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Bay of Souls: A Novel

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Review-A-Day

"Bay of Souls becomes, page by page, increasingly hypnotic, crescendoing into a feverish, unforgettable conclusion." Adrienne Miller, Esquire (read the entire Esquire review)

"Bay of Souls is minor Stone in scope and length....But it is full of splendid writing, and the third-person narration is marked by frisky, subtle elisions....As a novelist, Stone is of course even more securely trapped than Michael: he can protest literary vitalism only literarily, and his novel's biggest point — "Without physical courage...there is no moral courage" — may seem derivative too, of Hemingway. But you've got to admire any novel — and this is one — that actually yearns to put its money where its mouth is." Thomas Mallon, The Atlantic Monthly (read the entire Atlantic review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

A new novel from an American master, Bay of Souls is a gripping tale of romantic obsession set against the backdrop of an island revolution. Michael Ahearn is a midwestern English professor who abandons his comfortable life when he becomes obsessed with a new colleague from the Caribbean, Lara Purcell. When Lara claims a vodoun spirit has taken possession of her soul, Michael follows her to her native St. Trinity, only to find himself in a whirlpool of Third World corruption. A finely wrought tale of one man's moral dissolution, Bay of Souls showcases Robert Stone at his most provocative and psychologically acute.

Review:

"[A] tight, brilliantly observed tale....All of Stone's characters here are etched in the acid of hard truth, with Stone probing deep....[A] novel of bold prose and subtle perceptions, a small, hard gem from a master writer." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[B]loodcurdling....A small masterpiece, possessed of a relentless lucidity that recalls Conrad and Graham Greene at their peaks. Stone's best yet." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[A] kind of small gem: perfectly chiseled and revealing an icy clarity at its core that is as frightening as it is hypnotic." Bill Ott, Booklist

Review:

"Lately Robert Stone has specialized in writing novels that combine the rich textures of literary fiction with the exciting stories of thrillers....When Stone pulls it off — as he does more often than not in Bay of Souls...the result has a fizzy, unsettling menace....This is the territory of Joseph Conrad and Graham Greene..." Laura Miller, Salon.com

Review:

"[F]ascinating....[A] highly concentrated work, probably the least violent yet most unnerving of his novels....It's a pleasure to watch this writer at work as he individualizes his portraits of people gripped by beliefs and passions of unusual intensity." Norman Rush, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"[N]ot so much Stone Lite as Stone Tight, a concentrated piece of fiction with the same trademarks...as such masterworks as Dog Soldiers and A Flag for Sunrise." The Oregonian (Portland, OR)

Review:

"In many ways this is a book of surfaces: the shocking images drawn in Stone's accomplished prose, the easy and telling descriptions....But here as in each of his books, the art is in the concealed depths." The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"Robert Stone fans who felt overwhelmed by [Damascus Gate]...may be relieved to find a smaller cast of characters and a more sharply focused plot....Stone casts a wry, forgiving eye on his characters and their restless hunger for adventure." Boston Herald

Review:

"Robert Stone's new novel is a primer, a compendium of his longer, more sprawling works. It's as if he's condensed his vision, streamlined and briskly shaped it....This is vintage Stone in a shorter, sleeker form." Providence Journal

Review:

"Like Greene's best novels, Bay of Souls is an adventure novel in form only....With steely prose, Stone cuts through to the heart of darkness lurking not in some exotic, far-flung locale, but beating insistently inside any sensitive man." San Antonio Express-News

Review:

"Exotic and chaotic settings, the main character's intense struggle with who he or she really is and lean, muscular writing are hallmarks of Stone's fiction. His latest, Bay of Souls, doesn't stray from that successful formula." Glenn O'Neal, USA Today

Review:

"In many ways, Bay of Souls feels like Damascus Gate on a crash diet....[It] is a very good book that suffers not from bad writing or a weak story or uninteresting characters or a trivial theme, but from not enough Robert Stone." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Review:

"[T]here is little that is original in Bay of Souls — the material is solipsistic and self-referential and this trivializes a tale meant to be universal in scope. Stone uses the archetypes to reach for greatness, but in my opinion he falls short." BookReporter

Review:

"I've long been an admirer of [Stone's] work, but Bay of Souls is much less textured than previous efforts....[T]his book just doesn't match the emotion, the tension or the moral weight of Damascus Gate." Minneapolis Star Tribune

Review:

