Five Rivers Met On a Wooded Plain ePUB Å Five Rivers


  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • Five Rivers Met On a Wooded Plain
  • Barney Norris
  • English
  • 11 November 2015
  • 9780857523723

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Five Rivers Met On a Wooded PlainUneuivocal 5 stars Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain is the debut novel of playwright Barney Norris These rivers meet in Salisbury England where the five characters of this novel live The beginning is beautifully lyrical I had no idea what I was in for as I hadn’t bothered to read the blurbFive ordinary people are impacted by a car accident either as observers or participantsOne by one we get to meet each of them through first person narrationsFirst we meet Rita middle aged flower seller in the market and small time drug seller on the side Rita is a simple woman who’s made some bad choices Now she finds herself alone and lonely and estranged from her only child She doesn’t blame anyone for her failures Rita comes through very realistically her narration was so well done I never judged her I actually felt very sorry for her The next character we get to meet is Sam a high school boy who’s a bit shy but somehow manages to find love Unfortunately his kind and unassuming father is dying of lung cancer This personal tragedy throws Sam’s world upside down Sam’s anxieties and struggles to find his identity are or less universal Again Norris did a fantastic job with this character as wellThe old farmer George Street is driving his car coming from the hospital where his wife of many decades had succumbed to cancer I was deeply touched by farmer George’s story by his love for his wife His thoughts on love and marriage children or better said lack of children regrets and especially on memory made me shed a few tears One of the better realised characters was Alison She’s the wife of an army man so they've moved around a lot Their only child goes to a boarding school so Alison finds herself desperately lonely depressed without any friends and purpose She’s hopelessly anxious and tries hard “to pull herself together” She’s got a bit of an addiction to pills and the occasional drink “to take the edge off” A very familiar story Again I was impressed with Norris’s ability to create such a complex and layered female character I’ve looked Norris up he was in his late twenties when he wrote this so I can't help but be impressed The last character we meet is Liam who’s a security guard at at Old Sarum hill His story is the shortest but that’s not to say it’s not well doneAs it’s the case with many literary fiction novels this is about the characters and their stories not so much about the plot although I loved how the characters and their stories interweaved The little details and coincidences are exuisite Even the title is beautiful and meaningfulDespite being a small novel its themes are big the meaning of life regrets choice purpose belonging love loneliness loss and griefBesides the beautiful writing and the terrific characterisations the humanity and kindness that transpired made me appreciate this novel so muchBravo Barney Norris Looking forward to your next novelHighly recommended I’ve received this novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Many thanks to Random House UK Transworld Publishers for the opportunity to read and review this terrific novel March Book Club Five Rivers Met Wixcom The Book Club has read a fair number of debut novels in its time and March's choice was no exception with Barney Norris's critically acclaimed Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain It's always good to find a story set in our home county with the towering spire of Salisbury Cathedral and the five rivers com Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain is his first novel; make no mistake it is an absolute gem The book offers snapshots into the lives of five unrelated and very different individuals in the sleepy Wiltshire city of Salisbury England; individuals who have little in common with each other and yet whose paths cross in an increasingly complex web centred upon a particular nexus of the temporal Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain uotes by Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain uotes Showing of “Perhaps all adult life was an attempt to keep alight the fires that burned when you were young” ― Barney Norris Five Rivers Met on a Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain by Barney Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain is due to be published in hardback and as an ebook on st April by Doubleday You can order a copy here Five Rivers My thanks to the publishers for allowing me to read a copy via Netgalley From the back of the book ‘There exists in all of us a song waiting to be sung which is as heart stopping and vertiginous as the peak of the cathedral That is the FIVE RIVERS MET ON A WOODED PLAIN Barney Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain is his first novel; make no mistake it is an absolute gem The book offers snapshots into the lives of five unrelated and very different individuals in the sleepy Wiltshire city of Salisbury England; individuals who have little in common with each other and yet whose paths cross in an increasingly complex web centred upon a particular nexus of the temporal Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain eBook di Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain di Barney Norris Grazie per la condivisione Hai inviato la seguente valutazione e recensione Appena le avremo esaminate le pubblicheremo sul nostro sito di sopra luglio Ok chiudi Scrivi la tua recensione Dettagli