This article is about the novel by Leif Enger. Peace Like a River. Peacelikeariver. jpg. Author, Leif Enger. Country, United States. Language, English. Peace Like a River reminds a reader of Kent Haruf’s Plainsong or even Leif Enger’s debut is an extraordinary novel–an epic of generosity and heart that. Leif Enger’s novel, Peace Like a River, is generating enough pre-publication buzz that it is already being compared to Charles Frazier’s surprise.

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Loved him and everything about him. He opened his eyes and discovered he was running—sprinting across the grass toward the door. The characters, from fully-formed Reuben and Swede to the more peripheral such as Dr. One egner my favorite parts of the book is near the beginning, soon after the main character, an 11 year old boy named Lime, is born and lives though the dr.

His little sister, Swede, is more perceptive, and it is because Reuben tells us this story with all the honest he can muster that we know that. Want to Read saving…. It is the combination of a compelling story, vital characters, and sublime writing that fill me with awe at the writer’s ennger and sorrow in bidding farewell to such a treasure. The book touched rjver themes of accountability, of perspective, of loyalty.

That’s not even good pulp. And, I honestly could not figure out what time period this was supposed to be. Real miracles bother liie. The teenager’s reaction to this is what sets up the rest of the novel; it’s probably not a spoiler any more, but I won’t say anything just in case. There were sections I read several times, wanting to snip them out and paste in a scrapbook of perfect phrasing, perfect sentences and paragraphs I’m all about sentences now, thanks to Francine Prose!


A Review of Leif Enger’s Peace Like a River | Postcards From Purgatory

Leif Enger is a superb writer. One of the most satisfying novels I have read. I had this book sitting in my pile for a long time. When children never sassed their parents. It is his father, Jeremiah, who miraculously and heroically saves his life. Alden Mudge is a writer in Oakland, California. That way the reader knows this is sure exciting stuff!!!! May 9, at 2: Once in a distant while there comes a novel that brings me to tears as I turn its final pages.

The book’s characters are drawn well; they are unique and full of individuality.

Here’s a review I found that describes it better than I can: I think it’s because it was almost too real. But not graphic violence. When he was born, his lungs failed to take in air, and the doctor pronounced him dead. It’s a foolish, illegal move, of course, but beyond that, it’s a rejection of his father’s faith.

From that beginning, Enger weaves a story that is a surprising and beguiling mix of heroic quest, cowboy romance and moral fable.

Because she was–oh, yes. Peace Like a River.


But once they stop for an extended stay in the Dakotas with a woman that they are instantly taken with, their luck is about to change. Jeremiah tells his newborn son, once more: It is a novel of faith, the kind of novel which I normally find hard to connect with, since m Whoever typeset this book should be fired, and then possibly summarily shot. Enger has created a world of signs, where dead crows fall in a snowstorm and vagrants lie curled up in fields, in which everything is significant, everything has weight and comprehension is always fleeting.


The Lands wait to hear about Davy’s escape, first on horse, then hitchhiking his way to August’s before borrowing a car and leaving for some unknown destination.

The characters are delineated with a lot of affection and attention to detail, though I always found Jeremiah to be quite remote perhaps appropriately, for a father seen through the eyes of his eleven-year-old son and Swede’s speech patterns to be too refined for even the most precocious of the nine-year-olds I’ve met. He hits the road, leaving his family with no clue where he’s gone and how bad things will get if he is discovered.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. The novel opens in when Reuben Land is born with faulty lungs.

Because it will be a reread. When no one had sex or genitals. You would take your son’s place if you could. May 14, Petra rated it it was amazing. Finally, they pull into a gas station in the Badlands. Swede, so aa beyond her eight years, loves anything pertaining to the American West and writes peave poetry about cowboys.

You must want me to appear haggard and aged, by making this our upcoming November read. The Lands and Roxanna move back home and purchase the red farm where Jeremiah and Roxanna are married. This is a book that comes with high praise and heartfelt recommendations.