Amos: To Ride a Dead Horseby Stanley Gordon West
Set in Montana in the early '60s, it is the story of a man who refused to give in to despair and hopelessness. Amos was a man who thought he'd experienced all that life had to offer when he fell through the cracks of society's institutions, into the merciless cogwheels of human apathy and carelessness. After a tragic accident that killed his wife and left him with
Set in Montana in the early '60s, it is the story of a man who refused to give in to despair and hopelessness. Amos was a man who thought he'd experienced all that life had to offer when he fell through the cracks of society's institutions, into the merciless cogwheels of human apathy and carelessness. After a tragic accident that killed his wife and left him with a shattered hip, without family, and penniless, Amos was deposited in the county poor farm, Sunset Home, outside a small Montana town. He believed his life was over and resolved to let go and die as quickly as possible, isolating himself from the other residents of the poor farm. Under head nurse Daisy Daws' iron-clad rule, he noticed small cruelties and injustices but attempted to ignore them. Finally, an unthinkable horror reawakened Amos' sense of justice. The story of his struggle with Daisy Daws not only to survive but to overcome is a compelling testimony to the inner strength and irrepressible spirit of man. With a growing respect and affection for his fellow inmates, a newfound romance with the lovely Fern, and against devastating odds and arrogant brutality, Amos finds a triumph he never expected.
- Lexington-Marshall Publishing
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- 5.54(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.48(d)
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I had just finished, Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen. That was a good read and a colleague said if I liked, Water for Elephants, then I must read, Amos. At first I had trouble getting into the book because of having had family members in nursing homes. However, what an amazing novel and what an admirable character Amos is. Very moving and at times depressing read, but so worth the emotional ride.
I first read Mr. West's books about Minnesota, because I grew up in some of the same neighborhoods. I liked them immensely. Then I read 'Amos.' It was one of the most touching & illuminating books I've ever read. Anyone who dismisses the elderly should read this book. It was on one hand depressing, and on the other encouraging. West is a great writer.
Amos is a wonderful book that I had to put down a number of times because it brought back memories of my grandma who was in a nursing home. The book takes place in a nursing home and the events that take place also happened to my grandma. I cried for the elderly and what some of the staff did to them and then I cheered at how Amos got back at them. It really was a very good book that I highly recommend but please note that it is also depressing especially for those of us who had relatives in a similar situation.