Benediction

Benediction When Dad Lewis is diagnosed with terminal cancer he and his wife must work together along with their daughter to make his final days as comfortable as possible despite the bitter absence of their

When Dad Lewis is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he and his wife must work together, along with their daughter, to make his final days as comfortable as possible, despite the bitter absence of their estranged son Next door, a young girl moves in with her grandmother and contends with the memories that Dad s condition stirs up of her own mother s death A newly arrived prWhen Dad Lewis is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he and his wife must work together, along with their daughter, to make his final days as comfortable as possible, despite the bitter absence of their estranged son Next door, a young girl moves in with her grandmother and contends with the memories that Dad s condition stirs up of her own mother s death A newly arrived preacher attempts to mend his strained relationships with his wife and son, and soon faces the disdain of his congregation when he offers than they are used to getting on Sunday mornings And throughout, an elderly widow and her middle aged daughter do all they can to ease the pain of their friends and neighbors.

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  1. Kent Haruf was born in eastern Colorado He received his Bachelors of Arts in literature from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1965 and his Masters of Fine Arts from the Iowa Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa in 1973 For two years, he taught English in Turkey with the Peace Corps and his other jobs have included a chicken farm in Colorado, a construction site in Wyoming, a rehabilitation hospital in Colorado, a hospital in Arizona, a library in Iowa, an alternative high school in Wisconsin, and universities in Nebraska and Illinois.Haruf is the author of Plainsong, which received the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Maria Thomas Award in Fiction, and The New Yorker Book Award Plainsong was also a finalist for the 1999 National Book Award His novel, The Tie That Binds, received a Whiting Foundation Award and a special citation from the Pen Hemingway Foundation In 2006, Haruf was awarded the Dos Passos Prize for Literature.All of his novels are set in the fictional town of Holt, Colorado Holt is loosely based on Yuma, Colorado, an early residence of Haruf in the 1980s.Haruf lived with his wife, Cathy, in Salida, Colorado, with their three daughters He died of cancer on November 30, 2014.

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  1. Kent Haruf takes his time His first novel, The Ties That Bind, was published in 1984, winning a Whiting Foundation Award and a Hemingway Foundation PEN citation His second novel, Where You Once Belonged was published in 1990 Plainsong, which became a best seller and was a National Book Award finalist, was published in 1999 It s sequel, Eventide, was published in 2004 Nine years later we have Haruf s fifth novel, Benediction All his novels are set in the fictional town of Holt, Colorado, a stand [...]


  2. AMERICAN GOTHICColorado il canto della pianuraNon credevo esistessero periodi adatti e periodi non adatti alla lettura di un libro Ho sempre pensato che l Arte preziosa anche quando parla di morte e di dolore, la Bellezza ha sempre un effetto tonificante, non esiste Bellezza deprimente Non c Bellezza che possa fare male, mi sono sempre detto.Mi sa che devo ricredermi.Questo romanzo di Haruf molto bello e contiene cos tanta infelicit che in questo periodo della mia vita non riesco a sostenerla No [...]


  3. What is it that really matters when the light of our lives gradually fades out to complete and utter darkness When we face loss and inevitable extinguishment Using the fictional town of Holt in the high plains of Colorado as a setting, Kent Haruf builds a finely threaded fabric of stories that place emphasis on the courage and the compassion of ordinary people when confronted with everyday tragedies of daily life An old man is diagnosed with terminal cancer and is forced to face certain aspects [...]


  4. When stopped one night on a dark outside street, a character in Haruf s haunting, beautiful novel is asked What are you doing out here And he replies, after some confusion about what it is he s doing, that he is simply looking at The precious ordinary This moment lept out to me as the heart of this novel, as its entire message distilled down to one simple line The precious ordinary This is what Haruf writes In all his novels he shines his own brand of lamplight on the beautiful edges of the aver [...]


  5. Benediction is a pensive novel about the dailiness of life in a small town, the neighborly kindnesses as well as the regrets and missed chances that haunt its residents At times it s a lament than a benediction Dad Lewis is the central character He only has a few weeks left to live Knowing this makes him treasure events and places that once seemed ordinary and unspecial As his life draws to a close, he allows himself to revert to a childlike authenticity He finally tells people what he really t [...]


  6. Life and death Simply and beautifully penned May you rest in peace, Mr Haruf We ve loved your stories well The wind still blows That doesn t change.


  7. Benediction is a book I experienced as tender, gentle, and like a deeply moving ballad resonating in the key of life.The lives depicted are ordinary lives expressed with extraordinary compassion and understanding in how people think, feel, and experience their shared existence.The key families in the story, whose lives intertwine and overlap, include a family with one member in the last stages of life, a family with a grandmother doing her best to care for her orphaned young grand daughter, a fa [...]


