I am so glad I came to it that way - no plot give-aways, no pre-conceptions. Her struggle to survive and protect her child, Pemberton's only child as Serena is rendered barren, shows that she is just as strong as Serena, but in a different way.
Workers are offed without reserve, some deaths and disappearances more accidental than others. Not particularly, but it was a realistic one. I loved his descriptions and felt immersed in his environment. Pemberton was much more developed, Serena sometimes came across as one-dimensional.
The settings, the descriptions of place, you are there, you see what the characters see, smell, taste. The gloomy, claustrophobic Appalachian mountains of the early 's are a perfect setting for this tale: The couple are motivated by profits and power, and they will do anything to get what they want.
The relationship between the married, young couple is the element that attracts the reader's attention, in my opinion. This is my opinion of course, and I'm sure there are many people who would disagree.
Rachel Harmon was my favorite character, and really the only character that is genuinely likable. Somehow, in retrospect, I think that the end left some considerable loose ends.
It's a bold choice. The story is set in the mountains of Western North Carolina where Mr. Snipes is an educated mountain crew man who disperses laconic wisdom and observations that make him more like a sage, or the Greek Chorus of this tragedy, filling in narrative gaps with relevant information.
I've been thinking about how to write this book review for a while now because of how mixed my feelings are about the whole of the novel. This burning alludes to Serena's having set fire to her home in Colorado before leaving it.
An aging Pemberton employee, Galloway, is one of the more delightfully devious figures in this story. The amount of tension achieved with the use of symbolism, fatalism, mounting greed and obsession was all brought to a climax that didn't measure up to the painstakingly deliberate rising action.
In Chapter 19 two more accidents occur. Together, the Pembertons ruthlessly kill or vanquish all who fall out of favor. The movie is being made - read the book first!! On his next visit, Rachel shows the interview to her son. When one falls from its talons onto the self-appointed preacher McIntyre, who has already prophesied doom, he lies in a stupor from the shock.
The gallery of timber company laborers whose dialogue readers occasionally find themselves privy to offers some semblance of morality in the Pemberton world, as well as a bit of comic relief. Snipes - A crew foreman.
But as her efforts to protect the Pemberton company expand, what once seemed to be remarkable confidence and business acumen in Serena prove far more dark, mad, and dangerous. In observing Serena, one of the locals remarks, "I'd no more strut up and tangle with that eagle than I'd tangle with the one what can tame such a critter.
Rachel Harmon - The sixteen-year-old mother of George's illegitimate child, Jacob. It's important to never know what she's thinking, because it makes her unpredictable. Because of this, the book will stay with you long after you finish reading the closing sentences.
Before this incident, Harris dies, so Henryson worries that Webb might be next. Psychologically, Rachel feels bereft, now completely on her own without a father because the mother left years ago.
She gestures at a cane ash tree near the office that has been left standing for its shade and offers to make a wager with Bilded on the total number of board feet that could be produced from the tree. Nobody but the locals even consider the impact the eagle will have on the ecosystem; how the elimination of snakes means an influx of rodents.
Harris reports that Albright, the Secretary of the Interior, has secured nearly all the land he needs in Tennessee and is starting to buy land in North Carolina. A guard comes on the scene as Serena was dying, however, and identifies her fleeing killer as identical to an old photograph of George.
This control exerted by Pemberton and his deceptively-named wife Serena is one wielded with violence to both humans and the environment, and images of cutting and scarring abound.
I could see the end coming from a distance when Pemberton expressed the will to aid Rachel and his illegitimate son so I wasn't that surprised.Issuu is a digital publishing platform that makes it simple to publish magazines, catalogs, newspapers, books, and more online.
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Chilling and suspenseful, Serena is American historical fiction at its best. The gloomy, claustrophobic Appalachian mountains of the early 's are a perfect setting for this tale: the hopelessness and poverty are an excellent backdrop to the lives of wealthy Serena and working class Rachel, framed by a Greek chorus of timber workers/5(98).
Although George has already lived in the camp long enough to father an illegitimate child, Serena is new to the mountains—but she soon shows herself to be the equal of any man, overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving her husband's life in the wilderness.Download