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Eventide (Plainsong #2)

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Kent Haruf, award-winning, bestselling author of Plainsong returns to the high-plains town of Holt, Colorado, with a novel of masterful authority. The aging McPheron brothers are learning to live without Victoria Roubideaux, the single mother they took in and who has now left their ranch to start college. A lonely young boy stoically cares for his grandfather while a disab ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published May 3rd 2005 by Vintage (first published May 4th 2004)
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Eventide is the brilliant and perfect follow-up to Plainsong, told in the same, spare language and set a couple of years later. You could read it as a standalone novel, but you'd be missing more than the half you have not read - not so much in terms of plot as equilibrium.

Even though a notable aspect of both books is the lack of backstory, and there are major characters in this who left not so much as a dusty footprint on the pag
Harold and Raymond McPlieron with their foster daughter, Victoria Robideaux and her little baby daughter continues life on the cattle ranch near the rural town, Holt, in Colorado.

As life is slowly pacing along on the tracks of history, new people enter their lives, and old ones leave. The rich colors of rural life, in both culture and language spread out in this book like the autumn leaves in a forest of humanity. There is heartbreak and happiness; the good and the bad, and a story line to tie i
orsodimondo (a zonzo)
Jun 24, 2016 orsodimondo (a zonzo) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americana
Bentornato a casa ogni lettore che in queste pagine ritrova gente e luoghi familiari inventati da uno scrittore che qui da noi si è creato un culto forse neppure solo di nicchia.

Siamo sempre a Holt, paesotto immaginario del Colorado, come già in Plainsong e Benedizione, i capitoli che precedono e seguono in questa trilogia non rigorosa (slegata), e molti personaggi sono gli stessi, a cominciare dai fratelli Harold e Raymond McPheron, da Victoria Roubideaux e la sua piccola Katie (i p
Apr 07, 2015 Connie rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Once again Kent Haruf has taken me back to the comfort of home with his writing. He is subtle, slowly capturing the reader to care about his characters. These are people I recognize, and feel comfortable matter how long I have been away. The second in his trilogy, Eventide is a bit more coarse, not quiet as feel good as Plainsong. Each of these characters are facing difficult things in their lives...and for some of them it is coming at a very young age. There is sorrow in most
Mar 14, 2013 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Barbara by: Debby
Reading this book was a bittersweet experience. It is a continuation of Haruf's earlier, Plainsong ,which has updated some of the previous characters and introduced others. It is easy to become immersed in the lives of the people of this community of Holt,Colorado.Life for them is simple, yet difficult, with harsh climate and ceaseless toil for many of them. Haruf has the facility to expose the raw emotions, or the guileless behaviors of most of his characters.

I found particularly endearing,two
May 04, 2013 Chrissie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What this book imparts is a quintessential view of American agrarian working class people. It is set in Colorado and speaks of small town life, I would guess in the 1970s or 80s. (One family has a microwave.) It is not plot oriented, so if you want lots to happen, look elsewhere. The picture it draws is astoundingly perceptive. The characters have very ordinary lives, but it is the perfection with which they are drawn that is so fantastic.

I cannot think of another book that delivers such astoun
May 26, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it
****4.5 Stars**** I'm last Kent Haruf novel. I'm going to miss the McPheron brothers. Review to follow.
Jun 04, 2016 Liz rated it it was amazing
Another Kent Haruf book, another quietly profound work of art. And myself, reluctant yet again to leave this world that he’s created. How does this author manage to evoke so much feeling using so few words?

Eventide is defined as “the end of day, the evening.” To me, the setting of the sun is a form of goodbye, but only for a little while. In Holt as in any other town, nothing stays the same for long. There are farewells, some of them heartbreaking, and there are also hellos. Loves lost and love
Apr 13, 2016 Tania rated it it was amazing
I read the first book in the series, Plainsong, a few moths ago, and although I liked it (3.5 stars), I thought it would probably be forgotten quickly. How wrong I was, I couldn't stop thinking about the characters. I adored this second book in the series even more, it felt like checking in with old friends. If you only enjoy books that are plot driven then this is definitely not for you. Eventide is slow and meandering - a little slice of life in small town America. I fell in love with almost a ...more
Dec 07, 2014 Kimbofo rated it it was amazing
A couple of months ago I read — and fell in love with — Kent Haruf's Plainsong, the first in a loose trilogy of novels set in Holt, Colorado. I loved the story so much that I raced through it in a matter of days and then felt completely bereft, because I wanted to spend more time with those wonderful characters.

