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  1. says:

    WELCOME HOMEBentornato a casa ogni lettore che in queste pagine ritrova gente e luoghi familiari inventati da questo scrittore che qui da noi si creato un culto forse neppure solo di nicchia.Siamo sempre a Holt, paesotto immaginario del Colorado, come gi in Plainsong e Benedizione, i capitoli che precedono e seguono in questa trilogia non rigorosa slegata , e molti personaggi sono gli stessi, a cominciare dai fratelli Harold e Raymond McPheron, da Victoria Roubideaux e la sua piccola Katie i primi tre tra quelli pi apprezzati in Canto della pianura.Holt sembra un posto che sarebbe piaciuto a Kant, il cielo stellato sopra di me e la legge morale in me.Un posto dove il punto di vista chi narra alto, decisamente dall alto.Non che Haruf usi la lente d ingrandimento o il microscopio, non lo definirei certo scrittore entomologo riesce comunque a rendere i suoi personaggi macroscopici nella loro comune e semplice umanit.Risultato ottenuto con scrittura senza fronzoli e senza ornamenti, tesa a descrivere e raggiungere l essenziale, la fondamentale struttura della vita l osso , e della nostra vita con gli altri, come afferma lui stesso.Chiss se dipende dal suo metodo di lavoro quando si siede alla macchina da scrivere ha gi in mente il primo paio di frasi, sono queste che danno il tono a quello che segue da l come saltare dal trampolino, un salto che lo conduce fino alla fine della pagina, del capitolo, non smette pi di battere, a spazio uno, gli occhi chiusi per cercare la massima concentrazione, lontano da ogni distrazione.Mi viene da pensare, sempre citando sue parole, che se per uno scrittore, l iter pi ovvio sia leggere, leggere, leggere, leggere, leggere e poi, scrivere, scrivere, scrivere , per come sembrano autentici i suoi personaggi, per Haruf l iter sia invece vivere, vivere, vivere, vivere, vivere, e subito dopo, scrivere, scrivere, scrivere.Gli abitanti di questi romanzi sono gente che vive ciascuna nel proprio silenzio e nel proprio isolamento, in case dai pavimenti che si spazzano con scope di saggina la saggina resa mitica da Capote in Arpa d erba , case circondate dal vento, schiacciate dal cielo Parlano, ma sembrano tacere quello che dicono, il loro dialogo si intreccia senza discontinuit alle descrizioni di Haruf, uno dentro l altro in un tutt uno, parlato ed esposizione Affascinante proprio vero che la prosa di Haruf ha l effetto di una pendola che batte il tempo nel silenzio di una casa rivestita di legno, come dice Jonathan Miles recensendo il romanzo nel NYT.Questa volta la tavolozza di Haruf si arricchisce di colori scuri e minacciosi, per esempio quelli dedicati a Hoyt Raines, ma sono quelli che gli vengono meno bene, traspare la maniera, e perde in sfumature, in grigi C pi sangue del solito in queste pagine.C anche pi bont , ahim zuccherosa ho trovato Crepuscolo il romanzo meno compiuto dei tre, sia per l eccesso di boncuore contrapposto a un eccesso di crudelt , sia per certi passaggi della trama che sembrano un po artificiosi e meccanici.Anche questa volta il lavoro del traduttore Fabio Cremonesi sembra eccellente personalmente, per , ho notato qualche ripetizione di troppo , completato dalla piacevole e illuminante consueta breve postfazione Nella quale si dice che Haruf sa tenersi lontano dal sentimentalismo corrivo di troppa letteratura di questi anni Il che, naturalmente, non esclude affatto che sappia restare vicino ai sentimenti, e tanta emozione suscitare nel lettore.Chi, purtroppo, non sa restare lontano dal sentimentalismo corrivo la casa editrice NN che in quarta di copertina scrive Questo libro per chi ama guardare la danza delle candele sul muro, per chi ascolta la Pastorale di Beethoven, per chi ricorda quando da bambini ci si arredava una stanza con tutto quello che si trovava in giro, e per chi rimasto solo, al freddo, per tanto tempo, e oggi ha deciso di rimettersi in gioco e correre il rischio di diventare una persona diversa.Automatico il mio pensiero vola a anche ahttps www.youtube.com watch v vx3zFper chiudere con fare di meglio Non sarebbe stato difficile.Tutte le immagini vengono dal film The Light Between Oceans di Derek Cianfrance, 2016, con i meravigliosi Michael Fassbender e Alicia Vikander, tratto dal romanzo omonimo di M.L.Stedman.


