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Ldhood caring for his cantankerous grandfather Walter DJ's friend Dena her mother and sister all of whom are trying to adjust to life and a home without the girls' fatherElouent and evocative Eventide paints a convincing compelling picture of small town life in Holt County Colorado So beautiful maybe even slightly better than Plainsong Haruf writes from the heart and in doing so he touches ours He features good people and bad people but that s how life is Some of his characters make you want to reach out and give them a hug others you would like to be your best friends All of them are memorable and provide food for thought after the book has finishedThere are some really sad moments in Eventide I was mopping up tears over one momentous death And then there are the beautiful moments when people reach out to others and help them through life s tougher timesThis book is just plain beautiful and I am sad already because there is only one

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With Victoria Roubideaux now at college the McPheron brothers are alone on their farm once again yet struggling to settle back into old ways and routines Tom Guthrie and Maggie Jones meanwhile are finding their future together assured even while they're still finding their feet as It was still hot outside though the sun had begun to lean to the west and the first intimations of fall were in the air that smell of dust and dry leaves that annual lonesomeness that comes of summer closing down Sixteen years ago when Eventide was first published if you had walked up to me with this book in your hand and said Here Read this It s a great book I would have said What and who is it about Where does it take place You likely would have stated Well it s about ordinary people and I can t really pinpoint an actual plot I mean things happen good and bad but well you know The setting is Holt Colorado a dusty plains kind of town You know partly on a cattle ranch and partly in a small sort of simple village suare I would have politely smiled and told you that I don t have much time to read these days as I have two small children at home Then I would have proceeded to grab a thriller or mystery novel instead I missed out meeting one of the most gifted savants of the human heart Four years ago I smartened up and set things right by reading Kent Haruf s Plainsong and fell instantly in love It took a pandemic to give me the next swift kick to finally read the second book in the trilogy They came up from the horse barn in the slanted light of early morning The McPheron brothers Harold and Raymond Old men approaching an old house at the end of summer From page one I was delighted to find myself once again in the company of the McPheron brothers If you haven t met this unassuming and lovable pair yet you should grab Plainsong right away and get started before picking up this one You ll see some other familiar faces from that book here as well and meet a few What I ve learned from Kent Haruf is that heroes don t really come in capes or white collars they don t carry magic wands shapeshift or stand up on pulpits They do however look like your average human being and yet save lives and defeat villains No They re not preachers But they did save me I don t know what I would ve done without them It s obvious to me that Haruf valued both the aged as well as the younger members of our society I don t know his personal family story but I would guess that he was either a grandfather himself or viewed the loving relationship of a grandparent and grandchild secondhand with wonder and gratitude He understood the impact the elderly and children can have on one another and that the value of that tie works in both directions He also knew that families are not always constructed by biological links They can come in many shapes and sizes and what holds them together is not necessarily DNA but love support companionship honesty and understanding What a wise and enlightened soul Haruf must have breathed some of his own essence into the creation of the McPheron brothers But these venerable men aren t the only superheroes of this story Children too are guardian angels in disguise as poor beaten down and hurting little souls both to one another as well as to their elders And yes women can throw out life preservers as well Please please let me meet Rose Tyler one timeI can t recommend this series highly enough The prose is unadorned but luminous and extremely affecting The characters so tangible you might find yourself looking for them as you go about your day Perhaps you ll see one of them at the supermarket Maybe another will pop up at your local tavern If you re fortunate maybe one will throw you a life raft too Or perhaps you can offer your own to one of them This can be a hard place to be alone in Well I suppose any place is

