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This author's "The Pea Summer" was one of my favorite reads latest year, so I was eagerly anticipating "The River Home". I've come to know that Hannah Richell writes heart-warming, sometimes heart-breaking family sagas that are rich in hero and this book more than lived up to its t in attractive Somerset, the action of the novel takes put during September and the weeks surrounding the autumn equinox. The sense of place, and how people can have tenaciously powerful attachments to their family home permeates the e Sorrel family were simple to understand and even easier to imagine. Although the family was a small unusual and more than a small damaged, they had their own share of loves, regrets, betrayals, pain, recriminations, tensions, secrets, and worries. No family can endure and remain e book reminds us that life is short so we must love and live while we can. It also reminds us that we all wish to be 'seen' - acknowledged - created to feel necessary in some little way.Highly recommended to those readers who have fun character-rich family drama woven into a engrossing plot!
The River Home is a pensive, compelling tale that sweeps you away to the Somerset fields and immerses you into the lives of the Sorrell family, especially three strong, young women, as they gather to celebrate, support, confront, communicate, repair relationships, and finally reveal secrets that could potentially change their lives e prose is smooth and expressive. The characters are genuine, troubled, and sympathetic. And the plot, including all the subplots, intertwine and unravel effortlessly into a heartfelt tale of life, love, loss, resilience, determination, acceptance, self-reflection, and all the intricate dynamics that exist between family members.Overall, The River Home is an honest, sentimental, hopeful tale by Richell that does a attractive job of reminding us that life is complicated and messy and even the smallest choices we create can often have far-reaching consequences.
This is a book I could barely place down, set in a quiet village in Somerset, England, it is the story of a dysfunctional family, secrets kept and of love, hurts and forgiveness, MS Richell has dug deep with emotions from these characters and told a story that had me grabbing for the tissues and feeling so a lot of emotions, I hope that you will pick this one up and obtain to know Eve, Lucy, Margot and their family who live by the rgot Sorrell is finally returning home to Windfalls the family home she ran from when she was a teenager, she buried a lot of secrets in the corner of her memory, but now her sister Lucy has sent her a notice saying she needs her. Coming home has Margot on edge being with her sisters and mother is opening up wounds, but Lucy has her reasons for bringing the family together and maybe it is time that secrets are told and with pain then maybe healing will e relationship between the sisters has always been powerful and loving and reuniting in the house that they had grown up in has them all feeling emotional, there will be changes that will bring much sadness but also present what love can do. Eve, Lucy and Margot all uncover secrets that have been causing damage but together they will feel the strength and love that will hold them going.I truly loved this story, I am still tearing up writing this review and I hope I do it justice, beautifully written with love and caring it shows what love can do, how it can bring a family together even though there has been so much damage and resentment in the past through grief there is the possibility to mend the broken bridges and search peace and happiness again. This is a story that I highly recommend.
I received this book from the publisher n exchange for my honest cy announces she's getting married - in a week - and she wants the whole family together. Older sister Eve is married with kids, is having problems, and since she's a control freak she's taken over the wedding planning. Younger sister Margot, who fled home years ago after an unforgivable war with their mother, returns with a chip on her shoulder. Mom, Kit, world-famous author of bodice-ripping historical fiction, is a narcissist who lacked mothering skills. Dad, Ted, who raised the girls while Kit was writing, left them all years ago and is now happily married. The family comes together, the arguing begins, the past is dredged up...yet everyone is a bit skittish, cause everyone has a secret. As the wedding day approaches, will confrontations lead to reconciliation...or to brokenness? Hannah Richell has written a deeply moving, heart-wrenching story of an unconventional family, reuniting to celebrate a wedding while navigating through minefields of past hurts and current secrets. Set versus a picturesque backdrop of the River Avon in Somerset, and filled with multi-layered, relatable characters, The River Home is a sad, hopeful, unforgettable work of contemporary fiction.
EXCERPT: 'Lucy, I know you're all for straight talking, but I don't think now is the time -''If not now, then when?' She turns to Eve in frustration. 'Now is the time, don't you see? Now is all we have. We've spent far too much time tiptoeing around each other, I think Margot needs to know -''She knows, Lucy.' Eve gestures to where Margot stands. 'Look, she knows.'Lucy turns back to Margot and sees her standing crumpled in on herself. She is bent over with her face in her hands, her shoulders shaking.'Margot?'She doesn't answer.'Margot? Are you -'But before she can say anything else, Margot has spun on her heel and fled the marquee.Eve throws Lucy a worried look. 'Well done, Luce.'Lucy sighs and throws her hands up. 'Somebody had to say it.' She stares after Margot, at the light falling through the opening of the tent, wishing she could shine a light on the secrets her sister seems hell-bent on keeping. 'What do you think she meant?' she asks, turning back to Eve. 'The true truth? What was she talking about? What didn't we see?'ABOUT THIS BOOK: Margot Sorrell didn't wish to go home. She had spent all her adult life trying not to look behind. But a text from her sister Lucy brought her back to Somerset. 'I need you.'As Margot, Lucy and their eldest sister, Eve, reunite in the house they grew up in beside the river, the secrets they hold from each other, and from themselves, refuse to stay hidden. A wedding brings them together but long-simmering resentments threaten to tear the family apart. No one could imagine the method this gathering would change them all forever. And through the sorrow they are forced to confront, there is a possibility that healing will also come. But only if the truth is THOUGHTS: Families....we take them for granted, but when the chips are really down, it is usually the family who are there. But what happens if one day they aren't......? Is there any method back?Families are complex entities. We love them. We hate them. We treat them badly. We expect to be loved by them. No matter what. Complex. There is always someone who feels the odd one out. In this case, it's Margot, the youngest. She doesn't feel 'seen', and I can quite see why. But when her family calls, she comes.Hannah Richell is masterful in the creation of her characters; every nuance of them is so true that I live her books as I read them. The River Home is no exception. The plot is exquisitely intricate, damage feelings and misunderstandings layered one atop the other, the writing powerfully emotional. You will need tissues. When I closed the cover on this book, tears were running silently down my face, happy/sad tears, tears of sorrow, tears of joy.I love this author. Another book I will be adding to my private collection in hard copy.****.5THE AUTHOR: Hannah Richell was born in Kent, England and spent her childhood years in Buckinghamshire and Canada. After graduating from the University of Nottingham in 1998 she worked in book publishing and film. Hannah began to write while pregnant with her first child. The effect was Secrets of the Tides, picked for the 2012 Richard & Judy Book Club, the Waterstones Book Club and shortlisted for the Australian Independent Bookseller Best Debut Fiction Award, ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year (2013) and ABIA Newcomer of the Year (2013). The novel has been translated into sixteen languages. Her follow-up novel was The Shadow Year and her third, The Pea Summer, was published in 2018.Hannah has written for a number of media outlets including Harper’s Bazaar, The Independent, Fairfax Media and Australian Women’s Weekly. She is a dual citizen of the UK and Australia, though currently lives in the South West of England with her family.DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Hachette Australia for providing a digital ARC of The River House by Hannah Richell for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own private opinions.
THE RIVER HOME is a powerful family drama that sweeps up the reader from page one. I was immersed in the lives - and issues - of the sisters. Each has a secret and while some are more engrossing than others, all are interesting. Richell handles going back and forth in time very well; I never felt like the past portions were less interesting or necessary because they directly similar to what was event or what the characters were feeling show day. I like the pacing and how everything is leading up to the wedding. Although I guessed Lucy's secret, I thought it was handled beautifully. The setting is also lovely and well-described. I will look for others by this author.
