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Deep River by Karl Marlantes (Author)

Deep River

Karl Marlantes (Author)

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Imprint: Atlantic Books
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Publication date: 3 Sep 2019
ISBN: 9781786498823

A stunningly expansive family saga of anguish, reinvention and courage from the bestselling author of Matterhorn.

3 stars out of 5
9 Oct 2019

"a shorter book might have given this story so much more power."

Inspired by Marlantes’s own family ancestry, Deep River is a massive American saga, a historical epic of documentary detail spread across the early 20th century – and 700 pages. We witness the traumas of Aino as a sort of proto-Rosa Luxemburg, who with her brothers escaped tsarist persecution and deadly poverty in Finland for America... We learn and grow from the novel, and many will embrace its long-term company and businesslike storytelling. Through girth and plenitude, hefty books often attempt to grab status. Marlantes is far too sincere a writer to be accused of that; yet I believe a shorter book might have given this story so much more power.

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