Plainsong (Plainsong #1)
In the small town of Holt, Colorado, a high school teacher is confronted with raising his two boys alone after their mother retreats first to the bedroom, then altogether. A teenage girl—her father long since disappeared, her mother unwilling to have her in the house— ...more
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Peek between the gaps to appreciate the pared-down beauty of this book. At its heart, is absence: the words not used, the thoughts not made explicit, the loved-ones left or lost, the open space in which it is set.
The language is plain, utilitarian, and unsentimental, as are the situations described in the short chapters.
There is no backstory, there are no inner monologues - indeed, most of the characters say litt ...more
Something else about the simplicity of the language--I can't recall a single time that Haruf directly s ...more
Set in the fictional town of Holt, Colorado in the real life eastern plains of that Rocky mountain state, and adjacent to the great elevations, author Kent Haruf’s somber 1999 novel Plainsong explores the interconnected lives of a group of people living and dying in this western plains town.
Guthrie is a high school teacher raising two young boys and whose marriage is coming to a strange and murky end. Tom Guthrie is a simple western man, ...more
I didn't realize how invested I was in the characters and their stories, until the author dangles their safety and lives in front of me and I find myself reading in a frenzy to ensure that everything is ok. Sneaky, sneaky.
Holt, Colorado is a small town; seemingly everybody knows everybody and everybody's business. Couple of mundane, typical stories slowly thread themselves into your heart and realize that you've come to love each and every one of them in ...more
His prose is simple, yet so beautiful and paints such a vivid picture. His characters are earthy, there is no pretense about them, they are everyday people living ordinary ...more
The two wacky and wonderful old brothers who readily welcome a 17 year old (pregnant) teen into their home captured my heart early on as well as the two young curious brothers, abandoned by their mother, who befriend a lonely old woman, experience some pretty hard knocks and learn some facts of life by peering thru the window of an abandoned old shed.
While Our Souls at...more
Plainsong by Kent Haruf is a beautifully written novel and a nice easy read. This novel tells a simple story describing the lives of some of the residents in Holt, Colorado.
Tom Guthrie is a history teacher at the area high school. He is left to raise two sons Ike and Bobby after his wife abandons him and their family.
Victoria, a 17 year-old high school senior, is thrown out of her house by her crude and bitter mother after she had learned that her daughter is pregnant.
The McPheron ...more
Haruf has an extraordinary ability to create characters that speak directly fro ...more
Anche se non ho mai guidato un vecchio furgone Dodge rosso sbiadito con l’ammaccatura sul parafango posteriore; anche se la mia colazione non prevede uova strapazzate preparate su una padella di ghisa; anche se non incrocio tutti i giorni bambini a cavallo; anche se il giornale non mi viene lanciato ogni mattina sulla porta di casa; anche se nel mio orizzonte non vedo spesso svettare serbatoi per l’acqua e silos; anche se non sono solito passeggiare per Main Street o svoltare ...more
This definition perfectly describes this gentle, unassuming yet impactful novel. Haruf introduces us to several residents of the small town of Holt, Colorado: Tom Guthrie, a high school teacher struggling to raise his two young sons (Ike and Bobby, ages 9 and 10) after their mother leaves; Victoria Robideaux, a pregnant teenager forced to try to make it on her own; th ...more
Plainsong is the story of intersecting lives in a small town in Colorado: A teacher (Tom Guthrie), his kids (Ike and Bobby), a pregnant 17-year-old (Victoria Roubideaux), and the elderly bachelor farmers (the McPherons). High school teacher Maggie Jones is the one character tying them together, but she is never given a (third-person) chapter viewpoint like the other main characters. Unlike most of Plainsong, this move is to Haruf’s cred ...more
The texture of the language brought out the taste of a bitter winter Colorado wind, rushing along the flat, barren land. The plain spoken people were aptly described, rendering them not necessarily lovable, but realistic, living their lives i ...more
Storie la cui realtà è dura e sferzante come il vento freddo che soffia in inverno a Holt, Colorado.
Storie di gente semplice, di una comunità che ruota intorno a poche strade (la Main e la Second onnipresenti, la Chicago street, Railroad e poco altro, quasi che il paese, l'agglomerato, più che altro, sia tutto lì), al bestiame da marchiare, alla scuola dove insegna Tom Guthrie, alle giornate sempre uguali dei solitari fratelli McPheron - scontrosi e ignoranti. Tristi. Indipendenti. - e ...more
Canto della pianura è uno di quei romanzi che parlano della vita, dell'esistenza che trascorriamo ogni giorno, delle difficoltà di un mondo complesso ed egoista, delle battaglie quotidiane che combattiamo, contro noi stessi e contro gli altri. Ce ne ...more
The characters continually evoke a strong sense of community throughout the novel. It was apparent that nothing remains secret in such an atmosphere, but the inhabitants often played their parts as a large ...more
"any simple and unadorned melody or air."
I appreciated this book more than I liked it. The author, Kent Haruf, writes with a vividly clear but simple prose about a small town in northeastern Colorado, a couple of hours from Denver, whose occupants struggle with their choices, their relationships and their opportunities.
Kind of a universal story, honestly, but in this setting - so sparse and empty - Haruf managed to develop ...more
Why did it take me so long to read Kent Haruf? I think a lot of it is that I worried he was too "blokey" for me and I wouldn't connect with the story or the characters. I sure was wrong.
Haruf's writing is beautiful and bare, like the landscape in which Plainsong is set. You can feel the winter wind and see the dust. His characters and his book are quie ...more
|Kindle Book Club ...: Buddy Read, Plainsong By Kent Haruf, Discussion||27||25||Sep 05, 2015 08:56PM|
|My favorite book of the last twenty years.||5||59||Dec 24, 2014 08:02AM|
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|What's The Name o...: SOLVED. Two old farmers take in a pregnant teen [s]||8||61||Nov 20, 2014 08:47PM|