East of the Mountains

East of the Mountains✺ East of the Mountains Epub ✽ Author David Guterson – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Ben Givens is a retired heart surgeon who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer Deciding to take charge of his own demise, Ben travels into the wild country of Washington state with his two dogs and Ben Givens is a retired heart surgeon who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer Deciding to take charge of his own demise, Ben travels into the wild country of Washington state with his two dogs and his father s Winchester, to hunt one last time and then to end his life on his own terms But, as with all quests, the Fates intervene A car wreck introduces him to various helpers and hindrances, and gradually Ben undertakes a journey back through his own past As he nears the apple growing country in which East of PDF \ he grew up, he recalls the signal events of his youth and manhood especially his wartime experiences and his profound love for his wife of fifty years Ben is transformed into an American Odysseus as he confronts the many sides of his own nature in a novel that radiates with the glories of the natural world and the mysterious permutations of the human heart. The premise of a man dying of cancer but deciding, so as to spare his family heartache of a long drawn out death, to commit suicide in such a way that it would appear like a hunting accident didn t augur well I had loved Snow falling on cedars so thouight to give this a go Am I pleased I did Our hero s plans do not run smoothly and along the way he meets and interreacts with a whole horde of characters It is not simply a straightforward cliche d man learns the value of life through his e The premise of a man dying of cancer but deciding, so as to spare his family heartache of a long drawn out death, to commit suicide in such a way that it would appear like a hunting accident didn t augur well I had loved Snow falling on cedars so thouight to give this a go Am I pleased I did Our hero s plans do not run smoothly and along the way he meets and interreacts with a whole horde of characters It is not simply a straightforward cliche d man learns the value of life through his encounters but its probably not far off Some of these characters are bizarre and some unrealistic I for one cannot believe any shop assistant would be so callous as the one who makes fun of his black eye so crassly Her lack of compassion seemed to be there just so Ben could reflect on how her lack of compassion made him feel alone This is what Guterson seems to do a good deal He introduces us to naive innocence, saintly kindness and ridiculous small time cruelty in such a way that few of the characters ring true but it is so as to move his plot along to another incident Whilst talking to his daughter on the phone he tells her what has happened to him over the last few days and on a number of occasions she remarks how it all sounds unbelieveable.I couldn t have said it better myself Guterson also thanks a number of people at the end of the book for their help regarding veterinary practices and army history and other things as i read the book I just felt he had taken large excerpts from books as various as The insides of dogs after they ve been bitten a lot , what to do when operating on bitten dogs , What roads to drive along from Seattle to other places and what bridges you will cross on the way and the many ways to describe orchards and then just inserted portions every now and again through the text Maybe Snow falling on Cedars spoilt me but I have to admit to being rather disappointed Guterson is an extraordinary writer and storyteller I read his first novel, Snow Falling on Cedars while spending one extremely snowy winter in Chicago with my dear Aunt Cassie as she fell ill with cancer and spent her last days in a hospice The staff was nice enough to let me stay overnight anytime I wanted, so I often stayed up late watching the snow fall reading this book, keeping my Aunt company as she rested I m in Chicago again this year, so I decided to mark the eighth anniversary of Guterson is an extraordinary writer and storyteller I read his first novel, Snow Falling on Cedars while spending one extremely snowy winter in Chicago with my dear Aunt Cassie as she fell ill with cancer and spent her last days in a hospice The staff was nice enough to let me stay overnight anytime I wanted, so I often stayed up late watching the snow fall reading this book, keeping my Aunt company as she rested I m in Chicago again this year, so I decided to mark the eighth anniversary of her death by reading another one of Guterson s books, East of the Mountains As it happens, the main character in this book is coming to terms with having colon cancer, trying to decide whether to tell his family or to go off on his own and end it all Ok, it s grim material, but it s also a really well written book with some great insights about aging and death On the lighter side, my Aunt warned me not to visit her grave or else she would haunt me When we did go to visit her this year, a big white goose confronted us in the middle of the road, looking right at us and blocking the way for the car to move forward for a few minutes I can t help but think