  8. I will read anything this man writes He can capture our universal humanity way down at a soul level His eloquent, unobtrusive, sparse prose leads the reader from one carefully drawn scene to the next He just lays out his story and lets the reader come along for the ride No words, phrases, or concepts are tortured in this process.The Lewis family faces the death of their patriarch with as much dignity as they can Their regrets and accomplishments mix together into an acceptance of a life lived th [...]


  9. This one made for a very satisfying return for me to the fictional rural community of Holt in the high plains of Colorado As in his other books, we are treated to the stories of ordinary people struggling to make the most of their lives in the face of the unfulfilled dreams or lost people, all rendered in a spare prose and understated but rich dialog People who try to rectify their past mistakes And take the time to rejoice at the simple pleasures from the company of family and friends and the r [...]


  10. 12 01 2014 Kent Haruf you chronicled my eastern Colorado roots so brilliantly that I personally knew those folks from Holt May you rest in peace.Kent Haruf s writing style is so eloquent, spare and beautiful As with Plainsong, this novel s setting is in Holt, an imaginary small town on the High Plains of eastern Colorado I m a native of this part of Colorado so I m very familiar with these folks and their quiet but compelling stories It starts slowly as Haruf introduces the reader to some of the [...]


  11. La guancia del nemico Poi si accorse che non poteva disfare il cappio che aveva dietro la testa senza spostare la cassa, la quale al minimo movimento si sarebbe ribaltata Paralizzato, si mise a piangere, mentre nella stanza diventava buio Le lacrime tracciavano dei rigagnoli nella fuliggine che aveva in faccia.Ambientata nella pianura arida del Colorado, in una provincia sobria e ordinaria, la storia raccontata nel libro assume una credibilit tanto desolata e tradizionale da apparire incorporea [...]


  12. Sitting on a comfortable straight backed chair, hearing the solitary tick of an ancient kitchen wall clock, in a sun drenched room in a 150 year old clapboard house on a dead end street in a town where everybody s known you since you were born That s what Kent Haruf s work feels like to me Spare, haunting, dense with feeling The precious ordinary, he calls it I love his books I love his writing I think I love him.


  13. ETA 11 30 14 RIP to Kent Haruf Your wisdom, gentleness, and wit will be dearly missed And death shall have no dominion Holt, Colorado a blunt edged town on the eastern edge of Colorado s high and dry plains where time ticks like the cooling engine of car Storms build in billowing clouds on the horizon, summers grind through with breathless heat, winters drive ice and snow from across the flat middle of the country It is as it has always been It seems so little changes in this quiet, gently tick [...]


  14. The entire time I was reading this book I could not get a line from Max Ehrmann sDesiderataout of my head Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others even the dull and ignorant, they too have their story Benedictionis the story of a nobody, really Just a fellow who labored at the same job for half a century, raised a small semi dysfunctional family, and then became ill We all know someone like Dad Lewis most of us will know several people like him Entire city blocks are populated [...]


  15. Another absorbing read Such a deceptively simple story, filled with meaning and love I will miss never having another Kent Haruf book to read.


  16. Benediction is the third story set in the town of Holt Colorado and does not directly involve any characters from the two previous books Nonetheless, Haruf continues to enchant and haunt me with this chronicle of family, love and loss A woman believing she will be forever alone as penance for past sins, a dying man ruminating on his life and how he might have done better by his family, a good man stigmatized for his moral beliefs In his trademark economical fashion, Haruf slices right to the hea [...]


  17. Dad Lewis has to come to terms with terminal cancer, and sums up his life His relationships with his parents, children, especially his son Frank, and the people who worked for him, takes center stage.He has a successful hardware store in main street That is where he always wanted to be He grew up the son of a poor farmers family in Kentucky Goddamn it, I didn t even know how to cut my meat or eat my potatoes right, I chased my peas around the plate with a knife I come out of that kind of life, o [...]


  18. Il dondolo sulla veranda.Se in Canto della pianura la scrittura di Haruf mi era sembrata minimale ista , quasi scarna, qui si fa essenziale e abbandona ogni eccesso fino a lavorare per sottrazione, quasi noncurante delle possibili asperit , che risultano invece come levigate, naturalmente, come un sasso dall acqua.Siamo sempre nella cittadina immaginaria di Holt, in Colorado, da qualche parte lass , sugli altipiani, ma molto tempo dopo che la pianura ha intonato il suo canto Playsong, il canto p [...]


  19. Benediction says we all matter Benediction looks at our faint footprints on the surface of the earth and says each step counts.We return to the land of Plainsong and Eventide, but there are only a couple of faint references to the characters who absorbed our attention during those two novels If Benediction is the cap on a trilogy and Kent Haruf says it s not , then it s a trilogy by landscape, not character.Except the landscape, out in eastern Colorado, seems to form the character These are hard [...]


