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Orchard of Dust (English Edition) [Formato Kindle]

Brian Bahr

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Descrizione prodotto


A semi-finalist in the William Faulkner Novella Contest.

Publishers Description:
A Prohibition-era novel centering around the occurrence of a dust storm in southern Minnesota, Orchard of Dust follows the lives of a boy and his father as their town is invaded by a speakeasy.

From the Back Cover:
In the quiet born to the soil, the coming of a fresh generation quaked and rumbled as a people, displaced from their land, dreamed of once and tomorrow; they followed promised whispers of abundance through a desolation where men ripped at the land, wrenching what harvest the fields could spit until a protestation came against man, strangling the fields in dust; and this people broke their homes, shattering hearthstones against the collapsed shelter of forgotten desires that had turned to dead leaves.

Dettagli prodotto

  • Formato: Formato Kindle
  • Dimensioni file: 233 KB
  • Editore: Ageless Crumb (1 ottobre 2009)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B005N22Y5O
  • Da testo a voce: Abilitato
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  • Word Wise: Non abilitato
  • Miglioramenti tipografici: Non abilitato

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1 di 1 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Beautiful writing, but challenging and disturbing subject 9 giugno 2012
Di Athene Five - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle|Acquisto verificato
Brain Bahr uses the Dust as a metaphor for the moral affliction that descends on a small Minnesota town with the arrival of a speakeasy during the height of the Dustbowl. The story traces, in a non-linear fashion, the lives of a set of characters, Man, Boy, Other Boy, Girl who revolve around the story, like dots sometimes connecting in the dust of moral ambiguity and sometimes having a near miss. The speakeasy is a center for this cloudiness of the soul that affects the townspeople and the lives of the central set of characters play out in the dust cloud, struggling for glimpses of clarity.

The writing is beautiful, but the events it describes are heinous acts against human nature. There's nothing uplifting here, but the book draws you in even as it repels your sensibilities. It reminds me of Homer who wrote so beautifully of guts spilling on the ground all around Troy and heroes who would smash babies against the wall. This story takes you deeply into places of motivation that you won't necessarily like.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Fantastic 2 febbraio 2012
Di Brianna - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle
Orchard of Dust is truly a fantastic novel with engaging, dynamic characters and an intense, fast-moving plot. The story revolves around a speak easy, involving numerous characters as they converge on a small town. Ultimately, I simply could not put this book down, and I'd highly recommend this to anyone who loves a great read that keeps you up well past your bedtime.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Definately a book to remember 22 novembre 2013
Di Ghislaine A. Agostini - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle|Acquisto verificato
Love the book and actually read it three times to try to understand it. Cleverly chopped up very graphic story. Beautifully written and a rather haunting tale.
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3.0 su 5 stelle Orchard of Dust 28 maggio 2012
Di Bradley L Kautz - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle
Orchard of Dust is a curious work of fiction by Brian Bahr. The reason I think it is curious is because I'm not sure what to make of it, which was a persistent thought in my mind throughout the time I read it and a thought that remains as I write this review.

It is a short novel, as novels go, at 133 pages. The chapters are also short, just 2-3 pages for most, and they are named after the principal character in the chapter. This was one of the first problems I had in trying to grasp the "whole" of this work, because rarely do the characters have names. Instead they are named according to their role and it took a fair amount of reading before I grasped that fact and then tried to recall how their various threads wove through the storyline.

Another thing I found perplexing was that Orchard of Dust is not so much a story but snapshots of various characters, with one character who perhaps dominates the snapshots, but none of the characters seem to connect with more than 2 or 3 of the others. Reading the narrative is a bit like looking at a photo album filled with candid pictures and seeing faces that eventually become familiar, but then reaching the album's end and being unsure what it was all about, because the pictures aren't really organized around a theme, and some of them are placed out of chronological sequence.

One thing that became clear as my reading progressed is that the story contained a lot of violence. It affected nearly every character in some way and it seemed to have a particularly malevolent nature. The violence was so mindless and meaningless that I began to view the story as a perhaps being a glimpse into Nihilism. The definition of Nihilism as an "absolute and total destructiveness, especially towards the world at large and including oneself" would accurately describe the outcomes of actions that the characters of Orchard of Dust repeatedly and willingly participated in. (dictionary.com)

A distracting characteristic, for me, was the descriptive style used by Bahr. He made use of a lot of adjectives, possibly to excess in number and probably to excess in obscurity. I don't read a lot of fiction but I have, I think, a well-developed, if not always fully used, vocabulary. Time and again, and again, Bahr used words that caused me to reach for a dictionary. Then, conversely, he once used the same adjective to describe two very different nouns on the same page and other times he used particular adjectives too many times for a book of this length. I am not certain if the fault in those cases is Bahr's or his editor's but it is something that takes away from reading and understanding the story.

Orchard of Dust reminds me of a piano I once sold. After talking to a number of potential buyers I developed a clear sense of how to screen them and weed out the ones whom I knew would not really want my piano. If you are looking to read a story that flows easily, with a clear protagonist, antagonist and some interesting ancillary characters, this book is not for you. But if you are looking for a short work that may make your mind wrestle with it a bit to see where it fits according to your own worldview then Bahr may have written something a book that you can grapple with.

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