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Caribou Island by David Vann

Posted by the editors on Monday, 23 January 2012

Caribou Island (2011)(Novel) by David Vann (Legend of a Suicide (2008))  Caribou Island, David Vann’s first novel, after his awardwinning collection of stories Legend of a Suicide, is rife with failed communication, the characters brimming with regret, misperception and self-delusion, and all suffering from psychological isolation; these bleak, dysfunctional characters relentlessly arcing their way toward certain disaster.  Written with a passionate and sharp eye for landscape and environment, used as a metaphor for the apparent, and dream-like, beauty and inherently brutal, fatal desolation of life and with, perhaps, an inspiration from Cormac McCarthy’s sensitivity to place, combined with some of the fatal flaws of Raymond Carver’s often doomed characters, Caribou Island is an inspired noir novel, full of precise descriptive prose, and often sensitive and frustratingly lost individuals inexorably struggling toward their painful ends. (PR)

See our posts on the novels The Crossing, All the Pretty Horses, The Orchard Keeper, Blood Meridian and Outer Dark, by Cormac McCarthy and our post on the collection of short stories What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, by Raymond Carver.

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Tinkers – Paul Harding – Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2010

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 26 November 2011

Tinkers (2009)(novel) By Paul Harding     Tinkers, Paul Harding’s first novel, and winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, is about the last days of an old, dying New Englander and the changeable mosaic of his last memories, of himself, his father, a tinker, and the rural and natural world of the past.  And it is in these last, poetic descriptions that Harding’s strength is brought to the fore: snow, light, ice on the limbs of trees, water, wood.  Though at times Harding pushes the poetic envelope a bit too far, Tinkers is quite a wonderful novel, about all that passes in memory, in drifts, swirls and eddies, in the time between tick and one’s last tock. (PR)

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 5 October 2011

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (novel) (2008) by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows     The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is, simply, a delightful (!) story of the Nazi occupation of the Isle of Guernsey (actually called the “Bailiwick of Guernsey), in the English Channel, not far from the coast of France.    A short, lively novel, it is Mary Ann Shaffer‘s only publication, written shortly before her death (and hence the help of Annie Barrows).  I can only say, take the short time required to read it, you will certainly enjoy it. ( It was number one for 11 weeks in 2009, on The New York Times best seller list.) (PR)

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All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 27 September 2011

All the Pretty Horses (1992)(Novel) by Cormac McCarthy (Child of God (1973), Cities of the Plain (1998)The Road (2006))  All the Pretty Horses, a bestseller, U.S. National Book Award winner and U.S. National Book Critics Circle Award winner, is also the first book of McCarthy’s “Border Trilogy.”  A moving novel, All the Pretty Horses, offers us a slightly more “romantic” version of McCarthy’s exceptional rhythmic, almost Hemingway-esque prose (note the use of polysyndetic elements), with its poignant sensitivity to place, its penetrating look at the actions of man.  Easily worth reading more than once. (PR)

See our posts on other novels by Cormac McCarthy: The Orchard Keeper, Outer DarkBlood Meridian (or the Evening Redness in the West)

Also see our post on the Coen Brothers film ‘No Country for Old Men‘ based on Cormac McCarthy’s novel of the same name.

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The Orchard Keeper – Cormac McCarthy

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 27 September 2011

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The Orchard Keeper, by Cormac McCarthy, first edition cover

The Orchard Keeper (1965)(Novel) by Cormac McCarthy (Child of God (1973), All the Pretty Horses (1992), The Road (2006))  The Orchard Keeper is Cormac McCarthy’s first novel and, even if it is only for that reason, should be read.  However, and marvelously, The Orchard Keeper also offers us a profound first experience with the mastery of McCarthy’s prose, his passionate and sharp view of nature, and the intersecting parabolic trajectories of his characters, who we come to know, often, through oblique actions rather than through explanation, through consequence rather than motivation.  A novel you must read. (PR)

See our posts on other novels by Cormac McCarthy: Outer Dark, Blood Meridian (or the Evening Redness in the West), and All the Pretty Horses

Also see our post on the Coen Brothers film ‘No Country for Old Men‘ based on Cormac McCarthy’s novel of the same name.

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