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North Woods

af Daniel Mason

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When a pair of young lovers abscond from a Puritan colony, little do they know that their humble cabin in the woods will become the home of an extraordinary succession of human and nonhuman characters alike. An English soldier, destined for glory, abandons the battlefields of the New World to devote himself to apples. A pair of spinster twins navigate war and famine, envy and desire. A crime reporter unearths a mass grave--only to discover that the ancient trees refuse to give up their secrets. A lovelorn painter, a sinister conman, a stalking panther, a lusty beetle: As each inhabitant confronts the wonder and mystery around them, they begin to realize that the dark, raucous, beautiful past is very much alive."--!cProvided by publisher.… (mere)
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    The Overstory af Richard Powers (allthegoodbooks)
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    Greenwood af Michael Christie (allthegoodbooks)
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    A House Through Time af David Olusoga (allthegoodbooks)
    allthegoodbooks: Non-fiction, set in the UK tells the historical story of a house in Bristol from being built until today.
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Viser 1-5 af 38 (næste | vis alle)
Complicated book with many twists and turns. Focused on a house and the land in Western Massachusetts. Great ending. Some interesting characters. ( )
  shazjhb | Apr 12, 2024 |
Not my usual 4 star read, as the inclusion of magical realism parts doesn’t do it for me. However, the skill of bringing all these stories together and the incredible vivid imagination to create them warrants a high rating. I’m sure this book was too clever for me and I probably missed some hidden meanings and links between the stories; I was also confused in parts and I don’t like having to work hard to read a book.
This would be a good book club book- lots to discuss. ( )
  Mercef | Mar 30, 2024 |
Oh how wonderful. Lost in so many worlds across time. Immersive.
  glorians | Mar 23, 2024 |
The novel is like a series of short stories linked by a common location, the accumulation of characters (despite their death), and beautiful descriptive writing about the local flora and fauna. The chapters did not all appeal to me, but I thought the best were at the end. ( )
  markm2315 | Mar 20, 2024 |
A young Puritan couple flees to the wilderness, where they build a little cabin in which they can live and love in peace. Thus begins the long history of a tract of land in rural Massachusetts which will see love and hate, murder and betrayal, prosperity and ruin over the course of the next three centuries.

The writing style is fascinating, since Mason takes up the different voice of each character and era. There's also a thread of the supernatural running through, as ghosts and other uncanny occurrences pop up in many of the tales. A recurring theme is the interaction between nature and humans, and the way the land is shaped by the people who live on it and vice versa. Most of the stories end on a sad note, though there are happy moments, of course. An enjoyable read, well-written, but not one that I think I would ever revisit. ( )
  foggidawn | Mar 18, 2024 |
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Because Mason’s novel operates in such a robust variety of styles and voices, it is — perhaps more than its arboreal literary brethren — an unusually spectacular showcase of the various powerful responses that nature provokes in us, from wonderment to utter derangement ... If the episodes that make up North Woods are largely grim, Mason’s delivery is a pleasure, fueled by his exuberance at inhabiting the unique voices of a clutch of characters ... The fractured storytelling is all the better to suggest that, like the trees, humanity doesn’t operate in isolation.
tilføjet af Lemeritus | RedigerLos Angeles Times, Mark Athitakis (pay site) (Dec 19, 2023)
 
Gorgeous ... Manages, impressively, to balance both the narrow and the long view, intimately focusing on the lives of each of the house's inhabitants, yet expansively encompassing American history, natural history, and the relentless march of time and the cycle of the seasons ... It is the elegance with which Mason spins and links these stories in 12 chapters (each roughly connected to a different month) that truly dazzles ... here is nothing meager about this book, or Daniel Mason's talent.
tilføjet af Lemeritus | RedigerNPR, Heller McAlpin (Sep 19, 2023)
 
Mason’s historical fiction...brilliantly combine the granularity of realism with the timeless, shimmering allure of myth. His new novel, North Woods, promises — and delivers — more of the same ... A hodgepodge narrative, brazenly disjointed in time, perspective and form. Letters, poems and song lyrics, diary entries, medical case notes, real-estate listings, vintage botanical illustrations, pages of an almanac ... That North Woods proves captivating despite its piecemeal structure is testament to Mason’s powers as a writer, his stylish and supple narrative voice ... The secret of North Woods, its blending of the comic and the sublime, lies in the way Mason, deftly toggling between the macro and micro, manages to do both. He not only acknowledges cosmic indifference but celebrates it, even as he pauses to recognize the humans who experience jubilation and heartbreak as they wend their way toward oblivion. This is fiction that deals in minutes and in centuries, that captures the glory and the triviality of human lives. The forest and the trees: Mason keeps both in clear view in his eccentric and exhilarating novel.
tilføjet af Lemeritus | RedigerNew York Times, Rand Richards Cooper (pay site) (Sep 19, 2023)
 
Haunting, haunted ... The literary gods are inscrutable — the book club overlords even more so — but I’m praying you’ll consider getting lost in North Woods this fall. Elegantly designed with photos and illustrations, this is a time-spanning, genre-blurring work of storytelling magic ... Mason isn’t just passively watching the evolution of this site in the forest. Each chapter germinates its own form while sending out tendrils that entwine beneath the surface of the novel ... Revelatory.
tilføjet af Lemeritus | RedigerWashington Post, Ron Charles (pay site) (Sep 13, 2023)
 
...spectacular ghost story ... Mason interleaves his crystalline prose with enchanting and authentic-seeming historical documents, including a Native American captivity narrative, psychiatrist case notes, and pulpy true crime reportage. Each arc is beautifully, heartbreakingly conveyed, stitching together subtle connections across time. This astonishes.
tilføjet af Lemeritus | RedigerPublisher's Weekly (Jul 31, 2023)
 
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When a pair of young lovers abscond from a Puritan colony, little do they know that their humble cabin in the woods will become the home of an extraordinary succession of human and nonhuman characters alike. An English soldier, destined for glory, abandons the battlefields of the New World to devote himself to apples. A pair of spinster twins navigate war and famine, envy and desire. A crime reporter unearths a mass grave--only to discover that the ancient trees refuse to give up their secrets. A lovelorn painter, a sinister conman, a stalking panther, a lusty beetle: As each inhabitant confronts the wonder and mystery around them, they begin to realize that the dark, raucous, beautiful past is very much alive."--!cProvided by publisher.

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