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    (This Magnificent Desolation) [PDF] î Thomas OMalley Thomas OMalley ✓ 4 review Free download This Magnificent Desolation What a story this is layered with some great descriptive writing characters and words in the right places The Steinbeck or Cormac McCarthy reader will love this authors crafted ability to write presented in this novel written with the same darkness and light struggle and triumph and matters supernatural than the mentioned authors have written with A real treat of a read for this year and one to recommend and a

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    (This Magnificent Desolation) [PDF] î Thomas OMalley Thomas O’Malley is the author of In the Province of Saints which was selected as one of the best books of 2005 by Booklist From what I can tell he did not write another novel until this one in 2013 Am sure his Dartmouth College teaching job

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    (This Magnificent Desolation) [PDF] î Thomas OMalley The title of this novel refers to the description of the lunar landscape given by Buzz Aldrin the second man to walk on the moon The world of the novel however is desolate than magnificentAt the age of ten Duncan awakens to his life in an orphanage in northern Minnesota in the Iron Range region He has no memory of the first ten years of his life His mother Maggie Bright a has been soprano shows up and takes him to San Fr

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    Thomas OMalley ✓ 4 review Summary æ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Thomas OMalley (This Magnificent Desolation) [PDF] î Thomas OMalley The problem with this book was that I kept getting bogged down with the clunky descriptions of the weather and the bleakness I also kept forgetting what I was reading a book about a boy who desperately wants a family and gets one It's not what he hoped for his mother is an alcoholic and doesn't care to talk ab

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    Summary æ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Thomas OMalley Thomas OMalley ✓ 4 review (This Magnificent Desolation) [PDF] î Thomas OMalley 25This was beautifully written slow paced and character driven which I normally like but I guess the timing happy sunny h

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    Summary æ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Thomas OMalley (This Magnificent Desolation) [PDF] î Thomas OMalley Thomas OMalley ✓ 4 review This Magnificent Desolation is four hundred and one pages of somewhat carefully constructed prose that lacks uotes around dialog I suspect loss of punctuation was used to make the separation of thought from speech vague to lead to a dream like

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    Summary æ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Thomas OMalley Thomas OMalley ✓ 4 review (This Magnificent Desolation) [PDF] î Thomas OMalley This book contains some spoilersThe book opens with the statement which would have been read by President Nixon in the event of a catastrophic failure in the Apollo 11 moon landing which would have left Aldrin and Armstron

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    (This Magnificent Desolation) [PDF] î Thomas OMalley This Magnificent Desolation is at times so beautiful and heart felt that it’s almost impossible to wrap your head around You’re dragged into the sensuous beauty of it all taken in with O’Malley’s words that you start to breathe them i

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    (This Magnificent Desolation) [PDF] î Thomas OMalley First let me address Thomas O’Malley’s writing in this novel – the writing style is very poetic and elouent there’s a broad use of vocabulary which I really appreciate making the book pleasant to read The only aspect that I think isn’t as enjoyable is the fact that the narrative is sometimes overly descriptive

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    Thomas OMalley ✓ 4 review (This Magnificent Desolation) [PDF] î Thomas OMalley On the front and spine of the book jacket the words THIS and DESOLATION are in caps while magnificent isn't Does this mean something? Perhaps the author is telling us we all encounter loneliness and desolation at some point while his story is one of billions of tales about this subject I know I'm over thinking this issue but this i