  2. says:

    Where I grew up, there was an old bachelor who lived about half a mile farther from town than we did He lived in a tiny shack of a house and would often drop in to our place on the way to or from town I will call him Charlie, although everyone always said his first and last names together like they were one He drove a buggy with a beautiful, older white horse pulling it The buggy was black and had a cover mounted on risers to keep the sun and rain off The horse wore blinders , maybe so it wouldn t be upset by passing cars and trucks, and its harness was black with shiny silver decorations.On his way into town Charlie would drop off a bag of crab apples or sometimes a bag of rhubarb and usually a couple of clean plastic containers Those containers were Mom s because Charlie never left empty handed either he would take home with him another couple of tubs one with a stew or a casserole and one with maybe a rhubarb crunch dessert or Mom would give him a quart of her canned crab apple fruit or a jar of crab apple jelly Charlie even drove to church in his horse and buggy and the horse always stood patiently outside waiting for church to be over and Charlie would ride the buggy home.Eventide The name of this book alone evokes memories of the senses and of the spirit of country living Just as in Mr Haruf s book, our little community had many difficulties some poverty, babies showing up from out of nowhere, bad accidents in both vehicles and with farm machinery or hazards, mourning times, and even a couple who never spoke to each other from about their 15 or 20 year Anniversary, except through one of their many children Still, I don t think it s a faulty memory but a truth the people where I grew up were essentially good and kind hearted They helped their neighbours through difficult times and oh, the celebrations Sports days, fair days, dances, musical and variety concerts, picnics there was always room in busy lives to set down the work for a few hours and have fun.In this novel, there are a number of problems and griefs for the residents of Holt and its surrounding areas, too Yet, they also took time out to socialize, to help each other in any way they could, and to try and resolve difficulties if they could Kent Haruf has painted a broad landscape of characters in this novel which sets the tone of a small town atmosphere where many people live on farms and ranches outside of the town We are not invited into this setting it is set out for us like a beautifully appointed dinner table and we are magnetized to it with souls starved for its sustenance.Through Kent Haruf s magnificently simple prose and plain yet powerful dialogue, we fall into the story he offers, into the lives and concerns of the citizens of Holt, and we don t want to leave This book calls to an inner need to belong, to be part of someplace, and to do our part Our hearts can t help but to respond with a yes.


  3. says:

    Eventide continues Haruf s depiction of Holt, Colorado, begun in Plainsong, of a small town with a wide range of humanity Like Plainsong, Eventide is a beautiful work with moving characters captivating imagery and a clear view of humanity at its core It made me cry both for struggles of its characters and the clarity of its writing Familiar characters from Plainsong, Tom Guthrie, Maggie Jones, Harold and Raymond McPheron and Victoria Robideaux are joined by a new roster of characters, young and old, good and bad A joy to read, and an easy recommendation Other Kent Haruf books we have enjoyed Our Souls at Night Benediction Plainsong


