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  • Taschenbuch: 384 Seiten
  • Verlag: Canongate Books; Auflage: Main (1. Juli 2010)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1847674887
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847674883
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 2,3 x 19,8 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.3 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (3 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 83.455 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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'Bitter and brilliant... it could sit comfortably on any bookshelf beside Cormac McCarthy or Charles Frazier ... the plot moves with precision, beautifully wrought. The author's acute sense of place is evident on every page' Guardian

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A New York Times notable book of the year

Award-winning and New York Times bestselling novelist Ron Rash conjures a gothic tale of greed, corruption, and revenge with a ruthless, powerful, and unforgettable woman at its heart, set amid the wilds of 1930s North Carolina and against the backdrop of America's burgeoning environmental movement.

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5 von 5 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von CByckhausen am 8. April 2013
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Ein spannendes, ungewöhnliches Buch mit faszinierenden Figuren. Die Geschichte ist düster und entführt in eine Welt voller Brutalität und Grausamkeit. Natürlich gibt es zwischendurch auch leichte, positive Passagen, in denen man durchatmen kann und die das Gegengewicht zu Serena und den sie umgebenden Männern bilden. Ich konnte das Buch nicht weglegen, fand es inspirierend und möchte auf jeden Fall weitere Geschichten von Ron Rash lesen. Ich bin auch schon sehr auf die Verfilmung mit Jennifer Lawrence gespannt.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von J76ET am 22. Oktober 2014
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Meine Rezension bezieht sich auf die oben gezeigte Ausgabe(ecco Verlag), die vermutlich nicht mehr im Handel ist, was ich schade finde. Dieses Buch weist einen rauen Buchschnitt (Rough Cut) auf. Hierbei handelt es sich um unregelmäßig geschnittene, ausgefranste Seitenränder. Diese sind beabsichtigt, um handgeschnittenes Papier nachzuempfinden und sich von maschinengeschnittenen Büchern abzusetzen. Dadurch wirkt das Buch sehr wertig.
Ich bin noch nicht ganz mit dem Buch durch (ca die Hälfte)- kann es aber kaum aus der Hand legen. Obwohl ich lieber in deutsch, als englisch lese, merkt man das der Autor eine sehr angenehme und plastische Erzählsprache verwendet. Es fällt einem leicht in die 20ger Jahre in North Carolina gedanklich einzutauchen, in den George und Serena Pemperton ihr Holzfällerimperium aufbauen und scheinbar vor nichts zurückschrecken, was ihren Weg stört. Mit Serena baut Ron Rash eine brilliante und ehrgeizige aber auch berechnend und mysteriöse Hauptfigur auf, deren Geschichte man einfach bis zum Ende erfahren will.In anderen Kritiken wird die Novelle mit Macbeth-artigen Motiven beschrieben, was treffend erscheint.
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‘Serena' written by Ron Rash, an American poet and short story writer, is one of his four published novels from 2008.

The novel is set in North Carolina and it happens during the Great Depression, starting with year 1929. The authors of fiction are often accused of unwell fitting of actual events with fiction action, but Ron Rash made a great research exploring the events and characters that are looming in the background - the establishment of the National Park Great Smoky Mountains. With such a combination of a fictional and documentary, the author has added a pinch of private with descriptions of the Appalachian Mountains, where he was born and still lives. Classic style is adapted to the twenties of the last century due to which he was attributed by many as one of the most important authors of the genre and geographical area to which he belongs.

