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by Stewart O'Nan

  • ISBN: 0312255012
  • Category: Genre Fiction
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Stewart O'Nan
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Picador (April 1, 2000)
  • Pages: 208
  • ePub book: 1925 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1129 kb
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  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 468

Description

The men tend the shimmering fields. Children tramp the woods, wade the creeks, sound the cool ponds.

The men tend the shimmering fields. Children tramp the woods, wade the creeks, sound the cool ponds f clumped flour. Cows twitch and flick. You like it like this, the bright, languid days.

Additional Praise for A Prayer for the Dying. Also by Stewart O’Nan. The marshal who rode the mail stage up from Madison shook his head like it figured, a dying old lead town like Friendship. The author would like to acknowledge his great debt to Michael Lesy, whose Wisconsin Death Trip inspired this book. It shall never be said that my sorrow has hardened me toward others. He squinted at the empty storefronts in judgment-The Marquette County Record, the First Bank of Wisconsin. You had the one brother in the cell and the other on a block in the icehouse, sawdust stuck to his jaw.

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Stewart O'Nan is one of the most versatile writers I've ever read. The first book of his that I read, LAST NIGHT AT THE LOSTER, was so realistic it read like non-fiction

Ships from and sold by booksfromdon. Stewart O'Nan is one of the most versatile writers I've ever read. The first book of his that I read, LAST NIGHT AT THE LOSTER, was so realistic it read like non-fiction. A PRAYER FOR THE DYING is nothing like it, unless you count the moral choices the two lead characters are faced with. In A PRAYER FOR THE DYING, Civil War veteran Jacob Hansen, or Crazy Jake as he calls himself, is faced with a diphtheria epidemic. Jake is a combination town constable, undertaker, and preacher.

A Prayer for the Dying book. But I owe Stewart O'Nan a debt of gratitude. It is in this interaction between reader and author that books continue to live long after they have gone into print. It is this connection between reader and writer that gives life to books and causes them to breathe.

A Prayer for the Dying is a 1987 thriller film about a former IRA member trying to escape his past. The film is based on the Jack Higgins novel of the same name. The film begins with a small IRA team, including Martin Fallon (Mickey Rourke) and Liam Docherty (Liam Neeson), watching as two British Army Land Rovers approach the roadside bomb they have set for them

-Dennis Lehane, Entertainment Weekly " A Prayer for the Dying reads like the amazing, unrelenting love child of Shirley Jackson and Cormac McCarthy. It's twisted proof that God will do worse to test a faithful man than the devil would ever do to punish a sinner.

A Prayer for the Dying is a rare and scary book, Stewart O'Nan's most astounding achievement yet, a sunlit Gothic painted in shimmering prose. Stewart O'Nan was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on February 4, 1961

A Prayer for the Dying is a rare and scary book, Stewart O'Nan's most astounding achievement yet, a sunlit Gothic painted in shimmering prose. Результаты поиска по книге. Отзывы - Написать отзыв. Stewart O'Nan was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on February 4, 1961. He received a B. S. from Boston University in 1983 and received a M. F. A. in fiction from Cornell University in 1992. Before becoming a writer, he worked as a test engineer for Grumman Aerospace from 1984 to 1988.

Dark, poetic, and chilling, Stewart O'Nan's A Prayer for the Dying examines the effect of madness and violence on the morality of a once-decent man. Connect with the author.

Dennis Lehane, Entertainment Weekly A Prayer for the. Dark, poetic, and chilling, Stewart O'Nan's A Prayer for the Dying examines the effect of madness and violence on the morality of a once-decent man.

When I finished Stewart O'Nan's A Prayer for the Dying, I did just that. What O'Nan does in this book - create a convincingly good man and put him in the middle of his story - is among the toughest acts a novelist can perform. I had, it's true, expected to like the book

When I finished Stewart O'Nan's A Prayer for the Dying, I did just that. I called him. I told him how jealous I was that he'd been able to write such a large-vision book in such a svelte (190-page) package. I had, it's true, expected to like the book. Who wouldn't want to read a book with blurbs from writers as disparate as Sue Grafton, Wally Lamb, Chuck Palahnuik, and Colum McCann, a book that's drawn comparisons with an equally disparate range of writers (Poe, Camus, O'Connor, Shirley Jackson, Cormac McCarthy)?

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the YearSet in Friendship, Wisconsin, just after the Civil War, A Prayer for the Dying tells of a horrible epidemic that is suddenly and gruesomely killing the town's residents and setting off a terrifying paranoia. Jacob Hansen, Friendship's sheriff, undertaker, and pastor, is soon overwhelmed by the fear and anguish around him, and his sanity begins to fray. Dark, poetic, and chilling, A Prayer for the Dying examines the effect of madness and violence on the morality of a once-decent man.