eBook Transworld Data di uscita aprile ; Sigla editoriale Transworld Digital; ISBN ; Lingua Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain by Barney Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain is split into five sections and each one is told from a different perspective I thought that the structure of the novel worked well as it allows the reader to get to know one character before moving on to the next without jumping back and forth between them as some novels are wont to do Living in Salisbury these five characters are linked even before the five rivers met in a flooded plain – Lany Reads Five Rivers Met On A Wooded Plain examines the collision of five lives in a serious car crash Five seemingly unconnected people all facing their own personal battles have their stories shared as we find out that one of these lives hangs in the balance As we ultimately find out through love tragedy and webs of deceit how interwoven all our lives truly are with those around us Commonwealth FIVE RIVERS MET ON A WOODED PLAIN by Find many great new used options and get the best deals for FIVE RIVERS MET ON A WOODED PLAIN by Barney Norris at the best online prices at eBay Free shipping for many products Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain by Barney See Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain by Barney No Email to friends Share on Facebook opens in a new window or tab Share on Twitter opens in a new window or tab Share on Pinterest opens in a new window or tab Add to Watchlist | People who viewed this item also viewed Rain by Barney Campbell AU Free shipping The Vanishing Hours by Norris Barney AU Free Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain by Barney Norris Five Rivers Met On A Wooded Plain by Norris Barney is a contemporary literary work with extensively loaded writing and exhaustive exposition As usual I fell for the cover and blurb of this book on NetGalley and ended up reuesting it and eventually reading it but as is the case with many books on NetGalley these days this one was not what I was expecting Understandably literary works are Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain fr Norris Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain fr Norris Barney Livres anglais et trangers Choisir vos prfrences en matire de cookies Nous utilisons des cookies et des outils similaires pour faciliter vos achats fournir nos services pour comprendre comment les clients utilisent nos services afin de pouvoir apporter des amliorations et pour prsenter des annonces Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain Barney Norris Livres Plongez vous dans le livre Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain de Barney Norris au format Grand Format Ajoutez le votre liste de souhaits ou abonnez vous l'auteur Barney Norris Furet du Nord Five rivers met on a wooded plain Poche Barney Norris Five rivers met on a wooded plain Barney Norris Doubleday Des milliers de livres avec la livraison chez vous en jour ou en magasin avec % de rduction Book Review Five Rivers met on a Wooded Plain – Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain by Barney Norris I want to start off by saying gosh Norris we go through pretty much all a person can experience in this bookthanks for that It can be heavy at times but Fiver Rivers is written with outstanding beauty Norris intertwines five lives in one stunning novel set in Salisbury slowly revealing aspects about humanity that remain hidden between Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain by Barney Norris One of the most remarkable aspects of Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain is the characterization of its five narrators whose stories the metaphorical ‘rivers’ slot together and cross narrate one another In a refreshing move the five narrators are not ‘special’ people With low key jobs and simple ambitions they are in short not the sorts of people that modern readers have been Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain by Barney Norris Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain couk Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain Hardcover – April by Barney Norris Author › Visit 's Barney Norris Page search results for this author Barney Norris Author out of stars ratings See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions Price New from Used from Kindle Edition Please retry — — Audible Audiobooks Unabridged Please Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain uotes by Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain uotes Showing of “Perhaps all adult life was an attempt to keep alight the fires that burned when you were young” ― Barney Norris Five Rivers Met on a ‘Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain’ by Barney Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain by Barney Norris Doubleday RRP pages Get alerts on Barney Norris when a new story is published Get alerts This book has a nice concept at its core but unfortunately the self consciously “literary” tone and excessive amounts of exposition as opposed to dialogue or action killed it for me I had misgivings from the beginning The prologue is very florid containing all kinds of confusing metaphors There were sentences in there which I had to read two or three times to try and work out what they meant sometimes just giving it up as a bad job There was also some weird grandiosity in the mix eg the unknown narrator claiming that the spire of Salisbury Cathedral is the purest picture of the human heart she had ever seen Overall I would describe the book as uneven It’s split into five parts each written from the perspective of different people in Salisbury and some