The Tie That Binds

The Tie That Binds Colorado January Eighty year old Edith Goodnough lies in a hospital bed IV taped to the back of her hand police officer at her door She is charged with murder The clues a sack of chicken feed

  • Title: The Tie That Binds
  • Author: Kent Haruf
  • ISBN: 9780375724381
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Paperback
  • Colorado, January 1977 Eighty year old Edith Goodnough lies in a hospital bed, IV taped to the back of her hand, police officer at her door She is charged with murder The clues a sack of chicken feed slit with a knife, a milky eyed dog tied outdoors one cold afternoon The motives the brutal business of farming and a family code of ethics as unforgiving as the winterColorado, January 1977 Eighty year old Edith Goodnough lies in a hospital bed, IV taped to the back of her hand, police officer at her door She is charged with murder The clues a sack of chicken feed slit with a knife, a milky eyed dog tied outdoors one cold afternoon The motives the brutal business of farming and a family code of ethics as unforgiving as the winter prairie itself.In his critically acclaimed first novel, Kent Haruf delivers the sweeping tale of a woman of the American High Plains, as told by her neighbor, Sanders Roscoe As Roscoe shares what he knows, Edith s tragedies unfold a childhood of pre dawn chores, a mother s death, a violence that leaves a father dependent on his children, forever enraged Here is the story of a woman who sacrifices her happiness in the name of family and then, in one gesture, reclaims her freedom Breathtaking, determinedly truthful, The Tie That Binds is a powerfully eloquent tribute to the arduous demands of rural America, and of the tenacity of the human spirit.

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    1. There are a few facts that astound me about this novel. The first, is that this was Kent Haruf’s debut novel. The second, is that although it was “critically acclaimed”, apparently it was not a large commercial success.On the first point, this novel does not read like any debut novel I have read. Granted, many debuts are smashingly good. However, Kent Haruf doesn’t “do” smashing. He does subtle. And clear. And he makes each word count. Each sentence matters and when threaded together [...]

    2. ****4.5 Stars****I’m saddened that this gifted writer is now gone. No one (to my knowledge) has written such eloquent and truthful tributes to the people who live and work out on the high plains of eastern Colorado where I grew up. This novel setting is Holt, Colorado, an imaginary farm town very near where my own family homesteaded.At times the story is heart wrenching and evocative. The author’s rich details of rural farm life and the connection with neighbors were spot-on and elegantly po [...]

    3. 4.5 StarsIf you like well-developed characters and addictive stories, you'll love Kent Haruf as well as his first novel, THE TIE THAT BINDS.Neighbor and family friend Sanders Roscoe narrates the life story of 80 year old Edith Goodnough and how she came to be lying in a hospital bed accused of murder.Her long, unimaginable hard life is filled with tragedy and constant sacrifice as she lives with her wild exasperating father and thoughtless brother. Oh the life that might have been.I just wanted [...]

    4. A worthy finish to my reading adventures with Haruf's six novels about rural life in Colorado. Here we get a vision of the tragic life of Edith as the daughter of a selfish, stubborn, and mean spirited farmer in the high and dry plains of eastern Colorado. It is told from the perspective of Roscoe, a neighbor friend who also grew up in this hardscrabble life of farming and whose father once loved the warm and tough Edith. But a terrible accident makes Edith's father forever dependent on her help [...]

    5. 4,5*Viața îți oferă de-a lungul ei multe surprize, fără a tine cont de vârsta sau de restul lumii.Recenzia mea completă o găsiți aici: delicateseliterare/suf

    6. Kent Haruf is high on my list of favorite authors and 'The Tie That Binds' is the fourth of his novels that I have read. Each time I lose myself in one of Mr. Haruf's novels, I struggle to express just what it is about his novels that never fails to so deeply move me. The novels, which take place in fictional Holt on the eastern plains of Colorado, demonstrate the bleakness of that barren land. Yet somehow, through Mr. Haruf's spare and poetic language, I can still see the beauty HE finds in tha [...]

    7. He can sure write old folks. And younger folks, and flinty ones that don’t do so good, weak ones that wish they could, bitter ones that are helpless to be anything else. This is just the way it is. Here is life. He illuminates grace in hidden corners.

    8. If it is possible to write a gloriously entertaining story about the agony of being stuck, including horrible physical violence, Haruf did it. It starts as a funny tall tale, and keeps that flavor and structure, but oh how real it becomes!Mr. Haruf, wherever you are in the afterlife ether, I hope you can see me giving you a standing ovation and hear me cheering my damned head off.

