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'One of the finest books about the elusive nature of the West ever written...It's a graceful and brutal story of isolated men gone haywire.'(Time Out New York)
'Harsh and relentless yet muted in tone, Butcher's Crossing paved the way for Cormac McCarthy. It was perhaps the first and best revisionist western.'(The New York Times Book Review)
'One of the finest novels of the West ever to come out of the West.'(The Denver Post)
'This story about the hunt of one of the last great buffalo herds "becomes a young man's search for the integrity of his own being...The characters are defined, the events lively, the place, the smells, the sounds right. And the prose is superb, a rarity in writing about the west. More, John Williams.'(The Chicago Tribune)
'John Williams's unsparing novels express a highly qualified though resilient optimism about our ability to salvage something of value from life's impossible conditions. Along with the necessary isolation of the artist, he conveys the sobering if startled recognition--perhaps with his own career in mind--of the transitory triumph of art.'(Times Literary Supplement) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
The author of Stoner delivers something completely different but equally unique, skewering romantic notions of the Wild West with a brilliant, brutal tale of buffalo hunters that reverberates with understated power. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Williams is a delight to read cam to this novel from Stoner. The last days of the buffalo and the madness that lead to there near demise. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Mr. C. Dunne
The best Western I have read, ever, period, etc. Truly a literary heavyweight in the guise of clean, unpretentious, accessible prose.Published 25 days ago by N J MOSS-BEZZINA
A fascinating insight into the harsh world that was the West. Not the romantic fiction of cowboys but the brutal reality of a buffalo cull. A great American novel.Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
A story that stays with you long after you've read it, superbly written as with Stoner.Published 1 month ago by Cathy Mc Grath
Mr Williams has redeemed himself in my humble opinion. Having been introduced to his work via a book group (Stoner) I decided to give him another chance and read something else. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lynne Southen
I have read the great John Williams backwards, starting with the sublime Augustus, then on to the singular Stoner and finally to his first real novel, the outstanding Butcher's... Read morePublished 2 months ago by The Outsider
A young man's journey to find - what? in the American West. Unputdownable and haunting: as brilliant as Williams' 'Stoner'.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer