Salvage the Bones
A hurricane is building over the Gulf of Mexico, threatening the coastal town of Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, and Esch’s father is growing concerned. A hard drinker, largely absent, he doesnt show concern for much else. Esch and her three brothers are stocking food, but there isn’t much to save. Lately, Esch can’t keep down what food she gets; she’s fourteen and pregnant. H
The most frustrating part about it is that sentence-by-sentence, Jesmyn Ward wrote a damn beautiful collection. These p...more
3/19/12 I feel like I want to write a love letter to this author. This book just earned a spot on my list of all-time favorites.
It is the story of fourteen year old Esch and her family who live in the Bois Sauvage in rural Mississippi. It takes place over the ten days leading up to Hurricane Katrina. Esch's mother is dead, her father is a dru...more
Jesmyn Ward just gives us words, but wo...more
I really appreciated Ms. Ward's efforts to describe life along the Gulf, especially life for the poor, who could do little to prepare for the magnitude of that awful storm. The story isn't really about the storm, but about events in Esch's life and t...more
The novel begins...more
In Ward's own words, "this is the s...more
There are many reasons this novel didn't work. For one, Ward fails in many key descriptions. While she can minutely detail the beauty of the woods, in other areas, s...more
"Salvage the Bones" seemed at first to be in the same vein as Beans of Egypt, Maine, Bastard Out of Carolina, or The Book of Ruth. *Except*... other than the urgency that is found in those books (and is also present in "Salvage...") the overall effect is quite different. Instead of violence and desperation, Jesamyn Ward gives us sweetness, beauty, and anticipation. Her writing is gorgeous (as one of the characters is racin...more
I wanted to like this book more, but found it very difficult to read. I was conflicted through most of the book. I had to keep reminding myself it was written from the perspective of children. There is some tou...more
I thought the author did a good job with the character development.... considering the entire span of the book just covered the 12 days before Katrina hit. They were real enough to me that I felt so many different emotions as I read about their day to day lives. There are parts that are brutal and it was almost painful to read at times - but yet I was so sucked into it..... I couldn...more
As a side note - probably because I live in hurricane country, experienced Katrina in her milder incarnation, and have recently been preparing supplies for the upcoming hurricane season - immediately...more
Salvage the Bones begins with the Batiste family preparing for hurricane Katrina while facing the day to day obstacles of their lives. In spite of all of the sadness this book also left me with a feeling of hope in the power of the human spirit and the awesome power of family.
Meine Gedanken zu dem Buch:
Manchmal nimmt man ein Buch zu Hand, blickt das Coverbild an, liest den Klappentext und man weiß schon im tiefen Inneren: dieses Buch lohnt sich! Dieses Buch will, nein MUSS gelesen werden, denn hier erwartet einen etwas ganz Besonderes. Und wenn sich dieses Bauchgefühl meldet, dann sollte man nicht zögern und sofort als Lesen anfangen.
Mir erging es so mit diesem Roman "vor dem Sturm" von Jesmyn Ward...more
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Her work has appeared in BOMB, A Public Space and The Oxford American.