The Big Sky: A Novel

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002 - Fiction - 386 pages
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Originally published more than fifty years ago, THE BIG SKY is the first of A. B. Guthrie, Jr.'s, epic adventure novels of America's vast frontier. THE BIG SKY introduces Boone Caudill, Jim Deakins, and Dick Summers, three of the most memorable characters in Western American literature. Traveling the Missouri River from St. Louis to the Rockies, these frontiersmen live as trappers, traders, guides, and explorers. The story centers on Caudill, a young Kentuckian driven by a raging hunger for life and a longing for the blue sky and brown earth of big, wild places. Caught up in the freedom and savagery of the wilderness, Caudill becomes an untamed mountain man, whom only the beautiful daughter of a Blackfoot chief dares to love. With THE BIG SKY, Guthrie gives us an unforgettable portrait of a spacious land and a unique way of life.

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Alfred Bertram Guthrie's 'The big sky': A novel is a wonderous depiction of a journey that determines one man can defy all odds. A gathering of contingents has him questioning, friend or foe? When the World is against him, his only companion is the cold hard steel of a gun and the still of the night cries his name. The expressions and terms utilized gives a warming inviting narrative, yet, one can't help but feel his pain. A picturesque tale with such vivid detail. This book will have you almost sitting at the table. A great derma of emotion and pain. Every great book should place the reader in the moment and have you question your own emotions, asking yourself, "what would you do in that situation?" Alfred Bertram Guthrie's portrayal has you walking alongside the characters almost wanting to pull up a chair. A novel you will find yourself recommending to friends and a timeless novel for your collection that you will come back to read time and time again.
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A. B. Guthrie, Jr. (1901–1991), was the author of numerous books, including six Big Sky novels, as well as the Academy Award–winning screenplay for the classic film Shane. He received the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Way West. Guthrie was honored for his contribution to literature and his portrayal of the American West.

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