The Big Sky

The Big Sky

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by A. B. Guthrie Jr.
     
 

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The Big Sky is the first of A.B. Guthrie's epic adventure novels of America's vast frontier. It is a story as great as the land that inspired it, sweeping westward from Kentucky, up the Missouri River into Indian Country. Towering above the novel is Guthrie's unforgettable hero, Boone Caudill, a true mountain man driven by a raging hunger for life and a longing for

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The Big Sky is the first of A.B. Guthrie's epic adventure novels of America's vast frontier. It is a story as great as the land that inspired it, sweeping westward from Kentucky, up the Missouri River into Indian Country. Towering above the novel is Guthrie's unforgettable hero, Boone Caudill, a true mountain man driven by a raging hunger for life and a longing for the blue sky and brown earth of the big, wild places. A legend before he turns 20, Boone becomes a powerful White Savage, an untamed life force that only one woman, the beautiful daughter of a Blackfoot chief, would dare to love. It is this magnificent spirit that Guthrie celebrates with his vivid storytelling—the glory of the bigness, the wildness, the freedom and undying dream of the West.

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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
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780613448017
Publisher:
Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Pages:
386
Product dimensions:
6.68(w) x 8.44(h) x 1.16(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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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Big Sky 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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For lovers of our Western history, this is a marvelous, enduring read.