☆ Nickel Mountain ó John Gardner, Nickel Mountain , John Gardner, Nickel Mountain John Gardner s most poignant novel of improbable love At the heart of John Gardner s Nickel Mountain is an uncommon love story when at the obese anxious and gentle Henry Soames marries seventeen year old Callie Wells who is pregnant with the child of a local boy it is much than years which define the gulf between them But the beauty of this novel is the gradualJohn Gardner s ☆ Nickel Mountain ó John Gardner - Nickel Mountain , Nickel Mountain John Gardner s most poignant novel of improbable love At the heart of John Gardner s Nickel Mountain is an uncommon love story when at the obese anxious and gentle Henry Soames marries seventeen
☆ Nickel Mountain ó John Gardner - Nickel Mountain , Nickel Mountain John Gardner s most poignant novel of improbable love At the heart of John Gardner s Nickel Mountain is an uncommon love story when at the obese anxious and gentle Henry Soames marries seventeen
I visited an old friend recently John Gardner s Nickel Mountain I ve been growing old waiting for the Gardner revival the deceased literary novelist not likely to be confused with the living spy novelist John Gardner, although it bears mentioning , and was pleased to see October Light come back into print a brilliant meta novel fit to hold its own among the Lethems and Franzens and Safran Foers of today Okay publishers now it is time to reprint Nickel Mountain A Pastoral Novel, a subdued, reali [...]
Perhaps our postmodern treasure hunter Nathan N.R Gaddis can explain to me what it is in me that makes me discard volume 22 of A Dance to the Music of Time, four charmingly comic and light volumes away from major literary street cred, to start consuming the moldering and clotted corpus of John Gardner I seem to have the same affliction as him, a love for the obscure writers of the 20th century, the suspicion they are virtuoso somehow so virtuosic they somehow can t ascend into everyone s bookshe [...]
When I first read this book, as a college freshman in 1982, it moved me very deeply for reasons I still don t understand Little did I know that at the very same time I was reading this book, its author died in a motorcycle crash I went on to read Gardner s other fiction, as well as his two books on writing fiction, and appreciated all of them Looking back, I probably read Nickel Mountain because it was by the same author as Grendel, the retelling of Beowulf that Gardner wrote from the point of t [...]
Henry Soames the morbidly obese owner of a truckstop diner in the Catskills, an angelic but tragically inarticulate soul proposes marriage to his pregnant, teen waitress when the girl s boyfriend leaves town Gardner was a medievalist and philosopher at heart, and this story represents perhaps his most successful blending of those passions with his high ideals about the modern novel Must love always evolve into a decision or could the decision, and a grotesque pairing, ever reverse that dynamic
Over the years, I ve encountered references to the late John Gardner have had a copy of Nickel Mountain gathering dust for ages In attempting to cull my shelves of surplus books, I began reading his novel found it alternately quite interesting but also at times not so very well developed In reading about the author s life, I began to sense that some of the issues touched on within the tale and some of the characters he employed to tell the story might have been rather too close to home for comfo [...]
Believing that a novel should speak for itself, I usually recommend skipping introductions, however the William H Gass introduction to Nickel Mountain is such a perfect gateway to both the book and its creator that I d like to give it an additional five stars, for a total of ten In a mere ten pages Gass has made me feel like I personally knew John Gardner and better understand the rather dogmatic times he had to create in Gass writes of Gardner He caused to rise up like an enveloping vision a fi [...]
I ve just finished Nickel Mountain by John Gardner, one of those books where nothing happens, just imagination at play on the characters emotions It s set in the Catskills which reads as very beautiful Gardner is supposed to be one of those good writers who are hard to read I really like his prose, and this novel was accessible, like a soap opera with soul It was particularly good on the difficult, compromised, disappointed and yet fulfilling ways in which people relate to one another Another bo [...]
The language of Nickel Mountain by John Gardner is absolutely beautiful, but if you re looking for a book with a plot, skip this one Obese, middle aged Henry Soames is content in his life running a diner in the Catskills until he hires 17 year old Callie to help him Callie is in a doomed affair and winds up pregnant Henry marries her I have seen Nickel Mountain touted as a love story, but I don t see much love in it, except perhaps for the love both Henry and Callie have for the child Henry offe [...]
From the title pageNICKEL MOUNTAIN A Pastoral NovelA different book, a pastoral novel inded, but my review brings me back to my own bucket of reviewer cliches I love this book, but I could see how others would think it slow, stupid and plain silly, or that the people not realisticI understand, I guess But dang it, if you feel that way about this book, what is the point of living OK, I may be exaggerating, but it is for a good cause.Consider these quotes from the book another of my reviewer clich [...]
The plot is almost non existent, and the characters failed to sustain my interest until the very end in the interior monologues of George Loomis and William Freund but by then it was too late The relationship between Henry Soames and his teenage bride is never fully explored, even though the first half of the book is preoccupied almost exclusively with these two characters The novel is set in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York which is one of the most scenic places in the eastern United [...]
While his writing is superb at painting mental pictures and flushing out total characterizations, the plot plods so slowly it is tough to stay with it without breezing past paragraph after paragraph in an attempt to keep up your concentration It would be better to just read parts of it aloud,let the beauty of the descriptions soak in, and let it go at that.