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Free download This Magnificent Desolation Thomas OMalley ✓ 4 review Summary æ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Thomas OMalley Duncan's entire world is the orphanage where he lives a solitary outpost on the open plains of northern Minnesota Aged ten in 1980 he has no memories of his life before now but he has stories that he recites like prayers the story of how his mother brought him here during the worst blizzard of the century; the story of how God spoke to him at his birth and gave him a special purpose Duncan is sure that his mother is dead until the day she turns u. What a story this is layered with some great descriptive writing characters and words in the right places The Steinbeck or Cormac McCarthy reader will love this authors crafted ability to write presented in this novel written with the same darkness and light struggle and triumph and matters supernatural than the mentioned authors have written with A real treat of a read for this year and one to recommend and add to my best of 2013 list of readsRead an excerpt or a first chapter kindle sample and you will clearly see a great story with some great writingThe book art and great title lived up to judging a book by its cover and done a great service in me wanting to read thisThe narrative of a young boy and hooks you into the world around him visible and unseen that he talks of others do too it hypnotically immerses you in this tale His struggle and hope and his love for his mother and wanting of his lost father makes great storytelling and could touch a cord in the readers heart His light and dark world may have you fully intertwined as if you are there with him in his shoesAnother memorable and likeable character is Joshua a veteran and a hard laborer a worker in the building of tunnels he too talks with a keener eye on things unseen but known of and meaningful to himselfThe boys mother was once an opera singer but as tragedy hit the tables had turned and she lived in memories and darkness but her return of her long lost son could prove to be her saving grace her resolution and could help her recapture and revive her giftA wonderful redemptive story of Love family gifted and talented characters and the worlds bigger picture At dusk the sky above the farms and pastureland of Stockholdt Minnesota roils as if it were a living thing twisting and writhing toward the northeastern horizon where briefly visible are small towns windows glinting nacre in the tallow light and black ash yellow birch and evergreen lined slopes upon which rust colored buildings tin mining shacks logging camps and pyramids of dead timber bloom Above the glacial Iron Range the sky is a sheet of flat gray steel and the mountains merely an outline stamped upon this background a picture taking shape trembling momentarily and then becoming fixed in its bath of silver halide Animals sensing the storm are still Not a thing moves And then at the farthest edges of the sky a slight undulation begins like a wave far out at sea and with it comes a slow rushing blackness as of night A great wind rises up from the north and from the deep leaded bellies of clouds it begins to snow There is a moment of cessation when the storm momentarily abates and the sky clears and the stars begin to fall from the heavens Brother Canice says that on the night Duncan s mother arrived with him bundled in her arms he witnessed from the chapels tower a meteor shower flaring bright over the Iron Range and so distinct and singular was its effect that he swears that he heard each meteor s tail hissing startling chromatic colours momentarily so brilliant that when he closed his eyes he saw them still Duncan thinks of Padre Martin de Lupe often He is a ravager of children the Black Angel who lurks in the wine cellar and in the catacombs and labyrinths in the empty casket hold and charnel house and who to this day haunts the children s graveyard cradling the worsted fleshy knot of his broken neck and his head cantered at a broken angle against his right shoulder from the back of which hangs a great wing that drags a yard upon the ground and when he speaks his voice is a hiss a gasp and uite possibly the last thing you will ever hear But when the sun goes down and shadows creep across the courtyard and cold comes running from the northern plains and the lights flicker and the children s breaths steam the crepuscular light and the lands that surround the Home seem so vast as to be impenetrable and from their windows they see the vastness of that plain upon which here and there a small farmhouse flickers with a light that seems as distant as the stars then everything changes In the earth the men find strange things the fossilized bones of ancient cows and horses the curving swan like neck of some strange feathered raptor impressed into the frozen chalk and clay half a wing section of a WWII hellcat and a giant billboard for Regal Pale beer No one can explain how such a thing came to be three hundred feet below San Francisco At times such as these they feel as if they have been blessed deigned to witness such sights chosen from millions of others for this special task and they think of the men and women upon the city streets above them the throng and press of bodies the blaring of car horns and screeching of brakes Working in the tunnel they realise they have been granted a special dispensation a divination promise of brotherhood and illumination as long as they continue to strike and chisel and hammer and drill and pull and cart and drag the earth of the ocean bed A few stars twinkle dully near the roof of the world in the dark blue that is the end of the day Night will soon sink down like ink through a sieve and suddenly the sky holds numerous unforeseen unconsidered wonders he now knew that beyond the astronauts and Apollo rockets beyond the moon and the stars there lay something far greater God had been with him all this time and now he had a clear sign of his presence He had called out to him just as he had at his birth The phonograph s spring powered motor clicks as its worn tumblers rotate and the old acetate sighs and hisses against the stylus When his mother s voice comes Duncan holds his breath just as he always does for on this recording where she emulates the velvety vibrato of Sissieretta Jones her voice seems suddenly such a fragile and tenuous thing momentarily suspended between this world and some other and filled not with the desperation and longing of a latter day ruined Silva Brohm but with a singular plaintive joy Also

