Ludie's Life

Ludie s Life Cynthia Rylant returns to her home state of West Virginia with this powerful and evocative collection of poems In a heartbreaking narrative that flows like a novel we follow Ludie from childhood to f

Booktalks Quick and Simple Nancy Keane Gaus, Paul L BLOOD OF THE PRODIGAL THE OHIO AMISH MYSTERY Gauthier, Gail MY LIFE AMONG THE ALIENS Gay, Marie Louise GOOD

Booktalks Quick and Simple Nancy Keane Gaus, Paul L BLOOD OF THE PRODIGAL THE OHIO AMISH MYSTERY Gauthier, Gail MY LIFE AMONG THE ALIENS Gay, Marie Louise GOOD

Booktalks Quick and Simple Nancy Keane Gaus, Paul L BLOOD OF THE PRODIGAL THE OHIO AMISH MYSTERY Gauthier, Gail MY LIFE AMONG THE ALIENS Gay, Marie Louise GOOD

Booktalks Quick and Simple Nancy Keane Gaus, Paul L BLOOD OF THE PRODIGAL THE OHIO AMISH MYSTERY Gauthier, Gail MY LIFE AMONG THE ALIENS Gay, Marie Louise GOOD

Booktalks Quick and Simple Nancy Keane Gaus, Paul L BLOOD OF THE PRODIGAL THE OHIO AMISH MYSTERY Gauthier, Gail MY LIFE AMONG THE ALIENS Gay, Marie Louise GOOD

Cynthia Rylant returns to her home state of West Virginia with this powerful and evocative collection of poems In a heartbreaking narrative that flows like a novel, we follow Ludie from childhood to falling in love and getting married, through the birth of her own children, and on into old age This is the story of one woman s experiences in a hardscrabble coal mining towCynthia Rylant returns to her home state of West Virginia with this powerful and evocative collection of poems In a heartbreaking narrative that flows like a novel, we follow Ludie from childhood to falling in love and getting married, through the birth of her own children, and on into old age This is the story of one woman s experiences in a hard scrabble coal mining town, a story that brims with universal themes about life, love, and family and all of the joy, laughter, heartache, and loss that accompany them Would she tell you that six children were too many, that some disappointed, that others surprised, but that, all in all, six were too many and onewould have been just fine Would she tell you that she married that boy at fifteen not only because he was tall and kind but also because she needed a way out from LUDIE S LIFE
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  • Terri says:

    Cynthia Rylant's prose poetry is flowing and beautiful."The worst thing that ever happened to Ludiewas loneliness,and this occurred only in her final years,so one may sayshe had a lucky life.She did not outlive her children,was never in a hospital,and did not fear death.But loneliness,had she known it was coming,might have destroyed her.Ludie had been deprived, yes.Of a mother.Of enough money.Of certain opportunities.But Ludie had never been lonelyNever a night aloneuntil Rupe started dying Ludi [...]

  • Kerry says:

    I absolutely LOVE Cynthia Rylant. She is such an amazing and versatile author. I have always had a ton of her books in my classroom. Two of my favorites are The Bookshop Dog and The Relatives Came. Most of her books that I have been familiar with are for younger readers. I was very interested in reading this one for older readers and a book written in a different format. Her story of Ludie's life was just beautiful and contained some very bittersweet lines. Even though there were just glimpses o [...]

  • Katy says:

    Told in verse, we learn about the life of a woman, who as a child stole scraps of food from the table in her own home in Alabama to her marriage to a young boy named Rupe and their life as a coal mining family in West Virginia. We learn about her life, her children, her own fatalism towards her lot in life, but underneath is a beautiful woman much more intelligent living in a world where no really knows who she is. As a native West Virginian, I can identify with Ludie, have met people like Ludie [...]

  • Rachel Collinge says:

    Super short but really sweet.

  • Eva Leger says:

    3.5 - This isn't the type of book I'd normally pick up. I'm still not sure why I did actually decide to read it. The cover didn't draw me in. I happened to see this on the 'put back' cart at the library while trying to find a little boy's Scooby-Doo book and for whatever reason I picked it up. Something - I don't know what - made me want to read it. Ludie's Life is written in verse, which I've become very fond of if it's done right - and Ludie herself, and her life, is about as far away from me [...]

  • Lea says:

    In Ludie's Life, Cynthia Rylant skillfully weaves words to extract the extraordinary from the ordinary. Ludie lives her life the best she can. The slow and steady pace of Rylant's verse seems to mirror the slow and steady passage of Ludie's life. She, like most of us, is forced to come to terms with the incongruous emotions that accompany life. She longs for more, but has found some contentment as a wife and mother in the hard-living hills of West Virginia. She loves her children and grandchildr [...]

  • Sherry says:

    Ludie's Life by Cynthia Rylant is amazing! It is a collection of poems written in narrative/novel form. It is set in the early 1900s and starts with Ludie's childhood and works its way through her adulthood and old age with occasional flashbacks to her younger-adult self. These poems struck home for me. They spoke about the silent parts of a person that can't really be expressed. They were raw and honest and real. Very beautifully presented and powerfully emotional. I cried at the end. I loved i [...]

  • Emily says:

    I'm not a huge fan of poetry, and I have to be in a mood for novels in verse, but Cynthia Rylant's Ludie's Life was a pleasant surprise. Chronicling the life of a women from the coal camps of Alabama, Ludie's story is one of hard work, frustration, and contentment. Ludie marries at the age of fifteen to escape her neglectful step mother and enters into a life with a kind, hard working man named Rupe. Ludie's dreams pushed aside, she raises six children, and many more grand-children, in West Virg [...]

