Virgil Wander – Midwest Saturday

We have waited a decade for more beautiful, heart-wrenching tales from the incredible Leif Enger but the wait was worth it to have the astounding story of Virgil Wander 

“He had a hundred merry crinkles at his eyes and a long-haul sadness in his shoulders.”

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Virgil Wander is a sad tale about a declining rust-belt town; a town that has seen much better days as has it people. Yet the perspective changes when Virgil’s car plunges off a cliff into the icy waters below. His survival, subsequent “spidery” thoughts due to a concussion and the arrival of a mystical Swede named Rune, will offer hope and perhaps a small bit of redemption for all they meet.

Enger has given us a book of imagery, a parable of sorts, with characters that resonate and amuse the reader. They are quirky Midwesterners who have a way of making even the worst of times appear to be humorous. The book personifies goodness and evil, hope and despair in a way that only a extremely gifted writer can accomplish – and Enger is, indeed, that gifted writer.

Rarely have I loved a book as much as I have this one but then rarely does an author create a place as marvelous as Greenstone, MN or with characters who steal your heart the way that Greenstone’s residents have stolen mine. You will laugh with them, cry and hurt and, yes, rejoice with them. This is a book that will stay in your heart and mind for a very long time. My only regret is that I have only FIVE STARS to offer this book – it deserves far greater.

Thank you to the author for this enrapturing tale; to the publisher, #GroveAtlantic, and to #Edelweiss for my advanced copy of #VirgilWander.

 

4 thoughts on “Virgil Wander – Midwest Saturday

  1. This is the review I wished I could write for this book! I fully expected to love it and can absolutely see why you did, but something didn’t work for me and I ended up finding it a little bit boring. I wish I’d enjoyed it as much as you did though because I can absolutely see that it’s a really high quality book (also THAT COVER is just stunning)

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    1. Thank you! What I didn’t say in the review is that it took me two times to read the book. The first time through I simply did not enjoy it at all. I had preconceived expectations for what the book should be and it did not follow those expectations. So, I put it aside until I was in a more “contemplative” reading mood and didn’t take the book as seriously as I had the first time. Once I did that, I enjoyed it very much. It’s a different kind of book and I don’t think his writing style is for everyone.

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