Book Reviews of Dancing at the Rascal Fair (McCaskill Trilogy, Bk 2)

Dancing at the Rascal Fair (McCaskill Trilogy, Bk 2)
Dancing at the Rascal Fair - McCaskill Trilogy, Bk 2
Author: Ivan Doig
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ISBN-13: 9780684831053
ISBN-10: 0684831058
Publication Date: 9/11/1996
Pages: 416
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 37 ratings
Publisher: Scribner
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Dancing at the Rascal Fair (McCaskill Trilogy, Bk 2) on
Helpful Score: 4
Excellent book, as are all of Ivan Doig's that I have read so far. He is truly one of the best authors I have discovered in a long time. Great storytelling, wonderfully crafted characters and the most beautiful prose. Highly, highly recommended.
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Helpful Score: 4
This was a great book. It seemed a bit slow to start, but it was beautifully written and picked up the pace about midway through. I finished reading it a couple of weeks ago and I am still thinking about the characters and their story.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is one of my favorite books of all time. Ivan Doig is a master and this is his best!
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Helpful Score: 1
This is the central volume in Ivan Doig's Montana trilogy. Wonderful.
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Helpful Score: 1
Doig manages to paint a vivid picture of the Big Sky country of Montana while also drilling deep into the recesses of the human heart. Life, like the Montana sheep of the McCaskills and Barclays, tends to wander in unexpected directions. You get a notion that things aren't going to be quite as rosy as Angus had anticipated and, sure enough, things go awry. It is a powerful story, convincingly told from Angus's point of view - the sense of loss and heartbreak felt very real.
Doig stated that he used some Robert Burns quotes and others he created himself. I was curious about the story the children read of the King's Remembrancer - if that was something he made up too. I'd rather like to read it myself!
As a Scots immigrant myself who has traveled around the western part of Montana through Browning and down across the endless rich, grassy rolling hills of the Blackfeet Reservation, I felt immersed in the story from the beginning in an oddly vicarious way.
I had previously read "Mountain Time" and enjoyed Doig's writing ability, but this book was outstanding.
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Helpful Score: 1
Ivan Doig is an author from Montana and this book is about the early pioneers in that area. It is the first book in a trilogy. Worthy reading.
reviewed Dancing at the Rascal Fair (McCaskill Trilogy, Bk 2) on
Helpful Score: 1
Outstanding. Such a wonderful writer.
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Helpful Score: 1
Story of 2 brave Scottish youths, Angus and Rob, leaving their homeland for America in search of security and adventure. Because of Rob's uncle Lucas is in the wilds of Montana, the owner of the Great Maybe Mine, and a saloon they end up homesteading near the little town of Gros Ventre which Lucas promises to become a boom town. The book is about their struggles to find their security, love, and in this search they find daily adventures by trying to survive in the threatening Montana weather by raising sheep. All great books have a great love affair and you will find one of the best in this one. I found the book difficult to put down as I became enthralled and captivated by this story of how they fought to overcome the almost insurmountable difficulties they faced. I recommend it to all.
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From Publishers Weekly
The second volume in Doig's Montana trilogy focuses on two Scottish immigrants around the turn of the century.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
The settlement of Montana between 1890 and 1919 is recounted through the quiet but compelling life of Angus McCaskill, a young Scotsman who travels with his friend Rob Barclay to Montana's Two Medicine Country to homestead. Doig writes fervently of the voyage from Scotland and the lean first years, as the two share the work and hardship of establishing claims and building up flocks of sheep. He tells of their separate marriages, the severing of their friendship, and the final resolution of their conflict through death. Doig successfully recaptures the violence of the Montana elements and the staunch heritage of the Scottish settlers which served so well in his earlier novel English Creek and faithfully represents the struggle for survival on the frontier as he continues the McCaskills' story. Highly recommended.8
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This is a truly wonderful book -- it ranks amongst my all-time favorites. Ivan Doig's writing style is almost poetic, and very enjoyable. I highly recommend this book.
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Doig manages to paint a vivid picture of the Big Sky country of Montana while also drilling deep into the recesses of the human heart. Life, like the Montana sheep of the McCaskills and Barclays, tends to wander in unexpected directions. You get a notion that things aren't going to be quite as rosy as Angus had anticipated and, sure enough, things go awry. It is a powerful story, convincingly told from Angus's point of view - the sense of loss and heartbreak felt very real.
Doig stated that he used some Robert Burns quotes and others he created himself. I was curious about the story the children read of the King's Remembrancer - if that was something he made up too. I'd rather like to read it myself!
As a Scots immigrant myself who has traveled around the western part of Montana through Browning and down across the endless rich, grassy rolling hills of the Blackfeet Reservation, I felt immersed in the story from the beginning in an oddly vicarious way.
I had previously read "Mountain Time" and enjoyed Doig's writing ability, but this book was outstanding.
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This is number two on my list of all time favorite books. It is a wonderful story about two Scottish immigrants who settle in Two Medicine country in Montana.
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good book
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Ivan Doig is a brilliant writer and Dancing is a wonderful example of his art. I have read most of his books and intend to read them all.