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Subject: Ordeal by Hunger by George R. Stewart
Date Posted: 7/23/2007 8:54 AM ET
Member Since: 10/29/2005
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Has anyone else read this account of the Donner Party?

It is so hard to read! It's heart-breaking. There were some true heroes in this group of people, especially the fathers who set out on foot to find rescue for their loved ones. Even men who had no family in the party risked their lives. After they made it through the snowed in mountain pass to the small town, they could have just stayed, but they didn't. They risked their lives again to bring food back through the pass to the people in the camp. There were rescuers who went along for greed, but there were also some truly noble people who went through hunger, frostbite, and possible death to help people they didn't even know. Man, these people had courage! This is an incredible story of hardship and survival. When you think of the Donner Party, you immediately think of cannibalism, but there is so much more to the story.

Date Posted: 7/23/2007 12:36 PM ET
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That might have been the one I read, but it was over 20 years ago, so I'm not sure.  It was a great read.

Just wish I hadn't read it while we were camping just a few feet from where all these events happened!  It definitely gave me the shivers!

Date Posted: 7/23/2007 6:38 PM ET
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It probably is the same book, my copy is pretty old. I really enjoyed it too, but I can't imagine reading it while near the actual spot. That would be a bit freaky!

I was very surprised to find that it was a wishlisted book!

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 7/24/2007 5:16 AM ET
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I have it on my TBR...may have to move it up!