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Storming Heaven af Denise Giardina
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Storming Heaven (original 1987; udgave 1988)

af Denise Giardina

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"Brilliant, diamond-hard fiction, heartwrenching, tough and tender."--Los Angeles Times Book ReviewAnnadel, West Virginia, was a small town rich in coal, farms, and close-knit families, all destroyed when the coal company came in. It stole everything it hadn't bothered to buy--land deeds, private homes, and ultimately, the souls of its men and women. Four people tell this powerful, deeply moving tale: Activist Mayor C.J. Marcum. Fierce, loveless union man Rondal Lloyd. Gutsy nurse Carrie Bishop, who loved Rondal. And lonely, Sicilian immigrant Rose Angelelli, who lost four sons to the deadly mines. They all bear witness to nearly forgotten events of history, culminating in the final, tragic Battle of Blair Mountain--when the United States Army greeted 10,000 unemployed pro-union miners with airplanes, bombs, and poison gas. It was the first crucial battle of a war that has yet to be won.… (mere)
Medlem:rsplenda477
Titel:Storming Heaven
Forfattere:Denise Giardina
Info:Ivy Books (1988), Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:fiction, Appalachia, West Virginia, coal mining, Denise Giardina

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Storming Heaven af Denise Giardina (1987)

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A really interesting and informative book about the coal mines in West Virginia during the 1920s. A great novel for the history of this state's most important resource. ( )
  rsplenda477 | Mar 27, 2013 |
Storming Heaven is a story told through four different characters about working in a coal mine in West Virginia. The story centers around the hardships face by the workers and their families; sickness, being cheated out of pay, and anger at the companies that have taken over their land. A little slow going in some places, but worth reading. ( )
  OracleOfCrows | Jan 16, 2011 |
Giardina traces the lives of four intertwined characters in a fictionalized version of the Matewan massacre and the Battle of Blair Mountain. The book starts a little slow as it mostly seems to be short "slice of life" commentaries on life in the coal camps in the early 20th century. The settings are vivid and mostly true-to-life; the dialect was definitely written by one who has heard and spoken the unique Appalachian slang.

While the book was strong, I wonder how different it might have been had one of the characters been a non-union person (perhaps the wife of a mine owner, instead of the not-really-useful-to-the-story immigrant narrator). It was also interesting in that most of the characters never saw themselves as part of a larger cause -- they were just living life (or perhaps avoiding death) one day at a time. The afterword summarizes the lives and deaths of most of the characters, being written years later during a mineworkers' strike -- showing that this labor battle has not yet played out. ( )
  legallypuzzled | Jun 16, 2009 |
Annadel, West Virginia, was a small town rich in coal,m farms, and close-knit families, all destroyed when the coal companies came in. It stole everything it hadn't bothered to buy-land, deeds, private homes, and , ultimately, the soulds of its men and women.
Four people tell this powerful, deeply moving tale: Activist Mayor C. J. Marcum, fierce, loveless union man Rondal Lloyd, gutsy nurse Carrie Bishop, who loved Rondal. And lonely Sicilian immigrant Rosa Angelelli, who lost four sons to the deadly mines.
THey all bear witness to nearly forgotten events of history, culminating in the final, tragic Battle of Blair Mountain=when the United States Army greeted 10,000 unemployed pro-union miners with airplanes, bombs, and poison gas. It was the first crucial battle of a war that has yet to be won. ( )
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"Brilliant, diamond-hard fiction, heartwrenching, tough and tender."--Los Angeles Times Book ReviewAnnadel, West Virginia, was a small town rich in coal, farms, and close-knit families, all destroyed when the coal company came in. It stole everything it hadn't bothered to buy--land deeds, private homes, and ultimately, the souls of its men and women. Four people tell this powerful, deeply moving tale: Activist Mayor C.J. Marcum. Fierce, loveless union man Rondal Lloyd. Gutsy nurse Carrie Bishop, who loved Rondal. And lonely, Sicilian immigrant Rose Angelelli, who lost four sons to the deadly mines. They all bear witness to nearly forgotten events of history, culminating in the final, tragic Battle of Blair Mountain--when the United States Army greeted 10,000 unemployed pro-union miners with airplanes, bombs, and poison gas. It was the first crucial battle of a war that has yet to be won.

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