[Epub] ↠ Inland Author Téa Obreht – Thomashillier.co.uk

Inland The New York Times Bestselling Author Of The Tiger S Wife Returns With A Stunning Tale Of Perseverance An Epic Journey Across An Unforgettable Landscape Of Magic And Myth In The Lawless, Drought Ridden Lands Of The Arizona Territory In 1893, Two Extraordinary Lives Collide Nora Is An Unflinching Frontierswoman Awaiting The Return Of The Men In Her Life Her Husband, Who Has Gone In Search Of Water For The Parched Household, And Her Elder Sons, Who Have Vanished After An Explosive Argument Nora Is Biding Her Time With Her Youngest Son, Who Is Convinced That A Mysterious Beast Is Stalking The Land Around Their Home.Lurie Is A Former Outlaw And A Man Haunted By Ghosts He Sees Lost Souls Who Want Something From Him, And He Finds Reprieve From Their Longing In An Unexpected Relationship That Inspires A Momentous Expedition Across The West The Way In Which Nora S And Lurie S Stories Intertwine Is The Surprise And Suspense Of This Brilliant Novel.Mythical, Lyrical, And Sweeping In Scope, Inland Is Grounded In True But Little Known History It Showcases All Of T A Obreht S Talents As A Writer, As She Subverts And Reimagines The Myths Of The American West, Making Them Entirely And Unforgettably Her Own.

10 thoughts on “Inland

  1. says:

    I wasn t captivated by The Tiger s Wife so I almost wasn t going to read this But I kept reading so much about it that my interest was piqued, and I have to say that I was very captivated by this western story There are two narratives which for most of the novel felt very disconnected, but when they did, it was an amazing thing Lurie, a Middle Eastern immigrant is brought to Missouri by his father in 1856 When his father dies, Lurie is sold to the Coachman who picks up the dead and robs graves He finds brothers in Donovan and Hobb Mattie and soon becomes an outlaw Nora s is the second narrative and it s 1893 in Amargo, Arizona Territory, where homesteading is tough and living on this parched land during a drought can be brutal It s particularly hard for Nora, whose husband is missing and then her two sons, as she tries to keep her home, while caring for her young son Toby, who sees a beast and her husband s niece who holds seances Nora is so thirsty and the writing is so spectacular so was I because I felt as if I was there There is death here and whether or not there are ghosts here is a question that the reader will have to reconcile for themselves Is his lost brother Hobb a ghost or does Lurie just imagine Hobb s want that makes him steal Is Evelyn, Nora s daughter who died as a baby and has grown beside Nora through the years, an apparition or is Nora s imagining her as a way of dealing with her grief and the secret she holds I know this might sound eerie, but for me it wasn t I can t forget to mention, Lurie s camel, Burke who is his best friend and confidante Camels in the west So of course, this had me searching to find out if this was true and it was There was a United States Camel Corp, an army experiment to use camels as pack animals s slow going at times and it took a while for the two narratives to connect, but it was worth the wait to get to that moment where a sip of water meant everything in this time of desolation and despair Beautifully written and highly recommended I won t hesitate to read Tea Obreht s next book.I received an advanced copy of this book from Random House through NetGalley.

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    NOW AVAILABLE 4.5 StarsIt s been around eight years since I read T a Obreht s debut novel, The Tiger s Wife, but the fact that I loved the beautiful writing and the story had been enough incentive for me to request this second novel, Inland. I m so glad that I did.This story has a duel narrative, which kept me on my toes, and wanders over time, over centuries, and around the world in one of the narratives Over the course of a day in another narrative, traveling through time using memories revisited, times and places, loves and losses over a lifetime Through all of this, Obreht weaves this story of the early days of the Arizona Territory, 1893, with an enchanting sprinkling of magical realism, as well as a spiritual connection both of these two narrators have conversations with, and connections to the dead This isn t a carefree, cheerful read, yet it doesn t dwell in the harshness of these lives There is much pondering and wonderment of their surroundings, as bleak as they are, and through these we learn their stories Obreht manages to skillfully weave into this story the historical experimentation of the United States Camel Corps using camels as pack animals in the Southwest during the mid 19th century development of the country The US Army eventually decided to abandon this project, despite the camels stamina This added another layer to the story, but what I loved most about this was the vivid portrayal of the era, the landscape, and the memories of these two people, their stories, as well as their conversations with those who haunt their days and nights If there were brief moments while reading this where it felt as though I had wandered in the desert too long, the breathtaking ending is one that will remain etched in my mind Pub Date 13 Aug 2019Many thanks for the ARC provided by to Random House Publishing Group Random House

