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Vanderhaeghe's rich language reveals a genuine feel for the prairies and their rough settlements: "a boom town draws rogues like a jam jar draws wasps," he writes, and describes "miles of wet plain patched with apple green, new penny copper, glints of silver." Though this is a Western in the traditional sense, Vanderhaeghe never sinks into parody. Rather, he uses the Western motif to reveal a number of profound universal truths about personal honour, and human failings and strengths. His humane character depictions reach emotional depths found in few novels today. --Mark Frutkin, Amazon.ca --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Some slow parts in the beginning, but well worth coping with. Deep into the characters - this is something I really enjoy.Published 1 day ago by Kerry
Best book I read this year. Great story, characters, setting and writing too!Published 4 months ago by dct
This novel is brilliantly conceived, paced and articulated. Guy Vanderhaeghe has a mastery of the English language that apparently defeats dim attention spans (witness, the few... Read morePublished 8 months ago by AWReet
I thought it was well-written and full of unique characters in the way that England meets the American west.Published 10 months ago by The Writer
I THINK THIS IS A BETTER BOOK THAN THE GENTLEMANS BOY. ENJOY THE STORY MUCH MORE AND WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO OTHERS.Published 20 months ago by Diane Sielinsky
Don't bother reading this book. Author has a strange writing style that none of us in the book club liked.Published on March 14, 2013 by Lc Ballard
I enjoyed this book ... I found myself back-tracking on a few pages at times (to review the characters), and I enjoyed it.Published on January 15, 2013 by Clark
I read this for the history lesson, to hear about life in the 18oo's in the U.S. It was good that way. The story itself though is really dry. Parched. Read morePublished on May 18, 2012 by Fillyjonk