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Following the Wrong God Home: Footloose in an American Dream (Literature of the American West, V. 12) Hardcover – March 1, 2003
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"Controversy becomes an art form...interesting Americans, politics, dreaming. As eclectic a book as you are likely to read." -- Salt Lake Tribune, March 03, 2003
About the Author
Former head of the Department of Communication at Utah State University. Chisholm's poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in numerous journals, most recently in Creative Nonfiction, Western Humanities Review, and Lake Effect.
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To Chisholm,born into a Morman Family and faith,the walk it vividly personal.He weaves parenthetical"Acccording to Hoyle" chronicles of Morman history in each chapter.
The author crosses the bounds of genre with timely placed sidebars.He touches geography,natural history,hydraulics,soil management,native indian movements,railway and highway beginnings,politics and a host of others.
He describes eating,sleeping and entertainment establishments past and present;"watering-holes",museums and libraries with a generous portion of humor.There are no sacred cows,be it presidents or prophets.
This book just gets better as it goes.Clive Scott Chisholm doesn't disappoint his readers by slipping off the rails in the final chapter.He runs strong to the end.
The last entry adds a homey"Where are they now"(fifteen years later) about many of the people and personalities we meet in the book.
Threaded through this account are Chisholm's thoughts about his life, his friends, western history, and particularly about "the American Dream" and the Mormons. He is often brutally frank in his judgments, especially of the Mormon leader, Brigham Young, for whom he can say nothing good. All-in-all, this is a brilliantly written, deeply personal account of one man's adventure in space and time.