Caribou Island

Caribou Island Dazzling Vann knows the darkness but he writes from the compassionate light of art This is an essential book Robert Olen Butler Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain E

  • Title: Caribou Island
  • Author: David Vann
  • ISBN: 9780062042330
  • Page: 200
  • Format: ebook
  • Dazzling Vann knows the darkness but he writes from the compassionate light of art This is an essential book Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain Exceptional.An unflinching portrait of bad faith and bad dreams Ron Rash, author of Burning BrightSet against the backdrop of Alaska s unforgiving wilderness, Cari Dazzling Vann knows the darkness but he writes from the compassionate light of art This is an essential book Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain Exceptional.An unflinching portrait of bad faith and bad dreams Ron Rash, author of Burning BrightSet against the backdrop of Alaska s unforgiving wilderness, Caribou Island is David Vann s dark and captivating tale of a marriage pulled apart by rage and regret With this eagerly anticipated debut novel, a masterful follow up to his internationally bestselling short fiction anthology, Legend of a Suicide, Vann takes up the mantle of Louise Erdrich, Marilyn Robinson, and Rick Moody, delivering a powerfully wrought, enthrallingly emotional narrative of struggle and isolation.

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    1. Will Byrnes

      Caribou Islandis a masterpiece. Set in the remote bleakness of water-soaked, small town Alaska, this is a tale of desperation, failure, of man-versus-nature but also of man so arrogant and self-involved, so removed from reality that he does not bother to properly prepare for the battle. Some hope is gleaned, some battles are won, but the war seen here is a dark, suffocating presence. Alaska felt like the end of the world, a place of exile. Those who couldn’t fit anywhere else came here, and if [...]

    2. Cheri

      Alaska’s beauty has a brutal edge. From a distance it appears calm and pristine, but the reality of living there can be harsh, unyielding. Chaos is part of its nature, a reflection of the chaos in the couple’s marriage, their lives, while at the same time adding to their chaos. A perfect storm gaining momentum.Gary pictures himself as an ancient Viking; forever bonded to this wilderness, thriving, every attempt at nature to knock him down is countered with his conquering bellows. As part of [...]

    3. Linda

      "You can't have what no longer exists."Brutally raw.d that's not just an adequate descriptive for the glacier-fed lake on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. Rugged terrain both in life and in the treacherous environment that surrounds both the body and the soul.Gary and Irene seem to gravitate toward the light of a star that may not be their own. Gary continuously fights against the demons within that have tagged alongside him for all of his adult life. He casts his fate like coins thrown randomly in a f [...]

    4. Marita

      All the characters in Caribou Island appear to be (metaphorically speaking) on the edge of a precipice on roller skates. It is an acutely observed novel about relationships gone awry, of relationships that have become toxic and of relationships on their way in doing so. Let’s take a closer look at the protagonists:Gary & Irene - parents to Mark and RhodaIrene did not have a good start in life, as on page 1 (therefore not a spoiler) we learn that at the age of ten she discovered her mother [...]

    5. LeAnne

      Dark-ity, dark-dark, dark! The beautiful Alaskan wilderness was as much a part of this story as its characters - a couple in their mid-50s setting about building (and arguing over) a tiny cabin and about their adult children. These people were drawn with outstanding depth and tone, and that is true for even sideline characters - the four friends and lovers who meander in and out of the tale. Aside from Rhoda, the gentle hearted daughter, and a sweet side character named Carl, we see shards of th [...]

    6. Josh

      "Because you can choose who you'll be with, but you can't choose who they'll become."This is a story of Gary and Irene, not of an island. The island exists physically and figuratively, but this is a story of them. Their love, envy and hatred of one another. His failings and her failure to realize it too quickly.They've been together for thirty years, both in their middle 50's and retired; they have 2 children, one that loves and one that ignores. The men in the family have always done what they [...]

    7. Julie Christine

      I couldn’t put this book down. Even the moments when I wanted to throw it against the wall, Caribou Island stuck to my hands, the force of its narrative glue stronger than my desire to be rid of its woe and rage. The backdrop is the great and terrible beauty of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, where Nature’s threat looms in every scene. The opening pages show Irene and Gary, a couple in their mid-fifties, standing apart as their thirty-year marriage unravels between them while they battle a storm [...]

    8. Lou

      Check out my interview with David Vann in August 2012 >>more2read/review/interview-with-david-vann/While reading this story i am thinking of the story Revolutionary Road written by Richard Yates a tale of marriage and the destructive behaviors of the human heart displayed in that story. If you have seen the movie it is probably even more engrained in your mind the images of despair and the path the couple found themselves down. The pursuit of happiness its funny how we try to attain happin [...]

