The Way West

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An enormously entertaining classic, THE WAY WEST brings to life the adventure of the western passage and the pioneer spirit. The sequel to THE BIG SKY, this celebrated novel charts a frontiersman's return to the untamed West in 1846. Dick Summers, as pilot of a wagon train, guides a group of settlers on the difficult journey from Missouri to Oregon. In sensitive but unsentimental prose, Guthrie illuminates the harsh trials and resounding triumphs of pioneer life. With THE WAY WEST, he pays homage to the grandeur ...

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Overview

An enormously entertaining classic, THE WAY WEST brings to life the adventure of the western passage and the pioneer spirit. The sequel to THE BIG SKY, this celebrated novel charts a frontiersman's return to the untamed West in 1846. Dick Summers, as pilot of a wagon train, guides a group of settlers on the difficult journey from Missouri to Oregon. In sensitive but unsentimental prose, Guthrie illuminates the harsh trials and resounding triumphs of pioneer life. With THE WAY WEST, he pays homage to the grandeur of the western wilderness, its stark and beautiful scenery, and its extraordinary people.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning sequel to The Big Sky. Dick Summers returns to the untamed West to guide a group of settlers on the difficult journey to Oregon. "With sure skill, with absolute command of every detail of equipment, custom, speech, and thought . . . Mr. Guthrie has written a stirring and tenderly moving book."--The New York Times.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618154623
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 225,708
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.81 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    The Journey West Without the Cliches

    I am generally uninterested in tales of the great trek West, but I picked this up because it was the 1950 Pulitzer Prize winner. I was pleasantly surprised at the interesting tale, along with several insightful characters representing various attitudes and expectations about the journey. Much of the dialogue is witty, and the descriptions of the unchartered territory are great.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2002

    My Review

    The Way West is a very enjoyable yet realistic portrayal of a group of settlers moving west. These settlers are tired of there old lives and wish to get a fresh start in Oregon. Along the way, each character of the book changes. Lije, a mild, self-conscience person that doesn't say much, realizes that he has more leadership abilities than he ever gives himself credit for. Dick Summers realizes that he longs for his past back. Brother Weatherby, a Methodist priest, learns what serving the Lord is really about. This book will put you right back in mid-1800's America alongside believable, interesting characters that will make you want to read on.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    Highly recommended

    A very interesting and insightful tale of the migration of families to the wild west. The syntax was most unusual in that it was difficult to connect some of the words to modern day usage.

    The native Indian threat did not seem to be as harsh as has often been stated in other works of fiction.

    I doubt that if the book had been written in this century the use of derogatory ethnic language would not appear.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2003

    horses

    did you now that white horses run faster than brown horses?well if you ever make horses do a race you'll see that the white horse runs faster than any other horses.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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