Martin Marten

Martin Marten

A Novel

Book - 2015
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"Dave is fourteen years old, living with his family in a cabin on Oregon's Mount Hood (or as Dave prefers to call it, like the Native Americans once did, Wy'east). He is entering high school, adulthood on the horizon not far off in distance, and contemplating a future away from his mother, father, and his precocious younger sister. And Dave is not the only one approaching adulthood and its freedoms on Wy'east that summer. Martin, a pine marten (a small animal of the deep woods, of the otter/mink family), is leaving his own mother and siblings and setting off on his own as well. As Martin and Dave's paths cross on forest trails and rocky mountaintops, they and we witness the full, unknowable breadth and vast sweep of life, and the awe inspiring interconnectedness of the world and its many inhabitants, human and otherwise. Martin Marten is a coming of age tale like no other, told in Brian Doyle's joyous, rollicking style"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press,, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250045201
1250045207
Characteristics: vii, 309 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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michgree
Aug 27, 2016

Like a fast moving river, Brian Doyle's beautiful, lyrical, and poetic writing carries the reader effortlessly through this narrative of Martin, a young marten, and Dave, a young teen-ager, age 14, along with Dave's family and the other denizens of the hamlet of Wy-east. The reader travels along through the life changes, situations and feelings of its many characters, especially Martin, the marten, and 14-year -old Dave whose paths cross in crucial and almost magical moments in both their lives and others.

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Wy'east with its mountains, trees, rocks, weather and snow and animals from insects to voles to elk all play a strong part in this novel and give the reader an appreciation for all of nature.

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CarolGeil
Jul 12, 2016

great storytelling!

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FerndaleAdultSRC
Jun 23, 2015

Very enjoyable book with true concerns about life, community and the environment.

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Jeckel01
Jul 29, 2016

He tried to be smiling stone. Take even breaths and fall into the moment and the light. The first few times he's tried this, tried to get so absorbed in the sights and sounds and smells of the moment, he;s fallen asleep, but now he's had enough practice at it to savor and relish the treeness of trees, for example. Three moved gently, if you paid close attention, and they brushed against each other, and you could only imagine their sensory apparatuses, their particularly sylvan and dendritic take on the world; perhaps, he had sometimes thought, they are staring at me and trying to dig the Daveness of Dave.

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Marcia_McL
Jun 30, 2016

Sometimes we forget that we were all teenagers once, and we forget that teenagers are enormously sensitive, and for all their masks and disguises and japes and adopted personas and fear of being uncool and fear of being found out as only themselves, they are as sharply alert to the right time not to speak as any older seasoned bruised listener.

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