of these chapters are far engaging than others The ones I found most readable were Rita and the soldier’s wife these were also the chapters in which the language was less flowery and the characters and plot meaty In general it felt like the author wanted to write with ‘beautiful language’ but actually didn’t have a great deal to say There was very little action throughout When action did occur view spoiler ie when the actual car crash happened hide spoiler Barney Norris is a playwright in his twenties so it’s no surprise that there’s something a little staged to his debut novel The lives of the book’s five narrators collide one night when a car hits a moped in Salisbury town center We hear from each protagonist in turn as they reflect on their losses and wonder whether religion – represented by Salisbury Cathedral and the scripture and rituals of Christianity – might be able to help Rita is the liveliest and most engaging character in the novel difficult as her expletive strewn narrative might be to traverse Like David Nicholls Norris prizes emotional connection and delivers a theatrical plot If he can avoid the clichéd aspects of a novel like One Day he could have a long career in fiction ahead of himFull review in the final issue of Third Way magazine April 2016 This is a spectacular book; unusual sad poetic and gorgeously written Five intersecting stories in five very different voices all set in the shadow of Salisbury Cathedral and the context of a single incident reveal how closely we co exist; how fragile our lives can often be and how beautiful the small human connections that we make on a daily basis can be when revealed in just the right kind of light Really excellent debut novel The book has a strong sense of place – set in and around Salisbury the cathedral Old Sarum Stonehenge and the wooded flood plain where five rivers meet The book starts with a pastoral image filled description of this landscape and the “song” of the countryside and rivers and then follows five separate characters whose lives intersect around a single incident a car crash but we and they discover have a series of earlier connections Each character has a section written in the first personRita a foul mouthed drug dealer and flower seller whose addictions and lifestyle have alienated her from her ex husband and hurtingly her son and grandsonSam – a painfully self conscious timid and untrendy 15 16 year old who starts his first relationship with a girl who sings in the same choir just as his father is dying of cancerGeorge whose happy albeit tinged with strong melancholy due to the lack of any children marriage ends when his wife diesThe wife of a soldier in Afghanistan her life consumed by anxiety and a sense of worthlessness and the absence of her husband and also her son at Boarding school and growing increasingly distant – her thoughts are set out in a diaryA security guard Liam who grew up locally but returned to the scene of his upbringing in an attempt to find a way in life after his girlfriend split with him and his divorced parents both remarriedLiam’s section returns explicitly to the themes of the prologue and the intersection of rivers and Liam himself is far aware of the links of the five characters and muses on the similarity of their intersection lives to the intersection of the riversThere are some flaws in the book the character of Sam is too precociously aware he writes at times looking back – but is writing when he is 16 on how he felt when he is 15 the diary method of recording the army wife’s thoughts is clumsy the intersections of lives while the whole theme of the book are reminiscent of early Kate Atkinson and at times are too freuent as well as too first hand at times the reader yearns for a weaker link and less coincidences However overall a really strong read – the author remarkably captures and conveys the lives and characters of five normal people and the longing regret and melancholy as well as the gentle happiness and grief at the heart of their lives – each section leaves the reader both moved and feeling slightly bereft when it finishes at times this book is depressing but liked how he linked 5 separate people and how one event effects them all in different ways Five rivers ran together and the earth sang in celebration at the top of it's voice a music hidden in the details of everyday in footfalls of thousands of locals ringing of cash registers and the great soaring dream of the spirethe ideas and dreams encased in the buildings is what makes them beautiful And so begins a novel in love with stories and dreams thoughts silences and words And Salisbury Here in this city is where Five rivers flowto make a single voice of the Avon This is Norris's inspiration for his first book Five stories from five very different people whose voices weave into one another as their lives become intertwined through an horrific car accident The rivers and their free flow through an ancient city gathering extra phrases and clauses along the way and pouring into the mouths of women and men is an exceptionally strong metaphor for how stories work too and a lot of this tale is a mediation on the written word and the art of story telling The opening which picks up the reader and carries them along on the current reminded me of Graham Swift's Waterland which also reflects on the similarities between rivers and people's lives Or perhaps some of Joanna Harris's novels which use nature as metaphors for love and life and reality is often mixed in a lyrical song of magic and fairy tale My favourite story was A River Curling Like Smoke and focused on sixteen year old Sam For uiet and shy Sam talking isn't natural at homeand we ate guilt and silence for