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10 thoughts on “Mink River

  1. says:

    45 stars Sometimes I think that all people in all times must have had the same joys and sorrows Everyone thinks that the old days were better or that they were harder and that modern times are chaotic and complex

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    The language the writing style the people the philosophy? All great I can't help but cry I'm crying for the people in the book who died who were lost who were injured I'm crying because not everyone dies when they could have I'm crying because some people heal Because some children heal And because some people get to ha

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    I haven't enjoyed a book this much in sooooooo long Set in a tiny coastal Oregon town this story is populated with characters who see

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    I thought this was going to be a bit chaotic but it wasn't It was certainly the best read of 2020 so far Moses the Crow with his mouthy wisdoms and his courage got me going page after page after page and he wasn't the main character at all Mmmmwait perhaps he was after allHe mourned the death of the elderly nun who rescued him and taught h

  5. says:

    I meant to write a review of the sprawling novel of America’s Oregon Coast Mink River by Brian Doyle over Thanksgiving be

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    Neawanaka is a fictitious town on the Oregon coast and this book is filled with short chaptersvignettes telling brief interludes about the various residents and their day to day lives If this hadn't been my book club's monthly pick I probably never have picked up the book and I definitely would not have finished it I had a very difficult time getting into this and half the time I felt myself skimming because nothing wa

  7. says:

    How very sublime Mink River has flowed in and out of my life several times over the years I've had other copies in my possession; twice they have gone away with friends and never returned I've known for years how beloved this book is to so many readers and I think I feared that I wouldn't be as captivated or that I'd even dislike it with the intensity reserved for highly lauded books that you just don't get so I kept putting it off A few

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    This is a novel unlike any other I've read before I think even though for awhile I was reminded of Jon McGregor especially pertaining to some stylistic tics eg lists and no uotation marks for dialogue an omniscient viewpoint and at times this v

  9. says:

    well now wasn't that delicious?

  10. says:

    I haven't had this much fun reading a book since I was a teenager and discovered John Irving Because when the death scene between a crow and a nun is so beautiful And when lists are refreshing educational funny and lyrical And then when you are given permission not to worry about coherence and shape and narrative style then you know you have

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summary Æ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Brian Doyle

Ulous logger and a silent doctor rain and pain Irish immigrants and Salish stories mud and laughter There's a Department of Public Works that gives haircuts and counts insects a policeman addicted to Puccini a philosophizing crow beer and berries An expedition is mounted a crime committed and there's an unbelievably huge picnic on the football. Neawanaka is a fictitious town on the Oregon coast and this book is filled with short chaptersvignettes telling brief interludes about the various residents and their day to day lives If this hadn t been my book club s monthly pick I probably never have picked up the book and I definitely would not have finished it I had a very difficult time getting into this and half the time I felt myself skimming because nothing was happening The story is definitely about the town than about any characters themselves or an actual plot and I could see that being interesting had the town actually come to life properly But it never didThe very first page of the book began well enough and I liked some of the writing as the author described what Neawanaka didn t have No houses crying out to be the cover of a magazine that no one actually reads anyway No buildings on the National Resister of Hysterical Places though there are some old houses It was a good set up for the book giving a solid foundation for what the town itself felt like But as the book went on the writing seemed to deteriorate probably because there was nothing to actually say but pages to fill The writing in this book seemed like it was trying to be literary Some sentences went on and on and on with so many metaphors or descriptions noted so my eyes glazed over A prime example is this overly wordy sentence which I dare anyone to read and not have your eyes glaze overAt four in the morning on All Souls Day the Day of the Dead the second of November the priest winning the betting pool seven drops of water fell from the sky headlong pell mell sliding from the brooding mist and then seventy and then the gentle deluge a whisper of wet a thorough and persistence pittering on leaf mold and newt knuckle web and wood tent and cent house and mouse the rain splittering the sea soaking boats rinsing streets fluffing owls and wetting towels sliding along power lines and dripping from eaves rivuleting and braiding and weaving tiny lines in the thirsty earth darkening the trunks of trees jewelling the strands of spiders sliding along clotheslines moistening the infinitesimal dust in rain gaugesThat is one sentence Where was the editor Other times sentences were written with repetition a nice techniue if you know when the stop Generally repeats are only effective if you list a few things This author however had no problem filling up an entire page with stuff like thisThe priest had anointed men and women and children and infants He had anointed a boy one day old He had anointed a boy one hour old He had anointed three infants he was sure were dead but he couldn t bear to refuse to anoint them before the broke parents He had anointed a newborn girl with no arms or legs He had anointedAnd on and on each sentence noting someone else he d anointed SEVENTEEN SENTENCES worthI should also note that there was no dialogue in this book per se People have conversations but there weren t any uotation marks and instead just listed short sentences one paragraph at a time that was supposed to be an exchange like How d you meet GrampaWe met by the riverDid you love him right awayNoNoI was fascinated thoughWas he fascinated tooYepHow could you tellI could tellHowI could tell You ll see somedayI m not sure if that lack of uotation marks was to make this seem literary but none of the dialogue actually seemed authentic and instead simply served as page fillers At times I felt as if the paragraphs in here would be better written as the sort of emo poetry cranked out without rhymes and with half formed thoughts everywhere I ll break down a short ish sentence into one of these poems to demonstrate All day long she fended off this moment with the toolsinherhandsbut now she cups her faceinher handsand sobsand sobsand sobsActually turning it into poetry seems to improve it slightly Aside from the book s promising first page there was little I liked Some of the characters in the book were decent while others seemed flimsy There were a few parts of the book where something actually seemed like it was going to finally happen and I was drawn in when a resident visited a doctor or when a policeman tried to secretly communicate his distress to a dispatcher However these stories were ultimately glossed over and their resolution never actually shown to the reader after all this is a book about the town overall not about individuals making these individual tales ultimately forgettable and seemingly pointlessI don t know whether there was a deeper point or meaning buried somewhere in the book If there was I obviously missed it I found it difficult to focus on this book because of how disjointed it was and how much the writing meandered Definitely not a book I d recommend but clearly it has its fans since there are good reviews of this on Goodreads

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Mink River

Field Babies are born A car is cut in half with a saw A river confesses what it's thinking It's the tale of a town written in a distinct and lyrical voice and readers will close the book than a little sad to leave the village of Neawanaka on the wet coast of Oregon beneath the hills that used to boast the biggest trees in the history of the wor. well now wasn t that delicious Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman Summary & Study Guide used to boast the biggest trees in the history of the wor. well now wasn t that delicious

summary Æ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Brian Doyle

Like Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood and Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg Ohio Brian Doyle's stunning fiction debut brings a town to life through the jumbled lives and braided stories of its people In a small fictional town on the Oregon coast there are love affairs and almost love affairs mystery and hilarity bears and tears brawls and boats a garr. I haven t enjoyed a book this much in sooooooo long Set in a tiny coastal Oregon town this story is populated with characters who seem to leap off the page and speak their lines directly into your ear they are that real Brian Doyle breaks all the good writing rules yet this book is rich and layered and beautiful and profound Riotous and complex Doyle s lush tale compels you to read faster than you d like because you can t stand not knowing just what the heck is going to happen here Every sentence is a tiny jewel you want to roll around on your tongue and slowly savor uirky uniue and delightful the tale of Neawanaka gets under your skin and lives inside you Go read it