Един незавършен живот
Anyway, on to the review.... The f ...more
"An Un ...more
Тя се събира с все един и същ тип мъже, които живеят в каравана, пият и я бият. Един ден взема дъщеря си и си тръгва завинаги от поредния. Няма пари, няма къде да иде, затова се сеща за своя роден край и за ранчото на свекър й, бащата на починалия й съпруг, който не бил като другите. Свекърът не може да й ...more
Jane Gilkyson has finally decided to leave her abusive boyfriend. With her 10-year-old daughter, Griff, she takes off in her ancient car, headed for the Pacific Ocean. But when the car dies and she’s left stranded, she has nowhere to turn but to her father-in-law, a man who blames her for the death of his son, and who is living his life in bitterness and misery on a small ranch in Ishawooa, Wyoming. Einar Gilkyson would probably be dead by now ...more
Read~October 29, 2010
Basically, I am giving this book 4 stars for two reasons. #1 is that this is a really well-written book. The author is able to convincingly convey the emotions of each character, which isn't always the easiest thing to do, especially when one of the characters is a 10 year old girl.
#2 is because of said girl. Griff. The author has created an amazing character in this child. SHE is what MAKES this story. Griff is what MADE me continue reading this story!
This IS ...more
I agree with much in the other reviews here. I found this story to be a very visual experience, a testament to Spragg's talent in describing the Wyoming landscape. The characters are interesting and believable, but not always predictable (in other words, ve ...more
An Unfinished Life follows on the heels of Spragg's memoir about growing up on a Wyoming ranch, Where Rivers Change Direction, and his Western debut, The Fruits of Stone. This latest effort, which raises comparisons to Kent Haruf's Plainsong and Eventide (*** July/Aug 2004), delves into the world of fractured families. Memorable secondary characters contribute a great deal of spirit to this emotionally charged story of love, loss, betrayal, and reconciliation. Although most critics adored An Unf...more
Update: Watched the movie finally. It followed very closely with the book - even using the same dialogue. However, it is a sketchy version of the book so the impact is much ...more
An Unfinished Life
I’m rounding my grade of 7/10 up to 4 stars out of five. There are a few memorable characters in this novel and on their strength, the story works. But there are some pathetically one-dimensional characters who need more depth. Also, the plot is frought with cliches and seems a little "Lifetime." Even though no one spoiled the ending for me, I had to keep telling myself,"OK, enjoy the story. So what if there is only one conceivable solution to the plot."
Jean is a very attracti ...more
"In an extraordinary tale of love and forgiveness, Mark Spragg brings us this novel of a complex, prodigal homecoming. After escaping the last of a long string of abusive boyfriends, Jean Gilkyson and her ten-year-old daughter Griff have nowhere left to go. Nowhere except Ishawooa, Wyoming, where Jean's estranged father-in-law, Einar, still blames her for the death of his son. Though Einar isn’t glad to see either of them, Griff falls in love with his sprawling ranch and quiet way of li ...more
I'd already seen the excellent movie. But I think this is
one of those rare instances in which the movie is actually
better. However, since author Mark Spragg and his wife wrote
the screenplay, I don't mind so much. ;-)
To the book's credit, all the subtle thoughts of the taciturn
characters are right there in print, requiring absolutely no
thought on the part of the reader. You may even pick up some
information that you might miss by just ...more
« J'en suis tout d'abord ressortie émue. Chacun des personnages a su me faire sourire, me mettre les larmes aux yeux. Dès la première page, nous rencontrons Einar, le père de Griffin. Il vit seul dans son ranch du Wyoming, marqué par le deuil de son fils et de sa femme. ...more
An Unfinished Life is full of real, likable characters. It's a safe place. Jean finally wakes ...more
The story line begins with Griff Gylkinson and her mother, Jean, fleeing an (another) abusive relationship. When their vehicle breaks down somewhere in western Iowa, they are forced to turn to Jean's father-in-law for a place to stay until she can get b ...more
Tension runs high between Jean and her father-in-law, both of whom are struggling to live with guilt over having failed to protected a loved one. Griff, unaware of the big issues, only knows that she feels like ...more
The very best thing about this book is the epigraph:
These wrinkles are nothing.
These gray hairs are nothing.
This stomach which sags
With old food, these bruised
and swollen ankles,
my darkening brain,
they are nothing.
I am the same boy
my mother used to kiss.
- Mark Strand
What folllows those beautiful words is a classic redemption tale, in which a child is the catalyst for reconciliation and a new start. The story had some depth and some nicely done prose. There were descriptive bits that felt as rea ...more
Mais au-delà de cette base plutôt déjà vue, il y a tellement de bonnes choses... Avant tout, l'écriture de Mark Spragg, dan ...more