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A couple Alongside these familiar faces and places however are new characters and their stories Betty and Luther who are struggling to keep their heads above water and their children Joy Rae and Richie out of care eleven year old DJ who has spent much of his supposedly carefree chi Letting go image source Eventide is the brilliant and perfect follow up to Plainsong told in the same spare language and set a couple of years later You could read it as a standalone novel but you d be missing than the half you have not read not so much in terms of plot as euilibriumEven though a notable aspect of both books is the lack of backstory and there are major characters in this who left not so much as a dusty footprint on the pages of Plainsong while some of the unfinished tracks of Plainsong eg the Beckmans vendetta against Tom Guthrie are untrodden here they are two halves of a whole I read Eventide immediately after finishing Plainsong and I am so glad I did I can only review this in relation to that and neither review stands on its own another example of the pairs that are a defining feature of both Benediction is separate despite GR labelling it as 3 See my reviews Plainsong precursor to this 5 Benediction a separate story 5WeaningWhereas Plainsong is primarily about absence I felt a subtle shift here Eventide is about the process of separation and letting go whether voluntary or not the adaptation to and acceptance or not of the change that follows They never do like it I can t imagine anything or anybody that would like it But every living thing in this world gets weaned eventually Although Eventide comes chronologically after Plainsong in this thematic respect it almost precedes it Perhaps we need to feel and acknowledge the pain of loss before we can truly comprehend the impact and how and why it happenedAt the moment of loss or separation we don t know the outcome whether parent or child lover or friend we feel only the present agony Looking back we see that most thrive but some falter a few of them critically We apply perspective and context to our loss Does that mitigate the hurt For the majority it probably does but I doubt it offers solace to those who could not successfully transition to independence Does it make it easier to leave or let go in future I don t knowHopeWhere is the hope that makes this book not just bearable but wonderful As with Plainsong it s from simple unconditional love and acceptance sometimes from the least likely sources but here there is again an emphasis on process the slow flowering of once tentative and maybe improbable relationships into something strong and sweet There are brand new relationships good and bad but those between Victoria her young daughter Katie and the McPherons are most touching of all They all continue to change and be changed because of each other Her coming had changed matters for them forever And then the little girl and her arrival had changed matters once again So they had grown used to the presence of these new people in their lives They had become accustomed to the way things had changed and they had got so they liked these new changes and got so they wanted them to continue day after day in the same way Lost in the FamiliarIn the dirt as in snow tracks and footprints can disappear The now familiar tropes of pairs sleep red and the slanted light of the dusty plains are regularly and softly used here yet I was adrift in a town I thought I knew In Plainsong the focus of each chapter is clear because character names are used as chapter titles Eventide is the opposite chapters are numbered but significantly they invariably start with a scattering of pronouns so I had no initial idea who was being referred to especially in early chapters with the possibility of characters I d not encountered before When characters speak they re as plainspoken here as in Plainsong but they re not always as honest Not everyone is uite what they seem I want to see the best in people even fictional people but I anticipated the pain and tragedies to come and sometimes they didThus Haruf conjures a complex and disorienting response with deceptively simple languagePairsBoth books are built on the similarities and contrasts of pairs doubles and opposites of characters and situations and the fact the books themselves are a pair This could be unsubtle disorienting and annoying but instead it lends uncertainty within the comfort of a familiar framework For example the variable amount of clutter in the McPheron kitchen continues to reflect the fluctuating moods of lifeIn contrast with everyone in Plainsong and many in Eventide little Katie is a chatterbox She went on without stopping talking about whatever came into her mind with no need for Raymond to remark on any of it at all though he paid heed There are two obvious contrasts that barely feature in either book religious versus not and rich versus poor an observation not a criticismIn Plainsong I was surprised how little God or the church featured in the lives of Holt s residents especially the elderly god like figures of Harold and Raymond McPheron that may be a fault of my stereotypes of the US in general and small towns 30 years ago in particular In Eventide most of the few occasions church or prayers are mentioned merely demonstrate people s unfamiliarity with either Go ahead and eat unless somebody wants to pray No one did Eventide has a family on welfare see below and that made me realise the almost total absence of anyone wealthy except perhaps the Beckmans in Plainsong Some are comfortable than others but no one is really rich That would be too unsubtle for HarufWelfareEventide has a sociological angle that was new In addition to ordinary people living simple lives with little of anything to spare there is a troubled family on welfare plus their social worker Rose Tyler This was the weakest aspect for me the characters captivated me and I cared deeply but Rose s actions and those of other authorities didn t always seem plausible maybe that s a difference of 30 years the Atlantic More importantly it didn t uite fit the carefully crafted atmosphere of the two books I wonder if it was an editorial suggestion perhaps to respond to those who found Holt s position in time a little too amorphous Personally I preferred the slipperiness as a contrast to the dry dirt that permeates the floorboards vehicles clothes and people Nevertheless the complex tragedies of this family were painfully wrought in typically plain but powerful terms and inextricably linked to the theme of the book FamilyRelated to separation is the concept of family whether bonded by blood WallaceRimes divided by blood WallaceRimes or forged in other ways unofficial adoption or friendship like DJ and Dena As Victoria says of the McPherons We re not related in that way They saved me RedAs in Plainsong almost the only colour mentioned other than the trademark iron gray McPheron hair is red but being the second book it s noticeable the faces of those who work outdoors a tractor a type of cow memories of a dead mother s nail varnish stolen lipstick Guthrie s pickup the plunging blouse of a woman and so on A bright respite from the dull dirt of the plainsTowards the end there is a notable sign of new beginnings He drove with the window rolled down and the night air came in and brought with it the smell of green grass and sage uotes The silent high plains spread out flat and dark under the bright myriad indifferent stars The first intimations of fall were in the air that smell of dust and dry leaves that annual lonesomeness that comes of summer closing down At school he did willingly and skilfully all that was reuired of him but didn t say much of anything to anybody throughout the day Their paired images walked beside them in the plate glass storefronts He wanted to think of words that would make some difference but there were none in any language he knew that were sufficient to the moment nor that would change a simple thing He was pretty set in his ways They were good ways though But you ve got to have your own life So he was alone now alone than he had ever been in life A car drove by its exhaust as white and ragged as wood smoke before the wind snatched it away He looked around and all the people nearby appeared to be having a good time At a social services centre the scarred tedious brightly colored toys and the little broken baked books The low afternoon sun streamed in onto the dishes from the unshaded windows The sunlight was brilliant in the glassware The early darkling of a short winter s day the sky fading out the night drawing down The stars as clean and bright as if they were no distant than the next barbed wire fence post everything all around him distinct and unhidden Don t you know anything No ma am I don t believe I do Outside the house beyond the silent room they sat in the dark began to collect along the street You might find some manner of interesting trouble to get into Guthrie to Raymond McPheron echoing what Maggie Jones said in Plainsong to make them consider taking Victoria in The story comes fullish circle


