Kinsella'S Man (Western Literature Series)

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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 Manvividly 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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Kinsella's Man is a novel of the West, centered in east-central Nevada. Its principal character is John Siloa, a young Basque sheepherder who comes to work on the Phoenix Ranch, the vast holding of Cyril Kinsella, a figure shrouded in mystery and sorrow. 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 Kinsella has left his mark: Deirdre, daughter of the owner; Booker Goodman, the genial yet troubled black foreman; Suzanne Devereaux, Kinsella's one-time mistress; and Martin, the son he refuses to acknowledge. Succeeding Booker Goodman as Kinsella's confidant and agent, Siloa listens long into the night as the old man and his whiskey reveal the history that binds these people together. Siloa moves uneasily between his roles of actor and witness while at the same time struggling with his own complex feelings as Deirdre grows into a woman.

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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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