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Set in 1885, The Ox-Bow Incident is a searing and realistic portrait of frontier life and mob violence in the American West. First published in 1940, it focuses on the lynching of three innocent men and the tragedy that ensues when law and order are abandoned. The result is an emotionally powerful, vivid, and unforgettable re-creation of the Western novel, which Clark transmuted into a universal story about good and evil, individual and community, justice and human nature. As Wallace Stegner writes, [Clark's] theme was civilization, and he recorded, indelibly, its first steps in a new country.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Wallace Stegner's many books include Crossing to Safety, Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs, and the Pulitzer Prize winning Angle of Repose.See all Editorial Reviews
An interesting book. It starts slowly, but if you keep reading it works itself out. The characters are hard to decipher at times and it is very interesting to see how little people... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Workin' for the weekend
I'm sure I would have enjoyed it if I were relaxing at home and not on vacation in Canada.Published 18 days ago by E Wells
If you have ever had a dream about watching an airplane flying crazily, and slowly losing altitude and you know deep down in the pit of your stomach that the plane is going to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by T. Melvin
One of my favorite books. As is almost always the case, far better than the admittedly very good film version.Published 2 months ago by Robert Hunt
I am 62 years old, well educated, have read everything from Shakespeare to Science Fiction (even had dinner with Isaac Asimov) and this is the worst "classic" I have ever... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Captain Giff
A splendid used book store find! Probing discussions on majority rule, the law, right and wrong, our connection to God, and the validity of "feelings. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Indomitus
This is a classic piece of American Literature. I am putting so much of my library into e-books, and this is another one. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ronald L. Stjames
I knew this book from a Henry Fonda movie that I haven’t seen but lives with his legacy. I imagine it would look much like Grapes of Wrath. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Cabin Dweller
Book fell apart in my hands, not a good buy even for a used book.Published 7 months ago by Donna L Mahoney