Ludlow (2020)

Ludlow DavidMason Ludlow Ludlow is a novel in verse that tells the story of a handful of immigrants Greek Mexican Scottish Italian in southern Colorado climaxing in the Ludlow Massacre of April in which elements of
  • Title: Ludlow
  • Author: DavidMason
  • ISBN: 9781597090834
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Paperback
Ludlow DavidMason Ludlow is a novel in verse that tells the story of a handful of immigrants Greek, Mexican, Scottish, Italian in southern Colorado, climaxing in the Ludlow Massacre of April 1914, in which elements of the Colorado National Guard killed striking miners and family members The novel follows two primary characters the fictional Luisa Mole, orphaned in the opening chapter, whoLudlow is a novel in verse that tells the story of a handful of immigrants Greek, Mexican, Scottish, Italian in southern Colorado, climaxing in the Ludlow Massacre of April 1914, in which elements of the Colorado National Guard killed striking miners and family members The novel follows two primary characters the fictional Luisa Mole, orphaned in the opening chapter, who must choose between life among the miners and the middle class family who adopt her and the historical figure Louis Tikas, a Cretan immigrant who, in the course of the book, becomes a labor organizer and a Ludlow martyr But several minor characters Too Tall MacIntosh, Lefty Calabrini, George Reed and his family, and even John D Rockefeller, Jr also play significant roles in the book, which never succumbs to simplistic political pieties, but is engaged with identity and being.
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  1. Craig Werner

    This book length poem the author calls it a verse novel builds on the basic facts of the 1914 Ludlow Massacre, in which eighteen people most of them women and children were murdered by members of the Colorado National Guard, protecting the mining interests and ideological commitments of John D Rockefeller Along with the Sand Creek Massacre, it s among the most brutal episodes in Colorado history, and I ve been a bit shocked at how many people I ve mentioned it to have never heard of it For that [...]

  2. Jason McKinney

    The fact that I live in Colorado might make me a little biased here, but nonetheless, Mason s verse novel is amazing The tricky part about verse novels is the fact that they seem so short and simple, but there s oh so much to them Peopled with characters fictional and real, Ludlow tells the story of the disastrous mining strike in southern Colorado in 1914, where the National Guard shot and killed strikers and their families as well, including several who were burned alive and smothered in a te [...]

  3. Red Hen Press

    Ludlow is a novel in verse, meaning it has the speed, concision and accuracy of the best poetry, along with the expansiveness and character development of a novel It tells the story of a handful of immigrants Greek, Mexican, Scottish, Italian in southern Colorado, climaxing in the Ludlow Massacre of April 1914, in which elements of the Colorado National Guard killed striking miners and family members The novel follows two primary characters the fictional Luisa Mole, orphaned in the opening chapt [...]

  4. Stavroula

    Disappointed because I really wanted to love this The story of Ludlow in verse novel form Brilliant idea and right up my alley And in many ways the story was told well, with some beautiful language But the interjections of the author s first person voice were done so poorly, so out of place and jarring that it ruined the whole thing for me With a dozen pages to go, I though I would give it 3.5 stars bumped to 4, but then the way he ended the story of his fictional Luisa Mole just annoyed me and [...]

  5. Robert

    If you asked me to read a verse novel about the early days of the labor movement in the mining industry, I d probably give you an odd look However, having now read Ludlow, I d say that description would fall far short of the actual book This is a lyrical but very humane story that blends facts and fiction to engage you in the people engaged in an epic human struggle over dignity and profits n small Colorado mining townsat the beginning of the 20th century The characters are deftly draw, especial [...]

  6. Joe Imwalle

    Dave Mason taught a poetry writing class I took in college Great guy Great poet I didn t realize he was such an excellent novelist I loved this book than I expected to love it I loved the language and I got swept up in the characters and story The fact that it s written in verse never distracts from the telling of the story It enhances it It s great historical fiction And I appreciated the afterward and his arguments for the merits of verse used to tell a narrative Michael Ondaatje s The Collec [...]

  7. Kathy

    I learned about Colorado coal mining when working on a photo archiving project for Lafayette Public Library The northern coal fields were not as rich, nor did they employee as many workers as those in southern Colorado, and so avoided much of the labor disputes and violence Still and all, what a way to make a living I loved the sense of place and landscape Mason creates I could feel the wind and dust And so interesting that the character he creates, who holds the story together, is not a miner a [...]

  8. Daniel Klawitter

    Truly amazing A novel written entirely in verseMason, currently the Poet Laureate of Colorado, has written a modern day lyrical poem about one of the most sacred and important labor strikes in American history He is deeply and personally invested in the story, and it shows in the writing A stunning and imaginative accomplishment both technically and creatively The artistry of what he has done is truly remarkable.

  9. Erin Malone

    This historical narrative is written entirely in verse It tells the story of the Colorado miner s strike at Trinidad in the early 1900 s, and the killing of 18 strikers, women and children by the Colorado National Guard David Mason, a poet whose family is from the area, writes compellingly in blank verse the story of the miners is woven with brief interludes of Mason s own story A great book for people interested in history or poetry.

  10. Elizabeth

    Not sure how to rank this it absorbed me It moved along quickly, for an epic type poem Mason writes of the tragedy of the Ludlow, Colorado coal miners strike a place associated with his youth Lots to think about here And all in iambic pentameter, to boot But, but, but

  11. Ann Hein

    Very well done poetryn fiction history of a labor dispute in earl 20th century that ended in a massacre of women and children.

  12. Rol Fessenden

    This is poetry, not prose I found that to be difficult at first, but I became immersed in the story Definitely worth reading.

  13. Renee

    I was reluctant to even purchase the book, but when I understood the depth that went into personalizing a real history through poetry, I was enraptured by it.

  14. Diane

    Beautifully crafted narrative poem which tells the story of a violent strike in a Colorado mine in the early 20th century It reads like an old fashioned ballad.

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