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Demon Copperhead

de Barbara Kingsolver

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The teenage son of an Appalachian single mother who dies when he is eleven uses his good looks, wit, and instincts to survive foster care, child labor, addiction, disastrous loves, and crushing losses.
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Es mostren 1-5 de 145 (següent | mostra-les totes)
Thoroughly enjoyable made more so by the excellent narrator who nailed the regional accent, Charlie Thurston. A story that parallels David Copperfield but I think is more of a modern-day Huckleberry Finn. ( )
  jsmick | May 20, 2024 |
Born on the wrong side of the tracks, contained within the amniotic sac, on the bathroom floor of a single-wide, surrounded by junk and pill bottles, to a teenage alcoholic and addict mum, Demon Copperhead’s introduction to life isn’t the best. Yet babies born ‘in the caul’ are so rare they are considered to be lucky, super special, born survivors.

“According to Mrs Peggot there is one good piece of luck that comes with the baggie birth: it’s this promise from God that you’ll never drown.”

I love his voice, his turn of phrase, his way with words. Demon’s description of his life is so raw, nuanced and real that it reads like a true autobiography rather than a work of fiction.

The breath-taking beauty of the Appalachian mountains as a backdrop to unemployment and poverty, moonshine and mental health, discrimination and hopelessness. The bad guys, the sad guys and the good guys. The failures of the social care system. The pushing and peddling of Oxycontin. From Prom King to nothing. Football hero. Cartoonist extraordinaire. Silver snake bracelets and tobacco flower wreaths. The pull of the ocean, the desire to please, the capacity to love and be loved. Demon Copperfield is an absolute epic where every single word counts.

“I’m grateful to Charles Dickens for writing David Copperfield, his impassioned critique of institutional poverty and its damaging effects on children in his society.”

I’m grateful to Charles Dickens for being the inspiration behind this brilliant, heart-breaking, shocking and thought-provoking book. ( )
  geraldine_croft | May 12, 2024 |
I lost interest in this story very quickly to my dismay since it is on so many rave lists. Just not my cup of moonshine.
  featherbooks | May 7, 2024 |
Demon Copperhead is the nickname of a young man who has a hard life living in a modern Virginia coal town. This wasn't the easiest book I've ever read, from an emotional point of view, but it all rings true, unfortunately. I know the Appalachians in that part of the country very well, and I can tell you that all of the things that Demon has to live through can and often do definitely happen. The drug crisis there is very real and is incredibly devastating. I appreciate Kingsolver's telling this story in all its harsh realities. She doesn't sugarcoat the issues but brings them to the forefront. The writing is truly exceptional. While the book was a tough read psychologically, the writing was a pure joy. ( )
1 vota hobbitprincess | May 1, 2024 |
I don't think I've ever called a book “powerful” before, but this book is powerful. I've also never read anything by Barbara Kingsolver before. I love the first person voice this is written in, kind of a vernacular but maybe that's not the word I'm looking for. Beautiful book. Parts of it really hit close to home, other parts had me appreciating everything I've had and still have. Looking forward so much to reading more of her work. ( )
  RaynaPolsky | Apr 30, 2024 |
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Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, this is the story of an irrepressible boy nobody wants, but readers will love. Damon is the only child of a teenage alcoholic — “an expert at rehab” — in southwest Virginia.... In a feat of literary alchemy, Kingsolver uses the fire of that boy’s spirit to illuminate — and singe — the darkest recesses of our country....From the moment Demon starts talking to us, his story is already a boulder rolling down the Appalachian Mountains, faster and faster, stopping for nothing. ...Kingsolver has effectively reignited the moral indignation of the great Victorian novelist to dramatize the horrors of child poverty in the late 20th century.
 
In echoing Dickens, Barbara Kingsolver has written a social justice novel all her own, one only she could write, for our time and for the ages.Master storyteller Kingsolver has given the world a book that will have a ripple effect through the generations...Like all stories that stick with you, this one is both universal and decidedly personal. If you’ve lived near the Appalachians, you'll recognize these characters as well as their voice. They may even remind you of family members—those who’ve made it through, made it out, or made it back. If you haven’t, it will touch your heart anyway....That Kingsolver has shone a light on them as only she can, is a leap in understanding the hurting of a forgotten, often misunderstood and ridiculed people. Next time you see such a person, be kind, open your mind, and stop making fun of their accent.
 
“Demon Copperhead” reimagines Dickens’s story in a modern-day rural America contending with poverty and opioid addiction... Of course Barbara Kingsolver would retell Dickens. He has always been her ancestor. Like Dickens, she is unblushingly political and works on a sprawling scale, animating her pages with the presence of seemingly every creeping thing that has ever crept upon the earth.....Kingsolver’s prose is often splendid....And so, caught between polemic and fairy tale, Kingsolver is stuck with an anticlimax. .
 
With its bold reversals of fate and flamboyant cast, this is storytelling on a grand scale – Dickensian, you might say, and Kingsolver does indeed describe Demon Copperhead as a contemporary adaptation of David Copperfield....And what a story it is: acute, impassioned, heartbreakingly evocative, told by a narrator who’s a product of multiple failed systems, yes, but also of a deep rural landscape with its own sustaining traditions.
 

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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
Barbara Kingsolverautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Carlson-Stanisic, LeahDissenyadorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Thurston, CharlieNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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