This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind

This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind

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by Ivan Doig
     
 

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A haunting, magnificently written memoir by Ivan Doig about growing up in the American West

Ivan Doig grew up in the rugged wilderness of western Montana among the sheepherders and denizens of small-town saloons and valley ranches. What he deciphers from his past with piercing clarity is not only a raw sense of land and how it shapes us but also of the

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A haunting, magnificently written memoir by Ivan Doig about growing up in the American West

Ivan Doig grew up in the rugged wilderness of western Montana among the sheepherders and denizens of small-town saloons and valley ranches. What he deciphers from his past with piercing clarity is not only a raw sense of land and how it shapes us but also of the ties to our mothers and fathers, to those who love us, and our inextricable connection to those who shaped our values in our search for intimacy, independence, love, and family. A powerfully told story, This House of Sky is at once especially American and universal in its ability to awaken a longing for an explicable past.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156899826
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
02/28/1980
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
131,014
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.91(d)

Meet the Author

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. A recipient of a lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western Literature Association, he is the author of eight previous novels, most recently The Whistling Season, and three works of nonfiction, including This House of Sky. He lives in Seattle.

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This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind 3.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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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.