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“A gently beautiful new novel…Rash, a native of Appalachia, has written a southern tragedy, with a self-consciously Shakespearean structure and economy…. [A] powerful novel, with some of the mysterious moral weight of Carson McCullers, along with a musical voice that belongs to Rash alone.” (USA Today)

“This book ranks among the best backwoods fiction since 2006’s Winter’s Bone.... [A] gripping novel…[not] just an elegant work of literary fiction, written in a voice that’s hauntingly simple and Southern; it’s also a riveting mystery.” (Entertainment Weekly, Grade: A)

“Rash is particularly good at capturing the hazy space where otherworldly phantoms mingle with plain old human meanness…Rash never lays down a dull or clunky line…at the very end…these pages ignite, and suddenly we’re racing through a conflagration of violence that no one seems able to control except Rash.” (Washington Post)

“In Rash’s skilled hands, even farm chores take on a meditative beauty.” (People)

“Mr. Rash’s writing is so richly atmospheric…[he] can make words take wing…. A breathless sequence of events lead the book to its devastating final sentence. And that sentence affirms Mr. Rash’s reputation for writerly miracles.” (Janet Maslin, New York Times)

“[B]eautifully crafted…In [the cove’s] story, we hear the unique voice of a region made all the more poignant for how few will ever hear it exactly this way again.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

“Rash masterfully poises suspense elements and gives full reign to other strengths: language, awe, symbolism, cast of characters and mountain knowledge…. It’s a book you could read again to savor the writing. Rash has found a subject that compellingly represents his vision—beauty shadowed by foreboding; and he’s made it symphonic.” (Asheville Citizen-Times)

“Lonely young woman meets mysterious stranger. What might have been trite and formulaic is anything but in Rash’s fifth novel, a dark tale of Appalachian superstition and jingoism so good it gives you chills… Even better than the bestselling Serena (2008), for here Rash has elevated melodrama to tragedy.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“Rash effortlessly summons the rugged Appalachian landscape as well as the small-mindedness and xenophobia of a country in the grip of patriotic fervor, drawing striking parallels to the heated political rhetoric of today. A powerful novel that skillfully overlays its tragic love story with pointed social commentary.” (Booklist (starred review))

“The gripping plot, gothic atmosphere, and striking descriptions, in particular of the dismal cove, make this a top-notch story of an unusual place and its fated and fearful denizens.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review), Pick of the Week)

“Rash develops his story masterfully; the large cast of characters is superbly realized, as is the xenophobia that accompanies the war, and Rash brings the various narrative threads together at the conclusion of the novel with formidable strength and pathos.” (Library Journal (starred review))

“Set during World War One, The Cove is a novel that speaks intimately to today’s politics. Beautifully written, tough, raw, uncompromising, entirely new. Ron Rash is a writer’s writer who writes for others.” (Colum McCann)

“Ron Rash uses language with such apparently effortless skill that it is as though he found words in his barn as a child and has been training them to fit his needs ever since....Rash throws a big shadow now and it’s only going to get bigger and soon.” (Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter's Bone)

“I wish the whole world spoke the way Ron Rash’s characters do. Read him for his poetry and great humanity. Just read him.” (Jennifer Haigh, author of Faith)

“Ron Rash is a writer of both the darkly beautiful and the sadly true; his new novel, The Cove, solidifies his reputation as one of our very finest novelists.” (Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls)

“The Cove is a beautifully written book that uses heartfelt characters to describe the difficult life of a lonely, misunderstood young woman.” (The Desert News)

“The Cove, the laconically beautiful new novel by Ron Rash, actually is lyrical, in the dictionary sense of having to do with song or poetry. Rash’s gorgeous prose is as close to song as you’ll find without an accompanying score . . .” (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

“Ron Rash has a deft touch in describing both landscape and household, and his use of evocatively specific regionalisms never edges into condescension or vernacular.” (Open Letters Monthly / Like Fire (blog))

