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Demon Copperhead por Kingsolver Barbara
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Demon Copperhead (edição 2022)

por Kingsolver Barbara (Autor)

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The teenage son of an Appalachian single mother who dies when he is eleven uses his good looks, wit, and instincts to survive foster care, child labor, addiction, disastrous loves, and crushing losses.
Título:Demon Copperhead
Autores:Kingsolver Barbara (Autor)
Informação:FABER ET FABER (2022)
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Demon Copperhead por Barbara Kingsolver

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The gimmick of this novel is that the adventures of the titular character, Demon Copperhead, parallel the adventures of Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield. And we’re not talking merely “inspired by” David Copperfield: the story arcs of the characters, the major plot points, even the character names – all nearly identical to the Dickens’ classic. Which makes it a challenge to critique the novel, since so much of it is derivative. However, everything that Kingsolver does well in her other novels is on full display here: her storytelling chops, her emphasis on the interdependence of humans and their communities, and especially her empathy for all the well-intentioned but flawed people of the world.

One of Dickens’ aims was to shed light on the plight of the Victorian poor. In this version, Kingsolver sheds light on the plight of the rural poor in America: teen pregnancy, domestic abuse, vanishing jobs, a broken foster case system, an unjust criminal justice system, the exploitation of children, and – of course - the rampant devastation of opioid addiction. In the end, our young protagonist’s dark sense of humor, formidable brain, artistic talent, and inherent mental resiliency, combined with a few positive role models, allow him to survive a hellish childhood … but all too many of the characters that intersect with his life aren’t so lucky.

All of which makes portions of this novel pretty bleak, but you keep reading because Kingsolver – like Dickens – is a gifted storyteller, adept in the art of wielding artful prose, deft sarcasm, and graceful empathy to create narratives that captivate even as they scald. Especially appreciated the way Kingsolver challenges readers to examine their prejudices about the rural poor, such as our tendency as a culture to dismiss the positive attributes of rural life: practicality, resourcefulness, resiliency, and – above all – an understanding of importance of interconnectedness, the bonds that tie us irrevocably to family, friends, community, and the Earth. Ultimately, it's these bonds - bonds of friendship, loyalty, acceptance, dependency/co-dependency, tradition, memory, and love - that both drag Demon down but also end up saving him. ( )
  Dorritt | Dec 5, 2023 |
A believably told, tough first person narrative of growing up poor in America. I had recently read a Louise Erdrich novel and initially thought that a book with a single linear narrative might seem tame in comparison. However after the first couple of chapters I was hooked.

“Demon” Damon Fields never knew his Melungeon father (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melungeon) who died before he was born and his mother overdosed on OxyContin when he turned 11, by which time he had been temporarily fostered for about three months as his mother had already nearly overdosed and had had to go into rehab.
And the strength of Demon’s narrative keeps you feeling for him until he starts to make his life a slow motion car crash, which you, and probably he, can see coming. It’s the drug addiction, which I wouldn’t have known much about except that I had seen the Dopesick TV series.
If you’ve not known the dragon we were chasing, words may not help.. They don’t.

However, the book recovers and it’s then plain narrative driving to the conclusion.

I hadn’t read David Copperfield, so may have missed some of the literary allusions, but most are recognisable as so much Dickens is still culturally familiar. ( )
  CarltonC | Dec 4, 2023 |
"Never be mean in anything. Never be false. Never be cruel. I can always be hopeful of you."

"No credit given for all the extra miles that take you nowhere."

“Certain pitiful souls around here see whiteness as their last asset that hasn’t been totaled or repossessed.”