The River Home by Hannah Richell is a highly recommended character-driven family e Sorrell girls are all returning to their mother's Somerset country home called Windfalls for a last-minute wedding. "Lucy, the bride, has begged her loved ones to attend - not telling them that she has some necessary news to share once they’ve gathered. Her prodigal baby sister, Margot, who left home after a devastating argument with their mother, reluctantly agrees, though their family home is the website of so much pain for her. Meanwhile, their eldest sister, Eve, has thrown herself into a tailspin planning the info of the wedding - anything to distract herself from how her own life is unraveling - and their long-separated artist parents are forced to play the roles of cheerful hosts through gritted teeth." Honestly, with a description like this what could possibly go wrong?There are several mysteries/questions/secrets that need to be answered in this complex family drama. Exactly what was the horrible happening that happened to Margot and why does she need to apologize to her romance-writing mother, Kit? What is Lucy's secret? What is going on in Eve's marriage? How will their parents, Kit and Ted, react? Richell expertly gets all the players and pieces described and in put and then leaves tantalizing clues about what will apters follow the show day preparations and drama while occasional chapters from the past explain the history of Kit and Ted's relationship and the painful secret that is the cause of Margot's estrangement and absence for eight years. There are an abundance of powerful emotions and damage in both mother and daughter that needs to be explained. The chapters from the past clearly present the pain that needs to be healed in all their lives today, but the chapters based on the current day also present relationships that need mending. This is a narrative that focuses on the intense relationships between sisters, mothers, and e writing is perfect and the emotional turmoil of all the characters is clearly presented. All of the characters are all well developed and placed amidst the beautifully described, lush setting of Windfalls. The setting is in stark contrast to the secrets, past and present, which will eventually be told. As a mother, I have to admit that Kit was a difficult hero for me to like or relate to in any way. It seemed to me that Kit required to do some introspective thinking and maybe also do some apologizing rather than just expecting an apology form Margot. That aside, I did wish to know what happened to this family and was hopeful that there would be some healing between them.Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.
Most people will know Ry Cooder from a career full of interesting musical endeavors. The other muscians are no less talented and the recording is so detailed you could recreate the fingerprints of the two drummers as their hands add rythmic texture on the stretched skins. Cooder adapts so well to his partner's playing that there are times when it is impossible to distinguish Cooder's slide guitar from the traditional Indian Mohan Vina played by att. Altogther a lovely relaxing set of original tunes on a perfectly recorded CD that will sooth even the most savage of beasts.
With the release of Stand By The River we are treated to the exquisitively attractive songwriting talents of one Ms. Dottie Rambo! The power and authority and spirit she sing with in this recording makes me wish to SHOUT every time I listen to it - ESPECIALLY "I'm Gonna Leave Here Shouting!"My fave pics are as follows:HE LOOKED BEYOND MY FAULT:This is an obvious choice. The track is beautifully simple. The vocal is touching and the backgrounds are very complimentary.I'M GONNA LEAVE HERE SHOUTING: MY #2 FAVEWhat can I say about this song except, WOW! This song is one that makes me scream *as i said above* and I love it!STAND BY THE RIVER: MY #1 FAVE!I love Dolly and I love Dottie! So I LOOVE this song! I KNOW they had fun in the studio doing this one! The added pics in the CD insert are just great!MY UNCHANGING FRIEND:This is a very touching and unbelievable song about how Jesus never changes or wavers...such an AWESOME SONG!Those are just a few I thought I would highlight. I love this CD!The duet with Dolly reminds me of another duet Dolly did with Southern Gospel artist Aaron Crisler. He did a duet with Dolly Parton on her song, "High and Mighty", on his fresh album. You can only obtain it on his website, [...]
This is a top notch recording using unique techniques which have resulted in a vinyl LP with collector status. This item is a bonus for a family member who is a real audiophile and the quality of this product is beyond excellent. I would unquestionably recommend this vinyl recording and all others from this company to anyone looking for the best quality recordings for their collection.
I bought this as chillaxing background melody (also amazing for this--Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue) and it is. What a refreshing idea! The Ganges meets the Yazoo in a soft, subtle blending of Indian and country blues musical styles. Not for dancing or workouts, amazing for meditation.
Her story is old, but her songs are new. Gospel melody fans have waited a long 18 years for a fresh solo album by songwriting legend Dottie Rambo, and alas it is finally here. Dottie's fresh 11-track album Stand By The River includes both familiar Rambo classics as well as newer songs that fans may have not heard before. Featured on the album is the number one duet with melody legend and American icon Dolly Parton, the title track "Stand By The River." It is simple to see why this song was such a success, when you pair two real melody legends, a creature hit is bound to occur.Gospel fans will welcome the re-recordings of some of Rambo's familiar songs such as "He Looked Beyond My Fault", which features a stunning fresh arrangement. Also included are Rambo standards "When I Lift Up My Head" and the stirring "Bring All Your Needs To The Altar" with gorgeous harmonies from Sonya Isaacs. Fans of Southern Gospel will welcome such tracks as the rollicking "I'm Gonna Leave Here Shoutin" and the album's opening track "We've Weathered Storms Before."However, the standout track on this album is not a dyed-in-the-wool gospel song. "West Kentucky Coalmines" is based upon a real story of the death of forty miners in Union County, Kentucky. The track has a bluegrass feel which is further complemented by the delightful fiddle playing of Aubrey Haynie. This is by far one of the best country songs ever penned and it further proves the versatility of Dottie Rambo and her is album of gems are all written by Dottie Rambo will search a put in the cd collection of any fan of Christian music. Whether you are a fan of Southern Gospel, the tender Gospel ballad, or the classic Country story song, this album has something for you.
A very inspiring, rhythmic, and melodic jam harmonizing different tributaries of traditions into one river, into one oceanic delight.I was one of the two franciscan monks (friars really) mentioned in the album notes, sitting and listening on the second night of recording at St. Anthony's Seminary Chapel in Santa Barbara, California. It was a memorable experience! I am so glad the melody continues in CD for all to share.
You cant hold a amazing man down, and you can't hold Dottie Rambo down! All I can say is that this CD has become one of my favorite albums!! Dottie is back in real form and you will be lifted to a fresh heigth as you listen to this fresh recording. Of unique mention is the fresh arrangement of "When I lift up my head." This album just proves that Dottie Rambo was and is the heart and soul of the Rambos. This lady has been through so much hurt, pain and betrayl...she really is a walking miracle! Dottie Rambo is Gospel Royalty and this CD will inspire and change you. It has all the joy, power and musical excellence that you would expect from this songwriting legend. Anyone who loves amazing melody will be delighted with this album. A MUST GET! The duet with Dolly Parton and Dottie is so moving and it makes you smile as you sing it! We pray that this CD is just the begin of a lot of to come!
