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Eventide (Plainsong #2)

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When the McPheron brothers see Victoria Roubideaux, the single mother they'd taken in, move from their ranch to begin college, an emptiness opens before them - and for many other townspeople it also promises to be a long, hard winter. A young boy living alone with his grandfather helps out a neighbor whose husband, off in Alaska, suddenly isn't coming home, leaving her to ...more
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Published January 1st 2004 by Books on Tape, Incorporated
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Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where I grew up, there was an old bachelor who lived about half a mile farther from town than we did. He lived in a tiny shack of a house and would often drop in to our place on the way to or from town. I will call him Charlie, although everyone always said his first and last names together like they were one. He drove a buggy with a beautiful, older white horse pulling it. The buggy was black and had a cover mounted on risers to keep the sun and rain off. The horse wore ‘blinders’, maybe so it ...more
I've never lived in a small town, nor even visited a cattle ranch, yet it feels like coming home to return once again to Holt, Colorado and the folks who live there.

The old McPheron brothers are still working the cattle, with the occasional snorty bull, cows with sour dispositions, and calves bawling for their mamas. Harold and Raymond are men of few words. As long as they have been living and working together, not much needs to be said between them, and their companionable silence is just as co
Will Byrnes
Oct 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eventide continues Haruf’s depiction of Holt, Colorado, begun in Plainsong, of a small town with a wide range of humanity. Like Plainsong, Eventide is a beautiful work with moving characters captivating imagery and a clear view of humanity at its core. It made me cry both for struggles of its characters and the clarity of its writing. Familiar characters from Plainsong, Tom Guthrie, Maggie Jones, Harold and Raymond McPheron and Victoria Robideaux are joined by a new roster of characters, young a ...more
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Eventide is the brilliant and perfect follow-up to Plainsong, told in the same, spare language and set a couple of years later. You could read it as a standalone novel, but you'd be missing more than the half you have not read - not so much in terms of plot as equilibrium.

Even though a notable aspect of both books is the lack of backstory, and there are major characters in this who left not so much as a dusty footprint on the pag
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americana
Bentornato a casa ogni lettore che in queste pagine ritrova gente e luoghi familiari inventati da questo scrittore che qui da noi si è creato un culto forse neppure solo di nicchia.

Siamo sempre a Holt, paesotto immaginario del Colorado, come già in Plainsong e Benedizione, i capitoli che precedono e seguono in questa trilogia non rigorosa (slegata), e molti personaggi sono gli stessi, a cominciare dai fratelli Harold e Raymond McPheron, da Victoria Roubideaux e la sua piccola Katie (
Harold and Raymond McPlieron with their foster daughter, Victoria Robideaux and her little baby daughter continues life on the cattle ranch near the rural town, Holt, in Colorado.

As life is slowly pacing along on the tracks of history, new people enter their lives, and old ones leave. The rich colors of rural life, in both culture and language spread out in this book like the autumn leaves in a forest of humanity. There is heartbreak and happiness; the good and the bad, and a story line to tie i
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
4.5 I know I am reading a great book when I continue to think about the characters during the day, even when I am not reading. I feel like I know these people in this story and I was worried and sad with them. At one point I was angry with them. There are also good times in this story. I loved the small town feel of Holt, Colorado. I felt like I was there. Excellent writing, great story! I look forward to book 3. Highly recommend.
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
There's nothing better and nothing worse than having a family.

When you get along or can relate to one another, there's a sense of togetherness, a sense of love. When they lie, manipulate or batter you, they are the antithesis of what's needed for that familial love to succeed.

It doesn't matter if we have money or only a handful of pennies to our name, we all grieve to a certain extent. That grief comes out in many ways.