I didn t enjoy it as much as Mickelsson s Ghosts, but that s no slight to this work.A character piece of the highest quality, I don t know why people don t know appreciate Gardner s work.Human realtionships of all kinds are potrayed poignantly, and sometimes absurdly but they always feel real 40
This is another 5 star book in my shelf.Gardner not only preached superior writing but also excelled at the practice I read this work with awe and wonder at what Mr Gardner achieved with his prose I agree with the Chicago Sun Times reviewer who wrote There is enough life here for several novels Mr Gardner s prose is full of life This is a wonderful American work by an American master.
Anticlimactic, boring, ramblingere was hardly any story in this super long book I could skip an entire page and not have missed a thing The author is obviously very skillful with words and colorful descriptions, but that alone doesn t make a good book This was a waste of a week.
I liked Nickel Mountain better than Grendel which was too odd a modern fairytale for me at the time Nickel Mountain was closer in spirit to The Sunlight Dialogues.
3 1 2 stars
I would have given this book a 4 or 5 but there are times that it seriously lags and could have used some cutting The story is simply beautiful.
In Nickel Mountain, published in 1973 when John Gardner was forty but written much earlier, the author s genius is on full display This is the story of Henry Soames, 42, who runs the Stop Off, a diner situated along a highway in the mountainous Catskills in southeastern New York State Henry obese, timid, thoughtful, unambitious waits for whatever life brings his way, much as he waits for customers to darken the door of the Stop Off Grossly overweight a trait inherited from his gentle father and [...]
This was an incredibly interesting read Gardner s novel Grendel is my favorite of all time and even inspired a tattoo of mine With this in mind, I ventured into Nickel Mountain I must caution anyone going to read this, it s not the happiest or easiest read around The plot feels slightly pointless depending on how you look at it, and there s nothing fantastical about it This is a very realistic novel in how it goes about things.All that being said, I absolutely adore Nickel Mountain First off, it [...]
What a wonderful story This book moves slowly and thoughtfully, as Henry Soames the protagonist does The relationships Gardner develops in Nickel Mountain are realistic and unsentimental, but rich and full of their own kind of love This is a novel I come back to over and over again and am never disappointed.
This is a very unique book that starts out beautifully and the prose carries through right to the last page At first it appears to have no plot but then I feel because it is character driven, the plot is not important in this case There are many themes present such as longing and pain from lost opportunities, grief, death and impending death There is a slathering of allegory throughout and don t expect to understand the intention of the author, read and discover it Allow the story to unfold and [...]
The writing is excellent My introduction to Gardner s work was through his Becoming a Novelist book and then Grendel Gardner s writing make me think.The story of Henry Soames and Callie is so plain, and yet they live in a majestic setting I suppose that s part of the point look at the grandness of the world around these characters who really do not live lives worth noting But don t most of us have such lives And when we come to be at peace with ourselves as Henry and Callie strive to do we becom [...]
I found this most disappointing It was worthy and well intentioned, but dull, reasonably predictable and not engaging Some of main character Henry Soames actions are so stupid as to lose sympathy, and other characters are sketches rather than people The story arc was hard to believe, and the pacing was off, with too much emphasis on some sections and not enough on others It had the feel of having been rushed and not cafrefully edited Fell very short of Gardner s other novels, such as Sunlight Di [...]
Henry Soames is a confirmed bachelor who keeps adopting strays An abandoned pregnant teen ager he marries to legitimize it s the 50 s when single motherhood wasn t an option and a slightly crazy Jehovah s Witness whose wife dies in an arson fire He is surrounded by people who see the world as meaningless, and in the end, so does Henry But Henry is saved from despair, cynicism, and or anger by his tender hearted view of those he shares his life with.
A simple, poignant story of two people, an obese, middle aged owner of a diner and a young woman who drifts into his lift and stays As they weave their way through life, Gardner reveals what they mean to each other With a cast of lively characters, catchy dialog, and philosophical musings, this novel brings the reader along for an amusing, thoughtful, and heart warming journey Gardner is a masterful story teller.
After reading On Becoming a Novelist , I was ready to snatch up anything Garnder had written This was my first, and it just wasn t for me.The story is a good one, but I think there is a lot of purple prose and wasted characters The diner, while being an intricate center of the story, never really takes shape for me It never moves past being just the diner, instead of this spot for out of towners and lost hope Whatever, just not for me.
I found a lot of Buddhist undertones in this beautifully written tale about an obese hero, his desperate wife, and the gritty characters who become of who they are destined to become Is their destiny karma Does Henry transcend his mortal life and attain an enlightened state I think so but like real enlightenment, it is a slog through the mud to get there.or so I ve heard
Gardner is a favorite author of mine, as he is many, many others NICKEL MTN has a wealth of interesting elements but struggled to keep my interest throughout I don t think Gardner ever wrote anything poorly or anything bad, but some are better than others For me, this came in as a fleshed out sketch rather than a finished book.
I gave this a three star because I I love John Gardner s prose and attention to detail, but this one was a bastard to finish It s a bad sign when you re rolling your eyes and trying to skip ahead in the last two chapters In the end I felt like this was merely sentimental, with nothing to take from it except the usual oh we suffer, and suffering is beautiful cliche I was disappointed.
A good read I found this book while searching for something to meet the criteria of this challenge so I like finding something that hadn t been on my radar screen Gardner is an excellent writer It felt a little like short stories to me and was just a little short on plot to advance it along, but I can see why it was a bestseller when it came out.