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5.0 out of 5 stars Close and personal
Linking Cree hunting stories with World War I frontline accounts would seem an odd undertaking, to say the least. The wild Canadian North with its harsh yet beautiful landscape and tough living conditions for those surviving off the land is a far cry - physically and spiritually - from the trenches and the killing fields of Ypres and the Somme. Yet, Boyden has...
Published on 6 Aug. 2006 by Friederike Knabe

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2.0 out of 5 stars Bloodless, despite the gore
Joseph Boyden has done his research. Lots of it. Research into the battles of the first world war, slang-terms, battle-tactics, et cetera... He has also researched Native American history and customs, even naming each chapter with a word from their language to prove the point. Then he has mixed the two areas of research up to create a novel. It hasn't worked...
Published on 18 Jan. 2008 by Twig


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4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy addition to WW1 canon., 6 Oct. 2014
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The work of a strong talent. Opens up a different view of WW1. Read with Timothy Finlay's The Wars. Harrowing writing, shameful neglect of native soldiers brought to light, and unquestioning service by young men. Powerful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Three Day Road, 30 Oct. 2009
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A good haunting read. These most horrendous experiences that humans suffered in the name of war.
The beautiful prose and sympathetic understanding from Joseph Boyden does justice to a terrible period in our history.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bloodless, despite the gore, 18 Jan. 2008
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Joseph Boyden has done his research. Lots of it. Research into the battles of the first world war, slang-terms, battle-tactics, et cetera... He has also researched Native American history and customs, even naming each chapter with a word from their language to prove the point. Then he has mixed the two areas of research up to create a novel. It hasn't worked.

Better if he had done all the reading, put aside the facts, and started to write a year later. If he had done so, then maybe some life might have been breathed into this overlong and repetitive book. As it is, even though he has tried to up the immediacy by writing in the present tense and the first person (two of them), the book reads like a creative writing exercise, only longer. Much, much longer.

If you like your fiction visceral and based on historical events, read Daniel Woodrell's Woe to Live On or Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian. Or if it is the European/Native American interplay that is of interest, then try Brian Moore's Black Robe. Fine novels, all of them, unlike Three Day Road.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great W.W.1 book, 23 Nov. 2014
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Amazing how the author weaves the narrative between people, years, locations and situations without losing the thread of a great story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book, 21 Aug. 2008
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I bought this book as a holiday read in the USA. It is intense and disturbing and a great read.
One of my favourite books ever!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 7 Oct. 2014
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Arrived quickly, safely, item as described.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 17 Oct. 2014
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Daughter struggled with this war story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 6 Sept. 2014
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Mr. K. S. Mortimer "Kevin Mortimer" (King`s Lynn Norfolk UK) - See all my reviews
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great a fantastic story
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3.0 out of 5 stars Obessive, 6 Dec. 2009
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I found that the constant toing and frowing of time and places of the narrative destroyed the continuity of reading and I lost sympathy with the book. Chapters failed to identify at what stage the story was at. In addition, perhaps there should have been 2 versions of the book, one in English and the other in Cree because the author seemed to be obsessed with the unnecessary use of Cree words that again destroyed the continuity of reading.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars book, 29 Dec. 2013
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The book which was a gift was delivered as advertised with no problems. This was a gift hope the person likes it.
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