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Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell
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bookshelves: table, favorites, grit-lit
Read from April 30 to May 03, 2010

yes.

this is pretty much why i read, to find a book like this amongst all the three-star so-so's. and it wasn't love at first sight (which might make the experience even better; i didn't love winesberg, ohio right out of the gate either) - i had some reservations from the first page, when the poetic quality of the language seemed forced and i wasn't going to deal with 200 pages of:
"three halt haggard houses formed a kneeling rank on the far creekside...", or "Ree, brunette and sixteen, with milk skin and abrupt green eyes..." but except for a few instances of striving-to-be-musical prose (heidi klum would say "we question your taste level" and brad becker would say "i'll taste her level"), this is utterly gorgeous, and is already on my mental hall of fame list.

of course it brings up a list of names in my head - they are unavoidable comparisons: ron rash, cormac mccarthy, castle freedman jr, - people who write about misbegotten people deep in the hard-lined appalachian/ozark regions without romanticizing the harsh realities of survival. but it's more than that. woodrell has created a sort of ozarkian godfather story with its unspoken rules about loyalty and power and family above all else where people live and die by deeply embedded codes of honor. even the supporting characters here speak volumes and any one of them could stand alone in their own novel.

but the action centers around sixteen-year old ree. she of the milk skin. and this character is, i think, what everyone is thinking they have found in that dragon-tattooed salander, who i found cartoonish. ree is a sixteen-year-old girl who is genuinely hard, not just clinically affectless. she is resourceful but not, god help us, plucky. she is pissed off but not in an anarchic teenaged way. she is no wide-eyed innocent, but she isn't psychotic, either. she's just a human surviving within her inherited power system, raising her two little brothers and caring for her mad mother, sacrificing her love and dignity without regret, but with necessary resignation. yet she does show emotion, even though it is a luxury in her situation. every scene she has with gail is understated, but packs an emotional wallop. (yeah, i know, i hate that expression and i'm not sure why i used it. blame the heat)

this is no morality tale, it is just a slice of a life that is happening, unsung, in america. it's too short a book for me to say much about without rooning it for everyone, but i loved it like crazy, and will have to get all his other, out of print, books into my hands...
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message 159: by Gary (last edited May 03, 2010 01:52PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Gary This is a great book. I hear they have made a movie. Not heard when it's released. The author is from Missouri, my home state. West Plains, Missouri. I've actually met the man,and got my book signed. Sadly , the man was the worst oral reader I've ever heard, but he can sure spin a yarn in his writing! Also, sadly, you can't find his other books anywhere to purchase, which I think is so weird. They have made movies from a couple of his other books,and this one has been well received. Can't understand why his books aren't reissued for a person to purchase?


message 158: by D. (new) - rated it 5 stars

D. Pow A great great book. And a good review too.


message 157: by karen (new) - rated it 5 stars

karen i like ryan mecum's review of it, since he only reviews in haiku, ever:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 156: by Ben (new) - added it

Ben We be ready to go, the chronic already rolled

Swingin' through O'Fallon Sounds, knockin' out of control

Like a boom, boom, boom, who is it? It's Jackie Frost

The one who's gettin' where he at

An' he showed you who was the boss

I'm like a human hot sauce, thinkin' I'll burn your thoughts

Your information was false, I'll show you just what it costs

In the M I, crooked letter, crooked letter, O U R I

No one could do it better, hey

You can find me in St. Louie
Where the gunplay ring all day
Some got jobs an' some sell yay
Others just smoke an' fuck all day


message 155: by D. (new) - rated it 5 stars

D. Pow I had a review of this up last year but then I went and blew up my profile. Woodrill's 'Woe To Live on' was made into 'Ride With The Devil' one of the best movies ever made about the Civil War and one of Ang Lee's best.


Krok Zero FYI - The movie premiered at Sundance (to huge acclaim), will be in theaters this summer.


message 153: by karen (new) - rated it 5 stars

karen you should probably write a new review, d'pow. you are good at it.


message 152: by D. (new) - rated it 5 stars

D. Pow Thanks Queen Karen. I'll see if I can cobble something together.


message 151: by Ben (last edited May 03, 2010 10:24AM) (new) - added it

Ben Donald, I may have your review. If we were friends at the time you released it I should have it in my hotmail account (which I can't access here at work, but should be able to dig through when I get home this evening). If I forget to send it to you please remind me.


message 150: by D. (new) - rated it 5 stars

D. Pow That would be cool, Ben.


message 149: by karen (new) - rated it 5 stars

karen yes, it would - this book needs more exposure.


message 148: by D. (new) - rated it 5 stars

D. Pow Karen, I agree. The book and the writer deserve all the exposure they can get. If Mr. Harrison can't dig up my review I'll do something new. But I'm sure the fact that Flagship Karen five-starred this thing will help much more.

