Callum, a seasoned horse thief at fifteen years old, came to America from his native Ireland as an orphan. Ava, her father and brother lost to the war, hides in her crumbling home until Callum determines ...more
which is the kind of story i really dig - i love cormac mccarthy, i loved The Winter Family, i love stories about individuals pared down to the barest essentials, as free from morality or politeness as animals, surviving in a world unimpres ...more
This one starts with a very young (a ...more
These were violent times and they faced such struggles to try and survive. What a story and journey!
I’m very surprised that this hasn’t been made into a movie yet!
Within the pages of Taylor Brown's FALLEN LAND he gives a graphically descriptive historic account of a violent and lawless time in an American war-ravished south.
Fine shocker of an ending.south.Finetogether.Within ...more
I struggled with the style of writing. I was more in 'aw' about how some sentences were written - even how they sounded -than I was naturally able to feel
the depth of emotion from the pretty sentences I admired. I also needed a dictionary for which my paperwhite Kindle was a blessing- as some words were 'horse terms', that I wasn't familiar with.
The story itself was easy to follow, but often the lyrical descriptions seemed to clash -- in other words the style of writing just didn't feel cohesi ...more
Together Callum, his horse Reiver, and Ava make their way, sometimes on horseback, sometimes on foot, from her family home i ...more
This was a difficult book to read, not just because of the suspense built into the story itself, but because of the beauty of the writing. I was constantly torn between skimming the lines and turning the page ...more
Fallen Land is in the vein of Cold Mountain. To parallel a debut book with the likes of that stellar novel is quite the achievement for Taylor Brown. Fallen Land focuses on the devastation, the tragedies, the brutalities during the Civil War. Brown's writing brings the severely destructive human losses to the forefront. And his words take you there.
"No color ...more
It's the end of the civil war. Man is corrupt from hunger and exhaustion. But it's not over yet. A boy tries to defend a girl from being raped. He gets concussed and dragged away. Now, he's on a mission to find her, to care for her and to take her away from the evil that now haunts this barren land.
The cost? Survival. A bounty on his head, they are hunted relentlessly.
Fallen Land is an epic story of love, loyalty and the twisted fate of h ...more
Taking place at the end of the Civil War, Taylor Brown's debut novel, Fallen Land, follows the story of Callum and Ava as they race across the South toward the home of Callum's distant relatives while being pursued by a band of nefar ...more
You cannot help but fall in love with Callum and Ava, their horse Reiver, and even the surroundings.
Set amid the war-ridden lands during the Civil War, Callum has a bounty put upon his head after rescuing Ava from a lesser fate. They flee, being hunted down. Everywhere they turn there is danger, destruction, starvation, and death. The only thing that keeps them together is their want to be together and survive. And th ...more
As perfect a novel as I have read this year.
Callum, a young Irish immigrant, and Ava, orphan daughter of a doctor who perished in the war, flee Callum's pursuers (he's wrongly accused of a murder)across the charred and devastated landscape of post-Civil-War Atlanta and environs.
The writing is infallible, never faltering. The ...more
Many of my respected GR friends gave this 5 stars, so don't take my word for it, but I 'm strugglng with even giving it 2 stars. I thought the characters were cardboard cutouts and I found the plot completely unrealistic and based entirely on convenient coincidences. Worst of all, I grew to hate the overblown, over-earnest, over-hyphenated Faulkner/McCarthy wannabe fake-literary language.
Set during the American Civil War (my second favorite civil war, just short of the Marvel Superhero Civil War), it follows a hard-on-his-luck lad on his journey for....just...goddamned survival. The country ...more
We follow Callum, a young man of only 15, who has som ...more
Fallen Land tells the harrowing tale about two young people that manage to fall in love in the midst of the Civil War. Callum is riding in the company of a band of Confederates being led by a dangerous man; the Colonel. He is a man both loved and feared; described as “a man of great cruelty who nevertheless protected them, led th ...more
Written during the Civil War era, this is such a beautifully crafted story. The language is beautiful and descriptions are breath taking. A solid love story - m ...more
This my second novel by Taylor Brown I’ve read in as many weeks, and a big thank you to Jennifer Tar Heel Reader for recommending him. He is a superb story teller, but his writing is much more than a telling a tale. It is his ability to describe: characters, setting, temperature, odors on the air, stars at night and more that keeps me turning pages . The details are so exquisite that it makes me feel like I am there in the moment experiencing every ...more
While I was equally impressed with Brown's ...more
That being said, I liked Ava, Collum, and the horse very much. Some of the secondary characters fell a little flat for me. I cared about what happened to them. I felt the visceral quality of the Civil War, it felt like war and desper ...more
Taylor Brown obviously knows how to write well, how to S ...more
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