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by Nicholas Rinaldi

  • ISBN: 0060578769
  • Category: United States
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Nicholas Rinaldi
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Harper; First Edition edition (June 1, 2004)
  • Pages: 448
  • ePub book: 1916 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1554 kb
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  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 654

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Within the walls of Echo Terrace, the world.

Within the walls of Echo Terrace, the world. A beautifully resonant novel with a dazzling array of characters whose life stories are woven together into a breathtaking braid of love and memory. As the narrative eye of Between Two Rivers floats from one apartment to another, revealing the characters' private histories and tracing the dramatic intersections of their daily lives, a lush tapestry of experience emerges. The story, in beautifully textured prose, is laced with wit and humor, subtle ironies and haunting echoes, and everywhere a profound sense of the resilience of the human spirit. Скачать (pdf, . 2 Mb) Читать. Epub FB2 mobi txt RTF.

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Between Two Rivers : A Novel is Nicholas Rinaldi's third novel. I thought his previous novel, The Jukebox Queen of Malta, was one of the better books of the year in 2000. Rinaldi has followed up that success with another blockbuster novel

Between Two Rivers : A Novel is Nicholas Rinaldi's third novel. Rinaldi has followed up that success with another blockbuster novel. Set in a Battery Park condo, Between Two Rivers is an expertly woven quilt of a novel that brilliantly illuminates the subtle bonds that develop between people who, by chance or by choice, happen to live together.

Nicholas Rinaldi is the author of two previous novels, The Jukebox Queen of Malta and Bridge Fall Down, and three collections of poetry. His stories and poems have appeared widely in literary journals here and abroad. He teaches literature and creative writing at Fairfield University, and lives in Connecticut with his wife, Jackie.

Between Two Rivers is the third novel by American author Nicholas Rinaldi, first published in 2004 by Harper Collins. It is set at the southern end of Manhattan Island which lies between the Hudson and East Rivers, hence the title

Between Two Rivers is the third novel by American author Nicholas Rinaldi, first published in 2004 by Harper Collins. It is set at the southern end of Manhattan Island which lies between the Hudson and East Rivers, hence the title. It consists of several intertwining stories concerning the residents of Echo Park, a fictitious Battery Park condominium and its Romanian concierge, Farro Fescu.

Between Two Rivers - Nicholas Rinaldi. Set within the walls of Echo Terrace, a flash New York apartment building, Between Two Rivers is a smooth-flowing elegantly written novel about the everyday lives of the residents and staff of an upscale Condominium. Rather than offering an intricate plot, Rinaldi expertly interweaves the lives of the characters, tracing how their day-to-day lives cross and collide and become dramatically intertwined as they go about their daily business.

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Farro Fescu is the proud and observant concierge of Echo Terrace, a condominium in New York City

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Within the walls of Echo Terrace, the world ...

A beautifully resonant novel with a dazzling array of characters whose life stories are woven together into a breathtaking braid of love and memory.

Farro Fescu is the proud and observant concierge of Echo Terrace, a condominium in New York City. Passing through his lobby at all hours of the night and day is an exotic cross-section of the world's population: an Egyptian-born plastic surgeon who lives on the fifth floor and specializes in gender reassignment; a fighter pilot, on the eighth floor, who flew for Nazi Germany during World War II; an Iraqi spice merchant and the world-famous crazy-patch quilter with whom he's having an affair; the adulterer's son, dreaming of becoming an undertaker; and the widow whose apartment is a jungle Eden filled with a menagerie of specimens -- finches, canaries, a defanged cobra, a monkey named Joe -- that had been the subject of her dead husband's research.

Farro Fescu knows them all, knows all their secrets. He knows what happened to Yesenia Rivera, the nineteen-year-old staff housekeeper from Queens, when she took a fateful ride one evening on the Staten Island Ferry. He alone knows the truth behind the mysterious mishap that befell the fashion designer Ira Klempp, a resident of the twelfth floor. And he knows -- and would like to know much more -- about the alluring María Gracia Moño, sometime lover of Harry Falcon, the brilliant captain of industry who lives in the penthouse and is dying of cancer.

He is keenly attuned to the building and the people in it, yet he does not know what is in his own heart -- why, after a long, hard life, he is still alive, and still alone. Nor does he know what he will be capable of in the face of sudden, overwhelming tragedy.

