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by Kathleen Cambor

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Kathleen Cambor
Harper Perennial (March 5, 2002)
Genre Fiction
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How ironic that a book about a disaster is a disaster itself. According to the dust jacket, Kathleen Cambor was the director of a major university's creative writing program

How ironic that a book about a disaster is a disaster itself. According to the dust jacket, Kathleen Cambor was the director of a major university's creative writing program. Hmmm - maybe this book was an example of what not to do. Anyway, she starts with a good idea, a historical novel about the tragedy of the flooding of Jonestown, Pennsylvania in 1889. But that's where the good ideas stopped. She could have come at the story from a number of different angles, such as how the greed of the How ironic that a book about a disaster is a disaster itself.

In Sunlight, In a Beautiful Garden is the second novel of the American writer Kathleen Cambor

In Sunlight, In a Beautiful Garden is the second novel of the American writer Kathleen Cambor.

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Cambor very meticulously draws the background of key players in "In Sunlight, in a Beautiful Garden. When I first started reading this book I will admit to being disappointed because for some reason I thought it was just about the flood and the causes of the flood. So meticulously, in fact, that I began to lose track of the large number of characters and, then, lose interest. astrologerjennyGo to astrologerjenny's profile. This is a historical novel about the flood in Johnstown, Penn in 1889. After a short while though, the author had drawn me in with this well written story about the families and lives of the people affected by this tragedy.

history and makes is heartrendingly immediate and terribly suspenseful. Her cast of characters, from the wealthiest men in the United States to factory workers, are so fully imagined that you'll be unable to leave the book without knowing whether or not they survived the bursting of the dam that had held the river back for decades. Cambor does a lot of artful stage-setting, developing the reader's understanding of.

Kathleen Cambor is an American author. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2001 for her second novel, In Sunlight, In a Beautiful Garden. Her novels include The Book of Mercy, which received the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The novel was selected as a New York Times Notable Book of 2001. A historical novel, its plot is based on the Johnstown Flood of 1889, when more than 2,000 people drowned after the collapse of the South Fork Dam.

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In Sunlight, In a Beautiful Garden. "Kathleen Cambor, Contemporary Authors Online, Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2008".

In Sunlight, In a Beautiful Garden is the second novel of the American writer Kathleen Cambor.

In Sunlight, in a Beautiful Garden is the story of a bittersweet romance set against the backdrop of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania, flood -- a tragedy that cost some 2,200 lives when the South Fork Dam burst on Memorial Day weekend, 1889. The dam was the site of a gentlemen's club that attracted some of the wealthiest industrialists of the day -- Henry Clay Frick, Andrew Mellon, and Andrew Carnegie -- and served as a summertime idyll for the families of the rich. In Sunlight, in a Beautiful Garden imagines the lives that were lived, lost, and irreparably changed by a tragedy that could have been averted.

  • On Memorial Day in 1889, above the town of Johnstown, Pa, the South Fork dam burst nearly wiping out the town itself and many smaller towns downriver. Thousands were killed, livestock decimated and the township's buildings, homes and infrastructure were literally wiped off the face of the earth. Those that survived the initial assault were tested furthur as the cold night bore down on them. Shivering, injured, separated from loved ones, thirsty from the lack of potable water, left without food, desperate for medicine, bandages and clothes, they huddled together praying to make it until morning. While waters swirled around them, the structures they managed to seek refuge in threatened to collapse, casting off the survivors into black, raging waters. Even worse were those trapped inside structures and wedged downstream against the low bridge. Fires had ignited from the still burning stoves of homes knocked off their foundations. Massed in a huge jam, people burned to death and their screams could be heard throughout what was remaining of the town. This was a tragedy of immense proportions.
    The real tragedy is that the wealthy men who were ultimately responsible for the maintainance of the dam failed to make the dam safe. The luxury of having a recreational and fishing lake were granted only to those rich enough to afford to vacation at the "club", and the area was strictly denied to any trespassers not registered with the fishing and hunting club. Little to no consideration was given to the THOUSANDS of people below the dam, nor their homes, their animals and their livlihoods. It is inconceivable that such callous disregard existed and that these "important" men got away with such transgressions!!
    I guess I should not be surprised, as the foundation was set, and the same kind of disregard exists today as the corporate rich rob and plunder their companies at the expense of the working people.
    Skillfully revealed, the author makes no mistake as to who is responsible. Delightfully entertaining, there are intriguing characters to lighten the impact of such a horrific event.

