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Swamplandia!

de Karen Russell

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3,2202213,176 (3.34)1 / 433
Twelve year old Ava must travel into the Underworld part of the smamp in order to save her family's dynasty of Bigtree alligator wresting. This novel takes us to the swamps of the Florida Everglades, and introduces us to Ava Bigtree, an unforgettable young heroine. The Bigtree alligator wrestling dynasty is in decline, and Swamplandia!, their island home and gator wrestling theme park, formerly no. 1 in the region, is swiftly being encroached upon by a fearsome and sophisticated competitor called the World of Darkness. Ava's mother, the park's indomitable headliner, has just died; her sister, Ossie, has fallen in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, who may or may not be an actual ghost; and her brilliant big brother, Kiwi, who dreams of becoming a scholar, has just defected to the World of Darkness in a last ditch effort to keep their family business from going under. Ava's father, affectionately known as Chief Bigtree, is AWOL; and that leaves Ava, a resourceful but terrified thirteen, to manage ninety eight gators as well as her own grief. Against a backdrop of hauntingly fecund plant life animated by ancient lizards and lawless hungers, the author has written a novel about a family's struggle to stay afloat in a world that is inexorably sinking.… (mais)
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    Geek Love de Katherine Dunn (BeckyJG)
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    Aniquilação (Comando Sul Livro 1) de Jeff VanderMeer (andomck)
    andomck: Swamps are crazy, man
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    Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions de Daniel Wallace (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Replete with eccentric families and mythic overtones, these larger-than-life novels are exuberantly offbeat. Big Fish depicts a son's quest to know his dying (and lying!) father better, while Swamplandia! relates the struggle of two pre-teens to protect their family's alligator-wrestling theme park.… (mais)
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    Cem Anos de Solidão de Gabriel Garcia Marquez (BeckyJG)
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    Lost Children Archive de Valeria Luiselli (booklove2)
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    Dogland de Will Shetterly (Usuário anônimo)
    Usuário anônimo: Coming-of-age growing up in a weird little Florida theme park. Except it's dogs rather than alligators, and the fantastic elements are actually present rather than hinted at and then snatched away.
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    Lugar Nenhum de Neil Gaiman (andomck)
    andomck: Both books have characters going from a somewhat dismal reality and escaping into an adventurous fantasy world.
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    Run de Ann Patchett (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: These character-driven novels share a theme of unconventional families coping with mothers taken by cancer. Russell's setting gives a strong sense of place in Florida, Patchett's an atmospheric Boston. Honest, thoughtful, thorough portrayals of complicated characters and relationships distinguish both.… (mais)
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    Girlchild de Tupelo Hassman (booklove2)
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    Horrorstör de Grady Hendrix (andomck)
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    Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version de Philip Pullman (andomck)
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A little too antic for my taste, quirky for its own sake ( )
  wordloversf | Aug 14, 2021 |
I have to give all the stars. I see some seams where the stories are stitched together. But maybe that adds to the whole by the end. I loved the touristic spectacle of the Bigtrees' island and gator shows. Ava is the youngest aspiring gator wrestler trying to resurrect their way of life after things go off the rails. The history of the sea of grass in the Florida swamps is wonderful and awful. So appropriate that it's told as a ghost story. My oldest daughter read this when she was 13 and kept asking about vocabulary words. The word choices are lively and unexpected and involved. Thanks for the recommendation, Katy. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
another in the recent series of bayou/delta/cypress/lumber country lit

updated April2, 2012
I don't know if I'm ever going to finish this! And I don't know why.
  flemertown | Jul 10, 2021 |
Adult fiction.

Gator Wonderland:
Three kids cope with park's demise.
Swallowed by Darkness? ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
I don't know how I feel about this book. It defied my expectations all the way through, and refused to be what I thought it would be. The writing is beautiful, and the characters and their world utterly believable.

I struggled through the first half before the story picked up, and then it slid into territories I'm not comfortable with. Trigger warning: rape. I feel like that aspect should be made clear before you start this book.

So, basically, I loved the writing, believed that characters and hated some of the story points. It's a conflicting experience, and not one I was expecting. ( )
  Craftini | Jun 19, 2021 |
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Karen Russell, one of the New Yorker's 20 best writers under 40, is certainly very talented. She received wide acclaim for her first book, the story collection St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, which first introduced the Bigtree family in the story "Ava Wrestles the Alligator". This novel has already received great reviews in the US, and it's easy to see why. Many of her descriptions are quite dazzling. On the retirement boat, "The seniors got issued these pastel pajamas that made them look like Easter eggs in wheelchairs." In the swamp, "two black branches spooned out of the same wide trunk. They looked like mirror images, these branches, thin and papery and perfectly cupped, blue sky shining between them, and an egret sat on the scooped air like a pearl earring."

Over 300 pages, the density of the prose can become a bit exhausting, however, and Russell's ability to describe everything in minute and quirky detail is sometimes overwhelming.
adicionado por souloftherose | editarThe Guardian, Scarlett Thomas (Apr 9, 2011)
 
So Ms. Russell has quite a way with words. She begins with the alligators’ “icicle overbites,” the visiting tourists who “moved sproingingly from buttock to buttock in the stands,” the wild climate (“Our swamp got blown to green bits and reassembled, daily, hourly”), and the Bigtrees’ various thoughts about the theme park’s gators, or Seths. Leaving the origin of that nickname as one of this novel’s endless lovely surprises, let’s just say that Chief Bigtree holds the reptiles in low regard. “That creature is pure appetite in a leather case,” he warns Ava. But when Ava tenderly adopts a newborn bright-red creature as her secret pet, she says, “the rise and fall of the Seth’s belly scales could hypnotize me for an hour at a stretch.”
adicionado por smasler | editarNew York Times, Janet Maslin (Feb 16, 2011)
 
A debut novel from Russell (stories: St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, 2006) about female alligator wrestlers, ghost boyfriends and a theme park called World of Darkness.
adicionado por smasler | editarKirkus Reivews (Oct 13, 2010)
 

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Twelve year old Ava must travel into the Underworld part of the smamp in order to save her family's dynasty of Bigtree alligator wresting. This novel takes us to the swamps of the Florida Everglades, and introduces us to Ava Bigtree, an unforgettable young heroine. The Bigtree alligator wrestling dynasty is in decline, and Swamplandia!, their island home and gator wrestling theme park, formerly no. 1 in the region, is swiftly being encroached upon by a fearsome and sophisticated competitor called the World of Darkness. Ava's mother, the park's indomitable headliner, has just died; her sister, Ossie, has fallen in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, who may or may not be an actual ghost; and her brilliant big brother, Kiwi, who dreams of becoming a scholar, has just defected to the World of Darkness in a last ditch effort to keep their family business from going under. Ava's father, affectionately known as Chief Bigtree, is AWOL; and that leaves Ava, a resourceful but terrified thirteen, to manage ninety eight gators as well as her own grief. Against a backdrop of hauntingly fecund plant life animated by ancient lizards and lawless hungers, the author has written a novel about a family's struggle to stay afloat in a world that is inexorably sinking.

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