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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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Masterfully crafted with lyrical and haunting language, Doig's memoir remains an enduring classic, a story to be savored by anyone who has ever loved a parent or been shaped by the land around them.

This House of Sky is the moving chronicle of Ivan Doig's youth growing up in Montana. At age six, his mother died, leaving his father, rancher and cowboy

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Masterfully crafted with lyrical and haunting language, Doig's memoir remains an enduring classic, a story to be savored by anyone who has ever loved a parent or been shaped by the land around them.

This House of Sky is the moving chronicle of Ivan Doig's youth growing up in Montana. At age six, his mother died, leaving his father, rancher and cowboy, Charlie Doig, and maternal grandmother, the stalwart Bessie Ringer, to raise him. Times were hard; work was difficult; poverty always shadowed them. But drawing on their strong love and gritty determination, they find the strength to withstand these difficult circumstances. They are, Doig reflects, relics of an earlier time and a different lifestyle—uncomplaining, unquestioning, accepting the western land with all its hardships and beauty.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565113800
Publisher:
HighBridge Company
Publication date:
06/19/2000
Edition description:
Abridged, 2 Cassettes
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
4.44(w) x 7.06(h) x 0.73(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. 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.”

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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This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 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.