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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2000

    Kent Haruf Creates an American Classic

    When I was taking fiction writing from Kent Haruf at Nebraska Wesleyan University in the late 1980's, 'The Tie That Binds' had just been dubbed by many critics as one of the best novels of the decade. However, like a fool, I kept putting off reading it. Now, ten years later, I have finally managed to get off of my lazy rear and do what I should have done when I had the opportunity to really learn from this incredibly gifted writer. My loss. The story of Edith Goodnough is a truly sad and moving one. This tragedy works because it becomes a sounding board for ones own missed opportunities and lost chances. Anyone who has ever felt like a prisoner in their own lives (and most everyone does at least now and again) will be able to relate to Edith Goodnough. This novel is not to be missed by anyone who appreciates fiction with depth, and relishes characters who truly magnify real life and real peole.

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  • Posted March 28, 2013

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    Set in the plains of Colorado from the early 1900s to 1977, Ke



    Set in the plains of Colorado from the early 1900s to 1977, Kent Haruf’s The Tie that Binds is a beautiful story of real life, real people, and real meaning imparted by genuine relationships. Sanders Roscoe drives a Denver newspaper reporter away from his door in fury, but he welcomes the reader into his home where he tells an enthralling story of life on the American Plains—in particular, he tells of a woman called Edith who lies in hospital bed, charged unexpectedly with murder.

    Sandy’s father knew Edith’s family when they first arrived in the plains. His Indian grandmother helped deliver Edith when she was born, and there’s a wonderful sense of history to the depiction of Indian lands brought under the plough and tamed. Edith’s father despises the half-caste neighbor boy, but years of working the same tracts of land tie families and lives together, even while a sense of duty threatens those precious ties.

    Daughter of a cruelly unthinking man, sister of an oddly unthinking brother, and childless neighbor who loves children, Edith is dry and sandy as the soil, unyielding as the plough, and solidly determined as the trees that break the ever-blowing wind. Heroes are wounded people rising above their losses, forgiving each other, trusting, and building ties as land and nature bind them. As Sanders tells Edith's tale it soon becomes clear both he and she, for all their imperfections, are heroes of a kind.

    Wonderfully evocative, unflinchingly honest, with self-deprecating humor and truly redeeming affection, The Tie that Binds binds the reader to these characters and the land, leaving a feeling that we’ve really been there, known these people, and really care what might happen in the end.



    Disclosure: A generous friend loaned me this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    One of his best

    He can't write fast enough for me. One of the best American authors EVER!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2004

    Awesome Read

    Kent Haruf is one of the masters of storytelling! His characters and clear writing are a joy to read, he captures life exactly as it is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2002

    A new fan!

    Well, I'm a new fan. This is a great book, great writer. Good story, once you pick it up, you won't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2001

    Kent Haruf is amazing

    Kent Haruf must be one of the greatest authors out there. I picked Plainsong up a few months ago because it was a staff-recommended pick at a bookstore and was blown away. I picked up The Tie That Binds solely for the reason that I had loved Plainsong so much, and I was far from disappointed. Mr. Haruf's ability to create 'real' people and express their emotions and thoughts is amazing. He is truly a treasure of an author and I don't know why he doesn't appear on every bestseller list that's out there. I will be reading ALL his stuff. I wish I was still in college and could move to wherever he teaches and take a class from him. I have recommended him to every book-lover I know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2000

    engaging saga of colorodo woman

    I liked this book, was inspired to read it after reading Plainsong. It is sometimes slow moving, the narrator's (Sanders Roscoe) asides stalled the story at times, but I love Haruf's use of language, and the way his plain spoken characters relate to each other. Roscoe is a wonderful character, the setting is great, the story is well told and worth reading. Could have done without some of the violent scenes, though. All in all, well worth reading.

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