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    Letting go, image source Eventide is the brilliant and perfect follow up to Plainsong, told in the same, spare language and set a couple of years later You could read it as a standalone novel, but you d be missing than the half you have not read not so much in terms of plot as equilibrium.Even though a notable aspect of both books is the lack of backstory, and there are major characters in this who left not so much as a dusty footprint on the pages of Plainsong, while some of the unfinished tracks of Plainsong e.g the Beckmans vendetta against Tom Guthrie are untrodden here, they are two halves of a whole I read Eventide immediately after finishing Plainsong, and I am so glad I did I can only review this in relation to that, and neither review stands on its own another example of the pairs that are a defining feature of both Benediction is separate, despite GR labelling it as 3 See my reviews Plainsong precursor to this 5 Benediction a separate story 5 WeaningWhereas Plainsong is primarily about absence, I felt a subtle shift here Eventide is about the process of separation and letting go, whether voluntary or not the adaptation to and acceptance or not of the change that follows They never do like it I can t imagine anything or anybody that would like it But every living thing in this world gets weaned eventually. Although Eventide comes chronologically after Plainsong, in this thematic respect, it almost precedes it Perhaps we need to feel and acknowledge the pain of loss before we can truly comprehend the impact, and how and why it happened At the moment of loss or separation, we don t know the outcome whether parent or child, lover or friend, we feel only the present agony Looking back, we see that most thrive, but some falter, a few of them critically We apply perspective and context to our loss Does that mitigate the hurt For the majority, it probably does, but I doubt it offers solace to those who could not successfully transition to independence Does it make it easier to leave or let go in future I don t know.HopeWhere is the hope that makes this book not just bearable, but wonderful As with Plainsong, it s from simple, unconditional love and acceptance, sometimes from the least likely sources, but here, there is again an emphasis on process the slow flowering of once tentative and maybe improbable relationships into something strong and sweet There are brand new relationships good and bad , but those between Victoria, her young daughter, Katie, and the McPherons are most touching of all They all continue to change and be changed because of each other Her coming had changed matters for them forever And then the little girl and her arrival had changed matters once again So they had grown used to the presence of these new people in their lives They had become accustomed to the way things had changed and they had got so they liked these new changes and got so they wanted them to continue day after day in the same way. Lost in the FamiliarIn the dirt, as in snow, tracks and footprints can disappear The now familiar tropes of pairs, sleep, red, and the slanted light of the dusty plains are regularly and softly used here, yet I was adrift in a town I thought I knew In Plainsong, the focus of each chapter is clear because character names are used as chapter titles Eventide is the opposite chapters are numbered, but significantly, they invariably start with a scattering of pronouns, so I had no initial idea who was being referred to especially in early chapters, with the possibility of characters I d not encountered before When characters speak, they re as plainspoken here as in Plainsong, but they re not always as honest Not everyone is quite what they seem I want to see the best in people, even fictional people, but I anticipated the pain and tragedies to come and sometimes they did.Thus, Haruf conjures a complex and disorienting response, with deceptively simple language.PairsBoth books are built on the similarities and contrasts of pairs doubles and opposites of characters and situations and the fact the books themselves are a pair This could be unsubtle, disorienting, and annoying, but instead, it lends uncertainty within the comfort of a familiar framework For example, the variable amount of clutter in the McPheron kitchen continues to reflect the fluctuating moods of life.In contrast with everyone in Plainsong, and many in Eventide, little Katie is a chatterbox She went on without stopping, talking about whatever came into her mind, with no need for Raymond to remark on any of it at all, though he paid heed There are two obvious contrasts that barely feature in either book religious versus not, and rich versus poor an observation, not a criticism.In Plainsong, I was surprised how little God or the church featured in the lives of Holt s residents, especially the elderly god like figures of Harold and Raymond McPheron that may be a fault of my stereotypes of the US in general, and small towns 30 years ago in particular In Eventide, most of the few occasions church or prayers are mentioned merely demonstrate people s unfamiliarity with either Go ahead and eat unless somebody wants to pray No one did Eventide has a family on welfare see below , and that made me realise the almost total absence of anyone wealthy except perhaps the Beckmans, in Plainsong Some are comfortable than others, but no one is really rich That would be too unsubtle for Haruf.WelfareEventide has a sociological angle that was new In addition to ordinary people living simple lives, with little of anything to spare, there is a troubled family on welfare, plus their social worker, Rose Tyler This was the weakest aspect for me the characters captivated me, and I cared deeply, but Rose s actions, and those of other authorities, didn t always seem plausible maybe that s a difference of 30 years the Atlantic More importantly, it didn t quite fit the carefully crafted atmosphere of the two books I wonder if it was an editorial suggestion, perhaps to respond to those who found Holt s position in time a little too amorphous Personally, I preferred the slipperiness, as a contrast to the dry dirt that permeates the floorboards, vehicles, clothes, and people Nevertheless, the complex tragedies of this family were painfully wrought, in typically plain but powerful terms, and inextricably linked to the theme of the book FamilyRelated to separation is the concept of family, whether bonded by blood Wallace Rimes , divided by blood Wallace Rimes , or forged in other ways unofficial adoption, or friendship, like DJ and Dena As Victoria says of the McPherons, We re not related in that way They saved me.RedAs in Plainsong, almost the only colour mentioned other than the trademark iron gray McPheron hair is red, but being the second book, it s noticeable the faces of those who work outdoors, a tractor, a type of cow, memories of a dead mother s nail varnish, stolen lipstick, Guthrie s pickup, the plunging blouse of a woman, and so on A bright respite from the dull dirt of the plains.Towards the end, there is a notable sign of new beginnings, He drove with the window rolled down, and the night air came in and brought with it the smell of green grass and sage Quotes The silent high plains spread out flat and dark under the bright myriad indifferent stars The first intimations of fall were in the air that smell of dust and dry leaves, that annual lonesomeness that comes of summer closing down At school he did willingly and skilfully all that was required of him but didn t say much of anything to anybody throughout the day Their paired images walked beside them in the plate glass storefronts He wanted to think of words that would make some difference but there were none in any language he knew that were sufficient to the moment nor that would change a simple thing He was pretty set in his ways They were good ways, though But you ve got to have your own life So he was alone now, alone than he had ever been in life A car drove by, its exhaust as white and ragged as wood smoke, before the wind snatched it away He looked around and all the people nearby appeared to be having a good time At a social services centre, the scarred tedious brightly colored toys and the little broken baked books The low afternoon sun streamed in onto the dishes from the unshaded windows The sunlight was brilliant in the glassware The early darkling of a short winter s day, the sky fading out, the night drawing down The stars as clean and bright as if they were no distant than the next barbed wire fence post everything all around him distinct and unhidden Don t you know anything No ma am, I don t believe I do Outside the house, beyond the silent room they sat in, the dark began to collect along the street You might find some manner of interesting trouble to get into Guthrie to Raymond McPheron, echoing what Maggie Jones said in Plainsong to make them consider taking Victoria in The story comes full ish circle.