    9. Jill

      Not long ago, I was mesmerized by David Vann’s exceptional and perceptive collection, Legend of a Suicide – a mythology of his father’s death. I wondered whether his first full-length novel would capture the magic and raw energy of that astonishing book.The answer, I’m pleased to say, is yes.Beware: Caribou Island is NOT for readers who are looking for “likeable characters” and Hollywood-type endings. It ventures into dark emotional territory that’s not always comfortable to reside [...]

    10. Banushka

      david vann'ı, semih gümüş'ün "mutlaka okuyun" dediği yazarlarla dolu bir tvit serisinden not etmiştim. yine haklı çıktı. okurken dağılıyorsunuz, bitince daha da dağılıyorsunuz. o doğa anlatımı, alaska'nın beni bile oturduğum yerde nefret ettiren iklimi, hayatı, atmosferi, balıkçılık detayları nasıl bir ustalık. tabii ki bu kadar değil, otuz yıllık evli bir çiftin geldiği yer, geçirdikleri değişim ve hep bir tarafın istediklerinin olmasının katlanılmaz y [...]

    11. A-bookworm

      David Vann uses no quotation marks throughout this bleak depressing read. Is his refusal to use quotation marks supposed to be some new "Style" of writing, like texting? Why not just throw out all punctuation? We could all write in one long rambling paragraph. Eventually we could even leave out the spacing between words. I HATE what is being done to literature by those too lazy, or too unlearned, to write properly. Vann's imagination is just so bleak, so depressing, he should see a doctor. He ob [...]

    12. João Carlos

      5 Estrelas GlaciaresCaribou Island - AlaskaO escritor norte-americano David Vann, nascido em 1996 em Adak Island, no Alasca, publicou em 2011 ”A Ilha de Caribou”, três anos após o “perturbante” ”A Ilha de Sukkwan” - 4 Estrelas. Irene, é uma educadora de infância, recentemente reformada e Gary, é um docente universitário a trabalhar “eternamente” na sua tese de doutoramento, casados há mais de trinta anos, têm dois filhos; Rhoda, com cerca de trinta anos, assistente num co [...]

    13. Christy

      Cold. Distant. Bleak. Unhappy. Depressing as fuck.The characters are largely unlikeable, the relationships are thoroughly dysfunctional, and the style keeps the reader (or at least me) at arm's length throughout. Part of this distance is due to David Vann's Cormac McCarthy-esque refusal to use quotation marks to help mark characters' speech. This doesn't make it difficult to tell who is speaking, but it does diminish the sense of the characters as active participants in the story. Because the te [...]

    14. Rebecca Foster

      My first encounter with David Vann blew me away. I’d heard his work compared to Cormac McCarthy’s in terms of bleakness, along the lines of: “The Road is a picnic in the park compared to Caribou Island.” Although there are ways in which Vann’s work resembles McCarthy’s (no quotation marks to denote speech, epic-scale tragedies taking place in vast open country), Blood Meridian, for one, is much more violent and nihilistic than Caribou Island. The novel’s gory final tableau may have [...]

    15. switterbug (Betsey)

      This is a richly absorbing and dark, domestic drama that combines the natural, icy world of the Alaska frontier with a story of deceptive love and betrayal. If Steinbeck and Hemingway married the best of Anita Shreve, you would get David Vann's Caribou Island. His prose is terse and the characterizations are subtle, but knifing. His characters are saturated with loneliness and disconnection with their lives, with each other, in a pit of misperception, despair and exile, in a conflict of selves t [...]

    16. Mai Laakso

      Alaskassa syntyneen David Vannin Kylmä saari vangitsi minut heti ensimmäiseltä sivulta otteeseensa. Kirjan henkilöt isä, äiti ja aikuiset lapset asuvat Alaskassa ja hyytävät tapahtumat leijailevat kiihtyvällä vauhdilla pitkin kirjaa, kunnes niiden on aika räjähtää lukijan silmille. Oletko valmis avioliittodraaman tapahtumille? Oletko valmis vuosikymmenten ilkeilylle, joka nyt on saavuttanut lakipisteensä? Oletko valmis mökin rakennuspuuhiin pienellä, karulla saarella syksyn hyyt [...]

    17. Jodie

      I love books like this. The characters so internal, the setting so riveting and used as so much more than a reflection of its characters. This book is not a happy read, indeed it is bleak and desolate, yet I found myself smirking at Irenes dialogue, she knows her lot in life and she is resigned to it, well at least she was, existing with a husband that is so fraught with illusions of grandeur that he constantly fails to see the essence that is his life, and this is just one of his many failings. [...]

