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This Tender Land: A Novel (urspr publ 2019; utgåvan 2020)

av William Kent Krueger (Författare)

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For fans of Before We Were Yours and Where the Crawdads Sing, a magnificent novel about four orphans on a life-changing odyssey during the Great Depression, from the New York Times bestselling author of Ordinary Grace. 1932, Minnesota--the Lincoln School is a pitiless place where hundreds of Native American children, forcibly separated from their parents, are sent to be educated. It is also home to an orphan named Odie O'Banion, a lively boy whose exploits earn him the superintendent's wrath. Forced to flee, he and his brother Albert, their best friend Mose, and a brokenhearted little girl named Emmy steal away in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi and a place to call their own. Over the course of one unforgettable summer, these four orphans will journey into the unknown and cross paths with others who are adrift, from struggling farmers and traveling faith healers to displaced families and lost souls of all kinds. With the feel of a modern classic, This Tender Land is an en­thralling, big-hearted epic that shows how the magnificent American landscape connects us all, haunts our dreams, and makes us whole.… (mer)
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Titel:This Tender Land: A Novel
Författare:William Kent Krueger (Författare)
Info:Atria Books (2020), Edition: Reprint, 464 pages
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This Tender Land av William Kent Krueger (2019)

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    To the Bright and Shining Sun av James Lee Burke (gypsysmom)
    gypsysmom: Krueger and Burke have similar writing styles. Plus both books are about young people caught in difficult economic times.
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Set in the 1930s, This Tender Land tells the story of three orphan boys who escape from an Indian school in Minnesota where they are mistreated. A journey down the Mississippi River, a road trip of self-discovery, it is part Huck Finn and part Homer's Odyssey. This is one of the best books I've read in years. ( )
  KatherineGregg | Mar 6, 2021 |
Digital audiobook narrated by Scott Brick

Krueger references both The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain and Homer’s The Odyssey in this epic adventure set in America’s upper Midwest during the Great Depression.

Orphaned brothers Odie and Albert O’Banion have been placed at the The Lincoln School, in Fremont County, Minnesota, which is primarily for Native American children. It is far from a refuge; rather, it is a prison and a labor camp, where the children are subject to many abuses – verbal, physical and sexual. Following one horrific event, the boys decide they have no choice to but set out on their own to try to find their aunt. They are joined by their friend Mose, a mute Native American boy, and Emmy, a young girl who has suffered a great loss. The plan is to paddle a canoe down the Gilead and on to the Mississippi and St Louis, Missouri.

Krueger is a marvelous storyteller and he keeps the plot moving with a variety of incidents. The travelers show intelligence, resourcefulness, and tenacity. They are also children - immature and prone to misunderstanding or misinterpretation of information they gather. And, of course, they are vulnerable. Not everyone they meet is helpful; some are violently dangerous, and some want only to use them. I loved watching them grow, both individually and in their relationships, through these experiences.

The novel is very atmospheric. Krueger uses the landscape as a character – terrain, flora, fauna, and weather all have roles to play. He makes good use of magical realism. And there is a painful history lesson here as well, with the treatment of Native American children – ripped from their homes and tribal lands to be “re-educated” in abysmal conditions.

