The Orchardist

The Orchardist An alternate cover for this ASIN can be found here At the turn of the twentieth century in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest a reclusive orchardist William Talmadge tends to apple and apric

  • Title: The Orchardist
  • Author: Amanda Coplin
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  • Page: 390
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  • An alternate cover for this ASIN can be found here.At the turn of the twentieth century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apple and apricots as if they were loved ones A gentle man, he s found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he cultivates One day, two teAn alternate cover for this ASIN can be found here.At the turn of the twentieth century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apple and apricots as if they were loved ones A gentle man, he s found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he cultivates One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit at the market they later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase Feral, scared, and very pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadge s land and indulge in hes deep reservoir of compassion Just as the girls begin to trust him, men arrive in the orchard with guns, and the shattering tragedy that follows will set Talmadge on an irrevocable course not only to save and protect them but also to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past.
    The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin Amanda Coplins debut novel, The Orchardist, is one such book Set in the early years of the th century in the golden valleys and granite hills of Chelan county in north central It is a rare read that cuts through the surface noise of daily life and becomes the one sound you can hear clearly, like a church bell on a still winter morning. The Orchardist A Novel Coplin, Amanda Aug , THE ORCHARDIST is an outstanding debut Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author of SERENA and THE COVE To read this mysterious, compelling, elemental novel is to immerse yourself in the world of an old folk song, in which the passions and sorrows of plain people rage unseen and then blossom as madly and quietly as apricot trees. The Orchardist NPR Aug , The Orchardist evokes a powerful sense of place in the American West, mixing tenderness and violence as Talmadge tries to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past and faces the dramatic The Orchardist The Orchardist ReadingGroupGuides THE ORCHARDIST is an engrossing page turner the kind of book that makes it nearly impossible to quit reading in order to attend to the reader s actual real life The setting and characters actually, every element are pitch perfect it s nearly impossible to believe these three dimensional characters and the you are there locale descriptions are the product of an The Orchardist Summary SuperSummary The Orchardist is a historical novel by Amanda Coplin First published in , the book follows what happens when a lonely elderly man lets new people into his life First published in , the book follows what happens when a lonely elderly man lets new people into his life.

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    1. A native of Washington State, Amanda Coplin has been a Fellow at The Fine Arts Work Centre in Provincetown, Massachusetts, as well as Ledig House International Writers Residency Program in Ghent, New York She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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    1. Let s state it up front This is a GREAT book Not a pretty good book with some nice qualities, but a powerful, beautiful, thoughtful and incredibly moving work of art that will be read for generations The Orchardist is even incredible for being a first novel, the best first I have read since Edgar Sawtelle Yes, that good.Talmadge had lived forty years in the orchard without any exceptional event happening to him, barring inclement weather or some horticultural phenomenon Nothing to speak of in t [...]


    2. SPOILER ALERT This was a slow, luxurious read for the first 200 pages I was steeped in the landscape, the time period, the characters and enough of a plot to keep me turning the pages The writing was deceptively simple at times, almost staccato in rhythm, yet highly evocative and well matched to the rural setting of the book I was captivated by Coplin s beautiful prose and her instinct to reveal just enough about her characters but never too much inner detail, as if seen through a veil However m [...]


    3. It is a rare read that cuts through the surface noise of daily life and becomes the one sound you can hear clearly, like a church bell on a still winter morning It commands your full attention and you willingly shut out the world and surrender to the power of its images, characters and the force of its story Amanda Coplin s debut novel, The Orchardist, is one such book Set in the early years of the 20th century in the golden valleys and granite hills of Chelan county in north central Washington [...]


    4. I loved absolutely everything about this book the cover, the setting, the prose and the characters That this is a first novel is staggering Talmadge has lived alone for forty years, after the death of his mother and the disappearance of his sister, tending his orchards and giving a free pass to the wranglers and Indians that come onto his land with wild horses His characters is stoic, strong, he is someone who always tries to do the right thing and he is someone I would love to meet in real life [...]


    5. The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin marks the debut of a talented new American writer But midway through the novel I paused and asked myself, why am I reading this Is it believable Coplin s spare, post modern prose was controlled and the voice unique The setting the dry eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains at the turn of the 20th Century was also unique and evocatively rendered The characters possessed a timeless, mythic quality as if carved from stone, and the story itself, as one book blurb des [...]


    6. Random notes A blended family in which marriages never played any roles Lonely, orphaned people who landed up taking care of each other Good people being treated badly bad people being treated good The sadness of time sweeping over history and destroying evidence of lives lived and loved Plum conserve with walnuts and raisins for the long winter days Apples, pears, walnuts, apricots, vegetables and horses An ode to loneliness in the richest tones imaginable A story about women and all their comp [...]


