Cloturer Le Ciel James Galvin

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Cloturer Le Ciel  by  James Galvin

Cloturer Le Ciel by James Galvin
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James Galvin opens his first novel with a shocking, seemingly inexplicable murder--horseman Mike Arans closes on a pistol-packing motorist named Merriwether Snipes, throws a rope and snaps his neck--and then proceeds to illuminate why it happened,MoreJames Galvin opens his first novel with a shocking, seemingly inexplicable murder--horseman Mike Arans closes on a pistol-packing motorist named Merriwether Snipes, throws a rope and snaps his neck--and then proceeds to illuminate why it happened, what it means, and how Mike deals with the consequences.

Though billed as a novel, Fencing the Sky is in fact a more deeply fictionalized continuation of The Meadow, Galvins partly historic, partly imagined evocation of a way of life that took hold on an upland Wyoming ranch for a century and then blew away. If The Meadow is elegiac, Fencing the Sky is angry and blackly humorous. This is the grim, greedy 90s, when swaggering developers like Merriwether Snipes ride the range in their ATVs, carving up the old homesteads into 40-acre ranchettes and making life hell for the few decent people who remain.

Galvin makes three of these holdouts his heroes--Oscar Rose, who supports a cattle habit (and family) by working as a vet- Adkisson Trent, a doctor who inherited from his father a spectacular spread and a penchant for proud solitude- and Arans, the renegade, who fled from New Jersey to become a cowboy. The heat of the book rises from the connections and passions of these men--their women and work troubles, their unspoken bond with each other, their fury at Snipes and everything he represents.Galvin, a poet, has assembled his narrative out of vivid shards, yet, despite the jump-cuts, this is an old-fashioned novel at heart, with heroes and villains, heartbreak and suspense, and characters so real you want to ride out and shake hands.

The same themes, the same imagery, the same equine adoration crop up in Cormac McCarthy and Larry McMurtry, but Galvin has a lighter touch, eschewing myth for the minute particulars of hard work and hard luck in a single community. Galvin can also crack a good joke, even though he knows as well as anyone that theres not a lot to laugh about under the big sky these days. --David Laskin



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