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Where Rivers Change Direction

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2004

    Unremarkable events turned to Unforgettable story

    Spragg is an extremely gifted writer. He brings the truth to the writer's cliche of bringing the reader into the life of the story. I couldn't put this down. There is nothing particularly astonishing about this man's life, but the story is so well told, with emotion and insight to humanity that few writers can put to paper. A critic remarks that a teenager could not relate to Spragg's experiences and recommends this book for adults only. I couldn't disagree more. My 13 year old son absolutely loved this book and couldn't put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2000

    Precise, honest writing of a man's life

    Mark Spragg writes so clearly, honestly, and unaffectedly. A near kin to Wallace Stegner but without professorial angst. A western version of Wendell Berry but without a larger cause. Spragg shows Zen-like understanding of a life in rugged Wyoming settings. His humor is sparse and dry, and he offers deep secrets of his own heart while escaping the reader's attempt to own him as a kindred spirit. I haven't read a better book, or a better written book, in years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    The sentences are breathtaking, you breathe the author's air, yo

    The sentences are breathtaking, you breathe the author's air, you feel his soul connect to these places. It is a excercise in masculine prose that is so exquisite that will take your breath away. It is not hard to read...it is hard to put this book down....for all the right reasons. Writers, read this book to be inspired beyond words. Readers, read this book to be transported into WHY people write...and what it's truly like when they get it completely right.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2006

    Life in Wyoming at its best.

    While reading Where Rivers Change Direction it returned me to the Wyoming that I lived in for 14 years.Mark Spragg's writing is right on the mark when it comes to the landscape and natural beauty of this great state. Having moved away from Wyoming I can return any time I want just by reading this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2002

    Read this Book

    I am not a professional reviewer but I am a Wyoming native. I love this book. If you read, read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2001

    More than memoir...

    Downriver from the Wapiti Valley, the Shoshone wends it's way below the town where I grew up in the 50's. Mark Spragg's wonderful book took me 'home' to the everlasting wind and dust of the Wyoming landscape and the people it breeds. Spragg captures its uniqueness in language as beautiful and as sparce as the countryside itself. This book is a sensitive, often humorous, rendition of what it means to be a Westerner, and a terrific read!

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