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Mink River by Brian Doyle
Mink River

jwoodwa2, December 9, 2013

Mink River by Brian Doyle is a great read. I originally picked the book because, like Doyle, I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and anything remotely related to the ocean or the area in general intrigues me. Perhaps it’s the nostalgic feelings and reminders of home that overcomes me when I think about the area where I spent so much time when I was younger, whatever the reason I just love everything and anything about it. All I knew about Mink River was that it was the story of a small town in the Northwest, other than that I was going into it blind. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I picked it up and I have to admit I was a bit nervous that I wouldn’t connect with the story. I am happy to say that those nerves were calmed because the book was absolutely fabulous. It centers on the happenings of a small town filled with interesting people. From little Daniel and his three braids, to Worried Man and Ceder, the characters in the book are quintessential of the North West. Everything about the story settings and the stories carried with them the North West feel. Anyone who has visited the area will understand and relate to the descriptions Doyle gives. You are sure to find one character that absolutely intrigues and captivates you. Doyle does a tremendous job at interweaving this captivating stories and characters with twists and a beautiful prose style. There is something absurd yet sublime about the book and the way Doyle tells it. Reading Mink River made me remember why I love literature so much. Doyle makes language fun and exciting again. All in all, Mink River is a fantastic novel.
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