that was my Aunt, urging me to go out and live, rather than wasting time in a cemetery Now that s a haunting worth experiencing Eloquent, beautiful prose, but boring, slow story Put it this way if I were in the middle of a chapter and the phone rang it wouldn t bother me to put the book down and forget about it until I dusted the table it was sitting on. Low 3 This novel has the strengths of an excellent premise and wonderful descriptive prose, but the plot feels contrived and the pace sluggish Guterson has unquestionable ability in painting a landscape so adroitly that it can attain as much attention as the main characters Moreover, the novel s intended focus is one which promised much, and which could blend with the setting seamlessly Ben Givens, a retired surgeon and widow, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and decides to save hims Low 3 This novel has the strengths of an excellent premise and wonderful descriptive prose, but the plot feels contrived and the pace sluggish Guterson has unquestionable ability in painting a landscape so adroitly that it can attain as much attention as the main characters Moreover, the novel s intended focus is one which promised much, and which could blend with the setting seamlessly Ben Givens, a retired surgeon and widow, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and decides to save himself from the pain and incapacity which would ensue by veiling his intended suicide under the guise of a hunting accident Thus, he journeys east of Seattle to the country of his roots but in doing so undertakes afigurative odyssey in which a combination of memories related to his past, and events from his present, provide life affirming episodes which make him question how his journey should end However, the quality of the author s prose cannot disguise the narrative s lack of pace, while the characters and events which provide the storyline s positive counter poise to the grim plan of the protagonist feel too artificial to have true emotive impact on the reader I was hesitant to start this book since it is about a man facing his mortality but I am oh so glad that I did This book is beautifully written about a man facing death but also realizing what life is about He is not an extraordinary man yet he is in the aspect that every person is and each person has their own unique experiences to make them so I loved this book so much, it made me feel good about life and also helped me realize somehow that facing death doesn t have to be so terrible, and be I was hesitant to start this book since it is about a man facing his mortality but I am oh so glad that I did This book is beautifully written about a man facing death but also realizing what life is about He is not an extraordinary man yet he is in the aspect that every person is and each person has their own unique experiences to make them so I loved this book so much, it made me feel good about life and also helped me realize somehow that facing death doesn t have to be so terrible, and being a person with parents in their late 70 s it is something I think of often If anything it made me want to learn everything about my parents past and appreciate the part of their life they have given me through the years The book goes from past to present and revisits his relationship with his deceased wife and how they met as well as his experiences in WWII which includes some lifelong regret This book did it all for me, I wish all books were like this Eloquent prose, but I found most of it boring and painful to finish I finally gave up at 50%. Had a meeting with a potential financial planning client and the conversation moved from finance to books He had this one in his car and was going to pass it on to a woman in hospice who, unfortunately, did not last long enough for him to do so So, he laid it on me.Interesting topic How to kill yourself and make it look like an accident rather than putting your family through the months of steady decline and pain from colon cancer Interesting that I read a recent article on how doctors die Had a meeting with a potential financial planning client and the conversation moved from finance to books He had this one in his car and was going to pass it on to a woman in hospice who, unfortunately, did not last long enough for him to do so So, he laid it on me.Interesting topic How to kill yourself and make it look like an accident rather than putting your family through the months of steady decline and pain from colon cancer Interesting that I read a recent article on how doctors die a better death than the rest of us since once they get this type of diagnosis, they chose not to put themselves through the brutality of chemo, surgery, etc., but pretty much let nature run it s course with only palliative care They have seen too much At any rate, off he goes, east of the mountains with his two hunting dogs to carry out his scheme Well, strange comment for a planner but I m sure most have heard the saying Man plans God laughs And so it turns out.Book is short, a bit draggy in places but the descriptions of the surrounding countryside are excellent and the places of real emotion and the big universal issues make this well worth the read Age, Wandering, And WisdomDavid Guterson s novel East of the Mountains