Gabriel's Story by David Anthony Durham

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When Gabriel Lynch moves with his mother and brother from a brownstone in Baltimore to a dirt-floor hovel on a homestead in Kansas, he is not pleased. He does not dislike his new stepfather, a former slave, but he has no desire to submit to a life of drudgery and toil on the untamed prairie. So he joins up with a motley crew headed for Texas only to be sucked into an ever-westward wandering replete with a mindless violence he can neither abet nor avoid–a terrifying trek he penitently fears may never allow for a safe return. David Anthony Durham is a genuine talent bent on devastating originality and Gabriel’s Story is as formidable a debut as we have witnessed.

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About David Anthony Durham

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David Anthony Durham received the 2009 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer of Science Fiction for Acacia and The Other Lands (the first two volumes of the Acacia trilogy). He is also the author of the historical novels Gabriel's Story, Walk Through Darkness, and Pride of Carthage.
Published December 18, 2007 by Anchor. 306 pages
Genres: History, Westerns, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The only flaw in the narrative is Durham’s inexplicable tendency toward an abstract rhetoric clearly influenced by both the aforementioned McCarthy and his major influence, Faulkner, which often produces moments of ludicrous and vague grandiosity (e.g., watching Caleb, “Gabriel thought him some d...

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""Rather it lay like a solid ceiling of slate, pressing the living down into the prairie."" The tale's racial dimension is subtly and intelligently developed, and though some readers may be turned off by the violence Gabriel witnesses, all will be impressed by Durham's maturity, skill and lovingl...

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A brilliant example of how to assimilate and transmute powerful literary influence.

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A- Originally posted Feb 09, 2001 Published in issue #581 Feb 09, 2001 Order article reprints

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