Demon Copperhead was a tough read. Not because the writing wasn't great, because it was. And not because it wasn't an interesting story, because it was. However, it was incredibly dark, often quite sad, and at times, very slow. I learned a lot while reading this book -- about the opioid crisis, about how easy it was to get involved in it, and the history of the area. I thought about the book for quite some time after reading it. Not quite missing the characters, but hoping they were okay. It is not, however, a book I imagine I will be re-reading in the future. ( )
  eesti23 | Dec 3, 2023 |
Set in the mountains of Appalachia, Demon Copperhead is the story of a boy born to a teenage single mother in a single-wide trailer, with no assets beyond his father’s good looks and copper-colored hair, a caustic wit, and a fierce talent for survival. Relayed in his own unsparing voice, Demon braves the modern perils of foster care, child labor, derelict schools, athletic success, addiction, disastrous loves, and crushing losses. Through it all, he reckons with his own invisibility in a popular culture where even the superheroes have abandoned rural people in favor of cities. ( )
  creighley | Nov 27, 2023 |
Damon Woodall is the narrator of the story of his life from his birth to a drug addicted mother to his reconnection with his “adoptive” sister Angus (Agnes).
Demon and all of his relatives and neighbours are the former miners, backwoods folks of Appalachia who scrape by on social assistance, part time labour, back yard gardens, living off the land and the kindness of neighbours. They are the the rural poor and the butt of many suburban jokes.
Demon’s mother dies of an overdose and he is placed in foster care as an 11 year old.
What saves him is his likability, intelligence, hard work, drawing skills and his empathy for others. Along the way he tracks down his paternal grandmother and she helps with her connections to get him settled with a high school football coach and his daughter Angus. He becomes a football star and local celebrity but his girlfriend Cori is a bad influence.
Demon’s character is so well described, his interactions with family and friends show his maturity, sensitivity, gratitude, intelligence and pain.
I’ve heard the book described a “trauma porn”. Not sure this is fair as I believe the novel accurately describes the opioid crisis and its impacts on rural citizens.
I think you will love or hate this book. ( )
  MaggieFlo | Nov 25, 2023 |
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Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, this is the story of an irrepressible boy nobody wants, but readers will love. Damon is the only child of a teenage alcoholic — “an expert at rehab” — in southwest Virginia.... In a feat of literary alchemy, Kingsolver uses the fire of that boy’s spirit to illuminate — and singe — the darkest recesses of our country....From the moment Demon starts talking to us, his story is already a boulder rolling down the Appalachian Mountains, faster and faster, stopping for nothing. ...Kingsolver has effectively reignited the moral indignation of the great Victorian novelist to dramatize the horrors of child poverty in the late 20th century.
In echoing Dickens, Barbara Kingsolver has written a social justice novel all her own, one only she could write, for our time and for the ages.Master storyteller Kingsolver has given the world a book that will have a ripple effect through the generations...Like all stories that stick with you, this one is both universal and decidedly personal. If you’ve lived near the Appalachians, you'll recognize these characters as well as their voice. They may even remind you of family members—those who’ve made it through, made it out, or made it back. If you haven’t, it will touch your heart anyway....That Kingsolver has shone a light on them as only she can, is a leap in understanding the hurting of a forgotten, often misunderstood and ridiculed people. Next time you see such a person, be kind, open your mind, and stop making fun of their accent.
“Demon Copperhead” reimagines Dickens’s story in a modern-day rural America contending with poverty and opioid addiction... Of course Barbara Kingsolver would retell Dickens. He has always been her ancestor. Like Dickens, she is unblushingly political and works on a sprawling scale, animating her pages with the presence of seemingly every creeping thing that has ever crept upon the earth.....Kingsolver’s prose is often splendid....And so, caught between polemic and fairy tale, Kingsolver is stuck with an anticlimax. .
With its bold reversals of fate and flamboyant cast, this is storytelling on a grand scale – Dickensian, you might say, and Kingsolver does indeed describe Demon Copperhead as a contemporary adaptation of David Copperfield....And what a story it is: acute, impassioned, heartbreakingly evocative, told by a narrator who’s a product of multiple failed systems, yes, but also of a deep rural landscape with its own sustaining traditions.

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