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by Kent Haruf


In Plainsong Kent Haruf tells a dam good yarn with true-to-life characters and their everyday struggles living in rural Colorado.

In Plainsong Kent Haruf tells a dam good yarn with true-to-life characters and their everyday struggles living in rural Colorado. The two wacky and wonderful old brothers who readily welcome a 17 year old (pregnant) teen into their home captured my heart early on as well as the two young curious brothers, abandoned by their mother, who befriend a lonely old woman, experience some pretty hard knocks and learn some facts of life by peering thru the window of an abandoned old shed. This novel tells a simple story describing the lives of some of the residents in Holt, Colorado.

If the novelist invents a world, then Mr. Haruf has shaped a place of enormous goodness. The story itself-spare, unsentimental, rooted in action-honors the values of the community. The Wall Street Journal. The Baltimore Sun. Haunting, virtuostic writing. Inimitable, it is both spare and descriptive, as painstaking in capturing vagueness as it is precise in detailing the concrete. San Francisco Chronicle. Plainsong is nothing short of a revelation.

As the milieu widens to embrace fully four generations, Kent Haruf displays an emotional and aesthetic authority to rival the past masters of a classic American tradition. Utterly true to the rhythms and patterns of life, Plainsong is a novel to care about, believe in, and learn from. It is well written in a solid and peaceful, beautiful way, reminding me a little of Dan O'Brien. There is a little, quiet, human humor. Haruf conveys the feeling, and the.

Plainsong 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 hospital in Colorado, a hospital in Arizona, a library in Iowa, an alternative high school in Wisconsin, and universities in Nebraska and Illinois.

Plainsong is a bestselling novel by Kent Haruf. Set in the fictional town of Holt, Colorado, it tells the interlocking stories of some of the inhabitants

Plainsong is a bestselling novel by Kent Haruf. Set in the fictional town of Holt, Colorado, it tells the interlocking stories of some of the inhabitants. The title comes from a type of unadorned music sung in Christian churches, and is a reference to both the Great Plains setting and the simple style of the writing. The novel was adapted in 2004 into a Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie on CBS. It is the first of a trilogy, the remaining two novels being Eventide and Benediction.

A heartstrong story of family and romance, tribulation and tenacity, set on the High Plains east of Denver. In the small town of Holt, Colorado, a high school teacher is confronted with raising his two boys alone after their mother retreats first to the bedroom, then altogether.

Kent Haruf, award-winning, bestselling author of Plainsong returns to the high-plains town of Holt, Colorado, with a novel of masterful authority. The aging McPheron brothers are learning to live without Victoria Roubideaux, the single mother they took in and who has now left their ranch to start college. The red Cadillac pulled down Main Street and sat by the tavern for hours, unnoticed. Then Ralph Bird of the Men's Store recognized the driver as Jack Burdette and bolted to the sheriff's office. The prodigal son of Holt, Colorado, had returned-and he was far from welcome.

Ranged around both bedroom windows, sewn on the bedcover, tacked on the pillows. Still more surrounding the mirror over the chest of drawers. Judy must get something out of it, he thought. Judy must get something out of it, he thought the bathroom doing something to herself, inserting something. He smoked a cigarette and looked at the ceiling. A pool of light was showing directly above the bedside lamp on the pink plaster

Why might Kent Haruf have chosen Plainsong as the title for this novel? What meaning, or meanings, does the title have in relation .

Why might Kent Haruf have chosen Plainsong as the title for this novel? What meaning, or meanings, does the title have in relation to Haruf's story and characters? How does Haruf characterize the landscape of Holt and its surroundings, and how does he use landscape to set the emotional scene? In what ways are his characters shaped and formed by the land around them? .

Ambitious, but never seeming so, Kent Haruf reveals a whole community as he interweaves the stories of a pregnant high school girl, a lonely teacher, a pair of boys abandoned by their mother, and a couple of crusty bachelor farmers. From simple elements, Haruf achieves a novel of wisdom and grace-a narrative that builds in strength and feeling until, as in a choral chant, the voices in the book surround, transport, and lift the reader off the ground. from the citation for the national book award.

