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3.36  ·  Rating details ·  262 ratings  ·  30 reviews
In a West Virginia forest in 1963, a group of children at summer camp enter a foreboding Eden and experience an unexpected rite of passage. Shelter is an astonishing portrayal of an American loss of innocence as witnessed by a mysterious drifter named Parson, two young sisters, Lenny and Alma, and a feral boy called Buddy. Together they come to understand bravery and the i ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published December 3rd 2002 by Vintage (first published 1994)
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Mai Laakso
Lenny on 15-vuotias nuori tyttö ja päähenkilö amerikkalaisen kirjailijan Jayne Anne Phillipsin jännitystä tihkuvassa teoksessa Suojelus. Lenny toimii Suojeluksen yhtenä kertojana ja hänen pikkusiskonsa Alma, joka myös on leirillä Shelterissä, on toinen kertoja. Kolmas kirjan kertoja on Buddy, leirin keittäjän pieni poika. Heidän perheensä asuu lähistöllä pienessä talossa. Kirjan neljäntenä äänenä toimii Pastori, joka on saapunut paikkakunnalle vankilasta pääsynsä jälkeen tai ehkä karkaamisensa j ...more
Feb 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 and 1/2 stars

While this had its wonderful, brilliant moments, I much prefer her Machine Dreams and Lark and Termite. Once again, though, Phillips is amazing in her observation and description of the memories, dreams (or dreamlike states) and interiority of her characters, including (especially?) a character who has to be schizophrenic, though that's never stated. One image related to him immediately brought me back to my repeated adolescent reading of I Never Promised You A Rose Garden. A desc
Aug 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
Maybe I'll give this one 1 1/2 stars. The difficulty with this book is twofold. First, the language, which I think is intended to be evocative and dreamy, is instead florid and confusing. It interferes with getting to know the characters and the plot, and it hits the reader over the head with the message that the setting is all-important. And, second (but partly because of the first point), not much really happens in the first half or more of the book. The most exciting part is very near the end ...more
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Jayne Anne Phillips is one of the finer practitioners of Southern Gothic (think Faulkner, Kate Chopin & Carson McCullers), and this is an excellent example of the sub-genre. Events take place over about three days, but she spends so much time inside the heads of her four narrative centres – Lenny, about 15, her little sister Alma, Buddy a wild boy about 8 or 9, and Parson, of indeterminate age, but probably in his late 20s – that the story covers many years. That she spends so much time inside t ...more
Jul 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
phillips has not only read her faulkner and freud, but has thought about them deeply. she manages here to mix rich prose, a superb sense of place and suspense. oddly perhaps, the male characters, especially buddy and parson, seem more defined/developed/carefully pitched, than the women, finely rendered as well. good stuff.
Apr 10, 2008 rated it did not like it
I really didn't enjoy this book. The premise seemed right up my alley, but I had a really hard time getting into it. The book is written from the view point of characters who are connected in different ways to a Girl Guide summer camp. The author did a good job of presenting atypical representations of the inner-life of a couple of the campers, but beyond that I just wasn't interested. ...more
Nov 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
lyrical, dense, though only in language, not action
Faye Johnson
Nov 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
I was somewhat disappointed in this book. I stayed with it expecting it to get better as the relationships and story line evolved, but that didn't happen. The characters could have been interesting if the story had used less wordiness to describe them and the setting, but it seemed as if way too many words were used to describe every little detail and as a substitute for substance. At the end, however, you were left with almost nothing to tell you how the events of that summer had affected the v ...more
Sophia Barsuhn
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was definitely better the second time. Not that I didn't like it the first time I read it; the stream-of-consciousness prose just works better on the second read-through. ...more
Marie Hellström
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read a swedish translation, translated by Mats Hörmark.
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
A surprising and surprisingly poignant portrait of the friendship among young girls at a summer camp in the hills of West Virginia. The book captures the quick, aching devotion that develops among these young girls. Together, and with others, they explore one another and their sexuality as well as the dappled terrain of West Virginia. As has been remarked elsewhere, Phillips's descriptions of the natural world are rich, evocative, and somehow simultaneously dark and sparkling. I think she did a ...more
2.5 I wanted to like this - that which fancies itself a Southern Gothic set in WV - I really tried. I wouldn't doubt that this is absolutely lovely prose, for somebody wired completely differently than me, and will even allow that its proper shelving is in the literature section. But I hated starting each and every paragraph in this book, knowing that to reach its end I would have to wade through bogs of random loose associations wanting to be lush atmosphere, yet neither flowing comfortably nor ...more
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Cuestión de gustos, pero para mí este es uno de esos casos de buen argumento desperdiciado por la forma de contar la historia, con un exceso de lenguaje poético y un ritmo demasiado moroso. No esta mal, pero lo dicho: se toma mucho tiempo para llegar a la parte verdaderamente interesante... y es que aunque las digresiones tengan por objeto crear personajes y trasfondos psicológicos, estos tampoco resultan tan redondos como para que compense.
Stacy Lewis
Maybe it was the time of the year (bball playoffs) and all the other things on my plate, but I couldn't really get into this book. There was a great sense of foreboding but it seemed to take forever for the inevitable to happen. Again, this may not be fair. I read this over 3 weeks. Maybe if I had read it ore quickly, it wouldn't have seemed so plodding. ...more
Aug 05, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Dec 06, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A friend brought this book to me and said it was beautifully written. But I had a heard time following the stream-of-consciousness imagery. Sometimes I wasn't sure if something had happened or if it was in a character's mind. Ultimately it was a good story; I just didn't want to work that hard. ...more
Diana Tilson
Jun 08, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
I was giving this a chance, but about three chapters in, it occurred to me that she's flagrantly imitating Faulkner, and then I lost all desire to keep reading. If anyone loves this book and disagrees, I'm willing to consider that I should give it another go, but otherwise, I abandon it. ...more
Aug 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
The writing was extremely descriptive, most of which was great, and some of which was a bit overdone. The story was good but for whatever reason it didn't capture me at all. It took me almost a month to finish this which alone means I was not pulled in. ...more
Apr 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Anne Sanow
Over-the-top, drippy gooey meandering lushness.
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vahva ja tumma, tiheää kerrontaa ja etelävaltiolaista tunnelmaa.
Notcathy J
Jun 14, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"fey, uninteresting" ...more
Sep 16, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 12, 2009 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I'm putting this on the shelf because I know I should read the "good" writers but am aching for captivating narrative (with ACTION) right now. ...more
Aug 21, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a while for me to get in to this book, but the last 100 pages were riveting! Ultimately a very good read.
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Jayne Anne Phillips is an American novelist and short story writer. Phillips graduated from West Virginia University, earning a B.A. in 1974, and later graduated from the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa.

Phillips has held teaching positions at several colleges and universities, including Harvard University, Williams College, and Boston University. She is currently Professor of Engl

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