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Leif Enger

Teoksen Peace Like a River tekijä

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(eng) Leif Enger wrote the “Gun Pedersen” series of books with his brother, Lin Enger, under the name L.L. Enger. Please don't combine the two authors, as L.L. Enger is actually two people.


Tekijän teokset

Peace Like a River (2001) 5,642 kappaletta
So Brave, Young and Handsome: A Novel (2008) 1,013 kappaletta
Virgil Wander (2018) 686 kappaletta
Comeback (1990) — Tekijä — 15 kappaletta
Swing (1991) — Tekijä — 13 kappaletta
Strike (1992) — Tekijä — 10 kappaletta
The Sinners' League: A Gun Pedersen Mystery (1994) — Tekijä — 10 kappaletta
Sacrifice (1993) — Tekijä — 10 kappaletta
I Cheerfully Refuse (2024) 6 kappaletta

Associated Works

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Third Annual Collection (1988) — Avustaja — 184 kappaletta
The New Frontier (1989) — Avustaja — 11 kappaletta

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Virallinen nimi
Enger, Leif
Muut nimet
Enger, L.L.
Osakis, Minnesota, USA
Osakis, Minnesota, USA (birth)
reporter (Minnesota Public Radio)
producer (Minnesota Public Radio)
Enger, Lin (brother)
Minnesota Public Radio
Leif Enger wrote the “Gun Pedersen” series of books with his brother, Lin Enger, under the name L.L. Enger. Please don't combine the two authors, as L.L. Enger is actually two people.



Once in a great while, we encounter a novel in our voluminous reading that begs to be read aloud. Leif Enger's debut, Peace Like a River, is one such work. His richly evocative novel, narrated by an asthmatic 11-year-old named Reuben Land, is the story of Reuben's unusual family and their journey across the frozen Badlands of the Dakotas in search of his fugitive older brother. Charged with the murder of two locals who terrorized their family, Davy has fled, understanding that the scales of justice will not weigh in his favor. But Reuben, his father, Jeremiah—a man of faith so deep he has been known to produce miracles—and Reuben's little sister, Swede, follow closely behind the fleeing Davy.

Affecting and dynamic, Peace Like a River is at once a tragedy, a romance, and an unflagging exploration into the spirituality and magic possible in the everyday world, and in that of the world awaiting us on the other side of life. In Enger's superb debut effort, we witness a wondrous celebration of family, faith, and spirit, the likes of which we haven't seen in a long, long time—and the birth of a classic work of literature.
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jepeters333 | 162 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 26, 2024 |
There have been many near future dystopian novels about climate change and the breakdown of social and governmental order but Leif Enger’s contribution reaches the rare level of combining the genre with lyrical writing, thrilling suspense, appealing characters, and a timeless romance. Additionally, Enger’s portrayal of Lake Superior conveys the profound beauty and threat of this vast inland sea. Enger’s characters encounter its fearful power and mesmerizing beauty.

Rainy and Lark live in an isolated and overlooked pocket community while the wider world around them is enmeshed in turmoil. The wealthy few are in control, the working class a kind of indentured servants. Medical research to keep the population compliant occurs on the ‘hospital ships.’ People are choosing death, hopeful for something better. One escapee from this system lands in Rainy’s hometown, on the run, and Lark offers him shelter. The man’s pursuers follow his trail with devastating results.

To save his life, Rainy takes sail on Lake Superior, encountering deadly storms. Stopping at small towns along the coast, he discovers helpful people while others are out for themselves; he visits places of mutual support and those that are raked with division and violence. He picks up a spunky and stowaway girl who seeks her grandfather. But they are stalked by the people who had destroyed Rainy’s life.

Yes, the story sounds horrifying, and there is horror with suicides and murders and corpses floating up from the lake. “What scares me is the notion that we are all one rotten moment, one crushed hope or hollow stomach from stuffing someone blameless in a cage,” Rainy considers.

But Rainy’s deep humanity and love, and the people who work for freedom and offer mutual aid lift the story so that, in the end, you are left with hope. There is still the beauty and wonder of the world, music and art, warmth and safety to be found.

Those familiar with Lake Superior will recognize the landmarks on Rainy’s journey.

Thanks to the publisher for a free book
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nancyadair | Feb 14, 2024 |
This is a quiet book about a guy recovering from a brain injury in his small Minnesota town.

While I can't remember any details now, I do remember that I very much enjoyed Enger's book "Peace Like A River" so I was excited to finally get this one from my library. I wasn't disappointed - the whole book felt to me like being snuggled under a blanket while sitting in my favorite chair even when I wasn't. It was just a pleasure.

There are lots of quirky characters and a slow moving, somewhat dreamy plot but more than anything it just felt good to live in Virgil Wander's world for a bit instead of in the real world of 2019 that seems to be just non-stop bad news.

If you need lots of action this is probably not your book. If you think you might enjoy flying a kite on a winter afternoon or staying up late to secretly watch Butch Cassidy on the big screen in an old school vintage movie theater, you'll probably enjoy this as much as I did.

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hmonkeyreads | 44 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 25, 2024 |
This was this last months book club selection. Its a book I wouldn't normally read, however I'm glad that I did - it is set in an area that feels like a way of life for my parents and grandparents. However, I felt at times the book was older than the time it was set at, with horses being a way to get around and no TV's. I suspect that it was a deliberate choice, a throwback to the the Westerns that Swede liked to read.

As for the characters, I think this is loosely based on the Book of Job from the bible - with Mr. Land being faith being tested at every roadblock, from a son with Asthma, to an older son who made a very deliberate choice in an unjust situation. I think the kids were written truely, younger Sister Swede seeing her older brother as an outlaw accused unjustly, to Reuben, who has figured out that world isn't fair and choices are shades of gray.

I found the story to be competently written, but at times it at times, it was a slog to read. Pacing could have been better. I'm not sure I liked the ending, I was expecting more emotion, instead it was just a "whelp, here is what everyone is up to now" sort of thing. As for our bookclub, I think it will bring interesting conversation, especially about Davy's choice that caused this whole mess.
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TheDivineOomba | 162 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 16, 2024 |



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