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Eventide : a novel by Kent Haruf

Eventide : a novel (edition 2004)

by Kent Haruf

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Title:Eventide : a novel
Authors:Kent Haruf (Author)
Info:New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2004.
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The second novel in the Plainsong-trilogy didn’t hit me with the same force as Plainsong, but it’s still a very beautiful bittersweet story (or stories…). I was glad that Haruf continued most of the stories from the first novel.

There’s such a believable reality to the characters lives. The way they think, talk, act. Their disappointments and loneliness and search for some way to connect with others - or stay away from others.

It’s all in the details I think. The way Haruf pays attention to simple, ordinary and mundane things - in these he finds something profound and filled with meaning. ( )
1 vote ctpress | Feb 21, 2015 |
Eventide is the second of Kent Haruf’s Plainsong novels set in the fictional town of Holt, Colorado. As with the first book, Haruf focuses on just a few people and places them in situations common to small, rural communities. Eventide continues the story of cattle ranching brothers Harold and Raymond McPheron, and introduces two new families: Luther & Betty Wallace struggle with poverty and basic parenting skills; young DJ Kephart lives with his grandfather and shoulders burdens normally borne by an adult; and Mary Wells is raising two daughters while her husband is away working in Alaska.

Haruf had an amazing ability to sketch a character in a way that quickly conveys their very essence and creates emotional investment in their story. And their stories are, indeed, emotional. Some people form new relationships, others suffer loss, still others are seeking someone to fill emotional voids in their lives. Children are bullied or even abused, and some find friends that bring solace. A few situations brought tears to my eyes; call me crazy but for me that’s a sign of a really good book. Also, that I zipped through it in about two days because I couldn’t put it down.

It won’t be long before I read the third book in this series. ( )
3 vote lauralkeet | Jan 21, 2015 |
In this follow-up to [Plainsong], Kent Haruf takes us back to Holt, Colorado. We reconnect with some of our old friends from Plainsong, including the McPheron brothers, whose ranch feels a little empty when Victoria Roubideaux takes her daughter Katie and leaves for college. Haruf also weaves in some new stories, focusing especially on Holt's younger residents. DJ Kephart, a twelve-year-old boy, takes care of his grandfather despite the fact that he's still young enough to need care himself. And Joy Rae and Richie Wallace face struggles of their own growing up.

These stories unfold much as life unfolds, with ample sorrows and occasional grace. In the simplest of language, Haruf paints complex pictures of the Colorado landscape and of the people who call Holt home. The voices ring true. Having grown up in a rural area, I've met people that remind me of the characters in Eventide, and I was amazed at how often Haruf got the descriptions of the small details of their lives just right. I'm looking forward to reading the third book in this series. ( )
1 vote porch_reader | Nov 15, 2014 |
I listened to the audio version of this book and found it entrancing. Did not want the book to end. ( )
  CheryleFisher | Sep 5, 2014 |
This will be placed somewhere near the top of my list of favorite books. Real, raw and wonderful. The characters are amazing. Somehow simple things, like two characters grocery shopping, are beautiful the way Haruf writes them. I will be moving quickly on the Benediction and probably through everything else he has written. ( )
  KRaySaulis | Aug 13, 2014 |
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Abide with me: fast falls the eventide; The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide. When other helpers fail, and comforts flee, Help of the helpless, O abide with me. - Henry R. Lyte
For Cathy and in memory of my nephew Mark Kelley Haruf
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Kent Haruf, author of Plainsong, one of the most beloved novels in recent years, has wisely continued the franchise in Eventide, another foray into the prairie town of Holt, Colorado. We meet some of the same people--the McPheron brothers, Tom Guthrie and Maggie Jones, Victoria and her daughter Katie, and are introduced to new ones. Once again, the quirky bachelors Harold and Raymond McPheron, short on conversation and long on heart, form the sweet center of the book. The constants here are the brothers, the landscape--by turns hostile, demanding and renewing--and a few of the locals, whom we meet in varying degrees of their travails and redemption.

Victoria, the young pregnant woman the brothers took in in Plainsong, has gone off to college at Fort Collins, leaving the brothers standing at the kitchen counter, "drinking coffee and talking about how Victoria Roubideaux was doing a hundred and twenty-five miles away from home ... while they themselves were living as usual in the country in Holt County ... with so much less to account for now that she was gone, and a wind rising up and starting to whine outside the house." Much as Seinfeld was called the TV show about nothing, Haruf's books are so low-key and straightforward that a careless reader might miss the fact that they are about everything that life has to offer: love, sorrow, malice, understanding, and the connections that make and keep us human, to name a few.

DJ is an 11-year-old living alone with his grandfather, when he befriends two young girls whose father left for Alaska and decided not to return. Their mother is mired in grief and the three children, abandoned by the adults in their lives, find refuge in an old shed they make habitable. "So for a while the two sisters and the boy lay on the floor under the blankets, reading books in the dim candlelight, with the sun falling down outside in the alley, the three of them talking a little softly, drinking coffee from a thermos, and what was happening in the houses they’d come from, seemed, for that short time, of little importance." One of Haruf's particular gifts is in showing us people who give and take solace wherever it may be found.

An unfortunate disabled couple, parents of two young children, are trying to make their way in a world they cannot fathom. They are assisted by Rose Tyler, their caseworker, who is a friend of Maggie Jones. aggie, who drew Tom Guthrie out of his depression in Plainsong, is once again a catalyst for change when she introduces Rose to Raymond. There is no doubt more to come, as life in Holt, Colorado, continues to evolve and Kent Haruf keeps us informed. --Valerie Ryan

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A novel of small-town life in the high plains region around Holt, Colorado, follows the challenges, emotional upheaval, tragedies, and intertwined destinies of the local inhabitants as they cope with the changes they encounter.

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