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ISBN: 0307272079
Author: Bruce Murkoff
Language: English
Publisher: Knopf; 1 edition (July 6, 2010)
Pages: 352
Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.7
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Following his acclaimed debut, Waterborne, Bruce Murkoff gives us another American panorama with a Civil War novel unlike any other.

Following his acclaimed debut, Waterborne, Bruce Murkoff gives us another American panorama with a Civil War novel unlike any other. Born near Rondout, New York, to a family steeped in wars both before and after independence, Will Harp returns home in 1864 for the first time in a decade, disconsolate over the campaigns being waged against Indians in the West even as the nation is busy tearing itself apart. Following his acclaimed debut, Waterborne, Bruce Murkoff gives us another American panorama with a Civil War novel unlike any other.

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Following his acclaimed debut, "Waterborne," Bruce Murkoff gives us another American panorama with a Civil War novel unlike any other. His father is now buried in the Harp graveyard, surrounded by two preceding generations, and much else, too, has changed

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Engrossing and revelatory, rich with vivid characterization and not one gripping love story but several, "Red Rain" weaves together stories from greatly various times and places that converge in Rondout, New York, with heart-stopping intensity.

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Электронная книга "Waterborne", Bruce Murkoff Bruce Murkoff was born in 1953, spent many years in California and now lives in Stone Ridge, New York.

Электронная книга "Waterborne", Bruce Murkoff. Эту книгу можно прочитать в Google Play Книгах на компьютере, а также на устройствах Android и iOS. Выделяйте текст, добавляйте закладки и делайте заметки, скачав книгу "Waterborne" для чтения в офлайн-режиме. Bruce Murkoff was born in 1953, spent many years in California and now lives in Stone Ridge, New York.

Following his acclaimed debut, Waterborne, Bruce Murkoff gives us another American panorama with a Civil War novel unlike any other.Born near Rondout, New York, to a family steeped in wars both before and after independence, Will Harp returns home in 1864 for the first time in a decade, disconsolate over the campaigns being waged against Indians in the West even as the nation is busy tearing itself apart. His father is now buried in the Harp graveyard, surrounded by two preceding generations, and much else, too, has changed.For Mickey Blessing, though, these are heady times. Serving the darker needs of a prosperous businessman, Harry Grieves, he commands fear and respect as few Irish immigrants have managed to do in a society still hostile to their presence. The man he’d replaced had enlisted and is now missing in the horrors of Cold Harbor, leaving Mickey’s sister, Jane, fearing the worst about her fiancé’s survival.Coley Hinds, orphaned as a child, is fending for himself and fast growing savvy as the town around him bustles with trade and tragedy. In his stable-basement lodgings, he reads Western serials that he hopes will describe his future, but then falls under the sway of Mickey, who recognizes in him the powerless waif he once had been himself.All of these lives and more are intertwined when the bones of a mastodon surface on a neighboring farm that Will quickly purchases, pursuing a fervent boyhood interest. He finds an eager assistant in Coley, who suddenly needs refuge from budding criminality when Mickey suffers a hideous loss and develops an unhealthy obsession with a baby found on Jug Hill, where free black people have lived for generations. And before long, every fate is uncertain as calamity threatens to envelop them all.Red Rain is masterful in both its specifics—Coley’s pet squirrel, the erotic tableaux Will’s photographer friend contrives, the bakery where Jane finds comfort as well as income—and its broad historical sweep, which reaches from the settling of the Hudson River Valley to the bloodshed now ravaging the South and the West. Its characterizations are impeccable, whether of Grieves’s dream of a grand hotel or Mickey’s love of water, with not one gripping love story but several. And its plotting is relentless, weaving stories from various times and places that inevitably converge, right here in Rondout, with heart-stopping intensity. Engrossing and revelatory, Red Rain shows an extraordinarily talented writer expanding his already great range, and at the very top of his form.

Comments:

Melipra
Rather than a step by step chronology of historical events, Bruce Murkoff's novel, "Red Rain," skips about episodes, vignettes of his many characters, protagonists, farmers, soldiers, urban merchants, and sailors. In its pages, characters and their antecedents are all seen from the earliest days of the European exploration of the continent through to the explosive and devastating American Civil War.

Author Murkoff's prose is artfully done, sometimes poetically breathtaking, e.g., "Will raised his arm and pointed to the east. Arthur followed the line of his finger to an opening in the sky above the pine trees, and there he saw the full moon being shunted through a riffle of gray clouds. It was shiny and fat, playing through the drifting clouds like a silver dollar in a magician's fingers."

