Kinsella's Man

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University of Neveda Press, 1994 - Fiction - 383 pages
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In this novel of the West, centered in east-central Nevada, John Siloa, a young Basque sheepherder, comes west to work on Cyril Kinsella's ranch and eventually becomes the old man's confidant and agent. An old man immured in the great stone house which has become both his refuge and the badge of his despair, Kinsella lives in a world haunted by his past. Slowly, Siloa becomes entangled in Kinsella's life and in the lives of those on whom he has left his mark. Listening long into the night to the old man's whiskey-revealed stories, Siloa moves uneasily between his roles as both actor and witness in Kinsella's life. Combining finely observed characters and carefully crafted prose, Kinsella's Man vividly evokes the beauty and majesty of the western landscape, using it as the backdrop for a powerful drama that spans more than forty years. In his tale of folly and ambition, passion and obsession, betrayal and deceit, Kinsella is a man doomed to live out the consequences of his own mistakes. Like John Siloa, the reader watches the gradual emergence of this tragic figure from the shadows and secrecy that have darkened his life.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Stookey (A Still and Woven Blue, not reviewed) obviously believes that slow and steady wins the race. This story of a Basque sheepherder named John Siloa and his relationship with his boss in Nevada ... Read full review


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Richard Stookeyis a graduate of the University of California at Davis and Stanford University. He currently lives in San Francisco and is also the author of"A Still and Woven Blue," which was honored by the Friends of the American Writers Association.

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