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Product Details

  • Paperback: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Bison Books; Bison Books ed edition (August 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803297785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803297784
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,100,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Both of these titles offer sagas of New England families in the 1800s. If a Lion illustrates a lack of communication as a young Massachussetts missionary couple attempt to convert Blackfoot Indians to Christianity. Preacher Marcus, however, falls in love with an Indian woman and must pay a hefty price (LJ 11/1/70). The Quarry (1947) traces several generations of Vermont miners from the Civil War to World War I.
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"You are either a Mildred Walker enthusiast or you are missing one of the best writers on the American scene."—Philadelphia Inquirer
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By RM Browne on February 2, 2001
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Mildred Walker's depth of characters is incredible. She should be recognized as a leading writer of the mid 20th century.
"Lion" is the tale of a young minister (Mark) and his wife Harriet who go into the "Wilderness" (capital W) of Montana in the mid 1800's to Christianize the savages. The book opens as they are returning to New England, frustrated and failed, after only a few months. They both felt "alive" in the Wilderness and were rather shocked by its "lure" and both seem bewitched by one incident and person: an Indian woman, wife of the trader, who lives in both worlds (Indian and White) but will not speak English to Mark or Harriet. Mark hopes she will become his interpreter, and a believer, and tries to comfort her when her son dies. She will not speak to him, but is the source of a vision to him. This becomes a fixation, a frustration and a stamp of failure. Using Harriet's pregnancy as an excuse, they leave Montana.
Walker's elegant prose floats through the compelling story - I was held tight anticipating what would happen next to this couple who love and hate each other - each having become obsessed with the incident in Montana and the manner in which they see it. Everyone's lives become affected by the Indian Eenisskim: the righteous congregation, the self absorbed Mark, and calm, enduring, way-ahead-of-her-time Harriet. Mark says at one point "it seems I always need interpreters".
Beautifully written, full of rich characters, and a most interesting, surprising end.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Gentis on February 4, 2008
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I just love this book.
You have to read it to appreciate it-I could quack all day, and it would make no difference-just read it....two or three times if possible.

It is even more remarkable when taken in the context of the rest of Mildred Walker's work-Ive read most of it, and it all informs the rest. When read chronologically, she is just so amazing. Each book grows and unfolds depth of character. Then this book blows it all wide open. Gender, strength, power, wealth....all of those concepts are entirely mutable in this book. Everything changes before your eyes.

If a lion could talk you might not understand what he was saying, but you might understand how he feels.
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By Linda Swope on October 8, 2012
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She is complex yet her characters and her representation of human nature are so simplistic & true. This was a page turner for me. I didn't know whether to savor her writing or race to the "punch line". I also enjoyed Winter Wheat VERY much.
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I can count on Mildred Walker's ability to write to top notch story. I have read other books by Mildred Walker and enjoyed them.
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By Joan Bailey on July 13, 2014
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Another wonderful read by Walker.
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