. Ball gifts readers ...

    Jesse Ball's brother Abram, who suffered from Down syndrome, was only 24 years old when he passed away. Ball dedicated this book to him, and as he had planned his life assuming that he will one day become Abram's primary caretaker, this is not story about two brothers, but about a fath...

    * 4.5 * One of the great things about subscribing to Powells Indiespensable program is they make you read books that in a million years I would not have chosen for myself. This is one such. Census had experimental, lyrical warning signs posted all over it and some ho-hum reviews...

    Jesse Ball?s Census is the slow, contemplative, and deeply affecting story of a dying man?s deep devotion to and love for his intellectually disabled son: ?I felt weak. I have felt this way for years, though. I have kept on, have worked when perhaps I no longer should have practi...

    I am an unabashed fan of Jesse Ball. I?ve read many of his books ? The Curfew, The Lesson, Silence Once Begun, A Cure for Suicide, How to Set a Fire & Why ? and have often marveled at his metafictional, fablelike, and sometimes provocative works. But this time it?s perso...

    It was my son who prepared me for this work, my son who showed me, not in speech, but in his daily way, that we are by our nature a kind of measure, that we are measuring each other at every moment. This was the census he began at birth, that he continues even now. It was his census t...

    An interesting work of experimental fiction. Ball's purpose is a noble one and the underlying subject deeply personal to him, so it grieves me to say that this did not touch me as intended. From the introduction it is clear that I was meant to form some sort of deeper understanding reg...

    It's no secret that I'm a Jesse Ball fanatic. I think he's one of the most exciting living writers. I hold his novels on a high pedestal, and find that he is unmatched in his ability to write surreal, experimental, abstract, yet still accessible works of fiction. I liked Census quit...

    After Silence once begun and A Cure for suicide I had high expectations of the latest Jesse Ball, but Census didn't disappoint at all. It's an absolute triumph of imagination, writing skills and finesse. More than with his previous books there is a lot of -personal- emotion involved. ...

    3.5 stars Census was about a widower who goes on a journey with his son. He was a former doctor and his predeceased wife was a clown. So he had an understanding of humans from a physical standpoint but she understood people's emotions and how they projected those emotions. Their love ...

    This was my first experience of a Jesse Ball novel. I did however come across him in Granta magazine?s "Best of Young American Novelists" where he wrote a short story called "A Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for" which w...

    Yay my 3rd 5 ? book of the 2018!! Oh my gosh!!!! This little book just blew me away!!! It's like nothing I have ever read before!! And I read over a 100 books a year of a wide number of genres. It's short book I finished it in less than 24 hours! It's beautiful written not directl...

    ?A novel you feel you want to get a grip on before it gets a grip on you.? Dear Reader ?Part epic poem, part family history; Ball has crafted something unique and enduring.? Otago Daily Times ?An absurdist metaphysical parable, reminiscent of Beckett, Kafka, or Calv...

    4.5?s ?My wife and I always spoke of making a trip together to show our son the country, but it never came. For one reason or another, it never came, and so I felt when my wife passed, when the idea rose in me about the census, I felt finally it was time to take out the Stafford, ...

    Other, older authors have also chosen the census as a consequential moment in time (Saramago, Coetzee, Hrabal?), a moment with historical resonance. The census in America is conducted every ten years and does again in 2020. I?d not thought much about the census until this decade, lon...

    This is a book that really rewards a reader's patience. Jesse Ball's tribute to his brother was difficult to find my way in to, but in the end I felt closer to the characters than I thought possible in the beginning. Ball's intention is to get to the essence of the characters in the no...

    This book was written to commemorate his deceased brother who was born with Down syndrome. He wanted to highlight how we all see the world differently and to come to terms with the prejudice and abuse his brother was subjected to because of his condition. I understand what the author w...

    This is a novel about a census-taker. This is a novel about a census-taker. This is a novel ab? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..... (Bailed a third of the way in.) ...

    This is an immensely moving novel which I enjoyed much more than I expected to. Although it?s a four star read for me at this stage, Census is almost definitely a novel that will reward rereading, perhaps even repeated rereading, and I can genuinely see myself revising this rating up...

    This is a beautiful account of love set in an utterly unique world with hints of both Beckett and Berger. I?ve never read anything like it and was completely blown away. ...

