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Olga Hanson has commented on (2) products.

The Glass Rainbow (Large Print) (Wheeler Hardcover)
The Glass Rainbow (Large Print) (Wheeler Hardcover)

Olga Hanson, August 7, 2012

Once again Mr. James Lee Burke writes so effectively that I can taste, smell, feel, touch, and hear so many aspects of Louisiana as to take me there, page after page. As an ol' lady, I know that I read these Dave Robicheaux novels because I am drawn to the tormented humanity present not only in Dave, but also in Clete.

If I were in for it in life, I'd want these two men on my side. Not that they're perfect, far from it in fact. It's just that they're ready to hang it up, if they have to, for what they believe is honest and right and needed to make their world, and mine, a better place.

Thank you, Mr. James Lee Burke, for your willingness to share your love of language and your ability to write such stories!
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The Cove by Ron Rash
The Cove

Olga Hanson, August 4, 2012

I knew Ron Rash would take me away from real life with "The Cove: A Novel" because he'd already done so with "Saints at the River: A Novel" and "The World Made Straight: A Novel."

He didn't let me down one bit. In no time at all through his brilliant use of words and sentences, I knew Laurel Shelton and her family home in North Carolina. I knew Hank and Slidell and Walter, even Chauncey and Jubel, as well as if I were the proverbial fly on the wall.

Sounds pastoral doesn't it--that list of names along with the words family home? Nope. Not at all. A heavy wondering about what is going to happen next permeated the novel. To tell you the truth, as badly as I wanted to know what was next, I dreaded it, too. I couldn't find but a sliver of hope, yet I continued to read because I had to know. I had to know where the novel would take me, willingly going all the way to its end.

Novel. Let's see, according to Merriam-Webster, novel as an adjective can mean "original or striking especially in conception or style." I think that definition must be why the word is included in the titles of Mr. Rash's books. Anyway, by the time he was done with me, I slowly closed the book and sat there, with my hand resting on the cover. I slowly moved my hand back and forth across the cover, feeling the slightly raised words, hoping that in doing so I was in some way comforting Laurel.

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