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He is at once more alone than he has ever been; he was at first with his father, until he died; then with Claire, until she disappeared with another man into a more normal life in town; and then with Hobbes, who eased the sorrow of Claire's departure. Now Hobbes is gone. Julius is left with what his father left behind: the cabin that he was raised in; a lifetime of books, lining every wall of his home, which have been Julius's lifelong friends and confidantes; and his great-grandfather's rifle from World War I, which Julius had been trained to shoot with uncanny skill and with the utmost reluctance. But with the death of his dog, Julius's reluctance has reached its end. More and more, simply and furtively, it is revenge that is creeping into his mind. Fresh snow is on the ground as the hunters lumber into his sights. They're well within the old gun's range. They pause, and they’re locked into the crosshairs. Julius's finger traces the trigger. Will he pull it? And what will that accomplish? What if he simply has nothing left to lose?

Review:

"Donovan's poetic, well-crafted third novel, like his debut, Schopenhauer's Telescope, shows how violence can infect and take over a person's life. Julius Winsome has retreated with his old dog, Hobbes, to a remote family cabin in the northern Maine woods. 'Many men live in these woods who cannot live anywhere else,' he tells us. 'They live alone and are tuned close to any offense you might give them.' Winsome has some physical skills (he's an excellent shot with his grandfather's WWI Enfield rifle), but mostly he spends the long winters reading from his father's library of 3,282 classic books neatly arranged around the cabin walls. Only once did a chance for love and companionship brush him; it will return to haunt him as his frightening and touching story unfolds. Winsome's descent into anger, sadness, perhaps madness, begins when a deer hunter deliberately kills Hobbes. From that moment, Winsome's need for revenge grows rapidly and irrationally. Readers will sympathize with him every step of the way." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Donovan's poetic, well-crafted third novel, like his debut, Schopenhauer's Telescope, shows how violence can infect and take over a person's life. Julius Winsome has retreated with his old dog, Hobbes, to a remote family cabin in the northern Maine woods. 'Many men live in these woods who cannot live anywhere else,' he tells us. 'They live alone and are tuned close to any offense you might give them.' Winsome has some physical skills (he's an excellent shot with his grandfather's WWI Enfield rifle), but mostly he spends the long winters reading from his father's library of 3,282 classic books neatly arranged around the cabin walls. Only once did a chance for love and companionship brush him; it will return to haunt him as his frightening and touching story unfolds. Winsome's descent into anger, sadness, perhaps madness, begins when a deer hunter deliberately kills Hobbes. From that moment, Winsome's need for revenge grows rapidly and irrationally. Readers will sympathize with him every step of the way." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"This novel of great emotional impact is enthusiastically recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"Donovan's command of language is astonishingly precise, eerily reflecting Julius's disarmingly mild-mannered pathology as it ascribes no more importance to the cold-blooded shooting of a hunter than to going into town for groceries. Finely tooled outsider fiction, as chilling as it is ultimately humane." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"The title character of this unsettling novel lives alone in the deep woods of Maine, home to men ' who cannot live anywhere else....' In prose laced with hard-edged Shakespeareanisms—'amort,' 'blood-boltered,' 'cullion' — he pursues the nature of human cruelty, the reason that 'some men must create pain in others to feel less of it themselves.' The New Yorker

Synopsis:

From the author of Schopenhauer's Telescope comes a beautiful and haunting novel of vengeance, literature, love, isolation, and man's tenuous grasp on reason.

About the Author

Gerard Donovan was born in Ireland and has lived in Germany and New York. His award-winning poetry has been widely published. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and the University of Arkansas Writing Program, he teaches English at Southampton College of Long Island University, and lives in Calverton, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781585678495
Author:
Donovan, Gerard
Publisher:
Overlook Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Grief
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Revenge
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B-Hardcover
Publication Date:
20061131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.18x5.68x.85 in. .80 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 224 pages Overlook Press - English 9781585678495 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Donovan's poetic, well-crafted third novel, like his debut, Schopenhauer's Telescope, shows how violence can infect and take over a person's life. Julius Winsome has retreated with his old dog, Hobbes, to a remote family cabin in the northern Maine woods. 'Many men live in these woods who cannot live anywhere else,' he tells us. 'They live alone and are tuned close to any offense you might give them.' Winsome has some physical skills (he's an excellent shot with his grandfather's WWI Enfield rifle), but mostly he spends the long winters reading from his father's library of 3,282 classic books neatly arranged around the cabin walls. Only once did a chance for love and companionship brush him; it will return to haunt him as his frightening and touching story unfolds. Winsome's descent into anger, sadness, perhaps madness, begins when a deer hunter deliberately kills Hobbes. From that moment, Winsome's need for revenge grows rapidly and irrationally. Readers will sympathize with him every step of the way." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Donovan's poetic, well-crafted third novel, like his debut, Schopenhauer's Telescope, shows how violence can infect and take over a person's life. Julius Winsome has retreated with his old dog, Hobbes, to a remote family cabin in the northern Maine woods. 'Many men live in these woods who cannot live anywhere else,' he tells us. 'They live alone and are tuned close to any offense you might give them.' Winsome has some physical skills (he's an excellent shot with his grandfather's WWI Enfield rifle), but mostly he spends the long winters reading from his father's library of 3,282 classic books neatly arranged around the cabin walls. Only once did a chance for love and companionship brush him; it will return to haunt him as his frightening and touching story unfolds. Winsome's descent into anger, sadness, perhaps madness, begins when a deer hunter deliberately kills Hobbes. From that moment, Winsome's need for revenge grows rapidly and irrationally. Readers will sympathize with him every step of the way." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "This novel of great emotional impact is enthusiastically recommended."
"Review" by , "Donovan's command of language is astonishingly precise, eerily reflecting Julius's disarmingly mild-mannered pathology as it ascribes no more importance to the cold-blooded shooting of a hunter than to going into town for groceries. Finely tooled outsider fiction, as chilling as it is ultimately humane."
"Review" by , "The title character of this unsettling novel lives alone in the deep woods of Maine, home to men ' who cannot live anywhere else....' In prose laced with hard-edged Shakespeareanisms—'amort,' 'blood-boltered,' 'cullion' — he pursues the nature of human cruelty, the reason that 'some men must create pain in others to feel less of it themselves.'
"Synopsis" by , From the author of Schopenhauer's Telescope comes a beautiful and haunting novel of vengeance, literature, love, isolation, and man's tenuous grasp on reason.
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