    5+ out of 5. Ball returns to his more oblique work here (after 2016's much-more-realistic How to Set a Fire and Why) but this book feels as distinct from any other of his works as every other of his works. It is perhaps his best yet - a beautiful, moving portrait: of a father and s...

    I considered giving up once or twice during the first half of this slim book and am very glad I didn't. ...

  • Meike
    Jun 15, 2018

    There were a few times that I wanted to put this book aside because I wasn?t getting what was happening in this society, this country with unnamed towns designated by letters from A-Z. I wasn?t understanding what this census was all about, why this unnamed agency of the government ...

    ?Mama whispered softly time will ease your pain Life's about changing nothing ever stays the same And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it's okay to hurt and it's okay to cry Come let me hold you and I will try How can I help you to say goodbye? --How Can I Help...

    An unnamed widower receives news from his doctor that he is suffering from a fatal condition and will shortly die. He quits his medical practice and loads his adored son, a boy with Down Syndrome, into his car and takes off across the country to render the census. He is hoping to spend...

    Absolutely stunning. Census is a deeply personal novel for Jesse Ball and you need to know this before starting the book. Mr. Ball has a thorough introduction that shares his inspiration for this novel: his brother Abram. Unfortunately, Abram is now deceased but Mr. Ball gifts readers ...

    Jesse Ball's brother Abram, who suffered from Down syndrome, was only 24 years old when he passed away. Ball dedicated this book to him, and as he had planned his life assuming that he will one day become Abram's primary caretaker, this is not story about two brothers, but about a fath...

  • Truman32
    Mar 19, 2018

    There were a few times that I wanted to put this book aside because I wasn?t getting what was happening in this society, this country with unnamed towns designated by letters from A-Z. I wasn?t understanding what this census was all about, why this unnamed agency of the government ...

    ?Mama whispered softly time will ease your pain Life's about changing nothing ever stays the same And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it's okay to hurt and it's okay to cry Come let me hold you and I will try How can I help you to say goodbye? --How Can I Help...

    An unnamed widower receives news from his doctor that he is suffering from a fatal condition and will shortly die. He quits his medical practice and loads his adored son, a boy with Down Syndrome, into his car and takes off across the country to render the census. He is hoping to spend...

  • ns510
    Jun 26, 2018

    There were a few times that I wanted to put this book aside because I wasn?t getting what was happening in this society, this country with unnamed towns designated by letters from A-Z. I wasn?t understanding what this census was all about, why this unnamed agency of the government ...

    ?Mama whispered softly time will ease your pain Life's about changing nothing ever stays the same And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it's okay to hurt and it's okay to cry Come let me hold you and I will try How can I help you to say goodbye? --How Can I Help...

    An unnamed widower receives news from his doctor that he is suffering from a fatal condition and will shortly die. He quits his medical practice and loads his adored son, a boy with Down Syndrome, into his car and takes off across the country to render the census. He is hoping to spend...

    Absolutely stunning. Census is a deeply personal novel for Jesse Ball and you need to know this before starting the book. Mr. Ball has a thorough introduction that shares his inspiration for this novel: his brother Abram. Unfortunately, Abram is now deceased but Mr. Ball gifts readers ...

    Jesse Ball's brother Abram, who suffered from Down syndrome, was only 24 years old when he passed away. Ball dedicated this book to him, and as he had planned his life assuming that he will one day become Abram's primary caretaker, this is not story about two brothers, but about a fath...

    * 4.5 * One of the great things about subscribing to Powells Indiespensable program is they make you read books that in a million years I would not have chosen for myself. This is one such. Census had experimental, lyrical warning signs posted all over it and some ho-hum reviews...

    Jesse Ball?s Census is the slow, contemplative, and deeply affecting story of a dying man?s deep devotion to and love for his intellectually disabled son: ?I felt weak. I have felt this way for years, though. I have kept on, have worked when perhaps I no longer should have practi...

    I am an unabashed fan of Jesse Ball. I?ve read many of his books ? The Curfew, The Lesson, Silence Once Begun, A Cure for Suicide, How to Set a Fire & Why ? and have often marveled at his metafictional, fablelike, and sometimes provocative works. But this time it?s perso...

    It was my son who prepared me for this work, my son who showed me, not in speech, but in his daily way, that we are by our nature a kind of measure, that we are measuring each other at every moment. This was the census he began at birth, that he continues even now. It was his census t...

