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ISBN13: 9780316131612
ISBN10: 031613161x
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techeditor, November 19, 2014 (view all comments by techeditor)
If a novel makes its reader forget that it is fiction, maybe even go there right now to knock some sense into these people, it's a good one. That's what WINTER'S BONE does.

Yet, this book doesn't get a five-star rating because its full meaning may escape you unless you are familiar with all of the terminology used by these people in the backwoods of the Ozark mountains. They have a culture and language of their own. This book could have used a glossary.

Also, although Woodrell avoids the biggest fault of many authors, that is, writing too much without adding to the story, wasting words, he occasionally takes it too far. In some places, Woodrell's writing is too sparse. He assumes the reader knows what he means without explanation. Sometimes that shouldn't have been assumed.

I usually warn readers of my reviews to go straight to the book and avoid reading reviews, first. Reviews often say too much when a novel is best enjoyed by discovering it on its own. Perhaps WINTER'S BONE is an exception.

This book was purchased with a gift certificate I won at www.bookloverbookreviews.com.
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Aaron Bliese, November 11, 2014 (view all comments by Aaron Bliese)
There are a handful of writers who seem capable of tackling ideas from a more unusual nature. This books leaps into a world that is unfamiliar to most, showing us the rough and tumble of the off beat, where loyalty and family have a cross road. The language is finely tuned, it's simple, start nature revealing a truth and conviction that is at times hard to reason against. Daniel Woodrell delivers a superb story.
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Bowdie, January 31, 2013 (view all comments by Bowdie)
The sort of prose one could read over and over. It echos early Cormac McCarthy yet stands on its own. A pleasure to read. Also adapted into a beautiful film.
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rshwedo, May 31, 2011 (view all comments by rshwedo)
Winter's Bone is a finely written book that transports the reader to the Ozarks to walk beside Ree Dolly as she tries to save her family's home after her father, Jessup, disappears. Woodrell writes in such a way that every word counts. If I were to come up with a list of 10 "must-read" books, this would make the list.
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hideaway43, January 3, 2011 (view all comments by hideaway43)
Took me back to days of my youth down home in Texas County, Missouri. Very accurate portrayal of characters and way of life. The old ways still exist today.
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Woodrell, Daniel
Back Bay Books
Domestic fiction
Teenage girls
Literature-A to Z
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8.10x5.40x.70 in. .45 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Woodrell flirts with — but doesn't succumb to — cliché in his eighth novel, a luminescent portrait of the poor and desperate South that drafts 16-year-old Ree Dolly, blessed with "abrupt green eyes," as its unlikely heroine. Ree, too young to escape the Ozarks by joining the army, cares for her two younger brothers and mentally ill mother after her methamphetamine-cooking father, Jessup, disappears. Recently arrested on drug charges, Jessup bonded out of jail by using the family home as collateral, but with a court date set in one week's time and Jessup nowhere to be found, Ree has to find him — dead or alive — or the house will be repossessed. At its best, the novel captures the near-religious criminal mania pervasive in rural communities steeped in drug culture. Woodrell's prose, lyrical as often as dialogic, creates an unwieldy but alluring narrative that allows him to draw moments of unexpected tenderness from predictable scripts: from Ree's fearsome, criminal uncle Teardrop, Ree discovers the unshakable strength of family loyalty; from her friend Gail and her woefully dependent siblings, Ree learns that a faith in kinship can blossom in the face of a bleak and flawed existence. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Woodrell's captivatingly resourceful protagonist both enchants and horrifies.... [Winter's Bone] exposes the tragedy of crystal meth in rural America in all its brutal ugliness in language that is both razor sharp and grimly gorgeous. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "In spare but evocative prose, Woodrell depicts a harsh world in which the responsibilities for survival ultimately give Ree meaning and direction.... A compelling testament to how people survive in the worst of circumstances."
"Review" by , "The truth both endangers Ree's life and sets her free, in a coiled-spring narrative whose precisely honed prose vibrates with arresting descriptive phrases...and unsparing doom-laden pronouncements.... And the unforgettable Ree is a heroine like no other."
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