Wildlife When Joe Brinson was sixteen his father moved the family to Great Falls Montana the setting for this harrowing transfixing novel by the acclaimed author of Rock Springs Filled with an abiding sens

  • Title: Wildlife
  • Author: Richard Ford
  • ISBN: 9780679734475
  • Page: 147
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Joe Brinson was sixteen, his father moved the family to Great Falls, Montana, the setting for this harrowing, transfixing novel by the acclaimed author of Rock Springs Filled with an abiding sense of love and family, and of the forces that test them to the breaking point, Wildlife first published by Atlantic Monthly Press in 1990 and now reissued as a Grove Press papWhen Joe Brinson was sixteen, his father moved the family to Great Falls, Montana, the setting for this harrowing, transfixing novel by the acclaimed author of Rock Springs Filled with an abiding sense of love and family, and of the forces that test them to the breaking point, Wildlife first published by Atlantic Monthly Press in 1990 and now reissued as a Grove Press paperback is a book whose spare poetry and expansive vision established it as an American classic.

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    • K.D. Absolutely says:

      A very short novel yet a whooper.Richard Ford is more known for his Pulitzer-award winning Independence Day but this book, his fourth, Wildlife is his only book included in the 501 Must Read Books so I picked this up first. Good intro to his works. I will definitely pick up the others soon. Ford has been compared to William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway. I agree to both. Wildlife has the brevity and consciseness of Hemingway's works. This novel also reflects the ordinary American lives in the ha [...]

    • George K. says:

      Το "Άγρια ζωή" είναι το πρώτο βιβλίο του Ρίτσαρντ Φορντ που διαβάζω, απ'όσο βλέπω το μικρότερο σε μέγεθος και όχι τόσο πολυδιαβασμένο όσο άλλα βιβλία του. Όμως μου φάνηκε σαν μια πρώτης τάξεως ευκαιρία να γνωρίσω τον μεγάλο αυτό Αμερικανό συγγραφέα και να δω αν ο τρόπος γραφή [...]

    • Sub_zero says:

      Richard Ford es un autor que gusta de destripar el argumento de sus novelas en la primera página. Una maniobra, supongo, que pretende desviar la atención del lector hacia elementos de mayor peso. Así pues, poco importa saber de antemano que la madre del protagonista mantiene una aventura con otro hombre mientras su marido combate un colosal incendio forestal que amenaza con cernirse sobre la localidad de Great Falls, Montana, pues no se trata de una novela sobre los hechos, sino acerca de có [...]

    • Michael says:

      I found this a well nuanced story of a boy coming to terms with the challenges faced in his parent’s marriage and the complex ways adults deal with their uncertainties in their purpose and commitment. The tale develops some of the themes Ford distilled in his later novel, “Canada”. Joe is 16 and living in Great Falls, Montana, where his parents had moved from Idaho because of job prospects created by the shale oil boom. His dad finds work as a golf instructor and his mother as a bookkeeper [...]

    • Paul says:

      Fantastic. Could be the simplest novel I've ever read. There's all of four characters, plus three extras who play extremely minor, one-scene roles. The emotion was really there on the page, while somehow never approaching melodrama. I really felt for the characters. At times, the mother was a bit of a mystery, or a cipher even, who just spouted cliches, but eventually you realize this is sort of just who she is. This isn't a character-driven novel in the sense that you really, really get to know [...]

    • Teresa says:

      Though I'm a Richard Ford fan (I've read his later works, mostly), I wasn't planning on reading this early novel of his, but then I recognized some similarities in the description of this to that of his latest, "Canada," so I decided to read this first.While I enjoyed reading it, and there's nothing wrong with it, it's not nearly as complex as his later works, so it suffered in comparison for me. But perhaps only in comparison, as there's a lot to like in this story of an insecure husband and wi [...]

    • Susan Haldeman says:

      I don't understand why people hate on this book. Though it could be slow at times, I thought it was very realistic and surprisingly insightful coming from a 16-year-old narrator (but not unrealistically insightful). There aren't any monumental events, but I think that's what makes the book stand out from others. It just is.

