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The editor of a small weekly newspaper in Fairbanks Alaska Gus Traynor is an independent spirit whose idealism has survived numerous tests When big business interests threaten the breathtaking wilderness he cherishes he joins forces with his best friend—an often self serving developer—to take on the forces of progress Soon in his determination to preserve the dignity and heritage of his community Gus is learning than he has ever imagined about the region's colorful mix of opportunists dreamers and artists But his mission is complicated by the discovery of a young woman's body floating in the river and by the blossoming of an unexpected love

10 thoughts on “Correcting the Landscape

  1. says:

    'Correcting the Landscape' was one of the books I purchased with my new philosophy on buying book read those which win awards The cover of this book is a beautiful images of a snow capped mountain range mirrored in a lake However on closer inspection of the image you find that the whole image is actually upside down This is representative of what I learned from the story that sometimes the world you look at every day without uestion is actually upside down from how it should be I really liked the eye opening experience the lead character had in the book He struggled with trying to keep things unchanged and his role in his small community But when it did change he realized that his life became honest than ever before I hold that idea in mind on those days when work gets me down and I'm too scared to uit or find something new It makes me consider the exciting possibilities that a change might hold

  2. says:

    originally published at backstory Correcting the Landscape won the Bellwether Prize in 2004The basics In Fairbanks Alaska Gus runs a newspaper struggling financially both for the familiar reasons and because of the local advertisers who increasingly take issue with the paper's political views and are pulling their financial supportMy thoughts I majored in journalism in college and I have a fascination with stories about journalists I'm also fascinated by life in Alaska so when I discovered this novel on my uest to read all of the Bellwether Prize winners I was looking forward to it Correcting the Landscape is a realistic and depressing look at the small town newspaper industry but it's emphasis is really on telling the story of Gus whose personal turmoil drifts into work just as his professional turmoil is deeply personal As a character I admit I never felt connected to Gus but Kowalski Cole's writing was so beautiful I didn't careThe themes of social justice in this novel are haunting While it's a story of one man in one Alaska town there is a universality in its arguments about the importance of news in our societyThese three kids of his their arrival over the years had kept pace with an increasing conservatism on his and Mary’s part World too painful to present to his children so you just pretend it’s different? Pretend these painful ugly things don’t exist?Through the writing grim events and Alaska setting the author was Alaskan there's a chill to this novel but there's also a lingering hope for both Gus as an individual and for the newspaper itselfFavorite passage A sense of community made me look up from my pages in anticipation of future strugglesThe verdict Correcting the Landscape is a fascinating glimpse into Alaska and the newspaper industry I enjoyed the larger themes than the internal struggles of Gus but the strength of this novel is in Kowalski Cole's prose

  3. says:

    I thought this book was better than many of the one and two star reviews note It is about a man's struggle to find himself really and to find his own heart All of the other things that were used to market this book the touches of native culture and lifeways the environmental issues and even the death of the woman all feed back into this primary concern I feel this utilization of these various threads to enhance and expand the character and to both position him for a change and to push him to accept the change are the mark of a good writer The prose in this book is slightly than serviceableit doesn't exactly sing but it does have its own voice and that voice is enjoyable enough I read this uickly and enjoyed it If you enjoy stories with native culture check out Reparation A Novel of Love Devotion and DangerIf you enjoy stories where characters have to dig deep to find themselves check out The Family Made of Dust A Novel of Loss and Rebirth in the Australian OutbackTo learn about the shocking lack of diversity in literature and what you can do about it check out Writing While Female or Black or Gay Diverse Voices in Publishing

  4. says:

    This book was about the death of a small community paper than about the investigation of a girl's death The storyline meandered and for the first half of the book seemed to be going nowhere The dialog was difficult at times since the characters didn't really have their own voices and was not made any less confusing by one of the characters having the nickname of No which seemed to often occur at the beginning of sentences The main character even notes that No herself mistakenly thought he was calling her rather than saying no Some of the character development takes place after the characters are practically out of the story Judy I found that most annoying of all when an undeveloped character would be referred to for example as a woman like that Like what? There's not been enough interaction dialog background etc to know what that character is supposed to be like The last two chapters of the book were slightly redeeming but it was an awful lot of rambling to get through first I did like the poem Correcting the Landscape attributed to the character of Felix Heaven Maybe the author should have stuck to poetry

  5. says:

    Came across this book while weeding the fiction collection in the library where I work Cover blurbs made me want to give it a shot The strength of the narrator's voice and a sense of the fabric of the community in Fairbanks Alaska were very enjoyable I also liked the exploration of successfailure intimacy family ties and sense of place

  6. says:

    A fun read mystery of an idealistic small newspaper editor as he navigates life through his friend an at times self serving developer and an unlikely indigenous woman facing life after 4 failed marriagesSet in Fairbanks which certainly gave a flavor for the town as it is lived todayl

  7. says:

    Simple yet effective execution of what could have been an droll and wanky plot That's all Writing this while hearing Michelle Obama's emotional and inspiring speech Go ObamaPS I'm looking for Kowalski Cole

  8. says:

    Winner of the Bellwether Prize for FictionSet in Alaska newspaper editor environmental issues ethical issuesExtremely well written

  9. says:

    this sure wasn't the Alaska of your childhood dreams with log cabins and romance and Jack London heroesYou don't defy the cold up here you adapt to itCar exhaust freezes in front of you so you have balls of fire and burning cold in your face at the same timeFor me it's still September 30th and tomorrow I will have a couple of additions to my #shortbookseptember tag meanwhile I have 2 books tonight which are both set in Alaska This one correcting the landscape is a journalistic approach fictional to some things in the state such as logging and concerns about estates the freezing cold and constant debate as to whether local hire's constitutional or not I have a friend who wants to move up there and possibly he could but after these two books I think that it would be a hell of a challenge even for a man that knows how to chop down a tree with an axe We did that last winter he did the chopping and I was the muscle I pushed that sucker down it snapped at a point and was felled Then we took a turn at splitting it into logs for firewood using a chainsawIndian legend has it that mosuitoes are the pieces of a hacked up giant who once harassed the villagers They killed him and cut him to pieces the the hundreds of pieces returned to life came back to the village in this new form

  10. says:

    This book was definitely not a gripper I kind of put it down a few times unsure if I would finish But in the end I decided it was worth it I really liked the narrator's voice and I enjoyed the setting in Alaska I especially liked his philosophical musings on journalism See my favorite uote belowThere's an entertainment value in newspaper work but lately the entertainment had started to wear thin wasn't enough Journalism the news of the day it's a form of writing that by it's very nature spins deceit because you have to start somewhere and you have to have coherence in your story and real life is not like that Rarely does a beginning present itself when you're covering the news in all honesty It all goes back farther in recent history than we can afford to pursue A reporter steps into the mess and says Okay I'll start here I'll elevate this detail to the starting post It begins with this And once he's done that the need for a coherent narrative threatens to dictate the next detail and the next There's so much left out Readers need to read for what's left out 85