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Butcher's Crossing (1960)

af John Williams

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In the 1870s, Will Andrews, fired up by Emerson to seek "an original relation to nature," drops out of Harvard and heads west. He washes up in Butcher's Crossing, a small Kansas town full of restless men looking for ways to make money and ways to waste it. One of these men regales Will with tales of the immense buffalo herds hidden away in the Colorado Rockies and convinces him to join an expedition to track them down. At the end of a grueling journey, the men reach a place of paradisal richness, where they abandon themselves to an orgy of slaughter. So caught up in killing buffalo that they lose all sense of time, the men are overtaken by winter and snowed in. In the spring, half-insane with cabin fever, cold, and hunger, they stagger back to Butcher's Crossing to find a world as irremediably changed as they have been.… (mere)
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I found this book mildly interesting, and historically instructive in its graphic detail, with a mostly realistic plot, but I wasn't enamored with the writing. That to the point of pulling my hair out over the verbosity of superfluous descriptive filler, finding it disruptive of an attempt at a flowing storyline.

All in all, a good part of the storyline struck me as yet another depressing example of humankind's ongoing unquenchable pleonexia that is diminishing the biosphere. A redeeming aspect to me were times where ignorance and the sway of Nature countered man's hubris.

"...Epicureans supposed that animals and plants could not have been created for human use, because so many people are fools..." -- Pan's Travail

Yet, I suppose others may find the adventure entertaining. ( )
  LGCullens | Jun 1, 2021 |
Will Andrews goes on a buffalo slaughter in the 1870’s to find the Wilderness & to find his true self.
Written in the 1960’s surprisingly by a college professor. John Williams gives a cinematic, finely-detailed & well-researched account of the hard trip to Colorado, the dreadful slaughter, getting trapped by a winter of snow, to a fatal river-crossing, and a return to a frontier post that is dying with the buffalo massacre.

Beautifully written, but I found the subject-matter made me reluctant to keep reading. Greed brings its downfall, but William’s writing is so superb & spare that I was actually wishing for a happy ending for these harsh, troubled men. ( )
  LARA335 | Aug 11, 2020 |
John Williams is such a good writer. He has taken a subject I should have been revolted by and turned it into a book I would highly recommend.

Butcher's Crossing is a small western town on the brink of great things in the mid 1800s. Will Andrews arrives there from his comfortable life in Boston looking for an adventure. He meets a man named Miller who has been waiting a decade for someone to fund his next great adventure, traveling back to a Colorado valley where he saw thousands of buffalo ripe for the slaughter to gain their skins.

The two set out with a skinner, Schneider, and a wagon driver/cook, Charley Hoge. They have a tough journey out there, but arrive to find the promised herd. What follows is multiple chapters of details of the slaughter. It will turn your stomach. And then you realize that this is a story of greed and obsession. This greed has consequences. The men get snowed in to the valley for the entire winter. The second half of the book answers whether all of their work will be rewarded or if the trip is a bust.

I really liked this, despite the hunting. In fact, I thought the hunting scenes were an honest look at what could have driven white men to slaughter an entire species. Williams doesn't trivialize or sanction his characters' actions. ( )
1 stem japaul22 | Nov 23, 2019 |
Not as affecting as his classic STONER. Here we have american western archetypes dying to be what they truly well are. Yet the book carries on, and they don't really leave. It's something of a ghost story, you see. A portrait of the end of a time that still haunts us today. ( )
1 stem Adammmmm | Sep 10, 2019 |
Sparse. Good. ( )
  nushustu | Aug 5, 2019 |
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»Es giebt Tage …, wo jedes Ding, welches Leben in sich hat, ein Zeichen der Zufriedenheit von sich giebt, und das Vieh, das hingestreckt liegt, große und ruhige Gedanken zu haben scheint. Nach diesem Halcyon kann man mit ziemlicher Gewißheit bei jenem reinen October-Wetter aussehen, welches wir mit dem Namen des indischen Sommers bezeichnen. Der unendlich lange Tag ruht schlafend auf den breiten Hügeln und den warmen weiten Feldern. Alle seine sonnigen Stunden durchlebt zu haben, scheint langes Leben genug. Die einsamen Orte scheinen nicht ganz einsam. Beim Eintritt in den Wald ist der erstaunte Weltling gezwungen, seine großen und kleinen, weisen und thörichten Dinge, auf die er Werth in der Stadt legte, dahinten zu lassen. Der Knappsack der Gewohnheit fällt von seinem Rücken mit dem ersten Schritt, den er in diesen Bereich hinein thut. Hier ist ein Gottesfurcht, die unsere Religion beschämt, und Realität, die unsere Helden in Mißcredit setzt. Hier finden wir, daß die Natur der Umstand ist, der jeden andern Umstand klein für uns macht, und daß sie einem Gotte gleich alle Menschen richtet, die zu ihr kommen.«
Ralph Waldo Emerson, ›Nature‹, in: Essays, Second Series. Boston 1845, a.d. Amerikanischen von G. Fabricius, Hannover 1858



»Ja, und die Dichter schicken das kranke Gemüt auf die grünen Auen, wie man lahme Pferde unbeschlagen auf den Rasen schickt, damit ihre Hufe nachwachsen. Die Dichter, die auf ihre Art auch so was wie Kräuterdoktors sind, die meinen ja, die Natur ist die große Heilerin von Herzeleid und Lungenweh. Und wer hat meinen Fuhrmann in der Prärie zu Tode erfroren? Und wer hat den Wilden Peter zum Idioten gemacht?«
Herman Melville, Maskeraden oder Vertrauen gegen Vertrauen, a.d. Amerikanischen von Christa Schuenke, Berlin 1999
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De postkoets van Ellsworth naar Butcher's Crossing was een oude manschappenwagen, zo aangepast dat hij behalve passagiers ook vracht kon vervoeren.
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In the 1870s, Will Andrews, fired up by Emerson to seek "an original relation to nature," drops out of Harvard and heads west. He washes up in Butcher's Crossing, a small Kansas town full of restless men looking for ways to make money and ways to waste it. One of these men regales Will with tales of the immense buffalo herds hidden away in the Colorado Rockies and convinces him to join an expedition to track them down. At the end of a grueling journey, the men reach a place of paradisal richness, where they abandon themselves to an orgy of slaughter. So caught up in killing buffalo that they lose all sense of time, the men are overtaken by winter and snowed in. In the spring, half-insane with cabin fever, cold, and hunger, they stagger back to Butcher's Crossing to find a world as irremediably changed as they have been.

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