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by Larry Watson


SUNDOWN, YELLOW MOON was rather a disappointment for me and NOT because I read two Watson books in. .Larry Watson is an awesome author and I love how he writes. Such flowing, wonderful sentences, such true descriptions of people, places, and events

SUNDOWN, YELLOW MOON was rather a disappointment for me and NOT because I read two Watson books in a row. No matter when I would have read this book, it was decidedly not up to par with other books I have read. We meet three central characters, our narrator, and his two friends, Gene Stoddard and Marie Ryan, a girl who both boys are in love with. Such flowing, wonderful sentences, such true descriptions of people, places, and events. However, for me, and perhaps NOT you, this book just didn't pull me in like I wanted it to.

Sundown, Yellow Moon. Also by Larry Watson. Sundown, yellow moon, I replay the past. A Reader’s Guide: Sundown, Yellow Moon. A Conversation with Larry Watson. Questions and Topics for Discussion. I know every scene by heart, they all went by so fast. BOB DYLAN, If You See Her, Say Hello.

Spare, haunting, lyrical,Sundown, Yellow Moonis a piercing study of love and betrayal, grief and desire, youth and remembrance. Using a brilliant, evocative on structure, Larry Watson not only brings to life a distinct period in history but, most affectingly, reveals the interplay of memory, secrets, and the passage of time. Through his own recollections and his fiction–sometimes impossible to separate–he attempts to make sense of a senseless act and, in the process, to examine his youth, his friendship with Gene, and the love they both had for a beautiful girl named Marie.

Praise for Sundown, Yellow Moon: Watson succeeds impressively, especially in deepening our understanding of first . Larry Watson takes the less-traveled roads, through landscapes and heartscapes vaguely familiar, intensely poetic and always jangling.

Praise for Sundown, Yellow Moon: Watson succeeds impressively, especially in deepening our understanding of first love. He has established himself as one of the leading poetic realists, painting his stories across the canvas of interiors: small-town America and the human heart. San Jose Mercury News, on Orchard. About Sundown, Yellow Moon.

Here the novel begins - with an end. "In spite of the popularity of mystery novels, is who the question we really.

In Let Him Go, Larry Watson evokes the deepest kind of suspense: that based upon the fact that humans are unpredictable and perhaps ultimately unknowable-even to their most intimate associates

In Let Him Go, Larry Watson evokes the deepest kind of suspense: that based upon the fact that humans are unpredictable and perhaps ultimately unknowable-even to their most intimate associates. This fierce, tense book is beautifully written, with spare and economical prose out of which blooms a vivid and uncompromising portrait of the modern West. A brilliant achievement. Alice LaPlante, bestselling author of Turn of Mind. Let Him Go is as commanding as its title: you will be immediately gripped by the narrow-eyed, big-hearted pursuit of a child in danger. The characters and events in this book are fictitious. Any similarity to real persons, living or dead, is coincidental and not intended by the author.

The bestselling author of Orchard and Montana 1948 offers a haunting story-in the spare but lyrical prose that is Watsons hallmark-of passion, grief, and the nature of memory.

Sundown, Yellow Moon book.

Spare, haunting, lyrical, Sundown, Yellow Moon is a piercing study of love and betrayal, grief and desire, youth and remembrance.

Forty years after the suicide of his best friend’s father, a writer revisits the tragedy and tries to unravel the mystery behind one man’s inexplicable actions on that icy January day in 1961. Through his own recollections and his fiction–sometimes impossible to separate–he attempts to make sense of a senseless act and, in the process, to examine his youth, his connection to his best friend, Gene, and the enigma of Marie, a beautiful girl whose heart once belonged to both of them and whose spell still lingers through the decades.Spare, haunting, lyrical, Sundown, Yellow Moon is a piercing study of love and betrayal, grief and desire, youth and remembrance. Larry Watson not only brings to life a distinct period in history but, most affectingly, reveals the interplay of memory, secrets, and the passage of time.Praise for Sundown, Yellow Moon:“Watson succeeds impressively, especially in deepening our understanding of first love.”–Alan Cheuse, Chicago Tribune“A marvelous evocation of a time and place and of high school existence when it was considerably less ferocious than it is today . . . [Sundown, Yellow Moon] twitches aside the curtain to reveal the menace and mendacity lurking behind placid and mundane lives.”–Minneapolis Star Tribune“[An] oddly heartbreaking story: allowed to run amok, the past becomes a monster capable of devouring the present.”–Booklist“Larry Watson takes the less-traveled roads, through landscapes and heartscapes vaguely familiar, intensely poetic and always jangling. . . . He has established himself as one of the leading poetic realists, painting his stories across the canvas of interiors: small-town America and the human heart.”–San Jose Mercury News, on Orchard
Heraly
That being said, I was not very impressed with his latest book. The first warning sign was the cover. It depicts a couple kissing. Very un-Watsonlike. Not that his characters don't kiss but it strikes me as a flagrant attempt by his publisher to expand Watson's audience by appealing to new readers who might think that this book is a romance. It's not.

