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A Little Flat on Emotions
on June 25, 2017
This was a quick read, it was interesting and fast paced though much less psychological than what I had hoped. It is somewhat of a coming of age sort of tale but the one major thing I felt Williams fell horribly short on was that often he brought you up to a pinnacle near some sort of emotional or tangible breakthrough with the main character but then it almost felt like he did not know how to strike the finishing blow and lay out what he was getting at. Even though most of the time he was close enough to know what it was he was trying to reach, in a very roundabout way. I just really felt like he was grasping at straws and beating around the bush when it came to the emotional and psychological aspects.
Albeit, I would say this was a pretty atypical "western". There were some potent moments and surprises. The things I found most interesting were the details of what life was probably like on a long hunt during this time. He seemed to have a lot of the details of that pinned down really well.
Overall, there was a lot to be desired on the emotional and psychological plain. Especially since this is presented as an exploration of society and psychology of people in a brutal situation. Being stuck in the mountains, cabin fever, returning to a changed world. Mass killing and eradication of something in nature for profit. Sometimes I felt the characters acted... very out of character as well. Or maybe they were acting in a way that was a bit too extreme, it almost seemed unrealistic. But of course it was a short novel and some of the more intense times were bridged down quite a bit. It is worth reading if you want something fast paced and striking, but that is about it in my opinion.
Oh, and the description of the book (also found on the back of the novel), is really bad, once you begin reading you'll find out. Point one, Will Andrews seems to know what he is looking for when he comes to Butcher's Crossing. This was no hanging out in a saloon and struck up a random conversation and decided "What the heck, I'll go on a hunt!" sort of situation.