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Goat Mountain

Goat Mountain [Kindle Edition]

David Vann
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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"The book has the quality of a ballad or a folk tale . Mr Vann's work is death-haunted . [He] is so adept, in Goat Mountain, at conjuring a world where rationality has no place . This story has the power of a bullet fired from a gun." (The Economist)

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A shocking, suspenseful and daring new novel from one of the greatest American writers at work today.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 336 KB
  • Print Length: 261 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 006212109X
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (3 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #106,934 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid 21 July 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book, largely based on the cover - which is my un-scientific method of choosing books. Unfortuntately, in my opinion the cover of this book is by far the best part. I thought this book was atrocious. It could possibly have worked as a 40-page short story, but it has been fleshed out with truly dreadful pseudo-intellectual internal dialogue and musings on God and nature. However, all this musing is clumsy, heavy-handed and very inauthentic. I did finish it. It is now in my recycling bin. I may keep the cover.

PS. I once left a negative review for a book on here, and within a couple of hours a glowing review, contesting mine, had appeared. I'm sure nothing to do with the publishers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a powerful read 9 Oct 2013
By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Goat Mountain is the third novel by American author, David Vann. In the early fall of 1978, an eleven-year-old boy is on an annual deer hunting trip on a Californian mountainside with his father, his father's best friend and his grandfather. This year, he expects to bag his first buck, but instead, in a life-changing moment, he shoots dead a poacher. The shocking series of events that follows this moment are told with matter-of-fact candour, revealing a flawed set of values, a moral void. Vann draws on his own family's history of violence and his Cherokee ancestry to weave this compelling tale. The stirring, highly evocative, sometimes even lyrical prose is a counterpoint to the darkness and savagery of the subject matter. Gorgeous fragments like "Feel of the air, thinner in the cool sections, fattening up in the light" and "Cicadas turning the air into clicks and a pulse" and "The light not a light of this world but more a temperature, a coldness through which we could see" give the reader a feast of images, sounds and feelings. The boy's inner monologue, filled with biblical references and uncensored thoughts, is often blackly comic. Vann's thought-provoking and complex story will have the reader reflecting on a number of subjects: the sanctity of human life; the responsibility for a child's actions; hunting and killing; conscience, goodness and moral fibre. This is a powerful read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, powerful and evocative 5 April 2014
Once again David Vann produces another fantastic novel about people and the continent of America. He combines some of the best description I've read in recent times with a chilling story about human nature.

The setting of Goat Mountain is one described so vividly one could almost be there. His description of the book's actions, which stem from the brutal instincts of one 11 year-old boy, are also excellent, though graphic in places.

The narrator's use of Biblical comparisons throughout is also done very well - not in a 'Bible-bashing' or overly religious way, but in one which relates it to human nature and real life. The narrator's grappling with the idea of Satan is done particularly well.

This is a wonderful book which is not for the faint hearted but is a thoroughly satisfying read. I hope Mr Vann has more up his sleeve in years to come.
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