The Waters of Kronos

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Penn State Press, 1960 - Fiction - 175 pages
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From the time of its first publication in 1960, Conrad Richter's The Waters of Kronos sparked lively debate about the extent to which its story of a belated return to childhood scenes mirrored key events of Richter's own life. As was well known at the time, Richter had spent several years in the Southwest, where he collected the material for his first successful book, Early Americans and Other Stories, but by 1933, he had returned to live in his hometown, Pine Grove, Pennsylvania.

John Donner, the main protagonist in The Waters of Kronos, traces a similar route from west to east, although he finds that his family home and native town have been submerged under the deep waters of a lake formed by the construction of a hydroelectric dam. As Richter narrates his alter ego's efforts to salvage his past, he moves beyond &"semi-autobiography&" to offer what are widely recognized as his most haunting reflections upon the power of family history, the fragility of human memory, and art's role in structuring the communal ethos. David McCullough, a fellow Pulitzer Prize winner, met and befriended Richter in the 1960s and has called him &"an American master,&" praising The Waters of Kronos as &"his most beautiful book.&"

 

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User Review  - Deborah - Goodreads

Not quite sure what to say about this one. The writing was technically excellent - beautiful and vividly described, but something was just a bit off, and the overall experience for me was unsatisfying ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ben - Goodreads

This is a 3 1/2 star book. It's the story of an old man who visits his home town that was flooded to make a dam and is transported to a time when he was a young kid interacting with his long dead ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER ONE THE RIVER
3
CHAPTER TWO SILT
33
CHAPTER FOUR RUST
56
CHAPTER FIVE THE BREEDING MARSH
83
CHAPTER six THE CONFLUENCE
105
CHAPTER SEVEN THE SOURCE
124
CHAPTER EIGHT THE SEA
154
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Conrad Richter (1890-1968) was awarded the National Book Award for The Waters of Kronos in 1961. He was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Town, the last volume in a trilogy about frontier life in Ohio, in 1951.

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