In answering some of these and other questions, the book could have been better.
Raban's style of story telling is relaxed and detail oriented, but once I'm into it, it has a life of its own....the writing is just incandescent.
Raban tells a great story of how homesteaders were lured from eastern cities to the Great Plains by the railroad interests.
Pretty much a downer, but I've been through the area he focuses on, and believe me, it can be pretty bleak in places, although I did visit the best antique car museum I've ever... Read morePublished 2 days ago by T' Wretched Reviewer With Malice Aforethought
This is on my short list of best books I've ever read. I loaned my copy out 10 years ago and never got it back. Now I'm buying a replacement copy; it's that good. Read morePublished 3 days ago by J. Lloyd
Read this when if first came out and gave it away to a friend. Bought this copy to keep. Great book and in great condition!Published 1 month ago by Cal
Raban at his best, superb writing, insightful, rich and rewarding read. Having grown up in Spokane, this book resonated with me, recalled stories and places I had long forgotten,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by JVF
As my wife considered a drive into eastern Montana, a friend who knows this part of the country told us this is an important book to read. We both read it. We both enjoyed it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by James C. Casterline
This book deals with Americana and the railroads desire to bring boom towns into the areas around the new railroads going west across the prairies. Read morePublished 6 months ago by jo
Raban has turned in a tour de force narrative of immigrants to the high plains of Montana and North Dakota in the first decades of the twentieth century. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kylo Ginsberg
I thought this was going to be more of a historical approach to the settlement of the Badlands in North Dakota and Montana. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Dana Keish
The prose is outstanding. The subject revealed my desolate and often desperate nature of those early settlers. Read morePublished 13 months ago by John Kato