Enon

Enon

Book - 2013
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Hailed as a masterpiece, Tinkers, Paul Harding's Pulitzer Prize-winning debut, is a modern classic. Here, in Enon, Harding follows a year in the life of Charlie Crosby as he tries to come to terms with a shattering personal tragedy. Grandson of George Crosby (the protagonist of Tinkers ), Charlie inhabits the same dynamic landscape of New England, its seasons mirroring his turbulent emotional odyssey. Along the way, Charlie's encounters are brought to life by his wit, his insights into history, and his yearning to understand the big questions. A stunning mosaic of human experience, Enon affirms Paul Harding as one of the most gifted and profound writers of his generation.
Publisher: London : William Heinemann, 2013.
ISBN: 9780434021727
9780434020850
0434020850
Characteristics: 238 p. ; 23 cm.

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BurtonP
Jul 27, 2016

Enon is an alluring title for this book, which is just the right size, has a nice cover, good even pages and a catchy beginning. Many sentences were surprising and evocative, such as 'The slightest wind pushed ahead of the weather, eddying over the meadow, lifting dragonflies from the high grass' (page 4) or the last paragraph on p. 216. However there were way too many descriptions, reflections and imaginings breaking up the storyline about an emotionally disturbed youngish man, which could be interesting to a psychologist but it got tedious for me. Some of the sentences were 8 or 9 lines long. I skipped through the middle and found the ending disappointing. This author has great potential and I will read other books by him.

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Aurorabooklover
Mar 30, 2014

Very depressing.

ChristchurchLib Oct 21, 2013

"This eloquent examination of paralysing grief comes from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Tinkers and follows the terrible journey of a father grieving the loss of his 13-year-old daughter. Kate is the light of Charlie Crosby's life; her death unmoors him thoroughly and spins him into a terrifying descent that he seems unable to stop. With the same skillful prose found in Paul Harding's debut, this second novel "raises the bar" for the award-winning author (O, The Oprah Magazine)." Fiction A to Z October 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=691547

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ms_mustard
Sep 27, 2013

I loved the poetic language and flow of Harding's first book, Tinkers. This one is no match for it - the poetic language felt forced and the plot felt very constructed, no flow. I will concede that a father might have a horrible breakdown after his daughter is killed, but this went beyond the beyond. I finally quit (very rare for me) at about page 130 and read the end, which did not convince me to pursue reading. Enon is getting many good reviews but I found it didn't ring true.

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