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White Crosses

White Crosses

Written by Larry Watson

Narrated by Beau Bridges


White Crosses

Written by Larry Watson

Narrated by Beau Bridges

ratings:
4/5 (4 ratings)
Length:
4 hours
Released:
Jun 1, 1997
ISBN:
9780743549592
Format:
Audiobook

Description

When the married principal of the local elementary school and a recent high-school graduate turn up dead in a car crash, Sheriff Jack Nevelsen tries to protect the town of Bentrock from the truth about why the two had been in the car together. Simultaneous."
Released:
Jun 1, 1997
ISBN:
9780743549592
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Raised in Bismarck, North Dakota, Larry Watson is the author of ten critically acclaimed books, including the bestselling Montana 1948. His fiction has been published internationally and has received numerous prizes and awards. His essays and book reviews have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and other periodicals. He and his wife live in Kenosha, Wisconsin. A film adaptation of Watson’s novel Let Him Go is currently in production with Kevin Costner and Diane Lane and due to release in 2020.


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  • (4/5)
    No good deed goes unpunished. Lies are clearer than glass. The truth will out.Every one of those nostrums is the god's-honest truth, and forgetting them...worse still, ignoring them...worst of all, setting out to disprove them...will cause more harm than the unpalatable truth ever could. Pain of an order that mere embarrassment, petty humiliation will render positively desirable attends every effort at concealment of the ugly facts of life.People don't fall out of love; they fall in it and, like Archimedes in his bath, discover that a large weight dropped into a limited volume of sloshable stuff results in losses over the sides of the delimiting container. The only limit to the sloshing damage is the relative size of the container to the added thing.Poor little June, poor old Leo: starting out and ending up at the same moment. It is heart-hurtingly obvious to me, old and battered and cynical, that desperation rode their backs. Leo, last-love lorn, couldn't accept that he was done. June, blooming in the delicious and addictive admiration of The Older Man, wouldn't even recognize the hopelessness of escape from yourself.When I read this in 1997, I was shattered. The carnage and the mayhem that these two blinded-by-desperation souls wreaked in their passage out of town left me muttering and fulminating and all too aware of my own sins of omission and commission. "How can you not see!" when what I meant was "why did I not see?" and the list of wrongs, slights, inconsideratenesses yawned before my appalled feet. The best stories show you yourself; the best writers make you take it with good grace.This is the best story told by the best writer.
  • (4/5)
    Slow moving and introspective, this tells the story of Jack Nevelsen, the sheriff in Bentrock, Montana, who tries to hold the town together after the elementary school principal dies in car accident with a teenage girl.
  • (4/5)
    Set in Montana in 1960 the story is focused around the town of Bentrock after the high school has closed for the year after graduation.Normally the local sheriff, Jack Nevelsen, only has to deal on this night with drunken graduates and parties that last too late into the night. However tonight brings him a car accident and one that will have consequences for the town if they know that the local school principal is running away with one of the local teenage girls.Jack devises a story that would stop this happening though. He sees this as part of his duties to save the morals of the town and will do anything to have met every duty he needs to uphold. However as time passes the story seems to cause more problems as it gains its own life. Does the wife of the principal know the truth? Of the the teenage girls friends wants to make placards telling the town the story is a lie....and the uncle of the girl wants to take revenge on this death by using his gun.In the end wherever Jack looks he sees possible problems to his story and places where the truth could come out. He becomes paranoid to a point that he constantly keeps checking the town for groups of teenagers who may be telling the true story behind the accident. All because he was trying to keep the town safe and the morals pure.In the end though he pays the ultimate price to keep the town safe. And finds at the same time that for some people the truth was not such a problem as he thought it would be.A nice read...no real "hard hitting" storyline though. Once you have the accident and the dead bodies at the start the rest is all down to how in 1960 the idea of an older man and a younger woman was dealt with.
  • (3/5)
    Complex interplays, should we attempt to “alter” for another’s sake ?
    and what do we really know about what’s for their sake ?
    Read in 2006.