If you're not aquainted with Dottie.....this is a amazing time and put to start. If you're are a lifelong fan, like myself, you won't be disappointed. With "He Looked Beyond My Fault" being one of my all-time favorite Dottie Rambo compositions and favorite cuts by the "Rambos", I was completely determined not to wish anything to do with any re-make, or newer version. Boy, did she ever present me! I'll always love the original, but Dottie's fresh ver "tore me up!" It turned out to be my favorite among 11 perfect cuts on her fresh CD. I guess I should have known that if Dottie didn't feel she could do it just as well as she originally did, if not better, she wouldn't have done it. She's been through a lot since she originally wrote and recorded that song and listening to it today, you feel the song has fresh life and meaning to Dottie herself. I do, however think the label has really missed the tag not releasing this as a single to date, probably feeling the song has been "done."(But then there's no surprise in today's industry not having a clue what people wish to hear). Also of unique note is the wonderful duet with Dolly Parton. It's almost as exciting to hear these 2 together, as it is to finally have Dottie back in amazing health and again bringing us the most attractive and inspirational songs in ANY field of music. No matter what your background, denomintaion, or even your level of spirituality, there's much comfort and encouragement in the melody of Dottie Rambo. Anyone who has never had a possibility to become familiar with it is hungry and doesn't know it. Grab a seat at the table!
This book held me captive, and I would have loved to have read it in one sitting if I could've carved out that much time.I wondered at first if I would be able to hold track of the characters and the passing of time for each while absorbing the devastating and attractive moments of their lives, but that was quickly forgotten as I became swept up in each woman's story--her passions, losses and sought-after redemptions. The stories were equally illuminated and shrouded, triumphs in love & unbearable grief written about so honestly that tears of joy or sorrow could be summoned effortlessly as feelings of tenderness and empathy accompanied relief and triumph when resolution and restoration brought closure to each woman's is book was so beautifully written, the deep emotional investment you create in the characters seems effortless & is family, these women, will stay with me for a long, long time. Thank you for a fabulous adventure!
Unbelievable story. However, the dialogue is stilted, very formal and definitely did not translate well. The description of the a lot of instances of passionate lovemaking felt unbelievably false and overdone. That being said, I did have fun reading this book most of the time.
Long book was amazing for vacation read. I enjoyed the stories of the family and 5 daughters. The characters were fully developed and likeable. Can't give a specific reason for only 4 stars but it seemed a small superficial to me even though there was a lot of mental anguish on nearly every page.
I need to say up front here that this is the third major revision I've created to this review, all of which came about because of my concern that the content of this book wasn't being represented correctly. There is a huge difference between erotica and non-descriptive intimacy, and since no one's cutoff is the same, I think it's necessary to be clear about which a book contains. However, my review hasn't been the only one to be edited now, and I agree completely with what has been stated in other reviews. They are absolutely spot on!!! This book was haunting, and beautiful, and painful. It was unforgettable. And I very much wish to obtain to the reasons why I found it to be so utterly captivating, but since is the opening topic, I just wish to obtain that out of the ere is an intense focus on intimacy in this book. Not only is there an intense focus on intimacy, but there are often times darker components, as there are darker components to the entire book. This is NOT a light read. But I would like to create it clear that this isn't erotica. It's one step up from "fade to black". That may bother some, and in that case they absolutely should be warned!!! However, erotica and non-graphic intimacy are not the same n't misunderstand, intimacy IS a huge part of this book, and there IS some mild description, but at no point does it become an erotica novel. As a side note, there is no language at all, not even garden variety.And now with all that being said, I'd really like to obtain to at least some of the reasons why this book so captivated me. It so captivated me because of its beautifully lyrical prose, set versus the backdrop of life's pain, in a distant globe brought to vivid life. I knew from the first paragraph of the sample chapters that this book would be my kindle first choice for the month, but at the time I didn't realize just how much of a tragedy it would be. Nor did I realize how haunting and enthralling I would search it. There is SO much loss in this book. Death, suicide, loss of self and family... And yet each time I thought it was finally too much and I was done, the haunting prose pulled me back in again.I have called the writing in other books beautiful, but none of them have been the same as this. This book is something other. Something different. It was beautiful, and painful, and most of all hypnotic. I almost stopped reading more times than I cared to count, but for that same number of times I couldn't place it down. I couldn't allow go. I spent most of the book closer to tears than I'm ever publicly going to admit in a review, and to that same end, refuse to discuss the latest chapters... Or how I felt as I read all the revisions I've created to this review I've come to fear that I've lost my original emotion. This isn't the review I wrote when I felt most passionate. That review conveyed so much more of the painful beauty I found in this book, but it is what it is, and I created the choice to revise it. But, if you love dramas, tragedies, and endings that will haunt you long after you've finished, then take a possibility on this st of all, I leave my favorite passage: "Life doesn't end, my daughter. It flows forever, like the river. Except that you're in a boat now, and you're the one holding the oars."
BIG CAVEAT: I am not trying to dissuade anyone from reading this book. However, there are a lot of depictions of relations (not overly graphic, nor terribly detailed and which include no crude language. which are somewhat persistent for long periods at a time from about one-quarter into the story).If this content poses no issue for you, then please see the brilliant review by Gingerbread, who gave a unbelievable treatment of The House By The River. * * * *I am at a stopping point in this book, which is unusual with my chosen Kindle First selections. I was eager to read this title, but now I have to place it down-- for a while. Be that a day, a week, or indefinitely, I do not know.I do wish to see it through. I am invested in the characters, especially Theodora, with whom I quickly identify. I care deeply about the compelling story. The writing is excellent. The translator and editor do unbelievable jobs, as well. It is a beautifully haunting novel.I love so much about The House By The River, so why have I not completed it? I am a fan of closure, so it has thrown me. It [email protected]#$%!& me to say that there is just so much focus on -- including marital (near addiction-level with some risk-taking behaviors), extramarital affairs (many), and near-rape scenarios.I began to feel like my smartphone should be wrapped in brown paper, though again, some of this may be my discomfort. Still, this story is not graphic; there is no language to offend. I am, most certainly, not in my element. To be fair, I am squeamish on this subject after having been damage in the past. However, as such, I have the heart to warn others who may be like me. Necessarily, this is not a story for younger audiences, lest they obtain an advanced education.I want that a numerical star rating was unnecessary for this review. I would like to give the story 5 stars. It is rough for me because of the extraordinary, predominant focus on the that makes me wish to give it 1-star. Such a grade would be a travesty. Since I cannot divide it into two ratings, I am splitting the difference and giving it 3 stars for now. I sincerely hope to revisit the score after completing the work, but I must see about that in the e book keeps a running ogy about a river. Theodoro, the mother of five girls, gives them all life tip to see them through whatever life has in shop for them and wherever they go. She warned that the river could carry them away. At one point she states that the young women are in boats and they have the oars. They have the control, in other warning may be unnecessary to most, but a life jacket to others. You have the power to choose if this is a book for you. If you can handle it, you will not likely be disappointed.With my history, I have my life preserver on and am having to navigate my boat carefully through rough waters. To others, it is smoother sailing. We are all different. All is ultimately well.
A most engaging read. I found myself identifying with something in each of the characters, some more strongly than others. Coming to terms with our complex human nature is the journey we all travel. Embracing all our facets compels us to love our imperfect selves as we accept our humanity and that of the characters we come to know. Enjoy!