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    Homeless and orphaned at age six, Lurie survived by working with the Coachman and sleeping in his stable He helped collect lodgers who d passed in their sleep, or had their throats cut by bunkmates Grave robbing was included Lurie developed a hunger A hunger that could not be satisfiedthe want grew and grew Apprehended by the law, he was sent away with other ruffians to the midwest Securing a job at a mercantile and working with co workers Donovan and Hobb Mattie, small robberies morphed into stagecoach robberies by the Mattie Gang Lurie was now a wanted man, on the run from Marshall John Berger.Nora Lark felt unbounded by husband Emmett s move from town to town to get away from all his mistakes and shortfalls Nora was fiercely protective of their homestead in Amargo, Arizona territory The year was 1893 Emmett, with sons Rob and Dolan, ran a small press, the Sentinel Nora cared for youngest son Toby, blinded in one eye from a riding accident, wheelchair bound Gramma, and seventeen year old Josie, who communicated with the dead, a clairvoyant of sorts.In order to create inner peace, both Lurie and Nora needed and found comfort in strange ways Nora conversed with deceased daughter, Evelyn This was comforting when Emmett journeyed to Cumberland for water The family rain barrel was almost depleted Rob and Dolan go to work at the print shop, or do they Nora awaits the return of her husband and sons Lurie s inner peace comes when working as a cameleer He talks with Burke, his trusty camel, one of the pack animals for the U.S cavalry Inland by Tea Obreht was filled with the struggles of frontier settlers living inland The Camel Corps was instrumental in carrying salt, dry goods, even mail Camels could bear heavier loads and in less time than horses Author Obreht has taken two seemingly distinct storylines and masterfully connected them in a fascinating, poignant historical novel Highly recommended.Thank you Random House Publishing Group Random House and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review Inland.

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    2.5 stars, rounded downI picked this purely because I thought it took place in Arizona and I ve always wanted to read a historical novel from the Arizona Territory days I have not read Obreht s prior book This one just never grabbed me Told from two POVs, Lurie, a wanted man from Missouri who becomes a cameleer, and Nora, a frontier woman awaiting the return of her husband and older sons, it was choppy and stilted Both are haunted by ghosts In Laurie s case, they literally make demands of him And his narrative is directed to the camel he leads across the west Nora holds conversations with her dead daughter I debated just putting this one down numerous times The pace of this book is as slow as a desert tortoise The story also meanders across time and place To be honest, I only kept reading because other reviews mentioned how great the ending was and it was worth finishing for the ending In a way, it reminded me of Lincoln in the Bardo, similar language and of course, the ghosts If you like that book, you ll probably like this one I didn t care for either I was an outlier on that book and will probably by on this one as well Also, I had to do some research, but it would appear that Nora s homestead was actually in what is now New Mexico, up close to the Four Corners While the author spends a lot of time writing about the homestead, she didn t give me a real sense of place Anyone who has spent time in NM and AZ knows how different the landscape can be and I resented having to research it to get a better feel And despite them being down to their last cups of water, huge periods of time pass when it doesn t factor into the story at all And how can there be mud in a drought Little things like that irritated me I did enjoy the story about the camels and their trek In fact, the relationship between Burke and Lurie was the one part of the story I did enjoy.My thanks to netgalley and Random House for an advance copy of this book.

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    Ghost whispers and camel corpsI expected to like it than I did, still an okay read My favorite characters were a couple of camels.