    An interesting work of experimental fiction. Ball's purpose is a noble one and the underlying subject deeply personal to him, so it grieves me to say that this did not touch me as intended. From the introduction it is clear that I was meant to form some sort of deeper understanding reg...

    It's no secret that I'm a Jesse Ball fanatic. I think he's one of the most exciting living writers. I hold his novels on a high pedestal, and find that he is unmatched in his ability to write surreal, experimental, abstract, yet still accessible works of fiction. I liked Census quit...

    After Silence once begun and A Cure for suicide I had high expectations of the latest Jesse Ball, but Census didn't disappoint at all. It's an absolute triumph of imagination, writing skills and finesse. More than with his previous books there is a lot of -personal- emotion involved. ...

    3.5 stars Census was about a widower who goes on a journey with his son. He was a former doctor and his predeceased wife was a clown. So he had an understanding of humans from a physical standpoint but she understood people's emotions and how they projected those emotions. Their love ...

    This was my first experience of a Jesse Ball novel. I did however come across him in Granta magazine?s "Best of Young American Novelists" where he wrote a short story called "A Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for Dam a Wooden Taste is the Word for" which w...

    Yay my 3rd 5 ? book of the 2018!! Oh my gosh!!!! This little book just blew me away!!! It's like nothing I have ever read before!! And I read over a 100 books a year of a wide number of genres. It's short book I finished it in less than 24 hours! It's beautiful written not directl...

    ?A novel you feel you want to get a grip on before it gets a grip on you.? Dear Reader ?Part epic poem, part family history; Ball has crafted something unique and enduring.? Otago Daily Times ?An absurdist metaphysical parable, reminiscent of Beckett, Kafka, or Calv...

    4.5?s ?My wife and I always spoke of making a trip together to show our son the country, but it never came. For one reason or another, it never came, and so I felt when my wife passed, when the idea rose in me about the census, I felt finally it was time to take out the Stafford, ...

    Other, older authors have also chosen the census as a consequential moment in time (Saramago, Coetzee, Hrabal?), a moment with historical resonance. The census in America is conducted every ten years and does again in 2020. I?d not thought much about the census until this decade, lon...

    This is a book that really rewards a reader's patience. Jesse Ball's tribute to his brother was difficult to find my way in to, but in the end I felt closer to the characters than I thought possible in the beginning. Ball's intention is to get to the essence of the characters in the no...

    This book was written to commemorate his deceased brother who was born with Down syndrome. He wanted to highlight how we all see the world differently and to come to terms with the prejudice and abuse his brother was subjected to because of his condition. I understand what the author w...

    This is a novel about a census-taker. This is a novel about a census-taker. This is a novel ab? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..... (Bailed a third of the way in.) ...

    This is an immensely moving novel which I enjoyed much more than I expected to. Although it?s a four star read for me at this stage, Census is almost definitely a novel that will reward rereading, perhaps even repeated rereading, and I can genuinely see myself revising this rating up...

    This is a beautiful account of love set in an utterly unique world with hints of both Beckett and Berger. I?ve never read anything like it and was completely blown away. ...

    5+ out of 5. Ball returns to his more oblique work here (after 2016's much-more-realistic How to Set a Fire and Why) but this book feels as distinct from any other of his works as every other of his works. It is perhaps his best yet - a beautiful, moving portrait: of a father and s...

    I considered giving up once or twice during the first half of this slim book and am very glad I didn't. ...

    This book was too abstract for my personal taste. It moved slowly, and I found that the surrounding story was a distraction to the main purpose of the book. ...

    Hard to rate this one. 3.5 stars? I found the ending moving and the census visits interesting in a Rachel Cusk sort of way. On the other hand, the cormorant info became so annoying I ended up flinching or rolling my eyes whenever the word was mentioned. ...

    This is the most successful of the three of his novels I?ve read so far by this excellent young writer. It feels a lot like a recent J. M. Coetzee novel in its bareness, its unusual father-son relationship, and its odd engagements with people along the way. Ball?s style works perfe...

    Absolutely beautiful final third. Spells of "nothing" sprinkled with profound insights into the family of a young man with Downs Syndrome. Has elements of fantasy and dystopia. The last five pages are killer. ...

    ?It occurred to me last month that I would like to write a book about my brother. I felt, and feel, that people with Down Syndrome are not really understood. What is in my heart when I consider him and his life is something so tremendous, so full of light, that I thought I must write...