Set in Colorado in the 1980s, Plainsong tells the story of various Holt residents. There's teenager Victoria Roubideaux, pregnant and homeless, taken in by two ageing, shy and somewhat taciturn cattle-farming brothers -- and the changes wrought in all their lives as a result. Then there's high-school teacher and single-father, Tom Gutherie, who has two sons, Ike and Bobby, and a second chance at romance in the shape of colleague Maggie Jones. Filled with unforgettable characters, Plainsong is both convincing and compelling; ...
Set in Colorado in the 1980s, Plainsong tells the story of various Holt residents. There's teenager Victoria Roubideaux, pregnant and homeless, taken in by two ageing, shy and somewhat taciturn cattle-farming brothers -- and the changes wrought in all their lives as a result. Then there's high-school teacher and single-father, Tom Gutherie, who has two sons, Ike and Bobby, and a second chance at romance in the shape of colleague Maggie Jones. Filled with unforgettable characters, Plainsong is both convincing and compelling; a glorious, eloquent waltz of a novel. 'Like all the best novels, Plainsong takes you into a world that is at once real and vividly imagined. Here is a poetry of landscape, a tender and passionate evocation of ordinary people in majestic country . . . written with a kind of compassion that makes it ultimately powerfully uplifting' Niall Williams 'With its gentle touch and simple, precise prose, Haruf's novel scores a direct hit on his readers' hearts. Plainsong is a perfectly formed, beautifully executed piece of writing that will stay with you long after you reluctantly put it down' Mariella Frostrup, Mail on SundayIn Holt, Colorado, Tom Guthrie is struggling to bring up his two young sons alone. In the same town, school girl Victoria Roubideaux finds herself pregnant and homeless. Whilst Tom's sons find their way forward without their mother, quiet and gentle Harold and Raymond McPheron agree to take Victoria in, unaware that their lives are about to change forever. A novel of haunting beauty, Plainsong explores the grace and hope of every human life and mankind's infinity capacity for love.
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One of my favorites. I go back to it again and again for inspiration. I will read every novel he writes until he's done writing.
Jul 8, 2010
Several stories entertwined around a search for love, support and caring. The characters, the older brothers, the young girl, the caring friend, all combine for memorable scenes filled with both the good and the bad of the human condition. The writing pace was leisurely but not boring. You fell in love, in like or in dislike with each character. The scene where a crib is selected for the yet unborn was touching. This is a great read for someone looking to get into characters and to experience emotions flowing from the written page.
Aug 14, 2008
asked my brother, the bookseller, for his recommendation a couple of summers back, and this was it. i took it home and savored every morsel of scene, personality, and interaction. just a lovely, satisfying read put together in an intriguing and comforting way. had to go back the next day for "eventide", the continuation of the pleasure.
May 17, 2007
A Hymn to Humanity
Kent Haruf, who I had the pleasure of meeting at a writers workshop, has written an elegant novel depicting the complexities of life in a small plains town.Perhaps he could have chosen mid town Manhattan but a small town has its graces and everyone knows each others stories. The descriptions of characters and Kent's writing style,plain and articulate, draw the reader into each chapter and every dramatic scene. I dont want to ruin the the plot or dealve into individual characters but I couldnt put the book down. A wonderful read especially for your Summer reading lists. I cant wait to read his next novel!
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