East of the Mountains

East of the Mountains

by David Guterson
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East of the Mountains 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed East of the Mountains. I respect Guterson's ability to bring to these pages the very soul of this 73-year-old man. I wonder how he, as a younger man, got so much insight into what it would be like mentally to face such a thing as a cancer diagnosis at 73. Everytime I read a Guterson book I end up understanding men better, their depth of emotion, their motivations, their courage or lack thereof, the experiences they open themselves up to. I really appreciate the opportunity to gain this knowledge. I anxiously await Guterson's next book. He has a trememndous ability to take you there with his engaging descriptions of the terrain and culture. He is able to cross the great divide and communicate accurately the mind, will, and emotions of his characters. I connect with his works and am edified by them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite novels. The trek Dr. Ben makes through the wilderness is heart warming. A true walk through lifeand the human experience. Cliff
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1_grammie More than 1 year ago
The story of Dr Ben Givens is one of hope in the face of terminal illness. Dr Ben finds that hope in the wilderness, fighting the elements with his faithful dogs on his final hunting trip. The empathy of total strangers who reach out to help him demonstrate the goodness of life and offer Ben a reason to fight for his life again. David Guterson has a way with description, painting a spectacular picture of the beauty of the American West.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down! It is heart warming, and heart wrenching. Sean Connery MUST star in a movie version!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good solid read, but somehow lacking in the brilliance of his first novel. The study of a man who knows his end is near and his need to sum up his life is convincing, but this book just didn't have the soaring passages that made Gutersons' earlier work so great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book makes you think alot about the true value of yout own life. I enjoyed it alot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guterson is a writer of great power. He enriches an already vigorous narrative style with vivid details of landscape, history, character, and mere work-a-day process, and tempers it with a mature sense of the human condition. This extraordinary talent met its perfect vehicle in Guterson's fine debut novel, 'Snow Falling On Cedars.' Unfortunately, 'East of the Mountains' falls short, largely because Guterson does not control an almost palpable urge to unleash his obvious talents on every event, scene, or character, human or otherwise, without restraint or sense of proportion. The constant booming of the big guns from Guterson's massive arsenal overwhelms this essentially introspective and thoughtful book. A few remarkable scenes justify big gun treatment, but ultimately deserve a better home. Amongst these is a riveting flashback to a WW-2 field hospital in Italy, where a dying soldier is wrenched miraculously back to life by a determined but nameless army surgeon, superbly portrayed in Guterson's meatiest prose. Other scenes in the novel deserve a lighter palette, but do not get it. A stern editor might have saved the day. But I still look forward to Guterson's next one....
Guest More than 1 year ago
East of the Mountains was a slow start for me and I liked it better on the second reading. It is not complicated or inaccessible, but it demands the reader's thought and attention because a lot of what is happening is between the lines. Absolutely worth the time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it really satisfied me. very much. everything i wanted to happen happened. I will certainly be enjoying it again. thank you for the opportunity.