Cavedweller

Cavedweller When Delia Byrd packs her car and begins the long trip home from Los Angeles from the glamour of the rock n roll business her passion for singing and songwriting and the darker days of whisky and vi

  • Title: Cavedweller
  • Author: Dorothy Allison
  • ISBN: 9780452279698
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Delia Byrd packs her car and begins the long trip home from Los Angeles from the glamour of the rock n roll business, her passion for singing and songwriting, and the darker days of whisky and violence and too much belief in the promises of a man she loved she heads to Cairo, Georgia, and her own unresolved past Ten years earlier, Delia left the husband who turnWhen Delia Byrd packs her car and begins the long trip home from Los Angeles from the glamour of the rock n roll business, her passion for singing and songwriting, and the darker days of whisky and violence and too much belief in the promises of a man she loved she heads to Cairo, Georgia, and her own unresolved past Ten years earlier, Delia left the husband who turned on her, abandoned her two daughters, one an infant, and fled to California But Delia is pulled back to Georgia to a world of convenience stores and biscuit factories, kudzu and deep rooted Baptism to make a deal with the man she paid a high price to leave She brings her third daughter, Cissy, with her And as the lives of Delia, Cissy, Amanda, and Dede converge, Delia s past uncoils into the present with a ferocity that brings all four women to terms with themselves and with one another.Told in the incantatory and unforgettable voice of one of America s greatest storytellers, Cavedweller is a sweeping novel of the human spirit that maps a world of lost and known caves, the unexplored recesses of the heart, and the lives of four women at a place where violence, and what redeems it, intersect Cavedweller is the long awaited, greatly anticipated second novel from a beloved author with a strong and loyal audience.

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    1. Dorothy Allison

      Dorothy Allison is an American writer, speaker, and member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers Themes in Allison s work include class struggle, child and sexual abuse, women, lesbianism, feminism, and family.Allison s first novel, the semi autobiographical Bastard Out of Carolina, was published in 1992 and was one of five finalists for the 1992 National Book Award Allison founded The Independent Spirit Award in 1998, a prize given annually to an individual whose work within the small press and independent bookstore circuit has helped sustain that enterprise.

    153 thoughts on “Cavedweller”

    1. Onvan Cavedweller Nevisande Dorothy Allison ISBN 452279690 ISBN13 9780452279698 Dar 434 Safhe Saal e Chap 1998


    2. I love and admire Dorothy Allison Both her non fiction work Skin, Two or Three Things I Know for Sure and her fiction Trash, Bastard out of Carolina is extremely impressive on an intellectual level, as well as deeply moving on a gut level So I expected no less from Cavedweller, her second novel And I m sure it is only because I went in to reading it with such very high expectations that it was disappointing.Cavedweller is a very good book It s just not as good a book as Allison s other books The [...]


    3. This book was difficult to digest, but maybe that was for the same reason that it was so entrancing Cavedweller is a book about women Several generations of women who are all tied to a central character who, you realize as the book unfolds, had to make difficult choices But, I related, or at least sympathized What would you do if you had children with an abusive husband What would you do when the next husband was a drug and alcohol addict The story begins in the turmoil after she had made all of [...]


    4. I had never heard of Dorothy Allision before, but I am so glad that I know of her now I think she is a really smart author with important things to say I started out really loving this book and not being able to put it down Unfourtunately, towards the end I felt like the plot kind of fell apart and things began to get cheesy and predictable, almost like Allison had run out of creative steam It is a very epic novel, in that it covers a long period of time, and the characters really go on a journe [...]


    5. I love Dorothy Allison s stories I love the strong women she brings to life, the contexts she weaves around them, and her writing s descriptive power I took a long time to finish this book, mostly because I didn t want to say goodbye to Delia and her girls I found the spelunking passages especially compelling.


    6. Ten years before, Delia Byrd left behind her abusive husband Clint and her two baby girls Amanda and Dede to follow the aspiring rockstar Randall Randall and Delia find fame, alcoholism, and have a baby girl together, Cissy After Randall drinks himself into an early grave, Delia packs up her youngest daughter and leaves California to return to Georgia to try to make amends for abandoning her two oldest daughters After Delia gets her girls back, the thread of the novel seems to split into five se [...]


    7. really probably 2 1 2 and i genuinely thought for awhile about giving it 3 stars, but i just couldn t do it where i talk about dorothy allison i thought Bastard Out of Carolina was amazing this last book of hers that i read was NOT and i don t know if i can gague an author opinion on two books i obviously have to read another one to make a tie breaker ugh the book just flat out annoyed me it was full of tangent after tangent and it would be one thing if the book was following a FAMILY which it t [...]


    8. I liked this novel, and I wanted to liked it than I did It is ambitious, and the plot line has a strange shape because Allison tries to do so much, I guess Perhaps I haven t quite figured it out, and maybe I won t because I don t think it s completely successful Though the title is Cavedweller in the singular, only one of the main characters, one of the protagonist Delia s daughters becomes a spelunker So surely the author must be referring to Delia, as well And the characters in the family All [...]


    9. I liked the rhythm of this one I liked the characters.Overall, it s a bit choppy Any one of the threads the drive across the country, caring for Clint, Dede and Nolan, Cissy and the cave could have been a whole novel She doesn t dwell too long on any one incident or story kind of like Delia There s a lot of death and despair and mistakes and betrayal, and all of it described really well and carefully It s not rushed, but she doesn t linger.Sometimes people aren t perfect They make mistakes They [...]


