I wasn t captivated by The Tiger s Wife so I almost wasn t oing to read this But I kept reading so much about it that my interest was piued and I have to say that I was very captivated by this western story There are two narratives which for most of the novel
felt very disconnected but when they did it was an amazing thing Lurie a Middle Eastern immigrant is brought very disconnected but when they did it was an amazing thing Lurie a Middle Eastern immigrant is brought Missouri by his father in 1856 When his father dies Lurie is sold to the Coachman who picks up the dead and robs Sacred Fate Chronicles Of Ylandre 1 graves He finds brothers in Donovan and Hobb Mattie and soon becomes an outlaw Nora s is the second narrative and it s 1893 in Amargo Arizona Territory where homesteading is NOW AVAILABLE 45 StarsIt s been around eight years since I read T a Obreht s debut novel The Tiger s Wife but the fact that I loved the beautiful writing and the story had been enough incentive for me to reuest this second novel Inland I m solad that I didThis story has a duel narrative which kept me on my toes and wanders over time over centuries and around the world in one of the narratives Over the course of a day in another narrative traveling through time using memories revisited times and places loves and losses over a lifetime Through all of this Obreht weaves this story of the early days of the Arizona Territory 1893 with an enchanting sprinkling of magical realism as well as a spiritual connection both of these two narrators have conversations with and connections to the dead This isn t a carefree cheerful read yet it doesn t dwell in the harshness of these lives There is much pondering and wonderment of their surroundings as bleak as they are and through these we learn their stories Obreht manages to skillfully weave into this story the historical experimentation of the United States Camel Corps using camels as pack animals in the Southwest during the mid 19th century development of the country The US Army eventually decided to abandon this project despite the camels stamina This added another layer to the story but what I loved most about this was the vivid portrayal of the era the landscape and the memories of these two people their stories as well as their conversations with those who haunt their days and nights If there were brief moments while reading this where it felt as though I had wandered in the desert too long the breathtaking ending is one that will remain etched in my mind Pub Date 13 Aug 2019Many thanks for the ARC provided by to Random House Publishing Group Random House Ghost whispers and camel corpsI expected to like it than I did still an okay read My favorite characters were a couple of camels DNF at 30% It may be my reading mood but I ve picked this up several times and I am not connecting with the story nor the characters The story was just striking me as disjointed Totally Hip Video Book Review of Inland 25 stars rounded downI picked this purely because I thought it took place in Arizona and I ve always wanted to read a historical novel from the Arizona Territory days I have not read Obreht s prior book This one just never The Fox In The Henhouse grabbed me Told from two POVs Lurie a wanted man from Missouri who becomes a cameleer and Nora a frontier woman awaiting the return of her husband and older sons it was choppy and stilted Both are haunted byhosts In Laurie s case they literally make demands of him And his narrative is directed to the camel he leads across the west Nora holds conversations with her dead daughter I debated just putting this one down numerous times The pace of
book is slow as a desert tortoise The story also meanders across time and place To be honest I only kept reading because other reviews mentioned how Army Of Darkness great the ending was and it was worth finishing for the endi. The New York Times bestselling author of The Tiger's Wife returns with a stunning tale of perseverance an epic journey across an unforgettable landscape of magic and myth In the lawless drought ridden lands of the Arizona Territory in 1893 two extraordinary lives collide Nora is an unflinching frontierswoman awaiting the return of the men in her life her husband who hasone in search of water fo. ,this book is
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sobbing the smallest hours of the morning Lurie an immigrant and wanted man hustles west from an Eastern seaport wherethe smallest hours of the morning Lurie an immigrant and wanted man hustles west from an Eastern seaport where landed from Bosnia as a boy He attaches himself to bands of itinerants and outlaws trying to outrun his own WANTED poster He finds himself astride a camel imported as pack animals by the Army which supposed the beasts well suited to the desert west of the Arizona Territory His compatriots hail from Greece Turkey and the ancient cultures of the Levant places we don t typically associate with the settlement of the American West Lurie spins out his long tale to his beloved companion the stalwart camel Burke Her throat aching with thirst Nora Lark homesteads with her husband Emmett and three sons in a little mining district between Phoenix and Flagstaff Emmett is three days late returning with their water supply and the morning after a heated argument with Nora the two older Lark sons disappear in search of their father Nora is left on the forlorn property with fragile seven year old Toby stroke addled Grandma and her husband s scatterbrained young cousin Josie who claims to commune with the spirit world Nora maintains a heartrending patter with her daughter Evelyn who died of heatstroke as an infant but in conversation is a sophisticated and articulate foil to the cruel unforgiving land that her family survives in Nora carries a slow burning torch for Sheriff Harlan Bell with whom she has a shadowy unreuited love that is full of longing and empathy Their few scenes together are full of aching desire their loneliness epitomizing the beautiful terrible landscape that shifts between silence and violence in a heartbeatObreht creates a breathless tension as Lurie s and Nora s stories track toward collision The desiccated land is haunted with hosts menaced by drought and starvation riders appearing on the horizon are unknown as friend or foe until they reach shotgun distance