The Big Sky

The Big Sky

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by A. B. Guthrie Jr.
     
 

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Originally published more than fifty years ago, THE BIG SKY is the first of A. B. Guthrie, Jr.'s, epic adventure novels of America's vast frontier. THE BIG SKY introduces Boone Caudill, Jim Deakins, and Dick Summers, three of the most memorable characters in Western American literature. Traveling the Missouri River from St. Louis to the Rockies, these frontiersmen

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Originally published more than fifty years ago, THE BIG SKY is the first of A. B. Guthrie, Jr.'s, epic adventure novels of America's vast frontier. THE BIG SKY introduces Boone Caudill, Jim Deakins, and Dick Summers, three of the most memorable characters in Western American literature. 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. With THE BIG SKY, Guthrie gives us an unforgettable portrait of a spacious land and a unique way of life.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
★ 
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
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618154630
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
01/09/2002
Edition description:
None
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
195,926
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.94(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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