"[T]he book morphs from a midlife masterpiece into a thriller in the style of the 1970s, a cliche-ridden narrative....In the end, it's worth paging through...because Stone is dazzling when he's dazzling." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"[A] stunning work, a profound and profoundly moving meditation tethered to a runaway train....It's a distillation, into stylized prose, of the visceral essence of the tale, and the effect is dizzying, thrilling..." San Diego Union-Tribune

Review:

"A short, compact novel boasting the meaty, thoughtfulness of literary magnum opus and the wiry frame of a ripping thriller....[A] terse, well-crafted portrait of a man trapped in a hell of his own making." Denver Post

Review:

"[A] middling addition to Stone's body of work, but second-rate Stone, with its topicality, lush scenes and earnest handling of the supernatural, is still superior to much of the fiction on the market today." Miami Herald

Review:

"Occasionally the virtuoso Stone of the past emerges — Michael's dive into the wrecked plane has a strong you-are-there actuality. Bay of Souls may satisfy Stone's many admirers, but I doubt that it will win him any new ones." San Jose Mercury News

Review:

"Bay of Souls builds an excellent, if well-worn, plot from the snowy, windswept campus of a rural university....Stone's writing is powerful and often gripping, and that strength alone makes Bay of Souls worthwhile." Rocky Mountain News

Review:

"Bay of Souls takes all of this important writer's motifs to a new and unanticipated level of scrutiny." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"Bay of Souls has the soul of a novel but the terse intimacy of a short story, and like its flawed protagonist on that perilous trip to the deep, it goes down too far to come up so fast." Boston Globe

Review:

"[T]his trip south to a land of voodoo and lost souls feels decadent, silly and terribly insincere." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Review:

"It reads not only like a bad pastiche of Graham Greene, Joseph Conrad, Joan Didion and V. S. Naipaul, served up in portentous, self-important prose, but also like a bad pastiche of Mr. Stone's own earlier fiction." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Review:

"Other novelists strain for profundity; Stone shows us that soul-wrenching catastrophe is a misstep away." Seattle Times

Review:

"Robert Stone is a master of language, herding words into a hypnotic circle that suggests each phrase is carefully weighed and measured." Entertainment Weekly

Synopsis:

When English professor Michael Ahearn falls for a seductive, dangerous new faculty member from the Caribbean, his choices have disastrous consequences in this gripping tale of romantic obsession set against the backdrop of an island revolution.

