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The Living: A Novel de Annie Dillard
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The Living: A Novel (1992 original; edició 1992)

de Annie Dillard (Autor)

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Ninety miles north of Seattle on the Washington coast lies Bellingham Bay, where a rough settlement founded in the 1850s would become the town of Whatcom. Here, the Lummi and Nooksack Indian people fish and farm, hermits pay their debts in sockeye salmon, and miners track gold-bearing streams.Here, too, is the intimate, murderous tale of three men. Clare Fishburn believes that greatness lies in store for him. John Ireland Sharp, an educated orphan, abandons hope when he sees socialists expel the Chinese workers from the region. Beal Obenchain, who lives in a cedar stump, threatens Clare Fishburn's life. A killer lashes a Chinese worker to a wharf piling at low tide. Settlers pour in to catch the boom the railroads bring. People give birth, drown, burn, inherit rich legacies, and commit expensive larcenies. All this takes place a hundred years ago, when these vital, ruddy men and women were "the living."… (més)
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Títol:The Living: A Novel
Autors:Annie Dillard (Autor)
Informació:HarperCollins (1992), 397 pages
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The Living de Annie Dillard (1992)

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"The Living" is a deft novel and as driven as I was to finish reading I didn't find the overall narrative to be too compelling. Dillard holds a weighty and biblical tone through most of the book as it chronicles life of pioneers in Whatcom County. Reading about life during this time was detailed and if you've ever visited the Puget Sound area the perspective of awe and wonder Dillard captures in the setting is well crafted indeed. It is a great skill to be able to capture the lives of particular people in a particular place but I finished the book thinking "so what?" as the sound of the wind through douglas fir rattled in my head. ( )
  b.masonjudy | Apr 3, 2020 |
Great Book Best author I have come across since Robertson Davies passed away ( )
  busterrll | Feb 6, 2020 |
tough novel @ growing up in Pacific NW America — Births, deaths, etc.
A mesmerizing evocation of life in the Pacific Northwest during the last decades of the 19th century.
  christinejoseph | Jan 30, 2016 |
I loved the details of life in early Washington State, nuanced with smells, sounds, and texture. It appears to be an interesting experiment in expressing the fact of living, dying, surviving, dying, living' the continuity and difficulties of life...but for me, it was lacking feeling. We see everything that happens very clearly, but seem to barely touch how people feel; there are so many people and so many decades that our connections with individuals is tenuous at best.

The audio reader was a good reader as far as pace, resonance, and meaning, but mispronounced place names terribly, which was distracting and should have been corrected. ( )
  Connie-D | Jan 17, 2016 |
Dillard has created such simple, nimble prose- that it is awe-inspiring the depths which this novel ultimately takes us. Through the layered stories of settlers, generation by generation- she is able to portray the myths of mankind’s progress. The apparent insignificance of a single life – is counterbalanced by the quiet undefined sense of cohesion in the world. An unseen ephemeral pattern of which, there is only the slightest sense. Dillard leans into the harshness of life- the suffering and violence. Through the uncertain existence of pioneers in the great Northwest, she portrays the sudden shock of death- that ever so thin line between the living and the dead. I feel that one of the core themes of this work is the living’s effort to make sense out of death. In the end, there is the hint that “time” as mortals see it, is a very poor measure of existence. Again, there is something so elusive, so poignant about her work--- as though it is all a subtle rephrasing of life’s eternal unanswered questions. ( )
  Alidawn | Jan 16, 2016 |
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Ninety miles north of Seattle on the Washington coast lies Bellingham Bay, where a rough settlement founded in the 1850s would become the town of Whatcom. Here, the Lummi and Nooksack Indian people fish and farm, hermits pay their debts in sockeye salmon, and miners track gold-bearing streams.Here, too, is the intimate, murderous tale of three men. Clare Fishburn believes that greatness lies in store for him. John Ireland Sharp, an educated orphan, abandons hope when he sees socialists expel the Chinese workers from the region. Beal Obenchain, who lives in a cedar stump, threatens Clare Fishburn's life. A killer lashes a Chinese worker to a wharf piling at low tide. Settlers pour in to catch the boom the railroads bring. People give birth, drown, burn, inherit rich legacies, and commit expensive larcenies. All this takes place a hundred years ago, when these vital, ruddy men and women were "the living."

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