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This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind Paperback – February 19, 1980
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An only child, his mother dying when he is six years old, Doig is raised by his father, Charlie, who works various jobs, sheepherding, haying, moving from place to place, and for a while leasing a small ranch of his own, his son in tow. Charlie is a hard-working man, with a big heart and tender love for his son. Concerned by a turn of bad health, he is reconciled to his mother-in-law, who did not approve of her daughter's marriage to him, and the three of them become a family that remains together until Charlie's death at age 70.
The book captures and preserves in detail a way of life that has almost vanished from America. Doig tells of growing up in wide open spaces among livestock and wildlife, learning from his father the skills of making a living off the land and surviving against the odds. He attends small town schools, spending the winters in rented rooms, seeing his father and grandmother only on weekends. Much of his time spent with adults or alone, he grows up more quickly than his peers and learns to love solitude.
At 300+ pages, this is not a long book, but it's no page-turner.Read more ›
Doig is a gifted writer with the facility of a James Agee in his choice of words and phrasing. On the page he presents a constant wild, vivid sensory impression, as if you were riding on horseback with him through his beloved Montana hills, sharing the terrain, people and history in ways you hadn't experienced before and couldn't experience anywhere else.
His descriptions show keen insight and attention to detail through carefully chosen, apt simile and metaphor. "I had noticed at Jordan's," he writes about a situation he experienced as a child, "...the boarding child is something like a stranded visitor that people get accustomed to half-seeing at the edges of their vision -- and no one, least of all me, seemed to think there was much unusual about my alighting here and there casually as a roosting pullet."
As a young boy, exploring: "For by greatest luck a silvered ship, high-hulled and pinging with emptiness, rode at the far end of the ranch buildings. A ship, at least to my imaginings. In the years when the machine chomped broadly through grainfields, it was called a combine. Now this dreadnaught stood, in its tones of dulling metal and cluster of idle gearwheels, for me to climb into..."
Here's the epitome of fine writing. You won't find more vivid images anywhere and he doesn't stint at all with language.Read more ›
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Doig's prose sings. He has left us much too soon, but the body of work he has left us with is testimony to the wonderful writer that he was.Published 19 days ago by Francis A. doherty
unbelievably well written autobiography- deserved all the awards it receivedPublished 23 days ago by Donald Hassemer
This was one of those rare books where each sentence was carefully and beautifully crafted to tell the story of an ordinary Montana family who lived extra ordinary lives. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Richard A. Gross
You need to read every book this author writes. He is the most incredible author I have ever read.Published 3 months ago by Kathy Jeffery
I have read this book several times and it is great! The House of Sky does a great job of capturing a time, a place and the people of that time and place.Published 3 months ago by sam
Doig's writing is so descriptive and beautiful, whether he's writing about the Montana landscape or about his very difficult childhood.Published 3 months ago by Nicki
Colorfully captures the spirit and environment of Montana. If you've spent time in Montana you'll understand how true and vivid his prose is. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tim Clark
This is a story that is enriched by the personalities it describes as much as the vast landscapes of the country. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer