- Paperback: 252 pages
- Publisher: Columbus Press (August 19, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780989173797
- ISBN-13: 978-0989173797
- ASIN: 0989173798
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,608,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hagridden Paperback – August 19, 2014
"Hagridden's a page-turner of the very best sort: historically authentic and highly literate, yet replete with the gritty pleasures of a crime thriller. Though the novel speaks to the horror, exhilaration, and relentlessness of war throughout time, its characters feel utterly grounded in their particular place and period. A debut to reckon with." - Pinckney Benedict, author Gods of War and Miracle Boy
About the Author
Samuel Snoek-Brown received a 2013 Oregon Literary Fellowship for his novel Hagridden. He also is the author of the fiction chapbook Box Cutters, and his work has appeared in dozens of print and online literary magazines. Samuel has a doctorate in creative writing from the University of North Texas and teaches writing and literature in Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his librarian wife and their two cats.
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The author's descriptive imagery brings the lives and environment of these people into sharp focus, and the reader becomes quickly entangled in the fabric of a story unfolding in a dangerous place and time. If you like historical fiction, read this. If you like a pleasant blending of history and mythic legend, read this book. If you are a Civil War buff, read this one. But over and above all of those considerations, if you appreciate fine literary fiction, definitely read this book. You won't regret it. No, you will thank me. And you're welcome.
To have all these occur at once between this novel’s pages makes for a spellbinding read. He drags you into this darkened world. Honestly, for this reader, Snoek-Brown didn’t release me till its end. Repeatedly I found myself surprised at the risks he took to lead me to newer places within this story.
The physicality of the scenes had me scenting the dankness of his settings and the depths of the waterways. He’s surrounded us by the rushes and muddied paths I had been allowed to stumble and careen along after these characters’ trajectories.
Starkness, the unendurable, pragmatic performance of the main trio’s lives and the sorrows of all involved, are expertly built for us in Snoek-Brown’s muscular narrative. No character is that villain. And that alone is a writer at the top of his craft. Several scenes moved me in visual and visceral ways. Buford’s times in building his cabin alone, moved me in ways that made me think, ‘I need to start writing this way’.
I could quote fifteen or more wonderful passages but that would lighten your own experience here. And I do recommend to all of you that you sink, as deeply as you can allow yourself to, into this book.