On a small island in a glacier-fed lake on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, a marriage is unraveling. Gary, driven by thirty years of diverted plans, and Irene, haunted by a tragedy in her past, are trying to rebuild their life together. Following the outline of Gary's old dream, they're hauling logs to Caribou Island in good weather and in terrible storms, in sickness and in he...more
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Alaska felt like the end of the world, a place of exile. Those who couldn’t fit anywhere else came here, and i...more
Alaska’s beauty has a brutal edge. From a distance it appears calm and pristine, but the reality of living there can be harsh, unyielding. Chaos is part of its nature, a reflection of the chaos in the couple’s marriage, their lives, while at the same time adding to their chaos. A perfect storm gaining momentum.
Gary pictures himself as an ancient Viking; forever bonded to this wilderness, thriving, every attempt at nature to knock him down is countered with his conquering bellows. As part of his ...more
Brutally raw.....and that's not just an adequate descriptive for the glacier-fed lake on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. Rugged terrain both in life and in the treacherous environment that surrounds both the body and the soul.
Gary and Irene seem to gravitate toward the light of a star that may not be their own. Gary continuously fights against the demons within that have tagged alongside him for all of his adult life. He casts his fate like coins thrown randomly ...more
Gary & Irene - parents to Mark and Rhoda
Irene did not have a good start in life, as on page 1 (therefore not a spoiler) we learn that at the age of ten she discovered her mother ha ...more
Aside from Rhoda, the gentle hearted daughter, and a sweet side character named Carl, we see shards of th ...more
The backdrop is the great and terrible beauty of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, where Nature’s threat looms in every scene. The opening pages show Irene and Gary, a couple in their mid-fifties, standing apart as their thirty-year marriage unravels between them while they battle a storm from ...more
This is a story of Gary and Irene, not of an island. The island exists physically and figuratively, but this is a story of them. Their love, envy and hatred of one another. His failings and her failure to realize it too quickly.
They've been together for thirty years, both in their middle 50's and retired; they have 2 children, one that loves and one that ignores. The men in the family have always done what they ...more
While reading this story i am thinking of the story Revolutionary Road written by Richard Yates a tale of marriage and the destructive behaviors of the human heart displayed in that story. If you have seen the movie it is probably even more engrained in your mind the images of despair and the path the couple found themselves down. The pursuit of happiness its funny how we try to at ...more
tabii ki bu kadar değil, otuz yıllık evli bir çiftin geldiği yer, geçirdikleri değişim ve hep bir tarafın istediklerinin olmasının katlanılmaz yükü. irene için o kadar o kadar üzüldüm ...more
Vann's imagination is just so bleak, so depressing, he should see a doctor. He ob ...more
Caribou Island - Alaska
O escritor norte-americano David Vann, nascido em 1996 em Adak Island, no Alasca, publicou em 2011 ”A Ilha de Caribou”, três anos após o “perturbante” ”A Ilha de Sukkwan” - 4 Estrelas.
Irene, é uma educadora de infância, recentemente reformada e Gary, é um docente universitário a trabalhar “eternamente” na sua tese de doutoramento, casados há mais de trinta anos, têm dois filhos; Rhoda, com cerca de trinta anos, assistente num consultório veterinário, v ...more
The characters are largely unlikeable, the relationships are thoroughly dysfunctional, and the style keeps the reader (or at least me) at arm's length throughout. Part of this distance is due to David Vann's Cormac McCarthy-esque refusal to use quotation marks to help mark characters' speech. This doesn't make it difficult to tell who is speaking, but it does diminish the sense of the characters as active participants in the story. Because the te ...more
The novel’s gory final tableau may have reminded me o ...more
The answer, I’m pleased to say, is yes.
Beware: Caribou Island is NOT for readers who are looking for “likeable characters” and Hollywood-type endings. It ventures into dark emotional territory that’s not always comfortable to reside in – the same ...more
A vida está quase a abandonar-nos, ou nós a ela, e mesmo antecipando isso, não somos capazes de reagir a tempo.
A ilusão da vida pura nos grandes espaços não é um tema original, mas é a forma como flui com Vann que o torna de novo fascinante. O lugar imenso do Alasca.
The sentence above, uttered by one of its characters, could summarize David Vann’s elegantly bleak debut novel, Caribou Island. (His previously published work, Legend of a Suicide, was a critically acclaimed collection of short stories.)
From the moment we meet Ire ...more
Gary and Irene have lived in Alaska for 30 years. Drifting there by accident, somehow staying. Gary is a restless sort, he has many grand p ...more
A praia de David Vann é, sem duvida, o drama. O drama depressivo, não o ligeiro apimentado aqui e ali com pitadas de comédia. David é brilhante no desmembramento das personagens e impressiona na sua capacidade de criar desconforto.
Por vezes soa a Kafka, pela forma como nos agita e desfaz o mundo que conhecemos. Insiste em demonstrar também algo de nórdico, patente na escolha dos cenários onde insere as personagens, como as trata e como as dispõe. Ao mesmo te ...more
I was surfing goodreads and I did that thing where you see an ad while you are clicking to the next page but I just saw a name. I clicked back but I got a different ad. So I searched, was david vann who I thought he was? he was and he had a new book.
WHAT THE FUCK WAS I DOING THAT WAS SO IMPORTANT I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THIS?
So I immediately took my self down to the store with my poor impulse control and bought it (and the top ...more
This is a story of Gary and Irene, a married couple, whose relationship has gone rancid. The couple struggles to get along with each other through the humdrum of their day-to-day activities, but they have l ...more