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The Cove (Anglais) Broché – 1 mars 2012

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'Rash tells great stories, raw and powerful ... He understands the way life works' Irish Times

'An unmitigated joy to read' Independent on Sunday

'Ron Rash is the best American novelist I have come upon in the last twenty years' Scotsman

'Exquisite. A breathless sequence of events lead the book to its devastating final sentence' New York Times

'Recalls both Steinbeck and Cormac McCarthy' New Yorker

'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, Author Of Empire Falls

'When writers gather and tipple while discussing those not present at the table but admired, the name Ron Rash quickly comes up. He uses language wiith 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. There's not much he doesn't know about humans in turmoil, or his region, a place where nothing ever changes until all of a sudden it does and often too much. Rash throws a big shadow now and it's only going to get bigger' Daniel Woodrell, Author Of Winter's Bone

' Remarkable ... Mr. Rash certainly knows how to rivet attention' New York Times on Burning Bright

'Finds a narrow sweet spot between Raymond Carver and William Faulkner' Washington Post on Burning Bright

'This book calls to mind Snow Falling on Cedars and Cold Mountain, but the poet in Ron Rash and his lyrical prose elevate this novel to its 'Book of the Year'; status' Irish Times on Serena

'Serena could sit comfortably on any bookshelf alongside Cormac McCarthy or Charles Frazier ... it's a spectacular book Guardian'The Cove is a marvelous novel, bristling with power, humanity and the exceptional quality of characterisation and storytelling we have come to expect from Ron Rash' --Irvine Welsh --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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It is 1918 and the world is at war. But this feels a million miles away for Laurel Shelton. In the house where her parents toiled and died, in the wilds of the Appalachian Mountains, Laurel aches for her life to begin. And then one day a stranger is discovered in the cove near her house. What follows is an unforgettable story of love, fate and divided loyalties. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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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(0x993e806c) 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(0x9918db04) 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(0x9918dbf4) 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(0x9918dfe4) 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(0x9918d384) 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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