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The Inverted Forest [J.D. Salinger] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Inverted Forest: A Novel [John Dalton] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This “gripping, tender, and at times disturbing tale”. These are the words of Raymond Ford, fictional famous poet of the poem “The Inverted Forest” in J.D. Salinger’s novella The Inverted Forest.

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This is among the best and most affecting novels of the year. John lives with his wife and two daughters in St. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? From the prizewinning author of Heaven Lake comes an extraordinary story of unlikely devotion and sudden crisis in an isolated summer camp. Late on a warm summer night in rural Missouri, an elderly camp director hears a squeal of female laughter and goes to investigate.

At the camp swimming pool he comes upon a bewildering scene: The first camp session is set to start in two days. He fires them all. Ibverted a result, new counselors must be hired and brought to Kindermann Forest Summer Camp. One of them is Tbe Huddy, a genetically disfigured young man who has been living in a Salvation Army facility. Gentle and diligent, Wyatt suffers a deep anxiety that his intelligence might be subnormal.

But while Wyatt is not worldly, he is also not an innocent. He has escaped a punishing home life with a reclusive and violent older sister. Along with the other new counselors, Wyatt arrives expecting to care for children.

To their astonishment, they learn that they will be responsible for severely developmentally disabled adults, all of them wards of the state. For Wyatt it is a dilemma that turns salknger world inside out. Physically, he is indistinguishable from the campers he cares for. Inwardly, he would like to believe he is not of their tribe. Fortunately for Wyatt, there is a young woman on staff who understands his predicament better than he might have hoped.

The Inverted Forest is filled with yearning, desire, lust, banked hope, and unexpected devotion. Read more Read less. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Review “Dalton writes you into a deep world thatsucks you up and spits you out hours later, a changed person. Scribner; Reprint edition July 10, Language: Start reading The Inverted Forest: A Novel on your Kindle in under a minute. Don’t have a Kindle? Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading salinyer Share your thoughts with other customers.

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Please try again later. First of all, this is simply one hell of a wonderful book that keeps you turning pages, and then, just when you think you know what’s coming next, throws you for a loop salingeer leaves you gasping in horror. Dalton’s cast of characters, particularly the campers, could have come right out of a Bosch painting. There’s even one camper with “an extra pair of eyes. One of the ways he does this is by giving one of his heroes a similarly grotesque visage.


Wyatt a name which means “brave and strong,” incidentally Huddy, one of the counselors, has Apert syndrome, characterized by facial and other bodily deformities which makes him nearly indistinguishable from the adult campers, who are referred to ijverted as “retarded,” a word which has fallen out of use in recent years. Wyatt is indeed “slow,” following sallinger difficult childhood in which he was cruelly abused and victimized by a much older sister following the deaths of his parents.

He is tortured by not gorest whether he is indeed retarded, a question which forewt and becomes key to the narrative as it unfolds in carefully calculated stages, the action moving back and forth invertes the summer of and the present.

There is sex and violence in Dalton’s story, but both are handled with a delicate touch and ring true. For example, when Wyatt learns that some of the grotesque adult male campers in his cabin are engaging in furtive sex after lights out, he finds himself torn in his reactions – “They were disgusting, he told himself, though it wasn’t exactly disgust he felt. Rather he was deathly afraid of the evidence being shown to him.

This was what the unfortunate of the world made do with. This was their tenderness. This or nothing at all.

Salinger’s Poets

There is a large cast of characters to keep straight, but here are my candidates for the heroes: Wyatt Huddy, of course, and “Nurse Harriet” Foster, a young black RN who brings her five year-old son, James, with her to camp where her nearly untenable task is to minister to over one hundred developmentally disabled adults for two weeks, dispensing multiple meds and dealing with all sorts of personal oddities.

No “Big Nurse,” Harriet is perhaps the most sympathetic and fully realized of all the books’s characters. The villain here is Christopher Waterhouse, the languidly handsome lifeguard whose true character – evil incarnate – emerges more slowly. There are other characters who are more puzzling – oddities, perhaps.

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Sapinger his name suggests, he is something of a “child-man,” naive and unequipped to deal with the unexpected developments in the camp. Like Wyatt, he possesses a kind of innocence that sets him apart.

Salinger, fodest in the s in Cosmopolitan magazine and then quickly forgotten. Since I’ve never read the Salinger piece, I have no idea if there are story similarities, but I doubt it. Kindermann Forest Camp is, however, a camp for children.

Wyatt took the counselor’s job for the summer because he hoped to work with kids. He knew he was frightening-looking, but he hoped the children would become used to him once they knew him.

I thought of Holden Caulfield, who wanted to catch those little kids – those innocents – running in the field of rye, before they went over that cliff. Wyatt wanted to help the kids too – the innocents he thought he’d meet at Kindermann Forest Camp. Instead he was tasked with protecting a different sort of innocence – all those damaged and warehoused adults.

That innocence is particularly embodied in female camper Evie Hicks, who Nurse Harriet sends Wyatt to rescue, unleashing a horrific sequence of tragic events.

Therein lies the tale. In the words of Nurse Harriet, “There’s no one in charge at camp There’s no one to stop the very worst people I really liked “The Inverted Forest” – I think. It is definitely a different story from what I expected. Dalton does a wonderful job with character development, creating a protaganist and other characters that you would recognize if you met them.

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This camp experience is intense, thought-provoking, scary at times along with some of the characters. It is hard to figure out the protaganist, Wyatt Huddy, and even when I had finished the book, I still had questions especially about the culminating scene in the book.

But I like books that make me think, and books, just like real life don’t always have all the questions answered.

I liked Nurse Harriet and Captain Throckmorton. I liked the plot twist of having state hospital campers. All in all, a satisfying different read. I got this book based on a positive review I read in a magazine and reviews here on amazon. It’s a good book.

Lots of twists and turns – some expected, some not. I enjoyed many aspects of this book: There are so many story lines here that it is virtually impossible for some not to be frayed. Two sections I had trouble believing were Marcy Bittman in hard to accept that she was not able to see what her husband saw about Waterhouseand I just couldn’t “buy” the part about Wyatt’s sister making her statement. It’s a very interesting and compelling novel about flawed and conflicted people, but it’s not Faulkner.

Unless someone beats me to it, I’m the first reviewer of this book on Amazon. I found my heart beating with every page I turned, not only because of the desire to know what lay on the next page, but because every page I turned meant one less page of this book that I’d ever get to enjoy.

When I finished this book I actually physically hugged the book, tearing up. This is not to say that it’s a beautiful little story, nor even a really sad one. From the shadowy heat of Camp Kindermann Forest to all the other average locales of the narrative, I feel like I have known these people- these real, real people- my entire life. This is summer lit, certainly, but only inasmuch as it will appeal to a certain degree to the wistful camp counselor in those who have enjoyed that experience.

This is not a light book, by any stretch of the imagination.

My father, J. D. Salinger

The plot turns will leave your mouth dry; rorest lives of these characters each so frightfully real and flawed that it’s hard to ever decide on a protagonist We know these people; some of these people are, indeed, ourselves and the ones closest to us.

This might not make much sense. I can’t even find the right words to describe this book to even my closest confidants. All I can say is that the raw emotion and John Dalton’s magnificent prose I expect great things from this author will not disappoint the strong of heart. See all 16 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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