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I Cheerfully Refuse

By Leif Enger

9/10
(9/10)

329 pages

What’s it about?

This story is set in the upper Midwest sometime in the bleak future.  Rainy and his wife Lark have found happiness in their small community when trouble finds them.  Rainy takes refuge on Lake Superior. We meet a small cast of characters that fill Rainy’s life with humor, kindness, and adventure.

What did it make me think about?

The beauty in the small things.

Should I read it?

“Peace Like a River”, by Leif Enger, was a favorite of mine from years ago.  This novel is totally unlike it- so I wasn’t sure what to think. But I held on and was rewarded with a warm-hearted adventure story set in a grim future.  Leif Enger’s optimism and faith in humanity shines through, despite the inhumanity the characters encounter.  Most of all I couldn’t help but love the characters Leif Enger has created in this novel. I was really between and 8 1/2 and a 9 on this one- but I cheerfully landed on the 9.

Quote-

“It’s taken all my life to learn protection is the promise you can’t make.  It sounds absolute, and you mean it and believe it, but that vow is provisional and makeshift and no god ever lived who could keep it half the time.”

What’s it about?

This story is set in the upper Midwest sometime in the bleak future.  Rainy and his wife Lark have found happiness in their small community when trouble finds them.  Rainy takes refuge on Lake Superior. We meet a small cast of characters that fill Rainy’s life with humor, kindness, and adventure.

What did it make me think about?

The beauty in the small things.

Should I read it?

“Peace Like a River”, by Leif Enger, was a favorite of mine from years ago.  This novel is totally unlike it- so I wasn’t sure what to think. But I held on and was rewarded with a warm-hearted adventure story set in a grim future.  Leif Enger’s optimism and faith in humanity shines through, despite the inhumanity the characters encounter.  Most of all I couldn’t help but love the characters Leif Enger has created in this novel. I was really between and 8 1/2 and a 9 on this one- but I cheerfully landed on the 9.

Quote-

“It’s taken all my life to learn protection is the promise you can’t make.  It sounds absolute, and you mean it and believe it, but that vow is provisional and makeshift and no god ever lived who could keep it half the time.”

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