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Inland: A Novel av Tea Obreht
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Inland: A Novel (urspr publ 2019; utgåvan 2020)

av Tea Obreht (Författare)

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"In the lawless, drought-ridden lands of the Arizona Territory in 1893, two extraordinary lives collide. Nora is an unflinching frontierswoman, alone in a house abandoned by the men in her life--her husband, who has gone in search of water for the parched household, and her two older sons, who have gone in search of their father after his return is delayed. Nora is biding her time with her youngest son, a boy with a bad eye who is convinced that a mysterious beast is stalking the land around their home, and a seventeen year old maid named Josie, her husband's cousin who communes with spirits. Lurie is the son of a dead dockworker, a former outlaw, and a man haunted by ghosts--he sees lost souls who want something from him, and he finds reprieve from their longing in an unexpected relationship that inspires an epic journey across the West. The way in which Nora and Lurie's stories intertwine is the surprise and suspense of this brilliant novel. Mythical, lyrical, and sweeping in scope, Inland showcases all of Téa Obreht's talents as a writer, as she subverts and reimagines the classical American genre of the Western, making it entirely--and unforgettably--her own" --… (mer)
Medlem:thom.fresneau
Titel:Inland: A Novel
Författare:Tea Obreht (Författare)
Info:Random House Trade Paperbacks (2020), Edition: Reprint, 400 pages
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Inland av Téa Obreht (2019)

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Inland is a sprawling story of the Old West, a bit slow to get into, but satisfying in the end. It has two intertwining narratives. One, spanning many years, is about an orphan named Lurie who can see the dead. He is aimless and on the run from a warrant on his head when he falls in with a band of cameleers who brought camels to help the Army traverse the unsettled American desert. Lurie, now with a different name, bonds with one of the camels and spends a lifetime with the animal. The other narrative takes place over the course of one day and night. It is about an Arizona homesteader named Nora, whose husband and older sons are missing and who is almost out of water due to a drought. She also talks to a ghost, the ghost of her infant daughter who died of heatstroke. These two stories are each compelling in their own right, and they are eventually brought together in a way that surprised me. ( )
  sturlington | Feb 19, 2021 |
I'm not entirely sure how to review this story. None of it will probably make sense, but here's hoping it will.

I read the first fifty-five percent, got audible and had a credit left and thought, what the hell, I'll listen to this story. I don't know why, 'cause I was loving every page of that fifty-five percent, but it's whatever.

I think at its core, this is a story about family and how death and other hardships shapes its overall dynamic. On one side you have Nora and her family which is unique in a way I won't spoil for you. On the other, you have Lurie who had his own unique family. And his own unique circumstances.

Throughout this book you'll be drawn into their lives, past and present, until both their worlds meet. It's a story too about family history.

What's so hard about reviewing this book? The above is really nothing you can't get from the synopsis. What's difficult to explain is why you should finish this book. Why you should read it in the first place.

That's difficult because not a lot happens, while at the same time so very much happens. It's plodding, but thrilling. Unique but familiar. Emotional in every way imaginable. Every character, every moment, is precisely placed. Nothing is superfluous. The writing is tremendous.

I keep thinking of this story, as a 'days in the life of' sort of story. And I think that's the best way to look at it. You're getting a lot of history, with snapshots of the present. It's thrilling, but overall there isn't an overall story arc. It's ore an experience than anything.

I enjoyed the heck out of it. I hope you check it out. ( )
  JBTaylor42 | Feb 7, 2021 |
It took me a while to get into this novel, but about 1/3 through it grabbed me. I love how imperfect the characters are, how much they struggle to recognize their weaknesses and correct them. They keep making the same mistakes, but each time move just a little closer to doing better. It's incremental change that's realistic and inspiring. The story's delightfully quirky, and the setting cast new light on my many cross-country road trips. ( )
  ImperfectCJ | Jun 28, 2020 |
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Téa Obreht - Inland: Those last few pages took my breath away. She’s ingenious (and she’s kind - I got to meet her and she truly is!). #cursorybookreviews #cursoryreviews ( )
  khage | Jun 13, 2020 |
I loved this new novel by Tea Obreht. [Inland] follows two separate storylines in late 1800s America, largely in the arid Arizona territory. The first is of Lurie, an orphan boy who joins up with a group of men journeying across the west with a herd of camels (yes, camels). His story spans the decades of his life and his relationship with his camel, Burke. The other story is Nora's and happens over the course of one day (of course with some memories included). Nora is awaiting the arrival of her husband who is three days late returning with much-needed water. Her two grown sons have also gone missing.

The stories are very different but have some things in common - certainly the setting, but also a communion with the dead which seems natural, not supernatural, in Obreht's talented hands. As often is the case with books with dual plotlines, I preferred one - Nora's - at first, but I grew to love both and understand how the seemingly disparate stories really did connect.

I didn't have any interest in reading Obreht's first book, [The Tiger's Wife], but this description appealed to me and I'm so glad I read it. Obreht is a very skilled author and I loved this book. ( )
  japaul22 | May 21, 2020 |
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"In the lawless, drought-ridden lands of the Arizona Territory in 1893, two extraordinary lives collide. Nora is an unflinching frontierswoman, alone in a house abandoned by the men in her life--her husband, who has gone in search of water for the parched household, and her two older sons, who have gone in search of their father after his return is delayed. Nora is biding her time with her youngest son, a boy with a bad eye who is convinced that a mysterious beast is stalking the land around their home, and a seventeen year old maid named Josie, her husband's cousin who communes with spirits. Lurie is the son of a dead dockworker, a former outlaw, and a man haunted by ghosts--he sees lost souls who want something from him, and he finds reprieve from their longing in an unexpected relationship that inspires an epic journey across the West. The way in which Nora and Lurie's stories intertwine is the surprise and suspense of this brilliant novel. Mythical, lyrical, and sweeping in scope, Inland showcases all of Téa Obreht's talents as a writer, as she subverts and reimagines the classical American genre of the Western, making it entirely--and unforgettably--her own" --

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