It's been compared to Cold Mountain- the story of traders, immigrants and Native Americans on the Oregon Trail in 1846. I loved it!
This book provides a fascinating view of the life in the northwest in the middle 1800's. The dialog and the relationships of the people are thoroughly modern, however, and the author made the characters come alive through his compelling, descriptive writing.
Yiiik! Too much adultery & sex! I guess if you read between the lines there is a little bit of philosophy about life....
The style of this book is unusual. Some of the reviews refer to it as "poetic", which I found very apt. If you think you would enjoy such a style and are interested in the topic, you should love this story. It's the best book I've read in many months, and I'd highly, highly recommend it.
Savor the writing. Descriptions so good I just had to stop right there and read them again, I could picture the scenes so well, almost feel that I was in them. One I remember had to do with the sun going down, the glow of it against the backs of the streaking horses. Every page was full of beautiful things like that if you savor it slowly. The story line itself was good, but it wasn't the part I liked most about the book.
This book is a challenging read, but well worth the effort. I really enjoyed it and so did my daughter-in-law. It is a very authentic glimpse into the life of the travelers on the Oregon trail.
I didnt enjoy this one, but its an award winner by oyhers standards. Near perfect condition.