The Big Burn

The Big Burn

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The Big Burn 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
I_like_clean_reads More than 1 year ago
A good story about one of the largest, if not the largest, wildland fire in the history of the United States. The author did a great job of portraying the tools and methodology firefighters use to fight these fires, but  the punctuation was severely lacking in places in my e-book, making for frustrating reading. Some of the words in sentences did not make sense, either; and in some places, the author should have used different words than those she chose. It's a shame that such a good story was ruined by these mistakes, but it did take away a lot of the enjoyment of the story. 
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Imagine fighting on the frontlines, serving in the army, or even trying to protect a home during one of the most unpredictable and dangerous fires in America¿s history. Jeanette Ingold, author of The Big Burn, allows the reader do so. This award-winning story uses stirring and vivid accounts based on what people may have really experienced in Idaho and Montana in 1910. The story of struggle was fascinating. The book began with thrills and continued to climax all the way to the last page, never encountering a dull moment. Fires were spreading throughout Idaho and Montana, and the suspense of when the Big Blow Up would occur would hang over you constantly. Once the fires did conjoin into one massive force, the action and extreme measures to stay alive was highlighted with dramatic escapes. Although the author portrayed the devastation of the fire in clear detail, the structure of the chapters sometimes left me confused, taking away from the overall rating of the story. Ingold decided to write the account through the eyes of not one character, but four. Each chapter was alternated through these characters¿ experiences. These four personalities included Jarrett, an inexperienced fireman, Lizbeth, a homeowner trying to protect her lumber, Seth, a new army officer, and Samuel, a veteran firefighter. While switching chapters I was struggling to revisit that particular character¿s situation, having just read a section featuring entirely different conditions. Although this method of switching positions was sometimes confusing, it was very effective in building suspense. The end of each chapter was concluded precisely when the reader was left wanting more. Also, this allowed the reader to experience the struggles of all the citizens- their fears, losses, pain, and worries on their minds. Overall, Ingold¿s technique of changing among versions contributed to seeing the complete representation of the effects the fire had on the inhabitants and the urgent atmosphere the danger created. One aspect that was intriguing was when Ingold¿s characters began to relate through confrontation. The author set up clever relationships between the characters so the reader would not become overwhelmed with repetition with the characters¿ interactions between the fires. A courtship, friendship, and family reunion are developed amid the chaos. The courtship and family ties were interesting to follow, but the friendship was thrown into the mix carelessly. The characters met under unrealistic circumstances, barely even spoke, and then were viewed as ¿best friends.¿ Nonetheless, Ingold cunningly intertwined the characters to form bonds in spite of the danger surrounding them. The Big Burn is strongly recommended for anyone who loves history or excitement. Although the structure of the chapters was confusing, the action of the book was nothing short of thrilling along with accurate information. Jeanette Ingold depicts the extreme dangers for those living in Idaho and Montana in 1910 in detail though the eyes of four very different people overwhelmed to survive one the most deadliest fires on the United States¿ soil.