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Snapper quotes Snapper , litcharts Snapper , symbolism Snapper , summary shmoop Snapper , Snapper 351bc6ce A Great, Hilarious New Voice In Fiction The Poignant, All Too Human Recollections Of An Affable Bird Researcher In The Indiana Backwater As He Goes Through A Disastrous Yet Heartening Love Affair With The Place And Its People Nathan Lochmueller Studies Birds, Earning Just Enough Money To Live On He Drives A Glitter Festooned Truck, The Gypsy Moth, And He Is In Love With Lola, A Woman So Free Spirited And Mysterious She Can Break A Man S Heart With A Sigh Or A Shrug Around Them Swirls A Remarkable Cast Of Characters The Proprietor Of Fast Eddie S Burgers Beer, The Genius Behind Thong Thursdays Uncle Dart, A Texan Who Brings His Swagger To Indiana With Profound And Nearly Devastating Results A Snapping Turtle With A Taste For Thumbs A German Shepherd Who Howls Backup Vocals And The Very Charismatic State Of Indiana Itself And At The Center Of It All Is Nathan, Creeping Through The Forest To Observe The Birds He Loves And Coming To Terms With The Accidental Turns His Life Has Taken


10 thoughts on “Snapper

  1. says:

    If only you could judge a book by its cover This is a beautiful looking book and some of the writing is really excellent but I found the whole very disappointing It is as if a loose collection of creative writing project scraps have been lazily chucked into a lovely cover and called a book Promisingly sketched characters begin to appear then drop out of sight without leaving a ripple Coming of age scenes are plucked from a best of collection that seems to stagger around era and genre like a magpie gathering glinting junk rather than building a nest One minute it is Stand by Me, the next it is a bitter travelogue Tantalisingly, the loose episodic structure could work but there doesn t seem to be any care bringing it together and the scarce character threads that run through the whole narrator, adored Lola and best friend end up the weakest least memorable characters of all The writer has great potential I hope next time he s not allowed to get away with such laziness.


  2. says:

    Let me get this out of the way I know nothing about birds and am primarily concerned with them as a decorative motiv I also know nothing about Indiana, other than where it roughly falls on the map hoping my non US passport can provide a partial excuse for my ignorance Well, let me rephrase that now that I have read this book, I do know something about birds and Indiana, in fact, a lot that I have ever expected to know What I m trying to say is, I picked up this book because of a very strong recommendation thanks, Cameron , even though birds and Indiana were not exactly very high up there on my interests list, and I am really glad I did This novel reads a lot like a series of short stories, except that they are all set in Indiana, they all feature endearingly sarcastic birdwatcher by chance Nathan Lochmueller and they follow some kind of chronological order, with events from one story lightly impacting another The stories are all somewhat quirky, filled with truly original characters and situations that almost touch the absurd Or maybe it s the narrator s very refreshing point of view that makes them seem that way You see, Nathan Lochmueller Brian Kimberling has an uneasy relationship with his home state It s very obvious he loves Indiana and by the end, you ll love it a little yourself but he can t help shaking his head and making snarky remarks at its people and even its fauna Cue exhibits A and B Bowfishing, at least as practiced in Southern Indiana, combines hunting and angling while eliminating the need for the skills of either You sit in a rowboat firing arrows at large targets three and four feet away in three feet of water It s considered a good date in Jefferson a lady can work on her sun tan while her gentleman kills things, and the only expense is beer It takes no skill to find a bald eagle You look for flat rabbits on country roads Wait a while and the national emblem will appear, menace anything that got there first, and plunge his majestic head deep in a mass of entrails Final verdict this is a very touching, supremely hilarious book, filled with memorable characters and situations And Kimberling writes really well I would probably read 300 page instruction manual if he wrote it But I m crossing my fingers for another novel.j


  3. says:

    I m not sure that this book ever had a plot the narrator and the author, I suppose, by proxy was self involved and each chapter seemed like a vignette than part of the engine moving this book forward There s no crime in chapters as vignettes, but the summary on the back makes it seem like there will be than a snapshot of various time points in the narrator s life moving back and forward in time I was a little bored for most of the book and I still can t tell if the author loves, hates or is indifferent to his home state of Indiana.


  4. says:

    I expected a lot, largely because the first page was really intriguing and I liked the authors voice Unfortunately, as the tale went along, I wasn t really pulled into it I guess lately I ve been spoiled by compelling works like A Handmaids Tale and Bel Canto which have meaning from my estimation and so this book was just a little on the light for me The plot wasn t compelling, and his relationship with Lola seemed stupid and made me think a lot less of the protagonist A lot of the stories told did not resonate with me at all The protagonists love hate relationship with Indiana was confusing as opposed to eye opening And the ending seemed stilted and incoherent It s like he wrote a lighthearted book but tried to end on a semi depressing note but with not enough background and the point wasn t really well made Other reviews say it s hilarious, but I legitimately had no idea that there was supposed to be much humor in the book until I read the reviews afterwards and I laughed maybe once.So essentially, I think this book just wasn t meant for me Obviously it appeals to a lot of people, so I am sure it could appeal to you too I think the author did a good job writing it, I just couldn t relate, so


  5. says:

    This book really had no plot to speak of The narrator Nathan seemed to tell disjointed stories about his past and his present situation.Disappointing.