    7. The Orchardist is beautifully written and stunning debut novel by Amanda Coplin I was really impressed with this book It isn t a fast paced novel by any means it is character based than plot based but the characters and sense of place are so exquisitely written that I did not want this book to finish.Set at the turn of the century in a rural stretch of Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist by the name of William Talmadge tends to apples and apricots A gentle man who spends his time among hi [...]


    8. This is a gorgeous book powerful, moving and beautifully written with a spare, eloquent writing style similar to Kent Haruf, one of my favorite authors The story takes place in Washington State at the beginning of the 20th century yet in tone, it reminded me so much of Haruf s novel, Plainsong, which was also lean and lyrical Talmadge, a quiet, compassionate and solitary man attempts to befriend two feral and pregnant runaway girls, Della and Jane, who were orphaned very young and shaped by horr [...]


    9. I loved the balance between reflection and emotional engagement in this tale The sense of connection between working the land and creation of a bridge to save the human heart It makes me hold a fancy word on my tongue luminous It appears apt for how the universal shines through the particular in the book s clear prose, how the natural world is cast in a clear light, banishing the dark shadows of life to a compost of the soil.This is the story of Talmadge, an unmarried orchardist in the Wentchate [...]


    10. In The Orchardist a lot is said by not being said I was struck by the silent, intuitive communication by the protagonists It started with Talmadge s childhood friend Clee It did not seem to matter, then, that Clee could not or did not speak There was no deficit in their relationship, no lack Talmadge finds himself alone in the world after view spoiler his sister s disappearance hide spoiler Alone in the silence of his vast orchard, until the arrival of Jane and Della, two pregnant teenagers who [...]


    11. We do not belong to ourselves aloneThis is a beautiful, evocative novel The writing is slow and eloquent The orchardist is in many ways reminiscent of three of my best loved books Blessings, The Poisonwood Bible and The Snow Child In all of these stories there s a marked focus on the land So much so that the landscape almost becomes one of the characters.The author is also concerned with the emotions behind an action or choice, than the action or choice itself Her descriptions of feelings are p [...]


    12. I will never forget Talmadge, he of the giant heart, nor his orchard in Washington those long ago days, or the wild horses, or the sturdy generosity of Caroline Widdey, Clee, the Judge Della s story almost made me stop several times and not return And I wonder how Angeline carved out the rest of her life I m very glad I read this beautiful, tragic, hopeful novel written in some of the most tangible descriptive language ever to speak to all of my senses Coplin s prose is so dense and richly multi [...]


    13. January 16, 2018 I re read this book for our book club and am reminded why, than 5 years ago, upon my first read, this book became one of my all time favorites I have nothing to add to my original review below, as the book still gets to me Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful This is a literary debut unlike any I ve read not easy by any means, with lengthy, often poetic sentences broken up by lots of dashes and nary a quotation mark for dialogue But it works and oh does it work I am not generally a [...]


    14. I won this book from first reads Why do people read books I don t know about you but I read to either escape to someplace or time different from my own or to learn something For most people I know this why they read.Then why do I keep coming across books with such disturbing themes Why on earth did the author think anyone would enjoy reading about fictional child prostitution A man drugged out on opium offered a very young child to an old man Completely disturbing I don t even want to read the t [...]


    15. Amanda Coplin sets THE ORCHARDIST in central Washington, the region in which she spent her youth Her knowledge of its history, geography, architecture, and especially its people, draws us into the beauty and ugliness of life in the Wenatchee area around the turn of the 20th century William Talmadge is a man of quiet tenacity He has lived alone for forty years, nurturing his fruit trees and living by the simple rhythm of the seasons His orchards are his anchor, and he needs little else but the co [...]


    16. I have been thinking a lot about this book since I finished it, waiting to write about it It is quite extraordinary The beginning in particular for me was totally mesmerizing I could have stayed forever suspended in time in the orchard, sleeping on my side in the long grass in the sun among the apple and apricot trees I don t think I ve read in a long time a writer who captures, and holds, time like this The whole book is drenched in it, but particularly the beginning of the book, when we are in [...]


    17. I m not a patient enough person to have liked this period book after its midpoint as well as it seems most others have It is beautifully written, really, but its plodding pace ground me down after the first excellent half The characters didn t grow or appear to learn much from their errors, so that last bolus of chapters where I had high hopes for some type of resolution just deflated for me The atmosphere is one of sadness the kind that Sisyphus like stories can engender When in novels we bump [...]


    18. I LOVED THIS BOOK I m so excited to go hear to the author speak tonight in our area I have tons of questions I d ask her if possible, I wish tonight were a book discussion rather than a book intro for selfish reasons of course having read it I was swept away reading The Orchardist I m actually a little in aw First book Amazing Master storytelling Master Writing I love the clean writing style of Amanda Coplin Even the page at the end of the story acknowledgments was interesting to me It, too, was [...]