is set in the Columbia Basin of central Washington in the late 1990s It tells the story of Dr Ben Givens, a renowned heart surgeon who has recently lost his wife, retired, and learned he is suffering from terminal colon cancer With the goal of saving himself and his family from unnecessary pain and suffering, he sets out with his two dogs on a hunting trip with the intention of committing suicide.The book has strong comp Age, Wandering, And WisdomDavid Guterson s novel East of the Mountains is set in the Columbia Basin of central Washington in the late 1990s It tells the story of Dr Ben Givens, a renowned heart surgeon who has recently lost his wife, retired, and learned he is suffering from terminal colon cancer With the goal of saving himself and his family from unnecessary pain and suffering, he sets out with his two dogs on a hunting trip with the intention of committing suicide.The book has strong components of a picaresque novel, with Dr Givens s adventures in his brief journey, and of an American coming of age novel with its protagonist an elderly, successful man rather than a youth struggling to reach maturity In some ways, this book reminded me of Kerouac s On the Road with an older and wiser hero Huckleberry Finn for the ageing also lurks somewhere in the backgroundIn his journey, Dr Givens has a variety of experiences and meets many different sorts of people emanating from an automobile accident he suffers at the outset He meets a young couple going skiing, a drifter who provides him with marijuana, a graduate student to whom he is briefly attracted who is studying Rudolph Steiner the founder of an esoteric movement somewhat similar to Theosophy , illegal immigrants picking apples, a young woman veterinarian, and many others He also recollects during his journey his past life, particularly his loving wife, his wartime experiences and his decision to become a physician.Each of the people he meets along the way has something to teach him towards recovering or gaining a degree of self understanding and acceptance of his condition I found it striking and good that most of the people are rather ordinary in intelligence and achievement, with something valuable to teach a famous and skilled heart surgeon.The book explores the theme of life as a journey and a quest for self knowledge for someone with the experience of age It speaks of the value of this our world, the only world we know I was reminded of the American poet Wallace Stevens s observation that The greatest poverty is not to live in a physical world The book celebrates the beauty of the West, the emotional and erotic beauty of women, the beauty of using one s skills to help others, and the beauty of trying to understand oneself The descriptions are good, and the story is well told, even though it lacks a certain sparkle A worthwhile and thoughtful book.Robin Friedman Similarly to Cold Mountain, this novel takes up the odyssey theme Ben Givens, a retired surgeon is dying of cancer He decides to kill himself, and decides to go to over the mountains and do it However, along the way he ll meet other people who ll affect himthan he could ever have thought.This is a pretty simple story, though through its simplicity it actually works Guterson obviously knows his way around the areas he describes, and even though his dialogue is extremely wooden in places Similarly to Cold Mountain, this novel takes up the odyssey theme Ben Givens, a retired surgeon is dying of cancer He decides to kill himself, and decides to go to over the mountains and do it However, along the way he ll meet other people who ll affect himthan he could ever have thought.This is a pretty simple story, though through its simplicity it actually works Guterson obviously knows his way around the areas he describes, and even though his dialogue is extremely wooden in places and the characters simplistic, his descriptions made the novel enjoyable for me While not a literary miracle, East of The Mountains is enjoyable, melancholy reading which serves as a good quiet, low keyed antidote to the sound and fury of an average day Being a huge fan of David Guterson, I recognized his writing as soon as I opened the book It was like coming home Descriptive landscapes lend themselves to being there You can almost smell the northwest forest The characterizations are always individuals that I can relate to quite easily because they are anyone, everyone The story takes place, except for some flashbacks, in perhaps a two day span This book is about a dying man, and his internal journey while taking a physical journey Evoc Being a huge fan of David Guterson, I recognized his writing as soon as I opened the book It was like coming home Descriptive landscapes lend themselves to being there You can almost smell the northwest forest The characterizations are always individuals that I can relate to quite easily because they are anyone, everyone The story takes place, except for some flashbacks, in perhaps a two day span This book is about a dying man, and his internal journey while taking a physical journey Evocative and thought provoking Beautifully written

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  • 288 pages
  • East of the Mountains
  • David Guterson
  • English
  • 09 March 2017
  • 0156011042