Peace Like a River

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Peace Like a River

Peace Like a River Once in a great while we encounter a novel in our voluminous reading that begs to be read aloud Leif Enger s debut Peace Like a River is one such work His richly evocative novel narrated by an ast

  • Title: Peace Like a River
  • Author: Leif Enger
  • ISBN: 9780802139252
  • Page: 180
  • Format: Paperback
  • Once in a great while, we encounter a novel in our voluminous reading that begs to be read aloud Leif Enger s debut, Peace Like a River, is one such work His richly evocative novel, narrated by an asthmatic 11 year old named Reuben Land, is the story of Reuben s unusual family and their journey across the frozen Badlands of the Dakotas in search of his fugitive older broOnce in a great while, we encounter a novel in our voluminous reading that begs to be read aloud Leif Enger s debut, Peace Like a River, is one such work His richly evocative novel, narrated by an asthmatic 11 year old named Reuben Land, is the story of Reuben s unusual family and their journey across the frozen Badlands of the Dakotas in search of his fugitive older brother Charged with the murder of two locals who terrorized their family, Davy has fled, understanding that the scales of justice will not weigh in his favor But Reuben, his father, Jeremiah a man of faith so deep he has been known to produce miracles and Reuben s little sister, Swede, follow closely behind the fleeing Davy.Affecting and dynamic, Peace Like a River is at once a tragedy, a romance, and an unflagging exploration into the spirituality and magic possible in the everyday world, and in that of the world awaiting us on the other side of life In Enger s superb debut effort, we witness a wondrous celebration of family, faith, and spirit, the likes of which we haven t seen in a long, long time and the birth of a classic work of literature.

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    1. Beth on said:

      2016 REVIEW: I just re-read this one for book club. After almost eight years, it was good to revisit it and rediscover what I loved about it. I remembered loving the characters (especially Reuben and Swede) and the setting (the desolation of the Dakota Badlands). I remembered loving the writing: absolutely some of the best writing I've encountered in all the books I've read.I remembered almost nothing of the plot besides fugitive Davy and the family in the Airstream trailer, so it was an especia [...]

    2. Snotchocheez on said:

      How do I write this to persuade the uninitiated how greatPeace Like a River is without seeming like a freak? A cursory glance at the synopsis should've had me running for the hills. At its core, its about good old-fashioned family values, faith (read: religion), and "miracles" (read: divine intervention). It also features Zane Grey/Louis L'amour-influenced epic poetry (as penned by a precocious 8 year-old), narration by an asthmatic 11 year-old, desperadoes and fugitives from the law like Butch [...]

    3. Charlotte May on said:

      This is a wonderful tale of the strength of family during hardships and struggle. The oldest child of Jeremiah Land - Davey gets into a fight with the local thugs when they break into his home and threaten the safety of his younger siblings. One of the two is killed and suddenly Davey is up for manslaughter. He hits the road, leaving his family with no clue where he's gone and how bad things will get if he is discovered.If you can't stomach religion then maybe put this one aside as it has a heav [...]

    4. Julie on said:

      I have added braided extensions to my hair, dolled up my face with bad 80s makeup and donned my largest hoop earrings. I now turn to the ladies of my book club as I sing:Do you really want to hurt me?Do you really want to make me cry?Because you must. You must want to hurt me. You must want to darken and deepen that annoying vertical line that spontaneously popped up between my eyebrows when I turned 40. You must want me to appear haggard and aged, by making this our upcoming November read.You m [...]

    5. Jessica on said:

      I'm rereading this again for a book club I'm hosting. It is one of my all-time favorite books because it has GREAT writing, a wonderful message, a twisting plot and has laugh out loud parts. When people ask me for a book to read, this is the first one I recommend.

    6. Sara on said:

      I laughed; I cried. Real tears that streamed down my face and came from my heart. I loved each of these characters, invested in them, rooted for them, felt their pain (both physical and emotional), and feared for their bodies and their souls. Leif Enger is a superb writer.I love books that are told from the point of view of adolescents when the writer is able to tell the tale without being overly dismissive or have the character be overly clever. Reuben Land is as balanced and clueless as Scout [...]