A heartstrong story of family and romance, tribulation and tenacity, set on the High Plains east of Denver.In the small town of Holt, Colorado, a high school teacher is confronted with raising his two boys alone after their mother retreats first to the bedroom, then altogether. A teenage girl -- her father long since disappeared, her mother unwilling to have her in the house -- is pregnant, alone herself, with nowhere to go. And out in the country, two brothers, elderly bachelors, work the family homestead, the only world they've ever known.From these unsettled lives emerges a vision of life, and of the town and landscape that bind them together -- their fates somehow overcoming the powerful circumstances of place and station, their confusion, curiosity, dignity and humor intact and resonant. As the milieu widens to embrace fully four generations, Kent Haruf displays an emotional and aesthetic authority to rival the past masters of a classic American tradition.Utterly true to the rhythms and patterns of life, Plainsong is a novel to care about, believe in, and learn from.

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ISBN13: 978-0375406188

ISBN: 0375406182

Author: Kent Haruf

Category: Literature and Fiction

Subcategory: Genre Fiction

Language: English

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf; 1st edition (September 21, 1999)

Pages: 320 pages

ePUB size: 1324 kb

FB2 size: 1831 kb

Rating: 4.7

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Bluecliff
My favorite book of the past few years. Kent Haruf has written a stunning character study of a group of loosely related people in the small town of Holt, Colorado. The story follows the lives of a father and his two sons as they deal with their wife/mother drifting away from them; a struggling teenage girl kicked out of her house; and two elderly bachelor farmers.
There is a bit of plot tying the narrative together but for the most part it is a study of relationships and the fierce unforgiving world of the plains. The authors writing is breathtaking with beautiful descriptions of the world: "But the air was turning sharp, with a fall feeling of loneliness coming." [p 27] Coming early in the story this line sets the tone.
Everyone has struggles: "The girl looked tired ands sad, the blanket wrapped about her shoulders as though she were some survivor of a train wreck of flood, the sad remnant from some disaster that had passed through and done its damage and gone on." [p 31]
But there is also plenty of wry humor; I love his descriptions of the elderly brothers which sets the stage for their characters: "They looked as stiff and motionless as if they'd been shaped out of plaster and then stood up on the porch like two lifelike statues of minor saints." [p 117]
This novel is full of realistic people struggling to find rewarding relationships in an otherwise lonely world. It is beautifully written. It's difficult to provide some of the later beautiful passages without spoiling the plot.
I just love this book, which was a National Book Award Finalist. Just before stumbling across it, I felt as though I'd exhausted my modern fiction mine; but discovering Kent Haruf has written at least five other novels I feel like I've hit a vein of gold. Even better, Plainsong is the first of a three book series; I can hardly wait to dive into Eventide and Benediction.
Bluecliff
My favorite book of the past few years. Kent Haruf has written a stunning character study of a group of loosely related people in the small town of Holt, Colorado. The story follows the lives of a father and his two sons as they deal with their wife/mother drifting away from them; a struggling teenage girl kicked out of her house; and two elderly bachelor farmers.
There is a bit of plot tying the narrative together but for the most part it is a study of relationships and the fierce unforgiving world of the plains. The authors writing is breathtaking with beautiful descriptions of the world: "But the air was turning sharp, with a fall feeling of loneliness coming." [p 27] Coming early in the story this line sets the tone.
Everyone has struggles: "The girl looked tired ands sad, the blanket wrapped about her shoulders as though she were some survivor of a train wreck of flood, the sad remnant from some disaster that had passed through and done its damage and gone on." [p 31]
But there is also plenty of wry humor; I love his descriptions of the elderly brothers which sets the stage for their characters: "They looked as stiff and motionless as if they'd been shaped out of plaster and then stood up on the porch like two lifelike statues of minor saints." [p 117]
This novel is full of realistic people struggling to find rewarding relationships in an otherwise lonely world. It is beautifully written. It's difficult to provide some of the later beautiful passages without spoiling the plot.
I just love this book, which was a National Book Award Finalist. Just before stumbling across it, I felt as though I'd exhausted my modern fiction mine; but discovering Kent Haruf has written at least five other novels I feel like I've hit a vein of gold. Even better, Plainsong is the first of a three book series; I can hardly wait to dive into Eventide and Benediction.
Conjukus
Kent Haruf is a genius with words. The dialogue rings so true that you feel as if you are listening to the book when you are merely reading it. Populated by some unforgettable characters it is full of tenderness and brutality seen as simply part of life on a ranch in a small town. I LOVED every word in this book and can't wait to start the next book in the trilogy. The literary world lost a great talent when Mr Haruf died. We are fortunate to have the body of work he left behind. The McPheron brothers stole my heart and I found myself smiling whenever they were speaking in the book. An exceptional meditation on the nature of love.
Conjukus
Kent Haruf is a genius with words. The dialogue rings so true that you feel as if you are listening to the book when you are merely reading it. Populated by some unforgettable characters it is full of tenderness and brutality seen as simply part of life on a ranch in a small town. I LOVED every word in this book and can't wait to start the next book in the trilogy. The literary world lost a great talent when Mr Haruf died. We are fortunate to have the body of work he left behind. The McPheron brothers stole my heart and I found myself smiling whenever they were speaking in the book. An exceptional meditation on the nature of love.
Lestony
I came to this book looking for a story set in Colorado during my lifetime for my Goodreads reading challenge. It was a serendipitous choice. Set in the high plains of Eastern Colorado, the title is a play on words. Hauntingly lyrical, the story, a song of the plains, is captured succinctly by the musical term Plainsong. Written in a spare yet descriptive style, Haruf tells a tale of the interwoven lives of the people of Holt Colorado, a tiny ranching town. The most promonent characters are two young brothers, two troublesome teenage boys, two High School teachers and two elderly brothers who are ranchers. At the center of the story is a pregnant teenager. The chapter's titles are names of various characters. The narration is in the third person and, while unflinching in language, is not particularly violent. However, the graphic descriptions of modern animal husbandry and veterinary practices were almost TMI for me. There is no killing or mistreatment of animals. The fascinating aspect of the story for me was how Haruf invites the reader to contrast the wrangling of cattle with the process of trying to convince people to make good choices in their lives. By alternating chapters about ranching with chapters about character's choices, the parallels between ranching and the character's lives is clearly highlighted. Plainsong is the first of the Plainsong Series of novels. I look forward to reading the others.