This is heads and shoulders above any Kindle First Book I've ever gotten. I mostly obtain the Kindle First for my husband because he likes thrillers and ain't picky; I haven't found these books amazing enough for me. But I read the first few pages in the Look Inside and was convinced because I laughed so hard! This book is actually translated from a acclaimed foreign author, which is why it is so much better than your average Kindle First free book. It has tremendous insight into human nature, and the plot and the writing are both superb. It is nothing like the introduction of this book, where it says something about some woman's kids are grown and gone, so now she's lonely...it's not like that at all! That's like saying Harry Potter series is about a boy's parents got killed by an enemy, so he grew up seeking revenge. That totally obscures how awesome the series is! Similarly, the House by the River is not just about a woman but about everybody: the woman, her husband, his parents, her parents, her five daughters, their husbands...it goes into detail about each person's life and dream. It is astonishingly good, the kind of book that blows you away with its honesty, tenderness, humor, and a clear view of the human condition, not to mention attractive writing and intriguing plot.If you are going to read just one book this year, read the House by the River.
Lena Mantra’s “The House By the River” is a well-written novel with an intriguing plot: the story of five sisters growing up in a little village in Greece, all leaving to chase after their respective dreams, then after finding disappointment and despair in the world, all returning to their childhood home by the river. Mantra goes into amazing detail to describe the life of each sister after leaving her home. This is where the novel struggles. Each sister’s story is worth her own novel. Including them all in amazing detail is liking trying to package a suitcase with too a lot of clothes. Things just hold popping out when you test to close it! The reunion of the sisters with their mother and grandmother in the little Greek village in the house by the river is just too much. Remembering which sister endured what is virtually impossible! And trying to wrap in a fruitless task as squeezing everything in just does not work. However, that does not take away from enjoyment of the very interesting, and intricate stories Mantra offers. I highly recommend the book for that aspect alone. Just don’t test to “shut the suitcase”! It will probably bust a zipper!
This book really caught me up as the characters' journey was fleshed out. Five daughters' lives explored as they leave their village at the foot of Mt. Olympus to experience the lives they think are awaiting them in the greater world. There is steamy in their stories, though not high on the scale of graphic description. As in a lot of translated books, you sometimes want you could read the original language to obtain the author's most heartfelt language.
Very interesting characterizations. Somewhat difficult to follow on a Kindle because I wanted to go back and check some things and had no method of doing that. Each character's life is a separate "book" within the book, and it is only at the end when they all come together again. Hence, the need to go back and do some review. This book would be better read in book form.
Beside Amazon’s main illustration for this book appear 87 erroneously recorded reviews for another book, a mystery entitled “Double Deuce,” by Robert Parker. Therefore, I’m placing this review with another, separate illustration of the book “Queen Fresh Orleans” (an author-signed copy, which is for sale by an individual). Hopefully, this review will print out alongside that book in the Harnett Kane section and may somehow attract the attention of prospective buyers of “Queen Fresh Orleans,” which is certainly a very outstanding and enjoyable history of Fresh Orleans, well worth having, and deserves to have some reviews which might entice readers to buy it. There seems to be no method to allow Amazon know that this issue needs correcting---I’ve searched and cannot search the right Contact page to allow them e book is 374 pages that contain several sketches and one map by Tilden Landry, 33 photographs of Fresh Orleans scenes, and a beautiful amazing index. It’s literally a “rich” book, “chockful” of copious historical info conveyed in a straight-forward and lively, down-to-earth, non-pedantic narrative. There are local legends about famous, infamous, and unknown citizens. Realistic scenes appear and pass, sometimes amusing, and may contain briefly overheard conversations reproduced in a delightful, authentic-sounding, colloquial dialect. Harnett Kane was a journalist whose expansive style is distinctive, engaging, fast-moving, and seldom boring (at least not in this particular book).Even though I don’t know a lot about opera, the chapter about early opera in Fresh Orleans was one of my favorites, just imagining the people’s amazing enthusiasm for it. In 1791 a troupe of French refugees brought professional theatre to the city and soon opera was THE thing everybody couldn’t obtain enough of. Over time, the city full of opera aficionados became highly discriminating, avidly receiving the singers they loved and rudely rejecting those that didn’t measure up to their standards of excellence. The earliest opera house stood at Bourbon and St. Louis Streets. Readers may be surprised to search out that Fresh Orleans was the first American town “in which opera was established on a permanent basis with a resident company.” Reference books and old newspapers revealed to Kane that while opera struggled in Fresh York, it flourished in Fresh Orleans with performances “of a completeness and splendor” as amazing as any in Europe. “La precieuse cantatrice,” Julia Calve’, became the darling of early Fresh Orleans opera and Meyerbeer’s “Les Huguenots” became the favorite opera. As Mr. Kane states, “Taxing, difficult in a dozen ways, the heavy drama stirred the town as had few others; it became the opera Fresh Orleans loved above all for nearly eighty years.” Other surprising info for readers may be that a lot of operas were presented originally in Fresh Orleans before making their Paris premieres, and European singers of high repute often performed in Fresh Orleans without ever appearing in Fresh York Town or elsewhere in the United States. When the career of Calve’ came to an end, kid prodigy Adelina Patti in 1861, who would became Verdi’s favorite prima donna, began ascending to greatness and for 40 years thereafter, she was one of Fresh Orleans’ highly celebrated favorites. Among her story and other interesting stories about the town’s beloved singers and the history of the two major Fresh Orleans opera houses, there is the exciting, wonderful acc of the time in 1909 when tenor Escalais in Il Trovatore performed a thrilling high C in the aria “Supplice infame”--- and then he performed the high C again and yet again to the audience’s stamps and shouts and enthusiastic ovations until he had done it excellently and without mishap 15 times! (One whole page is taken up in recounting this “immortal episode.”) Altogether about 20 entertaining pages are given to the quite colourful history of the passion for opera that the Old Quarter of Fresh Orleans once knew.Right after the opera subject comes the chapter about “The Bright Lights of Storyville,” Fresh Orleans’ red-light district, about which some readers will be curious and will probably search plenty of previously unknown information. There were a lot of houses of prostitution and popular prostitutes. The city was highly corrupt at one point. The reader can search out how Storyville and the widespread practice of prostitution was surprisingly beautiful much entirely closed down in just one night. One intriguing story in this chapter is about Josie Arlington, a one-time madame who seemingly got religion, went out of business, and had a huge pink stone sepulcher built for herself. She had placed before its double iron doors, as if about to push them open, a life-size statue of a Grecian-style virgin! Among images in the book is one of this gorgeous tomb. To be fully appreciated, the acc about Josie and her tomb must be read in further detail, in Kane’s lively and ironic apter 15, “Elgin Movements in my Hips,” recounts the creation of “jazz” by Fresh Orleans’ es. It tells about how the term “jazz” originated. Also tells about the “blues” in Fresh Orleans. Tells about some of the early greats of jazz, one being Buddy Bolden, another being Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton. Later came Bunk Johnson, “Bad Eye Joe” Oliver, Freddie Keppard, and finally America’s very amazing jazz figure, Louis Armstrong. A summary of his early life history appears here. Jazz and the Blues were very much connected with funerals and road processions. Also with Basin Street, prominent madames, and the Red Light districts. This is a 17-page chapter with lots of historical info mentioning specific names and Orleans lively and necessary