i am alarmed that i only wrote a four-line review of this amazing book. now that i am starting to read the cove, i figure now is as good a time as any to remind this website just how good ron rash is, and how so far, serena is the best of them. (i am only on page 15 of the cove, so this could change)
whenever i try to hand-sell this at work, i will usually just say: "it is like macbeth in a logging community. with a greek chorus." whi...more
Bashing in a raccoon's skull with an axe...Starving a captive eagle to bend it to your will...Baiting a field with corn and apples so you can shoot twelve deer and a bear for sport, then just leave them all piled in the middle of the field to rot after you've killed them...Are you sickened yet? I found mys...more
She and her husband George Pemberton are Depression-era timber barons in North Carolina. We’re introduced to them...more
Love to see the "power hungry female" fleshed out and OWNING it. Truly unlikeable character(s) in actions and deeds. Business partner not agree with your vision? Hunting accident. Disloyalty? Make an example out of him. The courageous and altruistic? SO DEAD. Strip and rape the land, too. Then move onto another country. Repeat.
Wow. Just wow.
(That's not even a random photo that I found on the internet - my brother in law took that. That's...more
It's not that it isn't entertaining. I just couldn't really get myself to give two craps about any of the characters. And I couldn't suspend my disbelief enough to find any of it realistic. (I mean, seriously? T...more
The story begins with lumber baron George Pemberton arriving home with his mysterious new bride, Serena. It quickly becomes apparent that neither of these characters will be winning any humanitarian awards - ever! Pemberton is a swine. He is an individual who sees the beauty of a tr...more
Serena focuses mainly on the Pembertons - newlywed timber barons working t...more
And I think I'm supposed to admire the main characters, but hate them at the same time since they're fairly heinous? But honestly, I felt nothing besides boredom for them. They were flat and uni...more
There was absolutely no character development at all. Before he met Serena, George Pemberton was apparently a bit of a ladies man, however he was apparently completely enamored with Serena fr...more
-Lady MacBeth from Macbeth. She was pretty wicked.
-That Medea chick was certainly no picnic either.
-Any female character in any Ayn Rand novel, specifically Dagney Taggart from Atlas Shrugged.
-Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca was a bad time too.
-(A personal favorite) Xenia from The Robber Bride - cuckoo!
Obviously there are others, and feel free to include them down in the comments. I'm just...more
It is rare that a book physically affects me, but Serena did. As I rocketed towards the finale, my heart pumped faster and my palms started to sweat. Turning each page felt like the long and low creaking of a door opening in a horror film. There is a suffocating...more
Ron Rash, this one almost captured me. It is completely my fault I'm sure, but I half-expected Howard Roark to appear out of the shadow of the mountain like the elusive panther. When it didn't happen I was still fine because the backdrop (Cades Cove! Townsend is one of my dream places) was so prominent and there was an Ingledew and Appalachian...more
On the other hand, her husband, a much better d...more
In this beautifully written gothic novel, Rash paints an unforgettable portrait of a truly frightening woman, an "Ayn Rand [character] taken to sociopathic extremes" (Christian Science Monitor). Drawing comparisons to Lady Macbeth and Medea, critics were repulsed and fascinated by Serena. Though some felt that her wickedness, undiluted by the slightest pangs of compassion or empathy, crossed into the realm of caricature toward the end, they all agreed that it was impossible to put the book down....more
A historical fiction novel set during the Great Depression in the Appalachian Mountains. Pemberton, one of the main characters, is a wealthy young logger. He meets and brings back a wife of his dreams from a visit to Boston. Her name is Serena. She is complex, brilliant, and a dark embodiment of the goddess Athena. Like a Greek God she will stop at nothing until her will is done.
Before Pemberton’s trip he has impregnated a poor mountain girl, and after returning home kills her father when he att...more
Mr. Rash writes entertaining books that rock along with enough fore shadowing to keep you interested until there has been so much cliché and fore sha...more