  20. Kent Haruf knows the human heart He knows how people feel, what they think, why they love, and how they get by In many ways, he s a chronicler of the lives of ordinary people with sentences so straightforward, so true, that the reader can t help but feel that he or she knows these folks intimately.He won my heart with Plainsong and strengthened that love with Eventide Now he goes back to the well with another psalm to the residents of Holt, Colorado Like the earlier books, Kent Haruf intertwines [...]


  21. The End Benediction is a lovely story beautifully written The theme is reminiscent of Marilynne Robinson The Christian message transcends a niche and expands into something universal Haruf creates an ideal template for living yet he shows the people who try and live it complete with their warts intact He tackles a lot of issues in 250 pages The central theme is loss At the book s heart is Dad Lewis who s just found out he has a fatal disease He tackles death as it approaches and naturally looks [...]


  22. Some of my favorite books have memorable death scenes A secondary character in War and Remembrance a brash fighter pilot who couldn t imagine that he would die but for whom it was suddenly all over An old man at the end of The Master Butchers Singing Club, whose life was a fanned out deck of cards closing up The main character at the end of And Ladies of the Club Now that last one contained so many flesh and blood characters across 65 or 70 years that there were bound to be losses I keep that bo [...]


  23. I m hovering between 4 and 5 stars on this one, but I tend to be conservative in my ratings so I ll leave it at 4 for now What a gorgeous read Here s the mini shelf talker that I wrote for my bookstore Benediction by Kent Haruf Nobody has a finger on the pulse of Americana quite like Haruf, and he brings his full expertise to bear in this powerfully moving novel Dad Lewis, backbone than scion of Holt, Colorado, must face his own mortality and as he reflects back on his life, family, and work, w [...]


  24. What I ve seen is the sweet kindness of one person to another Just time passing on a summer s night This ordinary life.Probably a 3.5 star book, but because of the way this author s books makes me feel, calm and peaceful, I m rounding it up to a 4 Kent Haruf s stories provides us with a glimpse into a slower, less complicated time, where the focus was on relationships Without any real plot or suspense, he manages to create some of the most memorable characters I ve come across He is able to do t [...]


  25. The fine Australian writer Peter Carey calls Kent Haruf one of the great poets of the modern novel He has an extraordinary capacity for love He will give you the smell of the dirt and grasses of the High Plains of Colorado He will never fail to engage your heart, but because he is an honest man, he will have you grasp the nettles If you have never entered his beautiful singing sentences, I envy you your first time This is why writers write and readers read Here is one master praising another and [...]


  26. Quattro nuclei familiari Storie di perdita, sconfitta e rimpianti che si confondono tra di loro.Tristezza a palate.C quell atmosfera americana che sembra ritagliata via da un film di Eastwood, tipo Gran Torino.Kent Haruf ha uno stile non appariscente Non cerca di commuoverti o straziarti anche se il tema si presterebbe.All interno ci sono capitoli che potrebbero avere una vita autonoma.Il quarto, ad esempio Due aggiustate e potrebbe finire dritto tra i Nove racconti di Salinger.A tratti avrei pr [...]


  27. Without actually saying it this book poses the question, What is a man s life Delivered at a pace that absolutely suits the people native to the wheat fields and small towns of the Midwest it then modestly answers in the simple and stoic voices of the people that loved this man It s the truth in the emotional content that makes this such a wonderful book I ve never seen death be so beautiful.


  28. La febbre Haruf ha contagiato anche me complimenti a NNE per l ottima campagna pubblicitaria, continua ma non pressante, che ha saputo incuriosirmi senza nausearmi Dopo qualche mese di attesa mi fa molto piacere sapere che Kent Haruf abbia cos tanti lettori, un po meno sapere che solo due biblioteche nel mio sistema ne siano a conoscenza finalmente il prestito interbibliotecario ha fatto il suo corso, e io ho potuto lasciarmi Denver alle spalle per inseguire le luci sperdute di Holt.Mi aspettavo [...]


  29. 11 30 14 The wonderful author Kent Haruf has died Rest in peace.9 28 13 There is a tone of reverence for all phases of a person s life, including death, in Benediction Kent Haruf again writes about the townspeople of the small town of Holt, Colorado He tells us about ordinary people and everyday life in spare, beautiful language.The main character is Dad Lewis, the owner of a hardware store, who received the news that he only has a few weeks to live The author, who has been a hospice volunteer, [...]


  30. Dad Lewis sta ndo.Il tempo agli sgoccioli e scorre pi in fretta del previsto La vita di un uomo onesto e forte, vissuta senza rimpianti, pur nella consapevolezza degli errori commessi, si spegne in un soffio flebile e rapido In questo scenario malinconico e doloroso, Kent Haruf cala il lettore, riportandolo nelle atmosfere familiari di Holt gi incontrate in Canto della pianura, in una vicenda intensa e profonda, un analisi lucida ma ricca di emozione sull elaborazione della morte e sulla caducit [...]


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