- Tapa blanda: 432 páginas
- Editor: Simon & Schuster; Edición: Reprint (15 de septiembre de 2015)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1439187045
- ISBN-13: 978-1439187043
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A Sudden Light (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 15 sep 2015
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"Wow! I devoured A Sudden Light, a grand, gorgeous, multi-generational epic of the Pacific Northwest. Garth Stein has given us another singular, soulful, and wise narrator for the ages, who tells us a story full of mystery and yearning. I adored this book."--Maria Semple, New York Times bestselling author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette
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The New York Times bestselling “witty, atmospheric” (People) story of a once powerful American family, and the price that must be paid by the heirs as they struggle for redemption: “A captivating page-turner” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis).
Twenty-three years after the fateful summer of 1990, Trevor Riddell recalls the events surrounding his fourteenth birthday, when he gets his first glimpse of the infamous Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant whole trees and is set on a huge estate overlooking Seattle’s Puget Sound. Trevor’s bankrupt parents have separated, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with Aunt Serena, dispatch the ailing and elderly Grandpa Samuel to a nursing home, sell off the house and property for development, and divide up the profits.
But as young Trevor explores the house’s hidden stairways and forgotten rooms, he discovers secrets that convince him that the family plan may be at odds with the land’s true destiny. Only Trevor’s willingness to face the dark past of his forefathers will reveal the key to his family’s future.
Spellbinding and atmospheric, A Sudden Light is rich with vivid characters, poetic scenes of natural beauty, and powerful moments of spiritual transcendence. “Garth Stein is resourceful, cleverly piecing together the family history with dreams, overheard conversations, and reminiscences…a tale well told,” (The Seattle Times)—a triumphant work of a master storyteller at the height of his power.
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I think Garth Stein is one of those writers whose stories--you'd think--would make a block buster of a movie. But his story telling is so intimate, the visuals of blue toe nails, lovers' looks, the smells of pine sap and camp fires... No, it's not something that someone else should interpret for you for the big screen--it needs to be read, you need to feel the story in your hands, and laugh, and cry, and smile at the words on the page. There were so many layers to A SUDDEN LIGHT that could not be captured cinematically without it being a 6 hour movie... that is how great this story is.
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The ghosts, of course, want something, but so do the boy, his dad, his aunt and grandfather. Truths emerge as they often do, and this family has some dark secrets.
Overall, it is an interesting coming of age in a dysfunctional family story.
April 12 through April 17, 2015
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The past few weeks have been difficult for me when it comes to reading. I opened up book after book offered by authors that I have always appreciated. Nothing fit. I closed nearly all those books having no interest at all. Then a Goodread friend suggested The Sudden Light by Garth Stein and I figured I might as well try it and am glad I did.
The book is advertized as a ghost story and it is, but not in the traditional way of Jackson, King or even Wilde. It is more of a study in how two generations of a family come together and create something totally unexpected.
In many ways this is a coming of age story told from the perspective of the adult Trevor Riddell. Trevor is 14 years when the story takes place. His father, Jones, has lost every thing. Jones' wife has gone back to her mother country in Europe. Trevor, his father and mother all hope to be re-united. Trevor believes his father might just become wealthy and then mother will return. Money solves every thing, doesn't it?
The opening of the story has Trevor and Jones traveling to Jones' childhood family fortress, The North Estate. Jones' ancestor was a self made millionaire. Now things have changed. Jones has no money and nothing to give to Trevor or his wife. Can a trip back to his childhood home save him. The other main characters are Jones' sister, Serena and their father, Grandpa Samuel. Four people in a house all with different perspectives and some with questionable agendas.
This is a well written book. The story flows nicely. Some of the writing is almost musical in it's beauty. We are introduced to five generations of the Riddell family without being confused as to where we are in time and space. Our protagonist is opened minded and tries to do what he thinks is best for all concerned. There is a lot of love for family and nature in this book, but it's not corny stuff. All the characters have important development. Because of these developments there are twist and turns in this story.
I enjoyed this book so much. I love the way the author brought into the story much of our country's (USA) history when it came to land development and the beginnings of the national parks. The author spends time on things like how a person properly climbs one of our huge Northwestern trees. This was the first time I have read any thing by Garth Stein, but I plan to read more of his books. He is an excellent writer.
Highly recommended and 5 bright stars.