Black population (mentioned sometimes in terms of its different degrees of white mixture) is present, appearing off and on throughout the book along with the different Frenchmen, Spanish, Creoles (who are a mixture of French and Spanish) and “Americans,” who at first seemed to have been unwelcome outsiders.A Chapter that left me amazed and incredulous was “Pistols for Two,” about the craze for dueling that lasted almost a century in Fresh Orleans. Men would take offense and war to the death over the slightest insults imaginable. Public duels, attended by the town’s people beautiful much as if they were famous sporting events, took put in the heart of the city every day. Almost always one of the duelers was killed, leaving behind a not good destitute widow and kids to fend for themselves for the rest of their lives.A chapter about a particularly deadly “Bronze John” epidemic was stunning in its gruesome tales, such as about the number of persons who would take sick one day and be carried dead from their homes the next...The latest chapter about Carnival revealed a lot of expensive foolishness, at least to my view. Some persons, if elected to highly honorable roles in their Carnival clubs, would spend (and surely still do) huge sums of cash for parties, gifts, and costumes. Maybe they would spend so much as their entire savings for a college education!Opening chapters tell about the early settling of Fresh Orleans and the reader will become familiar with some of the names and old tales associated with Fresh Orleans history, such as Pierre and Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, Bernard Phillippe de Marigny de Mandeville, Manon Lescaut and the Chevalier des Grieux, Pere Dagobert, William C. C. Claiborne, and different others. Some pages are given to the unexpectedly very interesting story of Madeleine Hachard and the Ursuline Sisters of France, their eventful journey to Fresh Orleans accompanied by their pioneer cat, and their contributions to Fresh Orleans life. (Apart from this, Mr. Kane has written an entire book about the history of the Ursuline Sisters of Fresh Orleans.)At the end of “Queen Fresh Orleans, Town by the River” are altogether about six Suggested Trips around the city and its environs, but one could use the info to create more trips than six: The first Four trips, which could be done as walking trips, are laid out in The French Quarter. Houses and buildings along certain road routes are outlined with brief historical points given about them. The Fifth trip, which could also be a walking trip with some info about houses and buildings, is in The Garden District. Lastly, a General trip, contains the Bayou St. John zone near Town Park reached by the Esplanade bus. This also contains different houses and schools; then a route which probably has to be taken by auto along St. Charles Avenue and Lee Circle; beyond Lake Pontchartrain and Metairie to lake-shore, old resorts of West-End, the Spanish Fort, etc.; above Fresh Orleans the Huey Long bridge provides panoramas of the town and river. Also, one might see the C St. landing, wharves and and banana-loading, colourful flags used in coffee loading, the public grain elevator at foot of Bellecastle Street. (Whether all these locations and sights are still in existence, I can’t say.) From Jefferson Ave. to a point beyond Carrollton is (or was?) a squatter’s settlement of stilt houses on the “batture”; Audubon Park from St. Charles Avenue to the river in the uptown section a short distance below Broadway features the city’s only hill, used to present kids what a hill is and how it may be used! Lastly, from Fresh Orleans automobile trips may be created to the Delta section below the city, across the lake to Mandeville, Slidell, and the state park on Bernard de Marigny’s old estate, to Bayou Lafourche, to the Teche country and Grand Isle, to the sugar plantation country along the Mississippi and False ese trips were planned in 1949 and so these plus other updated locations and sights might apply now. A lot of of Fresh Orleans’ historic sites/sights are in low-lying locations subjected to flooding this past decade (prior to 2016 when this review is written). Some have already been damaged or swept away. WHAT WITH NATURAL AND UNNATURAL FLOODING OF LOW-LYING AREAS OCCURRING OVER THE WORLD AND EXPECTED TO BECOME WORSE WITH CONTINUING MELTING OF GLACIERS AND OTHER EVENTUALITIES, IT WOULD SEEM A GOOD IDEA TO VISIT AND TOUR SOME OF THESE HISTORIC PLACES OF NEW ORLEANS WHILE THEY ARE STILL EXISTENT AND INTACT. And tourist dollars might be of some support to people struggling to recover from past and current flooding.
I choose a 5 star because I am a large fan of the Brian's is book gives life to Brian and through hatchet did the same this book place Brian in a situation where he had to care for himself and someone else.... though as amazing as this book is I feel it did not capture the survival situation that they went to do. Yes with the emergency of Derek being in a coma lead to the rafting down a river but they never really reach their destination of the trade post, considering dereks condition this is understandable. Only part that wasn't really realistic was he never stopped for meal with all that work all those hours he would have required to eat to hold up his energy to do so. Like I said however this is still one of my favorite books
Allow me just obtain the one poor thing out of the way. Spoiler alert for the first two chapters; Brian returns to the wild because goverment survival instructors need him to teach them survival methods. This has to be one of the most absurd plots I've ever heard for a book. The idea that the people who train Green Berets and Marine Force Recon need a teenage to teach them to live off the land is ridiculous. I have a military problem surival book meant for soldiers in case of capture that addresses a lot of of the issues Brian faced in Hatchet. Often it provides better methods than Brian ends up using to deal with problems. Added to that is the fact that, in addition to everything else Brian faced, escaping POWs have opponent soldiers hunting them. Yet in The River, the instructors actually say neither them nor anyone they (meaning the government) know has ever been in a true survival situation. That said, once you obtain passed that, the book is great. It is the reason I spent several hundred dollars on a kayak. And for younger audiences, it can definately spark a life-long interest in the amazing outdoors.
Not quite as amazing as Hatchet, as the struggle to survive is contrived to start with. Military experts wish him to go thru a related experience while being observed so they can figure out how he was able to survive. They need to know what about him helped him the first time. What he teaches them could support others who might be in related situations. When things go wrong Brian has fresh issues to solve. He is responsible for another person who has been struck by lightening and is in a coma. There is less focus on how painful and consuming hunger can be. More focus on making critical decisions. How to obtain the injured man back to civilization, building a raft, learning how to navigate on the river. There are periods where Brian is exhausted because he is trying to obtain to the trading post as quick as possible. He falls asleep, dreams and hallucinates for portions of this excursion. Still a amazing story. We will look for the next one in this series.
THE RIVER by Gary ORY BRIEF:This is the sequel to and should be read after "Hatchet." The River takes put a year later. In Hatchet, 13-year-old Brian survives for 54 days in the Canadian wilderness alone. The next summer the military hires Brian to do it again with one of them taking notes so they can train other people how to survive. Because it will support save lives, Brian agrees to do it. He and Derek fly to a various zone in the Canadian wilderness. While there lightning strikes Derek causing a coma. The radio is also broken. Brian decides to build a raft to take them down the river to obtain support since Derek will die in a few days without ER'S OPINION:I loved Hatchet. This was enjoyable but not as good. I have fun being with Brian as he thinks and acts in the survival environment. This book didn't have as a lot of episodes or scenes with various animals and threats as the first book. In other words - not as a lot of issues to solve and Brian didn't learn or grow as much as he did in the first book. So, not a lot happens here but I still liked e book is shorter than standard novels. The narrator Peter Coyote was excellent.OTHER BOOKS:The author wrote a lot of books, but the Hatchet series consists of:5 stars. Hatchet (read first)5 stars. Brian's Winter (read second or third but I prefer second)3 stars. The River (read second or third)4 stars. Brian's Return3 stars. Brian's HuntDATA:Unabridged audiobook length: 2 hrs and 31 mins. Narrator: Peter Coyote. Swearing language: none. content: none. Setting: current day mostly the Canadian wilderness. Copyright: probably 1991. Genre: young adult adventure fiction.
