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Spanning the years from 1895 to 1924 in rural Texas, WAKE OF FORGIVENESS follows the life of Karel Skala from his birth that resulted in the untimely death of his mother to his own experience with fatherhood. Left in the care of a brutal father and three older brothers, Karel never learns the feeling of feminine affection or care. When an opportunity arises for 13-yr-old Karel's brothers to escape their harsh family life by winning beautiful Mexican wives and land through a wager, Karel is forced to ride in a race that will change everything. The consequences of this race and Karel's difficult childhood affect him as an adult and husband and father.
While this book will remind many of Cormac McCarthy in terms of style and content, it is really a story of how a single event can change everything and how formative relationships can shape who we are but not who we can become. Fans of stories about the complexities of father/son relationships will enjoy this one. It is sad and bleak but also beautiful in what it reveals about the nature of the human soul.
BOTTOM LINE: Recommended. This may be a bit bleak and dark for some but those who appreciate a good father/son conflict in a western setting will enjoy this one.
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