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    I ve never lived in a small town, nor even visited a cattle ranch, yet it feels like coming home to return once again to Holt, Colorado and the folks who live there.The old McPheron brothers are still working the cattle, with the occasional snorty bull, cows with sour dispositions, and calves bawling for their mamas Harold and Raymond are men of few words As long as they have been living and working together, not much needs to be said between them, and their companionable silence is just as comfortable as an old shoe.Like any other town, people come and others leave It would be hard not to warm up to DJ, the youngster who takes such good care of his grandpa A gandy dancer in his day, the old man revels in telling his stories on Saturday nights at the local tavern A mentally challenged couple tries to do the best they can for their kids, but keep coming up short These and other characters provide a richness to this small serving of life No mystery, no serial killers, nothing mystical going on here Just life.


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    It s taken me a while to get here, but I ve spent the last two weeks in Kent Haruf s world, reading Plainsong and then Eventide It s been like a religious experience His pages are a humble wooden pew in a country chapel, his words are the blessings from the gentlest sermon.So gentle, this sermon Nothing is pressed, everything is as it is There are bad people, and children suffer But then there are the good I used to say that Matthew Cuthbert from Anne of Green Gables was the very best as in most kind, most lovable character in all of literature But I hadn t read Haruf s works, and didn t know about the McPheron brothers They are added to the list, right up there with Matthew I think if they had met, they would have been friends, tipping their hats and discussing the price of cattle in the general store What is it with these older, farming bachelors that makes my heart melt It could be their dignity, their motherless ness, their innate goodness All I know is during a pivotal scene with Harold and Raymond McPheron, I looked up from the page and saw that tears had pooled in the hollow of my neck.The writing is very direct, very clear, saying just what needs to be said A clean arrow, right to the heart The style may remind you of Cormac McCarthy to me it s like McCarthy, had he found God and realised that the world wasn t so bad after all This book, like in Plainsong, follows the interconnected stories of several families in Holt, Colorado I was invested in each one Each broke my heart a little, but each built it up a little too.So, it s official I ve joined the club Me, a gal who doesn t like joining anything, who instinctively resists what is beloved by many You were all right I ve been won over, I m besotted, and I m grateful.


