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Round Mountain [Kindle Edition]

Castle Freeman (Jr.) , Pinckney Benedict
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the backwoods towns of Round Mountain, time circles like a winding mountain road. Friends disappear and show up again, older if not wiser. Small incidents—a night of drinking, a robbery, a strange visitor—loom larger as the decades pass. And over time, the true colors of every man, woman, and child become known to all.

Nothing escapes the clear eye of Castle Freeman, Jr., a meticulous master storyteller who knows his territory. Lean and razor-sharp, these ten stories pack more in Round Mountain than a novel ten times as long.

“Freeman’s ear is flawless.”
– The Times-Argus (Vt.)

“Freeman’s beautifully cadenced dialogue is rich with humor, philosophic depth and a near-mythic sensibility.”
– Publisher’s Weekly

Castle Freeman writes with both wit and a deep understanding of the human psyche.”
– The Guardian (UK)

Castle Freeman, Jr. is the author of four novels (including the acclaimed Go With Me), a collection of essays, a major history of 250 years in a Vermont township, two story collections, and several score uncollected stories, essays, and other work set in rural northern New England. His writings have been published in periodicals including many literary magazines, The Old Farmer's Almanac, Yankee Magazine, Vermont Life Magazine, and The Atlantic Monthly. He lives in Newfane, Vermont with his wife, Alice.

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  • File Size: 467 KB
  • Print Length: 182 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Concord ePress; 1 edition (May 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00538TP4Q
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5.0 out of 5 stars round mountain September 15, 2012
By Lucy
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow and wow again. Loved these stories. Whatever ways rural life in Vermont is the same or different from other places, you can find out here. At times the hair on the back of my neck prickled because it sounded so much like my own village, complete to the silent boy on the rocker. I've been in old Holiday's house, too, although not in Vermont but in a little town in rural Western New York State. The stories are loosely intertwined, Homer Patch is in all of them, sometimes a boy, sometimes a man pushing on elderly. He's the can-do man of the area, steady and reliable, a man who can set aside anger and seek a non-violent solution to most conflict but also, in his own way mysterious (even to himself) marrying a much younger woman and doing nothing when she sleeps around relentlessly. Strong stuff, but not without humor and a marvelous wise tenderness. *****
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rural Vermont brought vividly to life May 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Normally, I find story collections difficult to review, because of the diversity generally found in such collections. However, the dozen stories in this book are all set in the same small Vermont town, and include the same key characters. But rather than being a novel, telling a single story, this book gives us short but intimate glimpses into the lives of the people here. The stories jump around in time, showing the same characters at different points in their lives and relationships. Each story is complete unto itself, and yet they combine as a set to provide a better understanding of life in this setting.

While these stories are set in rural Vermont, I still felt like they described places I know well. The small upstate New York town I grew up in, or the slightly larger town on the edge of the Adirondacks where I went to college could just as easily fit the descriptions here. The characters are people I might have known and their stories as so very similar to the stories from these places where I used to live. Freeman has really captured the heart and soul of his characters and portrays them and their setting with remarkable clarity. He brings the place and its people to life, and makes the reader care about them and the issues they struggle with in their remarkably ordinary lives. Well done.

[This review was based on a Concord Free Press paperback edition of this book]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Round Mountain,a Vermont backwater... but so cool December 22, 2012
Format:Paperback
Castle Freeman Jr. can surely spin a yarn. He's really a great storyteller, paying particular attention to minute detail. When I read his stories, I felt that I was actually there, on that backroad, in that house, sitting in front of that store, listening in on their conversations.

He has a select core of characters that appear and reappear in the stories, going back and forth in time with no apparent destination in mind. Each one of his stories is unique, a tiny slice of time and space. I felt as though I were that fly on the wall or the invisible man; no one knew I was there but I was standing right next to each of them. Most stories have a beginning, a middle and an end. What makes Castle Freeman unique is that his endings would probably be someone else's middle. I'm sure he does that literally on purpose. Keeps you turning the pages looking for the endings that are not there.

I'll tell you just a tad about one of the stories I liked very much "The Montréal Express". I won't say too much so as not to spoil it. The story takes place in their little town hall/post office. All is quiet until a stranger walks in demanding a copy of his birth certificate. The town constable just happens to be there along with his deputy and things begin to heat up very quickly. The man asking for his birth certificate might be someone they don't want to rub the wrong way. The story progresses from there and the ending left me asking...And?

For me, many of the stories were just like that but honestly I had to continue reading; I could not stop turning the pages looking for the rest of the story that I knew wasn't there. For me, this was a very unique reading experience. I take my hat off to Castle Freeman Junior. Castle please keep writing; you're doing a great job.

(This book was reviewed by Dennis of Moneysaver Editing, another man that pays very close attention to details.)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not my type of book July 15, 2012
By Emily
Format:Kindle Edition
I didn't like this book. The author was too wordy and too descriptive for my taste. This book was definitely not my type of book.
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