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American Salvage (Unabridged Audio CDs) (urspr publ 2009; utgåvan 2010)

av Bonnie Jo Campbell

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In rural Michigan, the American dream, if it ever existed, lies discarded like so much rusty scrap metal. For the inhabitants of Campbell's tales, the real truth of life can be found in industrial accidents, soul-deadening labor, and the comfort of five drinks too many. But even amid the despair of meth labs and empty pocketbooks, Campbell's characters yearn for something, anything, to raise them above it all--and sometimes, impossibly, they find it.… (mer)
Medlem:librarianbryan
Titel:American Salvage (Unabridged Audio CDs)
Författare:Bonnie Jo Campbell
Info:Recorded Books (2010), Audio CD
Samlingar:Read, Ditt bibliotek (inactive)
Betyg:****
Taggar:audio

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American Salvage av Bonnie Jo Campbell (2009)

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"It landed with a resounding clang on the pole of catalytic converters -- mostly they were dirty and rusted from the slush and mud and road salt but each of their bodies contained a core of platinum." ("King Cole's")
  rynk | Jul 11, 2021 |
American Salvage is a collection of short stories by author Bonnie Jo Campbell. She writes about rural, working class people of Michigan, people who once thought they could attain the American Dream but have long since given up and become the broken, damaged and discontented who can’t see beyond the downward spiral that their life has taken.

Although this was not a comfortable read, the author writes stories that are detailed, heart-felt and peopled with characters that feel authentic and real. This is an author who knows how to explore the lives of the desperate and drug-addicted and in doing so, reaches into the heart of America with some painful truths about what life is like for those who found themselves falling short.

As with all short story collections, I found some of these stories resonated a little more strongly with me than others, but overall the depth and richness of her writing, the poignant and painful lives she reveals, and the eye-opening rust belt mentality she describes make American Salvage a riveting and unique read. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Aug 11, 2020 |
Every story in this brilliant collection is alive and real. The characters, with all their problems, hopes, and sadness will speak to you no matter who you are. Existence is day-to-day here, as I guess it is for most Americans, and Campbell writes with an insight and clarity that is beautiful and rare. Most impressive are the relationships she depicts between men and women, but the setting and details of each story are also precise and perfect. You owe it to yourself to read this one. ( )
  datrappert | May 16, 2020 |
This collection of short stories was purposeless and less than entertaining. Not a single story had a lesson or point of view that could somehow teach you something, about yourself or the characters. While it seems like the stories should be life-like or based on true events, not a single one seems believable. ( )
  Sovranty | Jan 31, 2016 |
A group of short stories that all take place in Michigan. I am sure there are people, maybe a lot of them living this way and they sure don't make you want to live in Michigan. The stories for the most part are about people and ways of life that stopped progressing after the 1970's. Except the wide open use of Meth. The problem with nearly all of the stories, is there is no conclusion to them, they just end. This is fine for a couple of stories but not every one of them. ( )
  zmagic69 | Mar 20, 2015 |
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In rural Michigan, the American dream, if it ever existed, lies discarded like so much rusty scrap metal. For the inhabitants of Campbell's tales, the real truth of life can be found in industrial accidents, soul-deadening labor, and the comfort of five drinks too many. But even amid the despair of meth labs and empty pocketbooks, Campbell's characters yearn for something, anything, to raise them above it all--and sometimes, impossibly, they find it.

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