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Ad dreams” Ron Rash author of Burning BrightSet against the backdrop of Alaska’s unforgiving wilderness Caribou Island is David Vann’s dark and captivating tale of a marriage pulled apart by rage and regret  With this eagerly anticipated debut novel a mast. Dark ity dark dark dark The beautiful Alaskan wilderness was as much a part of this story as its characters a couple in their mid 50s setting about building and arguing over a tiny cabin and about their adult children These people were drawn with outstanding depth and tone and that is true for even sideline characters the four friends and lovers who meander in and out of the tale Aside from Rhoda the gentle hearted daughter and a sweet side character named Carl we see shards of the rotten and the kind in practically every person detailed here This makes the dark story extremely believable and engages the reader tightly The black moods that percolate through from time to time are relieved by the 20 something goofiness of the adult son Mark and his entourage I ve read three of Vann s novels so far and this one is by far the most realistic and with characters that were easy to relate to Auarium featured characters that bordered on cartoonish in my opinion Goat Mountain drug out meandering existentialism over and over He is an incredibly talented if sober writer but for me this particular story was his Goldilocks choice just rightCaribou Island was a difficult book to put down If you cannot handle the dark or cold stay away but if that can entrance you for 300 some pages read it 5 stars

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Erful follow up to his internationally bestselling short fiction anthology Legend of a Suicide Vann takes up the mantle of Louise Erdrich Marilyn Robinson and Rick Moody delivering a powerfully wrought enthrallingly emotional narrative of struggle and isolation  . Not long ago I was mesmerized by David Vann s exceptional and perceptive collection Legend of a Suicide a mythology of his father s death I wondered whether his first full length novel would capture the magic and raw energy of that astonishing bookThe answer I m pleased to say is yesBeware Caribou Island is NOT for readers who are looking for likeable characters and Hollywood type endings It ventures into dark emotional territory that s not always comfortable to reside in the same type of territory that s inhabited by say Martha and George in Who s Afraid of Virginia Wolff In other words it packs a wallopGary and Irene are a couple who have lived for years in Alaska an open space an opportunity to forget about something as small as heartache There s a juxtaposition of Alaska as a grand and vast space with the downright claustrophobia of a marriage falling apart Irene reluctantly signs on to Gary s desire to build a cabin from the ground up in uninhabited and remote Caribou IslandThe cabin becomes a metaphor for their lives Irene thinks Maybe you can nail each layer down into the nextif the could take all their previous selves and nail them together get who they were five years ago and twenty five years to fit closer together maybe they d have a sense of something solid But that is not to be Instead Irene views herself as chilled and alonenot the expansive vision you d be tempted to have spreading your arms on some sunny day on an open slope of purple lupine looking at mountains all around Irene if truth be known is falling apart she is having extreme flashbacks to the time when she found her mother a suicide And Gary is totally lost searching for himself in the infinity of AlaskaGary reflects You could only find an outward shapeif you followed your calling If you took the wrong path all you could shape was monstrosity And indeed it s evident from the beginning that the cabin is indeed that monstrosityThe legacy of mother to daughter and daughter to her own children plays out throughout this book Rhoda their daughter is trying her best to reconcile her dreams of love with a man who is poised to disappoint her And Mark their son has dropped out entirely living month to month and unable to commit to much of anythingFor the sense of placefor the imagery and prosefor the fierceness of Vann s imagination this is a book that is stunning to read Even though his characters will never fulfill their promise David Vann has certainly fulfilled his

