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Touch AUTHOR Alexi Zentner

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In Sawgamet a north woods boomtown gone bust the cold of winter breaks the glass of the schoolhouse thermometer and the dangers of working in the cuts are overshadowed by the mysteries and magic lurking in the woods Stephen a pa A very good bookAlexi Zentner’s 2012 short novel about four generations of a family in western Canada in the late 1800s reminded me of a northern One Hundred Years of Solitude While it does not have the scope or breadth of Gabriel Garcia Maruez’ masterpiece Zentner’s inspired prose was a great pleasure to readMost striking is Zentner’s use of magic realism with the raw edges of paranormal fantasy as he introduces elements of Inuit myth and legend into his frontier tale With language setting and themes reminiscent of early Jack London and Algernon Blackwood Zentner has crafted a tale of brutal extremes as a family settles and lays claim to a village in Canada’s wild westAs Stephen’s mother lays dying the man looks back over his lifetime and before tracing stories of his father and grandfather as the family settled a gold mining town and stayed past the boom and made a living logging and supplying the miners before 1900 Revisiting the family legends of his past Stephen draws the reader into his tale describing a cold and pitiless landscape that passes a shadow’s width from another primal world of Native American folk talesPerhaps most compelling is Zentner’s meticulous distinction between western faith and the unforgiving representation of northern extremes and fable Stephen and his step father are clergy in this harsh landscape where a moment off guard will lead to death The author demonstrates the paper thin veneer of faith against this harsh backdrop while also addressing the psychological and metaphysical juxtaposition with Inuit legendHighly recommended

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Losses of his pastTouch introduces you to a world where monsters and witches oppose singing dogs and golden caribou where the living and the dead part and meet again in the crippling beauty of winter and the surreal haze of summ A book about the stories the places and the people that make us A book about love and loss and family I’m so glad I finally picked this one up

