Beloved story writer Ron Carlson's first novel in thirty years, Five Skies is the story of three men gathered high in the Rocky Mountains for a construction project that is to last the summer. Having participated in a spectacular betrayal in Los ...more
I gave Five Skies to my father last Christmas, and I will most certainly circulate it to my ...more
"Measure twice, cut once," my father would say. His strict father, a tin smith who worked on furnaces and ductwork, insisted he do things right. "Live so that the world will be a little better when you leav ...more
Ron Carlson-A Kind of Flying (2003), At the Jim Bridger (2002), The Hotel Eden (1997)-is one of the best-kept secrets in American letters, though he hasn't published a novel in three decades (focusing on short fiction instead), and he certainly doesn't make his living on flash and dash. Nonetheless, he's considered one of the best stylists working today, his name uttered along with those of Wallace Stegner, Thomas McGuane, Jim Harrison, Kent Haruf, and other writers who explore the terrain and u...more
They claim this is a man 19s book and I have to agree but I would say it 19s a man 19s way of life. The book was slow reading in different areas and no real excitement or surprises until the very end. Some readers (women) after reading this book might say that a man 19s life is boring but for them it 19s a man 19s world. The adventure of three men that the author created was manly enough, the dialogue was fair but needing a little up-lift and the setting was not ...more
Five Skies by Ron Carlson is a novel that would have been far more enjoyable as a short story. While the characters are real and believable, other aspects of this story fall flat very quickly, and though the premise of the story is interesting, the drawn-out style of writing makes this book tiresome and plodding. It is evident from the style and background of the writer that he was either unused to this style of writing.
The storyline is simple: three men w ...more
5/10/13 - Perhaps my lack of boy parts prohibited my full immersion in this tale... or perhaps it was boring. Either way between waiting for something interesting to happen and the high brow metaphorical prose I just couldn't finish it. And considering it's only a couple hundred pages long that says a lot.
Here's how most of the book sounded ...more
Big Arthur Key, ace Hollywood stunt builder, drifts into Idaho, the better to hide from his past. He serves as a mentor to nineteen year old Ronnie Panelli, who’s making transitions from boy to man, from thief to carpenter. Together, they’re hired by Darwin Gallegos, filled with rage at his wife’s recent death in a fluke accident. Their project is to build a ramp for a daredevil’s motorcycle jump across a canyon. None of these men is particularly verb ...more
Darwin Gallegos is the foreman for the job. He serendipitously hires Ronnie Panelli and Arthur Key off the street in Pocatello, Idaho and finds out that Arthur is a great engineer with a history of building sets in Hollywood for major film compa ...more
Carlson was born in Logan, Utah, but grew up in Salt Lake City. He earned a masters degree in English from the University of Utah. He then taught at The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut where he started his first novel.
He became a professor of English at Arizona State University in 1985, teaching creative writing to undergraduates and ...more