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Summary By the River

Growing up in a small country town It is about feeling the undercurrents and knowing when to make a lea This is a lovely uiet little book I enjoyed it There was something safe and easy about reading it I never felt the urge to put it down even though it was not an action packed adventure I liked the Australian setting the wholesomeness and the unhurried toneIt s written in verse with very short lines just 23 or 4 words per line in most cases and many of the vignettes are only a page long even with that spareness of line length The pacing was just a little off I think the first nine tenths of the book set up the characters of the town and the tone and the main character s inner thoughts and concerns with life and then the final 10 pages were a last minute sort of reveal with a cryptic line that actually confused me and made me wonder if I had missed something obvious It seemed as if Herrick was nervous that there was no conflict and resolution so he did a sort of wrapping up of the book after he had lost some of his stamina I would have introduced Harry s wonder about what he got from his father earlier in the story and in than one way so that the ending had punch I would have made the reveal linger longer and had it unfold fullyHere s the cryptic passageThe part that knowsJohnny Barlow Linda the ring the white cross the mystery of the 62 floodare all safe and cherished deep withinSpoilery discussion of said passageview spoilerThe mystery as far as I could tell had always been how Linda had gotten caught in the flood and whether she had deliberately gone out into the water In retrospect Harry recalled a bond between Linda and Johnny she had singled Johnny out for a birthday gift rum balls is Herrick saying that Linda and Johnny had been lovers canoodling by the river before it spilled its banksAnd that made me wonder at what point in the timeline Johnny had run away into the forest an event that hadn t seemed significant while I was reading Did he run away in grief soon after Linda drowned or much later I knew I d have to go hunt down those couple of vignettes if I wanted to piece it together and I didn t have the energy to do it I for one needed a little guidance as a readerSo with just a little combing through his manuscript I think Herrick could have simultaneously fleshed out and trimmed in ways that would have made the flow toward the end and toward what Harry learns about himself natural and satisfying hide spoiler

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By the River

14 year old Harry has a knack for wriggling out of trouble but escaping the constraints and memories tha By the River is filled with beautiful and poignant writing At first the poetry seemed to stunt the flow of the novel but once I got into the rhythm I noticed how succinct it was at sharing the events and emotions of Harry Hodby in this coming of age story The moments are short and lacking in some details but thinking on this novel as the protagonist s memories of his childhood I think this writing style reflects the imperfections of our memories We remember people events and some weird minor details but the memories fade over time With relevant themes such as death disaster lust and growing up By The River cements itself in the must read pile of every teenager and parent

Steven Herrick ☆ 9 Read

T keep him trapped is not easy until it's a matter of life or death Written in verse this novel is about Fascinating story about growing up in Australia by the river I call it poetry but I realize the Poetry Police may arrest me for calling prose broken up into lines poetry But I ll let them worry about that It would make a terrific movie Also an excellent book for teens


10 thoughts on “By the River

  1. says:

    A great author can write a book where nothing much happens but so much is told and when you get to the end you still want

  2. says:

    By the River is filled with beautiful and poignant writing At first the poetry seemed to stunt the flow of the novel but once I got into the rhythm I noticed how succinct it was at sharing the events and emotions of Harry Hodby in this coming of age story The moments are short and lacking in some details but thinking on t

  3. says:

    Through emotional and vivid language Harry Hobby brings us into his life in dusty outback Australia Harry and his brother Keith spend their days fishing chasing butterflies in Cowpers paddock and hanging with Johnny Barlow the boy with the uickest fists in school Harry still mourns the loss of his friend Linda who was swept downstream by the flood He secretly visits her grave mourning her loss However Harry soon realises that he is not alo

  4. says:

    My kids regularly recommend books that they have just finished to me payback for all the times I have suggested new books to them and yes how wonderful that my kids are also avid readers with mature and diverse tastes The latest one By The River by Steven Herrick was actually a reuired text for my daughter's English class Having read it once she gave it to me to read then came and got it back because she needed to read it again When she br

  5. says:

    I read it because it is one of my eldest sons texts for this year Interesting style of writing and good themes Great choice for an all boys school I knocked it off in one days readingI just reread it 6 months later as I am helping him with an essay and just had to add to my review bThere was so much to the poems stories I can't wait for him to come home so we can talk about it Also makes me growl that some people gave this a one star Not

  6. says:

    Fascinating story about growing up in Australia by the river I call it poetry but I realize the Poetry Police may arrest me for calling prose broken up into lines poetry But I'll let them worry about that It would make a terrific movie Also an excellent book for teens

  7. says:

    By the River is my favourite book of the year so far It's wondrous An amazing tale of an Australian childhood perfectly rendered

  8. says:

    I was constantly drawn to the simple yet beautiful words and memories of Harry I bought this for a friend but will definitely be getting a copy of my own

  9. says:

    This is a lovely uiet little book I enjoyed it There was something safe and easy about reading it I never felt the urge to put it down even though it was not an action packed adventure I liked the Australian setting the wholesomeness and the u

  10. says:

    By The River ReviewBy the River is a very thorough emotional book written by the talented Steven Herrick The book consisting of many poems is a bildungsroman; traditionally a coming of age story The poems cleverly structured tell a clever narrative following Harry Hodby and his realisation of himself The read is characterised as rather simp

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