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Plains Song: For Female Voices [Paperback]

Wright Morris , Charles Baxter
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Oct. 1 2000
Wright Morris (1910-1998) wrote thirty-three books, including The Home Place, also available in a Bison Books edition, and Field of Vision, which won the National Book Award. Charles Baxter is a professor of English at the University of Michigan and the author of numerous works, including The Feast of Love.

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This 1981 National Book Award winner links three generations of Midwestern women to a form of unison singing in unmeasured time known as plainsong. "Morris writes compellingly of women, of loneliness and contradictory needs, of the half-submerged life, a plainsong that is all too seldom heard," noted PW.
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Morris snagged a National Book Award for this 1980 novel. LJ's reviewer observed that it "is at once a song of the Plains and plainsong melody which illuminates the beauty and complexity of human life." The plot follows the female members of a family living in Nebraska from the late 1800s to modern times. It remains "rich in sensory detail, controlled in style, and powerful in impact" (LJ 1/1/80).
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars There goes another one. April 2 2002
Format:Paperback
A fine novel, a masterpiece of concision, considering the breadth of the story. What saddens me is that there are no other Morris novels in print. This one is no better or worse than any of his other wonderful novels, but evidently rates publication because it has the word "female" in the title. His best novel, The Field of Vision, also won the National Book award.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There goes another one. April 2 2002
By "toomanybooksbooks" - Published on Amazon.com
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A fine novel, a masterpiece of concision, considering the breadth of the story. What saddens me is that there are no other Morris novels in print. This one is no better or worse than any of his other wonderful novels, but evidently rates publication because it has the word "female" in the title. His best novel, The Field of Vision, also won the National Book award.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Neglected Masterpiece June 24 2010
By Umberto Rossi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I do not think you'll ever hear the name of Wright Morris mentioned as one of the major American novelists of the late 20th Century. It is a pity! This is a great novel. Those who say it has no plot do not understand that Morris moved to grasp the pace of life itself, and managed to do it apparently effortlessly--though I see a great mastery of form here, absolutely impressive. When you end up in the years the novel was written, you are almost shocked by the feeling of the passing of years. The saga of this Midwestern family is wholly persuading and poetically told, and leaves permanent traces in one's memory, even though there are almost no remarkable events in the story. But does that really matter? This is a slow novel, but life is slow too. We should be grateful to Wright Morris for having sung his plain song so slowly, and so well.
2.0 out of 5 stars fair but slow moving May 13 2013
By Cyndi K. - Published on Amazon.com
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Plains Song for Female Voices is a book about women's lives on the great plains through the 1980's. Character development is slow, book is slow and I personally would not recommend it. I thought it was dull and lacked plot. BORING!
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3.0 out of 5 stars somewhat of a muddle Aug. 28 2007
By Eric Maroney - Published on Amazon.com
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Plains Song is overall a sound novel, but suffers from some structural problems. It is as if Morris could not figure out the overall trajectory of the plot? Who are the central characters of the novel, and what is the overall conflict to be resolved? There are muddled intentions here, and it shows throughout this work. But overall, Wright is a master at detailing life on the Midwestern plains and the pivotal changes encountered by its inhabitants at the turn of the century. This redeems the novel somewhat, and makes it, if not anything, an interesting artifact.
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