- Series: Nonpareil Books (Book 65)
- Paperback: 656 pages
- Publisher: David R Godine (July 1, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0879238631
- ISBN-13: 978-0879238636
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,282,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Distant Trumpet (Nonpareil Books) Paperback – July 1, 1991
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A magnificently sweeping tale of the American West in the aftermath of the Civil War that is heroic in scale, rich in dramatic action, and filled with brilliant characterizations. Horgan's three-dimensional pageant of the daring and dangerous frontier life has been termed "the finest historical novel in American literature" (Gorham Munson) and "the finest novel yet on the Southwest --New York Times
A monumental work by a monumental writer. --San Francisco Chronicle
In the years to come our children will open this book with the same sense of discovery that kept me reading into the night... It deserves a permanent place in our literature. --Miami News
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There is a long chapter about each of the individuals, showing how and why they got to where they ended up in Fort Destiny, which takes up the first third of the book. Once they come together at the Fort, the interaction begins and sometimes fatally ends.
The writing style is also odd and sometimes difficult to follow as the author wrote in what he thought was a 19th century style. I did find it enjoyable reading conversations and having to decipher what the author was really saying.
My favorite aspect of the book was the historical detail relating to indians customs, tradition, thought, and speech. This alone was worth the time it took to read the book.
After having read "Trumpet" I actually almost looked for Jessica, Laura, Matt or Col. Prescott to appear on the street. The characterizations are THAT truly believable. It was very good to see the characters mature and develop through the story, they didn't remain static.
Most of all, I think it is a good look at what the ordinary soldier of the western frontier experienced. Much of it was dead, flat boring, some of it was exciting, and some of it I"m sure was revelatory. People often overlook the fact that our predecessors had real experiences and emotions --we sort of reserve that right for this present generation--but "Trumpet" awakens the reality that people are people in all times and frames of reference. Sometimes disgusting, sometimes wonderful and always fascinating in their endless incarnations.
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The book was exactly as advertised. Just what I expected to receive. Excellent.
Keep up the good work.