    • Dan Herman says:

      realistic tale about a boy's experiences in Montana, as I recall, 1940s. Ford tells all his stories beautifully. I don't mean as in "pretty writing" but more as in "spare" writing, Hemingwayesque, where every word and every paragraph count for something.

    • Charles White says:

      Excellent, understated story about the ways we learn to cope with the absurd and incomprehensible.

    • David says:

      This is actually some of the best Ford that I've seen. Clean and hits emotionally like a hammer. No less interesting cowboy or manly man type stuff, which bores me a little even as quiet about it as Ford can be. This is what I always hope for from Ford, what I know he can do. It's not quite Rock Springs, but pretty damn close. Good stuff.

    • Censured says:

      Cuando empecé a entrar en el mundo del realismo sucio de la mano Palahniuk, Carver y, cómo no, Bukowski, pensé en que sería interesante también leer algo de Ford. Y esta fue la perspectiva con la que me enfrenté a la primera novela que leía de él: Incendios. Me la imaginaba mucho más cruda, dura y directa, como en el caso de los autores mencionados anteriormente. Sin embargo, me encontré con una novela adictiva y de tintes extremadamente existencialistas, lo cual me resultó algo choca [...]

    • Donna says:

      The dialog of the book was very flat and seemed very strange and unnatural to me. The main character in the story, a teenage boy tells his story which is a view into a few days in his life. There are major events that take place, such as his father losing his job, his mother having an affair, before his very eyes, and his father leaving home to fight a wildfire threatening the area, but these events don't seem to impact him in a major way-he just accepts them as the next thing that happens in hi [...]

    • Allie says:

      I have read this book twice. Richard Ford's writing is quiet and beautiful and perfect--still and stunning as the winter woods.

    • Justin Freeman says:

      It took me weeks to read the first half of this book, but only a few hours to read the second. It moves agonizingly slow at times, but I'm glad I stuck it out. The last chapter is the most beautiful prose I've ever read.

    • Rafalmur says:

      Dos mundos paralelos que, en apenas tres días, se ciernen sobre un adolescente. El del hogar abandonado por el padre y el de los incendios a los que se ha marchado para combatirlos, en los montes cercanos. El hijo que contempla los acontecimientos que cambian su vida desea que no alteren su mundo. Recibe frases punzantes de su madre, una madre terrenal frente a un padre idealista. Toda los libros que me he leído de Ford parecen estar marcados por un padre tan idealista que es incapaz de discer [...]

    • Douglas says:

      This was a really good coming of age novel. The plot occurs over a few days, and nothing necessarily extraordinary takes place, but it's packed with intense emotional charge. I liked that Ford avoided the precociousness you typically find in these type of novels. Sixteen year-old Joe's favorite line in this book is, "I don't know". Isn't that often typical of young people when faced with growing up? To not really know what to think or how to feel? I will probably never forget the scene in the ki [...]

    • Andre says:

      Que complicada estoy con este libro, me generó mucha violencia y rabia, pero es el objetivo que quiere lograr el autor. Está muy bien escrito. Nos remontamos a 1960 al norte de Estados Unidos, se incendian los bosques y un padre de familia luego de quedar desempleado se larga como voluntario para extinguir el fuego. Todo el relato es visto a través del hijo adolescente, que en ausencia del papá, su mamá se enamora de otro hombre. Dónde está el "PERO"? Como Carver, acá se sigue la tendenc [...]

    • SarahPerry says:

      A story about a teenage boy in the early 1960's - his father loses his job as a golf instructor and decides to go away for a few days to fight wildfires. While he is gone, his mother falls in love with another man, and the boy gets to see way too much. It is understated, modest, short, simple. I didn't find the story particularly interesting. Not very convincingly told in my opinion, it felt written, not like an organic tale, and the characters were quite wooden with unconvincing dialogue (but n [...]