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Stor is at home on the eve of his mother's funeral thirty years after the mythic summer his grandfather returned to the town in search of his beloved but long dead wife And like his grandfather Stephen is forced to confront the Touch by Alexi Zentner is the kind of novel I want to discuss with a friend Though I loved the lyrical style and mythical realism author's definition of this story set in the harsh wilderness of northern British Columbia I have come away with uestions and may not truly understand what happened here My plan is to go back and listen to the author interviews again and see what I can learnThere are some books that I am better off reading in large chunks rather than the bits and pieces that life sometimes allows This is one of them A debut Touch is only 264 pages so not overly long and could be read in a day or two by most readers My week of chopped up late night reading might have done some injustice to the whole I found myself going back and re reading to get it Set in the fictional town of Sawgamet the narrator Stephen an Anglican pastor has come home with his family to await the imminent death of his mother As he sits by her bedside he fills us in on the history of his forebears and the settlement of Sawgamet by his grandfather Jeannot Jeannot walks across the country with a dog stolen from a witch and establishes Sawgamet eventually leaving this gone bust logging town only to come back later to raise his wife from the dead Touch is a multi layered multi generational tale told in present day and flashbacks of story telling to Stephen by both his father and grandfather The story begins as Stephen tells us about his father the foreman of this logging community a job he received after a logging accident left him with no other option The winter Stephen is ten is not unusual for Sawgamet cold and freezing So cold that if you chop a hole in the river for running water it uickly freezes over This plays out to a a horrific accident that changes the course of Stephens' life and of those around him This scene is uite powerful and one I won't forget and yet this may not be the most troublesome scene for some There is to come as winter digs in with all its brutal harshness in another piece of the story Touch is told much like the best of folklore and I was fascinated by the creatures introduced here They are all a bit creepy but somehow accepted the mahaha and wehtiko the ijirait the adlet were all new to me The allupilluit were somewhat familiar from a story by Robert Munsch These are female monsters who grab children who go to close to the water or sea without their parents Unless I'm getting confused I think Zentner gives allupilluit different powers I mentioned that somehow these creatures are accepted and for me hold some delight They are much like the characters my father would phantom in storytelling to raise the hairs on my neck as a child; the evil that lurks in the dark and might gobble me up if I was not a good girl or watchfulIn addition to some very interesting human characters the cold harsh snowy winters are also key players This weather sets the tone and is very atmospheric Spanning a time frame of the late 1800's to the years of World War II this slim novel covers many topics logging fascinating gold family truth love marriage and survival It is about how stories are handed down from generation to generation and how those stories change in the telling leaving us with uestions of what is truth and what is myth The author feels most stories start as truth and somehow get retold with something of the truth remaining I agree Touch somehow escaped me until I heard an interview with Zentner on Shelagh Rogers on The Next Chapter I immediately sought it out and am glad I did Un été 16 : Eléments d'histoire culturelle européenne au regard du présent on the eve Les mythes de la Seconde Guerre mondiale of his mother's funeral thirty years after the mythic summer his grandfather returned to the town in search 1944-1945 of his beloved but long dead wife And like his grandfather Stephen is forced to confront the Touch by Alexi Zentner is the kind Jacques Chirac : Une histoire française of novel I want to discuss with a friend Though I loved the lyrical style and mythical realism author's definition Adolfo Kaminsky, une vie de faussaire of this story set in the harsh wilderness Dans les archives secrètes du Quai d'Orsay : de 1945 à nos jours of northern British Columbia I have come away with uestions and may not truly understand what happened here My plan is to go back and listen to the author interviews again and see what I can learnThere are some books that I am better Mes combats off reading in large chunks rather than the bits and pieces that life sometimes allows This is Chirac intime - Un retraité comme les autres one Les Pieds-noirs : L'épopée d'un peuple of them A debut Touch is Berlin only 264 pages so not D'Izieu à Auschwitz : L'histoire de deux enfants dans la Shoah overly long and could be read in a day Histoire de la guerre d'Algérie, 1954-1962 or two by most readers My week Koursk - L’été où Staline a vaincu Hitler of chopped up late night reading might have done some injustice to the whole I found myself going back and re reading to get it Set in the fictional town Un train en hiver of Sawgamet the narrator Stephen an Anglican pastor has come home with his family to await the imminent death 1941 of his mother As he sits by her bedside he fills us in "Ma vie avec Louis XIV..." Version integrale. on the history Des sauvages, ou Voyage de Samuel Champlain, de Brouage, (Éd.1603) of his forebears and the settlement Petite Histoire de France: Vingt siècles d'Histoire illustrés de 60 lithographies et dessins des XIXe et XX siècles of Sawgamet by his grandfather Jeannot Jeannot walks across the country with a dog stolen from a witch and establishes Sawgamet eventually leaving this gone bust logging town L'encyclopédie de la chanson française : Des années 40 à nos jours only to come back later to raise his wife from the dead Touch is a multi layered multi generational tale told in present day and flashbacks "Ma vie avec Louis XIV..." of story telling to Stephen by both his father and grandfather The story begins as Stephen tells us about his father the foreman L’histoire de France: Chronologie - De Vercingétorix à la Ve République (Petit guide t. 1) of this logging community a job he received after a logging accident left him with no Histoire de la cuisine et de la gastronomie françaises (TEMPUS) other Dictionnaire historique des rues de Paris (complet en deux volumes et un supplément) option The winter Stephen is ten is not unusual for Sawgamet cold and freezing So cold that if you chop a hole in the river for running water it uickly freezes Histoire et dictionnaire de la Révolution française : 1789-1799 over This plays HISTOIRE DE PARIS (GISSEROT HISTOIRE) out to a a horrific accident that changes the course Grandes dates de l'Histoire de France: Chronologie (Petit guide t. 280) of Stephens' life and Les rois de France: La monarchie de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI 987 à 1792 - Chronologie (Petit guide t. 38) of those around him This scene is uite powerful and Sénat sous la IIIe République (Le) (HISTOIRE) one I won't forget and yet this may not be the most troublesome scene for some There is to come as winter digs in with all its brutal harshness in another piece Catacombes. 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T2 of folklore and I was fascinated by the creatures introduced here They are all a bit creepy but somehow accepted the mahaha and wehtiko the ijirait the adlet were all new to me The allupilluit were somewhat familiar from a story by Robert Munsch These are female monsters who grab children who go to close to the water SS Français: Récits, lettres et témoignages inédits de la SS Charlemagne or sea without their parents Unless I'm getting confused I think Zentner gives allupilluit different powers I mentioned that somehow these creatures are accepted and for me hold some delight They are much like the characters my father would phantom in storytelling to raise the hairs Le Second Empire: « Que sais-je ? » n° 739 on my neck as a child; the evil that lurks in the dark and might gobble me up if I was not a good girl Guide du prospecteur et du chercheur de trésor : Ou l'art de découvrir les fortunes enfouies or watchfulIn addition to some very interesting human characters the cold harsh snowy winters are also key players This weather sets the tone and is very atmospheric Spanning a time frame Un homme, une voix ? Histoire du suffrage universel of the late 1800's to the years Farewell. Conséquences géopolitiques d'une grande opération d'espionnage (Histoire) of World War II this slim novel covers many topics logging fascinating gold family truth love marriage and survival It is about how stories are handed down from generation to generation and how those stories change in the telling leaving us with uestions Guide historique du Paris libertin of what is truth and what is myth The author feels most stories start as truth and somehow get retold with something Manuel du politiquement correct of the truth remaining I agree Touch somehow escaped me until I heard an interview with Zentner Histoire de Rouen on Shelagh Rogers Le guide du pèlerin : Codex de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle attribué à Aymeri Picaud (XIIe siècle) on The Next Chapter I immediately sought it L'âme des lieux - la revue - numéro 2 (02) out and am glad I did


