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Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories
Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories
Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories
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Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories

Написано Ron Rash

Озвучено Alexander Cendese, Robert Petkoff, Christian Baskous и

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PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash turns again to Appalachia to capture lives haunted by violence and tenderness, hope and fear, in unforgettable stories that span from the Civil War to the present day.

In the title story, two drug-addicted friends return to the farm where they worked as boys to steal their former boss's gruesomely unusual war trophies. In "The Trusty," which first appeared in The New Yorker, a prisoner sent to fetch water for his chain gang tries to sweet-talk a farmer's young wife into helping him escape, only to find that she is as trapped as he is. In "Something Rich and Strange," a diver is called upon to pull a drowned girl's body free from under a falls, but he finds her eerily at peace below the surface. The violence of Rash's characters and their raw settings are matched only by their resonance and stark beauty, a masterful combination that has earned Rash an avalanche of praise.

ЯзыкEnglish
ИздательHarperAudio
Дата выпуска19 февр. 2013 г.
ISBN9780062264947
Автор

Ron Rash

Ron Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner finalist and New York Times bestseller Serena and Above the Waterfall, in addition to four prizewinning novels, including The Cove, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight; four collections of poems; and six collections of stories, among them Burning Bright, which won the 2010 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and Chemistry and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award. Twice the recipient of the O. Henry Prize, he teaches at Western Carolina University.

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  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    Dana Stabenow's other Alaska series if not a pale shadow or a limp clone. It stands well on its own with vibrant characters, lively action and set in that wondrously complex state, Alaska. She uses her intimate local knowledge and insights into its native American culture to generate multifaceted and complex stories about its denizens. This one discovers and tracks a long time serial killer as he pursues his latest victim.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    Frankly, I had never heard of Ron Rash until hearing an NPR interview a few weeks ago. His fiction, apparently largely centered on the hardscrabble life of the people of Appalachia, sounded interesting.And it is. To my surprise, I realized I had read one of these stories fairly recently, It must have been published in The Atlantic.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    These stories have such a strong atmosphere of the Appalachians, which is of course whatRash is best noted for. I wasn't sure if his stories would follow the same path of his novels, his brutal honesty in his treatment of his characters and his at times rather violent twists. One has to think when reading these stories, he leaves much out and never sets the reader on a clear path. Some of them do not have definitive endings and it is up to the readers interpretation to figure out what happened or will happen. These are different and though there is some humor I would not say these stories are read for fun, they are read for a great sense of time and place, interesting characters that can alternately be both victim and villain. They are read because Rash is just plain good.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    A mixed bag: I almost stopped reading after part I--I found that group of stories' ambiguous endings more affected and annoying than artful and haunting. And I worried that This would prove to be Rash's formula, to end all his stories as obliquely as possible. But the structure changed in the latter two parts, and I especially enjoyed the stories in Part III, particularly "The Dowry," "Night Hawks," and "Three a.m. and the Stars Were Out."
  • Рейтинг: 3 из 5 звезд
    3/5
    In Nothing Gold Can Stay, Ron Rash delivers short stories from after the Civil War to current times in the North Carolina mountains. The stories portray the hardness of life and the many choices that every individual must make in life. The stories portray all different levels of society, but most center on the struggling farmer. The reader sees men with hardened prejudice that only an eye for an eye judgment gives retribution. Ron Rash does not give a clear ending to each story, and the reader can only assume the true course of the ending. Each story vividly describes the people and setting. But as a reader, I am not a fan of the short story which I feel just begins to come to life when the story has ended and leaving the reader stranded in uncertainty.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    I was impressed with this collection of short stories. Rash writes gritty, dark, hopeful and despairing stories. Each tale is distinct from the others. The overall feeling I am left with is intensity. I was drawn to the characters and the deep emotion evoked by each story. A great collection!
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    By and large these stories fit the "going from bad to worse" pattern, with something awful having just happened, or just about to. Many have that eye-rolling, freighted moment when you want to look away, feeling so viscerally that things are about to go irrevocably off the rails. There is a good deal of mean-spiritedness depicted and lots of quiet and not so quiet desperation. A few stories in the book do not fit this mould. Rash's writing is plain and well suited to his themes, though some of the narrative devices feel laboured, like the withheld details and the tricky endings. I appreciated Nothing Gold Can Stay, but having read so many bleak short stories over the years, I now find that I need something more than I found in most of these, something less inert. The one story in this collection that absolutely delivered for me was "A Sort of Miracle", a masterfully tangled knot of insights about American life that is both darkly funny and epically sad.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    Brilliant short stories that leave you silent and thoughtful.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    “Water has its own archaeology, not a layering but a leveling, and thus is truer to our sense of the past, because what is memory but near and far events spread and smoothed beneath the present's surface.”  As most of my book pals know, I love short fiction, so why has it taken me so long to read the short stories of Mr. Rash? Great question, with absolutely no acceptable answer.Well, I have remedied that oversight and this collection is a knockout, which landed squarely in my wheelhouse. Most of the stories are set in Appalachia, in and around North Carolina, Rash's home state. These tales span, about a 150 years, from the Civil War to the modern era, capturing the dark beauty, restlessness, and violence of those unsettled times. I will now be reading all of his work. Better late than never...
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    Excellent collection! If you like Flannery O'Connor or David Joy, you will most likely enjoy these.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    Excellent take on gritty Appalachia.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    I liked this one--the plot is sort of crazy and the reader/listner needs patience as all of the back stories and victims develop during the story. Stabenow clearly knows Alaska and does a great job writing about the location, people & culture. Some of the characters, Wy and Moses, for example, develop more fully. All of those things seem to enhance the story. Some of the characters and locations are fascinating. Sometimes,I lost track of which/where the characters existed. Like Clancy, the writing frequently jumps around and eventually gets tied together. Stabenow writes a highly charged story that grabs you from the first page and never lets go. Next, book 4.