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Free download This Magnificent Desolation Thomas OMalley ✓ 4 review Summary æ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Thomas OMalley Us adult world Duncan finds comfort in an ancient radio from which tumble the voices of Apollo mission astronauts who never came home and dreams of finding his real fatherA heart breaking staggering soaring novel This Magnificent Desolation allows a child's perspective to illuminate a dark world and explores the creeping devastation of war the many facets of loneliness the redemptive power of the imagination and the possibility of a kind of grace. This Magnificent Desolation is at times so beautiful and heart felt that it s almost impossible to wrap your head around You re dragged into the sensuous beauty of it all taken in with O Malley s words that you start to breathe them in like you re desperate for air At first I thought it was all a bit too descriptive too wordy but once you fall into its rhythm it is uite a spectacular experience This novel is described as a floating novel which is exactly what it felt like to read it I felt like I was drifting through the air unable to hold onto anything substantial but trying to grasp the footholds of enlightenment and truth along the way When reading this novel I felt as if I were but a child listening in on conversations between adults hearing their words and seeing their pain not being able to comprehend or understand it but wanting to like trying to understand the world and our purpose within it By the end I was asking myself what exactly I had just read but it doesn t have to make sense right away This Magnificent Desolation is a book to be read in those moments when you catch yourself staring out the window at the world outside and wondering where you should be or what you should be doing with the purpose you are given It is a book to be read in those moments when you stop to admire an isolated field with one lonely tree adorning its undulating hills and you wonder if there s something bigger you were destined to achieve In those moments where we forget about our basic human needs and think about what it all means you should pick up this book if only to dig through its contents for a deeper meaning rather than reading it on the outset and being left disappointed On the surface it may seem like nothing but once you look deeper only then will this book open itself to you

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Free download This Magnificent Desolation Thomas OMalley ✓ 4 review Summary æ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Thomas OMalley P to claim him Maggie Bright a soprano who was once the talent of her generation now sings in a San Francisco bar through a haze of whisky cut with sharp regret She often finishes up in the arms of Joshua McGreevey a Vietnam vet who earns his living as part of a tunneling crew seventy feet beneath the Bay He smells of sea silt and loam as if he has been dredged from the deep bottom of the world and his wounds run deep tooThrown into this mysterio. The problem with this book was that I kept getting bogged down with the clunky descriptions of the weather and the bleakness I also kept forgetting what I was reading a book about a boy who desperately wants a family and gets one It s not what he hoped for his mother is an alcoholic and doesn t care to talk about his father and her boyfriend is a similarly self destructive individual who nonetheless cares for the boy There is a story here It s bleak and hopeless and all that What else would it be when the one thing the boy Duncan holds on to after waking from a long amnesia is the belief that the Apollo mission was a failure and the astronauts were lost in space There are also some genuinely nice moments of bonding between Duncan and his mother Maggie and Duncan and the mother s boyfriend Joshua But then there is also the fact that Duncan is not fully there He believes that he heard the voice of God when he was still an amnesiac I would argue it is faith but the brothers at his orphanage seem impatient with that assertion I don t know what this book was supposed to be about Faith Hope Or the lack of either It could be anything The book doesn t have a plot other than a vague outline and O Malley makes it hard to follow even that outline because of the flowery language Also angels working as cooks in diners and dead astronauts on the radio that doesn t work That sort of puts a kink in an already plodding storyline I wish I either had the clarity to see O Malley s intentions with the hallucinatory aspects of the book or that I had some wherewithal to cut the chaff for me from the core I had neither so this was a failed effort for me I received this book via NetGalley for review

  • Hardcover
  • 416
  • This Magnificent Desolation
  • Thomas OMalley
  • English
  • 14 April 2019
  • 9781408833803