  • Kari says:

    I've learned that novels in prose are "outsider" books. The poets don't acknowledge them as true poetry and novelists don't accept the shortcuts of the form. But sometimes I'm really in the mood for just an essence of a thing. Ludie was from a small southern town, married too young, and had too many children. Through Rylant I really saw how she viewed the world. Some of the lines were beautiful: "Ludie knew the pain of being more than the world would ever see " There is an ache to this story t [...]

  • Emily says:

    I'd never heard of Cynthia Rylant until I found this on the shelves at the library. Now I know I'll have to read more by her. This is the sort of book that makes me envious of poets who manage to tell so much in so few words. It's the story of a coal miner's long life, spent mostly in West Virginia. It's also a story about an era as well as a story about all women as they age, and it's a stunning portrait of a "simple life" -- the sort of work meant to make us question our own stereotypes. All t [...]

  • Snickerdoodle says:

    I loved this story. Some call this a "collection of poems" but it reads like a story. We get to know Ludie from beginning to end, who she was and why. We can see ourselves and those we love in her. We get to see, in one short book how a life evolves. This is not a book to be raced through, but one to be read slowly and savored, like poetry. This is not a children's book but could be understood and enjoyed by teens, most certainly for adults of all ages. I've just finished it but this is a book [...]

  • Anne Calvert says:

    I enjoyed this book. I enjoyed everything about it. The style of writing, the story, the peoplel of it. The way Ms. Rylant wrote this sweet story of Ludie and her life as a poem-story was something new for me. The story was a quick read, but the way it was written, I know so much of Ludie's life. It was so informative and detailed. I am pleasantly surprised by this book. I will try to find more of Ms. Rylant's work.

  • Karen Yelton-Curtis says:

    Needing a lighter read after finishing a detailed biography, I picked this out of my "to read" stack. The story is told in poetic mini-chapters that are, at first glance, deceptively simple but merit scrutiny. While not on the same level as Karen Hesse's Out of the Dust, this short book is still worth the time. The reader connects easily with the protagonist and is reminded of the value of simple living. The language offers room for broad interpretation.

  • Melinda says:

    This is another novel in the form of collected free verse poems, similar to works by Karen Hesse. It was a quick, enjoyable read, reminding me of the hardscrabble lives lived by some of my country relatives. Ludie tells her own story with a keen eye and simple language, in the vein of Robert Morgan's Gap Creek and Lee Smith's Fair and Tender Ladies, one of my all-time favorite novels about country livin.

  • Anna says:

    This is depressing but beautifully written. It was a bit difficult for me to get into in the beginning. I felt like I wasn't really connected to the main character, Ludie. But as I kept reading she really sort of started to unfold and by the end of the book I felt like I knew her. Very touching. A fast read that will sort of linger in your mind for a bit. 3.5 stars.

  • Marcia says:

    Written in free verse, the reader finds the memoirs of Ludie, a 90-year-old women who lives her life in the poverty of a West Virginia coal mining town. The book contains flashbacks of Ludie's life as well as her personal, inner thoughts on family, community, and life. Her story is both reminiscent and nostalgic.

  • Debbie says:

    This was like seeing into my grandmother's life, like reading about my own feelings, like reading something private. There are few words but they are pillowed in thick meaning. It is a book written in prose but set as a poem.

  • Jennifer Miera says:

    I'm not sure that this book has teen appeal - afterall, how many teens enjoy reading about the reminiscences of old ladies. I loved it and thought that Rylant really nailed old ladyness - or my vision of it. Very sweet and tender. Made me cry.

  • Andi says:

    Novel told in verse. The life of a woman in a coal mining town in WV. Her growing up, marriage, children (6), old age. Quick read but beautiful and smoothly flowing story. Many questions raised & pondered about what makes meaning, joy, happiness in life.

  • Kellie says:

    I enjoyed this read. By the end of the book, Ludie was my friend and I hated saying goodbye. I enjoyed learning about her life and her family, all the happiness and all the sadness. There are even some little gems of knowledge in here that will stay with me.

  • Erika says:

    It was the kind of story that made me force myself to stop, close my eyes, and count to five before resuming for fear I would stop breathing. Breath-taking, literally. Thank you Cynthia, you've made an amazin g contribution to my ever-growing list of "books read".

  • Jos says:

    You have to read this book! Very original, in that it's written in free verse and tells the story of poor West Virginia country woman born in 1910. All it takes is about 2 cups of coffee to finish this book -- you won't want to put down.

  • Melody says:

    A novel in free verse which tells of Ludie, who married young and had six children, watched them grow up, move away, and who grows old and dies. The part where she sends a son off to Vietnam had me weeping. A lovely, quietly lyrical book that I will buy and read again.

  • Eileen Galer says:

    i enjoyed this book immensely. it is one will keep on my book shelves. ludie's life unfolds from childhood to old age in the form of poetry that reads like a novel.

  • Sherri says:

    Ludie feels very real. The depth to which we are allowed to know her is such a privilege. Cynthia Rylant has a new fan.

  • Karrie says:

    Written in verse, but a quick read and well-written.

  • Gail Pace says:

    This was a very short, quick read. I throughly enjoyed looking into Ludie's Life.

  • Karen says:

    This was a story writing through poetry. It was easy to read and told an interesting story.

  • Rebecca Snyder says:

    loved this book

  • Radhika says:

    A down to earth poetic way of how life is to be lived

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