The Great Plains

The Great Plains

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by Frazier
     
 

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With his unique blend of intrepidity, tongue-in-cheek humor, and wide-eyed wonder, Ian Frazier takes us on a journey of more than 25,000 miles up and down and across the vast and myth-inspiring Great Plains. A travelogue, a work of scholarship, and a western adventure, Great Plains takes us from the site of Sitting Bull's cabin, to an abandoned house onceSee more details below

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With his unique blend of intrepidity, tongue-in-cheek humor, and wide-eyed wonder, Ian Frazier takes us on a journey of more than 25,000 miles up and down and across the vast and myth-inspiring Great Plains. A travelogue, a work of scholarship, and a western adventure, Great Plains takes us from the site of Sitting Bull's cabin, to an abandoned house once terrorized by Bonnie and Clyde, to the scene of the murders chronicled in Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. It is an expedition that reveals the heart of the American West.

Editorial Reviews

Washington Post Book World
Extraordinary...One thinks of such American originals as John McPhee, Wallace Stegner, Edward Hoagland, Peter Matthiessen, and Evan S. Connell.
Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
The miscellany in ''Great Plains'' is not uniformly captivating. Here and there, the narrative falls back on the quirky lists, the pointless deadpan and the grandmother's-trunk monologues of which New Yorker reporting, in its most mannered moments, is occasionally guilty, but more often Mr. Frazier displays an ability to revive tired subjects. -- New York Times
Booknews
This book needs a subtitle to entice both the general and the scholarl reader; but even if it were identified as "writings of a traveller in settled part of America," readers would still find surprises in Frazie unusual wit and diligent scholarship. A good map graces the end paper Includes thorough notes and a collection of photos, mostly historical, living folk he encountered and describes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374217235
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
06/01/1989
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 8.64(h) x 1.04(d)

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Garrison Keillor
This is a brilliant, funny, and altogether perfect book, soaked in research and then aired out on the open plains to evaporate the excess, leaving this modern masterpiece. It makes me want to get in a truck and drive straight out to North Dakota and look at the prairie.
Edward Hoagland
I gorged on Ian Frazier's book. I enjoyed the hell out of it. It's enormously fun and interesting.
—(Edward Hoagland

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