Her one-act plays have been produced throughout the U. I also skimmed over a few passages that seemed to have little or nothing to do with the plot. During the week, the two men labor side by side at the exhausting work of clearing stumps; joined by their worship of Zan, they become lovers. How objective is his point of view? Thrown together in the splendid isolation of the woods, with passions and tensions mounting, the unlikely trio achieves a fragile balance that—-like their idyllic patch of forest—-will be shattered by violence. Does his appreciation of nature make him more appealing to the reader? The love triangle is messy but, unlike most, the twist of who ends up with whom may surprise readers.
Nina Shengold Home Page, September 14, 2005. Shengold has a keen familiarity with this moist, woodsy region of the country, and the sexual tension among the three rough-and-ready lovers resonates thrillingly with the landscape. When an outsider witnesses these shenanigans, violence erupts. As the complications, both sexual and romantic, increase, which character wields the most control? During the week, the two men labor side by side; joined by their worship of Zan, they become lovers. Author of television scripts, including Labor of Love, Blind Spot, and Unwed Father. With Eric Lane, Shengold has edited eleven theatre anthologies for Viking Penguin and Vintage Books.
Calling this literature is a real stretch. You really got into the head of Earley and therefore were really able to understand the choices he made and why he made them. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia. Having her scram after the events made her less of a character and more of a pl I read this book quickly- if anything, the pacing is fast and even I, a slower reader nowadays, buzzed through it in an afternoon. A little disturbing however, since my grandpa gave it to me to read. Does he see the situation more clearly than Reed and Zan do? Painters handwrite their names on their canvasses; why shouldn't I? Why does it end in violence? Playwright Shengold debuts with a shaggy, steamy '70s ménage à trois in a Pacific Northwest logging town.
Writing from the point of view of another gender is always hard, and Earley Ritter is such a ruggedly tough guy. How does Shengold create a sense of tension, as well as attraction, among them? Shengold is Books Editor at Chronogram, a Hudson Valley arts and culture monthly. Set in the gloriously rugged backwoods of the Pacific Northwest in the 1970s, Nina Shengold's gripping debut novel follows three people in search of new lives deep into uncharted terrain of the body and heart. After a week alone in the forest cutting up cedar salvage to sell as roof shakes, Earley is driving his battered pickup back to town and stops for Reed Alton, a longhaired hitchhiker making his way from Berkeley to Alaska. Having her scram after the events made her less of a character and more of a plot device.
Is this difference grounded in their individual psychological makeups, or do social factors also play a part? This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. The distinctive setting, in which mostly single, childless people are thrown together with little to distract them, helps create a hothouse atmosphere for all kinds of things to grow, some expected, some definitely not. But in this book was a fantastic glimpse into the life of a burly logger - as a young woman I was pleasantly surprised by how much of a connection I was able to make to Early. Watching the characters navigating how to build relationships while working through unlearning the jealousy and societal norms they've been trained to take for granted is wonderfully realistic. Her one-acts, including No Shoulder recently filmed with Melissa Leo , Lush Life, Lives of the Great Waitresses, Finger Food, Emotional Baggage and others, have been produced in New York and throughout the country. For me, it seemed well worth it more than a few times, but I was under the book's spell, not in my right mind.
But when Earley meets Zan, the fiery and mysterious woman Reed has been following, erotic sparks fly in unexpected directions. If they had met as they did and simply decided to live and work together, would they have formed the same kind of bond? The sexual tension among the rough-and-ready lovers resonates thrillingly with the landscape. I think that's why he picks up Reed. The characters don't really change although Reed grows up some over the course of the book , and the ecological message isn't pounded in - both of which would have made for a more compelling book. Watching the characters navigating how to build relationships while working through unlearning the jealousy and societal norms they've been trained to take for granted is wonderfully realistic.
If you want a twisted and tragic backwoods romance novel with predictable cliche characters then this is the book for you. I think that's why he picks up Reed. Worked for Young-Adult Conservation Corps, Olympic Reforestation Inc. You've met people like the deeply flawed heroes of Clearcut. She seemed silly and irrelevant, however, I wished she played more of a role in the actual ending than the climax of the story. With Michael Ryan Michael Ryan: Between Living and Dreaming, 1982—1994, Waanders Publishers Zwolle , 1994. And then there's Xan, who is in love with Reed but flirts with Earley.
Zany, shapely Zan comes on to manly Earley and comforts Reed, holding them both in thrall, and pretty soon the three are getting intimate in Earley's hippie bus. Most of all, this is one of the rare books I get more from each time I re-read it, and one of the few books I'm actually eager to re-read every few years. One incredibly rainy day he picks up Reed, a trust-fund hitchhiker who left Berkeley to head to Alaska but first, he wants to see Xan, the girl he's in love with. This book titillates in all the right ways. The sexy bits don't bother me, rather I was annoyed by Zen.
A nouveau hippie tale with boldness and spunk. Reed and Earley end up working together, sharing the bus and daily chores. The arrangement guarantees frequent contact with Zan—and the possibility of something much more. Weekly Award for its Long Wharf and Matrix Theatre productions. Felt like the ending was a cop out.
If you want a twisted and tragic backwoods romance novel with predictable cliche characters then this is the book for you. Is Earley a neutral observer of the clash between the hippie sensibility and the working-class culture that shaped him and defines the people in Forks? Is Earley responsible in some way for what happens to Reed at the end of the novel? Does one character dominate the encounter at the bar, or does the balance of power shift? A noveau hippie tale with boldness and spunk. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. I like Ritter's character, he's an out-and-out fantasy man, but this is a book and it's a good story. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. Does the scene evolve naturally? Story of a 1970s hippie ménage à trois in a Pacific Northwest logging town. Clearcut is a completely original novel that captures a time and place with sensuous, sharply observed writing.