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e-Book Raven Stole the Moon: A Novel download

e-Book Raven Stole the Moon: A Novel download

by Garth Stein

ISBN: 0061806382
ISBN13: 978-0061806384
Language: English
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Reprint edition (March 9, 2010)
Pages: 464
Category: Genre Fiction
Subategory: Literature

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Rating: 4.5
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“Deeply moving, superbly crafted, and highly unconventional.” —Washington Times

Raven Stole the Moon is the stunning first novel from Garth Stein, author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller The Art of Racing in the Rain.

A profoundly poignant and unforgettable story of a grieving mother’s return to a remote Alaskan town to make peace with the loss of her young son, Raven Stole the Moon combines intense emotion with Native American mysticism and a timeless and terrifying mystery, and earned raves for a young writer and his uniquely captivating imagination.

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, this remarkable novel “serves notice that Stein is a rare talent.”

Comments:
Ballalune
After some short set-up chapters in Seattle, this novel moves its action to Wrangell, Alaska. It’s a story that depends on magical realism, and draws from Tlingit mythology. Stein has a strong sense of place, and knows both Wrangell and the Tlingit community. The heroes are well drawn, though key characters in Seattle are more caricatures than fully-drawn people. That made the ending a disappointment, but I won’t explain that further.

Because I very much like Stein’s other work, I was surprised to find his writing style frustrating here. He tended to describe action, then share a character’s feelings, and then use the feelings to explain the action. At least one of those three steps, and perhaps two, was usually unnecessary - he should let actions show us motives (and perhaps feelings). This was Stein’s first book after experience as a film-maker, so my only explanation is that the style was part of a bumpy transition across media. In any case, I found it distracting.

Minha
"The Art of Racing in the Rain" is one of my all time favorite books so I was interested in reading more books by Garth Stein. Unfortunately, "Raven Stole the Moon" fell far short by comparison. I suppose that because this book was an earlier work and his writing style has developed significantly since. I am currently reading "A Sudden Light" and so far, I like it much more than "Raven" but it is not on the level of "The Art of Racing in the Rain". I look forward to future works by Garth Stein as I believe he is a gifted writer.

ᴜɴɪᴄᴏʀɴ
I enjoyed this book very much. It was different than I first thought that it would be, but once I started I was hooked. Another page turner from Garth Stein. I like the way he develops his characters, it kept me guessing, and I read far into the night not wanting to put the book down. While some might call parts of the book a fantasy, it has often been found that different cultures have beliefs that they hold true, and therefore I found the story to be something that could actually happen to anyone given the place and surroundings. One thing I noticed in this story is that in addition to the main characters of the story the minor characters also were developed and appeared sinister and it kept you wondering who was the good guy and who was not. Anyone who has read any of Garth Steins' books will find this to be another one to be enjoyed.

Marirne
The book has a very strange story to tell and was a little convoluted. I used Audible to listen to the book, so now my complaint. The narrator needed to consult some locals on the pronunciation of local names. She called Alki, Alkee, which makes us local Seattleites cringe. Then she pronounced the lovely city of Bellingham as Bellingum. WOW!!! Amazingly she got several of the more difficult to pronounce. These were Native American names, which even some of the locals have trouble with. Oh well, it was a pretty good read ("listen") overall. Having listened to other Garth books, it is not his best.

Kadar
This was the last of Stein's books I read, having loved them all especially Racing and Sudden Light. I enjoyed this story, even with the supernatural aspect which I don't normally like. The main characters were very deep with a lot of emotion, but the way it was written, from several perspectives at once, seemed to take away from that depth for me. Especially towards the end. It seemed like there was so much lead up to an end that felt emotionally detached and rushed, to me. The ending left me wanting and unfulfilled, almost as though I needed a second book to tie up the loose ends. That being said, I LOVE Stein's writing and ability to keep me enthralled with his storytelling.

Reemiel
This book was just ok in my opinion. Raven is the God of the Tlingit Indian tribe, and it required me to stretch my imagination quite a bit to see the story as real. Jenna's 8 year old son has drown and she decides on the spur of the moment to return to the scene, which is near where she grew up. Her grandmother was a member of the Tlingit tribe. What happens involve shamans, and spirits with unkind intentions, and for me it was just a little too much of a stretch.

Dori
Garth Stein's childhood roots and native american heritage are the genus for this story. Most of the book takes place in Alaska. The main character, a mother driven by grief, journeys to her home town as she searches for something to sooth her pain over the drowning death of her son. As she learns of the possibility that her dead son's spirit may be lingering in the resort area where the drowning occured, we are asked to decipher between what is guilt and grief driven in the story and what is magical and beyond our comprehension.

Similar to his story "The Art of Racing in the rain" in which the narrative is written from a dog's perspective, Stein challenges us to make leaps in our own belief system and embrace the possibility of the unknown.

The characters are sympathetic and the emotion throughout the book is powerful as Stein entertwines his favorite themes of family, marital and parental love, and loss.

At the end of the story he leaves you with a "hmmmmm....I wonder".

A great read.

Raven Stole the Moon starts out a bit disjointed as the author tries to give some background to the fantasy element that the reader will face at the end of the book. After a rocky start the book takes you into a Holden Caufield-esque story of a middle aged woman who gets struck with wanderlust as she slowly goes crazy. I really enjoyed the middle of this book, you couldn't tell if the main character was crazy or if some of the events were actually happening how she thought they were. I feel like the author dropped the ball at the end though and instead just wrote a fantasy out so that he could wrap it up. I am tempted to recommend that you put down the book with 50 pages to go and instead dream about what might have happened to the ending of that great book.

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