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
Bobby Simic
Feb 02, 2011 Bobby Simic rated it really liked it
Shelves: adultfiction
With certain books, sequels aren't necessary, and in some instances they're downright unwelcome. I wouldn't put Eventide, the sequel to the splendid Plainsong, into the latter category, but this follow-up might be hard for some to accept. We had left so many of the pained but quietly noble characters in a good spot in life. You wanted to keep them there, like in a snowglobe, because they deserved their moment of undisturbed happiness. But I suppose life isn't like that, and bad times crop up no ...more
Will Byrnes
Oct 29, 2008 Will Byrnes rated it really liked it
Eventide continues Haruf’s depiction of Holt, Colorado, begun in Plainsong, of a small town with a wide range of humanity. Like Plainsong, Eventide is a beautiful work with moving characters captivating imagery and a clear view of humanity at its core. It made me cry both for struggles of its characters and the clarity of its writing. Familiar characters from Plainsong, Tom Guthrie, Maggie Jones, Harold and Raymond McPheron and Victoria Robideaux are joined by a new roster of characters, young a ...more
Sep 05, 2007 Ellen rated it it was amazing
I've enjoyed and admired all of Kent Haruf's novels for their spare, gritty lyricism. He treats both his characters and the rural, weathered landscape of Colorado with sympathy and respect, showing how the lives of small-town, seemingly ordinary people are lit with a quiet resonance.
May 26, 2016 Piperitapitta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Ho finito di leggere le ultime pagine in macchina, mentre andavo al lavoro.
Non mi succedeva da molto tempo di aver questa urgenza, di provare questo desiderio, irresistibile, di prolungare la permanenza fra le pagine e i protagonisti di una storia, di restare immersa, completamente, nelle loro vite e nell'atmosfera avvolgente di Holt.
Non perché quella di Crepuscolo sia una storia travolgente, non perché la vita a Holt sia risparmiata dalla crudeltà o dalla violenza, ma perché (come scr
Feb 05, 2016 Laysee rated it really liked it
Recommended to Laysee by: Cecily

"It was still hot outside, though the sun had begun to lean to the west, and the first intimations of fall were in the air - that smell of dust and dry leaves, that annual lonesomeness that comes of summer closing down." – Kent Haruf

I like prose that is lush and lyrical. I enjoy reading sentences that taste like morsels of the very best chocolate or cheese. Then I "met" Kent Haruf. He wrote prose that was clean and spare. I have begun to find pleasure in unadorned prose that is as refreshing as
Mar 07, 2016 Antonia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
I opened the book and fell in. Totally. Didn't ever want to come up for air. I just want to stay in this world, with these characters for a long time.
Amante Libri
May 18, 2016 Amante Libri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ho atteso con ansia questo romanzo che chiude la "Trilogia della pianura" (avevo già letto "Benedizione" e "Canto della pianura") così è stato con grande emozione che ho iniziato a leggerlo restando folgorata sin dalla prima parola
" Tornarono dalla scuderia nella luce obliqua del primo mattino ".
Sì, perché " Crepuscolo " inizia con un verbo che implica movimento, che sottintende un 'prima', un verbo evocativo che rende l'incipit geniale trasportando ipso facto il lettore a Holt; è sufficiente un
Feb 11, 2009 Deborah rated it it was amazing
I love Haruf's writing and am amazed by his ability to evoke powerful emotion with simple language and laser-sharp attention to the most mundane details.
This is the second book in Kent Haruf's chronicle of small-town Colorado life (Plainsong, Eventide, Benediction), and it's a good one, particularly if character driven, small-moment, poignant but not very exciting plots are your thing. The main focus continues to be on the McPheron brothers and the young woman and baby who they've taken care of, but there are several other families whose lives are followed, too. The overriding mood/atmosphere is mostly one of quiet desperation and sadness, but t ...more
Jan 03, 2016 Julie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
Wow. I don't know what I did to deserve this, but I've been suddenly swept up into a literary vortex of greatness. Oh, wait, I know what I've done. I've read about 300 crappy books in my lifetime and my karma finally came back and whispered, "good books come to those who wait."

