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Demon Copperhead: A Pulitzer Prize Winner (utgåvan 2022)

av Barbara Kingsolver (Författare)

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The teenage son of an Appalachian single mother who dies when he is eleven uses his good looks, wit, and instincts to survive foster care, child labor, addiction, disastrous loves, and crushing losses.
Medlem:RaulCid
Titel:Demon Copperhead: A Pulitzer Prize Winner
Författare:Barbara Kingsolver (Författare)
Info:Harper (2022), Edition: First Edition, 560 pages
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Demon Copperhead av Barbara Kingsolver

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Nice tribute to Dicken's "David Copperfield". Instead of dark corners of Dickensian England, the present day in the neglected hollers of Virginia’s Appalachian Mountains serves as the backdrop of the story. This story speaks for a new generation of lost boys, and all those born into beautiful, cursed places they can't imagine leaving behind. This story is about survivors of institutional poverty and its damages to children in this society. ( )
  Baochuan | Jul 17, 2024 |
Knowing this book was based on David Copperfield, an all-time favorite of mine, made this a definite read. Kingsolver’s use of the same names or clearly-related variations (e.g. Emma for Emily, Peggott for Peggotty; Stoner for Murdstone; U-Haul for Uriah Heep and on and on) really tied the story to David Copperfield. It addressed the opioid crisis in a less emotionally raw way than perhaps some other opioid crisis fiction does, but you finish with a strong picture of what it looks like from a life lived inside it.

SPOILER:

A happy ending for Demon tracks with David Copperfield. Demon and Angus (Agnes) are heading for the ocean and will likely end up married (just like David and Agnes got married in David Copperfield). It would have been interesting to see the happy ending played out a bit more as it was in David Copperfield rather than leaving it at their drive to the ocean.


My Rating System:
Characters (Strength, Likability) 4.75/5
Story/Plot: 4.5/5
Enjoyability/Ease of Reading: 4.75/5
Reading Pace: 5/5
Quality of Writing: 5/5
TOTAL: 24 1.5 (will read everything by this author): 25.5/25 ( )
  ClimateBabs | Jul 15, 2024 |
Phenomenal. Characters that I hope to never forget. It’s books like this one that remind you why you read ( )
  cg2020 | Jul 14, 2024 |
31/5/23

80% ( )
  RoLad001 | Jul 9, 2024 |
This was a fantastic book told by one of the best narrators I have read in a long time. The story itself is very compelling, but the narrator makes it really shine. Highly recommend. ( )
  sbenne3 | Jul 7, 2024 |
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Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, this is the story of an irrepressible boy nobody wants, but readers will love. Damon is the only child of a teenage alcoholic — “an expert at rehab” — in southwest Virginia.... In a feat of literary alchemy, Kingsolver uses the fire of that boy’s spirit to illuminate — and singe — the darkest recesses of our country....From the moment Demon starts talking to us, his story is already a boulder rolling down the Appalachian Mountains, faster and faster, stopping for nothing. ...Kingsolver has effectively reignited the moral indignation of the great Victorian novelist to dramatize the horrors of child poverty in the late 20th century.
 
In echoing Dickens, Barbara Kingsolver has written a social justice novel all her own, one only she could write, for our time and for the ages.Master storyteller Kingsolver has given the world a book that will have a ripple effect through the generations...Like all stories that stick with you, this one is both universal and decidedly personal. If you’ve lived near the Appalachians, you'll recognize these characters as well as their voice. They may even remind you of family members—those who’ve made it through, made it out, or made it back. If you haven’t, it will touch your heart anyway....That Kingsolver has shone a light on them as only she can, is a leap in understanding the hurting of a forgotten, often misunderstood and ridiculed people. Next time you see such a person, be kind, open your mind, and stop making fun of their accent.
 
“Demon Copperhead” reimagines Dickens’s story in a modern-day rural America contending with poverty and opioid addiction... Of course Barbara Kingsolver would retell Dickens. He has always been her ancestor. Like Dickens, she is unblushingly political and works on a sprawling scale, animating her pages with the presence of seemingly every creeping thing that has ever crept upon the earth.....Kingsolver’s prose is often splendid....And so, caught between polemic and fairy tale, Kingsolver is stuck with an anticlimax. .
 
With its bold reversals of fate and flamboyant cast, this is storytelling on a grand scale – Dickensian, you might say, and Kingsolver does indeed describe Demon Copperhead as a contemporary adaptation of David Copperfield....And what a story it is: acute, impassioned, heartbreakingly evocative, told by a narrator who’s a product of multiple failed systems, yes, but also of a deep rural landscape with its own sustaining traditions.
 

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