    • عبدالله ناصر says:

      أسرة تعيش ثلاثة أيام عصيبة تبدأ بفقدان الأب لعمله بعد أن طرد بتهمة السرقة و الذي بدوره يرتكب حماقة عظمى في الالتحاق برجال الإطفاء الذين يذهبون في مهمة مستحيلة لإطفاء حرائق الغابات الموسمية. يدفع الغضب بالزوجة لمعاشرة أحد أصدقاء زوجها و ارتكاب حماقة أكبر بالرغبة بالانفصال . [...]

    • Capítulo IV says:

      "Incendios es una novela compleja enmarcada en una historia sencilla; ahí reside parte de su fuerza: con pocos elementos -una ciudad que prometía mucho, un porvenir incierto, unas desavenencias matrimoniales y una crisis adulta- se construye un relato donde la inmadurez (la incomprensión) del niño que observa y padece va destilando una extraña sensación ante la vida y una tristeza acendrada que recorre todo el texto". Más en capitulocuarto.wordpress/

    • Jesse says:

      Effective, though emotionally minimalist to the point that it left me aware of the author's hand, particularly in the main character. Nothing was unbelievable, though I did find myself frequently picking apart the first-person narrator in a way I don't really think the author might have intended.

    • Federico Sosa Machó says:

      Breve y buena novela de Ford, acerca de cómo vive un adolescente la ruptura familiar. Y cómo no alcanza a comprender la complejidad de un mundo adulto más bien hostil. Los personajes son en general los habituales en su obra: seres mediocres y algo perdidos que acumulan frustraciones y que como pueden intentan hacer de sus vidas algo interesante. Sigo prefiriendo al Ford cuentista, donde sus historias ganan en intensidad y no caen en algún estiramiento innecesario como ocurre con Incendios.

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    • Molinos says:

      Incendios es una historia de Ford tal cual. Recuerda a Canadá y a Rock Springs, su primera recopilación de relatos. A Canadá recuerda por el narrador adolescente que analiza lo que ocurre a su alrededor intentando entender que les pasa a los adultos, porqué hacen lo que hacen, intentando buscar una explicación que le consuele porque lo que, en realidad, sabe no quiere saberlo. Los dos adolescentes, el de Canadá y Joe el protagonsita de Incendios, luchan por quedarse en el lugar seguro que [...]

    • Ciara says:

      The storyline here is intentionally vague, but once I passed the halfway point, I couldn't put it down. Quite the affecting plot, especially since you're not meant to fully understand it. One quibble, though: a quote from a critic from the Chicago Sun-Times appearing on the cover characterizes the book as offering "a sense of hope," and I've gotta say, I found it had the opposite effect on me. What hope is there in this:"And what there is to learn from almost any human experience is that your ow [...]

    • Pustulio says:

      El puro dramón familiar. Y con unos simbolismos muy marcados. Cosas como los incendios y otros detalles minúsculos. En general me gusto como narra las cosas Ford, pero tampoco me encantó. Le daría el beneficio de la duda en otro libro aunque este si estuvo entretenido. Un pelín antes del final mejora, pero la resolución no fue la mejor. Sentí que habrá más climax. Ahora que me enojé ya sé cuál es la solución. Cuando pasaba el final no podía dejar de pensar en:Aunque bueno yo siempr [...]

    • Offuscatio says:

      Pese a todo, el tiempo no se detiene y la vida sigue adelsnte. "Y hay palabras - palabras importantes - que uno no quiere decir, palabras que dan cuenta de vidas arruinadas, palabras que tratan de arreglar algo frustrado que no debió malograrse y nadie deseó ver fracasar, y que, de todas formas, nada pueden arreglar."

    • PattyMacDotComma says:

      Enjoyed it very much, although 'enjoyable' is not the word to describe this boy's situation. He's part of a barely functioning family that maintains a certain loyalty out of habit (that is probably true of many of us) with attempts by all to bust loose (probably true of many of us, too).

    • Sarah says:

      Coming of age tale about 16/17 year old boy who idealizes his irresponsible, unhappy parents. Set in small town of Montana in 1960s, simple and straightforward writing style.

    • Janet Fraser says:

      Simply put, this novella is a masterpiece. A long poem of sombre beauty and mystery, and a marvellously realistic depiction of a teenage boy and his complicated relationship with his parents.

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