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Fall of Frost

Brian Hall

In his most recent novel, I Should Be Extremely Happy in Your Company, Brian Hall won acclaim for the way he used the intimate, revelatory voice of fiction to capture the half-hidden personal stories of the Lewis and Clark expedition. In his new novel, Hall turns to the life of Robert Frost, arguably America's most well-known poet. Frost, as both a man and an artist, was toughened by a hard life. His own father died when Frost was eleven; his only sibling, a sister, had to be institutionalized; and of his five children, one died before the age of four, one committed suicide, one went insane, and one died in childbirth. Told in short chapters, each of which presents an emblematic incident with intensity and immediacy, Hall's novel deftly weaves together the earlier parts of Frost's life with his final year, 1962, when, at age eighty-eight and under the looming threat of the Cuban Missile Crisis, he made a visit to Russia and met with Nikita Khrushchev. As Hall shows, Frost determined early on that he would not succumb to the tragedies life threw at him. The deaths of his children were forms of his own death from which he resurrected himself through poetry-for him, the preeminent symbol of man's form-giving power. A searing, exquisitely constructed portrait of one man's rages, guilt, paranoia, and sheer, defiant persistence, as well as an exploration of why good people suffer unjustly and how art is born from that unanswerable question, Fall of Frost is a magnificent work that further confirms Hall's status as one of the most talented novelists at work today.

In his most recent novel, I Should Be Extremely Happy in Your Company, Brian Hall won acclaim for the way he used the intimate, revelatory voice of fiction to capture the half-hidden personal stories of the Lewis and Clark expedition. In his new novel, Hall turns to the life of Robert Frost, arguably America's most well-known poet. Frost, as both a man and an artist, was toughened by a hard life. His own father died when Frost was eleven; his only sibling, a sister, had to be institutionalized; and of his five children, one died before the age of four, one committed suicide, one went insane, and one died in childbirth. Told in short chapters, each of which presents an emblematic incident with intensity and immediacy, Hall's novel deftly weaves together the earlier parts of Frost's life with his final year, 1962, when, at age eighty-eight and under the looming threat of the Cuban Missile Crisis, he made a visit to Russia and met with Nikita Khrushchev. As Hall shows, Frost determined early on that he would not succumb to the tragedies life threw at him. The deaths of his children were forms of his own death from which he resurrected himself through poetry-for him, the preeminent symbol of man's form-giving power. A searing, exquisitely constructed portrait of one man's rages, guilt, paranoia, and sheer, defiant persistence, as well as an exploration of why good people suffer unjustly and how art is born from that unanswerable question, Fall of Frost is a magnificent work that further confirms Hall's status as one of the most talented novelists at work today.
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In his most recent novel, I Should Be Extremely Happy in Your Company, Brian Hall won acclaim for the way he used the intimate, revelatory voice of fiction to capture the half-hidden personal stories of the Lewis and Clark expedition. In his new novel, Hall turns to the life of Robert Frost, arguably America's most well-known poet. Frost, as both a man and an artist, was toughened by a hard life. His own father died when Frost was eleven; his only sibling, a sister, had to be institutionalized; and of his five children, one died before the age of four, one committed suicide, one went insane, and one died in childbirth. Told in short chapters, each of which presents an emblematic incident with intensity and immediacy, Hall's novel deftly weaves together the earlier parts of Frost's life with his final year, 1962, when, at age eighty-eight and under the looming threat of the Cuban Missile Crisis, he made a visit to Russia and met with Nikita Khrushchev. As Hall shows, Frost determined early on that he would not succumb to the tragedies life threw at him. The deaths of his children were forms of his own death from which he resurrected himself through poetry-for him, the preeminent symbol of man's form-giving power. A searing, exquisitely constructed portrait of one man's rages, guilt, paranoia, and sheer, defiant persistence, as well as an exploration of why good people suffer unjustly and how art is born from that unanswerable question, Fall of Frost is a magnificent work that further confirms Hall's status as one of the most talented novelists at work today.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Dick Hill

Length:

12h 59m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

05:06


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:49


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:24


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:29


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:18


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:15


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

01:36


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

00:47


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:06


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:09


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:13


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

12:31


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:05


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:47


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

00:33


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

01:02


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:01


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

00:41


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

01:02


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:41


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

37:47


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

00:40


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

00:44


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:06


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

01:59


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:57


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:37


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:26


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

00:20


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:35


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

02:20


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

01:22


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

17:49


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

01:41


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:20


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:12


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:33


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

01:20


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

10:30


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:49


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

02:00


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

01:27


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

01:31


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

01:10


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

00:54


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:12


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

02:24


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

01:24


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

33:21


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

00:15


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:08


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

02:11


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

00:52


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

00:56


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:57


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:46


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

02:50


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

01:13


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

01:25


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

12:17


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:55


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:49


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

01:12


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:17


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

01:21


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:45


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:19


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

00:29


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

23:34


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

01:20


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

14:33


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:27


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

00:30


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:06


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

12:49


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

02:07


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

13:54


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

01:36


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

00:46


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:57


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

16:46


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:31


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

52:46


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

09:14


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

09:07


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

02:01


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

13:12


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:51


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:56


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

01:31


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:37


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

00:56


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

19:47


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

01:52


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

02:03


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:42


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

00:39


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:18


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

01:16


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

13:00


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

01:30


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

02:31


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

14:38


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:52


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

00:18


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

01:08


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

00:58


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:53


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

02:54


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

18:52


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

01:41


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

27:16


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:35


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

02:54


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

01:08


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

24:27


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

01:33


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

02:50


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:10


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

01:54


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

06:17


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:57


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:45


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

00:38


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

32:55


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

00:41


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

02:49


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

02:20


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

09:14


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

00:28