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More than a 'Western'...,
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This review is from: Butcher's Crossing (Vintage Classics) (Paperback)
Stoner has been highly (excessively?) praised but perhaps Butcher's Crossing is even better. Reading it reminded me of Joseph Conrad's comment: "My task is to make you hear, to make you feel,and, above all, to make you see. That is all, and it is everything." John Williams manages to do all of these things brilliantly in Butcher's Crossing. For example, by the end of the book you will have experienced what its like to be lost on the trail without any water, to be stuck in the middle of a huge snowstorm that goes on for days and to be in other extreme situations. The writing has a vivid hallucinogenic quality at times. But it is much more than a 'Western'. Like Stoner and Williams' 'historical' novel Augustus, Williams manages to combine great story-telling with a serious exploration of the individual's relationship with society and nature.Strongly recommended.