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Big Stone Gap: A Novel (Big Stone Gap Novels) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Adriana Trigiani
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3. April 2001 Big Stone Gap Novels
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the tiny town of Big Stone Gap is home to some of the most charming eccentrics in the state. Ave Maria Mulligan is the town's self-proclaimed spinster, a thirty-five year old pharmacist with a "mountain girl's body and a flat behind." She lives an amiable life with good friends and lots of hobbies until the fateful day in 1978 when she suddenly discovers that she's not who she always thought she was. Before she can blink, Ave's fielding marriage proposals, fighting off greedy family members, organizing a celebration for visiting celebrities, and planning the trip of a lifetime—a trip that could change her view of the world and her own place in it forever. Brimming with humor and wise notions of small-town life, Big Stone Gap is a gem of a book with a giant heart. . . .

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  • Taschenbuch: 304 Seiten
  • Verlag: Ballantine Books; Auflage: 1st, First Edition (3. April 2001)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0345438329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345438324
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19,8 x 13 x 2,3 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.7 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (51 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.478.323 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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In the town of Big Stone Gap, Virginia, not much happens. The highlight of 35-year-old Ave Maria Mulligan's week comes on Friday, with the arrival of the Bookmobile, the sight of which sends her into raptures. Her favourite book concerns the ancient Chinese art of reading faces. Through her face-readings, we come to understand the hostilities simmering within her family: her father whose small eyes are the clear "sign of a deceptive nature" and her aunt who "has a small head and thin lips. (That's a terrible combination)". Adriana Trigiani's first novel concerns the family scandals that befall Ave Maria in this seemingly uneventful town. Greed, lust, envy--all the ancient emotional elements--manifest themselves even in this hamlet of "ordinary folk". Fans of Fannie Flagg or Rebecca Wells will enjoy this down-home tale, full of small, everyday details and colloquial revelations. The writing is often awkward, but so too are the characters who inhabit this place: the Bookmobile lady who thinks of herself as the sexiest woman alive; the amateur actors in the local Outdoor Drama who bristle with ambition when they hear that Elizabeth Taylor is coming to visit. In Big Stone Gap, her visit is so anticipated, it's like she's an angel sent from heaven. --Ellen Williams, -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


Praise for BIG STONE GAP
"Charming . . . Readers would do well to fall into the nearest easy chair and savor the story."
USA Today

"Delightfully quirky . . . chock-full of engaging, oddball characters and unexpected plot twists, this Gap is meant to be crossed."
People (Book of the Week)

"As comforting as a mug of chamomile tea on a rainy Sunday."
The New York Times Book Review

"A touching tale of a sleepy Southern town and a young woman on the brink of self-discovery and acceptance."
Southern Living

"Ave Maria's spunky attitude, sardonic wit, and extravagant generosity compel you into her fan club . . . . Delightfully entertaining."
Tampa Tribune

"A delightful tale of intimate community life [where] the characters are as real as the ones who live next door."
Sunday Oklahoman

"In a sassy Southern voice, [Trigiani] creates honest, endearingly original characters."
— Glamour