“Ron Rash always satisfies. . . His newest novel, , reinforces this assessment. Rash still knows how to delivers a terrifically searing blow.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Présentation de l'éditeur

“Set during World War One, The Cove is a novel that speaks intimately to today’s politics. Beautifully written, tough, raw, uncompromising, entirely new. Ron Rash is a writer’s writer who writes for others.”
—Colum McCann

“Ron Rash is a writer of both the darkly beautiful and the sadly true; The Cove solidifies his reputation as one of our very finest novelists.”
—Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls

Here is a magnificent tale that captures the wondrous beauty of nature and love—and the darkness of superstition and fear—from one of America’s most exciting contemporary novelists. With The Cove, Ron Rash, author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller Serena, returns to the Appalachian milieu he has previously so memorably evoked. A two-time O. Henry Prize winner for his short fiction—and recipient of the 2010 Frank O’Connor International Story Award and the 2010 SIBA Book Award for his story collection Burning Bright—Rash can expect more honors for The Cove, a novel that brilliantly explores often dangerous notions of patriotism during wartime. This story of a love affair doomed in the rising turmoil of WWI resonates powerfully in today’s world.

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Ron Rash is an exemplary writer, surely one of the finest at work in our generation. He has an extraordinary sense of place, so beautifully realized and so powerful that the place itself becomes a major character in this haunting novel.

The place is a small bit of farmland deep in the North Carolina hills. The time is 1918 close to the end of World War I. Laurel Shelton lives on this meager farm with her brother, Hank, who returned from the war less one hand. She is lonely and beautiful, a young woman branded a witch because of a purple birthmark. Even the cove itself is considered haunted by the townspeople of Mars Hill. First ridiculed by classmates and then shunned by adults Laurel holds out little hope for happiness yet labors on beside her brother because that is all she knows to do.

And then the day comes when she is in the woods and believes she hears a bird song. However, this song does not end so she follows it until on the other side of a thicket she sees a man sitting with his back against a tree, "eyes closed as his fingers skipped across a silver flute."

She returns each day to listen to the song until she finds the man "shivering on a pallet of leaves, his face bright as fireweed," the victim of a horde of bees. She manages to drag him back to the cabin where she nurses him back to health. He carries a note explaining that his name is Walter, and he is mute. Hank would prefer not to have a stranger in their house, but changes his mind when Walter turns out to be an able farmhand.

Hank has made plans to marry, and now it seems that perhaps Laurel has found someone to love and who loves her.
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j ai bien aimé les chapitres courts, le style très direct et bien sûr l' histoire de hank , laurel et walter et bien d' autres !
J aimerais bien pénétrer dans ce vallon encaissé et découvrir tous ces endroits .Hélas , le barrage se construira et adieu le site enchanteur!
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The Cove, une révélation
Livre envoutant, les personnages a la fois mystérieux et simples, atmosphere pesante, la nature est décrite comme un
pesronnage cruel et bienveillant, on sent la tragédie qui guette inexorablement.
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HASH(0xa2c6b948) étoiles sur 5 A love story with the haunting forcefulness of classic gothic storytelling 7 février 2012
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Ron Rash is an author of supernatural perception whose writing can take on the haunting forcefulness of classic gothic storytelling. His power of observation is allied with his talent for translating human emotion into exquisite language. These brilliant stylistic gifts are deployed to full advantage in his latest pointed, tense yet heartfelt novel, The Cove: A Novel.

In THE COVE Rash plunges the reader deeply into a chilling world in which reality is narrow, bitter, and tragic. The setting is rural Appalachia at the height of World War I and though the war is raging far off in distant Europe, the barbarism of that war is close and fierce, right down home in the small mountain town of Mars Hill, North Carolina.

The rich variety of characters who populate Rash's Appalachia and their persuasive authenticity contribute scrupulously to the elemental power of his prose.

