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On Sarpy Creek

4.5  ·  Rating Details ·  2 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
A "forgotten" book so wonderful it is like finding buried treasure. This novel about a family in a small, eastern Montana town overflows with memorable, well-developed characters. The author, who never wrote another novel, surprises the reader with profound insights into human emotions and behavior. Published in 1938 and not reprinted until now, an excellent novel to ...more
Paperback, 309 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Riverbend Publishing
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John Hansen
Nov 19, 2016 John Hansen rated it it was amazing
Definitely a good read. The author's simplistic writing style enhanced, for me, the images of the characters trying to make a living on the plains of Montana during the depression. It was easy to envision suffering the hardships that they did. But, this book goes much deeper than just man versus the land and elements. I was surprised to find that it nearly runs the gamut of human frailties; e.g. adultery, murder, alcoholism, prostitution. The author manages to assign these moral shortcomings to ...more
Nov 21, 2016 Douglas rated it really liked it
This was written in 1938 and was Nelson's only book... What a shame. It's very well written. Enjoyed it.
May 06, 2009 Lydia rated it really liked it
This is the first review I've written on goodreads but I'd like to say that this book, On Sarpy Creek, is really an incredible novel. I didn't give it 5 stars but I still might go back and change it. I think that the simplicity of the writing is what is holding me back from a top rating but on the other hand, I've never read anything with a voice and style quite like this. Its simplicity is its beauty. I am not a Montana native but have been living here for almost three years and the book, ...more
Jul 08, 2014 Diana rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book in the Western sparse style prose. I think he captured the essence and beauty of the people who lived/worked Montana farms and ranches in that time period--those who would never leave and those who could not stay. My father was born in Hesper, Montana in the 30's and his family farmed and worked the railroad. Various aspects of the characters in the books brought to mind the adult people that I grew up around. I think this is just a terrific book. Chronicles true human beings with ...more
Jan 30, 2016 Chery rated it it was amazing
There is richness in the day to day life, if we would only pay attention. The profound simplicity of living echoes throughout this book, as few books I have ever read. Written nearly 80 years ago, and lost for decades, this singular work speaks to all the things we humans have in common; love, death, hope, loss, pain and simple unexpected joy. I highly recommend this wonderful book.
Sep 04, 2008 Lori rated it liked it
This is a local Montana book that was published briefly in the early part of the 20th century and then lost. Two people re-discovered the book and decided to republish it. An interesting insight into how times have changed.
Feb 24, 2016 Weradi rated it really liked it
This is a long forgotten novel about farm people, their typical problems and resolution. Set in Montana after World War I, the descriptions of weather, landscapes, and the feelings the characters had over secrets they carried makes a well written book.
Jan 26, 2009 Ann rated it really liked it
interesting tale of an extended family in small farming community in Montana in early 1900's. Easy to read-enjoyed it.
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A quiet, simply written book about a small Montana farming family. Moving and lovely.
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