  • I enjoyed the book which gave a feeling into the background of the people living below the dam. From a historical point, I enjoyed David McCullough's book, The Johnstown Flood. I would suggest reading his book before reading In Sunlight in a Beautiful Garden. These two books are an enjoyable combination to read.

  • At the end of the 19th Century, America is a nation of vast opportunity and evolving values, certainly obsessed with the vast fortunes amassed by the likes of Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick and Andrew Mellon. Their private resort above the industrialized town of Johnstown, PA, is a jewel in the crown of the vast wealth of these Robber Barons. The South Fork Fishing and Hunting Lodge features a man-made lake braced by an ill-repaired dam that ultimately imperils the town resting at its valley floor.
    Using personal detail to humanize this disaster, Cambor introduces complex characters from Johnstown as well as one family who summers for a brief two weeks each year at South Fork, albeit a family not of the highest level of that very particular pecking order. In Johnstown we meet Julia of the broken spirit and her husband Frank, helpless against life's random cruelties, their proud son Daniel, and Grace, a runaway from an unbearably lonely life. Representing South Fork is the idealistic Nora, a child of fortune who reaches beyond her personal limitations before everything changes forever.
    The novel actually ends with the flood, a vast surge of water from the ruptured dam, unleashing death and devastation that Memorial Day, May 30, 1889, obliterating Johnstown in minutes. I confess I wanted more detail about the actual flood and its physical consequences, who survived and who took responsibility. This is but a small complaint in a rich novel of American life on the cusp of a new century, a time when the American Dream still twinkles in the eye of the working man and when hard work promises a guarantee, security for a man's family after a life of labor. Detail is crafted into every page, days lived in hope and reason, pride and dignity. But, lest I wax too nostalgic, their time is cut short by nature's wrath and the enormous cost of privilege for the few. The novel opens with this quote, setting the tone for the quiet unfolding of catastrophe: "I have been watching you; you were there, unconcerned perhaps, but with the strange distraught air of someone forever expecting a great misfortune, in sunlight, in a beautiful garden" (Maurice Maeterlinck). Indeed, such disasters do create a sense of vigilance, of dreams discarded and the sad loss of innocence.

  • This is a well written novel that personalizes the people who lived in Johnston and visit the South Fork Hunting and Fishing Club and the disaster of the flood. Much of the novel is written in narrative versus dialog and that was different style than I usually read and I think more dialog would have help. I think the author could have expanded more especially during the flood and afterward but still a good historical fiction. After reading I wanted to find out more about the flood and the South Fork Hunting and Fishing Club.

  • This novel is basically a romance set against the back drop of the Johnstown, PA Flood of 1889. The characters, settings, and time period are meticulously detailed almost to the point of tediousness. The human passion portrayed is stilted and subdued by the reticence of the era, but the power of the natural events dwarf all accounts of the human involved. Despite the author's detailed prose, the anguish of the thousands of people who perished in the disaster comes through.

  • Kathleen Cambor made you feel as though you had inside information as to exactly what went on at the Club. I really got a different feel about the so called Great Men of that time. They don't seem so grand to me after I read this book.
    I have been to Johnstown and I have stood atop the opposite hill from the dam so it was easy to put myself back there as I read the book. Even if you have never been there you will certainly become involved in the lives of the people and the terrible situations that led up to the horrible event.