The Stove-Junker

The Stove Junker In the winter of year old Somerset Garden travels back to his ancestral home in idyllic Drums Pennsylvania to renovate his dilapidated house Burdened by the loss of his beloved wife angry

  • Title: The Stove-Junker
  • Author: S.K. Kalsi
  • ISBN: 9780990779063
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the winter of 2012, 79 year old Somerset Garden travels back to his ancestral home in idyllic Drums, Pennsylvania, to renovate his dilapidated house Burdened by the loss of his beloved wife, angry at God and at himself, Somerset hopes to reach a final understanding of the meaning of his life.While a blizzard barrels down from the north and Armageddon draws closer, SoIn the winter of 2012, 79 year old Somerset Garden travels back to his ancestral home in idyllic Drums, Pennsylvania, to renovate his dilapidated house Burdened by the loss of his beloved wife, angry at God and at himself, Somerset hopes to reach a final understanding of the meaning of his life.While a blizzard barrels down from the north and Armageddon draws closer, Somerset discovers an unnamed boy squatting on the property, a strange boy who forces him to confront his past Unearthing objects in the house, Somerset remembers his father s cruelty and the accident that cost him his brother s life his youth s itinerant wandering, tethered to his mother after a fire that blazed the woods his artistic wife and their rebellious son all of whom are caught in the grip of Luzerne County s ancient history of violence Part elegy, part history, part existential ghost tale, The Stove Junker is a harrowing, lyrical meditation on loss, heartbreak, and the power of memorykalsi

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    1. I received a copy of The Stove-Junker from its publishers, Little Feather Books, via NetGalley, in return for an honest review.The Stove-Junker isn't so much a book to be read as to be savoured. Kalsi's prose is rich and detailed with a gorgeous rhythm and turn of phrase. However, it did take me a while to get into his writing as it is very different to the other books I have read recently. Of the four books that make up The Stove-Junker, I had nearly finished the first before I found myself tru [...]

    2. An extraordinary book. A book that you never really put down, because it stays with you, becomes part of you, affects your way of being in the world. The book is written in layers - layers of perception, meaning, events. There are spiralling patterns and themes. The meaning-patterns remind me of a fractal graphic.The book is also profoundly sad. It is about reaching out and not reaching far enough, failing to love, failing to relate, failing to reach your potential - Somerset, the main character [...]

    3. An interesting and complicated book, with a very different style, reminiscent of the stream of consciousness style of James Joyce in some respects. If you are looking for a quick and uncomplicated read, then this is probably not the one for you. That said, some of the language use and descriptions are poignant and evocative and help to thrust you into another, almost ethereal, world. The main character is a man undergoing great sadness and trauma and the constant loss of himself into other times [...]

    4. In an excellent, depressing, and undoubtedly realistic 2012 blog post entitled " 'It Can't Be Done': The Difficulty of Growing a Jazz Audience," Kurt Ellenberger notes:". of the music we are trying to build an audience for is cognitively demanding. So we're looking for some marketing, education, packaging or programming strategy that will influence and/or supersede both personal taste and the enormous pressures of the dominant popular culture; at the same time, we're asking people to commit to a [...]

    5. I'd be remiss if I didn't first admit to being good friends with Surya. Not only friends, but the best man in his wedding a few years back. He is family as far as I'm concerned. I've had many numerous conversations, all great, all deep, about everything from philosophical musings to music to politics. We've run the gamut. He and I are very, very different writers, but our passion for the written word is equal regardless of our styles. Having said all that, I must admit to being critical to every [...]

    6. The Stove-Junker è una lettura molto particolare. Scommetto che non piacerà a tutti, perchè The Stove-Junker è il racconto di un uomo distrutto dalla perdita dei suoi cari. E' un racconto pesante a volte, deprimente, che fa riflettere. E' la storia di un uomo solo, triste e arrabbiato con Dio, che si chiede continuamente cosa abbia fatto di male per meritarsi quello che gli è accaduto nella vita.All'inizio può sembrare piuttosto strano da leggere, ma dopo una decina di pagine entrerete nel [...]

    7. That book was very different from everything I have read until today. The writing was simply beautiful and mesmerising - the author certainly has a way to treat words in such a manner as to keep the readers captivated.Despite the enticing prose, I have to admit that it took me some time to fully get into the story. Its fragmented structure initially confused me, but I think it suited the theme of the story nicely. The different voices of the narrator's family speaking (in his head?) were also a [...]

    8. "Did you ever get the feeling you're living inside someone else's dream?" That question perfectly sums up the experience of reading this book. The language is beautiful, and the scenes are amazing, but a lot of the time it feels like you're inside a dream. Past and present mesh together. It's sometimes hard to discern what is real and what is imagined. This is a sad book; a book about loss and abuse and a cycle of pain and suffering. A book about regret with no way to make things right. It is a [...]

    9. If you are looking for a simple beginning, middle, and end story novel then don't pick up this book. If you want to be blown away with absolutely beautiful descriptive writing do try it. The key and beauty of this book is not in the story line but is in the riveting prose that is almost poetic. Sometimes I enjoy reading a book for enjoyment but other times I love reading just the written word and sentences. Definitely recommended to those who love a bit of magic in their novels.

    10. From the Musings of a Starving Author:It’s no secret that most of the care packages that get put into my pantry contain sweet, life-sustaining genre fiction. Sci-fi, fantasy, romance, all that sort of thing, delights both fun and sweet. I do, however, also find a fair share of dramatic literature as well and today’s meal is served up piping hot and filled with a stream-of-conscious narrative to hopefully match the best in drama and tragedy. Does Mr. Kalsi bring the goods or did he drop the p [...]

    11. NOTE: I received a copy of this arc from Negalley in exchange for an honest review.This is not a book that can be read in a few days! This is something that needs to be read slowly and thoughtfully. It's difficult for me to even describe this book - I read about 100 pages into it and wasn't able to finish due to time constraints. I will be returning to "Stove-Junker" when I have the time to really appreciate the writing. It's dense and thick and descriptive and I mean that in a good way. The boo [...]

    12. This was an interesting story, but I wasn't really a fan of the writing style. It's told by an old man who while living in the present is constantly recalling the past. For me that just made me feel like I was always being held at an arm's length of the story and never really involved in it- which in turn made the plot seem plodding and slow. If you're one who can sit by lazily and listen to people's stories, then you might enjoy this. But if you're like me and just wish that they'd get to the p [...]

    13. Not my style of novel but I definitely think this could appeal to fans of Stephen King or maybe Dean Koontz. This is a fairly dark novel and I found it just a little confusing but I think it has a lot of good points. See my full review here: The Stove-Junker

    14. "I have to laugh " about how I actually thought this book was going to get better and forced myself to finish it. 300+ pages of a stream of consciousness *yawns*Some people might enjoy this book but I wasn't one of them.

    15. eARC: NetgalleyI just couldn't follow this book. It rambled here and there, back and forth through time, and from one dark depressing memory to another. Not for me.

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