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Read & Download Peace Like a River Ü PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook × Once in a great while we encounter a novel in our voluminous reading that begs to be read aloud Leif Enger's debut Peace Like a River is one such work His richly evocative novel narrated by an asthmatic 11 year old named Reuben Land is the story of Reuben's unuA tragedy a romance and an unflagging exploration into the spirituality and magic possible in the everyday world and in that of the world awaiting us on the other side of life In Enger's superb debut effort we witness a wondrous celebration of family faith and spirit the likes of which we haven't seen in a long long time and the birth of a classic work of literatur. Having just finished this author's Virgil Wander I was keen to read from him  Reviews from a couple of GR friends convinced me to pick this up  I admit the spiritual flavor was a tad than is my preference but I was already invested in the characters and the story  Oh and the writing  Dang I loved the writing  A seemingly bottomless pot of potato chowder 'a peevish wind' a river of horses manes flowing the sounds of an 'awakening barnyard'     It is astonishing to me that I have been reading on this book for over a week  It wasn't from lack of enjoyment that's for sure  It's a story that is meant to be savored certainly and that must have been what I was doing  The talent of this storyteller cannot be denied

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Ther Charged with the murder of two locals who terrorized their family Davy has fled understanding that the scales of justice will not weigh in his favor But Reuben his father Jeremiah a man of faith so deep he has been known to produce miracles and Reuben's little sister Swede follow closely behind the fleeing DavyAffecting and dynamic Peace Like a River is at once. How do I write this to persuade the uninitiated how great Peace Like a River is without seeming like a freak A cursory glance at the synopsis should've had me running for the hills At its core its about good old fashioned family values faith read religion and miracles read divine intervention It also features Zane GreyLouis L'amour influenced epic poetry as penned by a precocious 8 year old narration by an asthmatic 11 year old desperadoes and fugitives from the law like Butch Cassidy Jesse James and the Younger brothers Meh I don't like old timey Westerns I'm not much for precocious kids telling stories and well as for the faith and miracles thing this Doubting Thomas subscribes to Jon Krakauer's school of thought Faith is the very antithesis of reasonAnd yet were I to put Goodreads to use as it was intended and shelve my favorites you'd find no less than three novels in my Top Ten with faithspirituality as a centerpiece David James Duncan's sublime The Brothers K and The River Why and John Irving's simply transcendent A Prayer for Owen Meany And so with the latest contender for a spot on my top ten Leif Enger's stunner makes four novels with spirituality at their nexus Go figure Peace Like a River is not exactly plot heavy There's certainly a plot here but it's one you'll want to drink in as the story and atmospherics envelop you It's a story set in the early 1960's in the cold barren farmlands of Western Minnesota and the even colder even barren Badlands of the Dakotas of the Land family narrator Reuben an asthmatic fellow relaying the events of the book in retrospect; father Jeremiah a mostly ambitionless schoolhouse janitor and ultra pious disciple of God and conduit to or source of many of the aforementioned miracles; Reuben's younger sister Swede whose poetry serves as parallel allegory to the actions of their older brother; and Davy whose actions to defend his girlfriend and sister from a pair of thugs land him in jailand worseIndelible characters particularly Ruben Swede and Jeremiah as iconic as Scout Jem and Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird unforgetable dialogue vivid you are there scenery and a story to keep you turning the pages till the wee hours yet slow enough to savor every sentence are all components of a near masterpiece I urge you all to give Enger's 2001 novel his first of only two penned a read no matter your receptivity to stories of spirituality and faith and the Old West It's a keeper Highly recommended

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Peace Like a RiverOnce in a great while we encounter a novel in our voluminous reading that begs to be read aloud Leif Enger's debut Peace Like a River is one such work His richly evocative novel narrated by an asthmatic 11 year old named Reuben Land is the story of Reuben's unusual family and their journey across the frozen Badlands of the Dakotas in search of his fugitive older bro. 2016 REVIEW I just re read this one for book club After almost eight years it was good to revisit it and rediscover what I loved about it I remembered loving the characters especially Reuben and Swede and the setting the desolation of the Dakota Badlands I remembered loving the writing absolutely some of the best writing I've encountered in all the books I've readI remembered almost nothing of the plot besides fugitive Davy and the family in the Airstream trailer so it was an especially enjoyable re readThis book is both sad and hopeful A little gritty in places without being unnecessarily graphic A little too unreal at times but so real in the way the characters feel and react A beautiful tribute to faith in God a theme that is so rarely treated with the respect and depth it deservesYeah this book is just beautiful Still one of my favorites 2011 REVIEW audioI read this book in the summer of 2008 and just listened to it again this month February 2011 It's every bit as wonderful as I remember The writing it some of the most beautiful I've ever read reminds me strangely enough of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn The characters are so incredibly likable I loved the themes of miracles loyalty accountability faithIt's a bittersweet story but for me the sweet outweighs the bitter 2008 REVIEW This has been on my to read book ever since seeing how highly recommended it came from Jenn Lots of my other Goodreads friends had read it too and they’d all loved itI loved it tooThree things that kept me turning those pages1 The characters Eleven year old Reuben soon became one of my favorite narrators ever Loved him and everything about him And don’t even get me started on little sister Swede I’m sure there’s no eight year old who’s uite so bright and hardworking and loyal and talented — and yet I adored her even if she is too good to be true I loved Roxanna as much as the children — and as much as Jeremiah Land the father the good hearted example and anchor of the family and the book2 The writing The prose is so lyrical and yet so effortless and the poetry yes there’s Swede’s verses interspersed throughout is amazing The descriptions are terrific; the metaphors are fresh rather than trite The first person point of view is honest and intriguing and keeps the story moving which is usually a “lyrical” book’s downfall — it gets longwinded Not this one And — get this — I don’t think there was a single swear word in the whole three hundred and thirteen pages or sex scene or any of that usual stuff that lands a book on a best seller list which I think it was on for a time Hooray That said there is some violence But not graphic violence3 The message The book touched on themes of accountability of perspective of loyalty And of course of faith — of finding peace by relying on God It dealt with hard topics but the characters — well Reuben anyway and likely Swede too — grew stronger from their experiences because of their faith or probably likely the faith of their fatherThis is the kind of book I could hear someone calling “a modern classic” — I thoroughly enjoyed it