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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost a great novel, 5 April 2012
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A powerfully atmospheric book that soon draws the reader under its spell. Boone is a convincing, though hardly complex character, who relies heavily on his physical prowess and grows in experience but little morally. In many ways Summers is the more fascinating character. Where "The Big Sky" excels is in its wonderful evocation of the authentic feel of actuality. The looseness of the narrative and the absence of moral complexity place it for me below such Western Classics as "The Oxbow Incident" and "Lonesone Dove", not to mention Cormac McCarthy's finest: "Blood Meridian" and "The Border Trilogy". A fine book nonetheless.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The archetypal frontiersman novel., 22 Dec 1997
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For anyone who has read and enjoyed a fair cross-section of the mountain man adventure novel genre, reading "The Big Sky" will let you know where many of the major plot elements that drive these works originated. (Well, maybe not originated, but Guthrie used them earlier than many.) For one, fans of Terry Johnston's Titus Bass will see an uncanny resemblance between Bass and Guthrie's Boone Caudill. Guthrie writes in a slightly more literary style than his latter-day imitators, and he displays a particular talent with dialogue and imagery. Perhaps the only reason I wasn't overly impressed was that I'd read it all before--in novels written 30-40 years after Guthrie penned "The Big Sky."
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of America's greatest literary achievments, 27 April 1999
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I have read The Big Sky three times, and scanned it many more. Having grown up in Browning, MT, this book really takes me home. What sets Guthrie's work apart from other writers of the mountain man genre, is character development. The way characters like Jim Deakins, and Boone Caudill, and Dick Summers, become complete people, is uncanny. The internal dialogues each carry on is fascinating. Jim's thoughts about god are succinct, and( I feel) right on the money. Boone Caudill is a misfit in any society, and the only way he could possibly live and let live, is utterly on his own. He becomes "broody" when in the company of others, and is nowhere near likable. His demeanor is completely opposed to that of Jim Deakins, who is carefree, and refuses to take anything too seriously. Boone's words, upon their meeting, "A man would have to be willing to stand by his partner, come whatever" (a paraphrase), turn out to be very ironic. Dick Summers is really the main character, as his saga continues through "The Way West", and "Fair Land, Fair Land". He is the balance between the two, and the glue that holds the partnership together. This book chronicles the heyday of the fur trade, and signals the end of that era, and the open west. I'd highly recommend it to anyone, be it for it's accurate descriptions of the time, or it's sociological implications. It is not just another mountain man story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If they want to include something like this, put it in the back, 24 Aug 2014
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WARNING!!! Do not read Wallace Stegner's 'Forward' at the beginning (fortunately I didn't)- He totally ruins the book!! If they want to include something like this, put it in the back!!!!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful book!, 27 May 1999
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I've read this and Guthrie's other books countless times. The power and history of the story have yet to disappoint me. Guthrie captures the people, the times, and the "feel" of the west as no other author has. I grew up in the area where much of Guthrie's story takes place. When I need a dose of home, all I have to do is reread one of his books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All good., 18 Oct 2014
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Mr. Mrs. Jones "Jessie" (Devon, England.) - See all my reviews
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Book arrived as described. All good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 12 Sep 2014
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real good real god reading
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic, 28 Jun 2010
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This is a towering, epic work. It's authenticity and lack of cliche are both noticeable throughout the novel. What really marks it out though is character development. Boone, an unlikeable boy at first, becomes by the end a wise man beyond his years - and a man apart. Wonderful dialogue, sharp and clever. A fabulous read.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful and entertaining, 3 Mar 1999
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I was reading Undaunted Courage while on a flight from LA to Seattle when the guy in the seat next to me struck up a conversation. Turns out he was from Montana and he highly recommended The Big Sky. Several months later I picked it up and was blown away. What a great adventure story and what wonderful characters. I am about to begin the sequel "The Way West" . Much obliged ,stranger for the advice.
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