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Although I didn't find this a really bad book, I'm absolutely astonished by the critical attention it has received in venues ranging from People magazine to the New York Times. The book does have well-wrought dialogue which sounds as real, conversational, and cliché-filled as most ordinary conversations really are. The scenarios are easy to imagine, and the brief descriptions succeed in anchoring the action.
As a depiction of rural life, however, the book does not have the abundance of artfully selected details that make Big Stone Gap come alive as a place different from every other town in rural America. As a result, the book lacks the warmth and vibrance of setting that one takes for granted in novels by Lee Smith, Jon Hassler, and Lois-Ann Yamanaka, for example. As a first novel, it also lacks the earnestness and fervor one finds in many other first novels, a sense that the author has revised, revised, and revised again to find just the right word to convey an idea, something one does find in first novels by Kiran Desai, Charles Fraser, and David Guterson.
Many of the characters are stereotypes: the aging Italian playboy with movie star good looks, the handsome miner with a heart of gold, the unkind cheerleader who gets her comeuppance by becoming pregnant by mistake, the poor, fat girl who conquers all and shows everyone in the end, the "town spinster" who finds love, etc. Most frustratingly, the writing style consists almost entirely of simple, short, declarative sentences containing few words of more than two syllables and making the reader long for a sentence of more than twenty words. I wonder if Random House ever did a test for readability level here-the book's "Fog Index" comes out to between 5th and 6th grade.
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I really enjoyed this book because it allowed one to view the people indiginous to this region as more than toothless illiterates. (I live in a fairly "cultural" town an hour from Big Stone Gap.) It took me over 25 years to get over the Appalachian stereotypes (hey, I'm a suburban Detroit girl but I lived isolated in the mountains for 17 years.) Frankly, Adriana Trigiani glamorizes these folks - my experiences were MUCH different than hers. However, this book pleased me because her affection for these people is most touching and it's how I've come to feel. People are more than their "twangy" accents or improper grammar. I loved the book - it was such a good escape. But I think WIN'S review is one of the most accurate. I would have given the book 3 stars according to literary achievement. But my heart gave it 5 stars because it touched those deep chords of familiarity within. And truly, the Elizabeth Taylor choking incident did occur but it was a rather ho-hum daytime event - again Trigiani's attempt to "gussy up" reality. One of my best friends was a reporter at the time and saw the whole sorry thing: Ms. Taylor - an always gracious woman - was quite a bit more rotund at the time and she was literally inhaling the chicken behind the scenes. It was one of Big Stone Gap's biggest happenings. But that's the way we like it in Appalachia: Keep the "happenings" to a minimum and just enjoy the beauty of the environment and the genuineness of the people. And yeah, we still wave at each other when we pass in our cars - whether BMW's or old pickup trucks.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Back to the Old Home Town for a good laugh 22. Mai 2000
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Business is slack in Big Stone Gap, a tiny mining town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, near the foothills of Tennessee. So, Fleeta in the local greasy spoon rewrites her recipe-card box of five years standing. Here is one entry. With it, Trigiani sets the scene for her delightful visit and memories of her own home town.
'Skin your possum. Place in a large pot and boil 'til tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. Make gravy with broth and add 4 tablespoons flour and a cup of milk. Cook until thick. Save a foot to sop gravy.
Reading this, Trigiani's protagonist Ave Maris Mulligan ponders what to do with the other three feet. She is a witty thirty-five year-old, not yet 'murried'. She owns the local drug store taht apparently has a net value of one dollar. Being pharmacist creates access to the town's secrets. Not that anyone gossips in Big Stone.
We first meet her taking advantage of the Wise County Bookmobile's weekly visit, as it lumbers down the mountain road. She learns from a book how to read faces and starts observing and analyzing the populace.
Then Elizabeth Tayor and her politician husband decend on Big Stone Gap. Elizabeth books the deluxe suite at the Trail Motel. 'Boy is she in for a surprise,' says Ave Maria. Based on an actual happening in 1978, the visit is hilarious. A bizarre football game precedes a dinner that boasts a program printed on lavender paper 'compliments of the Dollar General Store.' Liz ends up in Hospital, the culprit: Fried Chicken.
Although author Adriana Trigiani grew up in this drab location, she now lives in New York, a successful producer and playeright. This novel revisits choice hometown characters, and her experiences there directing local plays that led her to a wider horizon of opportunity.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Life in a Southern Town....
Dieses Buch zu bewerten war nicht einfach für mich:
Die ersten 100 Seiten waren wirklich grandios in der Darstellung einer - vermeintlich - unabhängigen,... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 4. Juni 2003 von Arno Gedemer
5.0 von 5 Sternen Warmhearted and realistic novel...
...outlining life in a countryside city.
Ave Maria is 35, single, without a boy-friend and living in a city where everybody knows everybody and thinks to know everything. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 7. November 2002 von Stefanie Geiger
5.0 von 5 Sternen lovely read
It has been a while since I have read a good book, but Bigstone Gap had me hooked by the second chapter. It's characters are wonderful! Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 25. Juli 2000 von Kelly Ruso
5.0 von 5 Sternen wonderful read
BIG STONE GAP is a trip to a unique place, peopled with charming(if sometimes corny)characters. instantly stole my heart. read this and take a trip to wonderful place.
Am 14. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Small town made famous
I really enjoyed this book. I usually don't spend a lot of my time reading, but I wanted to see what all the talk was about this novel. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 13. Juli 2000 von Jamey
3.0 von 5 Sternen sweet, simple, and a bit too long
Ever read a book where you love the characters and the story and when you put it down you wish it would keep going? Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 12. Juli 2000 von Win
4.0 von 5 Sternen Big Stone Gap really exists!
This book is not trite or just a great "chick" book. I have grown up in East Tennessee and I know people who are just like the people in this book. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 11. Juli 2000 von Elizabeth Wentworth
5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful southern tale
Being a southerner I must admit I am particularly partial to stories that are set in the south. I've read good ones and I've read bad ones and this was definitely one of the good... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 5. Juli 2000 von "erin_g"
5.0 von 5 Sternen Good Book to Curl Up With
Big Stone Gap is one of those novels that reeled me in from the time I opened the cover. The characers are real--the kind a person might actually encounter in this part of the... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 4. Juli 2000 von Judith Marie
1.0 von 5 Sternen PASS ON THIS ONE
I really get angry with myself when I read a book in its entirety and find no enjoyment in it whatsoever. This was the case with this book. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 1. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
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