Deep River

Deep River

Karl Marlantes?s debut novel Matterhorn, a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the Center for Fiction?s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, has been hailed as a modern classic of war literature. In his new novel, Deep River, Marlantes turns to another mode of storytelling?the family epic?to craft a stunningly expansive narrative that is no less rich and honest in its Karl Marlantes?s debut novel Matterhorn, a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the Center for Fiction?s ...

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Title:Deep River
Author:Karl Marlantes
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:B075VCJF62
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:820 pages pages

Deep River Reviews

  • Misha
    May 19, 2019
    Recently I made a list for a patron who enjoyed "whole life" novels. This is one such novel, following about 80 years in the life of Aino, a woman from Finland who flees Russian occupation and persecution and imprisonment as a political dissident to join her brothers in Washington Stat...
  • Chrissie
    Aug 09, 2019
    Deep River by Karl Marlantes is a long epic family saga. You must be in the mood for this when you pick it up. The story follows three Finnish siblings, Ilmari, Aino and Matti Koski, all three born in the last two decades of the 19th century. Of the two brothers, Ilmari is the eldes...
  • Jessica Sullivan
    Jan 15, 2019
    I'm not the biggest fan of historical fiction, so I wasn't expecting to enjoy this 700+ page tome as much as I did. Turns out it was an incredibly fascinating and rewarding read. This family epic follows the three Koski siblings (Ilmari, Mattie and Aino) as they make their way from...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    May 06, 2019
    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Anger at the senseless cruelty of it all kept her awake at night.' Escaping Russian rule, siblings Ilmari, Matti, and Aino immigrate to America joining other Finns in the hopes that they will find the perfect place to thrive. Ilm...
  • Robert Sheard
    Aug 18, 2019
    Yes, it's really long. Yes, trying to keep all the Finnish names straight in the beginning was a challenge. Read it anyway. A family saga and a history of the Pacific Northwest in the early 20th Century, it's a terrific read. ...
  • Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.)
    Sep 21, 2019
    Historically interesting, but kind of flat from a story-telling perspective. I would put it down for a while and then come back to it and plow ahead for a bit. ...
  • Thom
    Aug 17, 2019
    This sophomore effort is comparable to sagas (Ken Follet, Alex Haley, or even Leo Tolstoy), but the novel blurb is all Matterhorn. This is probably because this family study just isn't as good as his first book. The descriptions of the land are lush, even though the distances seem a...
  • Aimee Dars
    Apr 29, 2019
    Deep River follows the Koski siblings--Aino, Ilmari, and Matti--from childhood in Russian-occupied Finland to their settlement in the Pacific Northwest as they enter adulthood and begin families of their own. Ilmari, the first to arrive in the United States, homesteads on a large p...
  • Mark
    Sep 24, 2019
    I read Marlante's first novel, Matterhorn, in 2010, the year it was published. It ended up being the best book I read that year. Many book lovers felt the same way. A riveting look at the Vietnam war. Marlante has finally returned and he does not disappoint, delivering a big, sprawling...
  • Geoffrey Benn
    Sep 22, 2019
    ?Deep River?, Karl Marlantas? recently released second novel, begins during the Russian occupation of Finland in the early 20th century. Two siblings, Matti and Aino, are arrested by the secret police and then flee the country to join their eldest brother, Ilmari, who recently em...
  • Karen
    Jul 15, 2019
    Another amazing book by former Marine (and Rhodes Scholar) Karl Marlantes. His first was the extraordinary novel about Vietnam, "Matterhorn." Deep River is a long and engaging saga of a group of young people who emigrate over a period of several years from rural Finland in the early 19...
  • Joe M
    Aug 05, 2019
    Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest there must be something ingrained in my DNA that draws me to big, epic novels about logging and the timber industry, so as soon as I saw Deep River with its gorgeous cover and 820-page count it vaulted to the top of my reading list. It also help...
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    Jul 03, 2019
    DNF at 34% The trials and tribulations of the Koski siblings as they flee from Russian-occupied Finland to logging country in Washington state in the early 20th century. To be fair, I am not the target demographic for this book, and it was made abundantly clear to me the more I r...
  • Jan
    Aug 08, 2019
    A big novel of family, immigration and America that follows three siblings from their early years working for Finland's independence from Russia to their lives as loggers and union organizers in the Pacific Northwest. As with his Vietnam novel, Matterhorn, Marlantes keeps us engaged wi...
