Nights Below Station Street

Nights Below Station Street David Adams Richards Governor General s Award winning novel is a powerful tale of resignation and struggle fierce loyalties and compassion This book is the first in Richards acclaimed Miramichi trilo

  • Title: Nights Below Station Street
  • Author: David Adams Richards
  • ISBN: 9780771034848
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • David Adams Richards Governor General s Award winning novel is a powerful tale of resignation and struggle, fierce loyalties and compassion This book is the first in Richards acclaimed Miramichi trilogy Set in a small mill town in northern New Brunswick, it draws us into the lives of a community of people who live there, including Joe Walsh, isolated and strong in theDavid Adams Richards Governor General s Award winning novel is a powerful tale of resignation and struggle, fierce loyalties and compassion This book is the first in Richards acclaimed Miramichi trilogy Set in a small mill town in northern New Brunswick, it draws us into the lives of a community of people who live there, including Joe Walsh, isolated and strong in the face of a drinking problem his wife, Rita, willing to believe the best about people and their teenage daughter Adele, whose nature is rebellious and wise, and whose love for her father wars with her desire for independence Richards unforgettable characters are linked together in conflict, and in articulate love and understanding Their plight as human beings is one we share.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. Nights Below Station Street is my introduction to the work of David Adams Richards - and it's certainly not a bad choice, as it won the author the prestigious Governor's General Award for Fiction when it was first published in 1988.Nights is a short, quiet book set in a small mill town in the Miramichi region of Northern New Brunswick, and draws us into the lives of its people who struggle with poverty and all the harshness and difficulties of ordinary existence. The novel focuses on the Welsh f [...]

    2. If you're looking for an introduction to David Adams Richards, Nights Below Station Street ought to do. It's a compelling, prettily written little tale that clocks in at 226 pages. Set in the Miramachi in New Brunswick, Canada, it deals with the lives of Joe and Rita Walsh, their daughters Adele and Milly, and their friends, acquaintances, neighbours, and enemies. Richards shows us the universal through the particular, rural New Brunswick supplying a stage that is just as authentic as Stratford [...]

    3. If this book was a girl at a party, she wouldn't be the boisterous, boringly talkative, tell-you-her-life-story type. She would be the shy, quiet one sitting in the background who spent her entire night talking to one person. Just that one person. She wouldn't be wearing flashy shoes, or a nice top; but her clothes would smell real soft-like, fresh out of the dryer. And at the end of the night, not knowing whether you would see her again, you would wonder how such an overwhelmingly underwhelming [...]

    4. Governor General’s award winner David Adams Richard’s writes a spectacular book that takes place in small mill town in northern New Brunswick, it focuses on a family that has problems just like everyone else. Joe Walsh, the man of the house, is isolated and is very much facing a drinking problem, His wife Rita is very kept to herself and tries to keep the family together even though she has a rebellious daughter. Adele, full of rage is often hiding her feelings from her family. As much as Ad [...]

    5. Nights Below Station Street by David Adams Richards is the first book in Canadian author Richards' Miramichi trilogy. For those who don't know, the Miramichi is a river in New Brunswick Canada that flows into the Miramichi Bay and thence into the Gulf of St Lawrence. From a personal perspective, I lived there for seven years of my youth while my father was stationed at the RCAF Base at Chatham, near the mouth of the river. So there you've got that picture in your mind now. :0))The story tells of [...]

    6. 3.5 stars. The more I think about it, the more I like it. It didn't take me 2 months to read this book! It was a very quick read actually; it's just that Christmas got "in the way." Anyway, I very much enjoy David Adams Richards' style of writing. It's so descriptively quirky:"The largeness of her face, and the bigness of her feet, and the self-important strides she made whenever she walked, filled the doctor, who wore his red bow-tie, with compassion.And wry:"Nevin hadn't read anything but beca [...]

    7. This is classic David Adams Richards with a cast of characters struggling to survive in a harsh, uncaring world with little money, work, and zero joy. DAR books always tear at my guts. I swing between anger, compassion, and despair. I cringe at his characters' helplessness and their easy acceptance that this is the way life has to be. I wanted to give Joe just one encouraging word. I wanted to say, "Hey, big guy! Hang in there. You're doing great!" I wanted to give Rita a pair of pants with a zi [...]

