Dancing at the Rascal Fair (McCaskill Trilogy, Bk 2)
Dancing at the Rascal Fair - McCaskill Trilogy, Bk 2 Author:Ivan Doig The central volume in Ivan Doig's acclaimed Montana trilogy, Dancing at the Rascal Fair is an authentic saga of the American experience at the turn of this century and a passionate, portrayal of the immigrants who dared to try new lives in the imposing Rocky Mountains. — Ivan Doig's supple tale of landseekers unfolds into a fateful contes... more »t of the heart between Anna Ramsay and Angus McCaskill, walled apart by their obligations as they and their stormy kith and kin vie to tame the brutal, beautiful Two Medicine country.« less
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Jennifer N. reviewed Dancing at the Rascal Fair (McCaskill Trilogy, Bk 2) on
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.
Alix C. 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.
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.
Definitely one of the best written books I have read and loved. a saga of at the turn of the century and from the back cover of the book"a passionate portrayal of the immigrants who dared to try new lives in the imposing Rocky Mtns in Montana." truly Dazzling!