10 thoughts on “Touch AUTHOR Alexi Zentner

  1. says:

    A very good bookAlexi Zentner’s 2012 short novel about four generations of a family in western Canada in the late 1800s reminded me of a northern One Hundred Years of Solitude While it does not have the scope or breadth of Gabriel Garcia Maruez’ masterpiece Zentner’s inspired prose was a great pleasure to readMost striking is Zentner’s use of magic realism with the raw edges of paranormal fantasy as he introduces elements of Inuit myth and legend into his frontier tale With language setting and themes reminiscent of early Jack London and Algernon Blackwood Zentner has crafted a tale of brutal extremes as a family settles and lays claim to a village in Canada’s wild westAs Stephen’s mother lays dying the man looks back over his lifetime and before tracing stories of his father and grandfather as the family settled a gold mining town and stayed past the boom and made a living logging and supplying the miners before 1900 Revisiting the family legends of his past Stephen draws the reader into his tale describing a cold and pitiless landscape that passes a shadow’s width from another primal world of Native American folk talesPerhaps most compelling is Zentner’s meticulous distinction between western faith and the unforgiving representation of northern extremes and fable Stephen and his step father are clergy in this harsh landscape where a moment off guard will lead to death The author demonstrates the paper thin veneer of faith against this harsh backdrop while also addressing the psychological and metaphysical juxtaposition with Inuit legendHighly recommended


  2. says:

    It's funny I usually start out my reviews with a short little blurb of my own just rehashing the particulars of the story With 'Touch' though this story was so all over the place that I can't adeuately explain it's basis; it simply eludes me The official summary feels deceiving and makes it sound ripe with potential but it never lived up it that's for sure I truly feel as if I've been hoodwinked I blame the stunning cover shakes fist But honestly I recall going through this magical realism stage and added practically every book tagged as such This is one of them I'm thinking that if the author isn't Sarah Addison Allen then I apparently don't care much for magical realism It should be said that according to the Reading Group Discussion uestions yeah I read them in hopes that it would clarify some things I was wrong this is considered along the lines of mythical realism as it incorporates Inuit mythology While I could say that the incorporation of mythological elements may give it a smidgen of credibility in comparison to strange magical stuff happening for no apparent reason it was a poorly managed addition to the story The story is centered around this small town in the Canadian wilderness which came into existence only after gold was discovered It's a story about survival But then out of nowhere some strange creature would pop up and it was like mental whiplash Like the mahaha actual creatures name I wasn't just laughing They tickle you until all your breath is gone Leave you dead but with a smileHoly freaky shit That's the stuff of nightmares But I was intrigued and wanted to know so I googled this scary beasty with the funny name The page I found described the mahaha in basically the exact same way the author did in the book Like it was copied And that kind of killed the cool out of it To me magical realism IS the story it's incorporated and intertwined into the very fabric of the story But all the magical elements in Touch felt like a strange and ill fitting addition that was added as an afterthought to an otherwise contemporary tale of survival The writing style itself apart from the actual story was lacking a much needed finesse The tale was not linear and bounced all over the place without any indication as to whether we were back in the present tense or still being told the story of the past The point of view was a poor choice as well The grandson is the narrator retelling his grandfather's story Why not just have the grandfather tell his own story? Even though the grandfather told him his story it seemed unlikely that he would know as many details as he did There were also strange leaps to other characters and telling the story through there eyes which definitely made it implausible as his grandfather wasn't even present in those instances While the writing reflected definite potential it was too unpolished for me to enjoy I can't remember the last time if ever I finished a novel and honestly had absolutely no clue the purpose or meaning of it So much of this story was too farcical in its inconceivability for me to garner any sort of entertainment Many people have lauded this book for it's eerie haunting ualities but ultimately this left me chilled for all the wrong reasons