And yet the cast of characters retains an enchanting humanity with Nora tough broken resolute and loving the reatest among them It s been eight years since T a Obreht s celebrated debut The Tiger s Wife which I lauded for its beautiful prose but lamented the lack of connection to character and the overwrought fabulism Inland is the work of an author deeply in touch with her rich cast allowing them agency in this exuisitely rendered story I didn t expect to love Inland as much as I did Hercules given the low rating here I m so verylad I ignored the naysayers to discover this unusual luminous novelAlso I love camels We were bound up you and IThough it break our hearts we had as little choice then as we have now This is one of those books that I ve been dreading writing the review for because nothing I say can really convey what makes it so Darraghs great I like literary fiction but it s rare that I will pick up anything that s straight up literature This particular book interested me for two reasons the historical western context and the promise of supernatural elementsInland doesn t disappoint on either front The story follows two main characters Lurie of the Mattieang and Nora Lark of a small town called Amargo in the Arizona territory It isn t until the very end that the reader comes to understand how and why these two stories are being told side by side That s all I m saying about that because it s just better that you know nothing going inThis Highly recommended full review here. A momentous expedition across the West The way in which Nora's and Lurie's stories intertwine is the surprise and suspense of this brilliant novelMythical lyrical and sweeping in scope Inland isrounded in true but little known history It showcases all of Téa Obreht's talents as a writer as she subverts and reimagines the myths of the American West making them entirely and unforgettably her own. Ng In a way it reminded me of Lincoln in the Bardo
Similar Language And Oflanguage and of the La Fsica En La Vida Cotidiana ghosts If you like that book you ll probably like this one I didn t care for either I was an outlier on that book and will probably by on this one as well Also I had to do some research but it would appear that Nora s homestead was actually in what is now New Mexico up close to the Four Corners While the author spends a lot of time writing about the homestead she didn tive me a real sense of place Anyone who has spent time in NM and AZ knows how different the landscape can be and I resented having to research it to et a better feel And despite them being down to their last cups of water huge periods of time pass when it doesn t factor into the story at all And how can there be mud in a drought Little things like that irritated me I did enjoy the story about the camels and their trek In fact the relationship between Burke and Lurie was the one part of the story I did enjoyMy thanks to netgalley and Random House for an advance copy of this book Homeless
and orphaned at age six Lurie survived by working with the Coachman and sleeping inorphaned at age six Lurie survived by working with the Coachman and sleeping in stable He helped collect lodgers who d passed in their sleep or had their throats cut by bunkmates Grave robbing was included Lurie developed a hunger A hunger that could not be satisfiedthe want rew and Henny Penny grew Apprehended by the law he was sent away with other ruffians to the midwest Securing a job at a mercantile and working with co workers Donovan and Hobb Mattie small robberies morphed into stagecoach robberies by the Mattie Gang Lurie was now a wanted man on the run from Marshall John BergerNora Lark felt unbounded by husband Emmett s move from town to town toet away from all his mistakes and shortfalls Nora was fiercely protective of their homestead in Amargo Arizona territory The year was 1893 Emmett with sons Rob and Dolan ran a small press the Sentinel Nora cared for youngest son Toby blinded in one eye from a riding accident wheelchair bound Gramma and seventeen year old Josie who communicated with the dead a clairvoyant of sortsIn order to create inner peace both Lurie and Nora needed and found comfort in strange ways Nora conversed with deceased daughter Evelyn This was comforting when Emmett journeyed to Cumberland for water The family rain barrel was almost depleted Rob and Dolan The Forebears Of Kalimeros Alexander Son Of Philip Of Macedon go to work at the print shop or do they Nora awaits the return of her husband and sons Lurie s inner peace comes when working as a cameleer He talks with Burke his trusty camel one of the pack animals for the US cavalryInland by Tea Obreht was filled with the struggles of frontier settlers living inland The Camel Corps was instrumental in carrying salt dryoods even mail Camels could bear heavier loads and in less time than horses Author Obreht has taken two seemingly distinct storylines and masterfully connected them in a fascinating *poignant historical novel Highly recommendedThank you Random House Publishing Group Random House and Net Galley for the opportunity to read * historical novel Highly recommendedThank you Random House Publishing Group Random House and Net Galley for the opportunity to read review Inland I feel sorry for the next book I pick up When I love a read as much as Inland the subseuent story or two usually pales unfairly in the afterglow This is a work of historical fiction a panoramic western in the Twilight great tradition of Cather McCarthy and Portis but author T a Obreht is too skilled a writer to be confined by expectations and conventions ofenre She writes with such urgency and empathy with wonder for her story and compassion for her characters that this reader was simply swept away in the moment carried on the current of a brilliant narrative through a parched land where drops of water are as precious as flakes of Maana Doesnt Mean Tomorrow gold I think of recent historical ficti. R the parched household and her elder sons who have vanished after an explosive argument Nora is biding her time with her youngest son who is convinced that a mysterious beast is stalking the land around their homeLurie is a former outlaw and a man haunted byhosts He sees lost souls who want something from him and he finds reprieve from their longing in an unexpected relationship that inspires. .