Redemption Falls

Redemption Falls The American Civil War is ending Eighteen years after the famine ship Star of the Sea docked at New York the daughter of two of her passengers sets out from Baton Rouge Louisiana on a walk acr

  • Title: Redemption Falls
  • Author: Joseph O'Connor
  • ISBN: 9780436205699
  • Page: 107
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1865 The American Civil War is ending Eighteen years after the famine ship Star of the Sea docked at New York, the daughter of two of her passengers sets out from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on a walk across a devastated America Eliza Duane Mooney is searching for a young boy she has not seen in four years, one of the hundred thousand children drawn into the war His fate h1865 The American Civil War is ending Eighteen years after the famine ship Star of the Sea docked at New York, the daughter of two of her passengers sets out from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on a walk across a devastated America Eliza Duane Mooney is searching for a young boy she has not seen in four years, one of the hundred thousand children drawn into the war His fate has been mysterious and will prove extraordinary.It s a walk that will have consequences for many seemingly unconnected survivors a love struck cartographer, a haunted Latina poetess, rebel guerrilla Cole McLaurenson, runaway slave Elizabeth Longstreet and the mercurial revolutionary James Con O Keeffe, who commanded a brigade of Irish immigrants in the Union Army and is now Governor of a western wilderness where nothing is as it seems.Redemption Falls is a tale of war and forgiveness, of strangers in a strange land, of love put to the ultimate test Packed with music, balladry, poetry and storytelling, this is a riveting historical novel of urgent contemporary resonance, from the author of the internationally bestselling Star of the Sea.

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    1. This book might stay on my "currently-reading" shelf for years. Seriously dense, with confusing, stream-of-consciousness writing, I've read the first 50 or so pages and I still have no idea what this book is about. I loved it's predecessor, The Star of the Sea. This book is not a sequel, by any stretch of the imagination. One of the characters is simply the daughter of two of the characters in Star of the Sea. And I'm not even clear on who the father is supposed to be.I'm not clear on anything a [...]

    2. Take one part ersatz Wm. Faulkner (the story begins, basically, with a barefoot girl fearlessly crossing the countryside) or by Sir Walter Scott influencing Wm. Faulkner. Two parts of Cormac McCarthy at his bloodiest (the mute, murderous boy, Jeddo Mooney, is pretty much a McCarthy stock character). Throw in a smidge of Daniel Defoe and quite a bit of 19th century adventure pulp. Season with every imaginable cliche about the Irish American experience, make the characters (even the "bad" ones) im [...]

    3. Redemption Falls is an epic Reconstruction era set novel based around the fate of a mute Confederate boy soldier and an former convict Irish aggitator turned Union General Con O'Keeffe and by extension those lives and histories that they are connected to. The setting for the novel is the USA's painful recovery from the Civil War and this mixture of healing wounds and unrepairable damage both to the physicallity, the psyche and the very fabric of American society is at the the heart of the fractu [...]

    4. Redemption Falls (is the title ironic?) is a powerful novel whose de facto setting is the eponymous township, just after the end of the American Civil War. It's probably misleading to claim O'Connor's book is "about" any one character: the major players are all important and contribute to the O. Henry-like conclusion.Many readers have found Redemption Falls confusing and unreadable - persevere! O'Connor mixes the styles considerably, but each part, each chapter advances the whole, presenting not [...]

    5. What an incredible piece of fiction! This sequel to Star of the Sea gets two thumbs up. Such is the amazing attention to detail I had to continually remind myself that it was a work of fiction. O'Connor is a master story-teller (the Salman Rushdie of Ireland) and if you liked Star of the Sea you will love Redemptin Falls.