    7. Robert Beveridge on said:

      Leif Enger, Peace Like a River (Grove, 2001)Oh, what has happened to Grove Press? The folks that made their name publishing scandalous novels by James Joyce, Henry Miller, William S. Burroughs, and the like publishing what may be the least controversial novel of the last ten years? It hurts my heart, folks, it really does. Please, Grove, stick to what you know.It wouldn't be so bad if there were more about this piece of smarmy claptrap to like. I haven't decided whether this is a good thing or a [...]

    8. Dana on said:

      This book is definitely one of my favorites! Highly recommend!I hope to catch up on my reviews next week.gh.

    9. Becky Rhoads on said:

      Just finished this book. Highly recommend it! It is a very creative story, full of wonderful prose, and characters you come to love, admire and hate. Very interesting spiritual theme running throughout the book. It is clear the author has some understanding of the miraculous! This is certainly not a story that has what we would call a happy ending, but surprises you and on some level it makes sense. And the ending is not even the most important thing - it is walking the journey with these charac [...]

    10. Doug Bradshaw on said:

      Nostalgic, chuck full of miracles, poetic, a beautiful coming of age story, the love of family and friends, tragic, beautifully written, this book has it all. A classic. Loved it.

    11. Lisa on said:

      Among the many glowing reviews for Peace Like a River, there is this:"Peace Like a River serves as a reminder of why we read fiction to begin with: to commune with a vividly, lovingly rendered world, to lose ourselves in story and language and beauty, to savor what we don't want to end yet know must."I would add that I read to meet and know fascinating characters. At any rate, the reviewer got it right — Peace Like a River by Leif Enger, has all this and more. Character: Reuben Land, an 11-yea [...]

    12. Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words) on said:

      This was a reread of a favorite. I absolutely loved it as much this time around as I did the first. Beautiful. Poignant. Full of tragedy, heartbreak, healing, love, and profound faith. It feels a little like a western, and a lot like a “great American novel” - and it’s filled with iconic lovable characters. And if Swede isn’t reminiscent of Scout Finchwell, go reread To Kill a Mockingbird. A story about a father’s love for his children, siblings love for one another, growing up, and mi [...]

    13. Leah on said:

      I wanted to love it, and I did love it--until about halfway through. The book's characters are drawn well; they are unique and full of individuality. The plot is well paced up through the suspense of the oldest brother's trial for double murder. From then on, the book dissolves into a strange mix of cowboy western and religious fable. The plot loses steam, and I lost interest. The ending was tragically disappointing, the characters lose their depth, and their choices seem forced.

    14. ☮Karen on said:

      A wonderful coming of age story of two children, with beautiful prose and a few miracles and life lessons thrown in for good measure.The characters are what made this such an enjoyable read for me. Swede, so wise beyond her eight years, loves anything pertaining to the American West and writes amazing poetry about cowboys. Her eleven year old asthmatic brother, Reuben, the narrator of the tale, and their father head West in their Airstream to find the oldest son Davey, who has escaped from jail [...]

    15. Maggie Stiefvater on said:

      It's been weeks since I read this book, and yet I keep forgetting to write a review for it. Why? Well, for starters, I usually have the book around and its presence reminds me to review it. Not so with this novel, which I have bought three times while traveling for my own novel, and given away twice before I could get it home with me. It's just that kind of book, where you want to go "oh man, take this."To call it a Western is to scare off everyone who finds Clint Eastwood a little bit of a turn [...]

    16. Ron Charles on said:

      "Peace Like a River" opens with the narrator's stillbirth. "My lungs refused to kick in," Reuben writes in a moment that's at once terrifying and reassuring. While the doctor mumbles platitudes and his mother wails, Reuben's father senses that something's wrong. He sprints across the parking lot, back into the hospital, up into the room, and punches the doctor to get to his limp son. "Reuben Land," he commands, "in the name of the living God I am telling you to breathe."How wonderful that the wo [...]