I am pleased to see the movie has apparently been done with taste and skill. I was a little concerned to hear they made a movie of it-that it would be crap and take away from the book.


message 147: by karen (new) - rated it 5 stars

karen yeah, but i'm some yappy whelp - you are reasonable elder statesman.


message 146: by D. (new) - rated it 5 stars

D. Pow elder statesman? Dude...did you just play the age card with me? Damn you, young woman!


message 145: by Gary (new) - rated it 5 stars

Gary Ben wrote: "We be ready to go, the chronic already rolled

Swingin' through O'Fallon Sounds, knockin' out of control

Like a boom, boom, boom, who is it? It's Jackie Frost

The one who's gettin' where he..."




so, did you write this yourself? or is this from a song? who is the artist?


message 144: by D. (new) - rated it 5 stars

D. Pow Gary, I thought Ben had written that about you. Got a whole St. Louis thing going on there.


message 143: by Ben (last edited May 03, 2010 03:50PM) (new) - added it

Ben It was a song made for Gary, by the artist Nelly; two phantom kindred spirts hailin' from the MO.


message 142: by karen (new) - rated it 5 stars

karen D. wrote: "elder statesman? Dude...did you just play the age card with me? Damn you, young woman!"

no, please,i am no spring chicken myself, but you are an intelligent family man and i am an emotionally stunted doofus is all. your review is bound to be more articulate and sensible with fewer project runway references.


message 141: by karen (new) - rated it 5 stars

karen in this particular book, the "choices" are narrow. it's pretty hardscrabble without a lot of conveniences that i certainly take for granted, and a family bond unlike many in my experience. plus, some glorious descriptive passages.


message 140: by karen (new) - rated it 5 stars

karen ack - i just watched breaking bad - what a methtastic day!!


message 139: by karen (new) - rated it 5 stars

karen come on david, be horny over here....

it needs to be christened.


message 138: by karen (new) - rated it 5 stars

karen well, i'm floating anyway.


message 137: by Greg (new) - rated it 5 stars

Greg do you want other people to be horny over your review, or just david?


message 136: by karen (new) - rated it 5 stars

karen he was horny on d'pows review, so i felt left out.
no one ever gets horny on my threads.


message 135: by Greg (new) - rated it 5 stars

Greg I didn't realize you wanted people to tell you when they felt that way about your reviews.


message 134: by karen (new) - rated it 5 stars

karen i'm a child - i only want what other people have and i don't.


message 133: by Greg (new) - rated it 5 stars

Greg how about you have no votes on your reviews like I have on mine?


message 132: by karen (new) - rated it 5 stars

karen did you write one that i missed??


message 131: by Greg (new) - rated it 5 stars

Greg no, not technically no votes, just very few.


message 130: by D. (new) - rated it 5 stars

D. Pow Karen, you were the star attraction on my thread. I would assume you were partially responsible for the horniness.

I mean, if that is really what you want.


message 129: by Greg (new) - rated it 5 stars

Greg I don't know, I usually get horny enough without karen on your threads d pow.


message 128: by D. (new) - rated it 5 stars

D. Pow Wow. Thanks Greg. That's bold praise.


message 127: by karen (new) - rated it 5 stars

karen we are tied again!!

you steal my thunder!!


message 126: by D. (new) - rated it 5 stars

D. Pow But you got ten other reviews out there with twenty votes a piece. Fret not, Karen.

And remember all thunder is for Mr. Woodrell.


message 125: by karen (new) - rated it 5 stars

karen i know!! and i hope these people actually read it and don't just make the empty promises!!

i just am enjoying watching the numbers, my thunder is for sharing.


message 124: by Greg (new) - rated it 5 stars

Greg You put this book on your table regularly right?

Should I mention that your tables get me horny sometimes too?


message 123: by karen (new) - rated it 5 stars

karen only if you go into great detail.


message 122: by Greg (new) - rated it 5 stars

Greg I've already had my picture taken from me for apparently pornographic reasons...


message 121: by [deleted user] (new)

this thread is hot.


message 120: by Greg (new) - rated it 5 stars

Greg Ariel, you saw the tables, how could someone not get turned on by the selection? It's embarrassing having to work around them and being in such a state of constant arousal.


message 119: by [deleted user] (new)

it must be all the bears.


message 118: by karen (new) - rated it 5 stars

karen wait- i thought you took your picture down voluntarily?? did it get taken off?


message 117: by Greg (new) - rated it 5 stars

Greg shhhhh, it wast the man censoring me!! It wasn't because I got sad and once again removed things from goodreads.


message 116: by [deleted user] (new)

greg gets sad and then the rest of us have to stare at a picture of a spiky-haired guy with a question mark for a face. and then i get sad, too. question marks bum me out.


message 115: by Greg (new) - rated it 5 stars

Greg Just think of it as the riddler from Batman.


message 114: by Eh?Eh! (new)

Eh?Eh! I wish it was the opposite and you put stuff on gr instead. I'm hugging the air in front of me pretending that air is you. Unless you don't like to be touched, then take comfort in the fact that I can't really reach you.


message 113: by karen (new) - rated it 5 stars

karen now there is hugging!!

this is well on its way to horny-making.


message 112: by Greg (new) - rated it 5 stars

Greg Thanks, Eh! I kind of go on a less severe version of David when I get in my moods. But that means one day I'll put up a brand new picture....


message 111: by Eh?Eh! (new)

Eh?Eh! You know what hugging leads to....



David has become like Kleenex or Band-aid? Brand name recognition!


message 110: by David (new)

David [image error]


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