The story is centered on Laurel Shelton, a young pretty girl living in a rugged mountain cove which has spooked most of the simple townspeople of Mars Hill. Laurel is ostracized by these backward, ignorant folk, not merely because she lives on a struggling farm in the isolated cove they fear is cursed, but because she has a large purple birthmark on her shoulder which in the eyes of the superstitious is the mark of the devil. With the exception of Hank, her veteran of the war brother, Laurel lives a lonely, almost solitary existence forever shadowed by the foreboding gloom and haunting isolation of the cove. Simple happiness and freedom from loneliness seem destined to elude Laurel until the mysterious appearance of a mute stranger in the cove brings the promise of love for the first time into her lonely, desolate life.

Rash's plotting in THE COVE is subtle, especially in the inevitability of the story's events. But the tension he creates and firmly maintains control of is not. He allows the reader to assume predictability in the plot, only to tighten the tether of suspense in least expected ways, until the full fury of tragedy is unleashed in the novel's dramatic denouement.

THE COVE is first and foremost a love story but one which is blighted by a palpable sense of doom and wrenching heartache. Readers who are fans of the previous works of Ron Rash, particularly of Serena: A Novel (P.S.), should not approach THE COVE expecting another hard-edged SERENA, for THE COVE is a different kind of drama, one with a delicate reach and poignant expression of the human heart.

The Cove: A Novel is Ron Rash at his most affecting best and has convinced this reader of his versatile and enduring talent. It is most highly worthy of five stars.
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HASH(0xa2c7933c) étoiles sur 5 Love Amongst Intolerance 22 février 2012
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Laurel has lived her whole life in a gloomy cove with her brother Hank. Shunned by the locals for many reasons (they believe the cove is cursed, they believe Laurel a witch, Laurel has a large birthmark, etc..), and kicked out of school early, Laurel's entire life now centers around farm chores and taking care of Hank. Hank is recently back from World War I (still raging) after losing a hand, and he is working to restore the farm in hopes of marrying a local girl. The loneliness each feels particularly Laurel is oppressive. And then Laurel comes across Walter a musician who cannot speak and needs her help. And of course, everything changes.

Rash delivers simply a brutal read capturing a town gripped by superstition and war hysteria. The pacing is perfect and the entire cast of characters feel real and alive. The ominous cove literally seeps off the pages. Even more surprising, Walter's story is based on historic events. In The Cove, Rash creates a timeless and relevant story which is sure to make December's best of lists.
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HASH(0xa2c7e27c) étoiles sur 5 Appalachian Gothic 21 mai 2012
Par David J. Robertson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I'd heard author Ron Rash interviewed on the radio and "The Cove" sounded like just my cup of tea--a very strong regional novel set in a beautiful, isolated mountain hold, with lots of compelling descriptions of the natural world. And "The Cove" does have all these features in abundance. What it doesn't have is a great set of strong characters or narrative. The main characters are swiftly drawn and then seemingly frozen--there's no development during the several months of their lives that the novel covers. At least one of the characters is a caricature who would be laughable if he weren't so despicable.

Much of the novel proceeds at a very leisurely pace, building a sense of foreboding, but then, inexplicably, the author rushes to denouement. In addition, the lead-up could have produced several equally plausible conclusions--there's no "inevitability" to the story line--so I felt a bit manipulated when Rash chose the ending that he did.

And, despite his oftentimes exquisite descriptions, author Rash would do well to banish "muscadine" and "gloaming" from his vocabulary for the remainder of his writing career.

This novel would have made a good short story.
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HASH(0xa2c79258) étoiles sur 5 Spectral but stagnant 11 février 2012
Par "switterbug" Betsey Van Horn - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Ron Rash has a sublime sense of place, atmospheric detail and colloquial manners. The Appalachian landscapes in his novels are vivid, rugged. Colors, smells, and sounds take on a sentient quality, and there's a brutal, timeless delicacy to his terrains. Moment to moment, you move from the crest of creation to the threat of destruction. His stories convey themselves through the power of domain. His latest is a testament to the most fertile aspects of his craft, which shimmer through an otherwise flawed and listless story.