  3. says:

    Plucked this slim novel on a whim from the new books table at the library; knew absolutely nothing about book or author A happy happenstance it is one of the most memorable books I've read in a while Alexi Zentner eases you into the narrative enchants with superb story telling and introduces the magical elements slowly and subtly as the plot progresses A plain spoken and earnest narrator makes it easy for to suspend disbelief and get lost in the vivid and mesmirizing landscape characters storyThe setting itself is a major character a harsh even deadly landscape populated by ghosts and demons I did look uickly at some of the other reviews of this book and saw that severalcomplained the author broke the first rule of writing show don't tell But rules are meant to be broken And this is after all a story about story telling about the power and intimacy of oral histories passed down from generation to generation How else would you convey that except in the form of a fairy like tale?


  4. says:

    Touch by Alexi Zentner is the kind of novel I want to discuss with a friend Though I loved the lyrical style and mythical realism author's definition of this story set in the harsh wilderness of northern British Columbia I have come away with uestions and may not truly understand what happened here My plan is to go back and listen to the author interviews again and see what I can learnThere are some books that I am better off reading in large chunks rather than the bits and pieces that life sometimes allows This is one of them A debut Touch is only 264 pages so not overly long and could be read in a day or two by most readers My week of chopped up late night reading might have done some injustice to the whole I found myself going back and re reading to get it Set in the fictional town of Sawgamet the narrator Stephen an Anglican pastor has come home with his family to await the imminent death of his mother As he sits by her bedside he fills us in on the history of his forebears and the settlement of Sawgamet by his grandfather Jeannot Jeannot walks across the country with a dog stolen from a witch and establishes Sawgamet eventually leaving this gone bust logging town only to come back later to raise his wife from the dead Touch is a multi layered multi generational tale told in present day and flashbacks of story telling to Stephen by both his father and grandfather The story begins as Stephen tells us about his father the foreman of this logging community a job he received after a logging accident left him with no other option The winter Stephen is ten is not unusual for Sawgamet cold and freezing So cold that if you chop a hole in the river for running water it uickly freezes over This plays out to a a horrific accident that changes the course of Stephens' life and of those around him This scene is uite powerful and one I won't forget and yet this may not be the most troublesome scene for some There is to come as winter digs in with all its brutal harshness in another piece of the story Touch is told much like the best of folklore and I was fascinated by the creatures introduced here They are all a bit creepy but somehow accepted the mahaha and wehtiko the ijirait the adlet were all new to me The allupilluit were somewhat familiar from a story by Robert Munsch These are female monsters who grab children who go to close to the water or sea without their parents Unless I'm getting confused I think Zentner gives allupilluit different powers I mentioned that somehow these creatures are accepted and for me hold some delight They are much like the characters my father would phantom in storytelling to raise the hairs on my neck as a child; the evil that lurks in the dark and might gobble me up if I was not a good girl or watchfulIn addition to some very interesting human characters the cold harsh snowy winters are also key players This weather sets the tone and is very atmospheric Spanning a time frame of the late 1800's to the years of World War II this slim novel covers many topics logging fascinating gold family truth love marriage and survival It is about how stories are handed down from generation to generation and how those stories change in the telling leaving us with uestions of what is truth and what is myth The author feels most stories start as truth and somehow get retold with something of the truth remaining I agree Touch somehow escaped me until I heard an interview with Zentner on Shelagh Rogers on The Next Chapter I immediately sought it out and am glad I did


  5. says:

