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by David Guterson

  • ISBN: 0786220392
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: David Guterson
  • Subcategory: Literary
  • Other formats: azw lit mobi lit
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Thorndike Pr (September 1, 2000)
  • Pages: 423 pages
  • FB2 size: 1760 kb
  • EPUB size: 1480 kb
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 126
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East of the mountains/by David Guterson. p. cm. ISBN 0-15-100229-0.

East of the mountains/by David Guterson. October moonlight illuminated hay fields, vineyards, sagelands, and apple orchards, and the land lay dry and silent.

David Guterson is the author of the novels East of the Mountains, The Other, Our Lady of th. .In TURN AROUND TIME, David's book-length "walking poem" he playfully describes squirrels as "midden builders, truffle nibblers, and trail greeters. He spoke recently with Oregon Public Broadcasting about his intention of passing on a sense of love and stewardship for the natural world to the next generation.

The novel, "East of the Mountains," written by David Guterson, who is a Bainbridge Island writer, is all about a doctor who goes back to his roots in Eastern Washington to end his life on his own terms, but he finds out that h.

The novel, "East of the Mountains," written by David Guterson, who is a Bainbridge Island writer, is all about a doctor who goes back to his roots in Eastern Washington to end his life on his own terms, but he finds out that he maybe has a lot more to live for," said director SJ Chiro is the director. East of the Mountains' is currently filming in Washington state. The film's producer is proud that the crew is more than 50% female.

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David Guterson in April 2013. Born Personal life. Guterson married Robin Guterson at age 23 and has five children Bibliography. Retrieved 30 December 2014.

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David Guterson is the author of the novels Snow Falling on Cedars, East of the Mountains, Our Lady of the Forest and The Other; a collection of short stories, The Country Ahead Of Us, The Country Behind, and of the non-fiction book Family Matters: Why Home Schooling Makes Sense. Snow Falling on Cedars won the PEN/ Faulkner Award. David Guterson lives in Washington State. Bibliographic information. East of the Mountains.

East of the Mountains. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate. When Dr Ben Givens left his Seattle home he never intended to return. It was to be a journey past snow-covered mountains to a place of canyons, sagelands and orchards, where, on the verges of the Columbia River, Ben had entered the world and would now take his leave of it. Fiction.

There was not a soul to be seen in Vantage; the town appeared lifeless, barren. Everything close, the stones. Everything close, the stones and the grass, seemed hard-edged and vivid to Bens eyes, but in the distance the clear substance of things gave way to mirages and shadows. Tristan sidled over to lie at his feet and to rest his throat on Bens boot. Ben put one hand on the dogs muzzle and with the other prodded his own wounded forehead and massaged his aching temples.

In a novel of personal discovery set against the backdrop of the Columbia Basin of central Washington, retired heart surgeon Ben Givens, suffering from terminal colon cancer, embarks on one final, epic hunting odyssey through the American West
Reviews about East of the Mountains (7):
The doctor has terminal cancer, and a doctor knows what to expect in the dying process. He knows the pain and the choices about how much life support, how long it takes. He doesn't want to suffer and doesn't want the family to be burdened, so he decides to plan his own "suicide." But, not surprising the Universe, the grand design that always seems to have it's own plan, has something else in store. That something else for him is who he really is, a doctor, a healer, a caregiver. So instead of his experience being about how he is going to die, it becomes a way to live with what life has dealt him.
I read this because I loved his other book "Snow Falling On Cedars" and wanted more of being in this writers consciousness. He didn't disappoint me. I'm especially drawn to stories that are about healing, forgiveness, and learning to face our fears and see life from another's perspective.
I'm also a dog lover and the dogs play significant roles. Early on the dog caused an accident that nearly killed him, but ultimately it is in saving the dog that the doctor decides to live for the dog, for his family, and himself and not run away from the the gifts that the process has to offer.
One of the comments on the book's jacket is that "This book would be a challenge to praise too highly". I see this type of hype in many mediocre novels; however, I agree with that this book cannot be praised highly enough! The writing is superb. It is a crystal clear, piercing, elagaic account of life and death, and what it is like to know both, and to be leaving soon from a world so loved and rich. The story occurs over a few days in Washington, mainly just east of the Cascades. The protagonist in the story is a retired heart surgeon named Ben facing the end of his days due to metastasized colon cancer. His wife is dead, and his children are grown and independent. He lives in a house in Seattle, west of the Cascades,empty except for his two hunting dogs, one old, one young. This novel is about is spiritual and physical journey back over the Cascades to the rural orchard communities of his youth, as he comes to terms with his own life and approaching death through experiences along the way and the recollection of youthful sexuality and love, and life and death during world war II. The narrative is overwhelmingly powerful, wresting so many emotions from the reader as we begin to consider our own life, its richness, beauty and joy, and having to depart from it. The book poses a powerful question: when all that has given joy and meaning to life has ebbed through death and change in our final years, what is the point of living?

One of the most powerful images in the book concerns a description of the Ben's experience in WWII, in which he observes a field surgeon open up the chest of a dying man, reach in his hands, and physically massages the heart to bring him back from death to life. Ben says to the surgeon after he performs his open heart massage: "So he's not dead". "He was dead," the surgeon said. "I don't know right now".

The story is exactly like this image; Ben is almost dead, but his experiences in his journey back to the east side of the mountains, where he expects to die, brings him back to life through a series of powerful events.

The writing is unbelievably powerful through its spare prose and authentic characterizations, and the story is gripping. If you read only one book this year, I recommend that it be this one.
The book has two interwoven themes: life in the apple growing country of eastern Washington and the struggle of a man trying to deal with the pain and suffering of incurable cancer. Guterson's prose presents the action and the setting in mesmerizing detail. Details that paint the picture and record the action with fascinating realism. The reader gets caught up in the life story of only real character of the book and how he came to be "east of the mountains' coping with approaching death. Guterson presents his two serious themes with a light touch.
Nice end of life story that manages to be reminiscent and decent without sentiment. Wonderful portrait of Washington State, literally, East of the Mountains. As a non-Hunter and a gun control advocate I found understanding and sympathy with that culture...lived with a pure ethic by the main character at least.
An enjoyable coming of age with the grim- reaper.
As a native Northwesterner, I am always suspicious about books written about this region. So many writers don't get it right, but five a quick gloss to Puget Sount, toss in a little Mt. Rainier and rhapsodize at entirely too much lengh about the San Juan Islands.

But Guterson's got the sense of place just right. The book opens with an aging and terminally ill Seattle physician's decision to return to the scene of his youth and end his life.

I found myself gasping with recognition in Guterson's account of the surprisingly long and difficult journey over Snoqualmie Pass to Eastern Washington. The landscape sings such a familiar song through Guterson's words.

His protagonist initially displays the contained stoicism so typical of the region's Scandinavian-American residents. And like them, he rises to complex challenges, spilling forth his humanity at every turn. The protagonist's achingly difficult night on the Columbia plateau was so real that it was painful to read.

The doctor has to be one of the best fictional characters I've encountered in a long time. In fact, he is so skillfully drawn that I find myself unable to decide whether Guterson's greater gift is for evoking character or landcape. In any case, this is defintely a five-star book.

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