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Serena (2008)

de Ron Rash

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The year is 1929, and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton travel from Boston to the North Carolina mountains where they plan to create a timber empire. Although George has already lived in the camp long enough to father an illegitimate child, Serena is new to the mountains--but she soon shows herself to be the equal of any man, overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving her husband's life in the wilderness. Together this lord and lady of the woodlands ruthlessly kill or vanquish all who fall out of favor. Yet when Serena learns that she will never bear a child, she sets out to murder the son George fathered without her. Mother and child begin a struggle for their lives, and when Serena suspects George is protecting his illegitimate family, the Pembertons' intense, passionate marriage starts to unravel as the story moves toward its shocking reckoning ...… (més)
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After hearing the author, at the SC Book Fair, say how much he enjoyed making western North Carolina a character in the story, and how much he enjoyed creating the most evil woman in Serena, I had high expect ions. He did not disappoint! So fun to read about the towns and mountains I've seen, the NC mountain culture and the era. Can't wait to see his characters in the movie--hope Hollywood does his writing justice! ( )
  Nancy_LiPetri | Feb 11, 2021 |
Meh. Not necessarily an industry I find all that interesting, and I'm not into following psychopathic characters with no flaws. I didn't care about Serena at all, and she kept hurting the characters who were borderline sympathetic, so when this book ended I was just pleased I didn't have to hear any more about the timber industry. The writing was good though. ( )
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  Olivermagnus | Jul 2, 2020 |

If you do not like ruthless, greedy and vengeful characters, you will not like the story of timber magnates Serena and George Pemberton as they are the epitome of evil to everyone and everything they touch. Set in 1929 North Carolina, they proceed to strip the land with disregard to the environment, treatment of animals or anyone who gets in their way.

Serena, so brilliantly named for the icy cool exterior that hides the smolder within, stands alongside Lady Macbeth in her evilness. My strongest criticism of this novel is that Rash never gives us a cause to feel for Serena—he hints only at some disaster that befell Serena as a younger woman in Colorado—so we have no idea how this exceptionally learned woman achieved her schooling or her scales. She becomes more evil as the story continues, treading a very fine line between compelling character and bad caricature.

But. Oh....! I was so caught up in, & delighted by this novel; by Rash’s sumptuous writing and his wickedly good storytelling, I would have followed him anywhere. It was sheer delight to unwrap the layers of his narrative, like a birthday present. Rachel’s gentleness and the gut-churning tension of her plight contrasts brilliantly with Serena’s rape and pillage of the Appalachian forests and her quest for absolute power. George Pemberton embodies man’s weaknesses of the flesh and heart. He tips the scales as his loyalties shift this way and that, his moral compass swinging wildly from True North.

Rash is a writer of this lonely place, his gorgeous language conveying the lore, loveliness, and dangers of Appalachia like a song. But his characters are so real...! Serena has an enormous cast, shifting, changing, fighting, dying, but each character is so clearly defined and richly-drawn that there is no mistaking their vitality or purpose to the plot. And the plot itself is irresistible. Rash creates a primal parable of greed and power, weaving in themes of environmentalism, poverty and political will, that borders on melodrama, but with such precise skill that, maybe like me, your senses are elevated to the rafters and beyond. It’s a damn good book.

The movie, though, is somewhat the same, though quite a bit was changed. I have no idea why. I just knew that when I saw Jennifer Lawrence's stellar performance with Bradley Cooper, that tons was left out, long before I'd read the book. There is a plethora of subtext that most people just didn't get, I guess, when seeing the movie, and that makes me sad. I understood, and wanted more. This novel is like the 2nd cousin of the movie; solid, strong, definitively more handsome, and a lot more intelligent. 4 stars. ( )
  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
This was a simplistic story with simplistic characters. I picked it up because it was on a recommended read list of books made into movies (this one with Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper). I can see where it might make an interesting movie, but it was a predictable, uninspired book. I didn't particularly like either of the main characters though there was barely enough character there to reach that conclusion. ( )
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The year is 1929, and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton travel from Boston to the North Carolina mountains where they plan to create a timber empire. Although George has already lived in the camp long enough to father an illegitimate child, Serena is new to the mountains--but she soon shows herself to be the equal of any man, overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving her husband's life in the wilderness. Together this lord and lady of the woodlands ruthlessly kill or vanquish all who fall out of favor. Yet when Serena learns that she will never bear a child, she sets out to murder the son George fathered without her. Mother and child begin a struggle for their lives, and when Serena suspects George is protecting his illegitimate family, the Pembertons' intense, passionate marriage starts to unravel as the story moves toward its shocking reckoning ...

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