    18. TheGirlBytheSeaofCortez

      Alaska felt like the end of the world, a place of exile. Those who couldn't fit anywhere else came here, and if they couldn't cling to anything here, they just fell off the edge. These tiny towns in a great expanse, enclaves of despair.The sentence above, uttered by one of its characters, could summarize David Vann’s elegantly bleak debut novel, Caribou Island. (His previously published work, Legend of a Suicide, was a critically acclaimed collection of short stories.)From the moment we meet I [...]

    19. Bree T

      I feel as though this book should almost come with some sort of warning. It should be a bible for everyone out there who thinks they want to go and build a cabin somewhere in isolation and live there. Because chances are, they don’t know what they’re doing, don’t really want to go and actually do that and…at’ll be the least of the things that can go wrong.Gary and Irene have lived in Alaska for 30 years. Drifting there by accident, somehow staying. Gary is a restless sort, he has many [...]

    20. Filipe Miguel

      Regresso ao Alasca, regresso ao dramaA praia de David Vann é, sem duvida, o drama. O drama depressivo, não o ligeiro apimentado aqui e ali com pitadas de comédia. David é brilhante no desmembramento das personagens e impressiona na sua capacidade de criar desconforto. Por vezes soa a Kafka, pela forma como nos agita e desfaz o mundo que conhecemos. Insiste em demonstrar também algo de nórdico, patente na escolha dos cenários onde insere as personagens, como as trata e como as dispõe. Ao [...]

    21. Lisa

      I first have to ding the jacket blurb for being off-base. Irene and Gary are not "trying to rebuild their relationship." It's entirely about the destruction of their relationship, and their occasional thoughts about--but not efforts toward--fixing it.In "Caribou Island," we're not watching the slow unraveling of a relationship. It's already unraveled. We're simply along for the ride as the characters realize it. In this dead-end town in Alaska, where anyone with guts leaves, the men are all shit [...]

    22. Colleen Henderson

      This book was awful. The characters are poorly delineated, and as a consequence they lack depth and emotional richness. The story line had potential, but was not fully developed - there were too many questions left unanswered. Was the main character traumatized by childhood events, or was she driven to despair by a cold, thoughtless husband and children that were very self absorbed? I kept reading because I kept hoping somehow the book would get better and the author would pull it all together, [...]

    23. Jasmine

      I have finally become too self absorbed. I had a very bad moment today. I was surfing and I did that thing where you see an ad while you are clicking to the next page but I just saw a name. I clicked back but I got a different ad. So I searched, was david vann who I thought he was? he was and he had a new book. WHAT THE FUCK WAS I DOING THAT WAS SO IMPORTANT I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THIS?So I immediately took my self down to the store with my poor impulse control and bought it (and the top 5 books o [...]

    24. Carlos Azevedo

      Depois de Aquário e desta "Ilha de Caribou", já enfiei Vann no mausoléu dos grandes escritores.A vida está quase a abandonar-nos, ou nós a ela, e mesmo antecipando isso, não somos capazes de reagir a tempo.A ilusão da vida pura nos grandes espaços não é um tema original, mas é a forma como flui com Vann que o torna de novo fascinante. O lugar imenso do Alasca.

    25. Eli

      Venia de llegir l'Aquari i m'ha semblat més fosc i més dens. Algunes trames o personatges em sobraven o se m'han fet pesades.

    26. Jo Case

      Isaiah Berlin once divided writers into hedgehogs, who view the world through the lens of one defining idea, and foxes, who draw on a variety of experiences and ideas. (Proust was a hedgehog, Shakespeare was a fox.) It’s rather early in David Vann’s literary career to be making broad pronouncements, but so far he’s displaying distinct hedgehog characteristics – as did Richard Yates (Revolutionary Road), who Vann echoes in his precise mapping of the dreams and neuroses of middle-class Ame [...]

    27. Christy

      This was a bruiser. I felt like I'd been hit by a truck when I finished it. The next morning, I attempted to explain it to my husband and he said "what made you continue reading it?" For me, and really anyone who enjoys fiction, it's the chance to safely explore dangerous situations, and the call of a good story. For lovers of gothic, it's the visceral response: the blood pumping, skin tingling feeling of anxiety, while your mind races along with the arc of the story. Like watching a train wreck [...]

    28. Bonnie Brody

      Many people think of Alaska as wildness with great open spaces in a mountainous wildernous with sub-arctic cold, dark and long winters, ever-light summers, bears and moose. This is not the Alaska of David Vann. His Alaska consists of what sounds like an area most likely the Tongass National Rain Forest. This is the northernmost rainforest on earth, and it extends into southeast Alaska. Trees here are huge but grow close together here much like in the . It rains up to 400 inches a year in this pa [...]

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