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    It was with some regret that I turned the last page of Eventide , knowing there were no volumes left for me to read in the Plainsong trilogy The citizens of Holt, with their daily struggles and the simplicity of their rural living, have become a sort of cobbled family where I feel welcome and cozy, and they have tugged at my heartstrings in ways I couldn t have anticipated.Precisely in this volume, the concept of family is at the front stage of the story it shifts and morphs continually as we encounter an orphaned boy of eleven living with his old grandfather, a single mother of two girls dealing with the absence of her husband, a mentally impaired couple who fight to keep their unconventional family together and two rough farmers who open their home to a pregnant teenager who has no place to go.As these stories unfold and entwine, all the voices mingle melodiously and grant equal prominence to the pace of the narration, which progresses with an escalating elegiac tone that suits the finely drawn landscape of lifestyles, personalities and the backdrop of the beautiful but not pretty short grass prairies of Colorado Haruf s gentleness and faith in the goodness of people is tangible than ever The plots are not relevant but the spirit of all abiding love and sacrifice is Few words and many silences in between compose the heartfelt pulse of this tale, a tale that happens every day next door if we dare to look and be sympathetic with the tribulations of others, because their tribulations can be our own.There is a sense of timelessness that permeates the stark prose of this compassionate writer When the final pages of this book close a chapter in the lives of these characters, the reader is not expecting a neat closure, because real life does seldom have such an orderly conclusion and this book reads like real life.When the characters are left on their own to forge their destinies, only the wind remains in the picture frame, howling in the Holt countryside at dusk time And while the sun sets, some lives move forward and others are left stranded, entangled in the maze of adverse circumstances and random injustice, but an all pervading sense of roundness and promise is what fills the vision of the reader, and the smell of soapweed and dry soil and cattle grazing is what fills his nostrils, and a redemptive hymn to the miracle of life that will lull him till he falls asleep.


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    So beautiful maybe even slightly better than Plainsong Haruf writes from the heart and in doing so he touches ours He features good people and bad people but that s how life is Some of his characters make you want to reach out and give them a hug, others you would like to be your best friends All of them are memorable and provide food for thought after the book has finished.There are some really sad moments in Eventide I was mopping up tears over one momentous death And then there are the beautiful moments when people reach out to others and help them through life s tougher times.This book is just plain beautiful and I am sad already because there is only one .


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    4.5 I know I am reading a great book when I continue to think about the characters during the day, even when I am not reading I feel like I know these people in this story and I was worried and sad with them At one point I was angry with them There are also good times in this story I loved the small town feel of Holt, Colorado I felt like I was there Excellent writing, great story I look forward to book 3 Highly recommend.


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    It don t seem to matter at all what we like It s how things are.It doesn t matter where this quote is, the context, or who said it This is the essence of what Kent Haruf expresses in his exquisite books what life as a human is really like, all the goodness and the almost intolerable pain There is no excess in his writing He takes my breath away, makes my heart pound, and my soul sing all at the same time.


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Eventide download Eventide, read online Eventide, kindle ebook Eventide, Eventide 6b90885abb93 Kent Haruf, Award Winning, Bestselling Author Of Plainsongreturns To The High Plains Town Of Holt, Colorado, With A Novel Of Masterful Authority The Aging McPheron Brothers Are Learning To Live Without Victoria Roubideaux, The Single Mother They Took In And Who Has Now Left Their Ranch To Start College A Lonely Young Boy Stoically Cares For His Grandfather While A Disabled Couple Tries To Protect Their A Violent Relative As These Lives Unfold And Intersect, Eventideunveils The Immemorial Truths About Human Beings Their Fragility And Resilience, Their Selfishness And Goodness, And Their Ability To Find Family In One Another