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dark but satisfying story of life in the ozarks,
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This review is from: Winter's Bone (Paperback)
This novel, I thought, gave me a real sense of what it is like to live in the Ozarks - what nature is like there, but also what people are like and what the culture is like in a world where there is much respect for tradition and little respect and little respect for the law. The writing itself holds the attention. The plot does not develop fast, but it does develop surely. The choices open to the central figure are few and circumscribed by culture (in the way in which choices open to heroes in the world of Homer are few and circumscribed by culture). This is true, probably, not just of the central character but of pretty everyone with whom she comes into contact.
Thought-provoking then, as well as a window on an alien world.
The comparisons on the jacket, however, to Vernon God Little, and within the front cover to Shakespeare and to the film Deliverance I found puzzling. And the claim that it brings us the satisfactions of a crime thriller also seem misplaced.