Soft Water

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  • Title: Soft Water
  • Author: Robert Olmstead
  • ISBN: 9780394757520
  • Page: 116
  • Format: Paperback
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      Published :2018-03-08T03:41:15+00:00

    1 thought on “Soft Water”

    1. Probably my favorite book. Definitely my favorite Olmstead, and he's probably my favorite writer so you do the math. Few writers have captured New England in all its schizophrenic glory as well as Olmstead. This is his brashest, and yet in some ways his most delicate book. Everything his future books and past short stories cover is here but in it's rawest form. If you think New England is John Irving and Dennis Lehane then you should read some Olmstead. This is the New England you find when you [...]

    2. Although I doubt it will happen, I wouldn't be surprised if this book was made into a film by The Coen Brothers one day. Rich with witty, deadpan dialogue, oddball characters, and violence, "Soft Water" is a thoughtful novel.

    3. Sometimes I like to read long forgotten books in the hope of discovering a hidden gem, especially if they have that delightfully retro white Vintage Contemporaries cover. There is no doubt Robert Olmstead is an extremely talented writer but sometimes that just isn’t enough. It was enough to make me read this in two sittings hanging off every word but that was only to find that nothing much happens and then feel rather cheated. It’s a small rural town in New England and the pace is certainly [...]

    4. Very masculine read, a la Hemingway, but main character Asel likes his woman Phoebe, and treats her nicely. He hides his brutally violent background from her, and she keeps her own secrets also (which was confusing to me, seemed kind of pointless). Soft Water read like watching a movie, a macho thriller, with hunting and survivalism, and wilderness, murder and bromance. The writing is lovely though. At first I thought allusions to the title quite subtle and deft: the softness of the lake water c [...]

    5. Well-written story about a primitive from the Maine woods and his introduction to modern society and all its ills. Kind of a Tarzan goes to London story. I enjoyed the writing but had a hard time suspending disbelief.

    6. Vintage contemporaries, who gave us Russo's Mohawk, are predictably well chosen. This was given to me by a friend. Rural Maine and New Hampshire provide the setting for this novel of alienation and revenge and love.

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