10 thoughts on “Eventide

  1. says:

    “It was still hot outside though the sun had begun to lean to the west and the first intimations of fall were in the air – that smell of dust and dry leaves that annual lonesomeness that comes of summer closing down”Sixteen years ago when Eventide was first published if you had walked up to me with this book in your hand and

  2. says:

    Where I grew up there was an old bachelor who lived about half a mile farther from town than we did He lived in a tiny shack of a house and would often drop in to our place on the way to or from town I will call him Charlie although everyone a

  3. says:

    Eventide continues Haruf’s depiction of Holt Colorado begun in Plainsong of a small town with a wide range of humanity Like Plainsong Eventide is a beautiful work with moving characters captivating imagery and a clear view of humanity at its core It made me cry both for struggles of its characters and the clari

  4. says:

    This is the follow up to Plainsong returning to the small town of Holt ColoradoA few characters make appearances again alon

  5. says:

    It's taken me a while to get here but I've spent the last two weeks in Kent Haruf's world reading Plainsong and then Eventide It's been like a religious experience His pages are a humble wooden pew in a country ch

  6. says:

    Letting go image source Eventide is the brilliant and perfect follow up to Plainsong told in the same spare language and s

  7. says:

    I've never lived in a small town nor even visited a cattle ranch yet it feels like coming home to return once again to Holt Colorado and the folks who live thereThe old McPheron brothers are still working the cattle with the occasional snorty bull cows with sour dispositions and calves bawling for their mamas Harold and Raymond are men of few words As long as they have been living and working together not much needs to

  8. says:

    It was with some regret that I turned the last page of “Eventide” knowing there were no volumes left for me to read in the “Plainsong trilogy” The citizens of Holt with their daily struggles and the simplicity of their rural living hav

  9. says:

    So beautiful maybe even slightly better than Plainsong Haruf writes from the heart and in doing so he touches ours He features good people and bad people but that's how life is Some of his characters make you want to reach out and give them a hug others you would like to be your best friends All of them are memorable and provide food for thought after the book has finishedThere are some really sad moments in

  10. says:

    There's an awful lot of loneliness in this world and meanness and cruelty and feelings of inadeuacy and various other things that make being human feel like running the gauntlet just trying to make it day to day So many things out of our control events that can't be helped or made better; but then again there are those people who tr