About the Author

Robert Stone is the author of six previous novels: A Hall of Mirrors, Dog Soldiers (winner of the National Book Award), A Flag for Sunrise, Children of Light, Outerbridge Reach, and Damascus Gate. His story collection, Bear and His Daughter, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618446742
Author:
Stone, Robert
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
June 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.34x5.60x.66 in. .56 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages Mariner Books - English 9780618446742 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Bay of Souls becomes, page by page, increasingly hypnotic, crescendoing into a feverish, unforgettable conclusion." (read the entire Esquire review)
"Review A Day" by , "Bay of Souls is minor Stone in scope and length....But it is full of splendid writing, and the third-person narration is marked by frisky, subtle elisions....As a novelist, Stone is of course even more securely trapped than Michael: he can protest literary vitalism only literarily, and his novel's biggest point — "Without physical courage...there is no moral courage" — may seem derivative too, of Hemingway. But you've got to admire any novel — and this is one — that actually yearns to put its money where its mouth is." (read the entire Atlantic review)
"Review" by , "[A] tight, brilliantly observed tale....All of Stone's characters here are etched in the acid of hard truth, with Stone probing deep....[A] novel of bold prose and subtle perceptions, a small, hard gem from a master writer."
"Review" by , "[B]loodcurdling....A small masterpiece, possessed of a relentless lucidity that recalls Conrad and Graham Greene at their peaks. Stone's best yet."
"Review" by , "[A] kind of small gem: perfectly chiseled and revealing an icy clarity at its core that is as frightening as it is hypnotic."
"Review" by , "Lately Robert Stone has specialized in writing novels that combine the rich textures of literary fiction with the exciting stories of thrillers....When Stone pulls it off — as he does more often than not in Bay of Souls...the result has a fizzy, unsettling menace....This is the territory of Joseph Conrad and Graham Greene..."
"Review" by , "[F]ascinating....[A] highly concentrated work, probably the least violent yet most unnerving of his novels....It's a pleasure to watch this writer at work as he individualizes his portraits of people gripped by beliefs and passions of unusual intensity."
"Review" by , "[N]ot so much Stone Lite as Stone Tight, a concentrated piece of fiction with the same trademarks...as such masterworks as Dog Soldiers and A Flag for Sunrise."
"Review" by , "In many ways this is a book of surfaces: the shocking images drawn in Stone's accomplished prose, the easy and telling descriptions....But here as in each of his books, the art is in the concealed depths."
"Review" by , "Robert Stone fans who felt overwhelmed by [Damascus Gate]...may be relieved to find a smaller cast of characters and a more sharply focused plot....Stone casts a wry, forgiving eye on his characters and their restless hunger for adventure."
"Review" by , "Robert Stone's new novel is a primer, a compendium of his longer, more sprawling works. It's as if he's condensed his vision, streamlined and briskly shaped it....This is vintage Stone in a shorter, sleeker form."
"Review" by , "Like Greene's best novels, Bay of Souls is an adventure novel in form only....With steely prose, Stone cuts through to the heart of darkness lurking not in some exotic, far-flung locale, but beating insistently inside any sensitive man."
"Review" by , "Exotic and chaotic settings, the main character's intense struggle with who he or she really is and lean, muscular writing are hallmarks of Stone's fiction. His latest, Bay of Souls, doesn't stray from that successful formula."
"Review" by , "In many ways, Bay of Souls feels like Damascus Gate on a crash diet....[It] is a very good book that suffers not from bad writing or a weak story or uninteresting characters or a trivial theme, but from not enough Robert Stone."
"Review" by , "[T]here is little that is original in Bay of Souls — the material is solipsistic and self-referential and this trivializes a tale meant to be universal in scope. Stone uses the archetypes to reach for greatness, but in my opinion he falls short."
"Review" by , "I've long been an admirer of [Stone's] work, but Bay of Souls is much less textured than previous efforts....[T]his book just doesn't match the emotion, the tension or the moral weight of Damascus Gate."
"Review" by , "[T]he book morphs from a midlife masterpiece into a thriller in the style of the 1970s, a cliche-ridden narrative....In the end, it's worth paging through...because Stone is dazzling when he's dazzling."
"Review" by , "[A] stunning work, a profound and profoundly moving meditation tethered to a runaway train....It's a distillation, into stylized prose, of the visceral essence of the tale, and the effect is dizzying, thrilling..."
"Review" by , "A short, compact novel boasting the meaty, thoughtfulness of literary magnum opus and the wiry frame of a ripping thriller....[A] terse, well-crafted portrait of a man trapped in a hell of his own making."
"Review" by , "[A] middling addition to Stone's body of work, but second-rate Stone, with its topicality, lush scenes and earnest handling of the supernatural, is still superior to much of the fiction on the market today."
"Review" by , "Occasionally the virtuoso Stone of the past emerges — Michael's dive into the wrecked plane has a strong you-are-there actuality. Bay of Souls may satisfy Stone's many admirers, but I doubt that it will win him any new ones."
"Review" by , "Bay of Souls builds an excellent, if well-worn, plot from the snowy, windswept campus of a rural university....Stone's writing is powerful and often gripping, and that strength alone makes Bay of Souls worthwhile."
"Review" by , "Bay of Souls takes all of this important writer's motifs to a new and unanticipated level of scrutiny."
"Review" by , "Bay of Souls has the soul of a novel but the terse intimacy of a short story, and like its flawed protagonist on that perilous trip to the deep, it goes down too far to come up so fast."
"Review" by , "[T]his trip south to a land of voodoo and lost souls feels decadent, silly and terribly insincere."
"Review" by , "It reads not only like a bad pastiche of Graham Greene, Joseph Conrad, Joan Didion and V. S. Naipaul, served up in portentous, self-important prose, but also like a bad pastiche of Mr. Stone's own earlier fiction."
"Review" by , "Other novelists strain for profundity; Stone shows us that soul-wrenching catastrophe is a misstep away."
"Review" by , "Robert Stone is a master of language, herding words into a hypnotic circle that suggests each phrase is carefully weighed and measured."
"Synopsis" by , When English professor Michael Ahearn falls for a seductive, dangerous new faculty member from the Caribbean, his choices have disastrous consequences in this gripping tale of romantic obsession set against the backdrop of an island revolution.
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