Loved this book! So many beautiful words strung together to make lovely sentences.
Enger also wrote 'Peace Like a River' which has been in my top five favorite books for years.
One of my favorite authors liked my Instagram post! It was the same picture I posted here yesterday.
Made this nerd's day 😄
Enger‘s writing places the reader on somewhat shaky ground between staid reality and a savage fairy tale. A beautiful poetry of fabulous characters floating through the story and nary a plot line in sight.
I found something warm & comforting about this book. It gave me the feeling I get when I catch up with a friend over coffee, & we talk for hours.
The story unravels slowly, so patience is needed. It‘s written beautifully & I came out the other end glad that I persisted.
I read this as a friend received it as a part of book delivery gift we gave her! It‘s not a book I‘d normally choose, which makes me even happier that I gave it a chance.
It‘s currently Sat in 🇦🇺 atm, but whatever!
1. Pushing through this because a friend received it as part of a gift we bought her. 😕
2. Cleaning, grocery shopping, cooking, doing some paperwork & lesson planning (#teacherlife), finishing The Umbrella Academy & HOPEFULLY, reading! 🤣 I will also celebrate Easter with family on Sunday.
3. Yes! I cooked up a heap last week for snacks & meals. 🥚
4. 🤔 I like the name Audrey?
Enger specializes in writing allegorical stories rich in symbolism, and he does the same here. Took me some time to really engage with the story because it seemed to be going nowhere for the first few chapters, but it turned into a lovely story about life and love, growth and remembrance, and the power of friendship. Photo is of my Great Lake, Ontario, in zero degree weather, reminiscent of Enger‘s Lake Superior. Photo by John Kucko.
Okay, so it took me a while to get into this one. It just started slow for me, I wasn‘t interested in any of the characters. About halfway through I really hit my stride. It is beautifully writt n, with wonderful words and storytelling, and for that, and the finale of the book, I give it a pick and 3.5 stars.
Virgil Wander leads a typical bachelor life- owns and runs the local and run down theater, part time work at city hall. 👇🏻👇🏻
“At bottom, what God seemed to want was affirmation. Basically praise in every circumstance. Without it he could could turn menacing in a hurry. Just ask the Israelites.”
This is a wonderful audiobook. MacLeod Andrews has the perfect voice for a story set in Northern Minnesota.
Leif Enger‘s tale is delightful. The people who try to save Virgil, but who are actually saved by this lovely man, will be part of my life for a long time. Rune, and his incredible kites are such a lovely metaphor for what we all seek.
I loved, loved this book.
“Every year the city considers new holiday decorations but never follows through. Even the cheesiest snowflakes, stars, or reindeer are a big investment for a town like Greenstone. Those angels remember Dick Nixon.”
These are some of the decorations on the main street of my small town. I believe Enger must have visited. (The photo was taken in very cold temps so I apologize for the shaky image. I was, in fact, shaking.) 😂
We haven‘t been to the library for a couple of weeks, and I was soooo missing it! I‘m only picking one up for myself, and this one fits into my much needed V space in #litsyatoz so, bonus! Love library days!!
A sweet and slow walk through the life of Virgil Wander following his near death experience. Lovely characters and some terrific sentence structures in this story. One of the characters builds amazing kites. The descriptions of the beauty and feelings evoked while flying a kite reminded me of my sister-in-law who each summer introduces those pleasures to the next generation. Here is Captain Adorable and Ellen flying together for the first time.
Ain‘t that the truth! I get a lot of my reading done in the middle of a quiet night.
There are a few authors who can do no wrong by me; Leif Enger is one. Another quiet story that has a big voice. There are no big booms, no crescendo of reveals. Just a story of a man who met death a few times, helped to save his town in the most understated ways, and lived his life.
Next on my TBR pile. I‘ve been waiting for more from Enger since Peace Like A River. Anyone read it yet?
Such a whimsical novel which will stay with you long after finishing the book. http://quirkybookwormalways.blogspot.com/2018/10/virgil-wander-by-leif-enger.htm... @GroveAtlantic
Caveat: It‘s not for everyone. You know why? It‘s charming and delightful! 😂 And there‘s so much dang hope. I liked that you‘re free to wade as deep as you want to with how much you want to ponder some deep thoughts about life. If you hated Less and A Man Called Ove - steer clear as this may not be for you. And you may like it if you enjoyed those books or if you enjoyed Peace Like A River. Enger reminds me a lot of Wendell Berry.
I need to do a mid-book update bc NONE of the marketing copy on the flap is in my wheelhouse (baseball, fishing, movies, kites 🙄 NO THANKS!). Save that book for a Father‘s Day gift.
And yet here I am - totally digging this story. With baseball, fishing, movies, kites - alongside Virgil as he wonders how to find the courage to change (but not in an obnoxious mid-life crisis way). Like - don‘t we all wonder this?
It‘s very Jayber Crow so far.
As an early birthday gift to myself I signed up for the #BookRiotTBR selection service and my box came today! My #TbrConcierge was none other than @Liberty and she sent me books right in my wheelhouse, that I did not own and had not read and her reasons for each selection were spot on! This is a very cool service! Thanks Miss @Liberty !
This one was a little too slow for me. The writing was beautiful, the characters well-drawn but the plot or story line was like molasses. I read Peace Like a River and felt the same so Mr. Enger's style just might not be for me. It reminds me of Northern Exposure and maybe a little of Twin Peaks. I would recommend it to people who enjoy slow stories about small Midwestern towns and heroically flawed people.
Though certainly well-written, Enger‘s third novel moves along at a slow pace and just never really made me love it.... I did like some of the characters but his debut novel is still my favorite of his! That being said, this small Minnesota town does come to a quirky life and I think this will work well for book clubs!
Loved this one!! ❤️ It‘s got a little of everything...re-inventing oneself, quirky/lovable characters, mystery, folklore, a bit of the supernatural, a little romance...but mostly it‘s just a well-written, home-towny-feel, stand-up-and-cheer-for kind of novel. And those are the best kind, imo. 😊👍 Recommended.
Thanks to #BookishFirst and #GrovePress for the ARC. Out 10/2.
1. I LOVE soups! Any kind with chicken as an ingredient, gumbo, and vegetable are favorites. 😊
2. Nancy Drew was a fave. 🕵🏻♀️
3. Clue or any type of word games.
4. Fall 🍁🍁
5. About to start this one. I‘ve had it for awhile.
Thanks @Shannon_McKinney this was fun! 😊
Virgil Wander survives a nearly fatal accident with a concussion and the realization that he is no longer the man he thinks he used to be. This beautifully written book is more character study of the inhabitants of a down on its luck town than a plot driven novel but with a cast of characters so fabulous that I was sad to leave them behind.
This is a charming book with a wide cast of loveable characters and intriguing sub-plots. The characters stories and the imagery is engrossing and rewarding. I enjoyed this from start to finish and will be recommending.
Many thanks to #netgalley, Leif Enger and Grove Press for sharing this pre-release book.
Full review @ goodreads.com/overtheedge
I absolutely loved this book by the author of Peace Like A River! A charming story of a lovable main character who survives a drowning only to awake and find himself changed. We immediately are pulled into Virgil's life as he reaquaints himself with the people of his town and his old life. I wanted to crawl into this book to live in Greenstone among these characters. Highly recommend! Thanks to #netgalley #VirgilWander! ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5