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Days on the Road: Crossing the Plains in 1865, the Diary of Sarah Raymond Herndon

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  • Posted November 1, 2009

    enjoyable book

    I enjoy reading personal accounts of history much more than I do the second hand reports of historians or the embellished tales of fiction writers so this is my type of book. The author did have a very cheerful attitude and seemed to make the trip west much more enjoyable than it may have been in reality but it was her personal take on it and we shouldn't second guess or be critical of that. She was there and it is her account and we have to accept it as that.

    One note however. There is a introduction written to the book that is quite long and about 1/3 of the way through it I realized it was more of a summary than an intro. It would have been better placed at the back of the book. I stopped reading it because I didn't want to be told what the book was about before I read it. I suggest others do likewise. They should have included a spoiler alert. After I finished the book I returned to the introduction and enjoyed the recap.

    The book does leave you wanting to know a bit more about the rest of the authors life but I guess that is what we have imaginations for.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2012

    Very good book in diary form. I also agree that the prologue sho

    Very good book in diary form. I also agree that the prologue should have
    been put at the end of the book,because it tells too much of what is
    happening. But what is helpful of about it is to tell the names and
    relationships of the people. It was interesting to me also to find out
    that Sarah was age 24 when they left Missouri, and not married. It does
    not mention why not. Because most young women were married early back in
    those days (1860s). Afterwards she did marry in Montana. I learned
    several tidbits. One what that logs were carried beneaith the wagons to
    use as firewood. Good thing, because on the plains, there are not many
    trees at all.

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