Audie Award Nominee, Fiction, 2013
Time and again, Ivan Doig has proven himself to be a treasure of American letters. Critical darlings and New York Times best sellers, his novels target the heart of the human experience and never miss the mark.
The Bartender' s Tale stars Tom Harry and his 12-year-old son, Rusty, who live alone and run a bar in a small Montana town in the early 1960s. Their lives are upended when Proxy, a woman from Tom's past, and her beatnik daughter, Francine, breeze into town. Is Francine, as Proxy claims, the unsuspected legacy of her and Tom’s past? Without a doubt she is an unsettling gust of the future, upending every certainty in Rusty’s life and generating a mist of passion and pretense that seems to obscure everyone’s vision but his own.
As Rusty struggles to decipher the oddities of adult behavior and the mysteries build toward a reckoning, Ivan Doig wonderfully captures how the world becomes bigger and the past becomes more complex in the last moments of childhood.
©2012 Ivan Doig (P)2012 Recorded Books
I would recommend this book (audible and written) to any of my friends who are serious readers.
Delano and Zoe.
Delano. He makes a lovely story, really exceptional. He made this story so much richer than it could possibly have been otherwise. I would have been really upset if he'd died in the flood. Zoe is a totally cool kid, who set the stage for Delano.
I'm not sure, but this is not a bartender's tale.
I would recommend this book (audible and written) to any of my friends who are serious readers---not those who want an easy, run-of-the-mill, best seller novel (which can have
their place in the world of entertainment!) I have been a fan of Ivan Doig for many years, but this book is his best example of story telling, and his best example of his ability to turn a phrase, use a word to describe a momentary happening, to use lingua Americana as a part of the story telling, but also as a part of one of the most significant parts of this book. Kudos, Doig! I really want you to top this!
The return to the Two Medicine Country, and the intermingling of well liked characters from some older books with new characters, just as interesting and likable.
Tom, the bartender, doing the best he knew how to raise a son in uncertain times, and instill a sense of right in the boy--His reactions when confronted with a daughter he didn't know about show his innate sense of right and wrong, To say more now would be a spoiler.
Have not yet, but will definitely put him on my list of preferred narrators.
Montana Dan--I knew a number of older men like him when I was much younger, and Doigs characterization of the old semi hermit sheepherder is spot on..
This is an excellent coming of age story with some of life's hard knocks. Well written, excellent stortline and very well performed.
I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.
It was an okay read a distraction that didn't need great attention but not a recommend.
There is nothing more entertaining than to listen to a book while doing chores. Always have one going.
Starts out slow and gets slower. At first you want to know a little about the characters, but eventually you don't care about them. I just expected something to happen - and it never did. Glad to have finished this book, but won't get another by this author.
Listen to the sample of the narration. If you can listen to that for the length of the book, maybe the book will be enjoyable for you.
Highly recommend to anyone over 12. Wonderful story depicts a man of integrity raising a son to have decency. I had a hard time interrupting the story for other things. Narrator was one of the best I have ever listened to. Can't wait to get to other Doig books.
Rusty (the son) who had a keen awareness of everything around him.
Rusty meeting Cloe.
Tom the bartender just to pick his brain for stories.
Truly my favorite among many good ones over the past two years.
I'm going to Montana in a few weeks. After listening to this great story, I'll have a greater appreciation for northern Montana, with lots of smiles remembering the slag of times gone by. David Aaron Baker did a great job narrating this novel.
Characters you won't likely forget. Language that stays with you and you wish you could replicate. Ivan Doig is a wonder.
Audible is the best thing since sliced bread..
A very touching story about a boy and his father. Set in the 50's and early 60's in Montana . The story captured me quickly and I could not stop listening.
The performance is great.
A better editor - cut adverbs!
I wanted to know more about why Dad was the best bartender in the world and what's up with Russell's maternal side...if I could continue, maybe I'd find out. But, I am so adverbally assaulted by this book, I cannot bear another minute of tortuously listening.
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