Scott Brick is a talented voice artist and does a marvelous job of performing the audio book. ( )
  BookConcierge | Jan 31, 2021 |
This Tender Land, William Kent Krueger, author, Scott Brick, narrator
Scott Brick is an extraordinary narrator, and William Kent Krueger is the extraordinary author of this book that begins by taking the reader back in time to the hardscrabble years of post WWI and the Depression era. It largely takes place during Odysseus O’Banion’s twelfth year, in 1932, but does continue decades later to tie up any loose ends and to explain the future for the characters as it relates to historic events and to their past. It follows the lives of four young children whom life seems to have abandoned, “the four vagabonds” as they make their escape from an abusive school environment where they suffer unfairly at the hands of cruel, unscrupulous adults.
Odie tells the story of himself, his brother Albert, Mose a mute teenager from the Sioux tribe, and a little girl, Emmaline Frost, the daughter of a kind teacher at the school. They are hoping to use a canoe they found, undamaged, on her property, after the tornado that took her mother’s life left Emmy an orphan. Mrs. Frost had hoped to adopt Odie, Albert and Mose, students at the school, before the tragedy struck, but now even her own daughter is an orphan in the hands of the awful Mr. and Mrs. Brightman, who run the school. Mrs. Brightman, the headmistress, is nicknamed “the black witch” by the students. The four are hoping to paddle their way to a new life of freedom and family, canoeing from the Gilead River to the Mississippi, and then onward to St. Louis where the O’Banion brothers believed they had an aunt who would welcome all of them.
During this time, people were starving, they couldn’t find work, and it was fairly easy for unscrupulous people to take advantage of those less fortunate, without fear of reprisals. People were needy. They could be bought and paid off to look the other way. Laws were broken and injustice thrived, as dishonest people feathered their own nests and justified their heinous behavior. Odie and Albert O’Banion were taken to live at the Indian school after the murder of their father, although they were not of Native American background. Odie, four years younger than Albert, was far more precocious and got into trouble often; always impetuous, he spent a lot of time in the “quiet room” there, so much so, that he named the rat that lived in that room, Faria. He often acted without much thought, but his heart was good and he wanted, eventually to be kind to others. He played the “mouth organ” well, and was an expert at storytelling. He created the “four vagabond” stories. He desperately wanted to find his home. Albert was the more careful, and serious brother who was a master of everything involving mechanics. He could fix anything. He was a rule follower, the opposite of Odie who broke rules when he could. His major goal was to protect his brother, Odie. Mose, left wounded and helpless, next to the body of his murdered mother, was strong, generally even tempered but unable to speak because his tongue had been removed by barbaric individuals. He wanted to know who he really was, he wanted a connection to the Sioux, since he had no memory of his past. Emmy, orphaned when the tornado killed her mother, had been injured as a child and was subject to unusual “fits”. She wanted to stay with the boys, when they ran away. She did not want to remain with the Brightmans who wanted to adopt her. She was really not sure what she wanted her future to be, except that she wanted the four vagabonds to be her family.
The children who lived at the Lincoln Indian Training School, were symbols of the real history for orphans and Native Americans, forcibly taken from their parents in order to be educated. No language but English was to be spoken there, although the children did not speak English. The book describes the actual cruel types of treatment many of these children endured at the hands of administrators and employees. At this Indian school, there were few kind teachers or workers. One man, DeMarco, enjoyed his extra job of “strapping” kids when they were “disobedient”, and often, after locking them, hungry and in pain, into a “quiet room”, a cell-like space with only the rat for company, it was rumored he would also abuse some of the boys in unspeakable ways.
Many social issues, such as loneliness, bullying and criminal behavior, alcoholism and depression, as well as familial loyalty, young love and the way in which desperate people solve their problems, some very well, some poorly are covered. There are religious healers, houses of ill repute, Hoovervilles and railroad police to harass those who rode the rails to other places hoping to find work. There were little acts of kindness to uplift the spirits of those who suffered from loss, and they were uplifting and encouraging, but there were also so many unkind acts of cruelty to scar the victims, victims who were so desperate that their behavior reflected their hopelessness.
The book highlights the inequities of society for the Native American and for the poor and alone, during the years of the Depression. As it continues and describes Odie during WWII, it illustrates the continued idea of man's inhumanity to man. The country was in pain, during both of these times, and the suffering people often preyed upon each other. Still, most did have good in them, as well. While the book emphasizes many of the issues of the times, it also, through the use of the suspension of disbelief and the wholehearted belief in some miracles, offers hope to the reader for better times to come for all of the “vagabond four”, and perhaps for us. These four, against all odds, set out on their own to find their freedom and fortunes and the reader will cheer them on. ( )
  thewanderingjew | Jan 14, 2021 |
This was a novel that followed the journey of four orphans as they escaped a cruel schoolmaster in Minnesota. It had been recommended to me with high praise by many people, and I did enjoy it very much. However, all the time they were floating down the river in their canoe, I kept wondering why their pursuers never figured out what they were doing and just waited downriver to capture them.
Oh well. It was slow moving at times, but filled with historical details of life in the Midwest during the Great Depression and realistic encounters with a great variety of people on their way. ( )
1 rösta terran | Dec 29, 2020 |
This Tender Land is a coming of age historical novel that follows four young orphans as they make the journey to St. Louis during the summer of 1932. This was my first William Kent Krueger book and I was very impressed by his beautiful prose and rich storylines.

I loved getting to know the four main characters and following along with them on their journey which included many hardships and included important parts of American history from this time period. There were lighter moments but I would not classify this as an easy read. There were many tough topics that Krueger included and you can tell from his writing that he did his research. I did really enjoy their quest to find "home" and help them realize what the definition of "family" really means.

This is definitely a character-driven novel and it was one of those books that came together slowly for me. There are heavier and important moments that I don't want to downplay but it did, at certain points, feel a bit tedious. I did love seeing their journeys both literally and figuratively as they navigated this trek.

If you enjoyed Where The Crawdads Sing, it felt like a similar reading experience for me. The ending felt very satisfying and the detailed multi-layered characters added so much to this rich storyline.
1 rösta genthebookworm | Dec 19, 2020 |
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For fans of Before We Were Yours and Where the Crawdads Sing, a magnificent novel about four orphans on a life-changing odyssey during the Great Depression, from the New York Times bestselling author of Ordinary Grace. 1932, Minnesota--the Lincoln School is a pitiless place where hundreds of Native American children, forcibly separated from their parents, are sent to be educated. It is also home to an orphan named Odie O'Banion, a lively boy whose exploits earn him the superintendent's wrath. Forced to flee, he and his brother Albert, their best friend Mose, and a brokenhearted little girl named Emmy steal away in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi and a place to call their own. Over the course of one unforgettable summer, these four orphans will journey into the unknown and cross paths with others who are adrift, from struggling farmers and traveling faith healers to displaced families and lost souls of all kinds. With the feel of a modern classic, This Tender Land is an en­thralling, big-hearted epic that shows how the magnificent American landscape connects us all, haunts our dreams, and makes us whole.

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