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Weight Of Dreams Hardcover – Jul 5 1999


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Viking USA (July 5 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067088233X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670882335
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 16 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Format: Paperback
This book had me staying up more than a couple nights way past my bedtime, unable to put it down. It's really several books wrapped into one. On different levels it is a crime fiction story leading to a courtroom drama, a bitter family melodrama, an unsettling look into the shady side of horse shows, a detailed account of cattle ranching through a storm-driven winter, a tale of guilt and personal salvation, a passionate and sensual love story, a travelogue portraying the stark beauty of the Nebraska Sandhills, an examination of race relations (white and Native American), and a story of hanging onto a family ranch on the edge of bankruptcy.
The author sustains all these threads by interconnecting them with considerable suspense and tension. It's like film noir - dark, brooding, always on the verge of violence or mischance. And under that interplay of tensions is a moral vision that seems often at the point of being lost completely.
Agee populates her novel with a large cast of characters, using shifting points of view to explore their unfolding relationships and internal lives. With the focus of a short-story writer, she introduces and opens up incidents that seem to bring the narrative almost to a stop, while we wait to learn how these scenes take their place in the larger picture embracing all of them. While some readers may find the pace of the novel somewhat slow because of this, I was fascinated by the richness of detail and would have been happy for even more, especially exploring the resolution of the central conflict of the narrative - between its protagonist, Ty Bonte, and his nemesis, Harney Rivers.
I'm happy to recommend this book. Like other reviewers familiar with the terrain and seasons of the Nebraska Sandhills, I was pleased to see this rolling region of the Great Plains and its people represented so faithfully and in an engaging story told by a gifted writer.
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By A Customer on June 30 2002
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful book that starts out slow, then hauls you so into it you can't put it down. Strong characterization...you just get the whole thing in your mind and they are so real. If you want a good read, I recomend this book. You won't be disappointed!
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Format: Paperback
I was born in NE, lived there, then in other remote ranching areas. The people, times, and conditions that are masterfully described in this book are what it is all about. I doubt that those who have lived their lives in cities, on lots, among throngs of people, and within the mainstream of the American culture, can fully realize the truth and character of this story and work. I probably see these people and events through a different window than the author, but she has captured their essence. Read it and live the special life of those who look across rolling hills of nothingness and see everything!
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Format: Paperback
This is the first time I've read, The Weight Of Dreams, or anything by this author. She's managed to put together a powerful, passionate, story; which could make a good movie. Her characters are strong and leave the reader "choosing sides" immediately. (That is, for Ty Bonte, and against Harney Rivers.) I believe I'd like to try her other novels. I wonder if she would write a "follow up" book, to explore if Ty and Dakota got married. I'd also recommend A Thousand Country Roads.
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By rds on Sept. 20 2001
Format: Paperback
To those who know them, Nebraska's Sandhills are often just the "hills." To those who do not, this is the best cattle ranching country in America, and Agee's novel captures the essence of this unique land, its people, culture, and traditions. The story is of an abused son, his hard and often cruel father, his distant mother, a woman who loves him, and of the son's personal demons, past sins, and ultimate redemption by his simple but fundamental goodness. The stark beauty of the rolling grassland, the relationship between men and women and their horses, ranchers and their land and livestock, and the growth of love between the two main characters, Ty and Dakota, is captured in detail, with emotion, understanding, and insight that makes the book a joy to read. Being a Nebraskan with five summers working on a Sandhills ranch as a youth, I was transported to that beautiful place where solitude and simplicity reign. The author's sense of place, knowledge of livestock and ranch life provide a wonderful guide for those unfamilar with this way of life and this region using the backdrop of a compelling story of the emotionally wounded "coming home." In a sentence, I loved the book.
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