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A Ranch Bordering the Salty River

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A Ranch Bordering the Salty River

There is a sincerity that runs throughout this short work that touches the soul as Jonathon shares the joys, hardships, secrets, and the dangers that entwine the life of a rancher in Argentina. It is the type of storytelling that mesmerises the reader as told through the voice of a poet. It captures in me in the same mood as would a poem written by Frost… So much that isn’t said is very aptly implied.

The sense of becoming one with the storyteller is very real as one visualises all that is going on. One becomes the persona sipping mate while taking in the beauty of the landscape, the woods, and the moon. One’s senses come to life with the scent of eucalyptus, the permeation of cow shit, the witnessing and aid of new life as a cow struggles to give birth, or death for the unfortunate calf who wasn’t reached in time. The wild imaginings and anticipations of a child heading toward the chickens are measured against the precariousness of one’s situation as rustlers bid the need to holster one’s gun and sheath one’s knife.

The ability to say so much in such few words and such a short work shows the nature of a truly gifted poet.

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About Kev

Kev is an Author & Songwriter. After years of studying, and even more years working in education, and management in the US, he returned to his hometown in England where he finally settled down to focus on his writing and music. Links to his works can be found in the widget bar, and more information about them can be found on his pages above. He would greatly appreciate it if you would check them out. Kev has a M.Ed in Secondary Education with English as his main subject area. He also did post-graduate studies in Christian Counselling and Psychopathology after obtaining a BA in Psychology with a minor in Classical Greek.

22 comments on “A Ranch Bordering the Salty River

  1. Powerful and lovely review, Kev. It sounds like a great read. All the best to Stephen Page in his writing. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  2. You have a convincing way with words, Kev. Great review!

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  3. Great book spotlight here, Kev, and it sounds like Stephen has crafted an amazing read! Congrats to Stephen on the great reviews his book has been receiving.

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  4. wow this review is very interesting!!! please check out my blog too

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  5. The language is indeed so rich and poetic! Thanks for highlighting.

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  6. Ah… an Argentinian western. I’m intrigued. Thanks for this review, Kev. Great big hug!

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  7. Wonderful review, Kev. Sounds good!

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  8. Reblogged this on Stephen Page and commented:

    Book Review by Ken Cooper on Stephen Page’s A Ranch Bordering the Salty River

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