Gabriel's Story

Gabriel s Story When Gabriel Lynch moves with his mother and brother from a brownstone in Balti to a dirt floor hovel on a homestead in Kansas he is not pleased He does not dislike his new stepfather a former slave

  • Title: Gabriel's Story
  • Author: David Anthony Durham
  • ISBN: 9780385720335
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Gabriel Lynch moves with his mother and brother from a brownstone in Balti 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 When Gabriel Lynch moves with his mother and brother from a brownstone in Balti 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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    1. This was a random library selection. The cover had a kind of bleakness that appealed to me, and so I decided to go ahead and check it out. I didn't know what it was about, but I'm willing to take a chance - you never know when a random book might end up wowing you. Unfortunately, this one wasn't one of those for me. The first bit was great. The language and the descriptions and the way that Gabriel was described as having an anger that manifested itself in silence it was beautiful and I thought, [...]

    2. This novel is a brutally wonderful piece of literature about post-civil war wild west, the hostility and confusion of mankind, the lack of faith and the abundance of promise is all very relevant. This is a very engrossing read and I couldn't help my fingers from itching to turn the next page.Gabriel’s Story is very powerful, wonderfully deep and constantly moving.

    3. While this book is not a book I would read for pleasure, I did enjoy it as a book for school. Durham's style is reflected throughout the book in his descriptions of setting and the personification of his characters. He is very detail oriented and descriptive. Gabriel is a three dimensional character who expertly exemplifies the battle between moral pressures and societal expectations. When he is uprooted from his family's home in Baltimore and thrust into a new life in whitewashed Kansas, he bec [...]

    4. I read this book having just taken a writing class from the author, not really knowing what it was about. I was thrilled to discover that it is a historical Western with actual diversity in the characters that really reflects the West at the time - I love Western movies but the lack of diversity in them is a HUGE pet peeve of mine so this book had my attention right away for telling a coming of age story in the West through the lens of a young black man. I couldn't put this book down. I love the [...]

    5. Despite a rather slow start and Gabriel being a pretty unlikable character in the beginning, this ended up being a coming-of-age Western novel that I really liked.It begins with Gabriel, his brother Ben, and their mother traveling to the Kansas plains to meet up with the boys' new step-father. Gabriel resents his mother remarrying and the move west. When his father was alive, Gabriel believed he was on track to become a rare thing, a black doctor. Now he's facing a life of busting sod to grow cr [...]

    6. I truly enjoyed this novel by David Anthony Durham. I have read other books by him which I LOVED so I should not be surprised by finding that I liked the book. It is a western tale and I usually would not touch a western but I chose this book for my book club book so I had to read it. The story is about a teenage boy named Gabriel living at the time after the Civil War. His mother was a former slave and married his father who lived in the North. The father did well for himself and his family and [...]

    7. Oh what a journey! The widowed mother of Gabriel Lynch remarries and the family is moved from the sweet setting of a brownstone to the harsh lands of Kansas. Gabriel hates his new home, which is practically leaning and falling down at its seams, and the land he is forced to help till. He equally dislikes the man his mother marries, who unlike Gabriel's father, was a former slave. Gabriel goes off, into the wild wild west of a blue yonder with some rather rambunctious outlaws in search of somethi [...]

    8. During post civil war, African American Gabriel, his brother and mother moved west (Kansas) to his mother's new husband, Solomon. Instead of a town and civilizaton, they found themselves on a homestead, living in a sod house. Gabriel resented Solomon and the hard work he did plowing the hard prairie sod with a mule. At first chance, Gabriel and his friend, James, joined in with a group of cowboys who had brought a herd into the town for sale. Instead of just herding cattle, the boys found that t [...]

    9. 1870 - American West - young boys and their journey Except this isn't your usual Western tale with romanticized cowboys and rowdy times in the saloons. The story is unrelenting in its depictions of senseless violence, racism, sexism, the trials of homesteading and the dangers faced by two young Af-Am boys traveling with strangers, far from home. The sense that their lives are not in their control comes across so poignantly that the story is hard to listen to at times. And yet, there are elements [...]

    10. It’s shortly after the Civil War and fifteen-year-old Gabriel Lynch is not ready to settle down with his mother and new stepfather on a hardscrabble farm in Kansas. Instead he joins up with a group of cowboys headed for Texas. It is then trial by fire for Gabriel as he grows up on the road, witnessing the horrors and violence of the old west. This debut novel from Durham is a coming-of-age tale with elements of Blood Meridian and Lonesome Dove except with an African-American cast of characters [...]

    11. I tried to read this book about a year ago and really could not get the pages turning, but I recently picked it up again. That is how I am, if I don't jive with a book the first time and always make my way back and try again. Most the time I am pleasantly surprised and what I find and amazed that I could get into the book the first time. This book was no exception. Loved the writing style The characters really surprised me and they did not become the people I pictured them being in my mind. I gu [...]

    12. I didn't find this book 'fascinating' as so many other reviewers did. It felt fake and foolish to me, and not at all historically accurate; but perhaps it is and I just don't know my American/cowboy history well enough. The language seemed contrived at worst and forced at best. There was very little conversation/dialogue, but was mostly told by a 3rd-person narrator. It was often difficult to distinguish which character the author was talking about, and the regular face type vs. the italic face [...]

    13. I didn't like this book at first. It went from dreary and depressing to coarse and brutal, but I just couldn't stop reading and leave the characters in a dismal situation. I'm glad I persevered. The characters and plot developed in ways I didn't anticipate, with an ending that provided resolution. It's a very deep and vivid story both in terms of the characters involved and the western settings.

    14. This was a superbly written book, well-paced. Durham doesn't lose his style and rhythm as so many writers do from the beginning to end. It's pretty violent and gruesome, but has a happy ending. I usually don't like happy endings because they're so predictable, but you're not sure how this one's going to end up 'til the last bit. Well, if you read this, then maybe I've spoiled it for you.

    15. The majority of this book is about a 15 year-old boy witnessing a bunch of cowboys he is riding with murder, maim, and rapewithout protest on his part. In the end, after nearly drowning, he decides to go home. Spare me!!!If you really want to read a great book about blacks pioneering the West, read "The Personal Story of Rachel DuPree" by Ann Weisgarber.

    16. 15 yr old Gabriel moves out west from Baltimore to start a new life in a sod house with a new stepfather, uncle and his younger brother. They are black and Gabriel thinks farming is beneath him. He and a friend take a chance to get away and have an adventure that takes them far. Things get worse, the landscape beautiful, great characters. In the genre of "All the Pretty Horses".

    17. Nice coming of age story set in the sod-buster days of the great plains and old west, told from an African American perspective. Very evocative descriptions of location and period. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

    18. While not a novel that I would normally have picked up were I not simply trawling through the library looking for something to read, I found it engaging and illustrative of a history that I had hardly considered.

    19. This is a 3.5 star read. David Anthony Durham crafts a compelling narrative that can be summed in an early quote, "'Ye cannot escape God's laws, God's sight, God's blessing, and God's judgment.'"

    20. A very different coming-of-age story. Themes of good vs. evil, the grass is greener, etc. Ending was quite tense. Enjoyed it.

    21. Beautifully written book set in the time of slavery in America. I didn't know a lot about this time, but Durham made it very much alive for me.

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