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Nightwoods by Charles Frazier
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Dec 31, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, friendship, family-issues

I thought Frazier's Cold Mountain made a better movie than it did a book, and I thought his Thirteen Moons was okay, so I wasn't expecting much in this book, but this is his best crafted novel of the three. Don't expect thrills and special effects. This book is steady and subtle and subdued, but that is what makes it so good. This is a fine example of showing and not telling. Everything is understated, and that is what makes the children's actions so feral and frightening, Bud's cruelty so crazy, and Luce's attempts to survive all that she has suffered so meaningful. The Appalachian setting feels as if it's another character itself. The plot is actually simple, and there really aren't clever devices employed, but the story gripped me with its bald bareness.

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