The clearing

[The Clearing]
Year: 
2022
Type: 
Public: 
Publisher: 
Vintage
Year of publication: 
2004
Pages: 
320
Moral assessment: 
Type: Literature
Nothing inappropriate.
Some morally inappropriate content.
Contains significant sections contrary to faith or morals.
Contains some lurid passages, or presents a general ideological framework that could confuse those without much Christian formation.
Contains several lurid passages, or presents an ideological framework that is contrary or foreign to Christian values.
Explicitly contradicts Catholic faith or morals, or is directed against the Church and its institutions.
Literary quality: 
Recommendable: 
Transmits values: 
Sexual content: 
Violent content: 
Vulgar or obscene language: 
Ideas that contradict Church teaching: 
The rating of the different categories comes from the opinion of Delibris' collaborators

The Aldridge family has a sawmill business in Pittsburgh. The eldest son, Byron, participates in World War I and returns very changed and upset by what he has experienced in Europe, and, instead of returning to his family, he lives as a sheriff in a sawmill in Louisiana. When his father learns of his location, he decides to buy the farm and send his second son, Randolph, to run the business and try to get his brother back. The novel is the story of that task, in a very hard environment, of violence (murders, fights, actions of mafia groups...), in a very hostile territory, and a work of survival for uneducated people with primitive behaviors. 

There is a struggle between good and evil, but there is a background of mercy, forgiveness, efforts to find just solutions to problems and a defense of the family. The characters are well profiled, the descriptions of facts and places are very precise. The writer uses many technical terms, describing machines, tools, weapons, etc. ..... A novel of high quality, hard, but open to transcendence.

Author: Luis Ramoneda, Spain
Update on: Jun 2022