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So Brave, Young and Handsome: A Novel (udgave 2008)

af Leif Enger (Forfatter)

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The story of an aging train robber on a quest to reconcile the claims of love and judgment on his life, and the failed writer who goes with him.
Medlem:jonodling
Titel:So Brave, Young and Handsome: A Novel
Forfattere:Leif Enger (Forfatter)
Info:Atlantic Monthly Press (2008), 272 pages
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If a book doesn’t grab you by page 50, you shouldn’t feel bad for abandoning it. But SO BRAVE, YOUNG, AND HANDSOME should grab you right away with Leif Enger's typical writing style. However, I found that this book doesn’t live up to its promise.

Monte Becket is an author. He has written a bestseller, and everyone is anticipating what comes next. But he doesn’t have it in him, whatever “it” is. So he leaves his ever loving wife and child to join his neighbor, Glendon Hale, who is headed for Mexico. Glendon wants to apologize to the wife he left there many years before, and Monte wants to find "it."

What follows are chapter upon chapter upon chapter of unlikely events. This is how Monte gets from here to there, and the heck with his wife and child, who want him home. He ends up in California, where Glendon‘s wife has remarried and settled with her new husband. (It doesn’t spoil the story to tell you that.)

The book bored me to tears. I did not care about any one character. The whole thing is just plain silly. It felt like reading a comic book. ( )
  techeditor | Jul 30, 2020 |
In 1915 former train robber Glendon Hale undertakes a journey to escape his guilt and redeem himself. For his companion, he has convinced Monty, the story's witness and narrator, to accompany him, and he has a Pinkerton detective fast on his heels who is obsessed with capturing him. Throughout their encounters, along with Monty we are reminded of the complexities of a person's character. traits of good and evil. ( )
  sleahey | Jun 28, 2020 |
This novel combines a big Western story with characters and themes that you'll want to spend time mulling over. I really liked it, better than Peace Like a River which is an excellent book but I thought it was a little too sad much of the time. ( )
  tkcs | Feb 23, 2019 |
Audiobook narrated by Dan Woren.

Monte Becket has had one greatly successful novel published, but he cannot seem to write another book. He lives with his wife, Susanna, and son on a farm in Minnesota, and keeps promising his publisher that he’s working hard on the next novel. Then one day he notices a man rowing a boat while standing up. Spurred by his son, Monte befriends Glendon, and the older man confesses to regret at abandoning his wife some two decades previously. When Glendon decides that it is time for him to go back to Blue, he asks Monte to come along, and with Susanna’s guarded acquiescence, Monte agrees to go along.

I was caught up in the road trip. The story takes place in 1915, when automobiles were scarce, and more people lived in the rural area of America. As Monte and Glendon head West and South, the landscape virtually becomes a character in the novel.

I really like the relationship between these men. Glendon is an admitted outlaw, and even spent some time at Butch Cassidy’s Hole in the Wall retreat. But that was decades ago, and he’s spent years in relative hiding, building boats and living simply in a converted barn. Monte is drawn to Glendon, but disturbed when he learns the truth of his new friend’s background. And yet … when push comes to shove, his loyalties lie with the Glendon he has come to know on this journey.

Enger gives the reader a relentless pursuer in Charles Siringo – a former Pinkerton detective who is determined to track Glendon down and bring him to justice.

In many respects it reminds me of the old traditional Westerns. And I think it would do well translated to film.

Dan Woren does a marvelous job of performing the audio book. I almost felt as if I were listening to a master storyteller around a campfire. Part of this is Enger’s way of writing the tale, but Woren’s narration really brought the story to life. I really liked the way he voiced the many characters, but particularly Monte and Glendon. ( )
  BookConcierge | Apr 13, 2018 |
Very enjoyable redemption story with well-developed characters. Don't let the title scare you off (sounded like a Harlequin romance to me). Mixture of western, true crime, and just a hint of romance. I haven't read Peace Like a River, so I can't compare. If it's better, I can't wait to read it. ( )
  broreb | Nov 26, 2017 |
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I looked at my son, the lover of mysteries. You could never guess what Redstart might say, for his mind was made of stories; he’d gathered all manner of splendid facts about gunpowder and deserts of the world and the anchoring of lighthouses against the furious sea; he knew which members of the James gang had once ridden into our town to knock over a bank and been shot to moist rags for their trouble; and about me he knew some things not even his mother knew, such as the exact number of novels I had abandoned on that porch.
Then letters began to arrive. I was still employed at the P.O. and was startled in the sorting room when envelopes bearing my name began crossing the desk. I rarely received mail – when I did it was apt to be from my mother, whose letters were straightforward offerings of gained wisdom. These on the other hand were praise from strangers who had read my little tale. … The daunting and completely unforeseen fact was this: They had mistaken me for a person of substance! I blushed but kept the letters. When I did hear from my mother, sometime later, she suggested I cling to my place at the post office and not let publication make me biggity. Fine advice, you will agree, yet vanity is a devious monkey.
“Jack London sets down a thousand a day before breakfast,” said I. Why do the foolish insist? But I was thinking of the modest dimensions a thousand words actually describe – a tiny essay, a fragment of conversation. “How hard can it be?” concluded your idiot narrator, lifting his glass to the future.
He was formal in the way of men grown apart, yet energy teemed behind his eyes and in some ways he seemed a boy himself. He might laugh abruptly at one of Redstart’s childish jokes; he was pleased by the simplest plays on language; and, like a boy, he kept eating rolls as long as there were rolls to be eaten. To Susannah he gave all possible deference, rising whenever she got up for more coffee or frosting, saying thank you in reverent tones and with averted eyes. These manners endeared him to Susannah straightaway, so that she looked round the table to make sure Redstart and I were noticing how a gentleman acts. He gave his story in bright shards.
She was a refined woman. It was disturbing to imagine her slinging my manuscript, goaded by my weak idioms.
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