My 12 year old really likes this series which is amazing because he is not a huge fan of books. Listening to them on tape is great. We loved the first one and the second one is just o.k. Kind of short. Judging by other reviews we agree that the second one is not as amazing as the first, but it had really amazing moments. Definately will check out the next in the series because they are amazing enough to continue on. I wouldn't hesitate to obtain this and recommend finishing the series, especially for a boy who doesn't like to read, it is almost a miricle series. Peter Coyote (forgive the spelling) is a fabulous reader, he gets 5 stars!
Review - The Brain Sagas by Gary PaulsenI have now finished all five of the Brian Sage books - “Hatchet,” “The River,” “Brian’s Winter,” “Brian's Return” and “The Hunt.” and the epilogue “Guts” by Gary Paulsen. “The Hatchet” is one of three Newberry Awards that Gary Paulsen has sically the series is one story. The story of an teenage boy who at age 13 is left alone in the North Woods of Canada due to a pilot’s fatal heart attack and plane wreck. The first book, “The Hatchet” tells of the guts, intelligence, patience and luck of a 13 year old boy with small wilderness experience in learning how to live and survive in a remote wilderness. We obtain a marvelous set of instructions in wilderness lore and living, and a glimpse into an smart mind that issue solves, learns and masters a strange world. At the end of this book Brian retrieves a signal radio from the submerged plane and is “Brian’s Winter” is an alternate ending. Brian is not rescued, but manages to learn more and survive into December. We see more of Brian’s talents and abilities and fresh found skills. Here, Brian stumbles into a family of Cree Native Americans manning a trap line, who take him in. Brian flies out on the next supply place. The Cree family consider him like one of the “old people” for Brian is dressed in skins he has captured and his arrows have stone points he has created himself. Yes, some of the story is very fortuitous for Brian, but that does not distract from the lessons of the wilderness and the lessons of life Brian has to learn to survive.“The River” is a book with Brian returning to the North Woods with a psychologist, Derek, of the military attempting to learn how to teach survival to the military. The man is not schooled in the wilderness at all, and Brian become “the adult” in charge of the adventure. Brian sends the 200 pounds of supplies back with the plane that flew them in, and commences to recreate the globe he knew in the first two books. Half the book is a terrifying trip over 100 miles, 3+ days, down a river, its rapids, lakes and swamps, with Derek unconscious on a wilderness created raft. We obtain a first hand look at the guts important to achieve this. Again, the manage to create a trapper’s cabin and are “Brian’s Return” we see Brian not fitting back into civilization, 15 - 16 year old’s school and society. Brian has adjusted to the Wilderness, and that is the reality he much prefers. Brian takes along a few supplies an d does very “The Hunt” Brian is back in the North Woods learning more woods lore and ways. By now he is nearly a expert. Brian finds an old man, Billy, in his camp one evening. Billy and Brian share a mutual evening of silent communication and while few words are exchanged, Brian gains “medicine.”’ In respect, Billy, leaving camp very early before Brian is awake, leaves a amulet of white tail deer fur and crow’s feathers for Brian. Brian recognizes the significance of this and immediately hangs it around his neck. Shortly thereafter, Brian and a wounded dog search each other. It turns out the dog belonged to the Cree Family Brian had met in “Brian’s Winter.” Unfortunately, a bear had devastated the cabin and family of the Cree family , killing two members of that family. Brian rescues the wife, buries the dead, and deals with the stoic, bureaucratic officials. Once they leave, Brian hunts and in a unbelievable stage - which I will not spoil - kills the bear.“Guts” is stories from Gary Paulsen’s life, rough childhood, adventures in Minnesota, Canada, the American South West, Colorado. These episodes Gary wove into Brian’s Story - a story beautifully and touchingly told. Gary’s knowledge and actual experiences gave him the insight to write the Brian Saga. Not only is the woods lore appropriately, accurately and well handled, but the changes that the North Woods induces in Brian are well followed. The books are at once a deep lesson in both survival and in life. We learn much about wilderness living. But we also are treated to the contrasts of life in the town and in the Wilderness.Due a few violent scenes, this series should not be read by youth under 13 or so. Death is a part of life, and life is an endless living with what is there. It takes “guts”, perseverance, and patience, to achieve what Brian achieved, and that is the true notice of these books. Life takes True Guts,lots of perseverance, and lots of e books read very well. The stories are well told. The reading level is at least 8th grade. And for those with an interest in Nature and the Wilderness, be it North Woods, SW desert or ocean, the lessons apply. I found the reading to be extremely enjoyable, and the lessons deep and well taught without being preachy. A amazing series of books.
Amazing sequel to The Hatchet. Amazing book for a boy who or a girl who doesn't like to read very much. Exciting, boy has to survive in the wilderness by himself building fires, finding out which berries he can eat how to catch the fish how to skin the fish how to cook the fish just an perfect book I would recommend it to any boy or girl probably 9 years old or up but I would definitely suggest that they read the Hatchet first before they read the River
My 9 year old LOVED Hatchet so we bought him all the books by Gary Paulsen. He says they all seem to follow the same literary "formula" just in various settings - winter, an island, etc but he loves the outdoors and adventure books so he enjoys them, despite their slight predictability.
This is a short story. Very short. I wanted to know more, more, more! The author, a newcomer nearly on the stage as a story writer, promises this is a prequel to a greater story to come. I'm intrigued and I'll wait impatiently for the rest. I see amazing things coming and I hope she doesn't hold us waiting too long.
This is less a short story and more of a blurb. A well-written blurb that will hook you for the novella that is coming up, but a ease read her addition to Loving Blue in a Red State - Kilbirnie Scotland: The Night Dusty Played, which was my introduction to this author. It is amazing - as amazing as the rest of that series - which is saying a lot!I vacillated between 3 and 4 stars. You can write a amazing short story with this little amount of space, but again, in my opinion, it is just s blurb. In the end, I couldn't do 3 stars because it is so well written.
I heard amazing things about Home Waters, but I will admit, I was a bit skeptical going in. I really do not like the outdoors. I am self-proclaimed environmentalist and I appreciate the beauty of nature, but I hate camping, dislike hiking, avoid fishing, and I cannot stand being in the elements. What could such a book do for a person like me? I was pleasantly is book really pulled me in. In fact, I read it in two days. This book deals with a host of various topics. It is far from a book that is just about the outdoors. It is about family, friends, home, place, religion, the environment, repentance, recompense, and a dozens of other things. That really surprised me. The stories in the book created me reevaluate me own sense of self and put in this Handley's Home Waters is a must read for anyone with an interest in a Christian view of ecology.
Home Waters by George Handley was a well-written, thought-provoking work of creative non-fiction that I enjoyed very much. Handley tastefully works in environmental problems that more people need to think about, while keeping the reader interested with insertions of private anecdotes. These short inserts of Handley's life were nearly my favorite part of the work! The little parts of Handley's own life were heart felt and tender points in the story. Mostly I loved George Handley's writing style. His words breathed with life, and I had to read slowly just to take it all in. Handley knows how to craft a sentence so that the reader's eyes glide over the page. Reading Home Waters was definitely not a difficult task. Handley incorporates attractive descriptions of Utah and its mountain trails, and his writing is especially strong as he recounts the death of his brother and experiences from his youth that create this work of nonfiction so emotional. I also loved how thoroughly George Handley portrayed Utah's gorgeous mountain scenery. He accurately and vividly described a lot of trails that I have hiked myself (being from Utah). He created me wish to hike them again and take it all in new. Handley told the stories of a lot of Utahn natives, using the wilderness of the mountains as a home base that he centered the stories around. It was attractive and breathtaking to read. I loved the writing in this book. I loved the ideas and the method they were conveyed. It's a attractive story and a well-told narrative!
