I found particularly endearing,two...more
As in all great novels, the true joy of reading this book is not so much what happens as the skill of the storyteller drawing us into these lives. We care deeply about what happens to the people of Holt; when they are hurt, we feel it, when they f...more
Kent Haruf returns to small-town Colorado with another pitch-perfect novel
Jenny Shank, Special to the News
Published May 7, 2004 at midnight
In Kent Haruf's new novel, Eventide, set in the fictional town of Holt, Colo., on the eastern plains, Raymond McPheron, an elderly cattle rancher who has recently begun to court women, invites social worker Rose Tyler out to dinner. They're made to wait for a table at the restaurant. He grumbles, and Rose asks if he'd r...more
Which is why reading Eventide, the second in the series, was so enjoyable: from the moment I opened the first page it was like being reacquainted with old friends.
Along with the evocativ...more
It is an improvement over Plainsong. The situations and the relationships between characters are more plausible than in Plainsong. But I'm still not buying some aspects of the novel.
Eventide follows the lives of the people from Holt, Colorado three years after the happenings of Plainsong. Haruf again demonstrates his ability to describe the relationships and worlds which old and young people share each different and nuanced in ways that do not always make sense to someone outside that age. It’s the overlap that is beautiful, those moments of friendship shared by children and adults. This novel picks up with the McPheron brothers, and follows their lives as tragedy strikes.
In this story, the reader is introduced to other characters from Holt, Colorado. These characters are just as unforgettable as the ones r...more
Reflecting on this book the characters aren't fleshed out much at all in terms of visuals but they became so vivid to me. Quite incredible the skill that went into it. The dialogue isn't extensive, but the characters all have such a voice. I particularly loved Raymond,...more
It's just... this series frustrates me. I still can't figure out where he gets the titles from. I still hate the lack of quotation marks.
And, much as I love the characters *in places* they're not strong enough to make up for the draggy, dull plot.
The highlight of the book, for me, was Harold's death. I almost cried, and it got me all excited for the rest of the book. But... other...more
The characters are somewhat flawed and some have great impact on the lives of others. A miserable horrible uncle in the book is oversha...more
I still found so pleasing Haruf's gentle exploration of characters who (and relationships that) seem, for the most part, wonderfully complex, believable, and flawed.
However, while Plainsong seemed somehow understated, and so the change in the life of the brothers seemed both moving and momentous, E...more
It follows the lives of two old bachelor ranchers, some poverty stricken families, an abusive drunk, a young single mother (the main character in Plainsong), and a social worker as their lives intersect.
Having grown up in a small farming community (though not as far west as CO), I've got to say that...more
Often really good books defy description, and do not fit well into any one genre box.
Karuf has a minimalist prose style -- simple sentence structure, no extended descriptions -- which is something that usually I'm not so keen on. But the story in these novels is compelling, because the characters are. The story is set in a small town in rural Colorado, and it follows various people who live in that town through about a yea...more
I have just discovered Kent Haruf, and I'm enchanted. I've read Plainsong and Eventide, and made arrangements to get copies of all...more
Whilst reading Eventide (and Plainsong), I was often left wondering just what it was about them that had me so engrossed. My overriding feeling is that Haruf has created characters that I not only believe in, but genuinely care about.
The writing style is so...clean...for want of a better word....more