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Most Helpful Favorable Review

16 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

Something missing in the e-book

First, this is a very good book. Being a native of the area the book is set in and hearing my grandparents talk about logging in the area made it even better for me. Serena is a captivatingly evil character. A friend loaned me the book and I liked it so much I bought...
First, this is a very good book. Being a native of the area the book is set in and hearing my grandparents talk about logging in the area made it even better for me. Serena is a captivatingly evil character. A friend loaned me the book and I liked it so much I bought a copy, then a copy for my nook. This is my favorite quote from the book. "She realized that being starved for words was the same as being starved for food, because both left a hollow place inside you, a place you needed filled to make it through another day." I was very perturbed to find it missing from the e-book. The quote is simply not there. This makes me wander what else I might be missing in my collection of e-books.

posted by BekahNC on September 10, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Beautiful writing, but melodrama prevails

This dramatic story of an ambitious, beautiful woman who manages her husband's timber holdings in the Smokies in a ruthlessly aggressive manner has an epic sweep. It is intricately plotted and beautifully written - I savoured the language and the Appalachian cadences of...
This dramatic story of an ambitious, beautiful woman who manages her husband's timber holdings in the Smokies in a ruthlessly aggressive manner has an epic sweep. It is intricately plotted and beautifully written - I savoured the language and the Appalachian cadences of the workers (who also act as a sort of Greek chorus, an effective device), and the descriptions of the mountains and the harsh conditions of the times (1930s), as well as fascinating detail on the lives and hard times of the workers themselves. About a third of the way through the book the exposition started to become sort of biblical: the bad people were REALLY bad, the powerless and meek completely so, and the killings started to mount up - to the extent that it all became somewhat cartoonish, like the boulder continually squashing Wile E. Coyote. In that sense it became a "he said, she said" kind of book, which is a shame, because a lot of loving work had obviously been put into researching the period and the logging industry of the time, and those sections of the book that did not topple over into high melodrama were exceptional. However, the single trait that defined each character ensured they remained two-dimensional and ultimately drove the plot down a predictable path.

posted by catpaw on November 23, 2009

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  • Posted July 2, 2014

    Ron Rash penned a painful to read, description of the desecratio

    Ron Rash penned a painful to read, description of the desecration of Appalachian forests. He also underscored the dire need for OSHA, as well as land preservation. There's probably truth in his extreme descriptions of the forest destruction in unregulated eras. His characters weren't quite a believable, such as a woman with no heart and a mountain man willing to become her slave. I was interested in the setting, as I live near western N.C. I have attended some excellent seminars at Western Carolina, where the author teaches. Serena was a good read for my book club.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    Good!

    I loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Slowest plotline ever

    One of the most boring books ive ever read. Incredibly slow plot line. Boring characters. Only one minor plot twist. I only finished it because i really hoped it would get better. Would not reccomend this at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    Good read, great characters but slow plot line in the middle

    This book has great characters that make you care and get attactched however the plot was slow with regards to some characters stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    Sloooow

    Nothing happens in this book until the last hundred pages. I think it could have been a great story, however, the characters were unlikable and it was so boring until the very end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Solid Period Piece

    Rash delivers in this strong Depression-era piece. However, I believe this may be one of the rare cases in which the film surpasses the quality of the book.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    Evil main characters

    I almost hate to say that I liked this book because the may characters were so evil. Serena was definitely misnamed as she was anything but Serene! She gives a new meaning to cold, heartless B!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    The character Serena is so hateful I am unable

    To continue reading. Imay come back to it another time. With all the evil bad people in the real world, i find it taxing to read about it in a novel. Especially since she is the main character. Love RonRash though and loved his book The Cove.

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  • Posted September 7, 2013

    The star character, Serena, is the most vicious, evil, heartless

    The star character, Serena, is the most vicious, evil, heartless character I've read about in a long time. The story/plot is fascinating: owners and workers in a logging company in West Virginia in the depression where people have to work no matter how dangerous the job. And no matter how evil the owners. The unfolding of plot lines is done in an interesting way with the workers sitting around on breaks filling in what the author leaves to them. The book has historic aspects re: the depression and the logging industry plus the efforts to buy up lands for national parks to save forests. But Serena is really the story, a woman who will do anything, really anything, to get what she wants. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

    Loved This Book!

    It was dark and tragic, and beautiful and lovely. Ron Rash's words have a truth and reality to them that let you believe that his characters exist outside of the pages.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Stay with you book

    Loved it. Should be your first Ron Rash book!

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