I suppose a professor must yearn for begin spaces, being stuck inside all day. I read to explore fresh viewpoints and to have the vicarious experience a fine author can provide--typically indoors, however. The author's opinions often challenged this reviewer, but his arguments were sound and convincing. In that light, this book succeeded. This was a book that invites the reader to evaluate opinions and to think deeply about one's impact on the globe and others, it is largely about the currents that bring us to become the people we rospective to only the degree a humanities professor can achieve, I think the issue I had with the work was that if we were all to adopt our author's love for the river and outdoors, the locations sacred to the author would quickly be overrun and much of the magic found in the magnificent solitude would be lost. Perhaps the natural resistance to having beliefs tweaked, this reader perceived a tip of an attitude that people who do not share the author's appreciations are failing to honor the maker of the world. I answer that it would be hard to share a unbelievable kayak ride on the Provo River with a few hundred other souls and Mr. Handley would weep to see the San Gabriel River on any given weekend, with literally thousands of people and their vehicles turning the natural globe into a parking lot. In order to foster and protect his view of the excellent world, the author is willing to create demands on others that they scale back things that they might enjoy--be it a fine home on the bench, a drive on a mountain street or a wide expanse of soft green turf in an otherwise arid climate. A minor quibble, yet a major issue in this world; how to bring the sacred to the masses without profaning that which we seek to elevate? To what degree is it justifiable to coerce others to act in a fashion that we believe to be beneficial even if our beliefs are not shared? To be fair, the author adopts the appropriate tone of encouragement--he would change attitudes by persuasion and honest concern--I appreciated ople build cities and communities--it's what we do. Historically they build them by sources of water--rivers. In my neck of the woods, Los Angeles, we have abused our not good river into a sterile concrete channel that is amazing for vehicle chases but certainly inappropriate for an inspiring day of fly fishing. We have proved Mr. Handley's point. Yet, I can drive to wilderness from Los Angeles quicker than Mr. Handley can obtain to Kamas, we have tried and succeeded in preserving a amazing deal. We can't revert back to aboriginal lifestyles and we should be extremely careful about how we choose to impact the freedoms of others, whether it is their freedom to pursue their own lifestyle, or as the author notes, their freedom to have fun the globe in its natural state. Like life itself, the dilemma is complex and not easily resolved. But a healthy dose of respect for others usually makes it easier.
Being from the Provo zone that George Handley is writing about, Home Waters is personally unique to me. It was comforting, nostalgic, saddening, and sobering to read his thoughts and feelings about the zone - its environment and the culture - and how it connected to his own life. This was also a humbling read, for I got the sense that while I have lived my whole life in this zone and Handley has not, Handley feels a connection, responsibility, and love for the zone that runs much deeper than my own. How is it that I could live here my whole life, claim to like the area, and yet fail to connect with it as intensely as Handley seems to have? That's probably not an necessary question. More valuable would be that I learned that my feelings for home, my capacity to love the Provo zone (or any zone I am living in) and its people; my knowledge of its history, its geology & geography, and all its natural systems could grow. That's a sobering, encouraging, even exciting feeling, because there is still much I can learn in life. And Home Waters teaches me that what we learn can support us love the globe and people even more than we do right now. Humanity's capacity for folly is only matched by its capacity for goodness.Home Waters is an eloquent and densely thoughtful private examination of self, family, the environment, community, history & genealogy; where spirituality & religion and literature are weaved throughout to present how all of these things are connected, coalescing into a collective tutorial to seeing and understanding the globe more clearly, humbly, and charitably. For Handley, all these things are necessary and he uses all of them to support tutorial his thoughts on some of life's most deep and fundamental questions. This is a attractive read, which I imagine will reveal even more insightful thoughts with a second and third reading.
George Handley's Home Waters offers a Latter-day Saint (LDS) perspective of ecology, theology, and the tie of these themes to our modern context. Handley's memoirs show insight derived from his adventures in the Utah backwoods and he adeptly carries the reader by using a sublime combination of private experience, history, literature, and science. His writing is replete with imagery and his narration is honed by the powerful sense of private honesty that tutorials his introspection, the second making it a provocative work. A thoroughly enjoyable passage for me was the very specific LDS perspective he gives on how the LDS culture distinguishes itself from other cultures. When we more plainly understand who we are is when we are among those that keep various beliefs than our own. Similarly, when a person lives in a highly dense population with beliefs related to his/her own, to recognize one's own uniqueness is harder to see. Handley uses this idea to present how the LDS population has become apathetic ecologically due to the knowledge of an impending restoration of the earth when Jesus Christ comes again. Handley argues that despite LDS doctrine to care for the "Eden" that the pioneers were given, they have turned their backs on the globe prematurely by trusting "in his innocence and immortality" to save his/herself and the world. The strong stories drawn from history inspire all those that wish to shape the future by educating the reader in the present. This is done in a method that will leave the reader both reverent for the ecology and the theology that this part of the globe has cradled.
The journey home for any migrant is always poignant and tinged with both joy and sorrow. This is real as well for members of the Mormon diaspora, followers of the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who, like George Handley, grew up in distant states or lands. This lyrical and lilting acc of Handley's finding his "home waters", in this case, the Provo River of Utah , famed throughout the globe for its huge brown trout, is one part Deseret Solitaire, , one part Angle of Repose, and a amazing dose of A River Runs Through It. However, unlike Norman Maclean's home, there is no line, for Handley separating fishing and religion. I do not know of any other book that discusses fly fishing and scripture in the same paragraph.Written in a method that appeals to readers of diverse faiths, or nor faith at all -- other than the faith exercised when a dry fly is cast above a hungry brown trout --Handley's book is redolent of a fine day fishing on a quiet and personal fishing hole. Handley's memoir provides medicine for the soul, best taken in little sips, to better savor the splendor of being alive.
Reading this book was such a rewarding experience. Awesome that this author could write about the ecology of the Provo River environment, the beauty as well as his fears for these areas, history, suicide Mormonism and so much more in words that were moving as well as descriptive. I received a fresh appreciation for life and the country I live in. Thank you for a unbelievable read.
A attractive reflection on the elements that sustain us interwoven with private musings on a religious life, family relationships, and seeking meaning. I especially enjoyed Handley's refreshing interpretations of a lot of familiar scriptural passages.
George Handley is a very talented writer. I found Home Waters to be interesting and enjoyable despite the fact that I am not a tree hugger/environmentalist. George Handley discusses in detail his discovery of the waterways in the Provo, UT area. I have lived in Provo for over five years now and had no idea of the complexity and historical importance of the Provo River until reading this eloquently written private Handley describes the Provo River with an intense mixture of history, private experiences, philosophy, and religion. His love for the river is so intense that you can feel it almost ooze onto the pages of the book. When I started to read this book I was more than skeptical that I would have fun it because I don't see eye to eye with most environmentalists. I appreciate nature and understand the importance of conservation, but I also live in a modern society where we commute to work and don't live in adobe huts. Regardless of my private opinions and bias I really did have fun reading this. George Handley opened my eyes a small bit to why he feels so strongly about the Provo River, and I'm fairly certain I contracted some of his enthusiasm.If you're a native to Utah you will particularly have fun the historical parts of this book, complete with accounts of searches for Spanish mines and wars between Native Americans and Mormon settlers. If you love the outdoors you will search George's detailed descriptions of the wilderness and rivers compelling and delightful. The familiar geography and areas will ring well with anyone who has lived in Provo or the surrounding zone (as it did with me). I am glad that I read this book and had the possibility to consider the opinions of one so enthralled with nature.
