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Serena by Ron Rash Summary á 100 Summary Serena by Ron Rash Ggle for their lives and when Serena suspects George is protecting his illegitimate family the Pembertons' intense passionate marriage starts to unravel as the story moves toward its shocking reckoningRash's masterful balance of violence and beauty yields a riveting novel that at its core tells of love both honored and betraye. The reviews I had read prior to my reading this novel were very polarized Many loved it many hated it The impression it left me lies somewhere in the middleRon Rash s prose is beautiful It is realistic and earthy but not raw or unpolished and it helps you visualize the harsh Appalachian landscape full of lore and superstitions which is slowly falling prey to the needs of the developing modern world The heart of the novel is Serena a deeply flawed mysterious heroine that bends eagles and men alike to her will Pemberton her husband has some sins of the past to atone for The relationship between the married young couple is the element that attracts the reader s attention in my opinion And there lies the fault of the novel When the two main characters are absent Serena simply seizes to exist Every other character is boring their conversations are provincial and deeply sexist Of course this last remark may be somehow unjust considering the time and setting of the novel We have men who feel threatened by a powerful woman In addition the animal violence was too muchThe mad preacher is infuriatingly annoying and Rachel is a snooze fest her only function lies to additional melodrama She is weak she only thinks and never acts a character I simply didn t care about As a result much skimming and skipping pages took place in a novel that is not particularly longI could see the end coming from a distance when view spoilerPemberton expressed the will to aid Rachel and his illegitimate son hide spoiler

