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Het keerpunt (2005)

by Nicholas Evans, Hans Kooijman

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Title:Het keerpunt
Authors:Nicholas Evans
Other authors:Hans Kooijman
Info:Amsterdam : De Boekerij; 400 p, 22 cm; http://opc4.kb.nl/DB=1/PPN?PPN=301024448
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Rating:****
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The Divide by Nicholas Evans (2005)

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  kyndyleizabella | Jan 23, 2017 |
This novel, set in various locations across the US starts near the end of the story in Montana. Abbie, the daughter of separated Ben and Sarah, is found dead and embedded in the ice in the mountains and the story of how she got there gradually unfolds as the reader is taken back in time. The chapters of the novel are then told in a linear timescale, following different characters to tell the tale and giving different perspectives on the story. The novel covers the break down of a marriage and Abbie, and eventually her brother Josh, going on to college. Much of the dramatic action feels somewhat unlikely and the final moments of Abbie's life were disappointing but had a cinematic quality. The novel has a focus on environmental damage by large corporations and the World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference in 1999. The environmental destruction is well demonstrated to Abbie when she visits her friend, Ty's ranch before and after the corporation has moved in. Nicholas Evans holds together a strong narrative that just lacked the punch to make it a fantastic read. ( )
  Tifi | Jan 3, 2017 |
I thought the structure of this book was rather different. It begins with the discovery of a girl's body entombed in ice, then goes backwards in time to explain how she ended up there, then goes forward in time again to update us on how her parents and brother are doing.

The term "divide" is used as the name of the ranch where the Cooper family vacationed, but it also signifies the rift that develops between Ben and Sarah Cooper and also between Abby Cooper and the rest of her family after her father leaves them. A divide also forms between Abby and most of the people she knew before she met Rolf.

This book had a different tone than other Evans books that I've read. I listened to the audio version and I'm not sure if it was the reader or the prose, but at times it almost sounded snooty or bored. ( )
  JenniferRobb | Sep 25, 2016 |
On the back cover, there is a quote from The Providence Journal-Bulletin that says, "A tale that lets you see into everyone's mind and heart." WoW! So true!! There are often novels that allow the reader a view into a character's mind or a view into a character's heart. In thinking of this presentation, Nicholas Evans truely allows the reader to view into each of his character's minds and each of his character's hearts. I started it on vacation and it was so hard to put it down each night but I had to get some sleep for the next 'business' day. Not last night. I had to keep reading and finish it. This is truly one of those books you don't want to miss! ( )
1 vote Corduroy7 | Aug 6, 2014 |
Interesting character study of a family in crisis. GREAT book! On the recommendation of a friend I went into this reading experience with absolutely no idea what the book was about and was blown away by this thought provoking, well written novel. I generally stick to non-fiction and more hard edged detective/crime novels so this was an unexpected treat.

It begins with a father and son out snow skiing, lots of imagery involving snow covered landscapes and narrative commentary on their relationship - around page three or four I'm thinking that at 400-odd pages this may not be the book for me... then they find a young woman's body encased in ice and the story kicks into gear. As the story of who the woman was begins to unfold the plot jumps back in time a few years and then comes forward, along the way unraveling the unlikely mystery that we've stumbled into.

The mystery is built around the story of how a family of four (father, mother, and their teenaged children) begins to fall apart as a result of various decisions made by all involved and the unintended consequences that each member's personal choices has on the others. At times their behavior is heart wrenching, other times infuriating, still other times bewildering and yet it rarely comes across as sappy or overly sentimental (in the broader sense of the story). In the process it gives a well rounded story from multiple points of view with each of the major characters becoming very real and fully dimensional so that no one is completely bad or good, right or wrong, they are all just people making mistakes and having to deal with it.

For me, the one false note in the story was the way that many of the secondary characters were portrayed in a broad stereotypical, almost caricature fashion. The environmental hippie types, the greedy, soulless corporate types, the humorless FBI agents, the simple, down-home country folk, all seem pretty much standard issue. Granted many of them only make brief appearances and are often described from one of the major character's point of view but it still came across as a bit too easy at times.

It's a mystery, a good one, but it also has to do with the interactions of people in general and family in particular. It will have you thinking about it for days after you've finished.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has a taste for smart, well written general or literary fiction. There is some sexual content, strong language and reference to drug use that might offend very sensitive readers. ( )
1 vote Mike-L | Apr 8, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399152067, Hardcover)

Now, from the number-one bestselling author of The Horse Whisperer comes an epic thriller of the human heart.

Two backcountry skiers find the body of a young woman embedded in the ice of a remote mountain creek. All through the night, police work with arc lights and chain saws to dig her out. But identification doesn't take as long. Abbie Cooper is wanted for murder and acts of eco-terrorism, and her picture is on law-enforcement computers all across America. But just how did she die? And what was the trail of events that led this joyous, golden child of a loving family so tragically astray?

In a journey of discovery and redemption, from the streets of New York to the daunting grandeur of the Rocky Mountains, The Divide delves into the dynamics of a fractured family and their struggle with the pain of lost happiness. Electrifying and heartbreaking, master storyteller Nicholas Evans's new novel delivers an extraordinary tale about the timeless power of nature, and about the yearnings, hopes, and disillusionments that connect-and separate -all men and women.

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Two backcountry skiers find the body of a young woman embedded in the ice of a remote mountain creek. All through the night, police work with arc lights and chain saws to dig her out. But identification doesn't take as long. Abbie Cooper is wanted for murder and acts of eco-terrorism, and her picture is on law-enforcement computers all across America. But just how did she die? And what was the trail of events that led this joyous, golden child of a loving family so tragically astray?… (more)

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