    10. I loved Bastard Out of Carolina when I read it years ago in college, then really devoured Trash short stories , Skin critical theory and at least loved the title of her poetry book, The Women Who Hate Me I bought Cavedweller in 1998, then promptly put it down after two pages.Picked it up again last week It s fine Crafted like a page turner, which it is and I know it was a bestseller, but it just left me disappointed Don t get me started on fears that if I read Bastard now I ll feel that wayI don [...]


    11. I read this book late into the night because I found the characters fascinating yet frustrating , and wanted to know what was going to happen next There were parts at the end that kind of dragged, so it took me longer to read than most books, but overall it was a great story about how people cope with various life events Although it wasn t the central focus, these lives were examples of how a tragedy and or tragedies in the lives of young people, when not addressed, can recreate themselves in ma [...]


    12. Somehow didn t enter this one back when I read it, but I love love loved it This piece, I thought, was how I feel about the ocean Caving for her, Cissy understood, was like sex for most people Though what other people thought about sex was nothing Cissy really understood But in the dark she became for the first time fully conscious of her own body and curiously unself conscious Unseen, she moved freely In the dark her body moved precisely, steadily, each foot placed exactly, while her hips rocke [...]


    13. Dorthy Allison is amazing Her writing builds a believable world full of interesting characters Her knack for dialogue that reads like real conversation is admirable This story spreads across the span of about 10 years While developing characters she manages to move the story along through events and problems that kept me hooked The ending was one of my favorites Definitely recommend


    14. the thing i really loved about this book is the way she showed the characters going through profound life changes and basically becoming different people that s something that happens in real life that you don t usually get to see in novels.


    15. After being floored and inspired by Bastard out of Carolina, I was seriously disappointed by the contrived mood of this book Allison is trying too hard and almost forces these characters on the reader.


    16. I was really enjoying this book by about pg 300 and then I just felt that it went on and on and on I had planned to give it a 4 star rating but the length started to grate on my nerves All in all a very good story about a dysfunctional family but just a tad too long


    17. There was a little too much religion in this book for my taste That would have been entirely fine but it s not what I was looking for There was also too much random information about stuff that just didn t matter That being said it was just an ok read.




    18. I should have read Bastard Out Of Carolina first Well, I m a rebel One who listens to the worst reviewed albums of artists, watches the camp classics of actor s shame, and reads books out of the intended sequence of an author s cache It s what I do Still there is always a 50 50 percent chance that the unsung work is better than the touted one, so I gave Cavedweller a go I ve read some of Dorothy Allison s work before, like her essays and her short story I m Working On My Charm, and I find her a [...]


    19. After reading this book I am unsure of how to feel There were so many subplots to keep up with and unfinished The pain, sorrow, and just the life the characters experience draw you in and you have to know what happens to them all You have the eldest daughter who remembers her mom who ran away, the second born who doesn t remember her at all and just hears stories about her abandonment, and the youngest who has the most time with her and hates her It is an honest and ugly look at how poor life ca [...]


    20. There is no doubt that Dorothy Allison has the ability to create diverse characters with engaging backstories At times it seems the novel embraces too many of them, and I felt the author deliberately set out to write a big, southern family saga Despite at times finding repetitive wording that did not illuminate the subject further and not understanding her characters motivations, the novel drew me in and I stayed up too late reading it And perhaps most importantly, the night I finished it I had [...]


    21. This was a slow read for me, I started once then stopped, then went back but felt like I was dragging my heels through most of it I love Dorothy Allison s memoirs, essays and poetry, but this felt a bit mediocre Not all the time there were moments of great feeling but I don t feel like it hung together completely I worried that I was judging this book harshly because I love her other stuff so much, but I think if I d read the book and it d been by someone else I would be giving a similar review [...]


    22. I sort of stumbled over this book at the library and grabbed it because I remembered how good Bastard out of Carolina was This was not as good, but I enjoyed her characters even though I wear out on southern literature every 5 years or so and give it a break.It seemed that I never got to stay with one character long enough to really get a read on her, and toward the end things sort of unraveled, with the cave drama, the unlikely shooting, and so forth.


    23. Reading this book felt like breathing something effortless and essential Allison s writing just rings in me It makes me write really flowery, overwrought descriptions in my reviews Her women are so real, their voices ring so true But, but, oh it pains me The ending of this book was so truly terrible I can t think of any other times where a book disappointed me so much probably because I enjoyed it all the way until it fell apart.


    24. This book was written in the type of prose that shows the author tried VERY HARD to be a poetic voice The attempt was a poor one, because every character had soulful, deep, poetic and meaningful things to share, rather than just one or two main characters.It has a realistic, touching plot, but is written in a way that I found difficult to digest.


    25. I loved Bastard Out of Carolina , so I wanted expected to at least like Cavedweller but I just didn t I didn t care about the characters They were flat I didn t care about the plot It was predictable in one sense and unbelievable in another I finished the book but was glad when it was over.


    26. I remember reading Bastard Out of Carolina years ago and loving the freshness of Allison s voice and perspective Cavedweller was similar for me in how quickly I became engaged in the characters and story lines.


    27. I had to put this book down for a few years, I don t know if I ll be able to pick it up again I love Dorothy, but I felt punched in the face by the amount of alcohol in the first chapter and I realized while reading that I might be done with booze burdened narratives.



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