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1.0 out of 5 stars Dire and depressing, 25 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Winter's Bone (Paperback)
I dutifully drove myself to read every word of this, having so admired and enjoyed "The Death of Sweet Mister" by Woodrell.
What a trial it proved to be. The prose is laboured and often plain ugly. The story has an implausible happy ending, which sits uncomfortably on what is truly a tale of suffering and cruelty. 16 year-old Ree has to care for her 2 young brothers and her mad mother now that her father's skipped bail for cooking up cocaine, and their house is bail surety. So she needs to find her Dad, dead or alive. The details of how she does it, and of course loses her innocence in the process, spares the reader nothing. Suffice to say her relatives are the worst of a very bad bunch.
That wouldn't matter a jot if the writing was worth reading. But because it's poorly done, a potboiler seemingly, the effect is ennervating.
I know Woodrell can do so much better than this. Perhaps a first person narrative shows his talents to better effect. Sorry to be so damning. Maybe the film's better.....?
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Initial post: 12 May 2012 23:22:39 BDT
I know we all have different opinions but I read a review like this and think that we must have read completely different books. I loved Winter's Bone and thought it was one of the best books I had read for a very long time. The description of life in the Ozarks is wonderful. I don't think the ending is happy particularly - it is what it is.
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