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Holt, Colorado, is the kind of small town where everyone knows everyone's business before that business even happens. In a way, that's true of the book, too. There's not a lot of suspense here, plotwise; you can see each narrative twist and turn coming several miles down the pike. What Plainsong has instead is note-perfect dialogue, surrounded by prose that's straightforward yet rich in particulars: "a woman walking a white lapdog on a piece of ribbon," glimpsed from a car window; the boys' mother, her face "as pale as schoolhouse chalk"; the smells of hay and manure, the variations of prairie light. Even the novel's larger questions are sized to a domestic scale. Will Guthrie find love? Will Victoria run away with the father of her baby? Will the McPherons learn to hold a conversation? But in this case, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and Plainsong manages to capture nothing less than an entire world--fencing pliers, calf-pullers, and all. Kent Haruf has a gorgeous ear, and a knack for rendering the simple complex. --Mary Park --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Every now and then, if you are lucky, you come across a gem. This is clearly one of those jewels that you can savor from multiple angles. Read morePublished 10 hours ago by Ethics Prof
I liked this book. It was believable, realistic, a slice of rural Colorado life.Published 1 day ago by Diane D. Rees
There's a lot of heart in this tale of small town people. Took me a bit to get used to the lack of quotation marks, but after a while I didn't even notice. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Wayne D. Stephens
Great story. I never read fiction but picked this up and plowed right through it. I was a kid during the time this book is set and my Dad was a teacher and I grew up on the... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Volkster
A pleasure to read....out of the ordinary but enjoyable. Need more thought provoking
books instead of just murder and mayhem and crime and terrorists.
Plainsong moved swiftly and held my interest all the way. Brisk, short chapters drive the action forward. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Occasional Reviewer
I loved all the different characters and the story associated with them. Each situation different but weaved through out the book. Fast reading and enjoyablePublished 11 days ago by Kindle Customer