This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind

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This haunting, magnificently written memoir introduced an important American writer. Now, in its Fifteenth Anniversary Edition, Ivan Doig's preface provides stirring details of the making of this memorable book. Ivan Doig grew up in the rugged, elemental Montana wilderness with his father, Charlie, and his grandmother, Bessie Ringer. His life was formed among the sheepherders and characters of small-town saloons and valley ranches as he wandered beside his restless father. Doig's prose resonates as much with the ...
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This haunting, magnificently written memoir introduced an important American writer. Now, in its Fifteenth Anniversary Edition, Ivan Doig's preface provides stirring details of the making of this memorable book. Ivan Doig grew up in the rugged, elemental Montana wilderness with his father, Charlie, and his grandmother, Bessie Ringer. His life was formed among the sheepherders and characters of small-town saloons and valley ranches as he wandered beside his restless father. Doig's prose resonates as much with the harshness and beauty of the Montana landscape as it does with those moments in memory that determine our lives. What Doig deciphers from his past with piercing clarity is a raw sense not only of the land and how it shapes us but also of the ties to our mothers and fathers, to all those who love and loved us, to those who formed our values in our search of intimacy, independence, love, and family. This powerfully told story is at once especially American and quietly universal in its capacity to awaken a longing for an irretrievable past.

A poetically written memoir of the author's growing up in Montana.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780151900541
  • Publisher: Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/1978
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 314

Meet the Author

Ivan Doig

IVAN DOIG was born in Montana in 1939 and grew up along the Rocky Mountain Front, the dramatic landscape that has inspired much of his writing. His first book, This House of Sky, was a finalist for the National Book Award in contemporary thought. “The language begins in western territory and experience but in the hands of an artist it touches all landscape and all life,” Robert Kirsch wrote in the Los Angeles Times. “Doig is such an artist,” Richard Critchfield added in the Washington Post, “Nor is Doig’s gift merely literary. Besides his intuitions and artistry there is the iron purpose of an ex-ranchhand who has earned his Ph.D. in history.”
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2002

    This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind

    House of Sky is a very painterly work. It is a seamlessly written coming-of-age memoir of a ranch hand's son. I had the feeling it was more the landscape's memory than the man's who wrote it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2000

    This House of Sky is out of this world

    Doig has written a loving, wonderfully crafted, moving memoir about his life growing up in rural Montana. This is a book to put on your shelf of keepers to relish over and over again. Many times I was moved to wonder or tears (sometimes both) at the beauty of his writing. Read this book...then, give it as gifts to all who you love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2012

    Excellent Reading

    Ivan Doig has created a history of the early days in Montana through stories of his own family. It's fascinating and his prose is so beautifully written that it's almost poetry.

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