Following years of catastrophic hurricanes, the Gulf Coast--stretching from the Florida panhandle to the western Louisiana b ...more
Studying about them good old days
And who shall wear the starry crown
Good Lord, show me the way!"
"O fathers, let's go down
Let's go down, come on down
O fathers, let's go down
Down to the rivers to pray."
What if Rivers not there.
Taken away like everything else that mattered to you.
Your memories remain... mostly sweet, good.
Memories and your flooded homeland.....
with the promise of more rain and hurricanes.
Pray anyway, I ...more
....RIVERS is a story of survival. Warning after warning of a destructive band of hurricanes on the way and repeated offers to purchase his property, Cohen refuses to leave his Mississippi home. Even after a close encounter with death, instead of escape, he seeks revenge unaware of the evil he i...more
"It had been raining for weeks. Maybe months. He had forgotten the last day that it had rained, when the storms gave way to the pale blue of the Gulf sky, when the birds flew and the clouds were white and the sunshine glistened across the drenched land."
The catastrophe from the hurricanes stretching from the Florida Panhandle to the Louisiana border was so depleted the government drew a new boundary 90 mil ...more
I felt like I was right in the middle of the Gulf Coast, where the rain and storms never stopped, causing the government to draw a line where people who live below the line get no help, it's a no man's land, people who stay have to fend for themselves.
Cohen, who is grieving the loss of his wife and unborn child, chooses to stay and this is the story of what he faces, and what a journey it is! Very intense and addic ...more
There must be some kind of way outta here
Said the joker to the thief
There's too much confusion
I can't get no relief
All Along the Watchtower - Bob Dylan
”It had been raining for weeks. Maybe months. He had forgotten the last day that it hadn’t rained, when the storms gave way to the pale blue of the Gulf sky, when the birds flew and the clouds were white and the sunshine glistened across the drenched land.”
Cohen looked around, his dog beside him, staring at the lumber that sat soaked ...more
The tone is similar in nature to "The Road" but this is much more expansive than t ...more
Between 3 and 4 stars for me but rather towards 4 so that it is. The Road by Cormac Mc ...more
I confess that the publisher's blurb didn't grab me when I saw it last year, but - boy. SO WRONG! The book is set in the near-future on the Gulf Coast where the prime enemy is weather. The constant storms slamming southern Mississippi, plus the federal g ...more
I was so impressed with the writing in Desperation Road that I rushed to read this and its precursor In the beginning: A short story prequel to the novel Rivers without any story or review prep.
Post-Apocalypse is not my reading preference as I feel it's too oppressive, wreaking devastation page after page, with not much hope or satisfaction on the horizon because that’s the issue with any sort of apocalypse right?
Nonetheless it was quite compelling, timely, and believable. Years of catastro ...more
Rivers has been compared to The Road but I’m afraid I found none of the artistry of Cormac McCarthy’s book here. Bit like comparing Jaws 3 with the original. Lots of generic characters (the lead character is sensitive, he’s generously attentive to women and animals but he can also be relied upon to win an ...more
Michael Farris Smith has created in Rivers a world that might exist if the hurricanes beating the Southern USA were unrelenting and followed one upon the other until the population had to be evacuated and the area deserted. Some people would stay, some always do. Smith's main character, Cohen is one of those who stays. He is unable to part himself from the memories of his wife and unborn child who have died and are buried behind his home.
I must say I loved this book. It felt like a ri ...more
The lower portion of the country has been condemned, with most people evacuated by the government, the ones who refuse to leave their homes are left to their own devices. A line is dr ...more
It has been 613 days since the declaration of the Line, a geographical boundary line drawn ninety miles north of the coastline from the Texas-Louisiana border across the Mississippi coast to Alabama. A geographical boundary...more
Neither does living there, and so the government has drawn a lin ...more
Oh my, what a fantastic, intense read! This is definitely a favorite for 2016. I felt a connection with the setting because we were stationed in Gulfport, MS and lived in Biloxi when my husband was in the Navy. I'm very familiar with the area.
"It was as if they were being returned to the earth, driven into the ground by the force of the storm, their stiff bodies less skin and bone and more mud and root with each passing moment."
Katrina was only the beginning and years ...more
the violence that was inherent in life below "the line", but needing to get back to it whenever I had to put the book down. I won't rehash the plot outline, as the book description gives you the gist of the story, but there is enough action in this one to satisfy anyone. Some people have classified this as a post-apocalyptic novel, but it was not difficult at all for me to se ...more
Read My Interview with this great new voice http://more2read.com/review/interview-michael-farris-smith/
One word placed carefully after the other with heartfelt necessity, sentences that keep you reading and fully immerse you into the scene with eery realistic imagery, you feel the desolation, the solitude, the love, and the loss.
This author has a potent and poetic prose, repeating and orchestrating a fine symphony, a cadence of reflections on world gone topsy turvy and the lost, all th ...more
Thanks to my friends' stellar reviews, I've started reading this book. The book's description triggers flashbacks to experiencing Dystopia* once in 4D real life. I realize how lucky I am not to have lived in that dire world between Waveland, MS and New Orleans, LA in early Sept 2005, a few days after Hurricane Katrina. Waveland especially.
I was part of a charitable foundation who was delivering food, a fire truck and a cop car to this little town a fe ...more
This book probably deserves 3 stars for the quality of the writing, but I found it so bleak and depressing, I rounded down to 2 stars. I could read it only in small doses, and my reaction to the plot and characters wasn't so much sadness as frustration.
This novel has been compared to McCarthy's The Road, a fairly apt comparison. The writing style, particularly, is resonant of McCarthy: all introspection and imagery.
Set in the Gulf area of the United States, Rivers paints a postapocaly ...more
I get that it's not a true "PA" novel, so don't harass me about that, but "Rivers" is a bleak and brutal story about survival and to what ends people will go to continue to l ...more
Michael Farris Smith writes like William Faulkner, with more than a nod to Cormac McCarthy and J. G. Ballard, in his debut novel “Rivers”, chronicling one man’s heroic efforts in returning to civilization in the wake of a near future climatological disaster which has rendered much of the coastline of the southern United States flooded or otherwise uninhabitable, a veritable “no man’s land” in which barbarism is the status quo. Cohen refuses to leave th ...more
I freely admit to being a big fan of dystopian and post-apocalypse books, but let's face it, most of these books are really far-fetched. They are somewhat fantastical and sometimes a bit science fiction too. I enjoy the escape from reality that they give me immensely and that is why I read them.
Roads are washed out, along with buildings, bridges, food and just about every other necessity needed to survive. Mississippi, along with the rest of the Gulf Coast, is a waterlogged mess and it’s been raining for so long that it’s hard for Cohen to remember life before the rain, but he does remember some things, like the beauty of his dead wife and how much he wanted the child that was growing inside her before they were ...more
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