To the Ends of the Earth: The Last Journey of Lewis & Clark
Brilliant but troubled, Meriwether Lewis never found his footing after returning home from the West in triumph. It is with some reluctance that the young discoverer accepted the job as Governor of the sprawling new Louisiana Territory he had just explored. Within a year of arriving in St. Louis, the remote frontier town that served as capital of the West, Lewis's life had entered a downhill slide. He became convinced that he would soon be dismissed in disgrace by the corrupt politicians in Washington he had sworn to serve, and vowed to travel to Washington to set the record straight. The next weeks of Meriwether Lewis's life can fairly be called one of the great unsolved mysteries of American history. All anyone really knows is that on October 11, 1809, Meriwether Lewis was found shot dead in a remote inn on the Natchez Trace in Tennessee, a road through the wilderness so dangerous it was called "The Devil's Backbone." Was it suicide? Or murder? To this day, historians cannot agree. No inquest was ever held into Lewis's death; no investigation was ever undertaken. Based on extensive historical research, To the Ends of the Earth reconstructs Lewis's last days and brings alive the atmosphere of intrigue and danger that characterized the early American West. Then, in a powerful reimagining of the tale, it is given to brave William Clark, Lewis's best friend and partner in discovery, the role of discovering the truth. Clark's relationships with Lewis, his teenage wife Julia, and his African-American slave York form much of the emotional core of the novel. Readers will join Lewis and Clark on the final voyage of their legendary friendship in a story of honor, vengeance, and, ultimately, redemption.
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Why I read it: I've always had a bit of fondness for Lewis and Clark, being two people in history who accomplished something by working equally and happily together rather than, say, killing or one-upping someone. And, ok, honestly, their close friendship seemed like slash fodder. Interesting it's about the end of Lewis' life rather than the surely more popular to write about journey west. Pros: Nicely character-focused adventure story. A lot of effort put into showing the dedication and respect Lewis and Clark have for one another. At times humorous. Was very engaged by the first part of this novel when Lewis was still in town, interacting with Clark and various antagonists, watching as the author built the image of him as a great man being dragged down by his flaws and circumstances, and observing what other characters thought of him. Cons: Despite biggest draw for me (and I got the impression one of the biggest interests/focuses of the writer) being Lewis and Clark's relationship, a lot of the portrayal of that is in them merely thinking about one another, since the two are apart for most of the novel. Though there's a political plot at work, story eventually boils down through the entire middle to little but Lewis being sick but journeying onward, Clark chasing him, the occasional attack or complication. I think perhaps we were supposed to be engaged by the character interaction/changing relationships , but this didn't entirely work as most characters were somewhat developed, but not to the extent they could carry the novel so entirely with little happening on the plot front. Villains were cartoonishly evil. Conclusion: I can't say if the characters came off as more complex in the beginning when I enjoyed it, or if their simplicity just didn't hamper the novel so badly when things seemed to be happening. The rest (mostly traveling through the woods) was readable. Overall the book was a bit of a let-down, but it leaves me curious if the author may have improved their character development technique in their next Lewis and Clark novel (set earlier of course), or if they chose a time in their history that could allow for a more eventful plot and thus better rounded novel.
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One of the best Historical Fiction books I've read. I've always been fascinated with Lewis and Clark, and what happened to them after they returned from the famous journey. The author brings them to ...
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