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Dark Bridwell Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0686608318 ISBN-10: 0686608313

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Opal Laurel Holmes Pub (June 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0686608313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0686608318
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Strawgold VINE VOICE on July 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
From the beautiful Snake River as it wends it's way out of the Yellowstone, cutting through the black lava walls to the wild Idaho mountains beyond, Vardis Fisher brings his tale to life in a way of his own making. This is more than a paperback dime novel - it is a fine piece of work. It may be dated, but it's timeless, as are all novels from the pens of talented artists, and may be read by a new generation as new literature, since enjoyment of these classic authors defies the era from which they sprung as time marches on. I was elated to discover his collected works through Amazon, and have added it to my own library. For those with adventure in their souls, those who wish to touch the frontier as much of it actually was when it was young, Vardis Fisher is a must for the literary collection. Everyone who has a youth that has background in the ranch country will recognize the type of person Charlie Bridwell is; and whether they rubbed shoulders with his kind or not, all are aware of him; they were part and parcel of the West as we knew it then, and traces of them remain today.

Charlie Bridwell. Vardis Fisher hits on more than just a few uncomfortable truths that make up the fabric of human nature as he details the lives and psyches of the untamed people living on the fringes of a young pioneer society bent on developing itself beyond mouse-laden log cabins and raw frontier lifestyles. This primitive beginning was necessary, they knew, for those who would come before and blaze the trail; but they knew and accepted that they must do much more for their next generation, and that they must sacrifice their own lives entire - in establishing the foundation to make this happen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Len Pabst on February 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
I read this book several years ago, but believe the scenario was
the dry farm areas east of Idaho Falls & Rigby, ID where I was born and raised.I was dismayed to learn that this book is not available at the public library here in Boise and that it is out of print. This book and "Toilers of the Hills" are richly rewarding to any avid reader. Fisher seems to be remembered now only for "Mountain Man" from which the movie, "Jeremiah Johnson" was adapted. He wrote The Mothers", about the Donner Party tragedy & "Tale of Valor" that fills a proper niche now that the Lewis & Clark bicentennial is upon us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 1999
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An intense story of the family in the Idaho Mountains. Very intense and memorable,with the most wonderful descriptions of who they are and where they are. Even better if it is true that it is about the childhood of Vardis Fisher & his family. I read this along with as many of Fisher's other books as I can get my hands on.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 1999
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At the time that I read it, it was a book that you didn't want to put down. It was a story of a family on the Salmon river in the wilds of Idaho that covered about 6 to 10 years of their life, and kept your attention from cover to cover.Bi
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay Weekes on July 14, 2013
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Vardis Fisher grew up in a canyon of the Snake River, Idaho, about equidistant between Heise Hot Springs and Lorenzo. Living across the river was a family whom, in his autobiographical Vridar Hunter tetralogy, he called the Bridwells. His book "Dark Bridwell" is all about this family; observed from close range, pieced together from his other family members, from hearsay and invention.

It is descriptive of pioneer life during the early years of the last century. Divided into three parts, it describes the life of the Bridwells from the perspectives of Charley Bridwell, a man for whom idleness had been elevated into an art form, for whom idleness pervaded the core of his being and became a philosophy; his younger son Jed, remote and merciless; and his wife Lela, a child bride who at first acceded to Charley's dreams of living an entire life doing only the bare minimum required for survival but whose latent ambition eventually, explosively, surfaced.

I first encountered Fisher through his books published in 1960 as mass-market paperbacks. I was only thirteen and I read every one I could find, including: the complete Vridar Hunter tetralogy, the Testament of Man, Dark Bridwell and, a few years later, a hardcover, Mountain Man.

Fifty three years later I have gone back to only this book, Dark Bridwell, in an edition published by his wife in 1979. Why? Because Fisher was not even close to the top-ranked writers in the English language. His tetralogy was a verbose, scathing, self-loathing diatribe which was dated even in 1960. His Testament of Man was so flawed as to be almost comic. "Mountain Man" simply bored me. But in Dark Bridwell he came as close to brilliant as he ever would. It is, in parts, lyrical, brutal and hugely funny.
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