A short, mysterious prologue introduces us to a forbidding, rural North Carolina cove in 1957, and is followed by the main story, which takes place toward the end of WW I on the same rough and haunted turf. Laurel Shelton, an ostracized young woman, believed to be a hexed witch that causes harm and doom to others, lives with her brother, Hank, a disabled soldier recently returned from battle. Hank is engaged to marry a woman whose father needs to be convinced that Hank isn't also possessed. Into their solitary existence comes a mute flautist, Walter, who changes the course of their lives.

The alchemic beauty of the story is largely communed through Rash's formidable powers of description. The cove area, where Laurel and Hank Shelton live, has a supernatural aura. It is evident that the cove's mystical power will impel events along a trenchant course of turmoil and danger. The tension mounts early, with subtle and bold implications of the cove's spectral qualities and the Shelton's cursed history, which are woven inextricably together.

However, there are structural and character-related problems that make this story fall short of the author's intentions. It is difficult to relate them all without giving spoilers, so I will confine them to a few examples. First, the characters are static stereotypes that don't developed beyond what you see on introduction. They are either good and heroic or bad and polluted, and you know on contact. A few, like Walter, have hidden natures that are revealed gradually, but they don't truly evolve.

Secondary characters--Hank's friends, for instance, are stock set pieces. Slidell (Hank's closest friend) and his moonshine distilling behaviors are derivative and prosaic. If you want to be captivated by moonshine madness, read Finn, which places you vividly into the depths of this culture. I got tired of scenes of sittin' on the porch drinking moonshine, or laying about drinking moonshine, or recovering from the effects of moonshine. It added nothing to the significance of story, and seemed more like filler. Moreover, Slidell had minimal dimension beyond the buddy sidekick.

The villain, recruitment officer Chancey Feith, was a thin membrane of a figure. His presence was a platform for Rash to telegraph the theme of ignorant discrimination and flag-waving patriotism. He was a formula jingoist character that we knew to despise, who had no depth beyond pettiness and nationalism (with an obvious wink to today's imperialism). He was a flat, predictable entity designed to manipulate the story in a deterministic direction.

The plot is simple, and for all the meandering that Rash precipitated, it could have been reduced to a short story format. The structure was wobbly; for instance, he built up an imaginary dream world for Laurel to imbibe, where she insisted on knowing and recreating a historical place (that was central to the plot), leading the reader on a launched journey that demanded some kind of realization or corollary. However, Rash just dumped it with a reductive denouement.

As a matter of fact, several mobilized events and ideas were bluntly dispatched in this manner. He rushed the important events, especially as the climax drew nearer. Directions drifted and dropped and the story was sidetracked with spurious shifts, as Rash let the grains of some incipient ideas vanish with an inchoate shrug. It appeared as if he was trying to write two stories, and then eliminated one without properly trimming and removing surplus. Some of the context just shuffled into discarded notions. The myth of the cove was ultimately a tepid trickle, as its meaning wasn't revelatory or fulfilling.

At the end of the day, this is a mixed bag. The book is worth reading simply for the sense of place and time, providing an intimate feeling of color and history through geography and atmosphere. Rash is an author with a subtle and transcendent gift for transporting the reader to the Appalachian wilderness. However, once you get there, you're stuck in a stagnant, lackluster zone.
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HASH(0xa2c79240) étoiles sur 5 Be Aware That There Are Two Versions 19 avril 2014
Par jaydro - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Very unremarked upon here and elsewhere is that there are two versions of this novel--the hardback and the paperback. The paperback omits two chapters, reducing a character to minor status, along with some other small changes (I could only find the omission of a paragraph)--Ron Rash explains this in an introductory note. My reading group which was accidentally divided between readers of the two versions preferred the paperback revision.

Confusing matters further is that there are also two Kindle versions--the one with the plain cover and the one with the "P.S." in the lower right corner and "New York Times Bestseller" medallion on the left, which correspond to the hardback and paperback editions. Further confusing things is that the hardback non-P.S. Kindle version appeared in my cloud reader with "The Cove (P.S.)" title above each page, though my Kindle did not show this.
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