Goat Mountain by David Vann
A Novel

68%

6 Critic Reviews

Vann (Dirt) offers a meditation on violence set during a deer hunt on a Northern California mountain in 1978...This flint-hard novel, in its intensity, will likely be compared to the work of Cormac McCarthy.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

In David Vann’s searing novel Goat Mountain, an 11-year-old boy at his family’s annual deer hunt is eager to make his first kill. His father discovers a poacher on the land, a 640-acre ranch in Northern California, and shows him to the boy through the scope of his rifle. With this simple gesture, tragedy erupts, shattering lives irrevocably.
 
In prose devastating and beautiful in its precision, David Vann creates a haunting and provocative novel that explores our most primal urges and beliefs, the bonds of blood and religion that define and secure us, and the consequences of our actions—what we owe for what we’ve done.
 
David Vann is the award-winning author of Legend of a Suicide, Caribou Island, A Mile Down, and Last Day on Earth.

 

About David Vann

See more books from this Author
David Vann is an internationally bestselling author whose work has been translated into nineteen languages. He is the winner of fourteen prizes, including France's Prix Medicis etranger, Spain's Premi Llibreter, the Grace Paley Prize, a California Book Award, the AWP Nonfiction Prize, and France's L'Express readers' prize. His books (Legend of a Suicide, Caribou Island, Dirt, A Mile Down, and Last Day on Earth) have appeared on seventy "Best Books of the Year" lists in a dozen countries. A former Guggenheim Fellow, Wallace Stegner Fellow, and National Endowment for the Arts fellow, he is a professor at the University of Warwick in England. He lives in New Zealand, England, and Turkey.
 
Published September 10, 2013 by Harper. 261 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for Goat Mountain
All: 6 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Good
on Jul 29 2013

Vann’s third novel is his most visceral yet: a grinding examination of killing...This book is as all of Vann’s fiction: provocative and unforgiving.

Read Full Review of Goat Mountain: A Novel | See more reviews from Kirkus

Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Jul 01 2013

Vann (Dirt) offers a meditation on violence set during a deer hunt on a Northern California mountain in 1978...This flint-hard novel, in its intensity, will likely be compared to the work of Cormac McCarthy.

Read Full Review of Goat Mountain: A Novel | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly

Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Mark O'Connell on Oct 19 2013

For all its unyielding darkness, Goat Mountain is, perhaps perversely, an exhilarating experience. It is, first of all, cathartic in the way of all good tragedies. But it is also exhilarating for the least perverse of reasons: the experience of reading a novelist of David Vann's rare artistry and vision.

Read Full Review of Goat Mountain: A Novel | See more reviews from Guardian

Financial Times

Above average
Reviewed by Christopher Tayler on Oct 25 2013

Only a very jaded reader could fail to believe in the feeling it projects of being locked in an inner landscape in which one is lost in the woods and chained forever to a corpse.

Read Full Review of Goat Mountain: A Novel | See more reviews from Financial Times

Toronto Star

Below average
Reviewed by John Freeman on Dec 23 2013

Someone, some day, will make a fantastic feature film out of this book. To read it however takes some work at first. The rhythm of Vann’s sentences, which are not often sentences, is staccato.

Read Full Review of Goat Mountain: A Novel | See more reviews from Toronto Star

The Economist

Above average
Reviewed by The Economist on Sep 07 2013

Mr Vann occasionally overstates his case, reminding the reader of a parallel to Greek tragedy where no reminder is needed. But no matter. This story has the power of a bullet fired from a gun.

Read Full Review of Goat Mountain: A Novel | See more reviews from The Economist

Reader Rating for Goat Mountain
63%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 83 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×