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Where You Once Belonged

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2006

    Great Read, but didn't like that ending!

    A very good read. Interesting characters with lots of memorable events, but I was so, so disappointed in that ending!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Peaceful

    Common people, real life.

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  • Posted May 3, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Kent Haruf tells the story of a man who can┬┐t see beyond his own

    Kent Haruf tells the story of a man who can’t see beyond his own point of view, through the eyes of a friend who can’t help seeing too deeply into everyone else’s mind. And slowly the tangled links between the two become clear.

    Jack Burdette is back in Holt Colorado, and at first nobody even sees him. But when they do, nobody’s glad. Jack doesn’t even seem to know why he came back. The narrator, however, sees more than a fat man in a car, and tells the story of a boy growing up, childhood pranks, drinks and poker slowly turning to unintended hurts and deepest wounds.

    The story changes when Jack leaves town. A larger than life character, he leaves a hole much larger than life in the community. At this point the narrator begins to enter his tale. Permanent losses are paired with the incomplete and hope begins to grow. But don’t read this story for an upbeat ending. It’s a novel of middles and middling through, believing there’s hope when hope fails, and finding out if there’s really any place where you belong.

    In the end, the main character is neither the narrator nor the man in the car, but the town itself, wounded, growing and healing from the hurts its people inflict.

    Disclosure: I borrowed this book from a friend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2005

    Awesome Author..

    Where you once belonged is an interesting story. Jack Burdett (the main character) shows many different talents as well as emotions. He grew up with a rough life, but still managed to be a football star through high school, and earn a full ride scholarship. He didn't do so well in College, and ended up getting into trouble. He's a very unpredicatable character. Throughout the story he makes a numerous amount of choices, which did not lead to the best of choice for him, and ended up hurting him in the future. Kent Haruf did an excellent job describing the characters, and event throughout the entire story. He did so well that while I was reading, I actually stopped and thought about all the desccriptive words he used, and it inspired me as a writer.

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