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Paulette Jiles

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Paulette Jiles is a poet, memoirist, and novelist, born in 1943, and based in San Antonio, Texas. She is the author of a memoir entitled, Cousins. Her novels include Enemy Woman, Stormy Weather, The Color of Lightning, Lighthouse Island, and News of the World. (Bowker Author Biography)

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Verk av Paulette Jiles

News of the World (2016) 2,775 exemplar
Enemy Women (2002) 1,037 exemplar
Simon the Fiddler (2020) 442 exemplar
The Color of Lightning (2009) 433 exemplar
Stormy Weather (2007) 408 exemplar
Lighthouse Island (2013) 160 exemplar
News of the World [2020 film] (2020) — Författare — 81 exemplar
Cousins (1992) 14 exemplar
Blackwater (1988) 8 exemplar
Song to the Rising Sun (1989) 7 exemplar
Celestial Navigation (1984) 7 exemplar
The Jesse James poems (1988) 6 exemplar

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Bad Trips (1991) — Bidragsgivare — 231 exemplar


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John Chenneville, farmer and union soldier has just woken from a coma, the result of a traumatic head wound. He still suffers from some memory loss and physical weakness that leaves him unable to walk without a cane. With war over, he returns home, determined to make a full recovery. However, shortly after returning, he learns of the brutal murder of his sister, her husband, and their baby by a man named Dodd although he goes by many names. Determined on revenge, John sets out on a chase that will take him from Missouri and through Texas, across a country still reeling from the Civil War.

Chenneville by Paulette Jiles is a beautifully written tale that completely steeps the reader in a country recovering from war. Although mainly character-driven, the prose is lyrical especially in her descriptions of the countryside John travels through. Although a story of revenge, it also examines themes of love and loss, grief, and the realities of a world after war. And despite John’s drive for revenge, the story ends on a surprisingly hopeful note both for John and the country. An exquisitely written story full of memorable characters and stunning prose that will stay with the reader long after the final page is turned.

Thanks to Edelweiss+ and William Morrow for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review
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lostinalibrary | 9 andra recensioner | Nov 22, 2023 |
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishing for providing me with this book to review.

Paulette Jiles' "Chenneville" is a literary gem that seamlessly weaves together history, culture, and human connection. Set against the backdrop of post-Civil War Texas, this novel takes readers on a mesmerizing journey into the lives of its richly drawn characters, delivering a poignant exploration of love, loss, and the enduring human spirit.

At the heart of "Chenneville" is the eponymous town, a place steeped in both hardship and resilience. Jiles skillfully paints a vivid portrait of a community grappling with the aftermath of war, facing the challenges of reconstruction, and adapting to a rapidly changing world. The author's meticulous research is evident in the way she brings the historical setting to life, from the dusty streets to the simmering tensions.

The story unfolds primarily through the perspective of Alma, a young woman navigating the complexities of her time. Alma's character is a triumph of Jiles' storytelling prowess. She is a fiercely independent and intelligent woman, determined to carve her own path in a society that often seeks to confine her. Her inner struggles and the obstacles she faces add depth to the narrative, making her a relatable and compelling protagonist.

Jiles' prose is nothing short of enchanting. Her lyrical writing captures the essence of the Texas landscape, evoking a sense of place that immerses readers in the harsh beauty of the frontier. The dialogue is peppered with authenticity, capturing the distinct voices of the era and region. This attention to detail breathes life into the story, making the characters and their world feel tangible.

While "Chenneville" is primarily a character-driven narrative, the plot takes unexpected and intriguing turns. The novel explores themes of love and longing, family and friendship, and the enduring bonds that hold people together. Jiles expertly crafts the relationships between characters, making each connection a source of both joy and sorrow. As Alma's life becomes increasingly intertwined with the inhabitants of Chenneville, the novel's emotional resonance deepens.

If there's a minor drawback to "Chenneville," it may be the novel's slow pacing, which some readers may find challenging. However, those who appreciate rich character development and a deep exploration of historical settings will likely savor every page.

In conclusion, "Chenneville" by Paulette Jiles is a captivating and elegantly written novel that transports readers to a bygone era. With its memorable characters, evocative prose, and a narrative that explores the complexities of the human experience, this book is a poignant reminder of the enduring power of storytelling. It's a must-read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction that goes beyond the surface, delving into the hearts and minds of its characters while shedding light on a lesser-known period in American history.
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BenM2023 | 9 andra recensioner | Nov 22, 2023 |
“...and the river seen at eye level was fringed on the far side by burr oaks a hundred and sixty feet tall, like the palisades of a great fortress. He floated in the milk-warm blood of a nation, of many nations.”

Union soldier John Chenneville is severely wounded in Virginia and after recovering for nearly a year, he returns to his home in St. Louis to continue his rehab. He soon finds out that his sister and her family have been brutally killed by a man named A.J Dodd. This sets Chenneville on a long, serpentine journey to track down this vicious killer. He does find romance along the way but nothing will sway him from his path of vengeance.
Paulette Jiles has been faithfully consistent about delivering well-written, satisfying novels, mostly set in the Old West and Chenneville is no exception. It is not as strong as News of the World but that one was first-class.
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msf59 | 9 andra recensioner | Nov 4, 2023 |
It's a breezy read and the characters are perhaps a bit more developed than in the movie adaptation but frankly there's not much more to find here, having seen the feature. No True Grit.
A.Godhelm | 214 andra recensioner | Oct 20, 2023 |



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