    9. The "tie that binds" has connotations that are positive. Family. Love. Support. Loyalty. Acceptance. Rest. It speaks to me of life-affirming bonds that bring gladness of heart and sustenance through good and bad times. These were the expectations I entertained from the book title, and I could not be more sorely mistaken. Alas, “blest be the ties that bind” is not always true.In this novel set in Holt, Colorado, Kent Haruf offers an additional dimension that is unsettling. The tie that binds [...]

    10. Will have to think on thisew to come. I was introduced to Haruf by my husband and starting with his later books, he instantly became one of my favorites of all times. So I had to go back to where it all started. This story was much more somber and dark than some of his later books. He still details the hard life of his characters but with the Goodnough family I found no joy. In other works of his, no matter how trying the lives are there is always a sense of promise for something better and from [...]

    11. e when you know people all your life you try to understand how it is for them. What you can't understand you just accept.3.5 stars. I love the Plainsong series, and whenever I want to read something that will settle me down and take me to a less rushed time and place I reach for one of Kent Haruf's books. The Tie That Binds did just that, but I have to admit that I preferred the aforementioned series, probably because it has a wider cast for him to introduce us to. That said I adore his gentle w [...]

    12. I've been totally smitten with Kent Haruf since reading "Our Souls at Night" and only have a couple more books to go before I run out of Haruf books to read. I'm grieving already. Might have to re-read each of them. No doubt that, like all great books, they'll be even more rewarding in the course of a second read because I'll be able to appreciate connections between events and characters that may not have had the same significance in my first reading. And they'll be all the richer because they [...]

    13. 4 stars. I love the way Kent writes and enjoyed reading until about the half way point when It became clear that the lives and tale being played out were only going to worsen and the ongoing depressing storyline became tedious to experience. Eventually, I pretty much wanted to wrap up the actual book the way it ended. Four stars is supposed to mean 'really liked it' but I didn't. Yet I cannot give it less. He was a wonderful writer. His descriptions of the unrelenting hardness of farming made me [...]

    14. I loved everything about this book. I have never read Kent Haruf before but now I have to read all his others.

    15. Rhythm of Holt Colorado during the late 19th and throughout the majority of the 20th century for two farmsteads/family lines that are neighbors. Kent Haruf's exquisite writing style spread across nearly a century of the everyday for the characters from these two home groups. These stories of life experiences are poignant and heart-wrenching. It's just so bottom rung sad and shyness equates to intense lonely isolation, almost without a fully conscious cognition for what evolves. Except perhaps by [...]

    16. This is Kent Haruf's debut novel written in 1984. I figured snce I've read and really enjoyed his third and fourth books, I'd check out his first book. Boy am I glad I did! The book opens with 80-year-old Edith Goodnaugh lying in a hospital bed and guarded by police as she has been chargged with murder. On the basis of what evidence? Who died? What happened? The Tie That Binds is the life story of Edith Goodnaugh, her brother and her parents. It's the story of decisions and choices made by Edith [...]

    17. Haruf's humble characters resonate with authenticity. Haruf's characters are so real, so genuine and alive that the reader can't help but develop an empathy for them that is rare in fiction today. This is a spare, harsh novel about "the tie that binds" - which in this book is family. But in this case, the tie does not just bind, but almost strangles Edith, the central character. She is tied by obligation and a sort of love that defines her life. Haruf never allow her to put her desires or needs [...]

    18. Set in the high plains of Colorado, just seven miles from the fictional town of Holt which features in all of Haruf’s novels, the book tells the tale of a pioneering farming family, the patriarch of which is a rather angry, embittered man called Roy Goodnough who comes from Iowa.But the story is not about Roy per se nor his delicate wife, Ada, but his daughter, Edith, who is born on the farm and spends her entire life on it, never having had the opportunity to marry or even leave home. When th [...]

    19. The Tie That Binds is Haruf's first book and Wow! what I wouldn't give to write that well. For all intents and purposes, I read this in two sittings. It is the story of the Goodnough family: Roy, Ada, Lyman and Edith as told by their neighbor, Sanders Roscoe. The book begins with a Denver reporter trying to cajole the backstory of kindly, 80-year old, Edith's murder charge from Sanders. That is all I'm going to tell you, read the book if you want to know the rest.Haruf's subject matter and writi [...]

