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Don't Skip Out on Me: A Novel (urspr publ 2018; utgåvan 2019)

av Willy Vlautin (Författare)

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Horace Hopper is a half-Paiute, half-Irish ranch hand who wants to be somebody. He's spent most of his life on the ranch of his kindly guardians, Mr. and Mrs. Reese, herding sheep alone in the mountains. But while the Reeses treat him like a son, Horace can't shake the shame he feels from being abandoned by his parents. He decides to leave the only loving home he's known to prove his worth by training to become a boxer. Mr. Reese is holding on to a way of life that is no longer sustainable. He's a seventy-two-year-old rancher with a bad back. He's not sure how he'll keep things going without Horace but he knows the boy must find his own way. Coming down from the mountains of Nevada to the unforgiving desert heat of Tucson, Horace finds a trainer and begins to get fights. His journey to become a champion brings him to boxing rings of Mexico and finally, to the seedy streets of Las Vegas, where Horace learns he can't change who he is or outrun his destiny. Willy Vlautin writes from America's soul, chronicling the lives of those who are downtrodden and forgotten with profound tenderness. Don't Skip Out on Me is a beautiful, wrenching story about one man's search for identity and belonging that will make you consider those around you differently.… (mer)
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Titel:Don't Skip Out on Me: A Novel
Författare:Willy Vlautin (Författare)
Info:Harper Perennial (2019), Edition: Reprint, 304 pages
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Don't Skip Out on Me av Willy Vlautin (2018)

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Tragic story of a young man from Nevada who leaves home and travels to Arizona to become a boxer. He has had a difficult family life. After he is abandoned by his parents, a ranching family takes him in. He wants to make something of himself. He desires to be a champion.

The prose is spare, and the dialogue plentiful. The author conveys a realistic sense of the landscape of the high desert. The relationship between the protagonist and rancher is particularly touching. The brutality of boxing is vividly described. The tone is melancholy. I enjoyed the first half more than the second. I would not recommend this book to anyone currently feeling depressed.

I listened to the audiobook, adequately read by the author. He does not vary his voice much, so the narration feels a bit lackluster.
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  Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |
This is a heartbreaking story of a young man, Horace, who works for Mr. and Mrs. Reese who are ranchers. However, Horace dreams of being a championship boxer. The Reeses beg him to stay but he wants to pursue his dream.
Western themed novels, and boxing isn’t my thing, but this story draws you in. You ache for the characters and the poor decisions they make, and the feeling of hopelessness comes through. ( )
  rmarcin | Apr 30, 2021 |
Nobody writes miserable realism like Willy Vlautin. Beautiful and horrific. ( )
  mjhunt | Jan 22, 2021 |
A beautiful story about hard lives. Horace spoke to me. ( )
  ThomasPluck | Apr 27, 2020 |
This book is so well written ut will break your heart. ( )
  duke_1138 | Feb 11, 2020 |
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Horace Hopper is a half-Paiute, half-Irish ranch hand who wants to be somebody. He's spent most of his life on the ranch of his kindly guardians, Mr. and Mrs. Reese, herding sheep alone in the mountains. But while the Reeses treat him like a son, Horace can't shake the shame he feels from being abandoned by his parents. He decides to leave the only loving home he's known to prove his worth by training to become a boxer. Mr. Reese is holding on to a way of life that is no longer sustainable. He's a seventy-two-year-old rancher with a bad back. He's not sure how he'll keep things going without Horace but he knows the boy must find his own way. Coming down from the mountains of Nevada to the unforgiving desert heat of Tucson, Horace finds a trainer and begins to get fights. His journey to become a champion brings him to boxing rings of Mexico and finally, to the seedy streets of Las Vegas, where Horace learns he can't change who he is or outrun his destiny. Willy Vlautin writes from America's soul, chronicling the lives of those who are downtrodden and forgotten with profound tenderness. Don't Skip Out on Me is a beautiful, wrenching story about one man's search for identity and belonging that will make you consider those around you differently.

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