I thoroughly enjoyed Wes’ journey through the Texas gem called the Blanco River. It is a attractive book that tells the tales of this beautiful, yet sometimes troubled, river. If you appreciate Texas History, nature, or outdoor adventures you’ll have fun this book. You can tell he really loves what he does, and it shows in this book. In addition to giving amazing insight into exploring the river and its history, Wes does amazing at honestly and openly, yet non-contentiously, addressing very polarizing issues. He also gives an eye-opening and emotional tribute to the horrific latest floods. I loved the book, and can’t wait for future works from of my experiences was included in the book, and I was given a copy as a bonus from the author. However, this is an unbiased opinion.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Wes Ferguson's informative and entertaining biography of the Blanco River. He dives into the history of the river and the region, explores the river (on foot or in kayak) from its source to its mouth, and tells the stories of several of those that have created their homes along the river.Wes is honest in his acc - I'm sure some of those landowners won't be putting this book on their coffee table with his description of how a lot of of them are trying to hold the public away from the natural beauty of this river. In most states other than Texas, I'm sure there would be a "Blanco Narrows State Park" - but here it's staked and claimed, and next to impossible to see in person. The chapter on Wes' and others' trips to see it was one of the highlights of this e latest section of the book gives the horrific acc of the Memorial Day weekend flood of 2015. In a lot of ways the destruction was self-inflicted - landowners and government officials fought versus the flood plain classifications in order to further development and property values. However, it's still heartbreaking to read of the harrowing experiences from those that were fighting for their lives that night.
Terrific coffee table book highlighting the Texas Hill Country’s Blanco river starting from the headwaters and downstream. The photographs are stunning and the narrative historical story is a amazing read.
This is a amazing book for any poker enthusiast. The pictures alone are worth the price. It is probably one of the best looking poker books on the market. However, outside of the autobiographical section, most of the tip is geared toward a player who is pondering making the move to professional poker. That doesn't mean that the average player should not pick up a copy. Quite the contrary. Anyone can learn from such a disciplined and seasoned pro as Barry Greenstein. One of the more interesting discussions in the book is the charitable donations of his competition winnings. A lot of people think that Barry is so wealthy that he can just give away the millions he makes in high-stakes tourneys. Barry points out that, yes, his career in the globe did afford him the luxury of playing full time, but he is very dependent on his income from CASH games.He also goes into amazing length to dispell the myth that is the glitz and glamor of the globe of professional gambling. He points out that it can be a lucrative industry, but it requires a LOT of self-discipline. There are so a lot of distractions that accompany gambling--, , alcohol, sports betting--Barry discusses the pitfalls of them all. What he does is place poker playing for a living in perspective. His writing style is easy and simple to read. No complicated math formulas or probabilities discussions a la Sklansky. While he does discuss these things, he discusses them in terms we all can favorite part of the book is his discussion of different competition hands he has been involved in over the years. He presents the scenario (pictures to help) and then asks, "How would you play the hand?" After thinking, turn the page and see how he yzes the hand. Sometimes his ysis differs from how the hand actually played out, hindsight being 20/20! These are very valuable for any interested competition player.Overall, this is a must add for any poker enthusiast, and would be worthy of coffee table display for even the casual poker/gambling fan.
This book is filled with practical info that will be valuable to intermediate and advanced players. Barry Greenstein is a very smart and sensitive person. He has written a book about how to play certain issue hands, the other players and how to manage your own life as a poker player.His chapter on poker society helped me obtain into the minds of the people who play this android game a lot more often than I e hand examples go over the most common tricky situations you search yourself in at the table. I think the info contained in this part of the book helped me overcome a serious flaw in my own android game and create the transition from being an inconsistent player to a winning one. There was also something about his general poker and private philosophy that really clicked with me.I had been struggling at the intermediate level for a few months at the time i read this book. Immediately afterwards I became aware of some of the situations where I was donking off chips and began to avoid them and winning (of folding) in the same e charts in the back of the book showing certain hand match-ups, number of outs, and winning percentages will give you something to chew on after you finish the book.Without the illustrations and photos, this would be a thin book but the value of what is written in is very high. This is clearly a case of quality over quantity.I see Mr. Greenstein at our local casinos from time to time. I am going to begin keeping this book in my vehicle so I can have him sigh it. I'd also like to thank him personally.
I bought this after having read the works of Harrington, Gordon, Sklansky, Brunson, etc. This book is a mixture of Greenstein's thoughts on the poker society in general and some tactic examples. My impression of the book is that it just seems to be a series of random thoughts by the author and that it was not very comprehensive. Each chapter is fairly short and the book is full of color images that serve as filler material and don't add any value (no captions on the pictures). A couple of points I did like were the points Greenstein created about buying in for the minimum instead of maximum in money android games and his theory to aculate chips early in tournaments (instead of playing tight early as a lot of others advocate). I would only recommend this as an addition to a comprehensive poker library and not as an early read (it is subtitled as an advanced poker guide).
Ace on the River is easily one of the finest books about the android game of poker ever written. How To books on poker are a dime a dozen, but this fine tome does not fit that category. A book that every potential poker pro should read, Ace on the River provides answers to all those questions we've all had over the a lot of hours spent at the table and away, but were unable to even place into words, allow alone answer. Written by one of the real gentlemen of the android game (and one of the most financially successful), Ace on the River provides info on everything from etiquette to and all points in between. If you wish to learn which hands to play, read some other book. If you wish to learn how to play, victory and live the android game of poker, read Greenstein. I finished the book wanting more...a sequel is in order!
I picked up this book both because i have fun outdoor adventure stories, but also because i took a 10-day canoe trip in that zone at camp as an adolescent, and it was a formative experience in a lot of ways. However, I stayed with the novel (which I read rather quickly) because of the poetic descriptions of the river, the ferocity of fire, and the remarkable relationship between the two young men. It recalled both Jack London and Jon Krakauer in its capacity to maintain a slow developing sense of suspense, while never losing sight of the miraculous power of nature. I immediately wanted to go back to the Canadian boundary waters and embark on a similar, yet safer, adventure.
Peter Heller doesn't disappoint. Again. He isn't a formulaic writer..once again, it's a various kind of story, told in a various way. Just when you think you are settling in to have fun a "camping story"[email protected]#$% happens, huge time! If you are a Peter Heller fan, you'll love this book. If you are not...I'm sorry for you.
I've read philosophical books on consciousness and was excited by their premises. Sacks' River of Consciousness is rewarding reading because it explores what neuroscientific research is discovering about the remarkable diversity of brain functions and how, as I understand it, this diversity creates consciousness.
I absolutely love Dr. Sacks, so this is in no method objective. Nevertheless, I can say straight out the things he says about the physical brain, with all it's neuro-biology, added to the somewhat nebulous (but not) ideas over time about thought and mind -- were so fascinating I didn't wish to turn off this audio book. Another huge winner.