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The Great Alone af Kristin Hannah
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The Great Alone (udgave 2018)

af Kristin Hannah

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Lenora Allbright is 13 when her father convinces her mother, Cora, to forgo their inauspicious existence in Seattle and move to Kaneq, AK. It's 1974, and the former Vietnam POW sees a better future away from the noise and nightmares that plague him. Having been left a homestead by a buddy who died in the war, Ernt is secure in his beliefs, but never was a family less prepared for the reality of Alaska, the long, cold winters and isolation. Locals want to help out, especially classmate Matthew Walker, who likes everything about Leni. Yet the harsh conditions bring out the worst in Ernt, whose paranoia takes over their lives and exacerbates what Leni sees as the toxic relationship between her parents. The Allbrights are as green as greenhorns can be, and even first love must endure unimaginable hardship and tragedy as the wilderness tries to claim more victims.… (mere)
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Titel:The Great Alone
Forfattere:Kristin Hannah
Info:St. Martin's Press, Kindle Edition, 435 pages
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Vurdering:*****
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Started strong, finished weak (and took too long to get there) ( )
  KAlberts | Jun 1, 2021 |
I’ve always had a fascination with Alaska. It’s always seemed like the most expansive wilderness that’s still mostly untamed. That would be even more true back in 1974 where this book takes place. I’m that wild setting, The Great Alone ties together enough different storylines, all from the same household, that you feel connected to their lives, their fears and their dreams. This had similarities to Educated, but with more tears, less fundamentalism and equal amounts of fear that the government is out to get you. ( )
  adamfortuna | May 28, 2021 |
Alaska; excellent; harsh
  18cran | May 19, 2021 |
Wow. What a great story! This is the first book I read by Kristin Hannah and was very impressed with her writing style and structure. Hannah's writing gave me everything I love from a great literary fiction novel: family, coming of age, upheaval, tragic love, first love, hope.

But the best part was, of course, the setting. At times Alaska was a character herself, shaping the lives of those who dare live among her. I've always been interested in Alaska and why people choose to live in the parts inhabitable away from civilization and surrounded by countless danger. This book and Hannah's writing helped me better understand what drove people to this vast wilderness expanse, what kept some people there, and what drove others away. I had no idea what it took to survive an Alaskan winter (and obviously still don't and have much more to learn, unless I'm willing to experiment with an Alaskan winter personally, which I am not). This novel also brought to light other issues I had only heard about: harvesting and hunting for winter, coping with a loneliness I can't imagine, and adjusting to endless sunlight or darkness.

One of the themes of this book was the strength of a woman. I loved that this book was set in the 70's because we not only saw Leni and Cora's battles against an unstable man but also against a government and a system that was not there to protect women and children. Leni and her mother Cora went to Alaska against their wishes, following Leni's father in his pursuit for peace after the Vietnam War. When they arrived, they were not prepared and were severely uneducated about Alaska. This situation, among many, forced both women to be strong for one another and for their own survival.

This book was so beautiful. Towards the end it hit really close to home for me and it was pretty emotional, but I'm a person that enjoys that sort of thing. In a lot of ways I didn't want to finish this book not only because I was enjoying myself but because I was genuinely worried about the characters. I'm really happy with the way Hannah ended their stories. I highly recommend The Great Alone. ( )
  booksforbrunch | May 5, 2021 |
The Great Alone
By Kristin Hannah
2018, St. Martin's Press
Hardcover, 440pp

"All this time, Dad had taught Leni how dangerous the outside world was. The truth was that the biggest danger of all was in her own home."

As the book unfolds, its resemblance (and perhaps indebtedness) to Stephen King was more than a little apparent—an observation validated towards the end with an explicit homage to the great horror writer. (It is enjoyable to see Leni's reading material grow alongside her from Watership Down to The Stand.) This book could well be considered "Stephen King Lite," but that seems a bit of an opprobrium to Kristin Hannah, of the smash hit The Nightingale. Hannah takes a plot that smacks of The Shining—a three-person family, through "serendipity," go up to a place of stark desolation knowing that it will bring out the worst in the father—and locates it in Alaska of the 1970s. Against the backdrop of Ted Bundy, Charles Manson, and other national terrors, the father, a Vietnam POW who suffers from debilitating PTSD, views the move as a way to get away from a world gone crazy in the lower 48. The salient feature of the novel is Hannah's ability to ratchet up tension until the reader is squirming and crying out for the characters. Unfortunately, like most thriller, horror, and other genre pieces, the story wears out its welcome, and the remaining 50pp or so grope for closure like an unending series of statements across the screen before the credits roll. The book would have packed a harder punch without going into 1986 at all. ( )
  chrisvia | Apr 29, 2021 |
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Lenora Allbright is 13 when her father convinces her mother, Cora, to forgo their inauspicious existence in Seattle and move to Kaneq, AK. It's 1974, and the former Vietnam POW sees a better future away from the noise and nightmares that plague him. Having been left a homestead by a buddy who died in the war, Ernt is secure in his beliefs, but never was a family less prepared for the reality of Alaska, the long, cold winters and isolation. Locals want to help out, especially classmate Matthew Walker, who likes everything about Leni. Yet the harsh conditions bring out the worst in Ernt, whose paranoia takes over their lives and exacerbates what Leni sees as the toxic relationship between her parents. The Allbrights are as green as greenhorns can be, and even first love must endure unimaginable hardship and tragedy as the wilderness tries to claim more victims.

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