Mink River
ISBN: 0870715852
EAN13: 9780870715853
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 1, 2010
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 0.8" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

Like Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood and Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, Brian Doyle's stunning fiction debut brings a town to life through the jumbled lives and braided stories of its people.

In a small fictional town on the Oregon coast there are love affairs and almost-love-affairs, mystery and hilarity, bears and tears, brawls and boats, a garrulous logger and a silent doctor, rain and pain, Irish immigrants and Salish stories, mud and laughter. There's a Department of Public Works that gives haircuts and counts insects, a policeman addicted to Puccini, a philosophizing crow, beer and berries. An expedition is mounted, a crime committed, and there's an unbelievably huge picnic on the football field. Babies are born. A car is cut in half with a saw. A river confesses what it's thinking. . .

It's the tale of a town, written in a distinct and lyrical voice, and readers will close the book more than a little sad to leave the village of Neawanaka, on the wet coast of Oregon, beneath the hills that used to boast the biggest trees in the history of the world.

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5
   magical realism "takes you away"
The author Mink River sweeps you into a wet and earthy town where a crow narrates much of the book. The crow looks metaphyically at colorful and mindful inhabitants of a defunct logging town still hoping to recover its soul. I recommend it to book groups-its a five star!Mink River recommends it!
 
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   Brian Doyle is an entertaining writer with an amazing grasp of the English language as well as ancient ...
Brian Brian Doyle is an entertaining writer with an amazing grasp of the English language, as well as ancient Celtic and some Indian languages of the northwest. Brian's car racing paragraphs move on, comma after comma, word after word, until the period appears two pages later--and we didn 't really miss it. Doyle tells a story that includes fairy tales, accidents, family, small town elements and love between man and woman, friends, Nun and Crow, boy and Wheel Chair bound old man. Irene Murray's Irene Murray is dead.
 
3
   Like reading a narrative poem
The writing is a little too enigmatic for my way of thinking, but my friend thought it was very creative. The descriptions of the world around them are very wise.
 
5
   I loved this book
I loved this book ''. I think it is on my list of top ten books. It is about community and folks who have not a pretentious bone in their bodies. I wanted to live in their small and wonderful town.
 
5
   A thing of true beauty
This novel will challenge your perception of what a novel is... It breaks the cliché and introduces the reader to prose and structure that are truly unique and what a novel can do when it is bold, well-conceived and gracefully written. The writer is a master of words, places, and personalities, of the transcendental and the mundane. I read it for nature and small town themes, but received much more a novel infused with poetry that I read with wonderment, and I think you will too. Some of the beautiful language may be a little too much, at least for me, but is easily forgiven in the context of this Gaelic novel.
 
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   Read without time in between chapters.
Very different style : I like Kent Krueger's books better, as he still has a Native American perspective, but is easier to empathize with.
 
5
   A book club pick...
I grew up in Portland and spent many summer vacations from Gold Beach, south to the sand dunes and further south to Cannon Beach, OR. I love the Oregon coast, but fell in love with the characters in this book. The descriptions of local Indians, the Irish, struggling beach life in Salish towns, etc. So if it was so real, you would never know that it was not authentically written. I now live in the Fidalgo Island on Salish Sea with lots of Indian culture around me.
 
5
   One of my Favorite Books
A seminal work of PNW writing, Mink River is a must read and has such a unique style that relies heavily on storytelling.
 
4
   A Book of the Northwest
Brian Doyle writes a beautiful novel that takes place on the Oregon coast. His characters are a mix of Irish immigrants and the descendants of Salish native Americans. The book will grow on you and you will find yourself smiling or nearly crying as you meet an eclectic assortment of characters make their way through the narrative. Highly recommended.
 
5
   A favorite book!!!!
I purchased this copy as a gift for a friend. Wonderful book '' by Harry Potter.
 
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