Monday, March 23, 2009
Eventide by Kent Haruf is the third book he's written about an imaginary small town, Holt Colorado, and is the followup to Plainsong. Go read that one first.
"Haruf's books are so low-key and straightforward that a careless reader might miss the fact that they are about everything that life has to offer: love, sorrow, malice, understanding, and the connections that make and keep us human, to name a few."
There may not be much of a plot besides life. But that doesn't stop you from caring about the characters. The action is occasionally violent and stark yet more often than not almost dull, like the prairie landscape, forcing you to pay attention to the little details that really matter.