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Posted May 13, 2013
Lillian is fed up. Whatever her boyfriend Kevin, now ex-boyfrien
Lillian is fed up. Whatever her boyfriend Kevin, now ex-boyfriend, was mixed up in has gotten way out of hand. Even worse, he's fled the small Vermont town leaving her to fend for herself. The guy who he wronged, Blackway, has now turned his attention to her. It started as simple threats, but quickly escalated, leaving her car wrecked, cat killed, and her emotions at a head. When the local police can't find any way to legally assist her, she decides to hunker down and put an end to this by herself.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
At the suggestion of the sheriff, she seeks the assistance of a local man who had his own run in with Blackway years ago. Blackway carries a reputation of being someone you don't want to get involved with. Most in the town seem to accept this as a fact and steer clear of any mention of him. When she goes to the old mill to try to find help, she is met instead by a group of old-timers who pass the time by drinking and swapping stories and gossip. The recommended helper is nowhere to be found, but at the insistence of Whizzer, the kind of leader of the group of men, she leaves accompanied by Lester, a man who has worked at the saw mill for most of his life, and Nate, the young guy who is just learning the ropes. With the help of these two men, Lillian seeks Blackway and attempts to put a stop to his violence.
This is a strange little story. There is no doubt that author Castle Freeman has a strong voice in his writing. At only 160 pages, however, there is little time for the characters to really develop. Instead, each character is given a kind of face value exterior with only subtle hints at deeper emotions or motivations. As the story alternates between the mismatched trio's search for Blackway and the group of old gossiping men, reminiscent of a Greek chorus, the story tends to lose some of its steam. With constant interruptions, the action kind of ends with no real bang, leaving me wondering if it was really worth my time to follow these characters in the first place. Part of me feels like this story had a lot of pottential and could have been fleshed out into someting great. The other part questions the intention of the author and his seemingly trivial story.
Posted September 26, 2009
This was a staff recommendation at the Torrance store. Whan you're looking for something different don't be afraid to pick up one of the staff recommended books, you will not be disappointed. This is a great weekend read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 10, 2009
NOT VERY IMPRESSED
i will admit i didn't make it past the first couple chapters before i was bored with trying to keep up with the flurry of characters you are first introduced to and trying to figure out the whole plot of the book. i got frustrated and just put the book aside and gave it away. it made me a little dizzy trying to keep up with the story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 9, 2009
"Sure, I'll do it"
The premise is a little whacky but the modern writing style makes you keep flipping the pages to see if there is more to it, then you realize you know everything you need to.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Remember, this is fiction and a quick read (and don't try this at home). Bizarre premise with unlikely characters, unlikely plot and setting; but somehow you get hooked in the first few pages and can't seem to put it down. Less than 200 pages, go ahead and knock it out.
Posted April 27, 2009
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A timeless classic...
This slim volume is a timeless classic. It is almost entirely conversation, though occasionally the author slips in a descriptive phrase to focus our eye. We listen while a bunch of old men sit around a ruined chair factory in rural Vermont with a case of beer. A couple of other people search for, and find, the town's local bad boy, providing the novel's only action scenes. Nothing quite like this around, and if there were, this would still be one of the very best. Good any time of the year, this one bears rereading. While the setting is Vermont, it could just as easily have been Arkansas. The sentiments and the characters are as universal as the day is long.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 15, 2009
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Posted April 9, 2009
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