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by Dorothy Allison

eBook Cavedweller epub
  • ISBN: 0965038726
  • Author: Dorothy Allison
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Literary
  • Publisher: Dutton; Paperback Book Club edition (1998)
  • ePUB size: 1119 kb
  • FB2 size 1225 kb
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In Cavedweller, Allison gives us the gritty charms and miseries of the place she comes from

In Cavedweller, Allison gives us the gritty charms and miseries of the place she comes from. She gives us, too, her understanding of pain and of the strong drive to be herself. San Francisco Chronicle. DOROTHY ALLISON is the author of Trash; The Women Who Hate Me; Skin: Talking About Sex, Class & Literature; Two or Three Things I Know for Sure; and Bastard Out of Carolina, the acclaimed bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award. She lives in northern California. Cavedweller is about healing: deliverance through compromise, love, hope, forgiveness, reconciliation, and redemption.

Yes, Dorothy Allison is an amazing, underrated author, but, why, oh why must she take the reader (over and over again) on her passages of taut prose, filled with tight, sexual tension and then refuse to allow the reader to reach the climax I've never been more sexually frustrated by a book in my entire life. I was so worked up, as I finished this freaking sexual tease known as Cavedweller last night, I Googled nearest naval base, hoping I could drive over and catch some sailors on furlough.

She was in there every day now, and she refused to let Amanda anywhere near him. Get out of here, she told her sister one Saturday in the middle of August. Get out of here, she told her sister one Saturday in the middle of August losed it, and gave it back to her with a look so steely that for once Amanda didn’t argue. She had never seen Cissy like that, but she recognized the determination in her eyes as a match for her own. Cissy was already in Clint’s room the next morning when Amanda left for church. Delia poked her head in. Why don’t you go outside a while?.

Cavedweller: A Novel. Reading "like a thematic sequel" (The New Yorker) to her first novel, Cavedweller tackles questions of forgiveness, mother-daughter bonds, and the strength of the human spirit.

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Death changes everything. So begins Dorothy Allison's sprawling, ambitious, and deeply satisfying second novel, Cavedweller. For Delia Byrd, Randall Pritchard's death in a motorcycle accident launches a journey of several thousand miles and almost two decades, a rebirth of sorts that's also a return to her roots. Years before, the handsome but untrustworthy rock star Randall helped Delia flee an abusive husband; Delia escapes physical danger but leaves her two small children behind.

Cavedweller is the second novel from critically acclaimed author Dorothy Allison. Much like her award-winning novel, Bastard Out of Carolina, Cavedweller deals with domestic violence, friendship among women, mother-daughter bonds, and poverty in the. Much like her award-winning novel, Bastard Out of Carolina, Cavedweller deals with domestic violence, friendship among women, mother-daughter bonds, and poverty in the small-town South. Although the point of view shifts throughout the novel, the story is told primarily from the perspective of Delia Byrd.

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Comments: (7)
Whitescar
Very well written. I found myself deciding to stop reading at the end of a chapter and then was half way through the next. The women were all challenged by the hardships life had dealt them, but their strength prevailed. A real insight to a life of hardships. At times I hated it and then I loved it. I would recommend this book for some enlightenment about the human spirit.
Buzalas
This is not a bad book and maybe I just wasn't in the right frame of mind for it. I loved the premise but I simply couldn't get into it. Something about the flow? I will likely give this book another shot in the future -- I feel like I was missing something.
Gavidor
If you don�t understand the term �a woman�s writer,� you will grasp its dreadful significance while reading Cavedweller, a story about the betrayed and scorned species. In this tale, the author kills Delia�s two irresponsible, wretched husbands so she can empower herself for prime time on the Lifetime channel. As far as I read, the only surviving males are preachers.
Allison�s prose reeks like a woman who overdoses on her favorite perfume; it smothers and distracts rather than enhances. She interrupts a dialogue between granddaddy and Delia with: �Granddaddy Byrd spat again. Cissy looked at the spot in the dust where the spit had landed. There was a barely a mark (sic). The dirt looked like gray powder, but it was unyielding.� I got a good measure of granddaddy when he spat again, but by the time Cissy finished observing the dirt, I forgot what he said to Delia.
This is typical of every dialogue in Cavedweller. Smidgens of speech are interspersed with tedious interpretations of significance, explanatory back-story, or embellished circumstance of no apparent significance. Like a mother suffocating her child�s efforts to tell a story with her own translation, Allison won�t let her characters speak for themselves, and they never acquire a life of their own.
In my perception of the real world, a ten year old disappointed with the chicken chili might warp her face in putrid disgust, shove the bowl away and declare it to be �yucky,� or if the child is resourceful, �intensely gross.� Cissy, Delia�s little daughter, however, suffers in silence and thinks �The chicken was stringy and tough, the tomato tasted bitter, and the chili powder made her tongue feel spongy.� In the next paragraph, Cissy�s mind muses in flamboyant hyphenation when she thinks of her half-sisters as �a sharp-beaked, black-winged crow cawing loudly� and �a wire-haired boar with razor-tipped hooves.�
Clint, Delia� dastardly first husband, talks the glitzy as well. In his deathbed, Clint rambles in poetic monologue (�on fire with the memory, just hot all over with shame�) while Cissy meditates in prosaic similes, like �as true as the links on a surveyor�s chain� and �like a ghostly wraith in a novel.�
We do learn that everyone in Cayro, Georgia, without exception, says �an�t.� Even Cissy who was raised in California, and Rosemary, the rich and beautiful black woman from Boston use �an�t� exclusively. I guess �ain�t and �isn�t� an�t in Allison�s dictionary.
Perhaps Allison�s style would be less nauseating if she had a plot. Skip the first four chapters as these are nicely condensed in three paragraphs on the dust cover. Chapter five an�t that much helpful either. Start with chapter six; there's sufficient back-story to get the gist of the tale without the tedium, then continue through chapter eleven where all conflict so far is resolved. In chapter 12, the author starts floundering for a new plot. After 13 meandering pages, I gave up. If you read the second half of this book, please post a note as to why it�s titled �Cavedweller.�
Onath
This book was long, plots and characters came and went, point of view switched around. I adored it for all of those reasons - what a thick, rich, satisfying experience I enjoyed while reading Cavedweller. Dorothy Allison's second novel showcases her greatest strength as a storyteller: she writes the way most of us experience life, a rare talent that modern literature desperately needs.
Allison doesn't write for spectators. In order to truly enjoy her work, a reader must be willing to commit to the act of reading, to experience the work as a collaboration between author and reader. Nothing she writes goes down like silk; she is much more deeply textured than that, and infinitely more real.
Xwnaydan
Family at its best and worst. This story is one of redemption and survival. The characters' voices ring true and their struggles are compelling.
FireWater
This was so poorly written, I found it really tiresome. The author writes from an omniscient viewpoint and gets into the head of every single character----often in the same paragraph. I found the constant head-hopping extremely distracting, and worse, distancing. Hard to feel empathy for any one of the characters when you're bombarded by so many conflicting points of view, all at the same time.

The premise and the plot have merit, I only wish that the author was a better story-teller and craftsman.
Nagis
Was I finished it too soon !!! Well worth the read !!! The characters were so real and felt as if they were family members !!!
I love the writing style. I was taken back by the title, but it is a lovely story that I would recommend.
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