Do you love John Steinbeck? Carson McCullers? How about Larry McMurtry? If you love any ONE of these writers, this will probably be a solid 4-star read for you. If you are like me and you love all 3 of them, well, inform y
Mar 21, 2016 Peg rated it it was amazing
What a gorgeous book. God I love Kent Haruf's writing. I read this quickly; I had to. I could not put it down. Now I'm sad because I'm not ready to leave these characters and the world of Holt, Colorado yet. I'm tempted to jump into Benediction right away but I'm going to wait a little bit, read other authors, and then come back to Haruf. That way I can savor his writing just a little more.
Apr 23, 2014 Jeanette rated it really liked it
Oh what a wonderful slice of life Kent Haruf has created within his Plainsong town of Holt. Easy read about common people. Rare, rare to find this kind of tale within a language of such clear and non-jaded eyes. Highly recommend.

Honestly, I liked Plainsong just a bit more, but this was almost as excellent. To me, it lost just a bit in the simplistic attitude and to me, rather flat telling of Rose's actions and reactions. Her "down" at the end? In her job you become far, far more hardened than t
Nov 01, 2007 Clare rated it liked it
Haruf is a good writer, but the lives of his characters are depressing. They say that when you play a country music song backwards, you get your wife back, your dog back and you're not flat broke. You can say the same thing about a Haruf novel.

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.
Mar 10, 2016 Renee rated it really liked it
I listened to this book on audio and the narration was perfection. Haruf takes us down a slow (sometimes very slow) winding road in the prairie town of Holt where he unfolds the many complexities of what seems to be a simple Colorado community.
Although Haruf's style is quite spare, the words he choses are measured and heavy with emotion.
Death, illness, diminished mental capacity, neglect, abuse, and the random austerity of chance, all make up the lives of his cast of very believable characters.
Mar 25, 2013 Jeanne rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be as powerful if not more so than PlainSong. The straightforward, but detailed descriptive language in this book made me feel like I was watching a play. One thing that draws me to this series is my own rural upbringing. Although I did not have any experiences as desperate as in these two books, I suspect I knew people who did. Haruf's descriptions of the tavern, the fireman's ball, the cafe all seemed very true to small town life and may be accurate yet today. He creates s ...more
3.5 stars

This is a continuation of Plainsong, set in a small town in Colorado. One storyline stood out for me in Plainsong, and it was continued in Eventide. Victoria, the pregnant girl taken in by brothers Raymond and Harold, has now had her little girl and she's two years old. Victoria has decided it's time for her to go away to school. In addition to this storyline, there are a couple of others in Eventide.

I listened to the audio, and it was fine, but not enough for my mind not to wander a
Aug 04, 2012 Blaire rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
With spare, elegant prose and a minimum of description, Kent Haruf gives us a portrait of a Plains ranching community. As sheer Americana it is a masterpiece, but it is more than that. It is both very specific as to setting and character and universal in what it has to say about the human condition. The characters are ordinary folk, richly imagined. Terrible things happen to them, as they do to all of us in the course of a lifetime, but somehow there is a kindness and decency in how most of the ...more
Simone Subliminalpop
Finita la trilogia posso confermare che "Benedizione" rimane il migliore dei tre (anche se "Canto della pianura" e "Crepuscolo" sono comunque due ottimi romanzi).

NOTA: a mio parere, e a differenza di quanto viene detto in giro, "Canto della pianura" e "Crepuscolo" però vanno letti in questo ordine.
Aug 18, 2015 Peggy rated it really liked it
Another satisfying read by Haruf, Eventide carries on the themes, setting, and characters found in Plainsong. Compelling for its narratives about three sets of children, each vulnerable due to their parents' failures. Set in the spring and mostly in the city, this novel is not as evocative in its eastern Colorado setting as Plainsong, with its emphasis on ranch life in winter. In Plainsong, personal charity and kindhearted neighborliness aid a child in trouble and a new family is created. In Eve ...more
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Kent Haruf was born in eastern Colorado. He received his Bachelors of Arts in literature from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1965 and his Masters of Fine Arts from the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa in 1973. For two years, he taught English in Turkey with the Peace Corps and his other jobs have included a chicken farm in Colorado, a construction site in Wyoming, a rehabilitation ...more
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