Butcher's Crossing

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In the 1870s, Will Andrews, fired up by Emerson to seek "an original relation to nature", drops out of Harvard and heads west. He washes up in Butcher's Crossing, a small Kansas town full of restless men looking for ways to make money and ways to waste it. One of these men regales Will with tales of the immense buffalo herds hidden away in the Colorado Rockies and convinces him to join an expedition to track them down. At the end of a grueling journey, the men reach a place of paradisal richness, where they ...

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In the 1870s, Will Andrews, fired up by Emerson to seek "an original relation to nature", drops out of Harvard and heads west. He washes up in Butcher's Crossing, a small Kansas town full of restless men looking for ways to make money and ways to waste it. One of these men regales Will with tales of the immense buffalo herds hidden away in the Colorado Rockies and convinces him to join an expedition to track them down. At the end of a grueling journey, the men reach a place of paradisal richness, where they abandon themselves to an orgy of slaughter. So caught up in killing buffalo that they lose all sense of time, the men are overtaken by winter and snowed in. In the spring, half-insane with cabin fever, cold, and hunger, they stagger back to Butcher's Crossing to find a world as irremediably changed as they have been.

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Editorial Reviews

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"One of the finest books about the elusive nature of the West ever written...It's a graceful and brutal story of isolated men gone haywire." —Time Out New York

"Harsh and relentless yet muted in tone, Butcher's Crossing paved the way for Cormac McCarthy. It was perhaps the first and best revisionist western." —The New York Times Book Review

"One of the finest novels of the West ever to come out of the West."—The Denver Post

"Williams didn't write much compared with some novelists, but everything he did was exceedingly fine...it's a shame that he's not more often read today...But it's great that at least two of his novels [Stoner, Butcher's Crossing] have found their way back into print." —The Denver Post

“Reading John Williams–even to have done so at the time these novels were written–is an exercise in nostalgia, a nostalgia found also in writers like Willa Cather, for whom the West represented a lost redoubt of intellectual dignity...It is tempting to say that Cather's tradition flagged because the West has changed – it is no longer anybody's bildungsroman–but it is safer to say that writers as talented and right-minded as John Williams are not naturally plentiful.” –New York Sun

This story about the hunt of one of the last great buffalo herds "becomes a young man's search for the integrity of his own being...The characters are defined, the events lively, the place, the smells, the sounds right. And the prose is superb, a rarity in writing about the west. More, John Williams."—The Chicago Tribune

"John Williams's unsparing novels express a highly qualified though resilient optimism about our ability to salvage something of value from life's impossible conditions. Along with the necessary isolation of the artist, he conveys the sobering if startled recognition—perhaps with his own career in mind—of the transitory triumph of art."—Times Literary Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441753465
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Format: CD
  • Pages: 8
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Williams (1922—1994) was born in Texas. He taught for many years at the University of Denver, where he was head of the creative writing program. Williams won the 1973 National Book Award in fiction for Augustus. His novel Stoner is also published as an NYRB Classic.

Michelle Latiolais is an associate professor of English at the UC Irvine. Her novel, Even Now, won a Gold Medal from the Commonwealth Club of California. She has recently published fiction and essays in The Antioch Review, Santa Monica Review, and ZYZZYVA.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2010

    Beautifully written, strange ending.

    I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and interesting, and the underlying message was very powerful. It was great, up until the end, which was very strange.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2012

    This book was outstanding. I'm sorry all some people got out of

    This book was outstanding. I'm sorry all some people got out of it was buffalo hunting. There is a beginning, and an end. If it werent for the thourough, well researched body, what was at stake and inevitably lost would be meaningless. John Williams' novels are perfect for patient readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2008

    Why?

    This book wasn't deathly boring or awful but I found it was quite pointless. The part when they go on the hunt was terribly boring and I have never not wanted to read a book so much, do yourself a favor and don't buy the book unless you like buffalo hunts.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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