Comments

Kecq Kecq
Don't buy this book if you aren't interested in reading something on the darker side. There are definitely at least a few scenes that are going to make you cringe. The purpose of these scenes, however, isn't to make you turn in disgust just for the fun of it. O'Nan is a masterful story-teller, and every cringe-worthy moment is included to shape the narrative and build his main character.

This book definitely has more of a slow build to it, but the last fifty pages just sort of unfurl, and the experience I had was finishing it before I was ready. Again and again, the book just sort of nails you with something unexpected, but again, not surprising with no purpose. The story unfolds organically, and I was swept away by it.

This book is great because of how authentic it feels and the interesting human elements it explores. It feels true to the time-period, but doesn't rely on that for entertainment. It looks at faith, emotional endurance, and man's ability to overcome terrible past experiences, which are all pretty heavy topics to explore. Combine that with the high stakes of the sickness in this small town and the main character's position as sheriff and undertaker, and you get a fascinating book that grips you for two hundred pages or so. You're there when he makes some really tough decisions and some really questionable ones, and you feel sort of emotionally drained when it's all said and done, the way any emotionally gripping book leaves you if you've taken the time to really explore it.
Qusserel Qusserel
Stewart O'Nan is one of the most versatile writers I've ever read. The first book of his that I read, LAST NIGHT AT THE LOSTER, was so realistic it read like non-fiction. A PRAYER FOR THE DYING is nothing like it, unless you count the moral choices the two lead characters are faced with.

In A PRAYER FOR THE DYING, Civil War veteran Jacob Hansen, or Crazy Jake as he calls himself, is faced with a diphtheria epidemic. Jake is a combination town constable, undertaker, and preacher. It's his job to dispose of the bodies and to keep the living in line as well as provide spiritual guidance. Jake is tested almost as much as Job in the Bible. When his wife and daughter take sick, he's tempted to drown himself in the bottle, but he knows the town needs him. A young man is stationed on the boundary line between his small Wisconsin town of Friendship and the town next to it. Jake warns him not to kill anyone, only to be faced with the same choice himself when a nearby lawman and fellow Civil War veteran confronts him. And to make matters worse there's a forest fire baring down on Friendship. Can it get much worse? Well, yes, it can. This is the second time Jake has been faced with a life or death situation. He almost starved to death during a siege while in the army and had to resort to cannibalism to survive. He became a preacher because he promised God he'd devote his life to him if he survived.

A PRAYER FOR THE DYING is written in the second person, which gets a bit old but by using "you" instead of "I", O'Nan reminds us that we're in the same boat as the principal character, faced with similar choices only not on such a large scale.

My great-grandfather lost his first wife and his entire family to a diphtheria epidemic, so I could relate to this book perhaps more than most. It even happened right around the same time, shortly after the Civil War, only they died during the winter and he had to keep them in the icehouse because the ground was too hard to shovel. When reviewers call this a gripping novel, they're not exaggerating.
elektron elektron
Sometimes I read a book and then wonder "Why?" This story fits into that category quite well. Take an undertaker, sheriff and preacher (same guy). Add a devastating fire and a deadly contagious disease. Put all this into a small town. Add a large portion of madness, and confusion. There you have it.
A book that basically has no beginning, no end and not much in between. Right up to the last page, I searched for a plot but alas, it eluded me.
At times, I leave my usual genre just to explore something new. Sometimes, it's a new adventure down a different path, but in this case it was a path to nowhere.
Gavinranadar Gavinranadar
As the writer of [...]I know what its like to write in the past and I've got to say this is a great period piece that takes place right after the Civil War. The main character is a soldier that has recently come home and is now the town sheriff, undertaker, and pastor of the town. Before he can even really get comfortable with his new positions, a horrid plague comes to town, killing people left and right. Not only is this a terrifyingly good book, the author wrote it in second person, which is a phenomenally difficult feat for a writer. Most don't have the stones to even toy around with second person narratives, but O'Nan pulls it off beautifully.
GYBYXOH GYBYXOH
Stewart O'Nan never fails to impress me. He tackles different themes, different eras, different everything in each book. This one, slim and incisive, is a masterpiece of understatement. The tale of Jacob Hansen's life and losses soon after the Civil War, when the town of Friendship is stricken by both a diphtheria epidemic and a raging forest fire, is exquisitely simple but remarkably powerful. I haven't stopped thinking about this book since I finished reading it. I marvel at how much O'Nan manages to convey without ever being explicit. Love, tragic loss, and survival against all odds are the interwoven strands of the theme. Life lessons compressed into one short book. This is a very special novel, written by a wonderfully gifted writer.
Buge Buge
A Prayer For The Dying is an intense read from beginning to end. It's definitely a from read and perfect for fans of McCarthy and Ron Hansen's "revisionist" westerns. Highly recommended.