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Wayfaring Stranger: A Novel

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13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

This is probably the most important book Burke has written to da

This is probably the most important book Burke has written to date. It is literature at its best. As much as I appreciate all his highly underrated work, this one far surpasses even Tin Roof Blow Down, which, was in my personal opinion, his best. Before that, Confed...
This is probably the most important book Burke has written to date. It is literature at its best. As much as I appreciate all his highly underrated work, this one far surpasses even Tin Roof Blow Down, which, was in my personal opinion, his best. Before that, Confederate Mist. This is not to say his other works do not pierce the psyche of his characters. They do. But this work is far different. More personal. It comes from his very soul. His treatment of the Hollands is even more complex than our old friend Dave. His theme of human fallibility, sin and redemption is profound.

In my three particular favorites, I sensed a unique connection between Burke and the characters. Wayfaring Stranger leaves the other two in the dusty roadside. This is not because of his obvious respect and love and admiration of the actual Weldon, but how Burke got into his head and heart more deeply than in any other work. He did his cousin Weldon and many other WWII hero soldiers (my dad included) proud. They are/were all heroes, as much as one of my friends, who at fifteen, led her mother out of Austria and Germany in 1939. We cannot imagine the dread she felt as she led her mother through a snow-laden forest from Cologne to the Belgian border. It took five attempts to make the escape.

My friend, thanks be to God, was never sent to a Camp, but she was molested by Nazi soldiers. I thought of her as we followed Rosita’s journey. Burke has always respected women in his books, and portrayed them elegantly. Within this work he continues with his female characters portrayed as strong and brave and intelligent.

Rosita is the best of the best, the bravest of the brave. She is brilliant and gutsy and beautiful. I have noticed, within the last three or four works women are represented stronger and stronger, and Burke has given them a more prominent role. This was also the most profound love story he has written to date.

When I finished the book, I realized I was crying. I don’t cry.

I could go on and on and on. There’s no need. This is a masterpiece. If Burke never wrote another book, he could rest his reputation on this one. That statement does not, however, give him license to retire. I hunger for his next.

posted by MountainPenelope on July 26, 2014

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

AS a reader of all the Robicheaux novels, I found this one to be

AS a reader of all the Robicheaux novels, I found this one to be good, but not great. I think what disgruntled me a bit was that the main character, Weldon Holland, reminded me too much of Dave Robicheaux, and not as a "new" character. Very similar personaliti...
AS a reader of all the Robicheaux novels, I found this one to be good, but not great. I think what disgruntled me a bit was that the main character, Weldon Holland, reminded me too much of Dave Robicheaux, and not as a "new" character. Very similar personalities, including the bad characteristics. I couldn't help but be put off by Holland's priggishness and his narrow minded smug, prudish holier-than-thou attitude. Yes, he's a bit of a moral boy scout, but still. It's a good read about people and relationships and power. If you think Mr Burke is over the top about the power of Texan interests and what bought politicians can do, just look at what happened in Texas summer of 2014 - the politically motivated, trumped up charges by a Democratic DA against a sitting Republican governor. Some things never change!

posted by Anonymous on August 20, 2014

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