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The Tenderness of Wolves By Stef Penney The Tenderness of Wolves A brilliant and breathtaking debut that captivated readers and garnered critical acclaim in the United Kingdom The Tenderness of Wolves was long listed for the Orange Prize in fiction and won the Cos

  • Title: The Tenderness of Wolves
  • Author: Stef Penney
  • ISBN: 9781416540748
  • Page: 330
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Tenderness of Wolves By Stef Penney A brilliant and breathtaking debut that captivated readers and garnered critical acclaim in the United Kingdom, The Tenderness of Wolves was long listed for the Orange Prize in fiction and won the Costa Award formerly Whitbread Book of the Year.The year is 1867 Winter has just tightened its grip on Dove River, a tiny isolated settlement in the Northern Territory, when aA brilliant and breathtaking debut that captivated readers and garnered critical acclaim in the United Kingdom, The Tenderness of Wolves was long listed for the Orange Prize in fiction and won the Costa Award formerly Whitbread Book of the Year.The year is 1867 Winter has just tightened its grip on Dove River, a tiny isolated settlement in the Northern Territory, when a man is brutally murdered Laurent Jammett had been a voyageur for the Hudson Bay Company before an accident lamed him four years earlier The same accident afforded him the little parcel of land in Dove River, land that the locals called unlucky due to the untimely death of the previous owner A local woman, Mrs Ross, stumbles upon the crime scene and sees the tracks leading from the dead man s cabin north toward the forest and the tundra beyond It is Mrs Ross s knock on the door of the largest house in Caulfield that launches the investigation Within hours she will regret that knock with a mother s love for soon she makes another discovery her seventeen year old son Francis has disappeared and is now considered a prime suspect In the wake of such violence, people are drawn to the crime and to the township Andrew Knox, Dove River s elder statesman Thomas Sturrock, a wily American itinerant trader Donald Moody, the clumsy young Company representative William Parker, a half breed Native American and trapper who was briefly detained for Jammett
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    1. Stef Penney

      Stef Penney grew up in the Scottish capital and turned to film making after a degree in Philosophy and Theology from Bristol University She made three short films before studying Film and TV at Bournemouth College of Art, and on graduation was selected for the Carlton Television New Writers Scheme She has also written and directed two short films a BBC 10 x 10 starring Anna Friel and a Film Council Digital Short in 2002 starring Lucy Russell.She won the 2006 Costa Book Awards with her debut novel The Tenderness of Wolves which is set in Canada in the 1860s As Stef Penney suffered from agoraphobia at the time of writing this novel, she did all the research in the libraries of London and never visited Canada.

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    1. Sometimes insightful remarks are made which are so reductive they have the power to diminish life even as they explain it In 1939 Alfred Hitchcock explained in a lecture at Columbia University We have a name in the studio, and we call it the MacGuffin It is the mechanical element that usually crops up in any story In crook stories it is almost always the necklace and in spy stories it is most always the papers elaborates A MacGuffin is a plot device that motivates the characters or advances the [...]

    2. Onvan The Tenderness of Wolves Nevisande Stef Penney ISBN 1416540741 ISBN13 9781416540748 Dar 384 Safhe Saal e Chap 2006

    3. For what it s worth, this is the first book I ve read since I joined to which I ve given five stars So, at the risk of gushing, I m telling you to run, don t walk, to reserve this at your local library or buy it.The setting is the 1860s in Canada, where the small community of Caulfield and cabins strung along the Dove River sit at the edge of the great North Woods The book opens with the murder of French Canadian trapper, and that event unlocks several intertwined subplots among the people who l [...]

    4. This book is directed at readers rather than thinkers I can understand why people like it because there are plenty of wonderfully crafted moments, but the novel lacks focus and depth I ve read a few reviews that ooh and aah over the fact that it s a murder mystery wrapped in a love story hog tied to a western deep fried in good ol fashioned wilderness tale, but I ve always felt that genre divisions are a crutch for people who need the books they read to conform to a series of prearranged attribu [...]

    5. Set in the small village of Caulfield in Ontario during the winter of 1867, The Tenderness of Wolves tells the story of a woman s journey into the Canadian wilderness to find her missing seventeen year old son Francis, who has disappeared after a man, who was a friend of her son s, was found brutally murdered First off, I don t know why the author gave the novel this title as wolves do not figure in the plot much at all They are mentioned once or twice but that s about it The plot was engaging a [...]

    6. This is a frustrating novel on so many levels It s one of those books you read where it could and should be brilliant, but suffers from an excess of trying to be too clever, hip and cutting edge in character development and writing technique.The POV changes constantly from first person to third person in a sometimes confusing, backtrack several paragraphs to figure out who is talking kind of way There are far, far too many characters and storylines happening as well This would be ok if each stor [...]