    8. "An object falls, it has no idea where it will land, but at every moment of its descent it is exactly where it is supposed to be." This line toward the end of the book encapsulates the main theme of this interesting work. Adams begins with a too forced staccato style that so many writers over the last 50 years seem to favor. A style that perhaps once seemed fresh and honest, but has grown stale and contrived. Adams is at his best when he forgets this affectation (which he often does); only then [...]

    9. Strangely, I find this novel -- one of David Adams Richards' earliest -- to be one of his most depressing. Everyone seems to be trapped in a personal hell of their own making, and even the final redemption/gleam of hope at least one character usually finds by the end of a Richards' novel seems tiny compared to his later works. Very bleak, and very despondentbut I can't deny the power of the prose, which keeps one reading in spite of the bleakness, determined to make it to the conclusion, hoping [...]

    10. A must read for every Maritimer (and non-Maritimer) during the winter months. This novel is powerful, subtle, and intuitively familiar in its presentation of poverty, alcoholism, and the families that build our rural communities. This is my second reading of Nights Below Station Street, and I am sure I will return to its pages again some day while lost in the cold, dark wood. Richards has found a way to locate parts of our lives and present them to us in characters who persist and survive. Excel [...]

    11. Loved it. This novel jumped from character to character throughout, confusing me for the first quarter until I knew enough about each to just roll with it and not want to flip back to remember who was who. It has that Maritime quirkiness, that way of doing things that is bent but makes for an amusing story. But mostly it's touching. The dysfunction that never mends itself but still manages to rise above. I'm so glad I have the two other books in the trilogy.

    12. This was my first DAR novel. WOW. This is so well written, so moving without being cheesy, and so well developed without overstaying its welcome that I cannot recommend it enough. Having grown up in a small town on the border with Canada, it really captured what that means and feels like well. I completely loved this book.

    13. Excellent characterization and setting description. Don't expect a lot of action - it isn't that kind of book. Nice to read quality writing that doesn't rely on ADHD action every other page.

    14. It took me a long time to read the Miramichi Trilogy novels because of all the reviews and other commentary suggesting they were rather bleak. When I finally got around to the in the last year I was awed by the quality of the writing and not at all depressed by the stories. Richards invests the characters with dignity even when they are deeply flawed or endlessly frustrated by fate. Their stories make up a record of unnoticed lives, and offer hope even in failure or tragedy. Nights Below Station [...]

    15. Well written in omniscient third person; the characters are hemmed in by poverty and difficulty (and their own moment-to-moment mental and emotional issues). Not an easy or comfortable read. It also doesn't have a plot, per se, but consists of a series of moments that highlight the characters as their move on through their lives. I liked it, and it won a GG award, but it wasn't always easy to read -- sometimes it devolved, for me, into a mere list of depressing incidents tumbling one over anothe [...]

    16. I think this was the first of David Adams Richards' books I read in the late 80's. I re-read it and will next re-read Evening Snow Will Bring Such Peace simply because I had never read the final book of the trilogy, For Those Who Hunt the Wounded Down, but finally stumbled across a copy. This one won the 1988 Governor General's Award and as far as I'm concerned was a deserving winner.

    17. I didn't like this one as much as some of his later work, tho' this novel launched his career and was made into a film.The lives of the characters are just so bleak, without any redeeming spiritual values, it was hard to watch what they were going through in the small town Canadian setting, replete with alcoholism, teenage pregnancies and unremitting loss and rage.The ending ties up a bit too neatly, but i won't say anymore to spoil it for future readers.

    18. Somewhat bleak tale of reclamation as Joe Walsh struggles to beat the bottle and find respectability. Richards does a wonderful job showing how we sometimes allow ourselves to be cast in roles in order to belong.

    19. Love this author's writing. Always a grim look at life in Maritime small town. Characters are lonely, depressed individuals as a rule.

    20. This takes forever to get started. In fact, i about 1/2 way through, and Im still waiting for something to happen.

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