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Posted January 20, 2007
Exciting from the onset, this book held me captive until its very abrupt ending. I have to recommend this book to any Western lore enthusiast or lovers of adventure in general.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 19, 2001
First Hand Account of Montana's Turbulent Past
The manuscript for Tough Trip Through Paradise was supposedly discovered in an old abandoned log cabin where the author, Andrew Garcia, had lived. The editor, Bennett Stein, acquired it and turned out this snapshot of a brief look at Montana's infancy, 1878-79. Garcia, a Texan, was an intinerant cowpoke and jack-of-all-trades who fell in with a bunch of semi-outlaws. The story he tells takes place mostly in the Musselshell country of Montana Territory. Garcia's anecdotal style and many harrowing encounters with hostiles, of all races, is a classic of early frontier journalistic writing. The language is stilted and I suspect highly edited by Stein but the story of his adoption by a ragtag confederation of Native Americans is very evocative reading. The territory seemed to be in utter chaos following the Custer Massacre and the Nez Perce War. Groups of dislocated Indians formed alliances, for protection from enemies, in order to pursue their rapidly vanishing lifestyle. Garcia fell in with such a group and lived for only about a year as a semi-wild Indian. As he tells it, it was a dangerous yet wonderful time. This turmoil brought about the death of his close companion at the hands of the Blackfeet. He gave up and settled in the Missoula area. For the rest of his life he dressed and played the part of 'The Squaw Kid', until his death in the 1940s. If you thought the romantic movie, Dances with Wolves was good, then you need the antidote, Tough Trip Through Paradise.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 19, 2008
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