Goat Mountain : a novel / David Vann.

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      Summary: In the fall of 1978, on the 640-acre family deer-hunting ranch on Goat Mountain in Northern California, an eleven-year-old boy goes hunting with three men: his father, grandfather, and a friend of his father's. Goat Mountain is a dry place of live oak and buck brush and poison oak with occasional relief from stands of ponderosa pine, white pine, and sugar pine, and even a swampy bear wallow. This is the place where all the family's memories and stories and history are held. When the men arrive at the gate to their land, the father spots a poacher hunting illegally on his property. When he lets his eleven-year-old son take a look through the scope of his rifle, the boy pulls the trigger. The men struggle over what to do with the dead man. Though the struggle begins between the father and grandfather, it ultimately becomes a struggle between the grandfather and the boy. By the end, nothing is as it seems.
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      VANN, D. Goat Mountain : a novel. [s.l.] : Harper, 2013. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 27 maio. 2019.
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Booklist Reviews 2013 August #1

Since the publication of A Mile Down (2005), a true account of Vann's misadventures at sea, his highly acclaimed works have won 15 awards and been translated into 18 languages. Yet perhaps none have drawn more deeply on Vann's own violent family history than this latest novel about an unnamed 11-year-old boy on a hunting trip with his male elders. While camping with his grandfather, father, and family friend on their ancestral 640-acre northern California ranch, with Goat Mountain looming above, the foursome stumbles on a poacher whom the boy, on an inexplicable impulse, shoots and kills. Recounting the incident decades later, the boy, now a man, describes the harrowing aftermath of his actions, from his father's decision to hang the corpse in full view of their camp, to a hellish night on the mountain alone after snagging his first buck. Weaving biblical themes around bloodshed and sacrifice into visceral, graphic language, Vann's novel is not for the faint of heart, yet it just may be his finest, most contemplative work to date. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2013 April #2

Vann has earned 14 awards, appeared on more than 70 Best Book lists, and published in 19 languages, which bodes well for his new work, set on a 640-acre family ranch in Northern California in fall 1978. As an 11-year-old boy arrives there for his first deer hunt, his father spots a poacher and lets his son take a look through the gun's sight. An internationally best-selling author; here's hoping this will break him out.

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LJ Reviews 2013 July #1

Internationally acclaimed and best-selling author Vann (Caribou Island; Legend of a Suicide) unveils a shocking and disturbing novel about a deer-hunting trip to a remote 640-acre family ranch in northern California gone tragically, monstrously awry. The book offers a meditation on the violent nature of man, an extended disquisition on Cain and Abel, the Bible, the condition of man's relationship to God, and the "beast" within us all. Alaska-born Vann experienced catastrophic family violence in his past, and his work has returned to this theme again and again, this being his most ambitious exploration of the subject. Vann brings this existentialist family drama about living and killing to life powerfully and convincingly through a charismatic, violent grandfather, a well-meaning father, and the father's dangerous, sometimes inscrutable 11-year-old son, who kills two men on this ill-fated trip. The author's descriptions of the northern California landscape--the chaparral, woods, and mountains—are also masterly. VERDICT This beautifully realized novel is recommended for fans of literary fiction but is not for the faint of heart.—Patrick Sullivan, Manchester Community Coll., CT

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PW Reviews 2013 July #1

Vann (Dirt) offers a meditation on violence set during a deer hunt on a Northern California mountain in 1978. The narrator recalls in flashback a few "days I want to remember in every smallest detail," when his 11-year-old self, seeking his first buck, "just wanted to kill, constantly and without end." But the hunt's first victim proves to be a person, not a deer. The boy sights a poacher through his rifle scope and, purposefully but seemingly without conscious malice, shoots him dead. Through most of the narrative, the narrator, his father, grandfather, and family friend Tom quarrel about what to do with the body, for a time trussing it up like a dead deer. The men's bonds gradually collapse until, in the harrowing climax, the grandfather reaches a decision, with Old Testament finality, about how to evade the consequences of the boy's actions. The adult narrator steps out of flashback periodically to ponder the nature of killing: "There was no joy as complete and immediate as killing." This flint-hard novel, in its intensity, will likely be compared to the work of Cormac McCarthy. (Sept.)

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