Fair Land, Fair Land

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With his revered classics The Big Sky and The Way West, A. B. Guthrie, Jr., claimed his preeminent post as the father of the western epic. Fair Land, Fair Land, first published in 1982, marks the sequel to his two masterworks and rounds out a chronological gap, the mid-nineteenth century, in Guthrie's Big Sky series. Reappearing here is Dick Summers, of the earlier sagas, now a wizened conservationist who seeks retribution from his former compatriot Boone Caudill and renewed companionship with the self-reliant ...

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Overview

With his revered classics The Big Sky and The Way West, A. B. Guthrie, Jr., claimed his preeminent post as the father of the western epic. Fair Land, Fair Land, first published in 1982, marks the sequel to his two masterworks and rounds out a chronological gap, the mid-nineteenth century, in Guthrie's Big Sky series. Reappearing here is Dick Summers, of the earlier sagas, now a wizened conservationist who seeks retribution from his former compatriot Boone Caudill and renewed companionship with the self-reliant Teal Eye. Imbued with a rich sense for the impermanence of the idyllic plains, this tour de force offers a stirring commentary on a country's physical and spiritual erosion, as relevant today as it was a decade ago.

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"A.B. Guthrie, Jr. has long been regarded as perhaps America's premiere Western historical novelist. Mr. Guthrie was one of the first to depict Western characters not as stock figures in shoot-'em-ups but as believable human beings struggling with historical forces." The New York Times
Library Journal
Who says the West isn't wild any more? This duo by Guthrie follow on the boot heels of two recent Max Brand reprints (Classic Returns, 10/15/95), perhaps triggering a resurgence of interest in the genre. LJ's reviewer found Fair Land, a sequel to Guthrie's Big Sky and The Way West, "not only an authentic portrayal of the Old West but also a good novel with full-bodied characters and a spare, though picturesque, style" (LJ 9/1/82). The Thousand Hills, however, was deemed "far below the author's usual high standard" (LJ 11/15/56). A hit and a miss.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395755198
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 274
  • Sales rank: 317,809
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (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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  • Posted October 4, 2009

    Great book

    I really enjoyed this book, the people were beliveable and the discription of the wagon traveling west gave me an insight into the determation of people looking into new lifes. I would to find more books of this type.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2000

    DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS

    A.B. Guthrie makes the reader feel like he's right there, as if he's gone back in time. In this novel, Dick Summers becomes one of my favorite all time characters. As a published author of historical fiction, I'd like to say that A.B. Guthrie is indeed one of the great writers and will leave an unforgetable impression on anyone who reads his books.

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