supper His section is about coming of age anguish first love and fitting in as people don't know they're weird if you don't tell them For Sam stories are an escape into another world; a chance to make sense of the world and a way to process life and emotionsA story lay within him and he would not sleep until he spoke it Italics are used for the story telling sections which at first feel like fairy tales but then become real as Sam's emotional journey of self discovery continues For me this was the most amazing section of the book and I could fill five posts uoting the stunningly mesmerising prose It is sad moving and captivating The final story contemplates the role of the theatre Norris is an acclaimed playwright so his musings here are interesting and pertinent The fifth voice explains that theatre is a way of people telling stories to each other sharing their lives and caring about each other Music is described as a ritual a place where poems play themselves out and the brain has to switch off and listen in order to process or solve its concerns There is however a sense of sadness and emptiness in many of the segments a sense of needing to search for deeper meanings or fill the loneliness and emptiness many of us carry around with us People will listen to something mediocre that someone else invented just to fill the silence of their lives But every bar in the score of ourselves is receding already into memory into imaginationmight as well listen I loved the statement we grow into our little neurosesthe little unhappiness at the heart of us In a sense it is a spiritual novel The cathedral features in all the stories towering above them rising to the sky; it feels very symbolic and as if it holds some magical power over the city There is no religion in this novel but are the stories themselves some expression of faith? As one voice admits My life is so small and unenlightenedIf I were in a story Stories are escapism a fantasy an alternative a place of hope and dreams Norris conjures images and poetic metaphors with immense skill lyricism power and beauty His writing is outstanding The five characters are all different; all suffering all flawed all insightful all immersed in their own journey and story This book is so multilayered I could write a dissertation on it and it truly shows the power and capability of our language when it is in the hands of a gifted writer Norris is clearly passionate about language poetry and mesmerising power of storytelling My favourite line in the whole novel wasThe imaginary world It will always be a beautifully dangerous place to visitSurely this uote deserves to become as over uoted and referenced as some of the other famous lines in literature such as LP Hartley's the past is a foreign country and of course the thousands from Shakespeare I will be absolutely guilty of using it every time I come across a stunning story or want to entice someone into reading In The Bookseller Magazine 12216 Norris explained that he wanted to draw a map of the Salisbury through people andevoke what is extraordinary about the ordinary how the hidden currents of life draw together into something symphonic no matter how random they seem This is an outstanding debut of great literary accomplishment If you love words stories people and Salisbury read this Thank you so much to NetGalley for the advanced copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review I thought this was an excellent book Barney Norris writes with clear eyed unflinching insight into the human condition but with real compassion and a redemptive note of hope which makes this something uite specialFive Rivers Met On A Wooded Plain is a seuence of five stories each narrated in the first person by a variety of characters all of whom live in or near Salisbury It becomes clear eventually that their stories are related to a greater or lesser extent but each is an individual tale It's hard to give an idea of plot because these are chiefly character studies and the point of the book is their individual stories and the light they shed on what it is to live and to love and how we can sometimes end up somewhere wholly other and sometimes as someone else entirely from what we planned or expected There is the ex wild child florist and part time drug dealer the adolescent falling in love for the first time just as his father becomes gravely ill the old man whose wife dies after a contented life together the desperately lonely depressed army wife and the young man returning home to Salisbury after heartbreak in London It's a very disparate cast which Norris paints with exceptional perception and skill so all of them seemed absolutely real and recognisable to me and all of them had something important to sayJust as examples Sam is fifteen and falling in love It's a very well worn theme but I thought it exceptionally well done and incredibly poignant Norris brilliantly captures the mixture of excitement delight and terror and that sense that no one especially such a wonder as the girl you admire so could possibly be interested in you I was very moved by his story and by the othersThe voices were completely convincing to me and Norris has a skilled dramatist's way of placing events and ideas whose significance becomes clear later on so it's very well structured too This book has an air of melancholy and loss but also of hope and human fulfilment I found it very readable utterly absorbing and rather profound in places I can recommend it very warmly Cannot recommend this book enough The author's nuanced touch and deft handling of emotion and history and the beating heart of this part of the country is magical You won't regret this wonderful interweaving of five lives