The Cove: A Novel by Ron Rash

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By Ron Rash

The New York Times bestselling writer of Serena returns to Appalachia, this time on the peak of global conflict I, with the tale of a blazing yet doomed love affair stuck within the turmoil of a state at war

Deep within the rugged Appalachians of North Carolina lies the cove, a dismal, forbidding position the place spirits and fetches wander, or even the sunshine fears to trip. Or so the townsfolk of Mars Hill believe--just as they recognize that Laurel Shelton, the lonely younger lady who lives inside its shadows, is a witch. by myself aside from her brother, Hank, newly again from the trenches of France, she aches for her existence to begin.

Then it happens--a stranger seems to be, wearing not anything yet a gorgeous silver flute and a word explaining that his identify is Walter, he's mute, and is sure for brand spanking new York. Laurel reveals him within the woods, approximately stung to demise by means of yellow jackets, and nurses him again to future health. because the days move, Walter slips simply into lifestyles within the cove and into Laurel's middle, bringing her the sole happiness she has ever known.

But Walter harbors a mystery that may ruin everything--and chance is nearer than they understand. even though the conflict in Europe is close to its finish, patriotic fervor prospers due to the likes of Chauncey Feith, an formidable younger military recruiter who stokes worry and outrage through the county. In a time of uncertainty, while worry and lack of awareness reign, Laurel and Walter will realize that love will not be adequate to guard them.

This lyrical, heart-rending story, as enthralling as its award-winning predecessor Serena, exhibits once more this masterful novelist on the peak of his powers.

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Because the khanda-kdvya is a form with classical antecedents, it is invariably composed in metrical verse. The Idmo kavita, or "long poem," however, is a modern free-verse form that is not divided into chapters and that can address any topic or theme. The longest poetic genre is the mahdkavya, the "epic poem," another classical form that must be composed in metrical verse. The importance and popularity of the khanda-kdvya and the mahdkavya have diminished significantly in the years since 1950.

The essential quality of much of Lekhnath's poetry derives mainly from his choice of vocabulary and his use ol meter and alliteration; it is therefore rather less amenable to effective translation than the works of most later poets, a fact reflected by the small number of poems translated here. Of these, "A Parrot in a Cage" has been slightly abridged: the Nepali poem contains 25 verses. A translation of Reflections on the Spring, completed some years ago, has with some regrets been deleted from this selection.

Shah) wrote some very popular romantic poems, and the present queen, writing as Chandaril Shah, has recently published a collection of songs. The Nepali literary world is centered in two Himalayan towns: Kath- 16 THE POKTS OF N E P A L mandu, the capital of Nepal, and Darjeeling, in the Himalayan foothills of the Indian state of West Bengal. Other cities, notably Banaras, served as publishing centers during the period of Rana rule in Nepal, but their importance has diminished in recent years. Until the fall of the Ranas, some of the most innovative Nepali writers were active in Darjeeling (the novelist Lainsingh Bangdel and the poet Agam Singh Giri are especially worthy of note), and fundamental work was also done by people such as Paras Mani Pradhan to reform and standardize the literary language.

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