Sunday, December 23, 2007

THE LAST DAYS OF DOGTOWN by Anita Diamant


I am probably behind others in reading this author, since many are familiar with her last book, "The Red Tent" (which I look forward to reading soon).

From the book flap:

"This is a story of hardship and resilience - and an extraordinary recreation of an untold chapter of early American life. With a keen ear for language and profound compassion for her characters, (Anita) Diamant has written her most moving and powerful novel."

This book was outstanding. Taking place in the early 1800's in the Cape Ann area of Massachusetts, the author introduces us to the various characters who inhabit this backwater area. They are as a lot remarkable only in the degraded lives they live. Individually they surmount obstacles that seem so foreign to me as to be unbelievable. And yet, it has been about five days since I finished this book and I still ponder the characters and their lives. The fact that this novel is based on a real and distinct area and various real people makes it more true to me. I had just visited this area and, while I was not steeped in its history, I felt the potential for the characters' eccentricities in what was then an isolated village. You can still visit what remains of this village, including the boulder-marked cellars of the houses of its inhabitants.


I definitely recommend that you read this book. It is not warm and fuzzy. It is dark and depressing at times, but there are inspiring deeds performed and heroes made also.


5 comments:

Literary Feline said...

I am so pleased to hear you enjoyed this one! I liked it quite a bit as well, but haven't found too many people who agree, unfortunately.

Lynne said...

Tina, I'll look for this one. I loved THE RED TENT, but I didn't care too much for another book of hers - I can't remember the title right now.

Karen said...

I loved the Red Tent, also, but haven't read anything else by this author. I'll have to look for her books at the library.

Morning Glory said...

I just wanted to stop by and wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Rosehaven Cottage said...

I just wanted to leave you a note to wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Warm wishes for a lovely holiday week,
Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage