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Wild Punch Paperback – April 1, 2010
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down on their luck and life, but getting through their circumstances the best they can. For those that
love northern Vermont and New Hampshire, especially those who just vacation here, read Wild Punch to get
a sense for the every day people that live here. This book is as much about the setting and place, as it is the characters. Great short stories and I'm looking forward to his next book.
The plot involved a person falling through the ice of a frozen lake in winter, and then being pulled out by his friends. They make the mistake of not immediately removing his sodden clothing. Instead, they pile other clothes on him. This is a mistake in procedure. If you drag someone out of cold water, and he has heavy winter clothes that are not drenched, you should remove them, since they can continue to drain precious heat out of his body. And then put other, dry clothes around him. Ok, so it's a mistake in the plot. But I can't decide if this was intentional or not. Perhaps the rest of the book goes on about the consequences of the decision.
Aside from that, the author demonstrates technical competence in describing the details of events. From the plot, you can often clearly see in your mind the steps described. If it was just this competence, the book would be fine. The problem is that there are too many steps in the plot that are this detailed. The entire plot is largely a conglomeration of such steps. It's a very mechanistic approach that leads to banality. A more skilled author knows when to focus on what to describe in detail, and when simply to skip. The plot is like a pointillist view of an image; a deconstructionist approach carried too far. Because there is not much interesting left for the reader to gnaw on.
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Really enjoyed these glimpses into the lives of the characters. It left me wanting more. I came to this book via Creston's amazing guitars, and I left hoping he takes the time to... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Contusion
Can somebody tell me what this book was about? I tried reading it twice and never understood what was going on. Don't buy this book.Published on May 17, 2010 by J. Penhall
This is a great book of stories. Refreshingly good and highly recommended to all!Published on April 22, 2010 by Mary Wing