The River of Kings
The Altamaha River, Georgia’s “Little Amazon,” has been named one of the 75 “Last Great Places in the World.” Crossed by roads only five times in its 137-mile length, the blackwater river is home to thousand-yea ...more
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Also about a week ago, I was chatting with a friend about how I'd like to visit Savannah...take in all the history and the towns charm. Well, given that 'The Altamaha River" isn't too far from Savannah...( just south of it), sounds like a day on the river would be part of the get-a-way plan also.
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Three narratives are entwined. One dating back to the 16th century when the French landed there. Their interactions -both violent and non - with the natives and the Spanish.
The main narrative is of 2 brothers travelling it in kayaks in the 21st century to shed their father's ashes and learn more of how he came to die on the river. The third ...more
Taylor Brown has transported me to another place and time yet again. In Fallen Land, set in the final year of the Civil War, I journeyed beside Callum and Ava in their passage from war-torn lands to safety, as they journeyed from the Appalachians to the Georgia coast.
In The River of Kings he’s brought me back to another time and place once again through the voices of these men who called the banks of the Altamaha home.
As the story begins, brothers Hunter and Lawton Loggins, ...more
THE RIVER OF KINGS alternates three interesting and deadly tales of adventure. In one, we meet the Loggins' brothers who set out by kayak, along a river they know so well, to bury the ashes of their stern and sometimes brutish (but loved) father still questioning the circumstances of his death. The second story belongs to father Hiram himself and his tumultuous, secretive and cursed life as a fisherman; and in the third story, Taylor Brown takes us back to the year 1564 following painte...more
I will admit to liking this one the most of the two books.
Two brothers Hunter and Lawton are on a river trip to take their father's ashes to the place that he spent most of his time, the Altamaha River. Dad wasn't the best father to these boys, he smacked the ...more
But Hiram Loggins was a hard man and, most times, a hard man to love. He lived and breathed in the essence of what was and is the Altamaha River in Georgia. Hiram knew every cranie and every curve of this great ri ...more
Taylor Brown masterfully crafted his work to perfection, smoothly transitioning between the two alternating stories in the novel. His command of both types of languages is simply wonderful; you can't ask for more. The only other time I've seen this done so well is with Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell.
Brown's careful weaving between the modern day story and L ...more
In Taylor Brown’s sophomore novel the reader travels along on a fictional and perilous kayak journey down the real life river Altamaha in the USA state of Georgia. Combining history, myth, and the beauty of nature caught up in the stranglehold of man’s greed and pollution there will be no soft place to land except in the author’s lush prose. This is graphic and violent man-lit in the tradition of novels like Fourth of July Creek, Deliverance, and Bull Mountain. I’m always fascinated with da ...more
I'm not sure who choses the artwork for his covers, but they are absolutely beautiful, and very evocative of the story between the pag ...more
What can I say? Those Damn Southerners sure can write.
A pair of tough gritty characters in each story. A French artist-who's work has survived and ...more
I tend to enjoy dual-period books, but this one actually is a rare treat in that it weaves a third period into the storyline, and does so expertly. The novel follows the stories of two brothers on a quest to take their father’s ashes to sea (no spoilers here – jacket copy says as much); the story of their father’s troubled past (a Vietnam vet); and the story of an artist on a 1500s French expedition in Georgia.
Taylor Brown is a fantastic writer. Are there some sentences that could give Faulkner a word count marathon competition? Oh yes, ...more
I must admit that before reading this book I had no idea where the Altamaha River was or even that it existed. Even when I did look into it, I wasn’t immediately impressed. I’ve spent the majority of my life where a 137-mile river would be hard-pressed to reach the next county, let alone make ...more
It took me a bit to figure out what was going on since the story had 3 narratives. Once I got comfortable dealing with the narratives the story became alive.
Two brothers were trying to scatter their father's ashes in the river that he seemed to own and he knew every bend, crook, and cranny. Their father was a roughie and hard. So, they wonder how did he d ...more
I generally despise the past-present form of storytelling employed in THE RIVER OF KINGS, because so often it just seems like filler, but that is NOT the case here. What we have here is a book that is absolutely, 100 percent, Pulitzer Prize worthy. I’m about certain I’ve read my fiction book of the year here for 2017. Superb.
The River of Kings is a story telling three different perspectives. In modern day, two brother - Hunter and Lawton - are going on an adventure down the Altamaha river to say a final goodbye to their father and spread his ashes. In 1564, French artist Le Moyne is sharing his life at Fort Caroline - an early French settlement in what would become the United States. And through it all, we also see chap ...more
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The story is told in three parts alternating between the brothers, Hunter and Lawton, their father Hiram, a brute of man, and illustrator le Moyne who was a member of a party of 16th century French Huguenots that tried to settle the area.
This is a stor ...more
A 16th century French artist recording an epic journey of exploration of the new world, a hard and complicated man with river water in his veins, and the two grown sons he fathered twenty y ...more