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Provinces of Night af William Gay
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Provinces of Night (original 2000; udgave 2002)

af William Gay (Forfatter)

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The year is 1952, and E.F. Bloodworth has returned to his home - a forgotten corner of Tennessee - after twenty years of roaming. The wife he walked out on has withered and faded. His three sons are grown and angry. Warren is a womanising alcoholic; Boyd is driven by jealousy to hunt down his wife's lover; and Brady puts hexes on his enemies from his mother's porch. Only Fleming, the old man's grandson, treats him with respect and sees past all the hatred, realising the way it can poison a man's soul. It is ultimately the love of Raven Lee, a sloe-eyed beauty from another town, that gives Fleming the courage to reject his family's curse. In a tale redolent with the crumbling loyalties and age-old strife of the post-war American South made familiar to us by Cormac McCarthy, Gay's characters inhabit a world driven by blood ties that strangle as they bind. A coming of age novel, a love story, and a portrait of a family torn apart, Provinces of Night introduced a distinctive new voice in American fiction and a superb cast of characters.… (mere)
Medlem:Cliff_F
Titel:Provinces of Night
Forfattere:William Gay (Forfatter)
Info:Faber & Faber (2002), Edition: Main, 304 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
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A lovely bunch of words--felt like reading aloud (and did) several times. Loved the language of the hill folk and the way the story was woven from person to person. And, like life, the threads were not tied off, but left to hang, ready for the next piece. Well worth the read. ( )
  Angel.Tatum.Craddock | Dec 17, 2020 |
William Gay has an intense and beautiful grasp of the English language. The lyricism in this novel is superb although there are some repetitious and weak comparisons when it feels like he's just stretching it a bit too much. The Bloodworth family's story is an intriguing one and Gay writes about their calamitous ruin with a deft grace that captivates until the end of the novel. ( )
  b.masonjudy | Apr 3, 2020 |
I read this after seeing some folks compare William Gay to Cormac McCarthy, because McCarthy is one of my favorite authors. I understand why they did that, because there's a feel to this novel that evokes some of McCarthy's work (particularly the Border Trilogy). However, Gay's writing is a bit more meandering, and includes lighthearted and even hysterically funny moments that you won't find in McCarthy's novels, which are in contrast pretty consistently brutal and bleak. ( )
  tombrown | Feb 21, 2020 |
In the hands of another writer this story could have gotten sentimental instead of just emotional. Gay knew how to tread that line. I didn’t love it as much as a couple of his other novels only because there wasn’t a real plot to this one. Things just happened and people reacted. Not too surprising and fairly gentle in terms of violence and cruelty, some things he’s gone deeply into with other books. There isn’t a villain and there isn’t a hero; these are just folks trying to get by.

Stand out lines -
“Childhood polio had marked him with a warped leg that limped still when he walked and left him perhaps as well with other warpings not as visible to the naked eye.” p 23

“He had begun to fear for his sanity, felt that madness tracked him like a homeless dog, needed only a kind word or gesture to throw its lot with him forever.” p 34

“Some from so far back in Godforsaken hollows the owls and chickens bedded down together just for the company.” p 67

“Together they knitted whole the fabric of night where violence had rent it.” p 78

“There was something oddly restful about the fireflies. He couldn’t put his finger on it but he drew comfort from it anyway. The way they’d seemed not separate entities but a single being, a moving river of light that flowed above the dark water like its negative image and attained a transient and fragile dominion over the provinces of night.” p 161

“He thinks the world is his front yard, and everything else, people or whatever, that’s just stuff left lying around for him to play with.” p 215 (what a perfect description of a sociopath!)

“Mama might have been a schoolteacher instead of a drunk. You men are always breaking things you don’t know how to fix.” p 217 (a girl explaining the effect her father's desertion had on her mother)

“Well I’ll be damned, he said. He grinned ruefully. The sky was black with chickens coming home to roost, he could see them settling about the trees.” p 264 ( )
  Bookmarque | Aug 6, 2019 |
Still a very good book with some strong anecdotes and heartbreaking prose as is typical of Gay. But while it's his best-known and best-reviewed novel, it seemed the most mainstream and debut-like to me. Just a bit too on the nose in parts. In any case, a worthwhile read. ( )
  mrgan | Oct 30, 2017 |
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The year is 1952, and E.F. Bloodworth has returned to his home - a forgotten corner of Tennessee - after twenty years of roaming. The wife he walked out on has withered and faded. His three sons are grown and angry. Warren is a womanising alcoholic; Boyd is driven by jealousy to hunt down his wife's lover; and Brady puts hexes on his enemies from his mother's porch. Only Fleming, the old man's grandson, treats him with respect and sees past all the hatred, realising the way it can poison a man's soul. It is ultimately the love of Raven Lee, a sloe-eyed beauty from another town, that gives Fleming the courage to reject his family's curse. In a tale redolent with the crumbling loyalties and age-old strife of the post-war American South made familiar to us by Cormac McCarthy, Gay's characters inhabit a world driven by blood ties that strangle as they bind. A coming of age novel, a love story, and a portrait of a family torn apart, Provinces of Night introduced a distinctive new voice in American fiction and a superb cast of characters.

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