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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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