The Big Sky

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A classic portrait of America's vast frontier that inspired the Western genre in fiction.

Originally published more than fifty years ago, The Big Sky is the first of A. B. Guthrie Jr.'s epic adventure novels set in the American West. Here he introduces Boone Caudill, Jim Deakins, and Dick Summers: traveling the Missouri River from St. Louis to the Rockies, these frontiersmen live as trappers, traders, guides, and explorers. The story centers on Caudill, a young Kentuckian driven...

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Overview

A classic portrait of America's vast frontier that inspired the Western genre in fiction.

Originally published more than fifty years ago, The Big Sky is the first of A. B. Guthrie Jr.'s epic adventure novels set in the American West. Here he introduces Boone Caudill, Jim Deakins, and Dick Summers: traveling the Missouri River from St. Louis to the Rockies, these frontiersmen live as trappers, traders, guides, and explorers. The story centers on Caudill, a young Kentuckian driven by a raging hunger for life and a longing for the blue sky and brown earth of big, wild places. Caught up in the freedom and savagery of the wilderness, Caudill becomes an untamed mountain man, whom only the beautiful daughter of a Blackfoot chief dares to love.

Now in trade paper, Pulitzer Prize-winner Guthrie's bestselling saga of the West. With its living picture of the frontier, its stark and beautiful scenery and its extraordinary people, The Big Sky puts a name to the Western legend. This first volume of Guthrie's six Big Sky novels lays the foundation for an unforgettable journey.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
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The Big Sky, the first book in Guthrie’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Western series, was first published in 1947 to considerable praise. The novel tells the story of the West’s Mountain Man era through Boone Caudill, a Kentucky runaway who heads west to grow up with the country. Boone and traveling companions Jim Deakins and Dick Summers join a Missouri keelboat, become mountain trappers, and, ultimately, join with an Indian tribe until tragedy sends them back East to brood on the disappearing frontier. Guthrie’s fast-paced, gritty novel pulls no punches, and narrator Kevin Foley’s hard-hitting delivery matches the action.

Verdict This worthy audio treatment is essential for all Western audio collections.—Mark John Swails, Johnson Cty. Community Coll., Overland Park, KS
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618154630
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/9/2002
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 182,897
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

A. B. Guthrie, Jr. (1901-1991), was the author of numerous books, including six Big Sky novels, as well as the Academy Award-winning screenplay for the classic film Shane. He received the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Way West. Guthrie was honored for his contribution to literature and his portrayal of the American West.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

    Part of an amazing trilogy. Read Fair Land, Fair Land and The Way West

    For lovers of our Western history, this is a marvelous, enduring read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2001

    The big sky is the reason why

    Bud Guthrie wrote this book, the first and arguably the best of his Pulitzer Prize-winning series, in 1947, and it still remains one of the most authentic novels of the American West ever written. Reading this book is an education, an entertainment, and a personal celebration of a country and people changed forever. Guthrie both enforces and redefines our images of Native Americans, frontiersmen, river boatmen, and other western archetypes. His characters might be bold, cowardly, grand, meaningless, colorful, and lackluster, but they always bear the stamp of truth. Frequently the dialogue is startlingly real, like recorded words. The narrative flow through plot and action is effortless, and despite myriad descriptions and details, there is not a single wasted word. The climactic moment in the novel is shocking, and the finale left this reader with a heartache, but I wouldn't have it any other way. 50 years after its publication, the cachet of this book is suprisingly new. By the way, the foreword, written by Wallace Stegner in 1965, is superb.

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