Mink River

Mink River

Book - 2010
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In a small fictional town on the Oregon coast there are love affairs and almost-love-affairs, mystery and hilarity, bears and tears, brawls and boats, a garrulous logger and a silent doctor, rain and pain, Irish immigrants and Salish stories, mud and laughter. There's a Department of Public Works that gives haircuts and counts insects, a policeman addicted to Puccini, a philosophizing crow, beer and berries.
Publisher: Corvallis : Oregon State University Press, ©2010
ISBN: 9780870715853
Branch Call Number: DOYLE
Characteristics: 319 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm


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Staff Book Review: Mink River

Sadly, I only learned of author Brian Doyle, when reading his obituary recently. A writer of adult and young adult fiction, of novels, short stories, poetry and essays, Doyle lived in Portland, Oregon, where he was also the editor of Portland Magazine. Finding out that Surrey Libraries owns a number of his books, I checked out the novel Mink River. (more)

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"Doyle’s style is a kind of magic realism set in the Pacific Northwest. " - David

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Jun 21, 2017

A wonderful portrait of a small town in the Pacific Northwest US, with a tapestry of its inhabitants; kind and mean and small-minded and philosophical and dying and living and in love with the place and can't wait to get out, and trying to survive after the dying of the fishing and logging industries. Lovely poetic rendering of the green setting overlooking the Pacific. One quibble I had is that the characters spend a lot of time picking and eating salmon berries, and I have always found salmon berries to be incredibly tasteless and not worth the time to pick them.

Aug 17, 2016

Delight-full!!! If you love nature and animals. I, too, loved the poetry of the writing."Caradoc" sums it up very nicely!!! I agree wholeheartedly!!! Loved it!

Dec 20, 2015

I found it hard to read and a bit boring.

May 29, 2015

Slow moving at first, but I came to appreciate its poetry, and the pace picks up eventually. It evokes the Oregon coast very well.

poignant, deeply fulfilling read. You want to know these people in real life. a magical place. could be your own hometown.
Rose in PR

Apr 04, 2012

Exuberant, richly detailed, brilliantly imagined. If you enjoy poetry and magical realism, this book is for you. Highly recommended!

Nov 19, 2010

I am really loving the poetry of this novel, quite unlike anything I've read before. I'm not sure which Doyle loves more - the texture and tumble of words or the place about which he is writing. Either way, this is a rich and satisfying read.

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Dec 28, 2012

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Oct 21, 2017

Mink River is an imaginary small town on the Oregon coast with some poetic characters. There is a plot, but most of the salty joy from reading this comes from getting to know eccentric characters. If you have been a fan of some of Ken Kesey's depictions of coastal Oregonians, you will recognize some echoes in this village. The story unfolds with a bit of magic realism, and a lot of humor. Drink it in - like you would the view of an ocean vista in a rainstorm.


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