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Aarde by David Vann

Aarde (edition 2012)

by David Vann, Arjaan Van Nimwegen

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Authors:David Vann
Other authors:Arjaan Van Nimwegen
Info:Amsterdam De Bezige Bij 2012
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deeply disturbing.
  mark-f-r-ritchie | Feb 19, 2016 |
If "utterly revolting" could be imagined as a complement, it would describe my feeling for this book. ( )
  poingu | Jan 23, 2016 |
This is a disturbing story to read, but it's also deeply compassionate and moving in it's murkiness. I'd highly recommend it. ( )
  Alexandra.Moraiti | Nov 9, 2014 |
Truly disturbing novel. A bit too old for all the adolescent angst, and the way the action spirals out of control, gears up and slows down only to gear up again and finally descend into chaos. Funny writing. Sentences like this. Not as much of an atmosphere as Sukkwan Island. End is gruesome. Deal with Jennifer creepy and strange. ( )
  KymmAC | Mar 2, 2014 |
First time in a very long time indeed that I’ve read a novel by an American novelist. Surely David Vann writes in a powerful, suspense-rich manner that keeps you going where you as a reader no longer want to go. His sentences are short and sparse. His dialogues are naturally flowing, obviating the need for all kinds of punctuation. His sex scenes are hot and some of the best ever written, from the perspective of a lust filled virgin boy. Especially his remarks that intercourse beats any type of state of nirvana is much appreciated. I suspected all the time that his grandfather would prove to be also his father, but that didn’t become quite clear in the end. The boy seems quite sane when he finally completes the killing of his mom. But there are many toe-curling moments before that when I wanted to shout to either him or her to stay cool and act responsibly. I also like the toe-curling humour, like the joke Galen makes each time they pass the shopping mall, about the cake they have there. The repetition does it and the hatred of the others in the car becomes palpable at some stage. ( )
  alexbolding | Dec 30, 2013 |
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The year is 1985, and twenty-two-year-old Galen, a New Age believer, lives with his emotionally dependent mother in a suburb of Sacramento, surviving on the family trust fund--old money that his aunt and seventeen-year-old cousin are determined to get their hands on. When the family takes a trip to a cabin near South Lake Tahoe, tensions cause Galen to discover the shocking truth of just how far he will go to attain the transcendence he craves.… (more)

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