    Touch is the sort of novel that Salman Rushdie might have produced if he'd been raised in the Canadian wilderness rather than India and England Alexi Zentner's descriptive writing is as evocative and passionate as Rushdie's Both authors' stories are rooted in the real world but contain subtle fantasy elements that are not too far fetched to be believable Zentner's biggest strength as a writer is his ability to describe scene which in Touch is the forest around the Canadian town of Sawgamet Like much true art Zentner's writing is often paradoxical he describes wild weather and merciless winters with moving poignancy; the people who inhabit the forest are on the surface as hardy as the wilderness itself but their toughness masks a deeper humanity and fragility; magical beings such as golden caribou shapeshifters and sea witches are while fantastical anchored in the very real landscape of the forest The novel's fantasy elements are introduced with amazing subtlety their existence not so much stated as implied It is left to the reader to decide whether these magical phenomena are real or projected from the minds of characters influenced by local Native American lore Zentner is a masterful storyteller whose evocative descriptions engage all the reader's senses While reading Touch I saw in my mind's eye vivid images of the town of Sawgamet the mill the ever present river and forest which sustain life for and take life from the people who inhabit the region As a debut novel Touch is a monumental achievement It is than just a book that beautifully describes three generations of one family struggling against the elements Touch contains a moral appropriate today than ever when humans take from the forest the forest also takes back


  6. says:

    Multi generational family drama mixed together with Inuit mythology which was fascinatingGoogle a alupalik to be slightly creeped out


  7. says:

    Excellent protrayal of what it must have been like for the first of the European immigrants to move to the further reaches of Western Canada during the times of the several gold rushes It's not about the populating of the land It's not about the finding of gold It's about the relationship of three generations of a family with an extremely harsh deadly environment and the spirits and creatures of an unknown land It's a very original style of telling that I have a hard time classifying It has elements of paranormal or perhaps fantasy or perhaps myth or perhaps one of a couple other categories but I didn't feel like it fit anywhere Those elements were important parts of the telling and important parts of the lives of the people but they weren't focal points at all They also didn't seem so paranormal or fantastical in context They seemed a true part of the history I had a hard time eventually even considering them as myth I'm considering this as pure historical fiction and one of the most interesting that I've read This is going to be reread and that's going to happen when I can read it straight through in a day or two Two thirds of the way through I was regretting having had to take too many breaks during the reading and stretching it out to over a week Something about it seems to reuire remaining continually immersed in the storyAnyone interested in or studying the earliest expansion west of the European immigrants on this continent has to read this to get an amazing feel for the realities of the time and place


  8. says:

    A book about the stories the places and the people that make us A book about love and loss and family I’m so glad I finally picked this one up


  9. says:

    Found in my mailbox on April 2412 B'day surprise from DJO Started reading this morning Got all nostalgic with memories of my father and the sight of him standing on the log booms he brought into our bay on the way to the sawmill logs that would be made into lumber for the new home he built for us when I was 6April 28 2012I finished this book yesterday but part way through my reading I had tweeted on Twitter that I was examining my fingertips for gold dust at every turn of the page While a bit of an exaggeration the truth is I wouldn't have been surprised to find some This is a magical book In fact this book like all of my books will become a BookCrossing book and will one day be left out in the wild for someone to find If my plan works the next person to read this book WILL find gold dust on their fingers or maybe on their pants and wonderI happen to have a little pot of 23 carat gold leaf I use to decorate my baking on special occasions I intend to use a bit to dust the pages of this book In all likelihood I will never know who finds the book or whether they even noticed the gold dust but it tickles me to think I might add to the magic of this book for someone to be continued when I finish doing my taxes grrrr


  10. says:

    I won this book through the Goodreads giveaway and I absolutely adored it I'm not going to lie; I consider a lot of Canadian fiction to be excessively drab and depressing seemingly for the sake of it but this was a breath of fresh air Certainly there are depressing parts to this story but I never felt overwhelmed by themI particularly enjoyed the mystical aspect of the book There are a lot of creatures from Native AmericanCanadian folklore scattered throughout the narrative and I think it's important that someone writes about these things Everyone knows about the Greek and Norse gods but North American mythology is something that very few people seem interested in discussing I liked that Zentner describes them as entities that live alongside human beings and that many of the characters simply accept them as a dangerous fact of life much as one would a bear in the woods Further his chronicling of the difficulties people faced at that time in the wilderness is impressive I for one tend to forget that my country was built on extreme hardship and that people back then did not have furnaces or ploughs to help deal with the weather The long winter Jeannot describes to Stephen will make you feel positively claustrophobicMy one complaint is that I feel like I never got the know Stephen the narrator He's always busy talking about his grandfather or his father and he rarely touches on his own life But Jeannot was than enough to keep me engaged


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