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Serena by Ron Rash Summary á 100 Summary Serena by Ron Rash Erseeing crews hunting rattle snakes even saving her husband's life in the wilderness Together this lord and lady of the woodlands ruthlessly kill or vanuish all who fall out of favor Yet when Serena learns that she will never bear a child she sets out to murder the son George fathered without her Mother and child begin a stru. A kind of annihilation was what Serena called their coupling and though Pemberton would never have thought to describe it that way he knew her words had named the thing exactly Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence play the power couple in the 2015 movieGeorge Pemberton brought back a wife from Boston More than a wife of a force of nature as dangerous as a witch and as pretty as an angel He feels stronger with her by his side and though never a man lacking in confidence that self assurance is further emboldened by the Machiavellian counsel of his new wife Before going to Boston to marry Serena Pemberton fathered a child on a young girl named Rachel a worker in the timber camp When he returns after basking in the glow of his new wife he can t understand why he ever found Rachel attractive In a place where women age uickly her youth was her banner of attraction but now he has Serena Rachel had a boy the spitting image of Pemberton Rachel pays the price of her dalliances with Pemberton not just with having an illegitimate child which seems potentially punishment enough but by the condescending judgment of the other Christian women in the camp What was she to do tell him no The women refuse to speak with her or even sit with her at lunch as if the taint of her sin could pass to them She realized that being starved for words was the same as being starved for food because both left a hollow place inside you a place you needed filled to make it through another day It is really hard to like people sometimesOn the other hand it is very easy to like Rachel If one zig or zag of life had went a different direction most of those women spurning her could have found themselves in a similar circumstances or worse Compassion is something we all need from time to time and though some of our bad fortune may be left at our own doorstep rarely is anything all our fault Sometimes fate just shakes out a pair of snake eyes There is this moment where Rachel is out in the middle of nowhere slightly astray but temporarily free from the burden of anxiety She looked at the stars and they brightened and dimmed in accord with her breathing as if one hard puff might blow the whole lot of them out like candles So much of our life is spent just stumbling forward barely noticing what is in front of us but because she stopped even ever so briefly and looked at the stars Rachel brought the universe to the cusp of her lips Maybe some of that was in the attraction Pemberton once felt for her The right pet for the lady that wants to be taken seriouslySerena is almost mythological among the men of the timber camp She rides around with an eagle perched on her arm She sends the bird out to kill rattlesnakes to reduce the number of bitten workers The men admire her lust after her and fear her He George suspected the workers thought of Serena as beyond gender the same as they might some phenomenon of nature such as rain or lightning Men who cross Pemberton or even men who get in his way start having mishaps The Pembertons become richer and powerful In the backwoods of North Carolina they can get away withwellanything One good man isn t enough to stand up to them It takes a community but this is 1929 and everyone is afraid of losing their job than they are at stopping wickedness especially when the devil and his handmaiden have the keys to the gold Pemberton has a loose moral code Well it s not really much of a code per say as a philosophy of life It is of a what s best for Pemberton code and any soft edges he might have once possessed have been turned jagged with the steady influence of Serena From the beginning she seduces him with her sexual assurance and her focused intelligence He has never met anyone like her and fortunately for most of humanity there are few like Serena As they get away with the worst of crimes it only encourages them to do Every villain or villainess needs a henchman When Galloway loses a hand he expects to be sent down the road to a life of poverty and despair until Serena offers to keep him on the payroll as long as he is willing to do whatever she needs done He is understandably grateful but there is only so much a man should sell of his soul to keep his place on this earth and certainly Galloway decides to sell than what any man should Pemberton is kept and in the dark as Serena clears a path for him The swath she clears is not unlike the surface of the North Carolina hills after they are done harvesting trees The valley and the ridges resembled the skinned hide of some large animal When Serena loses a child and learns she can t have she is upset for now there is someone who has given Pemberton what she can t She turns her thoughts to the child and the mother Rachel has to run with the specter of the one armed man haunting her at every turn Briars grabbed her legs and each time there was an instant she thought Galloway had her Will Pemberton finally do something Or is even this beyond his control Is he willing to sacrifice his only offspring on the altar of Serena Is this one time when God deigns to throw a glance at the workings of man or in this case one woman George there are things you can live with and there are even things that YOU can t live withUriah Heep is always the first villain of fiction that comes to my mind when I think of a character that gave me the most chills but Ron Rash s creation Serena Pemberton certainly goes on the list We are all born with a natural need for self preservation We have varying degrees of things we are willing to do to save ourselves This can even be applied to less immediately dire concerns like bettering our position in a financial or social way There is something feral about people like Serena who perceive all threats or nuisances as eually threatening whether it be a true rival or just a person who has become less useful We ve come to accept ruthlessness in a certain kind of man but we still find it jarring when a woman is the one capable of being so 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Serena by Ron Rash Summary á 100 Summary Serena by Ron Rash The year is 1929 and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton travel from Boston to the North Carolina mountains where they plan to create a timber empire Although George has already lived in the camp long enough to father an illegitimate child Serena is new to the mountains but she soon shows herself to be the eual of any man ov. I think this is what the end of the world will be like McIntyre said and none among them raised his voice to disagree In the primeval woods of North Carolina young timber baron George Pemberton brings his bride Serena to live with him in his kingdom He had been busy enough already fathering a child with a local girl and clear cutting wide swaths of land Serena uickly establishes herself as a power in her own right knowledgeable about the timber business from her family background in Colorado frightened of nothing and totally totally ruthless She is both an almost deitific figure and a satanic one She will tolerate no criticism and her ambition is beyond measure Beware any who would cross her path Both murderer of people and proud rapist of the land she acuires a henchman to take care of her dirtiest deeds among which is the removal of George s bastard child and the child s mother and enlists a non human assistant as well One thing you should know is that whenever Serena speaks it is in iambic pentameter another way in which Rash makes her stands out Ron Rash image from StarTribune shot by Ashley JonesLiterature with a capital L Serena is one of the great dark females in literary history up there with Livia Lady MacBeth and others of their ilk Beautiful beautiful writing This is the most satisfying read I have had all year 2009 Ron Rash is a major find It is a wonder that he is not as well known as Ondaatje or others on that high plain A feast a powerful tale accompanied by a symphony of classical and literary tones Hubris greed man and god doing the right thing magic vengeance good and evil the essence of America capitalism and with a Greek chorus to boot If this is not made into a world class best picture level film it will be a huge huge loss This is a very cinematic book on that below rich in color scenery imagery dramatic settings shocking events bigger than life characters and all with purpose Major major work It makes one yearn for June 6 2017 I was alerted by GR friend Linda to the following from April 2017 WCU s Ron Rash wins Guggenheim Fellowship Rash deserves all the recognition there is he is a national treasureEXTRA STUFFReviews of other Ron Rash books 2010 Burning Bright 2012 The Cove 2013 Nothing Gold Can Stay 2015 Above the Waterfall 2016 The Risen 2020 In the ValleyAugust 5 2020 GR s Kindle Notes and Highlights featured Rash adding comments on the book worth a lookRash does not so far as I can tell have a facebook page But his son James set up a Fan Club FB page for him THE FILM21015 I wrote the above somewhat thin review several years back If anything it understates the power of the book It was only a matter of time before the novel was translated to the big screen It will be opening in the US later this month I was honored to attend yesterday a screening of the new film starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper Although hopes had been high initially once the project got under way it became apparent that all would not end up as hoped It was not for example taken on by one of Hollywood s A list directors despite the acting star power The result is while not a bad film not an exceptional one either and that is a huge shame The problems are diverse The performances are uite good as one would expect Liberties were taken with the character of Serena that I thought did not help In the book for example it is clear early on that Serena is a dark and powerful force with a hearty dollop of madness mixed in The film plays her softer in the beginning and offers an event that purports to spark her madness I was reminded of another film that got this sort of thing wrong Sweeney Todd In the original theatrical production Sweeney returns to London uite sane but determined to seek vengeance on the evil doer who had done him dirt It is when he fails in his initial attempt at the evil Judge Turpin that Sweeney goes all meat pie in the head The disappointing film portrays him as bonkers from the start making him so much less human which dilutes the impact of the savagery in which he engages In Serena she is a primal force from the git go and there is no need for the film to justify her dark doings with an intermediate event It is like attempting to justify a tornado Don t It just is Bradley Cooper s character Pemberton seemed a bit harsher in the film than in the book where although he is an awful person he was much driven by events than he is in this treatment The book was written at least in part as a look at the rape of the land in North Carolina I thought it was a better way to look at the present through the past I wrote Serena because of what was happening a couple of years ago with environmental issues particularly it looked like there was going to be some really extensive logging in National Forests It didn t uite happen as badly as I thought it was going to happen but certainly the threat was there from 1805 of Stacey Cochran s interview with Rash on 2readcom standing in for the rape of the land today but that cinematographical smorgasbord was left on the table mostly untouched There are some scenes that let us in on the damage being done particularly a brilliant scene in which Pemberton in a public forum challenges those who propose a national park that will include his land But a lot could have been offered visually to reinforce this theme Instead of a slow and steady build up of tension and pressure the film seemed to mosey along stopping far too often to linger in far too many closeups making this one hour forty nine minute film feel much longer The ending of the story for Serena is changed from that of the book I suppose it is understandable but I was hoping for greater allegiance to the original material Rash was asked in a 32415 interview by Judith Rosen in Publishers Weekly about his involvement with the film adaptations of Serena and an earlier novel I made a decision early on not to read either screenplay I answered a few uestions from the screenwriters but was otherwise uninvolved in the filming For me that was better I was deep into a new novel during that period and preferred to concentrate on something that unlike film I knew I could do well Of course I hoped the movies would be as true as possible to my novels but it is a different medium so differences are inevitable Someone once asked Harry Crews what a film might do to his book and he answered that a film didn t change a single word in the book itself That seems a good attitude for a writer to take A couple of minor notes there is an unintentional joke when Cooper s character is referred to by another as a lousy shot The trailer for the film contains a fabulous shot of Serena launching an eagle from her arm Somehow that did not make it into the final cut The film is definitely interesting but it struck me overall as a melody that was slightly out of tune a drum that was off the beat and a huge opportunity that was lost to bring one of the best novels of our time to the big screen I can only hope that the presence of J Law and Cooper can bring enough attention to Ron Rash s great novel to propel an increase in his readership As one of our greatest living writers he deserves that He certainly deserved better than this only ok film

