The Last Crossing, Book 2

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Alantic Monthly Press, 2004 - Fiction - 393 pages
26 Reviews
A#l best-seller in Canada and winner of the Canadian Booksellers Association's Fiction Book of the Year Award, "The Last Crossing is a sweeping tale of breathtaking quests, adventurous detours, and hard-won redemption. Master storyteller Guy Vanderhaeghe--hailed by Richard Ford as "simply a wonderful writer"--takes us on an exhilarating journey from the ivy-covered towers of Oxford in Victorian England to the dusty whiskey trading posts of the nineteenth-century American and Canadian West. Englishmen Charles and Addington Gaunt are ordered by their tyrannical industrialist father to find their brother Simon, who has gone missing in the wilds of the American West. Charles, a disillusioned artist, and Addington, a disgraced military captain, set off to Fort Benton in America and enlist the services of a guide to lead them north, where Simon was last seen. The brothers hire the enigmatic Jerry Potts, half Blackfoot, half Scot, who suffers from his own painful past. At Addington's command, the party grows to include Caleb Ayto, a sycophantic American journalist, who is to record the journey for posterity; Lucy Stoveall, a fiery and beautiful woman who is bent on finding the men who viciously killed her sister; Custis Straw, a Civil War veteran in love with Lucy; and saloon keeper Aloysius Dooley. This unlikely posse, now encumbered with both psychological baggage and wagon trains, becomes entangled in an unfolding drama that forces each to come to terms with his or her own demons. Told from alternating points of view and in vivid flashbacks, The "Last Crossing conveys the varied lives of its search party in haunting scenes--a bear hunt at dawn, the discovery of an Indian village decimatedby smallpox, a sharpshooter's devastating annihilation of his prey, a soldier's guilt-ridden memory of his own survival, and an atypical love story. "The Last Crossing is a novel of ruggedness and salvation, an epic masterpiece set in a time when worlds collided, were destroyed, and were built anew.

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User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

A mix of True Grit, Annie Proulx' western fiction, James Welch, and Ivan Doig. Very entertaining and full of enjoyable digressions from the main story. Custis Straw's Civil War memories were amazing ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jim Puskas - Goodreads

I didn't really begin to appreciate this book until I was nearly 300 pages into it; fortunately, I stuck with it and was rewarded with what in the end turned out to be a great story. My difficulty in ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Author Guy Vanderhaeghe was born in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, Canada on April 5, 1951. He received both a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Saskatchewan and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Regina. He is the author of three collections of short stories, whose titles are "Man Descending," which won the Governor General's Award for English fiction and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in Great Britain, "My Present Age" and "The Englishman's Boy," which won the Governor General's Award for English fiction (1996), the Saskatchewan Book Award Fiction prize and the Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award. His novel "Homesick" was a co-winner of the City of Toronto Book Award. His first play "I Had a Job I Liked. Once." was given the Canadian Authors Association prize for the best drama published in 1993.

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