We all wonder what we could've done to make things better for ourselves or s
Betsy Robinson
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It don't seem to matter at all what we like. It's how things are.
It doesn't matter where this quote is, the context, or who said it. This is the essence of what Kent Haruf expresses in his exquisite books: what life as a human is really like, all the goodness and the almost intolerable pain. There is no excess in his writing. He takes my breath away, makes my heart pound, and my soul sing — all at the same time.
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
****4.5 Stars**** I'm last Kent Haruf novel. I'm going to miss the McPheron brothers. Review to follow.
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Continuing the story of the residents of fictional Holt, Colorado, the novel features some of the same characters that readers came to love in Plainsong . The McPheron brothers see Victoria Roubideaux move off their ranch to begin college; Maggie Jones once again displays the compassion and good sense that make her such a wonderful teacher; Tom Guthrie and his boys make an appearance as well. And social worker Rose Tyler finds that the burden of helpin
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What this book imparts is a quintessential view of American agrarian working class people. It is set in Colorado and speaks of small town life, I would guess in the 1970s or 80s. (One family has a microwave.) It is not plot oriented, so if you want lots to happen, look elsewhere. The picture it draws is astoundingly perceptive. The characters have very ordinary lives, but it is the perfection with which they are drawn that is so fantastic.

I cannot think of another book that delivers such astoun
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-reads, 2015
4.5 stars

Once again Kent Haruf has taken me back to the comfort of home with his writing. He is subtle, slowly capturing the reader to care about his characters. These are people I recognize, and feel comfortable matter how long I have been away. The second in his trilogy, Eventide is a bit more coarse, not quiet as feel good as Plainsong. Each of these characters are facing difficult things in their lives...and for some of them it is coming at a very young age. There is sorrow in most
Mar 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Barbara by: Debby
Reading this book was a bittersweet experience. It is a continuation of Haruf's earlier, Plainsong ,which has updated some of the previous characters and introduced others. It is easy to become immersed in the lives of the people of this community of Holt,Colorado.Life for them is simple, yet difficult, with harsh climate and ceaseless toil for many of them. Haruf has the facility to expose the raw emotions, or the guileless behaviors of most of his characters.

I found particularly endearing,two
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Kent Haruf book, another quietly profound work of art. And myself, reluctant yet again to leave this world that he’s created. How does this author manage to evoke so much feeling using so few words?

Eventide is defined as “the end of day, the evening.” To me, the setting of the sun is a form of goodbye, but only for a little while. In Holt as in any other town, nothing stays the same for long. There are farewells, some of them heartbreaking, and there are also hellos. Loves lost and love
Neal Adolph
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads, european
There are many things that Haruf does incredibly well with this book. He has compelling, sad, even tormented characters that the reader watches with sympathy and horror. Haruf is clearly a compassionate man in the way that men in the prairies are compassionate - its a special mix of cold and warmth and reservation, and he has figured out how to share it just right. He also has created stories that don't have plotlines, but that just unravel in unexpected and expected ways. Every now and then the ...more
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-books
Wow. I don't know what I did to deserve this, but I've been suddenly swept up into a literary vortex of greatness. Oh, wait, I know what I've done. I've read about 300 crappy books in my lifetime and my karma finally came back and whispered, "good books come to those who wait."

Do you love John Steinbeck? Carson McCullers? How about Larry McMurtry? If you love any ONE of these writers, this will probably be a solid 4-star read for you. If you are like me and you love all 3 of them, well, inform y
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the first book in the series, Plainsong, a few moths ago, and although I liked it (3.5 stars), I thought it would probably be forgotten quickly. How wrong I was, I couldn't stop thinking about the characters. I adored this second book in the series even more, it felt like checking in with old friends. If you only enjoy books that are plot driven then this is definitely not for you. Eventide is slow and meandering - a little slice of life in small town America. I fell in love with almost a ...more
Dopo aver letto “Canto della pianura”, non posso negare di essermi del tutto irrazionalmente affezionata agli abitanti di Holt. Mi piace, per così dire, farmi i fatti loro. :-D

Il tenore e la qualità della narrazione, tuttavia, sono inferiori rispetto al precedente romanzo, a mio modesto avviso. Quel che veniva efficacemente suggerito nel primo solo attraverso i fatti, nel secondo richiede l’impiego di molte più parole e il risultato spesso è deludente, perché non altrettanto incisivo.

May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After finishing Kent Haruf's book, Plainsong, I could not get Holt, Colorado or its townspeople off my mind. Luckily, Mr.Haruf decided to revisit this lonely Colorado town in his book, Eventide. Although only a few of the beloved characters from 'Plainsong' make an appearance in 'Eventide', this story was every bit as gritty, haunting and lonely as its predecessor.

