Gaute Heivoll has written both a compelling novel and a historical and fact-driven book that examines a series of fires that occurred during two months in 1978 Norway. It is told from the perspective of the author who was born during the year that the arson occurred, as well as from the perspective of the arsonist who was in his twenties when the author was born.
Patrick Flanery’s debut novel is a very interesting example of an overarching story that incorporates another “novel” or “memoir,” a journal and more embedded inside it. Set in post-apartheid South Africa Absolution is a thought provoking book, and engaging; not necessarily, or least of all, in the sense one would initially expect.
I was in my late thirties when the poet Arthur Rimbaud first crossed my horizon. It was Jim Harrison, the American writer, who brought him to my attention. In his memoir OFF TO THE SIDE, Harrison writes, ‚ÄúI think that I was nineteen when Rimbaud‚Äôs ‚ÄėEverything we are taught is false‚Äô became my modus operandi.‚ÄĚ Harrison continues, ‚Äú…Rimbaud‚Äôs defiance of society was vaguely criminal and at nineteen you try to determine what you are by what you are against.‚ÄĚ I admire Harrison a great deal. If he liked Rimbaud, if Rimbaud was the man, then I needed to know more.
In NORTHWEST ANGLE, William Kent Krueger‚Äôs 11th book in the award winning Cork O‚ÄôConnor series, Cork and his family vacation in September on a houseboat in Canada, near the Northwest Angle area of Minnesota. Cork had hoped that his family, including his three children, Jenny, Annie and Steve and his sister-in-law Rose and her husband Mel, could finally get some time to relax and enjoy each other. They had all suffered the loss of Cork‚Äôs wife two year‚Äôs prior and they had not yet found any time to spend together especially since his kids had become older and living on their own.
Unfortunately for Cork and his family, the vacation becomes anything but enjoyable when soon after arrival, Cork and his older daughter Jenny become trapped in a major quick forming and very dangerous derecho storm that shipwrecks them on one of the many islands in the area.
October 2, 2011
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Tags: Minnesota, Murder Mystery, Native American, Writing Life ¬∑ Posted in: Family Matters, Literary, PEN/Hemingway Winner, Sleuths Series, Thriller/Spy/Caper
Part school story, part existentialism primer, YOU DESERVE NOTHING, is a deftly told and absorbing debut. Ostensibly, the story of a troubled teacher who goes too far, YOU DESERVE NOTHING is also a thoughtful examination of moral education, of the ways in which we learn to navigate the minefield between duty and freedom, courage and cowardice, the self and the persona.
September 26, 2011
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Tags: Boarding School, Courage, Identity, Life Choices, Morality, Philosophical, Writing Life ¬∑ Posted in: 2011 Favorites, Character Driven, Contemporary, Debut Novel, Literary
This is a beautiful book. If you want to read something that has the same effect as gazing at a vast and perfect ink-wash painting, calming and yet utterly absorbing, reach for this. Like the tiniest haze of seeping ink will be skillful enough to convey a distant village nestling in the hills, or the flight of a crane; there is not a word misplaced in this small and lovely work. Its theme is poetry, and indeed the exquisite style does full justice to the subject.