Thursday, April 23, 2015

Goat Mountain | David Vann

This is a gem of a book, from an author I have not read before. It is very intense and powerful.
The story itself is simple, a father, son and grandsons go hunting on their land over a weekend. Something horrific happens at the very beginning, and the rest of the time is spent dealing with the impact of this occurrence on the family, on the individuals, on the land on on the family's history.

Vann has written scenes where the tension mounts, it is palpable. It is very well executed and thoroughly worth reading. Vann throws in quite a bit of philosophy into the story, which I feel adds to the intensity.

There isn't much more than can be said without spoiling the novel. I will search out more of his books as he is a very skilled writer.

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