The year is 1929, and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton travel from Boston to the North Carolina mountains where they plan to create a timber empire. Although George has already lived in the camp long enough to father an illegitimate child, Serena is new to the mountains—but she soon shows herself to be the equal of any man, overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, eve...more
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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." which as a customer, i would hear and think, "i must read this boo ...more
George and Serena Pemberton are timber barons from Boston who have set up a logging camp in western North Carolina. Set in 1929 in the ...more
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence play the power couple in the 2015 movie.
George Pemberton brought back a wife from Boston. More than a wife, more of a force of nature as dangerous as a witch and as pretty as an angel. He feels stronger with her by his side, and though never a man lacking in confidence, that sel ...more
I also love unlikable characters in fiction- and I adore evil soulmates...because eventually evil people "in love" will turn on one another...and THAT is when things get interesting. One will always be more evil than the other...
1929- Waynesville, North Carolina-
Newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton travel from Boston to the North Carolina mountains- whe ...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
“You men notice so little. Physical strength is your gender’s sole advantage.”
Allow me to introduce you to Serena . . . . .
Aint’ she sweet?
Serena has moved to North Carolina to start a new life with her husband, the owner of a timber company . . . .
(Don’t worry – this ain’t a kissing book.) Upon arrival, Serena proves she’s not your average Depression era
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
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.
She and her husband George Pemberton are Depression-era timber barons in North Carolina. We’re introduced to them ...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
Update: March 28, 2015
Holy Crap!.....just watched the movie.....Be prepared for a...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
(That's not even a random photo that I found on the internet - my brother in law took that. That's ...more
Maestro Marin Allsop tells us Carmina Burana is “all about fate and fortune and how that impacts our lives, and also the hushed quality after this enormous opening. You know, suddenly, let me tell you a secret. Come closer.”
Oh, but what ...more
Serena is about two newlyweds, George and Serena Pemberton, who run a timber empire in the mountains in North Carolina. Serena takes place during the Great Depression, where anyone would do anything for a little change in their pockets, even the Pembertons. What would this couple do to keep their company, and their love afloat? Do you really want to know?
At first this novel seemed great, and had a lot of potential. Serena is a bad ass chick. She is masculine, determined, independent, c ...more
On the heels of my previous read, a forever favourite,The Secret History, still occupying way too many rooms in my head, this one felt barren, almost raw, like no one threw a rug on the floor. It all happens hard and fast.
In 1929 newlyweds George and Serena travel from Boston to the North Carolina Mountains where they plan to harvest timber and create an empire. The terrain is relentless, the characters rough and tumble and 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
This Shakespearean Tragedy-cum-Southern Gothic-cum-Literary Thriller has some truly great moments. It also has some clunky ones.
The opening chapter sets the uneasy tone of the novel perfectly and the strong closing chapter with Pemberton going on the mountain lion hunt will stick with me for a long time. Another moment I strongly "felt" featured Rachel struggling to get her sick baby into town and running into the pack of wild dogs at the bridge. I actually dreamed extra scenes int ...more
Sex me up now
Give me a slinky negligée to wear
That doth expose my boobs; I'll eagles tame
And bid them bring to me fresh rattlesnakes;
Bribe senators; hew down all Birnam Wood
Taking the logs by rail to Dunsinane;
If any man should dare oppose my will
My trusty vassal shall dispatch him straight
With his good switchblade. Ayn, lend me ...more
----Ron Rash, Serena
Ron Rash, the American NY Times Best Selling author, captivated with our hearts with his his award winning book, Serena, that once again revolves around a bad marriage and a greedy, lonely wife. I had to purchase this book, when I got to know that the movie adaption of Serena is releasing on October, 2015 and the best part is that two of my favorite actors are playing the lead roles- Bradley Cooper and Jennifer La ...more
One of the four group reads featured in the month of January in my book club; it was the book I was most looking forward to. Unfortunately, just after Christmas, I hit a reading slump that lasted until February. It was during said reading rut when I tried reading Serena for the first time. I just couldn't get into it. It was too slow-paced for my mood. Being in a slump, I needed something with a little more action, so I set the book aside. Once ...more
Just about then the news hit about the armed group occupying the wildlife refuge in Oregon. And since one of the themes if this book is the establishment of the public lands program in the U.S., over and against the big money interests of an earlier time, I wa ...more
Serena intrigued me because there were so many comments about the female protagonist that paint her as among the most evil characters in modern literature. I appreciate strong female characters so disliking Serena was ...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
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