Deep River by Karl Marlantes audiobook

Deep River: A Novel

By Karl Marlantes
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Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9780802125385
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Karl Marlantes’s debut novel, Matterhorn, has been hailed as a modern classic of war literature. In his new novel, Deep River, Marlantes turns to another mode of storytelling―the family epic―to craft a stunningly expansive narrative of human suffering, courage, and reinvention. In the early 1900s, as the oppression of Russia’s imperial rule takes its toll on Finland, the three Koski siblings―Ilmari, Matti, and the politicized young Aino―are forced to flee to the United States. Not far from the majestic Columbia River, the siblings settle among other Finns in a logging community in southern Washington, where the first harvesting of the colossal old-growth forests begets rapid development, and radical labor movements begin to catch fire. The brothers face the excitement and danger of pioneering this frontier wilderness―climbing and felling trees one hundred meters high―while Aino, foremost of the book’s many strong, independent women, devotes herself to organizing the industry’s first unions. As the Koski siblings strive to rebuild lives and families in an America in flux, they also try to hold fast to the traditions of a home they left behind. Layered with fascinating historical detail, this is a novel that breathes deeply of the sun-dappled forest and bears witness to the stump-ridden fields the loggers, and the first waves of modernity, leave behind. At its heart, Deep River is an ambitious and timely exploration of the place of the individual, and of the immigrant, in an America still in the process of defining its own identity.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Pick of New & Noteworthy Books

An Amazon Best Book of the Month selection

A Publishers Weekly Pick of Top Ten Books of Spring

A BookPage Top Pick of Best Historical Fiction of the Summer

A Booklist Pick of the Best New Fiction Books Out This Week

A Literary Hub Pick of Best Reviewed Books of the Week

Karl Marlantes’s debut novel, Matterhorn, has been hailed as a modern classic of war literature. In his new novel, Deep River, Marlantes turns to another mode of storytelling―the family epic―to craft a stunningly expansive narrative of human suffering, courage, and reinvention.

In the early 1900s, as the oppression of Russia’s imperial rule takes its toll on Finland, the three Koski siblings―Ilmari, Matti, and the politicized young Aino―are forced to flee to the United States. Not far from the majestic Columbia River, the siblings settle among other Finns in a logging community in southern Washington, where the first harvesting of the colossal old-growth forests begets rapid development, and radical labor movements begin to catch fire. The brothers face the excitement and danger of pioneering this frontier wilderness―climbing and felling trees one hundred meters high―while Aino, foremost of the book’s many strong, independent women, devotes herself to organizing the industry’s first unions. As the Koski siblings strive to rebuild lives and families in an America in flux, they also try to hold fast to the traditions of a home they left behind.

Layered with fascinating historical detail, this is a novel that breathes deeply of the sun-dappled forest and bears witness to the stump-ridden fields the loggers, and the first waves of modernity, leave behind. At its heart, Deep River is an ambitious and timely exploration of the place of the individual, and of the immigrant, in an America still in the process of defining its own identity.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Marlantes conveys the elements, arcana, and dangerous romance of logging superbly…Mighty physical, social, and economic forces operate the plot of this novel, buffeting its characters, raising them up, flinging them down, twisting their fates together. Deep River is a big American novel.” Wall Street Journal
Deep River is an engrossing and commanding historical epic about one immigrant family’s shifting fortunes. And though its story is a century old, this time it speaks more directly to America’s current predicament.” Washington Post
“An intergenerational saga that will transform your understanding of the hardscrabble societies behind today’s Pacific Northwest and the region’s history of political radicalism…It’s also a riveting read in the classic western literature tradition of Wallace Stegner’s The Big Rock Candy Mountain, delivering the rich pleasures of an epic story well told whether or not you’re drawn to its subject matter.” The Oregonian
“A sweeping, consuming epic [told] through the day-to-day experiences of his characters…Deep River is a place where you hear the trees thundering to the ground and…also a finely-hewn portrait of people’s lives in an era when this country was figuring out what it stood for. You could call Deep River the great Pacific Northwest novel, but it’s even more than that.” Amazon.com
“Marlantes poignantly depicts the intimacies of personal dramas that echo the twentieth century’s unprecedented political storms and yet in surprising ways reprise Finland’s oldest mythologies…An unforgettable novel.” Booklist (starred review)
“Immerses the reader in the life of the Koski siblings, whose worldview is dominated by sisu, a Finnish concept of honor, dignity, and inner strength…The book extols the love of family and friends and the beauty of the landscape even as that landscape is ravaged.” BookPage (starred review)
“Inspired by family history, Marlantes offers a sprawling, painstakingly realistic novel about Finnish immigrants in the Pacific Northwest during the first half of the twentieth century…Packed with intriguing detail about Finnish culture, Northwest landscapes, and twentieth-century American history, making for a vivid immigrant family chronicle.” Publishers Weekly
“An admirable work, this monomyth is dense…with Marlantes’s gift for lyricism and evocative language.” Library Journal
“Marlantes carefully builds an epic world in the forests of Scandinavia and the Northwest, taking pains to round out each character…Well worth reading.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Karl Marlantes

Author Bio: Karl Marlantes

Karl Marlantes, a cum-laude graduate of Yale University and Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, was a marine in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation Medals for valor, two Purple Hearts, and ten air medals. His novel Matterhorn and his nonfiction book What It Is Like to Go to War, both based on his combat experience, are also both New York Times bestsellers.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 25.98
Audience: Adult
Language: English