Far Bright Star: A Novel

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Algonquin Books, 2009 - Fiction - 207 pages
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The year is 1916. The enemy, Pancho Villa, is elusive. Terrain is unforgiving. Through the mountains and across the long dry stretches of Mexico, Napoleon Childs, an aging cavalryman, leads an expedition of inexperienced horse soldiers on seemingly fruitless searches. Though he is seasoned at such missions, things go terribly wrong, and his patrol is suddenly at the mercy of an enemy intent on their destruction. After witnessing the demise of his troops, Napoleon is left by his captors to die in the desert.

Through him we enter the conflicted mind of a warrior as he tries to survive against all odds, as he seeks to make sense of a lifetime of senseless wars and to reckon with the reasons a man would choose a life on the battlefield. Olmstead, an award-winning writer, has created a tightly wound novel that is as moving as it is terrifying.


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Overarching themes of man vs. nature and man’s inhumanity to man in this unflinchingly brutal and severe western set in Mexico during the chase to get Pancho Villa in 1916. An American army of ... Read full review

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User Review  - DeltaQueen50 - LibraryThing

Although not a book about the American west per say, Far Bright Star by Robert Olmstead has captured the feeling of the west. Set in the hot, dry, desolate deserts and canyons of Northern Mexico, an ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Robert Olmstead is the author of seven previous books. Coal Black Horse was the winner of the Heartland Prize for Fiction and the Ohioana Award, and was a #1 Book Sense pick and a Border's Discover pick. Far Bright Star was the winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA grant, and is a professor at Ohio Wesleyan University.

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