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The Big Sky af A. B. Guthrie Jr.
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The Big Sky (original 1947; udgave 2002)

af A. B. Guthrie Jr. (Forfatter)

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The first in an epic western saga that spans over a hundred years in the course of six novels. Boone Caudill travels west to the Rockies, leaving his abusive father to find a life of freedom in the wild. He wins the love of a beautiful Blackfoot princess, a woman willing to love him despite his wild ways. Their lives become forever entwined through adventure, travel, and eventually betrayal. He finds that freedom comes at a price, higher than he ever could have imagined.… (mere)
Medlem:TonyEramo
Titel:The Big Sky
Forfattere:A. B. Guthrie Jr. (Forfatter)
Info:Mariner Books (2002), Edition: 1, 400 pages
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Kentucky runaway becomes mountain man, marries Blackfoot woman, kills best friend out of jealousy, cannot fit society.
  ritaer | Jul 24, 2021 |
I loved this book about the opening of the West. I got this from my father, probably a book he read years ago. I liked it so much I went out and bought the second book in the series, The Way West. I'm excited to continue the series! ( )
  KarlaC | May 3, 2021 |
"This was the way to live, free and easy, with time all a man's own and none to say no to him." (pg. 201)

The Big Sky is a book that demands to be taken slow. Prose and plot have a loping gait that mirrors the mountain men it brings to life, and if this seems irregular to a modern reader conditioned to pace and pandering, it is all the better for that. Taken slow, the book grounds the reader, and its quiet confidence vindicates author A. B. Guthrie's singular approach.

The prose is excellent – Hemingway was an admirer – and a good thing too, for the book must succeed or fail based on its evocation of the untapped American West of the 1830s and 40s, the 'big sky' of the title. Guthrie paints these scenes astonishingly well, evoking not only the sights and sounds and the harsh beauty of the land, but the sense of freedom it brings to the main characters, and the sense of loss and wanderlust that serve as counterpoint to that freedom. The sentences are simple but rich, in the manner of the afore-mentioned Hemingway, providing all the room Guthrie needs to let his mountain men, and the reader, roam at will. The prose, like the western land it evokes, is "country a man could get his breath in" (pg. 21).

But the book is more than just weather and landscape and country; these fine traits are allied to strong characterization and many well-taken dramatic scenes. The mechanics of the storytelling are quietly strong, with every scene and setting providing texture to Guthrie's purpose without being consciously literary. All three of the main characters – Boone Caudill, Jim Deakins and Dick Summers – stay with you, and even those readers who don't want to engage with the deeper textures of the story will still enjoy their adventure.

That said, it is the American West itself which stirs the reader most profoundly, and when it is said of the solitary, taciturn Boone Caudill that it was "as if he talked to the country for company, and the country talked to him" (pg. 185), we can believe it, for the reader is experiencing that too. "There was the sky above, blue as paint, and the brown earth rolling underneath, and himself between them with a free, wild feeling in his chest" (pg. 123). This book shines with my soul. ( )
1 stem MikeFutcher | Aug 17, 2020 |
"By day Boone could get himself on a hill and see forever, until the sky came down and shut off his eye. There was the sky above, blue as paint, and the brown earth rolling underneath, and himself between them with a free, wild feeling in his chest, as if they were the ceiling and floor of a home that was all his own."

First published in 1947 and set between 1830 and 1843, A.B. Guthrie's classic novel of mountain men and the opening of the west to white settlement is both a tribute to the breathtaking beauty of the vast northern plains and Rocky Mountains, and a eulogy for the territory in its unspoiled state. His descriptions of the landscape are like the best of paintings; they evoke the images, the light, the sounds, and the feeling, the precious loneliness of the landscape.

Guthrie also creates memorable characters: Boone Caudill and Jim Deakins and Dick Summers will live forever in my mental cast of favorites. These are not completely idealized heroes, although they do lean in that direction. They are tough and, to greater or lesser degrees, stone-hearted. But they each have redeeming qualities to balance out the brutal self-determination. Boone, too quick to judge, is nonetheless deeply loyal and unflinchingly honest. Jim is optimistic and warm, never underestimating the risks inherent in the adventures to which he is inexorably drawn. Dick, the father figure (Boone's own callous and vicious father failing to serve), is the quintessential hunter: he understands the land, its human occupants, and the creatures that roam her vast expanses.

Sexism and racism run deep in the narrative; it is a product of its time. And yet you get the sense that Guthrie knew things would change, that they must change. You can also sense that he grieves the invasion of white civilization into a territory that was never perfect, never fully peaceful or easy, but untainted and beautiful in the simplicity of its seasons. ( )
6 stem EBT1002 | Feb 21, 2018 |
Originally published in 1947, The Big Sky by A. B. Guthrie is the first in a limited series that the author wrote about the taming of western America. This first book deals with the mountain man, a unique breed that were the first white men to come to the western mountains trapping beaver and staying to live the free lifestyle. The story follows the life of Boone Cauldill who starts off as a young runaway from a farm in Kentucky and grows to be a weathered, veteran mountain man, wise in the ways of both the country and the Indians that reside there.

Spanning the years of 1830 to 1843, the book is full of the adventures of Boone, his friend Jim Deacon and their mentor Dick Summers. Boone grows to admire Summers a great deal but although Summers can see that this way of life is ending, Boone has no desire to be anything but a trapper and hunter. He dismisses any idea that the country could change and that settlers will come. Although one can’t help but root for him, Boon Caldill is far from perfect. Much like the father that he ran away from, he is hot tempered and stubborn. He never learned how to express his feelings and he tends to act without thinking about the consequences.

The Big Sky is an epic adventure novel, set in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming an area that the author knows wells and obviously loved. This is a skillful depiction of how the west was able to capture the hearts of these independent men whose time was so colorful yet short-lived. While not setting out to romanticize these men, nevertheless, reading of them makes one yearn to experience that lifestyle, if only for a short time. Beautifully written and full of lyrical descriptions, The Big Sky recreates the savagery and splendor of this untouched frontier. ( )
2 stem DeltaQueen50 | Dec 17, 2017 |
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The first in an epic western saga that spans over a hundred years in the course of six novels. Boone Caudill travels west to the Rockies, leaving his abusive father to find a life of freedom in the wild. He wins the love of a beautiful Blackfoot princess, a woman willing to love him despite his wild ways. Their lives become forever entwined through adventure, travel, and eventually betrayal. He finds that freedom comes at a price, higher than he ever could have imagined.

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