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East of the Mountains

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2000

    I Was Able To Get Inside That Man's Head

    I really enjoyed East of the Mountains. I respect Guterson's ability to bring to these pages the very soul of this 73-year-old man. I wonder how he, as a younger man, got so much insight into what it would be like mentally to face such a thing as a cancer diagnosis at 73. Everytime I read a Guterson book I end up understanding men better, their depth of emotion, their motivations, their courage or lack thereof, the experiences they open themselves up to. I really appreciate the opportunity to gain this knowledge. I anxiously await Guterson's next book. He has a trememndous ability to take you there with his engaging descriptions of the terrain and culture. He is able to cross the great divide and communicate accurately the mind, will, and emotions of his characters. I connect with his works and am edified by them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    Absolutely wonderful

    One of my favorite novels. The trek Dr. Ben makes through the wilderness is heart warming. A true walk through lifeand the human experience.
    Cliff

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

    Moving, bold & tender

    The story of Dr Ben Givens is one of hope in the face of terminal illness. Dr Ben finds that hope in the wilderness, fighting the elements with his faithful dogs on his final hunting trip. The empathy of total strangers who reach out to help him demonstrate the goodness of life and offer Ben a reason to fight for his life again. David Guterson has a way with description, painting a spectacular picture of the beauty of the American West.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2003

    A Must Read!

    I couldn't put this book down! It is heart warming, and heart wrenching. Sean Connery MUST star in a movie version!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2002

    The Other Side.

    This is a good solid read, but somehow lacking in the brilliance of his first novel. The study of a man who knows his end is near and his need to sum up his life is convincing, but this book just didn't have the soaring passages that made Gutersons' earlier work so great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2002

    Thinker

    This book makes you think alot about the true value of yout own life. I enjoyed it alot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2001

    Disappointing Second Effort by Gifted Writer

    Guterson is a writer of great power. He enriches an already vigorous narrative style with vivid details of landscape, history, character, and mere work-a-day process, and tempers it with a mature sense of the human condition. This extraordinary talent met its perfect vehicle in Guterson's fine debut novel, 'Snow Falling On Cedars.' Unfortunately, 'East of the Mountains' falls short, largely because Guterson does not control an almost palpable urge to unleash his obvious talents on every event, scene, or character, human or otherwise, without restraint or sense of proportion. The constant booming of the big guns from Guterson's massive arsenal overwhelms this essentially introspective and thoughtful book. A few remarkable scenes justify big gun treatment, but ultimately deserve a better home. Amongst these is a riveting flashback to a WW-2 field hospital in Italy, where a dying soldier is wrenched miraculously back to life by a determined but nameless army surgeon, superbly portrayed in Guterson's meatiest prose. Other scenes in the novel deserve a lighter palette, but do not get it. A stern editor might have saved the day. But I still look forward to Guterson's next one....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2000

    well crafted

    East of the Mountains was a slow start for me and I liked it better on the second reading. It is not complicated or inaccessible, but it demands the reader's thought and attention because a lot of what is happening is between the lines. Absolutely worth the time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2000

    i really enjoyed this book

    it really satisfied me. very much. everything i wanted to happen happened. I will certainly be enjoying it again. thank you for the opportunity.

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