    17. Jonathan Briggs on said:

      Remember the good old days? When bad and good were clearly defined black and white. When no one cursed or drank strong liquor. When children never sassed their parents. When no one had sex (or genitals). Well, me neither. But if there's anybody who does long for such a mythical time, have I got the "Boy's Life" adventure for you! In Leif Enger's "Peace Like A River," young Reuben Land lives in the Midwest with his father, who is touched by God to the point where he glows in the dark; his sister, [...]

    18. Petra on said:

      Absolutely perfect from first page to last. It's been ages since I've thought that about a book. I loved all the characters, as well as the story, which centers around the perspective of witnessing, loyalty, family ties, faith, character and miracles. This book spans a short time period (maybe a half- or three quarters-year) but it's so packed with story and life that it seems to span years. The writing is beautiful, with humour throughout.I highly recommend this book. Loved it.

    19. Cindy Rollins on said:

      Just as beautiful as before. I enjoyed Chad Lowe's narration this time around. Deeply moving, organically told tale with lovely character development. Highly recommended.

    20. Siria on said:

      Whoever typeset this book should be fired, and then possibly summarily shot. I cannot recall the last time I saw so many errors in a book--apostrophes and quotation marks inverted, no spaces left after some of the full stops, and, on one occasion, the e.e. cummings-esque 'multi- p lied' appeared in the middle of the page for no discernible reason.Such gripes aside, this book is really an excellent read. It is a novel of faith, the kind of novel which I normally find hard to connect with, since m [...]

    21. Michelle on said:

      I don't know what to rate this!This book made me cranky. It is beautifully written, almost poetic. It reminds me of the style of "How Green Was My Valley." There's a strong, wise father figure. A boy coming of age. An older brother who makes a dubious choice. A shocking death. Many inspiring quotables. It's a book about the power of faith--I think.It's really made me wonder about why I closed it feeling unsettled and unhappy.I think it's because it was almost too real. The characters in it are s [...]

    22. David on said:

      This book found its way onto my shelf as a part of my daughter's summer reading list. There are big echoes of "To Kill A Mockingbird" here and - in certain ways - I found this book superior. It is certainly better written and uses an especially impressive vocabulary.A few inconsistencies kept me from loving it outright. I don't believe an eleven year old school drop-out in 1963 North Dakota would measure things in millimeters. And one cannot wax eloquent about the gibbous moon one night and then [...]

    23. Brandy on said:

      This is such a difficult book to rate. I have so many differing opinions about this book that I would say it ranges from a 3 to a 4, although I don't necessarily think it is a book that I feel made a huge impact on my life, which is what I usually save 4 and 5 star ratings for. Nevertheless, I felt the writing in this book was good enough that I put it at a 4 instead of a 3. I just changed my mind and am putting it at a 3 because 4 star books I will probably read again, but I don't think I will [...]

    24. Julie Christine on said:

      Once in a distant while there comes a novel that brings me to tears as I turn its final pages. It is the combination of a compelling story, vital characters, and sublime writing that fill me with awe at the writer's ability and sorrow in bidding farewell to such a treasure. Wallace Stegner's Crossing to Safety, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird are a few that have made a powerful impact. Leif Enger's Peace Like A River touched me in a similar way. Less so for [...]

    25. Nancy on said:

      There were things I really liked about this story but more things that I didn'tOverall I would say that the general story was good, but the details of plot and character interaction were random and disjointed. I loved the father's faith, the world would be a far better place if we all had faith like that to see beyond the coincidences of life and know that God is in the details. Here is a quote from the beginning of the book which gave me food for thought."Let me say something about that word: m [...]

    26. Katy on said:

      This might be my favorite book. I love the writing style. Randy and I read it aloud and that was perfect because there are so many quotable moments. Here's a review I found that describes it better than I can:"A rich mixture of adventure, tragedy, and healing, " Peace Like a River is "a collage of legends from sources sacred and profane -- from the Old Testament to the Old West, from the Gospels to police dramas" (Ron Charles, The Christian Science Monitor). In "lyrical, openhearted prose" (Mich [...]

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