  • Hardcover
  • 371
  • Serena by Ron Rash
  • Ron Rash
  • English
  • 09 February 2019
  • 9780061470851

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    Summary Serena by Ron Rash (Serena by Ron Rash) PDF NEW ☆ Ron Rash Free download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Ron Rash “A kind of annihilation was what Serena called their coupling and though Pemberton would never have thought to describe it that way he knew her words had named the thing exactly” Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence play the power couple in the 2015 movieGeorge Pemberton brought back a wife from Boston More than a wife of a force of nature as dangerous as a witch and as pretty as an angel He feels stronger with he

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    Summary Serena by Ron Rash Free download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Ron Rash Ron Rash ↠ 0 Summary I read the first 90 pages of this book and couldn't continue The writing is excellent uite impressive really But when each chapter brought a new form of cruelty to animals I had to stop Bashing in a raccoon's skull with an axeStarving a captive eagle to bend it to your willBaiting a field with corn and apples so you can shoot twelve deer and a bear for sport then just leave them all piled in the middle of the field to rot after you've kill

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    (Serena by Ron Rash) PDF NEW ☆ Ron Rash Ron Rash ↠ 0 Summary Summary Serena by Ron Rash The reviews I had read prior to my reading this novel were very polarized Many loved it many hated it The impression it left me lies somewhere in the middleRon Rash's prose is beautiful It is realistic and earthy but not raw or unpolished and it helps you visualize the harsh Appalachian landscape full of lore and superst

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