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Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. In this riveting tour de force, Boston University history professor Dallek (Flawed Giant: Lyndon Johnson and His. download An Unfinished Life: The Terren Zeno Story: Read 3 site Store Reviews - download the Ebook: . Reviews of Mark Spragg's An Unfinished Life"Ever since I became the books editor at The Kansas City Star in March , folks have been .

But, it was the childhood gift I received and I loved its quietude, and then as a young man became anxious to experience a more urban life. I moved to New York City. If that peculiar upbringing gave me anything that differs a great deal from what other adults take away from their childhoods it is that longing for a more profound sense of quietude. I do believe that growing up inside thirteen million acres of unfenced, never-husbanded land set up different rhythms in me.

Why was he so influential in your life?

Does he show up in any characters in this book? And I suppose I loved the man because he so obviously cared for me, and cared that I might become useful in the world. I was raised by parents, and men like John, who, through a combination of belief and necessity, felt that a childhood was an apprenticeship—suffered if need be, enjoyed when possible, but not necessarily celebrated.

They believed that my formative years were just that, formative to the adult that I would some day be. It was clear to me that if I were a studious and diligent boy I could sooner be useful in the world. John, and the other men I grew up around helped me to feel full of possibilities. I longed to quit being merely a boy.

I wanted to be like them. Which have most influenced your work? I was awfully fond of Hemingway when I was a boy, no doubt for obvious reasons, but when I found Faulkner it changed my whole sense of the possibilities of language. In short, I read every damn thing I could get my hands on.

I do remember being greatly influenced by Lawrence Durrell. Also, from the time my brother and I were nine until we were in our mid-teens, my father required that we read a book a month of his choosing, and that at the end of the month we give an oral and written report of that book.

My dad read largely for argument—and so his reading list included Darwin and Kant, Kierkegaard. There were many others. There was a lot of chest-pounding and foot-stomping in our discussions. He told us that there were only two great themes. Our deaths, that is, our concerns about a possible afterlife, and our couplings in the face of that inevitability.

He suggested I reread Kierkegaard. How did the writing process work? The outline of much of the book, and nearly all of the movie, happened over a year of car trips with my wife, Virginia. We talked for hundreds and hundreds of miles about these characters, their motivations, their disappointments and achievements. When we had that all done she went to work on the screenplay and I started to write the novel.

Over the next several years Virginia edited my working drafts of the novel, and together we wrote the various drafts of the screenplay.

It was a fascinating process, in that there were so many decisions about how best to present a single story through two different mediums. We tried, the best we could, to let the mediums determine the texture of the stories. How similar is the movie to the book? I believe they both tell essentially the same story.

Please tell us a little about the making of the film. Leslie has become like family.

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Join Reader Rewards and earn your way to a free book! Join Reader Rewards and earn points when you download this book from your favorite retailer. Read An Excerpt. Literary Fiction Category: Literary Fiction. Paperback —. download the Ebook: Add to Cart. About An Unfinished Life In an extraordinary tale of love and forgiveness, Mark Spragg brings us this novel of a complex, prodigal homecoming. Also in Vintage Contemporaries. Also by Mark Spragg. Product Details. Inspired by Your Browsing History.

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Please try again later. So now I want to know why there is a difference in how a reader might feel about characters who have similar traits. Jean is a young widow who has a 10 year old daughter, Griff, who is the star of the book.

Because of Jean's poor choices in the men she decides to live with, Griff had to grow up quickly to take care of herself and her mother. And it is Griff the reader comes to care about most.

So it is mostly by proxy that the reader cares about Jean--what is good for Jean is good for Griff.

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The reader wants Jean to change and do well so things get better for Griff. This is another way an author can get a reader to care about characters.

And I think Mark Spragg did a great job. In fact, I think one of the strongest aspects of this book is Spragg's character development.

There are four characters the reader gets to know pretty well. Besides Jean and Griff, there is Griff's grandfather, Einar, a cantankerous old man with what seems to be a heart of stone.

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He lives on a slowly fading farm in Wyoming. Griff has never met the man, in fact she didn't even know he existed. Jean and Einar dislike each other as much as possible.

The fourth character is Mitch, a black man and old army buddy of Einar's. He lives on Einar's farm and is cared for by Einar because of a grizzly attack that left him disfigured and in constant pain.

Mitch is the glue that holds the characters together. Spragg's portrayal of western life in a small Wyoming town rings true, as well it should since Spragg is form the very area he writes about. His love for the land and the people comes through in the book. I enjoy Spragg's prose, and is one of the main reason I read his books.Aug 09, Pages download.

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