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  • Paperback
  • 400
  • Evidence of Things Unseen
  • Marianne Wiggins
  • English
  • 27 September 2019
  • 9780743258098

10 thoughts on “Evidence of Things Unseen

  1. says:

    The first thing I noticed in this book was Wiggen’s use of poetic language Beautiful But in the beginning of the book at least it was too much for me Like too many plums in the pudding too much sauce on the pasta Tasty gems need a matrix to shine against When it’s all chocolate chips and no cookie it can become cloying The writing lovely as it was slowed me down because it kept bringing attention to itself I love gorgeous w

  2. says:

    I’ve got to hand it to Goodreads I never would have even heard of this book if it weren’t for the reading friends I’ve made there And that would have been a shame because Evidence of Things Unseen is going on my lis

  3. says:

    In this world where bombs are dropped to end a war; where people living in clean new identical houses and whose sons spend dreamy summer evenings in tents in the back build the atomic bomb and cheer when it explodes because it means money for them and their town how can you believe in love or other wonderful unseen things

  4. says:

    My distaste for this book can be understood by a sentence very early on in this novelBlinking in the the rain he saw her bones smooth as horn beneath the fabric of her dress where it clung flat as oil on water to her form he saw the flat spades of her scapulae and her ropy spine rising from the meager compass of her unspan

  5. says:

    I’m not the kind of person to gush I believe that the 80 20 ratio of great to mediocre applies to all things in

  6. says:

    I thought this book was spectacularly well written with gorgeous language and very clever use of mathematical and scientific language to create romantic descriptions There were several very obvious themes woven throughout wh

  7. says:

    Note When my opinion is so absolutely opposite of the majority of the readers of a book I feel a bit than just the star rating is necessary In this case it's not difficult to explain why I have the opinion I doI w

  8. says:

    This is a touching story of the tender love between Fos and Opal Fos is a man who has always been fascinated by things that glowfalling stars in the night sky; bioluminescence in the dark seaHe accidentally finds Opal when his truck breaks down

  9. says:

    Absolutely beautiful book I read it as slowly as I possibly could so as to savor it

  10. says:

    This nearly 400 page book mesmerized me from the breathtaking opening paragraph The story of Fos and Opal grows from their innate curiosity in the world around them Fos an amateur scientist thrives on luminescence in all its forms Opal loves learning and longs to build a future with Fos Their love intensifies through tragedy and hardship in the years between the first World War and the second as the world of science becomes weaponizedThe

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Evidence of Things Unseen

This poetic novel by the acclaimed author of John Dollar describes America at the brink of the Atomic Age In the years between the two world wars the future held promise than peril but there was evidence of things unseen that would transfigure our unuestioned trust in a safe future Fos has returned to Tennessee from the trenches of France Intrigued with electricity bioluminescence and especially x rays he believes in science and the future of technology On a trip to the Outer Banks to study the Perseid m The first thing I noticed in this book was Wiggen s use of poetic language Beautiful But in the beginning of the book at least it was too much for me Like too many plums in the pudding too much sauce on the pasta Tasty gems need a matrix to shine against When it s all chocolate chips and no cookie it can become cloying The writing lovely as it was slowed me down because it kept bringing attention to itself I love gorgeous writing but when I m reading a novel I don t want to keep stopping to admire the view at every step of the path But as I got into the book I either stopped noticing the pearls so much or she used them judiciously and it was smooth sailing from there onIt did however take a long time before I really cared about Fos and Opal There were times when I was just slogging along without much emotional involvement I wonder if that was because Fos and Opal were so inarticulate so turned in upon themselves that I felt as if they were unknowableI kept stopping to ponder the world in which Fos and Opal lived They were a little older than I am a little younger than my parents so many of the events in the book were things that happened in my lifetime In a way it was like being a kid again lying on my stomach in the living room in LA reading about the TVA and the bomb in Life MagazineI will say right here since nobody else has mentioned it that Wiggins use of dialect put me off A cadence a slight tinge here and there would have been enough to make us aware of Opal s and Fos s speech patterns Did she need to write things like whatcha gonna do phonetically like that Listen to any bunch of American English speakers in an informal situation and they ll talk like that too So I can t see the necessity of writing their speech the way Wiggins did I realize she wanted us to know how isolated and uneducated these two were but just a touch would have done it Overloading the dialect sounds condescending Li l Abner and Mammy YokumThis is beginning to sound like I didn t like the book I did But these are the reasons it didn t get 5 stars from me I loved the sense of wonder at the natural world especially the theme of light carried through the book stars phosphorescence x rays electricity radiation photography Did you know that photographers are often referred to as keepers of the light

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Eteor shower he falls in love with Opal whose father is a glassblower who can spin color out of lightFos brings his new wife back to Knoxville where he runs a photography studio with his former Army buddy Flash A witty rogue and a staunch disbeliever in Prohibition Flash brings tragedy to the couple when his appetite for pleasure runs up against both the law and the Ku Klux Klan Fos and Opal are forced to move to Opal's mother's farm on the Clinch River and soon they have a son Lightfoot But when the New I thought this book was spectacularly well written with gorgeous language and very clever use of mathematical and scientific language to create romantic descriptions There were several very obvious themes woven throughout which I found enjoyable but I acknowledge that other reviews thought they were overdone or contrived I loved them and found the use of Light and Radiance throughout to be very interesting I also thought hanging elements of the story on a Moby Dick frame was cool and now realize I need to read THAT book too To me the distinct themes and the semi secret references to Moby Dick reinforced the idea of things unseen an underlying structure or synchronicity in life that you might not really be aware ofThe characters were very interesting if tragically flawed and I have found myself thinking about the story constantly That is a key indicator for me of a special book If it feels forgettable it is This one for me is notAlso very compelling for me was the setting Knoxville and Oak Ridge places I know well and that the author clearly knows well The depiction of life in East Tennessee from WWI through WWII felt very realistic with the uniuely southern influences of TVA the KKK and Appalachian mindsets This story was written from the inside and had the ring of truth I ve already recommended it to several family members and consider it a keeper

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Deal claims their farm for the TVA Fos seeks work at the Oak Ridge Laboratory Site X in the government's race to build the bomb And it is there when Opal falls ill with radiation poisoning that Fos's great faith in science deserts him Their lives have traveled with touching inevitability from their innocence and fascination with things that glow to the new world of manmade suns Hypnotic and powerful Evidence of Things Unseen constructs a heartbreaking arc through twentieth century American life and beli Absolutely beautiful book I read it as slowly as I possibly could so as to savor it


About the Author: Marianne Wiggins

Marianne Wiggins is the author of seven books of fiction including John Dollar and Evidence of Things Unseen She has won an NEA grant the Whiting Writers' Award and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize and she was a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist in fiction for Evidence of Things Unseen