The year is 1929, and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton travel from Boston to the North Carolina mountains where they plan to create a timber empire. Although George has already lived in the camp long enough to father an illegitimate child, Serena is new to the mountains—but she soon shows herself to be...more
"I think this is what the end of the world will be like," McIntyre said, and none among them raised his voice to disagree.In the primeval woods of North Carolina, young timber baron, George Pemberton, brings his bride, Serena, to live with him in his kingdom. He had been busy enough already, fathering a child with a local girl and clear-cutting wide swaths of land. Serena quickly establishes herself as a power in her own right, knowledgeable about the timber business from her family backgro ...more
whenever i try to hand-sell this at work, i will usually just say: "it is like macbeth in a logging community. with a greek chorus." which as a customer, i would hear and think, "i must read this boo ...more
George and Serena Pemberton are timber barons from Boston who have set up a logging camp in western North Carolina. Set in 1929 in the ...more
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence play the power couple in the 2015 movie.
George Pemberton brought back a wife from Boston. More than a wife, more of a force of nature as dangerous as a witch and as pretty as an angel. He feels stronger with her by his side, and though never a man lacking in confidence, that ...more
I really like strong female heroines and Ron Rash’s Serena delivers on that. You might not like her, but the novel’s title character is capable, resourceful and ruthlessly ambitious. I also enjoyed how Rash used the battle to create the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (early environmentalists versus timber interests in the late 1920s) to frame his fictional story. As was the case with The Cove (a Ron Rash novel I read in the spring), I was continually impressed with Rash’s writing; his descr ...more
Bashing in a raccoon's skull with an axe...Starving a captive eagle to bend it to your will...Baiting a field with corn and apples so you can shoot twelve deer and a bear for sport, then just leave them all piled in the middle of the field to rot after you've killed them...Are you sickened yet? I found mys ...more
I also love unlikable characters in fiction- and I adore evil soulmates...because eventually evil people "in love" will turn on one another...and THAT is when things get interesting. One will always be more evil than the other...
1929- Waynesville, North Carolina-
Newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton travel from Boston to the North Carolina mountains- where George sho ...more
Ron Rash's prose is beautiful. It is realistic and earthy, but not raw or unpolished and it helps you visualize the harsh Appalachian landscape, full of lore and superstitions, which is slowly falling prey to the needs of the developing, modern world. The heart of the novel is Serena, a deeply flawed, mysterious heroine that bends eagles ...more
And I think I'm supposed to admire the main characters, but hate them at the same time since they're fairly heinous? But honestly, I felt nothing besides boredom for them. They were flat and uni ...more
“You men notice so little. Physical strength is your gender’s sole advantage.”
Allow me to introduce you to Serena . . . . .
Aint’ she sweet?
Serena has moved to North Carolina to start a new life with her husband, the owner of a timber company . . . .
(Don’t worry – this ain’t a kissing book.) Upon arrival, Serena proves she’s not your average Depression era
Love to see the "power hungry female" fleshed out and OWNING it. Truly unlikeable character(s) in actions and deeds. Business partner not agree with your vision? Hunting accident. Disloyalty? Make an example out of him. The courageous and altruistic? SO DEAD. Strip and rape the land, too. Then move onto another country. Repeat.
Wow. Just wow.
She and her husband George Pemberton are Depression-era timber barons in North Carolina. We’re introduced to them ...more
Comparisons to Steinbeck’s or McCarthy’s epic novels feel a bit exaggerated to me. Serena lacks that truth and depth and dark essence flowing through novels of men ...more
It's not that it isn't entertaining. I just couldn't really get myself to give two craps about any of the characters. And I couldn't suspend my disbelief enough to find any of it realistic. (I mean, seriously? They ...more
It's 1929 in Waynesville, NC and plowing trees for timber is a booming industry. The Pemberton's reign supreme and negotiage one deal after another to claim the top spot. Serena especially brings an extra layer of female power by leading the men, wearing pants! and training a pet eagle to hunt rattlesnakes. She is one of the most developed characters, I've ever met in a book and I couldn't get enough of her conniving and brutal ...more
The writing was beautiful, the background interesting and informative and the story was frequently tense and exciting. However the characters were awful, Serena in particular. A really nasty and amoral woman married to an equally unpleasant man. Nothing to like there. Also I have a history of not enjoying books where bad things happen to animal ...more
Update: March 28, 2015
Holy Crap!.....just watched the movie.....Be prepared for...more
On the heels of my previous read, a forever favourite,The Secret History, still occupying way too many rooms in my head, this one felt barren, almost raw, like no one threw a rug on the floor. It all happens hard and fast.
In 1929 newlyweds George and Serena travel from Boston to the North Carolina Mountains where they plan to harvest timber and create an empire. The terrain is relentless, the characters rough and tumble and t ...more
Serena and George Pemberton have never met a living creature (human, animal, or plant) they do not wish to dominate (or destroy) for their own gain. With an element of suspense, Rash weaves a tale of ambition gone awry.
Highly recomended for fans of southern literature, those who ...more
Serena is wickedly good! I first read this dark adventure back in 2009 and have read and listened to it twice since then (TIP: the audio version is not very well done.. read it the old fashioned way). I even built a literary scavenger hunt based on the book out in the dark woods behind my house - moonshine, snakes, a bone-handled knife, and Paris Green rat poison all came into play. Finally, I'm writing a review - six years late!
First off ...more
Maestro Marin Allsop tells us Carmina Burana is “all about fate and fortune and how that impacts our lives, and also the hushed quality after this enormous opening. You know, suddenly, let me tell you a secret. Come closer.”
Oh, but what ...more
Here and now is Depressing-Era North Carolina, the place where newly weds George and Serena Pemberton have come to make their fortune out of timber. The first chapter is an eye opener for the harsh Frontier conditions and for the steely strength of will in the eyes of beautiful Serena. It also serves as a grim song of Cassandra for things to come: by the end of the opening scene ...more
There was absolutely no character development at all. Before he met Serena, George Pemberton was apparently a bit of a ladies man, however he was apparently completely enamored with Serena fr ...more
Sex me up now
Give me a slinky negligée to wear
That doth expose my boobs; I'll eagles tame
And bid them bring to me fresh rattlesnakes;
Bribe senators; hew down all Birnam Wood
Taking the logs by rail to Dunsinane;
If any man should dare oppose my will
My trusty vassal shall dispatch him straight
With his good switchblade. Ayn, lend me ...more
Serena, devilish Serena!...
Gosh!... She gave me the creeps!
Imagine greed, ambition, hunger for power... with nothing there to act as a counterbalance.
No kindness, no goodness, no empathy, no compassion, no nothing...
That defines Serena.
She’s not a villain, oh no! Compared to her, villains are sweet, candied creatures. She’s not human. She’s an anti-heroine —an icon of evil 👿
Well... anti-heroes are as good as heroes
Heroes remind us how great humans can be, whilst anti-heroes remind us ho ...more
(That's not even a random photo that I found on the internet - my brother in law took that. That's ...more
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