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Dancing at the Rascal Fair Paperback – September 11, 1996
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Top Customer Reviews
This book entices the reader with paragraph after paragraph of poetic prose. "I could feel the halt of all she had been setting forth until now, the stop of her thought as this new proposal opened, enormous as the future, before her." (p.156) I could turn to any page, and find exquisite sentences, long and languorous, or reverberating with insight and meaning. "I reached her to me, but there was too much in me to speak straight to what she had just said. Adair herself, myself, Anna, past, future, now." (p. 264)
The plot doesn't go the way I wanted or expected it to, almost to the point of frustration at times, but good stories never go just where you want or expect them to. You build expectations of characters you like and who love each other. You want their love to be fulfilled, but sometimes, just as in real life, it simply doesn't happen. Sometimes friendships go bad. Sometimes in life people disappoint or betray you. Doig presents characters who surprise you. You want to reach into the story and shake some sense into them. That's good stuff.
Doig's characterization is extremely insightful and carefully unveils the heights and depths the human soul can reach with searing clarity. His plot line (which some have called "slow to unfold") is in pace with the time he's depicting. And his imagery is unparalleled. His genius in burning a certain picture into his readers' minds reaps a stunning harvest at the climax of this breath taking depiction of life "under the skin". Highly recommended.
at the Rascal Fair" makes even flatlanders homesick for the
Big Sky Country. Doig puts words together in such a manner
that they make complete, correct English sentences. This
alone makes the book unusual in modern-day fiction. Then,
he grabs your attention with a spellbinding story that has
all of the elements that make you want to begin reading and
never stop. His beloved Montana comes to life such that
you can hear the constant wind, feel the biting cold, taste
the dust of the dry years, smell the sheep pens at shearing
time, and see the vast expanses of prarie fading into the
impossibly rugged mountains.
This book grabbed me by the throat and wouldn't let go.
Even long after my last reading of it, I am still moved by
the passion and power of the story. It is certainly among
the best fiction I have read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoy the detail and writing of Ivan Doig very much, and Dancing was an exceptional read, right out of my home territory.Published 3 days ago by Peggy Munis
Loved the link between the old and new world, the burden and ache of being alive in love. Helped me really feel the life on the frontier and in early Montana. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Istar Lamoore
Loved this book and Ivan's writing style. I stayed up until after 3 am this morning to finish the book before my book club luncheon today. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Orcanator
Interesting to see how Montana developed and follow the two main characters through their lives.Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
First book I had read of his author. I loved it. He has a wonderful way with words. "Couldn't put it down".Published 28 days ago by Carla L. Clark
Beautiful writing; this is an author who not only makes you feel as if you are there in the setting, I wanted to get back there when I was not reading. Read morePublished 1 month ago by My2centsworth
This book is a treasure. It is epic in scope, beautifully portrays Montana as it was being settled by Scotch immigrants, and delves deeply into their lives and loves. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sara G. Armstrong