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Meriwether: A Novel of Meriwether Lewis and the Lewis & Clark Expedition (The American Story) Hardcover – May 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: The American Story
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; 1st edition (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312863071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312863074
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,130,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This year is the bicentennial of the commencement of the expedition of the Corps of Discovery. The actual journey of Lewis and Clark is such a monumental adventure that it hardly requires a work of fiction to spruce it up. Still, a novel was inevitable. Nevin, who has written a series of novels dealing with American history from 1800 to 1860, has generally handled this subject with accuracy and respect for both his characters and their accomplishments. Nevin captures Lewis' streak of romanticism, his questing spirit, and his tendency to drift from elation to moroseness. Lewis, even to those who cared deeply for him, could be an enigmatic and frustratingly difficult companion. Yet, as Nevin shows, he and the more stable, practical Clark complemented each other well. In describing their journey, Nevin lets the daily sense of novelty and wonder shine through the narrative. After the triumphal return of the expedition, Nevin recounts the gradual softening and collapse of Lewis as his inner demons take hold. Jay Freeman
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"Delving behind the textbook versions of the Lewis and Clark expedition, David Nevin has found a story that is perfectly suited to unique gifts as an historical novelist. Here is the exultation of making triumphant history, the thrill of discovery and the seeping stain of personal tragedy, all in one enthralling package."--Thomas Fleming, author of The Louisiana Purchase

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 29, 2005
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I have always been interested in the Lewis and Clark trek across the then undiscovered lands of the Louisana Pruchase. I can imagine what beauitful and wonderous sights the Corps of Discovery beheld . This book brings to life that journey with not only the wonders of the new land, but also carefully draws a picture of Meriwether Lewis,who loved to be as close to nature and her wonders but on the other hand had difficulty in understanding and living with his fellow humans beings. Mr. Nevin carefully and skillfully draws a picture of a man who (perhaps like most of us) struggle on a daily basis to live with other people and somehow keep our integrey and self-image intact. I do not usually cry at the end of a book. I just say to myself "it is just a story". But I did cry, for I recognized Lewis's struggle as my own-the search to find my rightful place in the world. In a sense Lewis's journey was not only the physcial one, but an internal journey of discovery. I do not how Mr. Nevin accomplished this but he did. I hope that you enjoy the book as much as I did.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Fireman Dave on May 19, 2005
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After struggling to finish Eagle's Cry and giving up on Treason I was pleasantly surprised to pick up Nevin's latest and find it fascinating. This is an excellent read for those who like historical novels that are not dull and boring. Nevin does well in getting into the psyche of Lewis, and helps to paint a picture of why someone who accomplished so much could self destruct. I have read Ambrose's Undaunted Courage and found it interesting, but dry in places. Nevin does a much better job of entertaining the reader.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terry P. on November 27, 2013
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I was disappointed in the condition of this book. This book was classified as "Very Good" by the seller. There is a stamp imprint on the pages. I do not consider this "Very Good".
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