Winter's Bone book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The sheriff's deputy at the front door brings hard news to Ree Dol. Daniel Woodrell's seventh novel, Winter's Bone, is a characteristically short novel of tremendous and, at times, ferocious power, says Niall Griffiths. This is Daniel Woodrell's seventh novel and his fourth set in the Ozark Mountains, one of those American regions 'that the world. Winter's Bone Paperback – June 1, Ree Dolly's father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn't show up for his next court date. Living in the harsh poverty of the Ozarks, Ree learns quickly that asking.

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Winter's Bone [Daniel Woodrell] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The sheriff's deputy at the front door brings hard news to Ree Dolly. Winter's Bone is a American mystery drama film directed by Debra Granik. It was adapted by Granik and Anne Rosellini from the novel of the same. I tell you this because, when it comes to Winter's Bone, if hill people talk and twang annoy you and you'd just like to read some, y'know, George.

Allow me to preface my own megillah: If a film adaptation is awful, I'm going to tell you. If the book is awful, I'm going to tell you. Perhaps both--reach into recent history and I'm sure you can recall both terrible novels and their ungodly film versions. If the source material and the film are wildly different, I'm definitely going to tell you. But the story itself is my concern. Sound good? Beyond here be spoilers. I collect phrases. Be your own tea and be stimulated, and that. Be that. Do you.

If you plan to read the book--and get thee to a bookery, nudnik--save the next paragraph until you have! Decide now. The way she describes it is horrific, nightmarish and psychotropic, just completely drugged out of her mind, tasting gold and feeling China and brightness, pretty words and, wait. Wait, this grown man just what?

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Lord Jesus. You stop expecting more out of these people at this point in the story, but Ree herself starts to make a whole lot more sense.

Just to note: The same scene is in the book. Ree is also intimate with, and sick with love for, her best friend Gail. She seems mostly disgusted with men and, really, who could begrudge the girl.

Time is, again, a constraint in film, and this burgeoning sexual exploration would have been distracting there. This is on one side of the line between crime drama and character study. Avoid the law and disappear. Every woman in the book is a compromised character, and so then are the children.

Here then we have a big divergence. In the film, Ree has a younger brother and sister.

I understand this had to do with verite type choices and it works, in the film. In the book, though, Ree has two little brothers, and there is some Faulkner type meshuga afoot with their parentage. The boys serve as an interesting commentary on the fate of the men here: The last thing to discuss is the ending. The ending differs by slight but is tonally consistent.

When I saw the film the first time, prior to the read, I found it bleak. Again, consistent--but after reading the novel, I passed quick judge that the film was unable to capture the book's optimism, its hopeful ambiguousness, juxtaposed with the unbearable dread of Teardrop's inevitable future.

This is not the case: Stoic, like its people. Two things of interest in their omission: It must be said: Teardrop holding a dead man's banjo is a bonechill in the foreshadow. In the book he and Ree embrace tightly before he leaves, both silently acknowledging the deathwish burning his blood.

Just as her father did before he squirreled off into the dark Ozarks, Teardrop warns Ree not to ever look for him once he's gone. These are a people who want to appear to their kin to go gentle into the Thomas'd night while raging straight for it. Sentimentality is to be rationed and served slim. The hug makes sense in the book, even if it is still a surprising thing; it just wouldn't make sense for Granik's Teardrop and Ree at all. And better yet, I think the look the two exchange before he hands the banjo back and sets to leave says everyting, and just as well.

While I prefer the book's ending, I concede that it would seem simply saccharine, all this straightforward next-chapter life stuff, if it were tacked on the end, like to shine a bleak film's posterior. A jaunty "that was easy" and the slap of a button. The differences do have meaning, and I prefer the book; still, each ending is perfectly suited to its respective piece.

Book vs. Film: Winter's Bone

So how was your day? This is rue hickishness and trouble of high order. Do you want to tuck into a beautifully written study of character or would you rather watch a finely crafted Ozarkian noir? If southern slang gives you the creeps, you want the noir. But really, friend, you want both; let now be your time.

Tina Estlin Page has written for ChuckPalahniuk. She's been called "Zooey" and "budget Aubrey Plaza. To leave a comment Login with Facebook or create a free account. I think the first poster may have had a point, actually. Maybe it's the font or something, but I find this article damn near un-readable. It's like the Platonic Ideal of a Southern colloquialism. The book ruined the movie for this reader, and I love movies. Yes, the film keeps much of the dialogue, but it misses nearly every main point.

Many of the characters and events in The Maid's Version closely follow Woodrell's own family history. The fictional maid of the title is based on his own grandmother. Here's his description of the maid in his story:. Alma DeGeer Dunahew, with her pinched, hostile nature, her dark obsessions and primal need for revenge, was the big red heart of our family, the true heart, the one we keep secret and that sustains us.

Woodrell's grandmother and mother had their own firm ideas of what really happened the night of the fire, and some of those opinions made their way into the book. And because the disaster involved almost everyone in town, it gave Woodrell a way to write about the class boundaries that defined life in West Plains. On the town's main square, Woodrell points out the spot where the dance hall once stood.

Around the corner is an old hardware store that is now an antique mall. The mall is owned by Toney Aid, whose family has been living in West Plains since He and Woodrell fall into conversation with the ease of two people who have known each other a long time. Aid, who was born in , says that when he was a teen, the dance-hall fire was a "taboo" subject.

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You just didn't bring it up because there was too much tragedy, too many unanswered questions; they didn't want to discuss it anymore. The town's cemetery sits close to the railroad tracks. In Woodrell's book, there's a statue in the cemetery that is a memorial to those who died in the fire. When the train goes by, the statue shakes, and the people of the town say it is dancing.

The real memorial is an oversized tombstone. Woodrell used to play in this cemetery when he visited his grandfather, who lived across the street. And the mystery of what really happened that night — whether someone deliberately set off the explosion that killed so many — took hold of his imagination.

The film won the Grand Jury Prize for a dramatic film at the Sundance Film Festival, and subsequently received four Academy Award nominations. It also helped to launch the career of Jennifer Lawrence, who has since been the highest-paid actress in the world. Close to home. Which guides should we add? Request one! Sign In Sign Up. Plot Summary.

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