  6. says:

    Brian Kimberling s debut novel, Snapper, features thirteen chapters that are really loosely connected stories chronicling Nathan Lochmueller s maturation into adulthood Nathan grew up in southern Indiana as did author Kimberling After graduating with a philosophy degree, he accepts a job as a songbird field researcher Nathan spends his time hiking through the woods locating songbirds, their nests, and tracking them During this time period Nathan falls in love with Lola.Nathan has a love hate relationship with Indiana Even as he shares the foibles of its people, he has a devotion to them, especially Evansville But this novel is not simply about an amateur ornithologist stumbling through life It s so much and tackles Nathan s maturation with a great deal of wry humor and thoughtful insight While relating the blunders and shortcomings of those around him he calmly accepts the absurdities as a part of life Most of the stories are college post college but some go back to high school They end with Nathan in his thirties.The characters Kimberling has assembled in Nathan s stories are unforgettable There is Lola who Nathan worships even while she s unfaithful Gerald, his socially awkward boss who owns a sofa and bird guides his friend, Shane, with whom he has several interesting experiences before Shane becomes a librarian his Texan uncle Dart who has a clash with the clan Fast Eddie who in the future will promote Thong Thursdays at his business Ernie and Maude of Santa Claus, Indiana and Darren, the man who ended his career as a songbird field researcher.I really enjoyed the writing in Snapper the word play and the descriptions were wonderful Kimberling manages to be funny and subtle while making a poignant observation For example A real ornithologist spends his life in a database I was the underpaid field hand who collected the information in that database I was like a voracious reader unwilling to taint or corrupt his passion by submitting to years of studying postcolonialism or feminist theory pg 140 Touch Brian you just described my passion for book blogging As Kimberling captures the haphazard, accidental path Nathan s life takes it reminds me that many of us have taken a rather accidental road to get where we are years later And the results are not always a bad thing, despite how it may look from the outside.Oh, and the cover of this book is gorgeous It features reproductions of John James Audubon images.Very Highly RecommendedDisclosure I was given a copy of this book by Pantheon Books Random House for review purposes.


  7. says:

    Nathan Lochmueller is a birdwatcher it is not every day you can build a career around doing something you love Snapper charts the love affair that Nathan has with bird watching and the seamlessly unobtainable Lola This is a coming of age, and quite possibly a semi autobiographical, novel set in rural Indiana, the bastard son of the Midwest.This is a bookclub book so it will be a little tricky reviewing this without some of the others insights being mixed in with mine Normally I write a review before attending book club but I seemed to have run out of time This is a coming of age story that explores life in Indiana as well as the life of a biologist.Apparently the biology is right and this was important to one of the book club members, who is in fact a biologist as well For me this felt like a combination of little stories just as I start getting into one story the chapter ends and we are on another story Non linear groups and the only thing that seems to hold the threads together is the relationship between Nathan and Lola.I hate to use someone else s thoughts but one group member hit the nail on the head when she called Lola a manic pixie dream girl Nathan seems bitter and cynical about everything except when it comes to Lola He seems blinded about this unobtainable girl, she was never leading him on but he still lived in hope.I really enjoyed this novel, almost experimental in the style but I felt like the chapters were so disconnected it really took me out of the novel My major problems with this novel were the editing I don t know how this got published with such inconsistencies in the formatting some chapters have quotation marks, others don t I really don t know why books choose not to have them and this really annoyed me If you want to print a book, at least have a standardised format for the entire book It feels like some chapters were formatted by a different editor to the others and no one compared notes Even the major mistake where the city Canberra is found in the country Canberra instead of Australia.Apart from all of this, I enjoyed reading Snapper in all its nuances and will probably read from this debut author I m sure if Brian Kimberling writes another novel it will be autobiographical and to do with biology which are not really my thing but this pretentious, semi experimental novel is definitely my thing.This review originally appeared on my blog


  8. says:

    Brian Kimberling calls on his experience as a professional birdwatcher to create the framework for his inventive first novel To be honest, I d never heard of birdwatching as a profession, but as Nathan, the central character shows, there is to it than meets the eye He starts out doing it as a student, but his observation of migratory songbirds and collection of information using triangulation techniques to calibrate the height of bald eagles nests is fed into a data bank that fills guides to be pored over by what we normally think of as bird watchers Most importantly, the other most important character in the book is its location Indiana, where, according to the Michelin Guide at least in this book, Everything is flat, everyone is fat, and you can t buy beer on Sunday This book, however, proves there is to Indiana This could be loosely described as a collection of short stories since each chapter introduces people never seen again, characters so memorable and unique and vibrant Oddly, the hardest character to remain in imagination is Nathan himself, a first person narrator who never seems to solidify as well as his friends His family with one exception, an uncle who moves to Indiana from Texas with disastrous results, also remains in the background As with other parts of the country, Kimberling considers Indiana to be a locale with its own identity that is rapidly being undermined and gentrified into the sameness of a generic America, and through this book, he is attempting to present his native state as he knew it before it s too late.


  9. says:

    Aside from some interesting bits about birds, this is really a young man s experiences living amidst the odd combination of unsophisticated Hoosiers and college types that define his Evansville, Indiana, home Early adventures in the woods cement his love of nature and lead to his job as ornithology research assistant, that has him sitting in blinds in trees for hours on end But the book is hardly a document of arboreal daydreaming Motley friends and a love fixation pop in and out as colorfully as the songbirds Nathan s observing This is good writing And yes, a good read also for those who like birds.


  10. says:

    Ho hum Another young male author who wrote about his college years and how he found humble employment as a professional bird watcher while he was waiting to find himself Ho hum.


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