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8A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, February 4, 2002


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mnger s reace a warming
break from winter boredom

Linkin Park coming

to Detroit to play
rap metal Hybrid'

By Katie Cloud
For the Daily
Leif Enger's critically acclaimed
novel, "Peace Like A River," is a

pioneering success.
Enger, a former
reporter and producer
for a Midwest radio
station, has entered the
public eye with his lat-
est literary master-
piece. Enger gives a
work that reads like
verse, psalm and
melody with a touch of
childlike flavor.



and endearing cast recreates an Old
West romantic flare, the sibling
camaraderie of prepubescent years
and the clandestine belief in mira-
cles without a condescending or
cliche line. Enger
delves into the Mid-
west of 1960 through
the sincere voice'of the
E LIKE A novel's 11-year-old
IVER narrator, Rueben.
"Peace Like A
if Enr River" opens with the
eif nger nearly fatal birth of
on/McMillan Rueben Land, a severe
asthmatic. His father,
Jeremiah, saves his son by working a
miracle. "Dad turned back to me, a
clay child wrapped in a canvas coat,
and said in a normal voice, 'Rueben
Land, in the name of the living God
I am telling you to breathe."' The


"Peace Like A River" captures the
honesty, imagination and tenderness
of childhood, evoking sentimental
memories and heartwarming affinity
from its audience. The novel's bold

novel then dashes into the fast-paced
account of the Land family's surpris-
ing journey.
Davy Land, Rueben's older broth-
er, is arrested for the murder of the
town's unlawful bullies. The night
before the ruling, Davy escapes on
horseback deep into the Badlands of
North Dakota and becomes the fam-
ily's noble outlaw. The Land family,
Jeremiah, Rueben and Rueben's
eccentric little sister, Swede, embark
on an unmapped quest throughout
the Dakotas to search for the lost
son and brother, Davy.
Through the adventures of this
voyage in an Airstream trailer, Enger
delivers moments of warmth,
intrigue and miracle. Swede, a poet
infatuated with western cowboys
and bandits, notes the entire excur-
sion in a western epic poem of hero,
Sunny Sundown. "So many graves
had Sundown dug, his hands were
chapped and sore, and now he
prayed to God for strength to live
and dig one more."
The relationship between Rueben
and Swede is the unchallenged heart
of the text. They admire, protect,
and teach each other those valuable
lessons about life that one can only
truly learn in childhood. Swede pre-
sents the wild, imaginative character
for which Rueben is in constant
admiration. Although she is the pos-
itive genius of romance and satire, it
is Rueben Land that creates the
unforgettable moments of the text.
An embarrassing yet winning hero,
he charges the book with strength
and unlikely courage.

By Sonya Sutherland
Daily Arts Writer

coutey --itiantic montmy ress
Though "Peace Like A River" may
seem unbelievable with its tale of a
fugitive brother, the profound baby
sister, and the miracle-working
father, the novel never assumes the
feel of a fantastical fable. It only
recaptures the innocent vantage of a
young boy in adoration of his older
brother, in esteem of his intelligent
sister and a sweet reliance on his
saintly father. The text offers
moments of humor, grief, wonder
and peace with an astounding and
precious ending that will leave you
in a personal attachment with its
unforgettable characters..

Topping the Billboard charts for
months, gracing just about every
teeny-bopper metal magazine in
print world wide, hanging with Ozzy
and cohorts for the
entire summer and then
moving on to The Fam-
ily Values Tour in the LINKS
fall, what else could be
left for Linkin Park? At Cot
Why, headlining their .i
own tour of course. Tongh
Chester, the sensitive $2
one, Mike, the cute
one, Brad, the tough one, Joseph, the
shy one and Rob, the one who pro-
vides what the other four don't, have
packed up their multi-platinum act
and are coming to a sold out sports
arena near you, Cobo Hall specifi-
Although the internet is saturated
with rumors that the boys from the
Park were put together by the same
to-spend record executive who put
together such class acts and
'NSYNC and The Backstreet Boys,
the rumor couldn't be further from
the truth. The band formed almost
five years ago when the members
met in college. Chester was the last
piece of the Linkin Park puzzle, and
was discovered by a friend of the


So if these guys aren't going to Ite
dancing, what's the point of the trip
downtown when you could just as
easily tune into MTV at any given
moment and find their smiling flaw-
less faces? To their credit, Linkin
Park actually puts on a rather fine

bo Arena
t at 7 p.m.

son Linkin Park ticket sales are the
hottest of the competing tours. An
the fun doesn't stop with the front-
men, because Linkin Park's specialty
and appeal lies in its hybrid theory
- the meshing of electronica and
rock for their trademark pop-prod-
uct. Brad backs it up proper on gui-
tar, dropping the heavier riffs, while
Josephs DJing/sampling skills are
nothing to scoff at.
While other mainstream rock acts
pout on stage, scream indistinguish-
able lyrics, done makeup or provide
any other gimmick to keep their tar
get audience captivated, Linkin Park
relies on their adolescent energy and
tomfoolery to get them through their
hour-plus sets. Giving their all,
these superstar newcomers in the
new rock era are definitely an areira
act to catch.

show. Chester, apar
from his sensitive sen
timentality and "punk-
rawk" good looks
brings the emotional
intensity of any compa-
rable frontman and
backed up by Mike, ;a
competent lyricist, the
dynamic duo is the rea-

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