In this story, the reader is introduced to other characters from Holt, Colorado. These characters are just as unforgettable as the on
Bobby Simic
Feb 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adultfiction
With certain books, sequels aren't necessary, and in some instances they're downright unwelcome. I wouldn't put Eventide, the sequel to the splendid Plainsong, into the latter category, but this follow-up might be hard for some to accept. We had left so many of the pained but quietly noble characters in a good spot in life. You wanted to keep them there, like in a snowglobe, because they deserved their moment of undisturbed happiness. But I suppose life isn't like that, and bad times crop up no ...more
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A couple of months ago I read — and fell in love with — Kent Haruf's Plainsong, the first in a loose trilogy of novels set in Holt, Colorado. I loved the story so much that I raced through it in a matter of days and then felt completely bereft, because I wanted to spend more time with those wonderful characters.

Which is why reading Eventide, the second in the series, was so enjoyable: from the moment I opened the first page it was like being reacquainted with old friends.

Along with the evocativ
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: righe, nordamericana
Alle fine di Crepuscolo di Kent Haruf ho capito, grazie alla postfazione di Cremonesi, il traduttore, cosa dei suoi libri mi piace tanto: è la luminosa fiducia nel genere umano che circonda i luoghi e le persone, senza eccessi, senza sentimentalismi né cinismo ma colma di pudore e timidezza che trapela nelle parole, sempre dosate e accurate, quasi perfette.
Sep 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed and admired all of Kent Haruf's novels for their spare, gritty lyricism. He treats both his characters and the rural, weathered landscape of Colorado with sympathy and respect, showing how the lives of small-town, seemingly ordinary people are lit with a quiet resonance.
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Ho finito di leggere le ultime pagine in macchina, mentre andavo al lavoro.
Non mi succedeva da molto tempo di aver questa urgenza, di provare questo desiderio, irresistibile, di prolungare la permanenza fra le pagine e i protagonisti di una storia, di restare immersa, completamente, nelle loro vite e nell'atmosfera avvolgente di Holt.
Non perché quella di Crepuscolo sia una storia travolgente, non perché la vita a Holt sia risparmiata dalla crudeltà o dalla violenza, ma perché (come scr
Judith E
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
Listen....listen carefully and you can hear Kent Haruf's sparse but wise words on community, love, family and fortitude. It's a no nonsense, simple rhythm of life everywhere, not just in Holt, Colorado. A beautiful reflection of human life. So beautiful.
Marcello S
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Forse il pezzo migliore della Trilogia.
Kent, adesso si che inizierai a mancarmi davvero. [80/100]
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laysee by: Cecily

"It was still hot outside, though the sun had begun to lean to the west, and the first intimations of fall were in the air - that smell of dust and dry leaves, that annual lonesomeness that comes of summer closing down." – Kent Haruf

I like prose that is lush and lyrical. I enjoy reading sentences that taste like morsels of the very best chocolate or cheese. Then I "met" Kent Haruf. He wrote prose that was clean and spare. I have begun to find pleasure in unadorned prose that is as refreshing as
Sep 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of clean writing and small-town novels
What a read. What a writer!

I don't necessarily recommend reading Plainsong and this book back-to-back, that is, unless you have a stash of Prozac lying around. Haruf doesn't mind putting his characters through tragedy. But at the heart of his work is .... a lot of heart. He shows you the humanity in his characters, what knits us together, and why love and community are at the heart of everything.

A highly recommended series. The first two are by far the best of the trilogy, in my opinion. The a
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Kent Haruf was born in eastern Colorado. He received his Bachelors of Arts in literature from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1965 and his Masters of Fine Arts from the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa in 1973. For two years, he taught English in Turkey with the Peace Corps and his other jobs have included a chicken farm in Colorado, a construction site in Wyoming, a rehabilitation ...more
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  • Benediction (Plainsong, #3)
“He wanted to think of words that would make some difference but there were none in any language he knew that were sufficient to the moment or that would change a single thing.” 30 likes
“And they had folded his brother's hands across his suited chest, as if he would be preserved in this sanguine pose forever, but only the heavy callouses visible at the sides of his hands seemed real. It was only the callouses that appeared to be familiar and believable.” 5 likes
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