High Plains Tango

High Plains Tango

by Robert James Waller
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High Plains Tango 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Despite the critics, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I live in the High Plains, near all the sites that are mentioned (although there isn't a town called 'Salamander.') There is an ancient Lakota butte threatened by highway, there are dying towns that believe that the new, four lane highway will create economic development, many of the people presented in this book are like those living on the high plains and there have been many from either coast who want to escape to the wild beauty of this incredible geography. This book touches on all things that make rural areas rural and points out that when your population is few in number and you live far from the city, you've got a tougher road to navigate. I found the book a delightful summer read showing the high plains area realistically in constrast to the typical summer tourist's romantic concept of the area. I was glad to see an author from outside this geographic area actually 'getting' what high plains life is like in contrast to an eastern university's latest itea that the high plains area should be 'rewilded.' The rewilding idea, published in NATURE this summer, states that since mammoths and saber tooth tigers once lived on the high plains that these animals should be reintroduced into game parks here and that those of us who live here just 'need to readjust our thinking.' As a transplanted easterner, I find Waller's look at the high plains realistic and refreshing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books of the past twenty years or so has been the Bridges of Madison County but I went into reading this particular story knowing that I probably would not have the same experience. I was correct. There is far too much devotion to tedious details, which greatly damage the pace that this story needs to keep it continually interesting. Also, there is a stifling air to the book that invades the picturesqueness of the background that did not occur in ¿Bridges.¿ However, there are redeeming qualities for this title. Gally and Susanna were wonderful characters that I really enjoyed getting to know. Also, the central theme is not exactly an original one, but does have its moments¿. The central character is also not without merit and has become a memorable one in a rather uninspired story. If you are looking through online reviews for the next great book to read, then read the awesome ¿Anna¿s Trinity¿ by Howard Cobiskey. I am still stunned by its enduring power.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an avid Bridges of Madison County fan, but was so disappointed in this book. I was over half way through it, and still was looking for a plot. I love to read, but at the end of this book, felt as though I wasted my time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I chose this novel as my 'vacation book,' a special time with a special book, and hoped it would be as good as I thought it might be. I wasn't disappointed and found it even better than anticipated, despite certain 'reviews.' To me, a good book is when you wish it didn't end, and this is one of them. It contains so many different 'lessons' about life, love, and particularly the importance of keeping wild things and wild places for us to replenish our souls.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After Waller's last book,I did not think it could get much worse. I was mistaken. I am over half way through this novel and still waiting for a true plot. I guess Waller is really a one hit wonder with The Bridges of Madison County.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I kept reading but the book never got any better after the first chapter. the writer rambled through chapter after chapter.. and nothing tied together ...In one chapter near the end of the book the writer tried to put all the main players in the same place. I enjoyed the Bridges of Madison County so much and was so looking forward to this book. I am so sorry but I have to be honest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't put too much stake into the mixed reviews this book received because that can be expected when the previous novel is such a hit. That being said, I went into this book with an open mind. Unfortunately I found this book rather stale and the characters under developed. There were glimmers of a nice story in there but I just couldn't get into it. As much as I hate to admit this...I actually skimmed the last 5 chapters so I could free myself to read something else on my list....don't waste your time.