    6. I had no idea what was going on for the first fifty pages but if you stick with you will fall in love with this book.

    7. Amerikanische Geschichte ist nicht jedermanns Sache, das ist mal sicher. Und die Nachwehen des Bürgerkriegs finden in Deutschland sicherlich erst recht kaum Beachtung. Dennoch ist man überrascht, daß sich zumindest ein Buch über eben jenen Krieg auch hier in den vergangenen Jahren großer Beliebtheit erfreute (zumindest bei der Kritik): E.L. Doctorows "Der Marsch". Dort war es der Krieg selbst, v.a. die letzten Monate, die behandelt und erzählt wurden.Daß dieser Krieg eine Art kathartische [...]

    8. Somewhere underneath this collection of "stream of consciousness" ramblings lurks a great story. Perhaps the author will tell it one day.

    9. This was another complex novel, to follow 'Star of the Sea' which charted the voyage of an emigrant ship to USA from Ireland in 1847, yet through the various strands of the novel, told the stories of landowner, tenant and insurgent in the 19th century through its pages, in what was a style that was sometimes hard to follow.At times I found this novel similarly difficult structure wise. As well as featuring Eliza Duane Mooney, daughter of Mary Duane from the first novel, on her quest to find her [...]

    10. I picked this up without knowing what it was about, because I had previously really enjoyed Star of the Sea and like O'Connor's writing. I know next to nothing about the American Civil War and its aftermath, so it was really good to find out more. I found the book incredibly evocative, and unlike a lot of readers here it seems, I was gripped from the start. I found it a very gripping read, giving profound & very real insights into the traumatic consequences of war. Highly recommended.

    11. Often when I read novels like this, where the story unfolds from about a million different points of view via letters and newspaper articles and diary entries and the time jumps all over the place, I think to myself "I've put in a lot of reading time, I've paid my dues, I'm too old for these shenanigans." But just when I was about to give up (about 1/4 way in) it did really come together and I was hooked.It takes place in the years right after the Civil War, about the convergence of the aforemen [...]

    12. I started this book in March 2010 but couldn't get through it I started this book again in April 2011 and finally I got it! In the beginning I had to look up some of the details about the Civil war but once I refreshed my historical knowledge it was easier to read. It did take a long time for me to get through the book because I had to get used to all the different characters and the way he writes from one personage to another. But when all the pieces of this puzzle started falling into place it [...]

    13. A chronicle of the lives of a group of characters just after the end of the American civl war. This is an epic told in a dreamlike style- jumping from character to character and time frame to time frame, in a variety of ways from different perspectives- and I think it really works.The book managed to be at the same time very bleak, but with some redemption and just as paradoxically, there were sections I absolutely loved and parts I disliked a lot. This work should not be undertaken lightly- it [...]

    14. This is an incredibly lyrical book, centering around James "Con" O'Keefe and his wife Lucia. Sent to New Zealand for his part in agitating for Irish home rule, he escapes and makes his way to America where he rises to the rank of general in the Union army during the civil war. He then assumes governership of part of the Western territories, and it is at this point that most of the story unfolds. The novel reminds one of a scrapbook at times rather than a single-threaded story line.

    15. I was so looking forward to this book but after 200 pages, I just about tossed it across the room. Written by Joseph O'Connorof Star Of The Sea fame. This book is supposed to be a sequel of sorts to Starbut after 200 pages there were only a few references to what took place in the first book. Same writing style but with this one, I could not get used to it and never knew who was speaking.

    16. Initially I found it somewhat hard going, not so much the different voices and devices as the fact that the narrative seemed unfocused. I persisted and was I rewarded! I fell in love with the book and felt bereft when it ended.

    17. The beginning is a bit confusing and slow but Joseph strikes again with layered stories and characters that you get attached to and are actually interested in.

    18. I read this book because I had read and loved 'Star of the Sea'. I loved this novel too. O'Connor's epistolary style, I've been told, can keep a reader at arms length, stopping them from truly engaging with the story but I didn't feel this. The withholding of information that the style allows (for it is made up of limited journal entries, letters, poems and songs, as well as narrative) kept me going right until the last abrupt revelation. I loved it all. I hope you will too.

