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Cataloochee by Wayne Caldwell
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Nov 16, 10

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Read from November 07 to 16, 2010

Cataloochee is a comprehensive, albeit dry, portrait of a time, place, and family dynamic long forgotten. Set against the mountains of North Carolina - an area which we now know as the Great Smoky Mountain National Park - Wayne Caldwell’s debut novel does have its strengths. Its charming, humorous, and sometimes down-right mean cast of characters are well-developed and not without their tender moments of love and loss. But the novel may have benefitted from being structured as a series of vignettes meant to eventually paint a strong picture of a community through three family generations. Instead, its lack of plot devices and rambling exposition makes the process of investing in its many characters (and there are many!) a long and tedious one.
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11/07/2010 page 41
11.0% "So far well-written, but a little dry. Very much "this happened, then this happened." Enjoying the dialect and hoping it will pick up..."
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