    7. And so while my husband sleeps upstairs we pack and I prepare to go into the wilderness with a suspected killer What s worse, a man I haven t been properly introduced to I am too shocked to feel fear, too excited to care about the impropriety of it I suppose if you have already lost what matters most, then little things like reputation and honour lose their lustre Besides, if the worst comes to the worst, I can remind myself that I have sold my honour far cheaply than this I can remind myself o [...]

    8. Whew Is this book perfect It does have flaws but minor Yet it was hard to put down blew the others I was reading at the start out of the water And at points it reminded me of a John Wayne movie for the soap opera dilemma aspects of reoccurring crisis Especially the movie Stagecoach when John Wayne becomes encumbered by a happenstance rescue of ladies and other dumb innocents within and from an unforgiving environment So why the 5 stars The 5 stars are for complete and galloping entertainment And [...]

    9. The hero of this novel is only ever referred to by two names Mrs Ross, and Mama In their brief moments together at the beginning of the novel, Angus Ross never speaks to his wife, and she does not have a single good friend who knows her well enough to address her by her first name She is reserved, polite and, as a married woman in these stifled Scottish, Presbyterian, conclaves in 19th Century Canada, almost invisible when a self important local figure demands, Is you husband in , she notes that [...]

    10. Well it s 1 20 AM and I just finished this well written page turner Would probably give it 4 1 2 for capturing my interest When my book club chose this I didn t think I would like it because I usually don t read murder mysteries However, I was pleasantly surprised I liked the weaving storylines and plots and the way the characters were connected in what I was imagining to be a vast wintery wilderness I also enjoyed the contrast of the first and third person narratives I m not sure I get the titl [...]

    11. La historia que nos narra la escritora escocesa Stef Penney en La ternura de los lobos , nos traslada al a o 1867, al nordeste de Canad Dove River es un poblado fundado por pioneros escoceses, en el que el trampero Laurent Jammet ha sido asesinado Unido a este hecho, hay que a adir la desaparici n de un adolescente, del que se cree autor del crimen En los inh spitos y nevados paisajes canadienses, transcurre esta novela coral Quiz s la protagonista principal sea la se ora Ross, la madre de Franc [...]

    12. This book received the Costa Whitbred Award which I find totally surprising Certainly the book has all the makings of a great novel But it is not A host of interesting characters, a dramatic environment, a historical setting, even a murder mystery Lots of interesting characters and criss crossing paths Yet it feels like a soap opera at times than anything else.I think the choice of the author to give a first person voice to one character and then use third person all the rest of the way through [...]

    13. A historical mystery set in Canada, and featuring what are essentially the precursors to Mounties and gay characters I really thought I was going to like this book Instead, I struggled to keep up with its meandering pace and mostly unsympathetic characters, only to be confronted by a conclusion that just cuts out like the end of I Want You She s So Heavy I know that sort of thing is supposed to be arty and true to life, but is a little bit of closure so much to ask Several plot threads are compl [...]

    14. Jacket blurb Stef Penney is from Edinburgh and claims never to have visited Canada IMPRESSIVE, then, that the land of her imagination convinces I wish I had never read that During the entire reading of this book that revelation rattled around in my head Why didn t she visit the place where her story was set In all fairness, Penney s portrayal was believable But in my mind there is a lack of integrity to a book fiction or otherwise when the author doesn t experience what they are writing about I [...]

    15. Hoy os traigo un libro que me ha gustado much simo Una de las cosas que m s me ha llamado la atenci n es, que a m me suelen gustar los libros con un ritmo m s bien ligero, en cambio esta vez he disfrutado much simo con La ternura de los lobos pese a tener un desarrollo pausado Es una lectura que se disfruta sin prisa pero sin pausa.Estaba pensando qu aspectos de la novela empezar a destacar pero, realmente, no s bien por cual comenzar porque me estoy dando cuenta de que creo que todo me ha gusta [...]

    16. My interest in this novel was heighted by two outside pieces of information that the author was a screenwriter and that she had never been to the area north of Georgian Bay where the novel is set and had been criticized for it The first interested me because the novel is cinematic and written in scenes and moves forward at a compelling pace the second, because I ve been decrying the place that research has assumed in novel writing these days and completely accept the author s counter that this i [...]

    17. It staggers me to see poor reviews of this novel I suppose that it just shows the difference between people I was given this book about three years ago, and such is my To Be Read pile that I ve only got around it reading it now Well, it was worth the wait Although it took me some time to become absorbed by the story, I soon couldn t put it down Penney s writing kept me interested She can definitely weave words, and her recreation of 19th C backwoods Canada has a really authentic feel to it Who c [...]

