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Benediction completes a trilogy which is, I believe, one of the great creations of contemporary American fiction. I don't think there's much more I can say about it than that.
So many characters are vividly portrayed with words used sparingly, their lives and aspirations laid bare. Amongst them is preacher Lyle, himself at a turning point. Congregations have been outraged when reminded what Christ's teaching means in practical terms. They want rid.
I know nothing of Kent Haruf's earlier work, an omission clearly needing to be remedied. Here is a tale evocatively told and hauntingly sad, the style direct and totally involving. We are intimately present at a dying and a death - only to be reminded that this, at the time so important, is but a very minor matter in the overall scheme of things.
The ordinary has been pinpointed and elevated into something special.
He endures visits from neighbours, friends, his employees, the local pastor, the hospice nurse; all gathering around his deathbed to offer their support, affection, compassion, goodbyes and friendship. But, although the subject of impending death is unquestionably sad, this novel rises above that, and, by the addition of other new characters, examines the joy and hope that Daisy, the young grandchild of Dad Lewis’ neighbour brings to the wider community with her fresh young experiences. Another character new to the neighbourhood is Reverend Rob Lyle, who has a crisis within his ministry and is also dealing with a very troubled son and deeply unhappy wife, whilst experiencing problems within his congregation. Humour is injected into scenes as well, which lightens such a dark and sad story.
This is the third and final novel in the evocative and wonderful Plainsong trilogy.
Perhaps I have made this sound totally gloomy and sad, but it is not. There are plenty light hearted passages like the three generations of "girls" deciding on a sweltering hot day to strip naked and go skinning dipping in the cattle water tank. We also get glimpses of family life behind closed doors as the preacher and his wife struggle to hold their marriage together, not helped by the love life of their teenage son. The town turns on the Rev. Rob Lyle as his honest preaching rocks their comfortable boat. He is sacked, but Dad Lewis true to his principles to the end demands that he takes his funeral and if no church will allow in the Rev. Lyle then the services will be in the Lewis garden.
No one captures the humanity of ordinary people better than Kent Haruf. He writes with a beautiful economical style which again captivated me from page one.
Buy it and you are in for a rare treat.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Holt, Colorado, is a very ordinary little town invented by Haruf for the setting of his three novels Plainsong, Eventide and Benediction. Read morePublished 5 months ago by TripFiction
This is the third volume in the author’s Plainsong Trilogy (see my reviews of the first two volumes, Plainsong and Eventide). Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ralph Blumenau
Benediction is the third volume in Kent Haruf's trilogy set in the rural American community of Holt. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Stephanie Jane
As the third book in the Plainsong trilogy, I expected this to provide an update on the lives of the same characters covered by the previous two. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Carol Farrell
My least favourite of the series. Gentle touching honest and a nice read. Maybe if I hadn't read the others first I would have rated it higher. Read morePublished 10 months ago by holli
I thought this 3rd book would be a story continuation of the first 2 books. However, although set in the same town and with the occasional passing reference to previous characters,... Read morePublished 10 months ago by aprilshine
Oh my, what a different tale. So unexpected. Had just lost my father in law to cancer. This was very cathartic. Read morePublished 12 months ago by jules parker-platt
Beautifully written, characters are poignant and engaging. The writer portrays the life in a small community with all its variations with skill and sensitivity.Published 12 months ago by Mrs Teresa Trafford