"Chinaberry" è un'ode alla voluttà della narrazione, un romanzo che, attraverso le storie raccontate dai tanti personaggi, si disegna in una miriade di fili intrecciati. Ora i sommessi ricordi di Lurie confidati al giovane protagonista di questo romanzo sotto gli alberi di chinaberry, ora le storie che Anson narra in modo chiassoso, sul dondolo, durante una calda notte estiva. "Chinaberry" è la storia di un ragazzo che per la prima volta si spinge lontano da casa per scoprire i territori vastissimi del Texas e la meravigliosa storia della famiglia che lo accoglierà. Ma non è solo l'infanzia del narratore, è la sua memoria, il suo dolore e la sua gioia, l'emozione della partenza e il desiderio di un ritorno, e in fondo è rivelatorio scoprire come ciascuno di noi abbia il suo Chinaberry.
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- Data di uscita: 04-04-2019
I can believe that this book meant a lot to James Still, even though it remained unfinished at his death. The plot is simple really, but the story is not. I read River of Earth recently, and though that book was set closer to my Appalachia, this tale set in Texas feels even more familiar to me, or a Leggi tutto
I hesitate to say this, for fear of sounding like a teenager... but this story is so weird! beautifully written- but awkwardly caught somewhere between an expression of grief, and a social services home visit report. I'm interested to see what stands out in my memory about this story years from now. Leggi tutto
Maybe a little partial to Still as he choose Kentucky in which to live and work. If Chinaberry is indeed "creatively" autobiographical as critics suggest, I would certainly like to read a full autobiography. Poignant quote: "I never saw them again, I grew up; I remembered."
This is one of those books whose imperfections only make it more beautiful. The nearly-proverbial novel in a briefcase. Thank you, Silas House.
Another disappointment. After hearing so many positive reviews of James Still's work, I found this story disturbing. There were moments of sheer genius in turn of phrase, but overall the story is about a very unhealthy relationship between a boy and two adults who desperately want him to be their so Leggi tutto
Chinaberry by James Still Berea: University of Kentucky Press $21.95 - 153 pages I never picked cotton, but my mother did, And my brothers did, And my sisters did, And my father died young, workin’ in the coal mines. -Roy Clark, “I Never Picked Cotton” When I was a child riding the back roads of western Nor Leggi tutto
I want to like this book. The descriptions of landscapes and the natural world are incredible. I can picture all the scenes Still creates. I guess that’s the power of words, to create. I felt uncomfortable reading this at some points. I wondered if there was abuse or manipulation at the heart of the Leggi tutto
Still's unfinished manuscript which is the basis of "Chinaberry" has been edited by Silas House (author of the stunning "A Parchment of Leaves"). I wanted to see what came out of this partnership. Here's a quirky, brief tale about a boy whose life is interrupted when he is taken in by a grieving Tex Leggi tutto
My grandfather relished any opportunity to reminisce about the time he spent in his youth at what he referred to as the Haner Place. To him in his memories, it was a special place and time. Chinaberry is James Still's Haner Place. This short novel tells the story of a 13 year old boy who accompanies Leggi tutto
This book made me incredibly uncomfortable, and I regret reading it. It is billed as a coming-of-age story, but I didn't see that at all. The main character doesn't really develop at all. Anson's behavior towards the boy is inappropriate. Even though we're supposed to feel bad for him because of his Leggi tutto
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