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    DNF at 30% It may be my reading mood, but I ve picked this up several times, and I am not connecting with the story nor the characters The story was just striking me as disjointed.

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    Highly recommended full review here

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    We were bound up, you and I Though it break our hearts, we had as little choice then as we have now This is one of those books that I ve been dreading writing the review for because nothing I say can really convey what makes it so great I like literary fiction, but it s rare that I will pick up anything that s straight up literature This particular book interested me for two reasons the historical, western context, and the promise of supernatural elements.Inland doesn t disappoint on either front The story follows two main characters, Lurie of the Mattie gang, and Nora Lark of a small town called Amargo, in the Arizona territory It isn t until the very end that the reader comes to understand how and why these two stories are being told side by side That s all I m saying about that because it s just better that you know nothing going in.This is a character driven story, with Nora s part of it happening over I think the course of one day, from morning to night She often reminisces on things that happened in the past, her relationship with her husband and people in the town, the birth and lives of her children, etc These parts can be very slow, but they all contribute to painting the picture of Nora s life and the people in it.Life in Arizona isn t easy and every day has been a struggle There are a few supernatural elements to her story as well Her niece by marriage, Josie, is a medium, conducting seances with the dead, and her son Toby has been seeing a strange beast roaming their land Nora believes both things are just figments of wild imaginations And what did you ever learn from me save to keep to yourself, and look over your shoulder In contrast to Nora, we have Lurie He s a Turkish immigrant that is orphaned as a child and eventually falls in with the Mattie gang He gets on the wrong side of the law early in the book and we follow his story as he runs from Marshall Berger and from his past Lurie also has a supernatural ability to see and speak to the dead If they touch him, he feels their last wants, and they consume him as his own needs.The contrast in their stories is brilliant Between the two of these characters, it s easy to assume Lurie would be the least likable, and that the reader would come to care deeply for Nora, the struggling, innocent , ranch wife But Obreht brilliantly turns this assumption on it s head by making Nora the unlikeable of the two She can sometimes be cruel to those around her, including her husband and children, but most of all her niece, and she holds some clear prejudices against the local native population Meanwhile, Lurie proves himself to be a man capable of caring deeply for others, and a man, maybe, searching for redemption The longer I live the I have come to understand that extraordinary people are eroded by their worries while the useless are carried ever forward by their delusions Despite it s slow pacing, the book is so hard to put down Different little mysteries are introduced along the way, while other interesting little connections and reveals are being made not between Nora and Lurie, but within the narrative of each of their separate lives Different story elements and characters in the story return at the most unexpected times, keeping the reader surprised throughout It s a dramatic story that feels perfectly mundane, and I m still in awe of it.Lurie s parts are written in second person, though I won t tell you who he is addressing The writing itself is gorgeous It isn t as impactful as say, The Mere Wife, but it s emotional, and often left me feeling a little wistful By the end of it, I was in tears.This review has probably rambled on for far too long already, and I haven t remotely done the book justice Just know if any part of this story or review appeals to you at all, it s well worth picking up and reading through to the end, where the reveals and realizations will surprise and haunt you for a long time to come Thank you to the publisher for providing an ARC for review.

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    Unfortunately, this is going in the DNF pile I am just not connecting with this at all There are parts of this that I just marvel at it is written so beautifully The rest I m left scratching my head I never read the author s heralded debut, but I was anxious to read this as the summary sounded different and interesting Plus, THAT COVER Sadly, I m far enough in and I can tell it s not going to get any better based on my personal preference It s far too slow nothing wrong with that, just not my cup of tea at the moment , and while beautifully written, I am very, very bored I am reminded of Lincoln In The Bardo, that was also a DNF for me as well and that isn t a bad comparison, but that book also just wasn t for me The reviews seem to be all over the map on this, so I suggest you try it for yourself as your opinion my vary wildly from mine Thank you to Netgalley, Random House and Tea Obreht for the opportunity to read this and provide an honest review Review Date 8 15 19Publication Date 8 13 19

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