Highly recommended, as is the Audible Audiobook.
Lestony
I came to this book looking for a story set in Colorado during my lifetime for my Goodreads reading challenge. It was a serendipitous choice. Set in the high plains of Eastern Colorado, the title is a play on words. Hauntingly lyrical, the story, a song of the plains, is captured succinctly by the musical term Plainsong. Written in a spare yet descriptive style, Haruf tells a tale of the interwoven lives of the people of Holt Colorado, a tiny ranching town. The most promonent characters are two young brothers, two troublesome teenage boys, two High School teachers and two elderly brothers who are ranchers. At the center of the story is a pregnant teenager. The chapter's titles are names of various characters. The narration is in the third person and, while unflinching in language, is not particularly violent. However, the graphic descriptions of modern animal husbandry and veterinary practices were almost TMI for me. There is no killing or mistreatment of animals. The fascinating aspect of the story for me was how Haruf invites the reader to contrast the wrangling of cattle with the process of trying to convince people to make good choices in their lives. By alternating chapters about ranching with chapters about character's choices, the parallels between ranching and the character's lives is clearly highlighted. Plainsong is the first of the Plainsong Series of novels. I look forward to reading the others.

Highly recommended, as is the Audible Audiobook.
Alien
I actually found this book depressing for much of the time, even though I went on to read the next two in the trilogy.
The book is well written with good characterizations and with a sense of language that is appropriate to each character. I warmed up to the location, the characters and the story by the end, and ultimately found them heart-warming and even charming.
Alien
I actually found this book depressing for much of the time, even though I went on to read the next two in the trilogy.
The book is well written with good characterizations and with a sense of language that is appropriate to each character. I warmed up to the location, the characters and the story by the end, and ultimately found them heart-warming and even charming.
Pettalo
A surprisingly tender yet unsentimental novel about a community of people living in a rural Colorado town, and the poignant ways in which their lives intersect.

There's Guthrie and his young sons Ike and Bobby, whose mother abandoned them; Veronica, a pregnant high school girl fending for herself; and the McPheron brothers, two elderly cattle ranchers who take Veronica in and care for her.

There's not a lot of excitement in these pages; just a quiet, character-driven meditation on love, friendship and community, if you're into that.

Haruf writes in stark, simple prose, evoking deep emotions in an understated way that sneaks up on you. It's refreshing to see such genuine tenderness and compassion between characters.
Pettalo
A surprisingly tender yet unsentimental novel about a community of people living in a rural Colorado town, and the poignant ways in which their lives intersect.

There's Guthrie and his young sons Ike and Bobby, whose mother abandoned them; Veronica, a pregnant high school girl fending for herself; and the McPheron brothers, two elderly cattle ranchers who take Veronica in and care for her.

There's not a lot of excitement in these pages; just a quiet, character-driven meditation on love, friendship and community, if you're into that.

Haruf writes in stark, simple prose, evoking deep emotions in an understated way that sneaks up on you. It's refreshing to see such genuine tenderness and compassion between characters.