    20. Many famous writers dance around you when you crack the cover of a Kent Haruf novel, but I don't mean to suggest that he's not his own man, his own writer. It's just obvious that he has a high literary aptitude coupled with a unique talent to tell a story, and tell it well. I have, in an earlier review, compared his style to that of John Steinbeck and Carson McCullers, respectively. But, here in his debut novel, I also felt the force of other great influences: Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, and Wa [...]

    21. The Tie That Binds is the rather unforgettable tale of Edith Goodnough born in 1897 in Holt County, Colorado. A woman who has slaved on her Dad’s farm for her entire life. From the outside, Edith’s life is pretty forgettable and insignificant in itself, weren't it for the neighbors’ young boy, and afterward grown man, who tells her story. And it’s the story-telling that makes this book so worth it. As a reader you get to hear the authentic account of Sanders Roscoe, who in his simple wor [...]

    22. 4.5 star read rounded up to 5.0 because of the beautiful cover on this republication trade paper book.This was Haruf's first novel and it is a gem. Haruf captures the essence of life in this Colorado plains farm country. The Ada and Roy Goodnough came to the plains of Colorado from Iowa in the late 1890's. Ada never stopped wishing she'd never left. Roy didn't care. They had two children - Edith and Lyman, who were no more than slaves for their father, especially after their mother died in 1914, [...]

    23. If you enjoy Willa Cather, chances are you enjoy Haruf. This novel is the third one of his I've read. The others were "Plainsong" and "Eventide." "Tie that Binds" was his first novel, and he got off to a flying start. It is smooth, convincing, and packed with quiet, compelling emotional issues. Like his other novels, it is set in and around the tiny town of Holt, Colorado, during the first half of the last century, and the characters are agricultural types. Some are struggling, some are affluent [...]

    24. This story is tragic, but not completely dark. Edith Goodnough makes a decision early in life to sacrifice herself to her father and her brother, which leads to another very shocking decision late in life. In my opinion, and in the opinion of the narrator her neighbor Sanders Roscoe, Edith had another option when she was a young woman. But she didn't see it that way. And the reasons I say the story isn't completely dark are because Edith lives out her decision with such beautiful dignity and int [...]

    25. Another well-written story by Kent Haruf. Deeply affecting, tragic, and beautiful. The beauty comes from the love, loyalty, sacrifice, and amazing inner strength of one character in particular: Edith Goodnough. The Tie That Binds is populated with other fully formed characters that draw you into the stories, their lives, their inter-connectedness. As is so often the case with Haruf's works, place is so much a part of the story that it, too, is a principal character. Haruf's descriptions of Color [...]

    26. Set in the plains of Colorado from the early 1900s to 1977, Kent Haruf’s The Tie that Binds is a beautiful story of real life, real people, and real meaning imparted by genuine relationships. Sanders Roscoe drives a Denver newspaper reporter away from his door in fury, but he welcomes the reader into his home where he tells an enthralling story of life on the American Plains—in particular, he tells of a woman called Edith who lies in hospital bed, charged unexpectedly with murder.Sandy’s f [...]

    27. Slow to develop, this tells the tale of a woman in her eighties accused of murder and who has lived a hard-scrabble life on the eastern plains of Colorado. As with all of Haruf's novels, the characters become fully fleshed by the narrative until, by the end, we feel like we know these people. The story is told from the point of view of the next door neighbor who witnessed a great deal of the pain inflicted on Edith and her brother Lyman by their tyrannical father whose legendary rage was directe [...]

    28. This book was beautifully written, if long-winded at times, but I found the story and characters dreary, dull, and depressing. The storyline has interesting plots here and there but I feel the author sums up the entire book in the following quote from Chapter 6: "After that we all settled into our ruts again. And sometimes, looking at this story, it seems to me like that's about all it is: a series of independent ruts. Some of them lasted for four or five years and some lasted for twenty, but th [...]

    29. What a riveting story! The sadness of a life of such self sacrifice was explored through the compassionate eyes of a young boy grown to adult about a woman Edith who is charged with murder when she is eighty years old. Edith's life was one of tragedy, first being "enslaved" by a father who is dependent on his children, the tragic loss of her mother, violence, lack of kindness, and then onto her brother who literally forgot about her for twenty years and then comes home to her. Edith gives up all [...]

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