Although the literary and movie world are still adapting to new female heroines, it seems to be quite refreshing from the crowd draw a figure like Serena. As someone said nicely - Ron Rash breathed life to the unmatched villain. Serena is anything but peaceful (lat. Serenus - calm, peaceful). Unscrupulous and beautiful, cruel, but attractive. The author manages to completely fascinate readers balancing between these contrasts

The book begins with the arrival of freshly married George and Serena Pemberton from Boston to the mountains of North Carolina, where wealthy George owns expanses of land and forest base. All will quickly realize that Serena is not one of the women which can be seen around every day. Although new in the area, her personality and ambitions are unmatched by any man. She prefers pants instead of expensive dresses and forestry base of luxurious villas.
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as deep and dark as the shadowed mountain hollows 26. September 2008
Von David W. Straight - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Serena is an expansion of a long short story by Ron Rash. Pemberton's Bride is the longest and the best of the tales in Chemistry. A second short story from that book, Speckled Trout, was expanded into the novel The World Made Straight. Not many short stories--even long short stories such as Pemberton's Bride--can be made into successful full-length novels. Too often the result has a padded feel to it, as with Edgerton's Bible Salesman, which would have worked best as a novella. But Pemberton's Bride had a power to it, and was intense, compact, dark, and strongly character-driven. There are two central figures--George Pemberton and his new wife Serena--who arrive in western North Carolina to oversee operations on Pemberton's logging operation. A few of the main parts of the plot are altered when the 46-page short story was expanded into a 370-page novel, but the novel is deeper, richer, and darker--there's never a sense of padding.

The very first paragraph of the novel (and short story) quickly set the lasting tone: in 1929 a backwoods father waits on the station platform for the arrival of the Pembertons. He is accompanied by his 16 or 17-year old daughter, pregnant by Pemberton, and carries a freshly-honed bowie knife to plunge into Pemberton's heart. After the Pembertons arrive, some words are exchanged, Harmon draws his bowie knife and approaches Pemberton. "'We're settling this now,' Harmon shouted. 'He's right,' Serena said, "Get your knife and settle it now, Pemberton.'" Which Pemberton indeed does. So you immediately see that Serena is no shrinking violet. She's tough--tougher than Pemberton--and brutal--more brutal than Pemberton. People who stand in the Pembertons' way have an unfortunate tendency to die, usually unpleasantly. Sheriff McDowell is the only one who can stand up to the Pembertons, and this is only because of toleration on the Pembertons' part. Logging during the Depression is hard and dangerous work: accidents, debilitating and fatal, are all too common, and there is always a group looking for work, for whom accidents to the logging crews mean possible job openings. There's the frightening Galloway, who does Serena's bidding and who brings death in his wake. For some authors, carefully-drawn characters are rare (usually compensated for with action). But with Rash, even unimportant people are carefully drawn. You feel as if you've come to know people well--you may not like them, but you know them.

There are two other Southern writers that this novel brings to mind. First is Cormac Mccarthy. Some of Mccarthy's works have the same lyrical dark depth that Serena has, particularly the brooding Child of God. Child of God has a wonderful phrase in it "The provinces of night" which was used as the title of a novel that the second writer used. William Gay's novels have the same dark nature that Child of God and Serena have. All three authors have a lyrical quality to their writing, an ease with words and phrases. "Southern Gothic" might describe their work. Serena is a strong work indeed, and one that you'll look forward to rereading.
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Violent, Bold, and Complex 6. September 2008
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One of Ron Rash's early short stories relates the tale of a Chinese potter who in despair, having failed to produce the perfect glaze and color for his pots, flings himself into the oven. The result, of course, is pottery that bears the glaze and tone that he sought. To a certain extent, this is what Rash has done with SERENA. Years of near maniacal labor have produced what is clearly his finest work of fiction to date. The story is epic; the female protagonist is like nothing in American literary fiction; and as the early sale of film rights would indicate, the novel is all but screen-ready.

