Thomas Savage

The Power of the Dog

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Thomas Savage’s dark poetic writing about bachelor brothers in a small town in early 20th century American will hook you in.Phil and George are brothers and joint owners of the biggest ranch in their Montana valley. Phil is the bright one, George the plodder. Phil is tall and angular; George is stocky and silent. Phil is a brilliant chess player, a voracious reader, an eloquent storyteller; George learns slowly, and devotes himself to the business. Phil is a vicious sadist, with a seething contempt for weakness to match his thirst for dominance; George has a gentle, loving soul. They sleep in the room they shared as boys, and so it has been for forty years.When George unexpectedly marries a young widow and brings her to live at the ranch, Phil begins a relentless campaign to destroy his brother's new wife. But he reckons without an unlikely protector.From its visceral first paragraph to its devastating twist of an ending, The Power of the Dog will hold you in its grip.WITH AN AFTERWORD BY ANNIE PROULX‘With its echoes of East of Eden and Brokeback Mountain, this satisfyingly complex story deserves another shot at rounding up public admiration' Guardian
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    meganstekhas quoted2 months ago
    Phil liked it that there always followed on the heels of the vanished sun a stunning silence, an unearthly hush, and how into it crept little sounds — as night-things creep into the dark — the whispers of willow leaves and branches kissing, touching, water caressing and fondling the smooth stones in the creek, lazy human voices, close in friendship, seeping out through the canvas of the tents.
    meganstekhas quoted2 months ago
    She felt suffocated in the void between her intention and her ability, and shattered by loneliness.
    meganstekhas quoted2 months ago
    Flowers to take the sting out of the laughter he was sure would come because she tried to make flowers out of something that was not flowers.

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