As the narrative eye of Between Two Rivers floats from one apartment to another, revealing the characters' private histories and tracing the dramatic intersections of their daily lives, a lush tapestry of experience emerges. The story, in beautifully textured prose, is laced with wit and humor, subtle ironies and haunting echoes, and everywhere a profound sense of the resilience of the human spirit.

Comments

FailCrew FailCrew
Rinaldi's spellbinding descriptions of the residents of Echo Towers belies the phrase "average New Yorker." Each character, rich in personal history, becomes more than words on a page. When I finished reading, I felt as though I had been deserted by my neighbors because I was so engrossed in the lives in the book. I recommend Between Two Rivers to those who like intelligent entertainment.
Hadadel Hadadel
Readers of Nicholas Rinaldi's earlier work already know him as a writer of beautifully crafted, emotionally complex poems and novels. But "Between Two Rivers" is more--interrelated and multi-faceted stories of New Yorkers that are often humorous, occasionally horrifying, but always profoundly human. In "Between Two Rivers" we encounter a literary artist at the peak of his powrs.
crazy mashine crazy mashine
Way too long. He should have ended it after part two, like he planned. Way too much useless information about the scenery, characters, and weather. Less is more...
Fearlesssinger Fearlesssinger
Set across a ten year time period that ends at 9/11, Between Two Rivers provides a glancing portrait at a wide section of mostly wealthy New Yorkers who all share a condo building in Battery Park. A couple of tangential characters, Farro, the concierge of the building, Maria a kind of shared high class prostitute, and Yessenia, one of the maids, round out the cast. Each chapter focuses on one character's perspective (although a few combine two characters) with Farro getting the most chapters. Farro is the voice of the person trying to keep order in a chaotic universe that might be overrun with ants or mice or bad ideas at any time. The ability to stop chaos though is evidently impossible the novel seems to suggest with its very chaotic, filthy ending as the twin towers collapse around the building and its residents who didn't die in the towers must flee.

One of the strengths of this structure is that you get multiple perspectives of the lives of New Yorkers. One of the weaknesses is that you don't get to know anyone well. The characters you know the most are still only partially developed sketches. Despite this limited development, the novel carries you through, engaging with its quirky characters (an Arab who falls madly in love with a struggling actress; a famous quilt maker who is doing a quilt for the United Nations, a plastic surgeon whose specialty is transgender alterations, a German gunner from WWII. Each of these characters is at least momentarily interesting and just enough unpredictable that you want to hear more.
Netlandinhabitant Netlandinhabitant
I am in awe of this novel.

I live in New York City and let me say that this portrait of a city's people is one of the best, ever. I wanted to read "Between Two Rivers" because it is the story of lives that entertwine in a Manhattan apartment building, a world I know very well. Each portrait of a character is propelled by involving storytelling that also has a rare, ruminative quality that are the mark of a major writer.

As Part One neatly ended exactly halfway through the book I did wonder if the stories were going to continue to unspool, beautifully told but isolated, without a real connecting thread that would carry me through to the end, an overall scheme would be a must. I decided that both the love affair burgeoning between two young characters and the pregnancy of an unforunate member of the cleaning staff were pointing to a satisfyingly involving second half. I think this was the same point that another reviewer or two put "Between Two Rivers" down for good. And miss the magic that is the second half of the book.

I do not want to read a novel that deals directly with 9/11. Let it be a contributing undercurrent to any portrayal of modern New York City,of course, but I lived through it and it's still too painful. I thought it was brilliant that Rinaldi used a retelling of the first Trade Center bombing in 1993 to create an exciting story as a distancing mirror to today; the Echo Terrace apartment building in Battery Park City sits so close to the site.

But "Between Two Rivers" does turn into an unflinching and brutal story of the morning of 9/11, and it's too late for the more sensitive reader to turn back. I hurtled in agony through those last pages as my fellow New Yorkers hurtled down stairwells and sprinted uptown.

Nicholas Rinaldi has faced the horror of that day with audacity and outrageous confidence, but he has also written that book I went into "Between Two Rivers" looking to find. Of doormen and drug couriers, bars on Third Avenue and late night trips up the East River on the F.D.R, of musicians and plastic surgeons and Latino blue-collars living on the Queens elevated subway. Each of us is a short story and at the same time a piece of an unfathomable quilt.So much of this city is in "Between Two Rivers".

It is a singular experience to read. Quite extraordinary, beautiful and unrelenting, metaphysical and yet utterly specific, philosophical and with page-turning plots. Again, I'm in awe of this book.