Watson writes superbly about life in the desolate Dakotas. This book is set mostly in Bismarck, North Dakota, in the early 1960's. His narrator is a writer looking back 40 years to that time when his neighbor (and best friend) experienced a family tragedy. This tragic event changes the courses of several lives, including the narrator's.

Unfortunately, the narrator is not your typical Watson character. Watson has a gift for allowing us to see inside the uptight souls of windburned and stoic prairie people. The reader keeps hoping that our narrator will stop being so detached from his own passions and personal history. It doesn't happen. It is almost impossible to like this person. He doesn't inspire sympathy. He is wooden. Even when he describes moments of lust they are analytic and robotic.

At the end of the book he even admits his failure as a person to express his true feelings and how it has destroyed his relationships. It almost seems like this is Watson's way of admitting that he has blown the opportunity to satisfy us, his readers.

You can't score a touchdown on every run. Watson punts. Maybe next time.
Мох
I read a lot of Larry Watson this year. I liked this one, and related to it.
Dordred
SUNDOWN, YELLOW MOON

I am not one to normally read back-to-back books by the same author, but in Larry Watson's case, I thought why not? I have just finished -- and loved, adored, can't stop thinking about it -- LET HIM GO. SUNDOWN, YELLOW MOON was rather a disappointment for me and NOT because I read two Watson books in a row. No matter when I would have read this book, it was decidedly not up to par with other books I have read.

We meet three central characters, our narrator, and his two friends, Gene Stoddard and Marie Ryan, a girl who both boys are in love with. Our story starts -- and endlessly continues -- with a murder. Gene's father, Raymond, has gone and shot to death the state senator and then calmly returns home and hangs himself in the garage. For young Gene and his family and friends, his father committing murder forever alters forever -

The murder and suicide make headlines and affect so many lives -- forever. Our narrator tells his story of that fateful day, and then offers up the future lives of all concerned in this scenario. Also, the past is brought up in relation to the murder/suicide and the life of Raymond Stoddard and events leading up to his eventual act of murder and his suicide.

The book has good points and the writing is superb, but for me -- this book seemed to drag on and wasn't very interesting in parts. The characters were well written, rounded out, and humanized. However, the story line seemed to meander along, rehashing and rehashing the events of the murder/suicide.

Larry Watson is an awesome author and I love how he writes. Such flowing, wonderful sentences, such true descriptions of people, places, and events. However, for me, and perhaps NOT you, this book just didn't pull me in like I wanted it to.

Watson has several other books I anticipate reading soon - ORCHARD, MONTANA 1948, JUSTICE, LAURA, IN A DARK TIME. If you haven't read LET HIM GO, please do, you will be very happy that you did.

This book has many redeeming qualities and is perhaps one that others would enjoy much more than I did.

I am, however, a new and grateful fan of Mr. Watson's.

Thank you.
Fiarynara
The structure of this story is in the first person with our narrator who is a writer looking back over forty years. He searches his memory for a solution to a 40 year old crime. The year of focus here is 1962 and our narrator is graduating from high school. (I also graduated in 1962.) Down the block his best friend's father has hung himself in the garage shortly after assassinating a State Senator. All this takes place in Bismarck, North Dakota. The winding road of the story, like all of Larry Watson's work, is really built around this suicide as a devise to hook the reader. And it does, at least it did me. Although I much preferred Watson's classic MONTANA 1948 and his WHITE CROSSES I found YELLOW MOON to be a worthwhile and interesting diversion. I am not sure Watson's devise of adding the narrator's own fiction as an aside in most chapters worked for me. It appeared to slow down the narrative of the story. Otherwise this could have been a real page turner. Without going more into the plot let me leave it to say that our young narrator falls in love in a very convincing way and that relationship's impact and his obsession with the idea of it has resonated within him for over forty years. I'm sure this is a story and group of characters that will remain with me for some time. As an aside this subject and story reminded me of another similar story and thus gives me a chance to mention a book which given to me for Christmas in 1960, A SENSE OF VALUES, by Sloan Wilson. You may know Wilson as the author of THE MAN IN THE GRAY FLANNEL SUIT and SUMMER PLACE. In VALUES Wilson's has his narrator looking back over his life finding he has achieved success while suffering great personal failure. That book had a great impact on me. I doubt it is even sure it is in print today but if you can find it, or any of his other books by Sloan Wilson I would recommend them to you. (Also, if you have a chance check out the audio book of Montana 1948 read by Bo Bridges. It is quite extraordinary.)
Sundown, Yellow Moon: A Novel ebook
Author:
Larry Watson
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Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (November 11, 2008)
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