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Nightwoods

by Charles Frazier

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Frazier writes with a deeply-evocative sensibility of the Appalachian mountains and about the current of violence that runs through the lives of some of the people who live there. The principal characters -- Luce and the two children of her murdered sister -- have escaped from the violence in their past by living in and isolated derelict mountain lodge where Luce is the caretaker. Violence continues to stalk them when the murderous husband of Luce's husband shows up and the novel moves toward a suspenseful climax.

The tone of the novel is somber and the plot line is enhanced by Frazier's skillful use of the mountain environment. The isolation the characters have sought as refuge they come to realize will not shield them and they determine in the end to confront the peril facing them in a dramatic fashion.

While not quite achieving the depth as Frazier's Cold Mountain this is nonetheless well worth the read. ( )
  stevesmits | Feb 14, 2015 |
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Luce, a character whose strength is honed in solitude,, has retreated from her past and lives as caretaker of a remote, abandoned North Carolina mountain lodge.
Her sister Lily is murdered, leaving behind a girl and a boy, twins whose father died before their birth.
The mute, almost feral children arrive, by court decision, at Luce's doorstep.
Luce and the children are the heart of the story.
Bud, the stepfather, is in pursuit of the children.
He's been acquitted of Lily's murder but the children pose a threat.
Did they witness the murder?
Do " the children possess loot he stole, loot in turn stolen from him by Lilly, loot he knifed her for in a fit of rage."?

Also new to town is an old admirer of Luce.
Stubblefield is a thoughtful and kind man who has inherited the lodge.
He brings comfort to Luce and the troubled children.

These facts form the foundation of the story.
The mountains and countryside are beautifully depicted.
The characters are vivid and the consistent forward motion of the story keeps you involved.
The natural surroundings are an integral part of this tale.

A worthwhile read.....★ ★ ★ ★ ( )
  pennsylady | Jan 14, 2015 |
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Beautiful prose of North Carolina back country is lost on weak story of family feud. Slow start - warms to exciting cat and mouse through the wilderness - anticlimatic conclusion - left me feeling blah! ( )
  Carmenere | Dec 29, 2014 |
I just listened to this for a second time (Aug. 2014), not remembering it from the first time---still gets four stars. Frazier writes about the outdoors so fluidly that you can see it all in his descriptions. ( )
  nyiper | Aug 21, 2014 |
Highly unreadable. I got half way through and skimmed the rest. An interesting idea poorly executed. ( )
  lloyd1175 | Mar 22, 2014 |
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Among James Fenimore Cooper’s many literary offenses, Mark Twain charged, was “surplusage.” The word’s undue thickness perfectly matches its meaning. It also feels of a piece with Cooper’s own prose, and likewise Charles Frazier’s: elegantly archaic-sounding, rough-cut and contrived.
 
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Luce's new stranger children were small and beautiful and violent.  She learned early that it wasn't smart to leave them unattended in the yard with the chickens.
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Don't chase it, and it will come back.    Stubblefield
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The extraordinary author of Cold Mountain and Thirteen Moons returns with a dazzling new novel of suspense and love set in small-town North Carolina in the early 1960s.

Charles Frazier puts his remarkable gifts in the service of a lean, taut narrative while losing none of the transcendent prose, virtuosic storytelling, and insight into human nature that have made him one of the most beloved and celebrated authors in the world. Now, with his brilliant portrait of Luce, a young woman who inherits her murdered sister’s troubled twins, Frazier has created his most memorable heroine.
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Damaged woman with
Damaged kids, trying to live...
Meet their nemesis
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Charles Frazier, the author of National Book Award winning Cold Mountain, presents a new novel. In Nightwoods, Frazier envisions a late 1950s North Carolina through the eyes of Luce, a single woman who must care for the quiet twins of her murdered sister, Lily.… (more)

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