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“Dazzling Vann knows the darkness but he writes from the compassionate light of art  This is an essential book”  Robert Olen Butler Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain“ExceptionalAn unflinching portrait of bad faith and b. Alaska s beauty has a brutal edge From a distance it appears calm and pristine but the reality of living there can be harsh unyielding Chaos is part of its nature a reflection of the chaos in the couple s marriage their lives while at the same time adding to their chaos A perfect storm gaining momentumGary pictures himself as an ancient Viking forever bonded to this wilderness thriving every attempt at nature to knock him down is countered with his conuering bellows As part of his dream he and his wife Irene are moving to Caribou Island log by log and side by side they will fulfill his plan to build a cabin there a small cabin built for just the two of them to live out their days They were going to build their cabin from scratch No foundation even And no plans no experience no permits no advice welcome Gary wanted to just do it as if the two of them were the first to come upon this wilderness Irene is recently retired and suffering from blinding chronic headaches which her husband dismisses her daughter seems baffled by both the sudden appearance of these headaches and her father s obliviousness to her mother s non stop pain He thought she was making up the pain thought it wasn t real She was sitting right in front of him in the boat facing him but he managed to look ahead their entire trip across that lake without seeing her at all Part of how he was letting her vanish Beyond the headaches Irene suffers from increasing dread of Gary s fantasy life on this island All she wants to do is crawl into a comfortable bed find a uiet space and shut away as much of this pain as possible And meanwhile Irene said uietly to herself this gets to be my life Because you can choose who you ll be with but you can t choose who they ll become Their daughter Rhoda is concerned about her mother the headaches the desolate environment her father seems hell bent to drag her to She wants them close by She can t be worrying about them on an island without any communication Nature complies by blanketing everything with a storm seemingly designed to add an atmosphere of desolation like a fog surrounding all Everyone s emotions thoughts and dreams seem to follow suit Vann s writing is effortless beautiful haunting Caribou Island is a captivating story with tremendously memorable characters Alaska s wilderness is just as much a character in this angst filled story as Gary and Irene Lonely disconnected and haunting


10 thoughts on “Caribou Island

  1. says:

    Caribou Island is a masterpiece Set in the remote bleakness of water soaked small town Alaska this is a tale of desperation failure of man versus nature but also of man so arrogant and self involved so removed from reality that he does not bother to properly prepare for the battle Some hope is gleaned some battles are won but the war seen h

  2. says:

    Alaska’s beauty has a brutal edge From a distance it appears calm and pristine but the reality of living there can be harsh unyielding Chaos is part of its nature a reflection of the chaos in the couple’s marriage their lives whil

  3. says:

    You can't have what no longer existsBrutally rawand that's not just an adeuate descriptive for the glacier fed lake on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula Rugged terrain both in life and in the treacherous environment that surrounds both the body and t

  4. says:

    45★“What Gary wanted was the imagined village the return to an idyllic time when he could have a role a set task as blacksmith or baker or singer of a people’s stories”Gary’s a miserable son of a gun but he has his up moments and if I were doing an armchair diagnosis I’d be inclined toward bi polar manic depressive or whatever the current terminology is Irene has stuck with him this “champion of regret The regret a

  5. says:

    Dark ity dark dark dark The beautiful Alaskan wilderness was as much a part of this story as its characters a couple in their mid 50s setting about building and arguing over a tiny cabin and about their adult children These people were drawn with outstanding depth and tone and that is true for even sideline characters the four frien

  6. says:

    I couldn’t put this book down Even the moments when I wanted to throw it against the wall Caribou Island stuck

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    Because you can choose who you'll be with but you can't choose who they'll becomeThis is a story of Gary and Irene not of an island The island exists physically and figuratively but this is a story of them Their love envy and hatred of one another His failings and her failure to realize it too uicklyThey've been together for thirty

  8. says:

    Check out my interview with David Vann in August 2012 reading this story i am thinking of the story Revolutionary Road written by Rich

  9. says:

    Not long ago I was mesmerized by David Vann’s exceptional and perceptive collection Legend of a Suicide – a mythology of his father’s death I wondered whether his first full length novel would capture the magic and raw energy of that astonishing bookThe answer I’m pleased to say is yesBeware Caribou Island is NOT for readers who are looking for “likeable characters” and Hollywood type endings It ventures int

  10. says:

    David Vann uses no uotation marks throughout this bleak depressing read Is his refusal to use uotation marks supposed to be some new Style of writing like texting? Why not just throw out all punctuation? We could all write