Deep River by Karl Marlantes

Deep River

Karl Marlantes's debut novel Matterhorn has been hailed as a modern classic of war literature. In his new novel, Deep River, Marlantes turns to another mode of storytelling--the family epic--to craft a stunningly expansive narrative of human suffering, courage, and reinvention. In the early 1900s, as the oppression of Russia's imperial rule takes its toll on Finland, the three Koski siblings--Ilmari, Matti, and the politicized young Aino--are for...

Details Deep River

TitleDeep River
Release DateJul 2nd, 2019
PublisherAtlantic Monthly Press
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews Deep River

  • Jessica Sullivan
    I'm not the biggest fan of historical fiction, so I wasn't expecting to enjoy this 700+ page tome as much as I did. Turns out it was an incredibly fascinating and rewarding read. This family epic follows the three Koski siblings (Ilmari, Mattie and Aino) as they make their way from Finland to America's pacific northwest in the early 1900s and begin working in the dangerous, grueling logging industry. Aino is the central focal point of the narrati...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    via my blog:'Anger at the senseless cruelty of it all kept her awake at night.'Escaping Russian rule, siblings Ilmari, Matti, and Aino immigrate to America joining other Finns in the hopes that they will find the perfect place to thrive. Ilmari is the first to leave Finland, to avoid being drafted in the Russian army he flees his homeland. In America, Ilmari is a devout man who builds a farm of his own and a...
  • Jypsy
    Deep River is the story of the Koski family. One by one, members of the family flee Finland. They do this for political activism, avoiding army conscription, etc. They go to southern Washington state where there is a Finnish community. The Kolski family joins the logging business because it's the prevailing occupation at the time in this region. As the story unfolds, the terrible living conditions are described. Worse, however, are the dangers as...
  • Aimee Dars
    Deep River follows the Koski siblings--Aino, Ilmari, and Matti--from childhood in Russian-occupied Finland to their settlement in the Pacific Northwest as they enter adulthood and begin families of their own. Ilmari, the first to arrive in the United States, homesteads on a large piece of land he received. Matti, the youngest, embraces capitalism as a way to protect himself from fears seated in childhood. Aino, however, the middle child and only ...
  • Sean Munoz
    This book wasn't the most hard hitting I had read in a while. The description and the cover is very attention catching, but the actual content leaves little satisfaction.
  • Anne
    Marlantes has written an epic novel that ranges from Finland to the Pacific Northwest of the USA, spanning the years from 1893-1932, and covering the dawn of the logging industry, IWW labor organizing, and WWI. Featuring the stories of 3 siblings who separately left Finland to escape the Russian domination of their homeland, Ilmari, Matti, and Aino have settled along the Columbia River in Washington state—it’s 1904. The story most closely fol...
  • Jen Sainty
    Set in the early 1900s, from it’s inception this story promises brutal honesty; we’re plunged into it from the very first page. I found the book to be a portal into the historical struggle of the Finnish of which many outside of Finland and Northern Europe would not be aware; in fact the entire Russian rule of Finland was news to me, and in this way the novel was deeply informative.Though fiction, the fact that so many have lived through simi...
  • Misha
    Recently I made a list for a patron who enjoyed "whole life" novels. This is one such novel, following about 80 years in the life of Aino, a woman from Finland who flees Russian occupation and persecution and imprisonment as a political dissident to join her brothers in Washington State in the early 1900s. Aino is a devoted Marxist, an accidental midwife who apprenticed with her mother after the Russians took her father away, and a passionate ide...
  • Kim McGee
    A classic Americana tale of immigrant families who settled the lands of the Pacific Northwest. The Finns who ran from Russian oppression and the Swedes who came looking for an opportunity are featured as they work to create a logging empire in the early 1900's Washington. Old customs and racial divides were not forgotten in this new land of great natural beauty as well as the chance to conquer the impossible and make something of yourself. At the...
  • Jennifer
    Three Koski siblings—Ilmari, Matti and Aino—flee Finland in the early 1900s and settle in Deep River located in southern Washington along the Columbia River. The brothers begin logging careers, and Aino encourages unionization. Covering over three decades, this novel shares details about the siblings' lives as they cling to their traditions, embrace the customs of their new country and discover what really matters. While this book is long, it...
  • Lyndi
    I received a complimentary copy of this book through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.Three Koski siblings-Ilmari, Aino, and Matti-escape Finland during political unrest and find a home in Deep River, Washington. The two boys find jobs in the dangerous logging profession while Aino, the central character of the book, works in the logging kitchens. She sees the terrible working conditions of the men working long h...
  • Sandra Pipitone
    What an enjoyable book, would of like to see this book done as a series. Thought it was a little long but did enjoy!
  • Cat
    We agree to be unbiased in our book reviews, but what are you to do when given the opportunity to review one of your favorite authors? Karl Marlantes of “Matterhorn” and “What It Is Like to Go to War” fame has taken the about-face with the subject of his new novel, but his talent and lyrical writing talent maintains its strong presence in this epic tale spanning over 80 years about immigrants surviving in the logging trade in Northwest Am...
  • Kayla McLendon
    Thank you #Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.Deep River is a Historical Fiction that spans a good chunk of time and locations.As someone who enjoys history, I quite liked this book. I would say it was a little bit longer than expected and could have worked in a series.I would still recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the genre.
  • Candace
    Part immigrant story, part labor history, all good, "Deep River" follows members of the Koski family as politicized members of the family flee Finland for southwest Washington State. There's a Finnish community there, lumbering and working small farms. Ilmari goes first, fleeing conscription into the Tsar's army and starting a small dairy farm. Matti follows, almost at the same time as his sister Aino, probably the most politically active of them...
  • Jacquelyne
    I enthusiastically recommend this book. I feel like I've just had a (highly enjoyable) crash history course on Finland, socialism vs capitalism, northwest America, labor unions, and more. The history lessons are rich, but the plot was not compromised for historical accuracy in any way.In the beginning, it felt a bit like my first read of Anna Karenina, needing to acclimate myself to a wide berth of characters with names obscure to my native langu...