What makes this a really fine novel, however, is not just character development or plot or neo-Elizabethan convention. It is the line-by-line attention that a reader might ordinarily expect from poetry. Page after page, in SERENA, I got the same feeling that I get when reading McCarthy or Faulkner, the feeling that every word matters, the feeling that when Rash revised this novel, he didn't just try to fix what might have appeared awkward or out of tune. He did his best to make it as seamless and "perfect" as his sanity would allow. In the process he produced a balance between tension and humor, grimness and grit, destruction and reclamation while creating a role that will likely accelerate some lucky actress's career.
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4.5 Stars - Haunting, Insidious, Beautifully Written 7. Oktober 2008
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Ron Rash has melded richly developed characters,the type that I thought passed with the masters of old, and encased them in a highly readable, interesting, yet, unusual setting. I've always read a lot of fiction, but recently, I've found much of it formulaic and lacking satisfaction. This book changes my opinion. I must not have been looking in the right places. The storyline is set in the Depression Era in the Asheville, North Carolina area in a lumber camp with a cast of characters that you constantly struggle to understand whether you like them, admire them or just downright despise them. Some will become your strength, some your mortal enemies, some your alter ego and still others are just bit players used to enhance the narrative - a very unique way to do this.

There are several subplots taking place and one is told from a perspective that I've not seen before - how the purchase of land for a National Park (The Great Smoky Mountains) could cause such hardship for so many.

I found myself struggling through the first twenty-five pages trying to find a rhythm with the author, as my first inclination - as it is with so many of today's fiction dramas - was to blow through this book: reading through the descriptive phrases and latching onto the quotations in and effort to read it without much time being spent. That would have been a tremendous mistake. The writing is so beautiful, that I was finding myself going back to re-read many sentences just for the beauty of the descriptions and metaphors. So I settled into a little slower rhythm, extending my reading time based on the number of words per minute, but allowing the richness of the story to take me into its world. I was missing the dynamics of the writing and the flow of the description designed by the author at the faster reading speed. And with this book, making it last longer is a good thing.

Never having heard of Ron Rash, I was surprised by the style and fullness of the characterizations. This is one fine book that carries the reader's interest throughout the entire book right up to the last page. I compare this to "Cold Mountain" in the way the story is told and how well it is written. It had the same feel to me.

Highly recommended to the discerning tastes.
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Well written book hampered by implausible plot elements 17. Januar 2009
Von Michael D. Hintze - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Much of this book was very enjoyable -- the vivid descriptions of the land; the local dialects and the banter among the loggers; some (but not all) of the character development. I would repeatedly find myself getting sucked into this book; but too often I would find myself rolling my eyes by either a turn in the story that was just too implausible to overlook or the use of characters who were far too one-dimensional to be believable.

I don't want to give too much away, but here are a few examples. The inclusion of the logger's mother with psychic powers was just silly, and struck me as a rather lazy way to create more tension and sense of danger by making it nearly impossible for the Pemberton's victims to hide and get away. I found Pemberton's unwavering devotion to his wife to be implausible - or at least never adequately explained. The conversation among the loggers near the end in which they suddenly realized the environmental devastation they wrought was just a bit over the top in that it practically sounded like they were about to stand up and organize a chapter of Greenpeace. The conclusion of the story felt both unrealistic and unsatisfying.

The most well-developed character was Rachel Harmon, and I found those parts of the book that focused on her, and her struggle to care for and protect her child, to be the most enjoyable. As noted above, the dialog among the local loggers was a lot of fun to read in most cases. But the parts of the story that focused on the ambition and greed of the Pembertons and their resulting killing spree felt shallow, predictable, and at times just a bit ridiculous.
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A masterwork of style and storytelling 16. August 2008
Von R. Cooper - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Ron Rash's previous books got better as they came along, but I don't know how he'll top this. This is the best American novel I have read of the 21st century, and in many ways it tells a uniquely American story.

Even with the main characters' Macbethean megalomania, manipulation, and murderousness, Rash is far too gifted a writer to create two-dimensional villains. Like the other characters in this novel, the protagonists are complex, reacting to conflicting motives and second-guessing all those around them. Serena Pemberton is the most powerful, unforgettable character I have encountered in years.

This is a novel that achieves what only the best do: a mesmerizing story, indelible characters, and gorgeous writing. If you doubt that Ron Rash is the best writer in America, pick up Serena.
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