Author Murkoff also spares us the Hollywood romanticized vision of the new world. "Red Rain" is as down and dirty as one can get - roving Irish gangs preying on equally impoverished emigrants in New York, gunmen taking lives of white settlers, and incredible violence on both sides of the new settlers vs. indigenous peoples' conflict. All of it spiced with language "not suitable for those under 12 years old." Truth is, when all's said and done, that must have been the way it was and Murkoff tells it like it was.

His use of language both colorful and poetic, makes us see things in new, unforgettable ways, e. g., "Gray clouds crowned the late afternoon sky, butting up against the air began to bristle with the prospect of a storm. . . ."

Other adventures in this novel include the discovery of a prehistoric mastodon, the largest and most perfect example ever uncovered in North America and the lure of the west on the trail of 49ers' gold. An unforgettable aspect represented by author Murkoff, if we're to believe his selection of characters, is that most American spent the 19th century drinking, and/or sick with sobering up, or getting drunk in their major meeting places, i.e. saloons
Agrainel
This is a terrific book, enjoyed in very much. Especially, as I used to live in upstate New York, and am very familiar with all the Hudson River places mentioned in the book.

Wonderful characters, fascinating plot and as was noted in an another review, I was very sorry when it ended.

The only reason I did not give it five stars is a rather strange and annoying thing. Within each chapter there are several sections. Each is about another of the characters in the book, but far more often than necessary, he fails to identify which one until several pages pass. This breaks what is a superb flow of the story rich with many fascinating people. Too bad.
Uriel
I am just now finishing this wonderful book, and I don't know why everyone in America isn't reading this masterful novel about a set of exquisitely-drawn characters who live in Rondout, NY during the Civil War. Perceptive, brutal, ultimately redemptive, the novel triumphs. I can't wait to read Waterborne, his first, which I have heard is wonderful, too.
Ynye
I loved this book and am a huge fan of this author! His descriptions of scenery and situations are amazing. It's one of those books you are sad to finish because you've grown so fond of the characters that you want to spend more time with them. I highly recommend this book and his previous book, Waterborne.
Went Tyu
Holy crap, I thought as I read the synopsis on the inside cover flap of "Red Rain," how is all this gonna fit in 300 pages?!! No one's ever going to fault author Bruce Murkoff for a lack of ambition. His second novel tells the tale of the summer and fall of 1864 in the port town of Rondout, N.Y., and Murkoff has a little something to say about pretty much every single resident. Harry Grieves runs the place, and he's gonna get paid one way or the other, so cough it up. Mickey Blessing, an Irish immigrant, brawls and balls through the novel as an enforcer for Grieves. His sister, Jane, futilely waits for her fiance's return from the battlefields of the Civil War. Orphan Coley Hinds, part-time pickpocket and stable boy, idolizes Mickey and is thrilled to serve as his apprentice -- at first. Will Harp has just come home, drunk and disillusioned by warfare and Manifest Destiny. Proto-pornographer Arthur Dowd, Will's best friend, dreams of returning to gay Paree. Pearl House, part of a family of freed slaves, finds a baby abandoned in the woods. Farmer Peter Vandeman buys a plot of swampland and regrets it. Then he discovers the bones of a mastodon in a bog and REALLY regrets it. The bloodthirsty mountain cat from Ron Rash's "Serena" seems to have wandered north, and it's eating people. The book goes on and on and on like the world's longest and most elaborate pitch for a great HBO series. Murkoff can't stop himself. Every time a new character walks into a scene, Murkoff launches another detailed vignette from that person's personal history. Then, 30 pages before the end of the book, the circus comes to town, for cryin out loud! Most of the detours and sidetrips are worthwhile and interesting as individual snapshots, but there are so many of them that they cost the book some needed focus. "Red Rain" would have been better off if Murkoff had concentrated on one or two plotlines and fully developed them instead of throwing every-damn-thing into a sprawling mishmash that's never less than readable but ultimately undigestible. He's very good at starting stories, but Murkoff has a real problem ending them. He rudely truncates the book in an ax-chop ending that's unsatisfying and frankly kinda goofy. Murkoff can conjure up indelible, uniquely American images from this country's rich history. Those passages can be excerpted and shown off as perfect, self-contained little gems of descriptive writing, but in his second novel, he continues to struggle in building a unified, cohesive big picture.

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