Undiscovered country / Lin Enger.

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      Summary: While hunting in the cold Minnesota woods, 17-year-old Jesse Matson's life is forever changed when he discovers his father, dead by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. But would easygoing Harold Matson really kill himself? If so, why? And just where was Jesse's uncle Clay--always jealous of Harold, and a bit too friendly with Jesse's mother--that cold afternoon?
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      ENGER, L. Undiscovered country. 1st ed. [s. l.]: Little, Brown and Co., 2008. ISBN 9780316006941. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.255764. Acesso em: 28 maio. 2020.
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      Enger L. Undiscovered Country. 1st ed. Little, Brown and Co.; 2008. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.255764. Accessed May 28, 2020.
    • APA:
      Enger, L. (2008). Undiscovered country (1st ed.). Little, Brown and Co.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Enger, Lin. 2008. Undiscovered Country. 1st ed. Little, Brown and Co. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.255764.
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      Enger, L. (2008) Undiscovered country. 1st ed. Little, Brown and Co. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.255764 (Accessed: 28 May 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Enger, L 2008, Undiscovered country, 1st ed., Little, Brown and Co., viewed 28 May 2020, .
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      Enger, Lin. Undiscovered Country. 1st ed., Little, Brown and Co., 2008. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.255764.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Enger, Lin. Undiscovered Country. 1st ed. Little, Brown and Co., 2008. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.255764.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Enger L. Undiscovered country [Internet]. 1st ed. Little, Brown and Co.; 2008 [cited 2020 May 28]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.255764


Booklist Reviews 2008 May #1

As in Jane Smiley's King Lear–inspired A Thousand Acres (1991), Enger sets this retelling of Hamlet in a rural community whose very ordinariness underscores the universality of Shakespeare's plot. Seventeen-year-old Jesse hears a shot during a hunting expedition, then discovers the devastated body of his dad, the town's mayor. It's officially a suicide, but Jesse suspects his father's overshadowed younger brother and wonders if his mother might have been complicit. Though any Hamlet recap pretty much requires a ghostly presence, Enger too often falls back upon eerie visions and dreams as shorthand for psychological distress, and some critical suspense is sacrificed by Jesse's first-person narration (he obviously survives to tell the tale, one of Enger's major departures from her source). That said, Enger tightens the emotional screws in plenty of other ways, through stark, visceral descriptions of Jesse's trauma (the father's gunshot wound leaves a "ragged lip of bone and flesh, surrounding a bowl that held a profane, incomprehensible matter"), and through the icebound Minnesota backdrop, an apt reflection of the characters' frigid interactions and the novel's pervasive sense of agonized suspension. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2008 March #2

The MFA director at Minnesota State University, Moorhead, Enger follows in brother Leif's literary footsteps with this story of a man's putative suicide, his son's suspicions, and his wife's attentions to her brother-in-law. Hamlet up north; with a three-city tour. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

LJ Reviews 2008 April #2

In his debut novel, Enger, director of the MFA in creative writing program at Minnestoa State University, Moorhead, tells a modern-day Hamlet story set in rural northern Minnesota. Teenage Jesse's father, the mayor of Battlepoint, apparently committed suicide with his own hunting rifle. But Jesse suspects his Uncle Clay, who had more than one motive for murder. Is Jesse's suspicion simply his inability to accept his father's senseless act? Or is Clay really guilty—and how complicit is Jesse's mother? If Clay is guilty, what should he do about it? The obvious parallels with Shakespeare's play are even acknowledged by some of the characters, but Enger doesn't let this conceit overwhelm the story. He skillfully draws a portrait of small-town life and all its barely concealed secrets and effectively narrates Jesse's torment. One might wish for more ambiguity in the question of Clay's guilt, and the book's concluding chapters are a bit of a stretch, though thankfully they contain a little less bloodshed than the source material. Recommended for public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 3/15/08; Lin Enger is the brother of novelist Leif Enger.]—Christine DeZelar-Tiedman, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

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PW Reviews 2008 March #2

With flashes of prose as crisp and haunting as the frozen Minnesota setting, Enger's debut opens 10 years after Jesse Matson's father's alleged suicide, as 17-year-old Jesse sits down to write his own version of events. While hunting with his father in the woods surrounding their hometown of Battlepoint, Minn., the young Jesse hears a shot and finds his father dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. Adamant that his father could never take his own life, Jesse determines to uncover the truth. While his mother, Genevieve, retreats to her room and his younger brother, Magnus, looks to him for reassurance, Jesse becomes convinced that his uncle Clay actually killed his father. Despite a lack of evidence or support from law enforcement, Jesse hatches a plan to avenge his father's death, bolstered by his deepening relationship with a girl who has plenty of problems of her own. Allusions to Hamlet and Hemingway's In Our Time (Jesse reads both in school) do a little too much foreshadowing, but the landscape is beautifully rendered, and Jesse's confusion is palpable. (July)

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