    19. George R.R Martin A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen The man who never reads lives only one I don t know if any of you have seen the German movie, Sonata for a Good Man, but The Orchardist is the story of one such person A very very good man Prepare to live in another life and reality that is set back in time about 150 years where life is harsh and survival is a day to day thing Get ready for hardship, loss of family, sacrifice, hard work, harsh weather along with small d [...]


    20. Erstklassiges Deb tDieses Buch hat die gr ten Chancen bei mir unter die Top 3 2016 zu kommen.Ich wage jetzt einfach mal zu sagen Wer Stoner gemocht hat, wird auch dieses Buch lieben Es geht hier um William Talmadge, der schon fr h seine Mutter verliert Als nach ihrem Tod auch noch seine Schwester Elsbeth beim Beeren suchen spurlos im Wald verschwindet, qu len ihn schwere Selbstvorw rfe Er ist einsam, immer ist Elsbeth in seinen Gedanken Irgendwann kam er unter dieser Trauer, unter ihrer erdr cke [...]


    21. Talmadge s story begins with loss Loss of his father, then a few years later, his mother, followed still early in his years by the loss of his sister whose mysterious and unexpected disappearance haunts his days He carries the sadness with him through his days like a toddler carries his favorite blanket, rarely letting go of it, feeling incomplete without it beside him Days are spent in the orchard, tending the trees, or the occasional trips to town to sell his fruit With the one unmarried femal [...]


    22. I really wanted to like the book the setting was great, and the characters were interesting The plot, however, never achieved coherence, breaking down entirely after a point and finishing with one of the most pathetic endings I have ever had the misfortune to read The prose, while solid, lacked the brilliance necessary to sustain interest as the narrative meandered to its unfortunate although by the time it arrived, welcome close The author has a talented imagination and good descriptive skills [...]


    23. Very dreamy, lyrical novel, the pace and character of which is intimately woven into the landscapes, the seasons, the unrelenting hardship and loneliness of a settler s life in Washington in the late 1800s through to the 1920s The area around Wenatchee, Washington is beautifully evoked, as is Lake Chelan and the early years of the fledgling fruit industry as it grew to the large apple export industry it would eventually become with modern transportation options On Talmadge s orchard, he is left [...]


    24. I felt this book started out great, but I lost interest very early on Story just never seemed to go anywhere throughout most of book, and character s somehow just didn t connect for me Author also seemed to repeat same conversations which made the book long and boring.Anyway, it s 1860 when Talmadge, age 12 and his sister Elsbeth, 11 are left to fend for themselves in an orchard in the Pacific NW after their mother s death view spoiler Five years later, Elsbeth leaves the cabin to collect herbs [...]


    25. Just one chapter, I would promise myself and then I would read two, three or four, making myself late for some other activity or sleep I couldn t stop reading this emotionally intense, gripping tale of William Talmadge who loved and tended his orchards with devotion in early 1900s rural Oregon One day, two ferrel young and pregnant girls appeared to be hiding on his vast property and that is the day his life changed forever Without hesitation or question he took on the role of their protecter a [...]


    26. This is a very good book, beautiful writing, I just loved the main character Talmadge who had led such a lonely life until two young girls sisters appeared on his land.


    27. Amanda Coplin was born to write and her debut book, The Orchardist, is an achievement Set at the turn of the twentieth century, the book initially focuses on a solitary man named Talmadge a man who nurtures apples, apricots, and plums from the land and mourns the death of his mother and disappearance of his sister who vanished with barely a trace His life is very predictable until one day, two barefoot, filthy, and visibly pregnant teenage sisters appear.The description of the runaways and Talma [...]


    28. Just finished this and I am drained Drained So glad I wasn t reading the last 100 or so pages on public transportation I sobbed Literally I was sobbing Really haven t been hit this hard by a book in a long, long, time First off, the story wasn t flawless There were a few elements of the story that seemed to stretch possibility But I am than willing to overlook them given the sheer awe I feel over this being a first novel Here s why Point of view Masterful Coplin presents a scene in flowing conv [...]


    29. The Orchardist tells the story of lonely Talmadge, the orchardist, a man deep seeded in grief from the loss of his beloved sister who mysteriously disappeared Talmadge s life is turned upside down when two runaway sisters begin stealing apples and food from him Although I never fully got accustomed to the writing style, the story was compelling and I felt the author portrayed atmosphere exceptionally well in spite of the aloofness of the storytelling.Here is an example of the writing chosen not [...]


    30. In this understated and emotionally raw novel of a family born as much from choice as from blood, debut novelist Amanda Coplin explores themes of love, loyalty, courage, compassion, revenge, and honor, as well as the lifelong, traumatic impact of both childhood abuse and loss.The novel opens with orchardist William Talmadge, a tall, broad shouldered and solitary man who is composed of the most steadfast moral fiber and potent vulnerability of almost any protagonist that I can recall in recent ne [...]


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