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Plainsong | [Kent Haruf]

Plainsong

A high school history teacher in a small Colorado town, Guthrie is raising his two young sons alone. Thoughtful and honest, he is guiding them through a world that is not always kind. Victoria, one of his students, is pregnant, homeless, and vulnerable to the scorn of the town. When Guthrie helps two elderly ranchers take the young woman into their home, an unlikely extended family is born.
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Publisher's Summary

Kent Haruf has received prestigious awards, including a special citation from the PEN/Hemingway Foundation for his finely-tuned works. Before the opening chapter of this novel, Haruf offers a definition. Plainsong is “any simple and unadorned melody or air.” Direct yet elegant, Haruf’s Plainsong is a hymn to the breadth of the human spirit.

A high school history teacher in a small Colorado town, Guthrie is raising his two young sons alone. Thoughtful and honest, he is guiding them through a world that is not always kind. Victoria, one of his students, is pregnant, homeless, and vulnerable to the scorn of the town. When Guthrie helps two elderly ranchers take the young woman into their home, an unlikely extended family is born. As the chapters of these people’s lives alternate throughout Plainsong, loneliness and need are transformed into nourishing bonds. Narrator Tom Stechschulte captures the subtle changes that bring the men, women, and children together. His performance highlights every shading of this superb New York Times best-seller.

©1999 Kent Haruf (P)1999 Recorded Books, LLC

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    MAUREEN MILWAUKEE, WI, United States 01-02-12
    MAUREEN MILWAUKEE, WI, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2006

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    "A beautiful read"
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    One of those books that when you reach the end, you just wish it wasn't so.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Denver, CO, United States 11-14-12
    Doug Denver, CO, United States 11-14-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Comfort food for the brain"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Plainsong to be better than the print version?

    N/A. I have not read the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked them all. The McPheran brothers, though were especially entertaining.


    What does Tom Stechschulte bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is a good reader who captures the manner of speech in that part of Colorado well. I am a Co. Native who has been to Yuma (Holt) many times.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It wouldn't work well as a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    After a steady diet of spicy food, (thrillers and action novels) I needed some comfort food. This hit the spot.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    William Cokeville, WY, United States 04-25-13
    William Cokeville, WY, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A taste of Real Life"
    Would you listen to Plainsong again? Why?

    This is a story I can relate to - the characters are as real as life itself. Narrator does an excellent job


    What other book might you compare Plainsong to and why?

    Can't compare Plainsong to any other author - it is unique


    What does Tom Stechschulte bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Tom's delivery provides flavor - his ability to create characters with different voice inflections is very valuable


    Any additional comments?

    Just an excellent work - the kind of story that you can connect with. Finishing this story made me crave for more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    W. Modesto, CA, United States 01-08-12
    W. Modesto, CA, United States 01-08-12 Member Since 2009
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    There might be a beautiful story here to be told but for me profanity, crude language and graphic sex scenes ruin it. I quickly learned that this book was not my forte.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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