Man in the Woods
One of the most acclaimed modern American novelists, Scott Spencer captures the intensity of human passionand its capacity to both destroy and redeemwith unparalleled precision and insight. Now, in his most stunning novel yet, this wry, witty, and deeply sensitive writer returns to the territory of his New York Times bestseller A Ship Made of Paper, in a gripping and provo...more
i am having difficulty finding an angle to approach this book report. i felt very medium about this book, and i can't understand why.
this is a grown-up book. by which i think i mean "staid." there is nothing funny in this book. there is nothing surprising, or scary, or particularly dark. it does its business quietly and competently, but there is no real "oomph" to it. i really felt like it was one of those procedural shows i have on in the background while i chop vegetables or fold laundry.it to ...more
At its troubled heart lies a simple yet complicated question: Is it really better to get away with murder?
The irony in whatever the answer may be is that the murder in this book isn't really murder ... but, after a series of decisions that the principal characters find at first impossible to live with, and then horribly easier to ...more
That's a line from late in "Man in the Woods," when readers might be wondering if Paul Phillips will pay any consequence for his actions. The mid-section of the book will make you squirm. There's a sensation that Phillips might walk away. He's certainly found the perfect companion in Kate Ellis, who knows a thing or two about life-changing moments and forgiveness. She's a rec ...more
MAN IN THE WOODS uses the idea of extreme circumstance to generate a conversation about character and consequences. The primary subjects of this study are Paul Phillips and Kate ...more
This one took me all the way to page 13 before I had to toss it aside.
Caveat: The first chapter (from the man's point-of-view) wasn't terrible, and actually made me slightly interested.
Second chapter began from the woman's POV and I was torn between eye-rolling and laughter. After reading about her boots flicking "in and out from beneath her (skirt's) hem like lizard tongues," the groaning thunder and "flash of lightning illuminating its cobalt univer ...more
The first chapter was interesting, but the style of the second felt lifeless and by the third I had no desire to go on. Spencer's writing is descriptive but fails to engage, and the character whose appearance in Chapter Two made me doubt my future with the text is apparently the lead character for the rest of the novel. I gave it the Sa ...more
This is not a crime novel, although there is a crime committed, it is not a religious novel, although gaining and losing faith are part of it, it's not a romance, although there is a strong relationship depicted. Remove all expectations (this is what seems to trip up people who gave this book bad reviews).
Scott Spencer writes novels about passionate people. They love their jobs. They are crushed by disappointments. They are frighten ...more
I was also interested in Paul's girlfriend, a born again ...more
He has taught at Columbia University, the University of Iowa, and Williams College, and Bard College's Bard Prison Initi ...more