Date: January 2021

Duration: 8 hours 21 minutes

Summary:

Now an Academy Award-winning Netflix film by Jane Campion, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst: Thomas Savage's acclaimed Western is "a pitch-perfect evocation of time and place" (Boston Globe) for fans of East of Eden and Brokeback Mountain.

Set in the wide-open spaces of the American West, The Power of the Dog is a stunning story of domestic tyranny, brutal masculinity, and thrilling defiance from one of the most powerful and distinctive voices in American literature. The novel tells the story of two brothers — one magnetic but cruel, the other gentle and quiet — and of the mother and son whose arrival on the brothers’ ranch shatters an already tenuous peace. From the novel’s startling first paragraph to its very last word, Thomas Savage’s voice — and the intense passion of his characters — holds readers in thrall.

"Gripping and powerful...A work of literary art." —Annie Proulx, from her afterword 

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  • alanthemovie

    A slow-burn that I didn’t expect but quite enjoyed. There’s probably a lot of nuances I didn’t notice since I started listening to the book looking for the movie in it, but I loved the tension and toughness that came from mundane and seemingly casual gestures. A really enraging and scary good time.

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  • Samantha M.

    A wonderful book with a great movie adaptation

  • Mark S.

    We listened to this book because it was selected by our book club. We had previously seen the movie. I enjoyed the book but my wife did not care for it. I enjoyed the story of life on the ranch and in the town. I understand many feel this novel is a must for any library of western novels. I would not go that far, but I did enjoy the depiction of life in that environment. The story is so much more than what is shown in the movie. The reader may feel differently about the characters, as well. I thought the narrator did an especially good portrayal of Phil.

Power of the Dog: A Novel

by Thomas Savage, Annie Proulx

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