    18. I appreciated the imagination it took for a British writer to convey the hardscrabble existence of life in remote northern Ontario in the late 1860 s without ever having been there The murder of a trapper and disappearance of Mrs Ross teenage son sets her, friends of the trapper, town officials, and representative of Hudson s Bay Company on various paths to resolve the mystery, leading different parties to carry out dangerous treks to distant settlements in the middle of winter We get a nice bal [...]

    19. This is easily one of the most beautifully written books I have read in a long time The prose, particularly when used in the first person perspective of Mrs Ross, really drew me in This combined with the very human nature of both the story and characters made them human Being from areas near and similar to the setting in the book I was surprised at the author s ability to craft the feeling of the Northwood s in winter, and particularly the feelings I had as a child during my first experiences wi [...]

    20. I picked this up at Penn Station one evening when I was unexpectedly stuck in NYC I couldn t decide which book to buy, and my boyfriend made the decision for me I think he picked it because his last name means wolves I started to read, and I was immediately struck by the interesting choice of having only one character in first person The other chapters, though not in first person, are for the most part closely aligned with a single character I could see why Penney chose Mrs Ross for her first pe [...]

    21. I am putting this aside for a couple of reasons The main reason is that I get no sense of place and time This story takes place in the 1860s in the Northern Territory That appeals to me But numerous times I had to flip back to the beginning of the book to verify the time period and location I did not get a feel for either Also, I was not thrilled with the short chapters each told from a different viewpoint or with numerous different characters Again, I had to keep flipping back to get some conti [...]

    22. First of all, let me make it clear I read the whole thing and I am still scratching my head in confusion What begins as a mystery in a trapper s cabin in 1867 ends with me wrinkling my nose in distaste in 2010 Laurent Jammett is found dead in his cabin His throat is slashed A few things are missing Whodunit and why It takes 300 some pages and around 25 characters with their entire life stories, thoughts, and desires to answer that question And the answer left me rather disappointed I sat there a [...]

    23. Outstanding debut novel from this Scottish author Penney captures the voices, terrain, and myriad of cultures of the remote and vast Hudson Bay territory The bitter chill of winter 1867 matches the chill of murder and suspicion that invades a tiny town An excellent read

    24. This was a very interesting book, sensitively written and complex and managed to have elements of romance in it without putting me off too much anyone who follows my reviews will be surprised by this It s a tad on the bleak and tragic side, although at least it constantly humanises and rehumanises characters.Two of my gripes were the overall negativity of it everything has to be shit, fall apart, result in disconnection and loss All desires must remain unfulfilled I suppose in some ways that is [...]

    25. My sister recommended this during a Sunday afternoon phone chat My husband found it for me at Sequoya Library just before they closed for the day Finished it Monday night Impossible to go slow esp being sick and doing nothing but reading Penney is a screenwriter and lives in Edinburgh, the locale where many of the people in this story lived before they went to Canada where the story is set.Late in the 1860s in a small town in Canada, a semi disabled trapper is murdered A local woman finds the bo [...]

    26. I LOVED this book, one of the best books I ve read this year If only books were written like this This was the best book to read while there is a heatwave outside, as this story tells the tale of an isolated settlement at Dove River during a snowy wasteland with wolves This book was a thriller mystery and historical romance set in a less populated backwood of Canada Told from different points of view that kept me reading late into the night Since there where a constant change of points of view, [...]

    27. It was the setting that drew me to this novel, but no matter how beautiful Stef Penney s depiction of the frozen wilderness of 19th century Canada, it couldn t salvage the book.From the beginning, this book read like the middling novelization of a possibly interesting movie I found out later that the author is a scriptwriter so that might have something to do with it The problem is basically indifferent writing and incomplete characters The protagonist, Mrs Ross could have been interesting but I [...]

    28. It took me a little while to finish this book Partly because, I took it to a hotel staying with business who accidentally wrapped it up in the bed linen when they were stripping the bed and sent it off for cleaning They have found the book and I am awaiting its safe return, however I couldn t wait to find out what happened, and ended up downloading onto my kindle The book is set in Canada in 1867 A time and place I have very limited knowledge of However, the prose is so descriptive I have been t [...]

    29. Tenho de admitir que esta capa est lind ssima uma imagem t o vasta e que deixa tanto imagina oLi este livro para o desafio opcional da maratona liter ria em que participei Tenho a certeza que se n o fosse esta raz o ele iria ficar parado mais uns meses na estante Fiquei um pouco desiludida comigo pr pria por ter esperado tanto tempo para o ler Mas tinha aquela d vida ser que vou gostar N o sou grande f de policiais, mas j come o a apreciar mais e mais este g nero liter rio.A hist ria do livro in [...]

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