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  • Hardcover: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Amereon Ltd (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891908315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891908319
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,005,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jean Rempel on March 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I read this book many years ago. It is the only book I have read that I was thirsty when they were thirsty, cold when they were, hungry along with them. It is a marvellously well written book you can't put down as you follow the Donner Party over the desert and into the mountain pass, to be stranded by heavy snow storms, building shelters covered with the hides from the cattle. The courage of the MOTHERS as they hoarded what little food they had for their children, in the end cooking the roofs off their shelters to feed them, while they waited and hoped that the ones that were walking out would be able to get help to come to their rescue. It is a courageous but sad tale of the strengths of women when they are put to the test of life. I lost my book on loaning it to another reader, and for a number of years tried to find a copy without any luck. This winter I was able to obtain a 1943 copy though Amazon.com. It still gives me the same feelings as it did years ago. A great insight to the lenghts a mother will go for her children and family.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 1997
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I have read this book several times and still find it quite poweful. I knew nothing about the Donner party when I first read it and found the story fascinating. Mr. Fisher does a wonderful job of putting you into the story. He is a master of the historical novel.<P
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jean Rempel on April 7, 2000
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I found "The Mothers", a chillingly can't put it down book. It shows the extremes a mother will go to for her children in desperate conditions. It is the Mothers who save the encampment. It is a well written book, that I enjoyed for its story line and historical contend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jean Rempel on March 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I read this book many years ago. It is the only book I have read that I was thirsty when they were thirsty, cold when they were, hungry along with them. It is a marvellously well written book you can't put down as you follow the Donner Party over the desert and into the mountain pass, to be stranded by heavy snow storms, building shelters covered with the hides from the cattle. The courage of the MOTHERS as they hoarded what little food they had for their children, in the end cooking the roofs off their shelters to feed them, while they waited and hoped that the ones that were walking out would be able to get help to come to their rescue. It is a courageous but sad tale of the strengths of women when they are put to the test of life. I lost my book on loaning it to another reader, and for a number of years tried to find a copy without any luck. This winter I was able to obtain a 1943 copy though Amazon.com. It still gives me the same feelings as it did years ago. A great insight to the lenghts a mother will go for her children and family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "rel230" on June 17, 2004
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I have just discovered Vardis Fisher. His books should be preserved. He is one of the few GREATS. I have read several books on the Donner party - both fiction and non-fiction. "The Mothers" is the BEST of all I have read. I look forward to reading more of Vardis Fisher's book if and when I can find them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jean Rempel on April 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I found "The Mothers", a chillingly can't put it down book. It shows the extremes a mother will go to for her children in desperate conditions. It is the Mothers who save the encampment. It is a well written book, that I enjoyed for its story line and historical contend.
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By S. Griffith on May 5, 2014
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I have read this book a couple of times. It was unnerving to say the least but I couldn't put it down. The author lived close to where I used to live & died there. He had a lot of problems. This book was nothing like the others he wrote but some of them were pretty good & some were strange. This book is definitely worth reading, at least once.
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