    19. Fragmentarisch verhaal dat goed in elkaar zit. Qua stijl vergelijkbaar met zijn eerdere boek 'Stella Maris'. Ik moest mij wel door de eerste 45 a 50 bladzijden worstelen. Enorm vaag, geen idee waar het over ging en geen verhaallijn of karakter te bekennen. Doorlezen loonde gelukkig.

    20. Found this book hard going at the start and put it down for weeks. Finally it clicked for me and I began to find it fascinating. An intriguing look at the aftermath of the Cvil War. So much symmetry even in small details. Especially loved the journals of Allen Winterton! Loved the way the book wrapped up. Perfect! Redemption falls, indeed

    21. I don't even know why I picked this book up. I shouldn't have liked it. The subject matter - reconstruction era America - is not something I generally like reading about, and the style is one I tend to avoid. I've no idea why I took it out of the library in the first place, but I did, and it took me a week or two to pick it up after that, but then I couldn't stop reading.My knowledge of 19th century America is patchy, at best, and my American geography is probably about as good as most Americans [...]

    22. How to tell the story of a legend? How to tell history? How to tell a story in history? Joseph O'Connor continues, after "Star of the Sea," to explore history, a history charged with significance for Ireland and the Irish. A single thread links his previous novel set in the time of the Famine with this one, set in the American Civil War. Contrary to Star of the Sea, this novel isn't a web of lives intermingling but focuses on one powerful, larger-than-life, figure: James O'Keefe, an Irish revolu [...]

    23. This was a difficult book to get into. The narrative structure, like Star of the Sea, is a tangle of letters, diaries, narrative, songs and poems. There are a large cast of characters, and it was almost impossible for the first 50 or so pages to understand how any of the story hung together. You get distracted by the stylised prose, and by the almost too-clever writing, and I'd say there's a good chance that some people would give up. I almost did, but I'm so glad I didn't, because once you get [...]

    24. A worthwhile read, dealing with a period immediately after the US Civil War. Most of the action takes place in the eponymous town, a God-forsaken place somewhere in Montana (there was, I think, one reference to the modern-day setting in the novel). O'Keeffe the governor is as much a dissatisfied sinner as those he governs, yet he endured a horrific journey from captivity to be here, which mirrors (albeit on a more epic scale) the sad tales of many of the first Americans. As selfish and unsympath [...]

    25. I did read Redeption Falls right after Joseph O'Connor's pretty damn special Star of the Sea. Must admit, I was disappointed by this one. If you like literary abandon, great language and inventive story telling, check it out. Just like Star of The Sea O'Connor again employs hugely crafty ways of weaving his tale. He builds a faux-reality by creating news articles, witness reports, songs, wanted posters, personal letters and recordings - all finely crafted down to highlighting missing pages, burn [...]

    26. Currently reading because his Star of the Sea was so much fun. But this - ? - no idea what to make of it so far. I don't see an explicit continuity with the previous book. And O'Connor seems to make up a new word every paragraph (words like swiddling or makepappering that I suspect may be in some very old dictionary somewhere that only he has access to anymore). And the multiple narratives - told in multiple dialects and formats, not just voices, but historical documents and op/eds etc. - don't [...]

    27. Prior to reading this book I had read many mixed reviews on the novel. Many readers complained about the convoluted narration, that jumps from one perspective to the next, focusing on one character here and then another there. But I was amazed by O'Connor's STAR OF THE SEA. His challenging style in that novel was worth every word. Not so in REDEMPTION FALLS.The basic plot in Redemption Falls is very good. The characters are as interesting as any in Star Of The Sea. The back drop of post civil wa [...]

    28. There were many things that I liked about the book. While most of the characters were not particularly likable, they were at least interesting. It takes place mostly during post civil period and primarily it what I believe is Kansas - in the book it is referred to as a territory, so the setting is not exact. At times I was spellbound by the beautiful, lyrical writing of O'Connor, but he writing style changes a lot. Throughout much of the book there is a bit of confusion. That is because there ar [...]

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