- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Backinprint.com (April 4, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0595390218
- ISBN-13: 978-0595390212
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Buffalo Commons Paperback – April 4, 2006
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From Kirkus Reviews
Multipublishable Montanan Wheeler, who apparently writes with three hands at once (over 30 novels, and see below), and who won the Spur Award for Sierra (1996), now gets doubly serious in treating a controversial modern subject: Laslo Honorey, a zillionaire, wants to defeat the spread of agribusiness on the High Plains and--along with federal regulators and environmentalists--nationalize thousands of miles of grasslands and rebuild them as buffalo grazing grounds (a ``buffalo commons''). But what of the Nichols family, which has ranched the grasslands for over a century? Must their way of life fade away? Thrumming at an appreciably deeper level of feeling than ever before, Wheeler should attract fresh readers. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
"[Adds] a dimension to an already inventive writer."--Rocky Mountain News
"A taut drama about one of the most controversial issues in the modern West....Magnificent, believable characters....This is a fine novel.....It is as timely as tomorrow's newspaper and once started, it is hard to put down. Wheeler has another award winner on his hands."--Tulsa World
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Top customer reviews
Oh yes, if you've ever been to Montana, this book will greet you like an old friend. If you've never been there, you'll find out why you should go--now.
First of all, his historical knowledge is deep from all those genre Westerns and, more recently, research for historical novels. Another useful skill is training as a screenwriter at Pasadena Playhouse and this book is very much visualized in scripts and shots. He assigns a point of view to each character and then lets that character do or say what will explain why he or she feels that way. And he knows to set characters up in dialoguing pairs, one of which must be persuaded, which also helps to pull information out in an easy-to-understand Q/A format. Though there are a lot of characters, each is vivid enough to remember as the plot unfolds -- and there IS a plot. No vioence, unless you count the wolves. Wheeler's newspaper background helps him to dissect issues and show how to interweave politically and economically.
Only one character is really a caricature, but he is so villanous (as well as funny) that I was hoping the wolves would bite him good and hard. (He's a latex heir hypnotized by New Age stuff.)
This is a skillfully written and often quite moving novel with colorful characters: patricians, plutocrats, and prophets It's hard on Greens, bureaucrats, and the kind of faculty members who build little empires staffed by grad students. It is "rancher-friendly," which might not be one would expect, given the subject.
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