  • Jennifer
    Feb 25, 2019
    Three Koski siblings?Ilmari, Matti and Aino?flee Finland in the early 1900s and settle in Deep River located in southern Washington along the Columbia River. The brothers begin logging careers, and Aino encourages unionization. Covering over three decades, this novel shares details...
  • Tahera
    Aug 11, 2019
    At 820 pages, covering 76 years (1893 till 1969) and almost three generations, Deep River is a saga.....a saga of the Koski siblings, Ilmari, Matti and Aino, who one by one flee Russian occupied Finland, at the turn of the 20th century, and come to United States of America to settle do...
  • Bonnye Reed
    Dec 14, 2018
    Deep River is a marathon of a historical novel, one you cannot bear to put aside. We follow the children of Maijaliisa and Tapio Koski from Kokkola, Finland as they immigrated to the communities of the Columbia River basin (known then as the Deep River) between Washington and Oregon, U...
  • Becky Motew
    Jul 14, 2019
    4.2 stars What an achievement! An impressively ambitious work covering the family history of a Finnish family, Aino and her brothers Matti and Ilmari and the history of logging and fishing in the US Pacific Northwest. KM takes us inside the logging camps and explains in (sometime...
  • Jeanette
    Jul 17, 2019
    No rating. Just too long winded. Dire lyrical is just not for me. I was interested but the verbosity and redundant intersects just buried it alive. ...
  • Todd
    Jun 26, 2019
    Deep River Karl Marlantes #GoodreadsGiveaway Tentative Publication Date: July 2, 2019 Tentative Price: $30.00 Karl Marlantes states "this novel is not a retelling of The Kalevala but rather a tale highly influenced by it" (page 720, ARC). This is helpful to know when stepp...
  • Steven Z.
    Jul 14, 2019
    In DEEP RIVER, author Karl Marlantes moves on from his description of a company of Marines in Vietnam who tried to recapture a mountain top base that formed the basis of his award-winning book, MATTERHORN and his unique description of combat in his memoir, WHAT IT IS LIKE TO GO TO WAR....
  • Melissa Dee
    Aug 01, 2019
    When I was a young teen, I remember spending hot summer days immersed in the huge historical novels of Michener and Uris. For hours, I would be caught up in their magnificent world-building, only emerging for meals and sleep. I had the same experience with Deep River. At a weighty 7...
  • Susan
    Aug 10, 2019
    4.5 stars Deep River is an informative and compelling saga of the three Koski siblings Ilmari, Aino and Matti who flee Finland to escape the Russian authorities. They settle in Washington state and become part of the logging community where the work is hazardous the hours are long a...
  • Karen Kay
    Jun 20, 2019
    I received this from Netgalley.com for a review. In the early 1900s, as the oppression of Russia's imperial rule takes its toll on Finland, the three Koski siblings--Ilmari, Matti, and the politicized young Aino--are forced to flee to the United States. Good Beginning but overa...
  • Hannah Grace || BookNerdNative
    Jun 27, 2019
    This book was deeply gripping and included stunning detail. This is the kind of historical fiction that is unforgettable. This story has completely 3 dimensional characters, who are wonderful and flawed and completely lifelike. This book made me shed a couple of tears, and gave a reall...
  • Cat
    Feb 09, 2019
    We agree to be unbiased in our book reviews, but what are you to do when given the opportunity to review one of your favorite authors? Karl Marlantes of ?Matterhorn? and ?What It Is Like to Go to War? fame has taken the about-face with the subject of his new novel, but his tale...
  • Jypsy
    Jan 27, 2019
    Deep River is the story of the Koski family. One by one, members of the family flee Finland. They do this for political activism, avoiding army conscription, etc. They go to southern Washington state where there is a Finnish community. The Kolski family joins the logging business becau...
  • Dax
    Oct 06, 2019
    ?Deep River? starts off slowly with the gradual gestation of communism in Finland and the introduction of the Koski siblings. The story picks up pace once the siblings make it over to the States and settle along the Columbia River. By the end of the novel the reader feels a strong ...
  • John
    Jun 10, 2019
    *Thanks to Goodreads & Grove Atlantic for providing me with an advance reader?s copy of this ? I absolutely LOVED Matterhorn and I was thrilled to be selected for one of these copies!* Marlantes' Deep River is an impressive tome that chronicles a family of Finnish immigrants...
  • Daniel Cuthbert
    Jul 08, 2019
    Epic in every sense of the word, ?Deep River? concerns three Finnish family members, Ilmari, Matti, and Aino. The three migrate from Finland to Oregon around the turn of the century and find themselves embroiled in the timber industry in an effort to establish new and better lives ...