Peace Like a River

by Leif Enger
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How does the Land family contend with this raw, uncivilized, and sometimes brutal landscape? Peace Like a River is set mainly in rural Minnesota and the Badlands of North Dakota during the early 1960s. Like early American pioneers, or perhaps like mythic heroes, the Lands set out to rescue one of their own amidst the beauty and cruelty of the natural world. Identify events or circumstances in which the novel's setting contributes to its elemental or mythic quality. Don't forget to consider the clinkers!

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This is a complex question, and you will undoubtedly have some ideas of your own from your reading. Peace Like a River is, as your question details, set in land which is primarily undeveloped and antagonistic to humans. Because of that, Davy and the Waltzes are able to hide as long...

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This is a complex question, and you will undoubtedly have some ideas of your own from your reading. Peace Like a River is, as your question details, set in land which is primarily undeveloped and antagonistic to humans. Because of that, Davy and the Waltzes are able to hide as long as they do, Jape is able to run his foul household as long as he does, and the Land family is able to escape the authorities. It serves both to distract and to hide. The ruggedly beautiful setting is a perfect backdrop for a story which contains both awful violence and miraculous beauty.

 

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