This Savage Race

This Savage Race

by Douglas C. Jones
     
 

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The author of The Search For Temperance Moon delivers an absorbing and masterful novel of the American West. Spurred by the dream of land ownership, Boone Fawley and his family head to rugged Arkansas in 1808. Their fight for survival in a wilderness filled with Indians begins an enthralling adventure that spans three generations. HC: Holt.  See more details below

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The author of The Search For Temperance Moon delivers an absorbing and masterful novel of the American West. Spurred by the dream of land ownership, Boone Fawley and his family head to rugged Arkansas in 1808. Their fight for survival in a wilderness filled with Indians begins an enthralling adventure that spans three generations. HC: Holt.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Enhancing his reputation as a superb raconteur, Jones ( The Search for Temperance Moon ), three-time winner of the Golden Spur Award for best western historical novel, tells a gritty, rollicking adventure story about one family's trek from St. Louis, Mo., to the untamed, hardscrabble Ozark Mountains. Without compromising his taut pacing and muscular prose, he also presents a marvelously dark comic vision of life in the Old West. The year is 1808, and the hero is Boone Fawley (his father, Noah, an escaped indentured servant, followed Daniel Boone for a while through the Kentucky wilderness). Boone has decided it's time to strike out on his own. Rather than follow the established westward trail to the Great Plains, however, Boone decides to head south to Arkansas, through dense forest and nearly impassable hill country. Hapless Boone is aided by his bright, equally stubborn Methodist wife, Molly; their children, John and Questor; and Chorine, Boone's sullen old-maid sister. Chorine, in turn, is followed by Clovis Reed, the gruff Scotch-Irish trader who's lost his heart to the plain spinster. Feuding traders, angry Indian tribes, and drastically difficult living conditions challenge them every step of the way. With this story of a common man's blundering quest for survival, Jones again (in his 15th novel) achieves the nearly impossible: he recreates the American West in a manner so fresh and compelling as to banish every Hollywood cliche. (June)
Library Journal
In 1808, Boone Fawley takes his family out of the relatively civilized city of St. Louis and enters the territory that will soon be called the Louisiana Purchase. They make a hard living near the Mississippi, mostly at the mercy of the Osage and Cherokee or the equally dangerous fur traders. Boone's son Questor exemplifies the agricultural virtues, but son John becomes a hardened wilderness man. After the disastrous earthquake of 1811, they move to Arkansas, where they find that the rudimentary civilization there is even more treacherous than the wilderness--but they are equal to it. Jones ( The Search for Temperance Moon , LJ 5/1/91; Elkhorn Tavern , Tor, 1989) recently received the Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Achievement in Western American Literature. His latest novel is recommended for its historical accuracy and its deft touch with exposition and language. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/93.-- Edwin B. Burgess, U.S. Army TRALINET Ctr., Fort Monroe, Va.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061007705
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/28/1994
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
4.17(w) x 6.74(h) x 1.10(d)

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