I m as peaceful a man as you re likely to meet in America now, but this is about a death I may have caused Not slowly over time by abuse or meanness but on a certain day and by ignorance, by plain lack of notice Though it happened thirty four years ago, and though I can t say it s haunted my mind that many nights lately, I suspect I can draw it out for you now, clear as I m as peaceful a man as you re likely to meet in America now, but this is about a death I may have caused Not slowly over time by abuse or meanness but on a certain day and by ignorance, by plain lack of notice Though it happened thirty four years ago, and though I can t say it s haunted my mind that many nights lately, I suspect I can draw it out for you now, clear as this noon I may need to try Set in a summer camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains during the deceptively tranquil 1950s, The Tongues of Angels is a story of the twenty one year old painting teacher, a superbly gifted boy, and their advance toward a startling fate As the now older man looks back at on that summer, he reflects on the meanings he thought he had learned on the threshold of manhood from the perspective of full maturity.
The Tongues of Angels I m as peaceful a man as you re likely to meet in America now but this is about a death I may have caused Not slowly over time by abuse or meanness but on a certain day and by ignorance by plain lac
I loved this book for the flood of memories it brought me Although fiction, it was set in a place close to my heart Camp Sequoyah Set in 1954 but all descriptions of the camp property, cabins, buildings, activities, camp fires, rituals were all just as I remember it in the late 60 s The writing and story are wonderful This book made me laugh and almost weep on many levels.
Takes place in 1954 A young man, Bridge Boatner, works as a counselor at a summer camp for boys in the Great Smoky Mountains He tells you right at the beginning that one boy dies so this is not a spoiler , and Bridge feels at least partly responsible for the death It s really fun to read about the quaint summer camp of the 50 s You know something bad is going to happen and to whom right from the start, so that gives it a nice tension all the way through, wondering how and when this bad thing wil [...]
This novel is set in 1954 in a boys camp in the Smoky Mountains, where Bridge Boatner is a counselor There is an expectation of a tragedy from the onset, and Reynolds Price sets the stage for it in his signature courtly, elegant writing style It begins slowly as Bridge s personality emerges and builds to a heartbreaking end The story is told from Bridge s adult perspective, which adds an extra dimension Reynolds Price is a treasured story teller.
RivetingI was kept on edge waiting for the climactic end to the story of Rafe and Bridge Boatner Reynolds Price is so poetic, the words seem to dance off the page, forming a colorful portrait of characters which is totally unlike any other author I have read I look forward to reading of his work.
A moving account of a 21 year old summer camp counselor s encounter with a memorable 14 year old boy It had lots to say about the meaning of art the counselor was a painter, the boy a remarkable dancer , some about faith, about dealing with loss.
I picked this book up in a doctors office with a note on it This book is free if you would like it or some such Never having read anything by Reynolds Price, a North Carolina author who does or did teach at Duke, I started to read Wow the language was so beautiful Good authors can explain what the reader has experience, thought, felt better than him herself and Price sure did I took the book home and was enthralled for the first half Then the story, of a young college student being a counselor a [...]
More like 3.5 stars I guess I really like Reynolds Price I like his slow, southern style Makes you feel like sitting on a hot porch swatting bugs The MC in the story is quite the fascinating character and the narrator not so much At the end, I felt like Price cranked out a story based on himself as a narrator and as someone who really interested him as an MC, but he kind of tried to phone in the story Maybe it s just that I m not a painter and I think that Price really wanted you to look into th [...]
The language is clean and beautiful the setting idyllic, begging for nostalgia and primed for historical commentary the characters meh The narrator, Bridge Boatner, was captivating than the supposedly captivating boy who enthralled him that summer long ago I truly wanted to find something special in Rafe Noren After all, the book pushes the reader hard in that direction But nothing really lay behind the hype, and I was left feeling like a puppy shoved into an once promising but now unwanted dis [...]
I really love Reynolds Price s slow and suspenseful writing style and great character development He is a quintessential Southern writer He makes me think I would give this a 3.5 but not quite a 4 These particular characters were not ones that I personally related to, but again, I enjoy his style Talking about with my book club tomorrow and interested in their thoughts.
this man is a simply splendid writer telling a vivid and haunting tale I love him I will read all of his stuff.
I loved this book Took me back to my camp counselor days and some early adolescents I learned from.
Interesting, sensitive, well written novel about a tragedy at a summer camp in the 1950s Made me want to investigate of Price s novels.