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Ride with Me, Mariah Montana (Two Medicine Trilogy #3)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,274 Ratings  ·  125 Reviews
In his novels "English Creek" and "Dancing at the Rascal Fair," Ivan Doig told the story of the McCaskills as they staked a claim in the Montana Territory and struggled to keep it during the Great Depression. In this triumphant finale, an aging and recently widowed Jick McCaskill faces his family's - and his state's - legacy of loss and perseverance from the vantage point ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 1st 1991 by Penguin Books (first published 1990)
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I listened to the audiobook format, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with the narration by Scott Sowers, in fact he drew me into the story at first. It was cute, but then as it continued it became quite simply boring. By the end I just wanted it to end.

So what was wrong? There are two central themes to the book. Jick, an elderly man, whose ancestors we have already met in the previous two books of the series, is struggling with the death of his wife and how to go forward. Should he sell hi
Steven Howes
Jan 23, 2013 Steven Howes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the final book in Ivan Doig's McCaskill Trilogy and it is an incredible story told by a superb author. I don't know why I had waited so long to read this book as I have read the other two books in the series ("English Creek", "Dancing at the Rascal Fair") and enjoyed them immensely. I purchased the book when it came out in 1989 and even started it once but never got around to finishing it. When I opened it again, the first thing I noticed was that the author had dedicated it to Wallace S ...more
Sep 24, 2014 Kirstin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, series
I really enjoyed the first two books in Doig’s Montana trilogy so this book was a bit of a disappointment. I had a really hard time getting through it. In fact I stopped a couple of times and read something else before going back to it because the beginning is just so dull. It felt like Doig went through his idea book where he had jotted down little sketches he had written as he developed his characters for English Creek and Dancing at the Rascal Fair then went through his sketches he had writte ...more
Mar 18, 2013 Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My friend Steve lent his copy of Ride with Me, Mariah Montana to me and has apparently gifted a copy of two other Ivan Doig books to me. It took me a long time (relative to my friends Caty, Deigh and Steve's reading rate) to finish this book but I can honestly say that I don't remember enjoying a book more. It fit me perfectly from the camera toting Mariah to the feel of the wind in Montana. Doig threw so many wonderful lines at me that I need to get my own copy and go through it again to note t ...more
Sep 23, 2015 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last book in the Montana Trilogy, it completed the 100 years of Montana and was more modern. It was written in a very clever different style that allowed Ivan to intersperse some of his own other writings in the voice of Riley Wright. It took me longer to love it but it tied up the bundle very nicely. I recommend you read the books in Order
English Creek, and then Dancing at the Rascal Fair for the complete history complete with map. I particularly liked the DV which was sprinkled through old
Jun 25, 2014 Cathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite - oh Jick, what have you become? Last of the Montana Trilogy: English Creek, Dancing @ the Rascal Fair and this. A bit of a letdown from the other two.
Elly Sands
Apr 29, 2013 Elly Sands rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ivan Doig is at the top of the list as one of my favorite authors. This final book in his trilogy was once again excellent. The narrator "Jick" reminded me of my father and that's a very good thing. Doig's writing is eloquent, poetic, articulate, and he can sure use cuss words real good too. Once again I found myself not wanting this book to end. I loved the characters, their dialogue and the magnificent descriptions of Montana's landscape. Doig's storytelling ignites my passion even more for th ...more
I might come back to this book someday, but for now, I just can't do it. Too much Doig this summer? Maybe. But I think part of the problem is I just prefer his writings of the homesteadin' days in Montana to anything that takes place in a contemporary setting. Too much inner dialog in this one that just doesn't really jive with his style of the other works I've read by him.....maybe I shall revisit it, but I kind of doubt it....
Aug 07, 2008 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I loved Doig's other book, but still haven't been able to make it all the way through this one.
Aug 01, 2014 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michelle by: TKE
Shelves: western-us
My least favorite of the McCaskill trilogy. This one is set in 1989 Montana at the time of its centennial. Jick McCaskill, a boy in the previous English Creek, is now a recently widowed 65 year old. He has spent most of his adult life on his ranch in Two Medicine County on the Rocky Mountain front. With no possible child to take over all the hard work at the ranch, he is trying to decide what will be next for it and himself when his daughter, Mariah, a photographer for a Missoula paper, asks if ...more
Bob Stocker
Aug 02, 2011 Bob Stocker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ride with Me, Mariah Montana takes place fifty years after English Creek, the first-published novel in the Ivan Doig's Montana trilogy. Jick McCaskill, who told the story in English Creek, is pressured into using his Winnebago to chauffeur his photographer daughter Mariah and her ex-husband newspaper columnist Riley Wright about Montana as they work on a series to celebrate the state's 1989 centennial. The format provides opportunities for exploring the geography and history of Montana, contempl ...more
Richard Thompson
Dec 29, 2012 Richard Thompson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-alouds
In ENGLISH CREEK we hear the story of Jick McCaskill's fourteenth summer (in 1939) in the sheep and cattle country in the foothills of the Rockies in northern Montana. In this book, also told in Jick's voice, we are fifty years further along in Jick's story a few month's short of the centennial of Montana's entry into statehood. Jick's wife has died recently. He has two grown daughters, one of whom lives in Alaska and the other, Mariah, who is a photographer for a Missoula newspaper. Mariah conv ...more
Apr 15, 2013 Maegan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He got me right off with this book set during the strike times of post WWI at the Anaconda Mine up in Montana. For one thing, it has a lot of Welsh people in it (it's mining, people, and who else but the Welsh)? and I really admired Morrie's way of getting the meeting around the goons and the company. Who would have even thought of promoting an eisteddfod as a kind of a union rally. Everyone knows that an eisteddfod is a Big Welsh Sing.
Ivan Doig amazes me, because the more I read his stories, t
Apr 29, 2010 Clinton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Doig closes out the McCaskill trilogy with a retrospect of the characters that begat the progeny protagonists of this work. With adequate time dedicated to character development and equal time given to landscape development, Doig crafted another masterpiece of the Western genre.

From Jick McCaskill's pain of remembrance:

"'I suppose there must have been a total of a couple thousand years of friends under our roof, Marcella's and mine, that shivaree night. A lot has happened since; toughest part be
Aug 02, 2014 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
Jick McCaskill's road trip with Mariah, Riley and Leona covers all of Montana and 65 years of his life. His memories come back fresh and vivid. I was disappointed in his negative attitude toward his situations, his memories, life in general. I kept on listening, though, and am so glad that I did. It is an amazing road trip and life trip. I've enjoyed this trilogy of Ivan Doig tremendously!
Doig is a poet, storyteller and an inspiration.
Feb 05, 2014 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
This is the last of the Ivan Doig trilogy that starts with "English Creek," moves to "Dancing at the Rascal Fair," and ends with "Ride with Me, Mariah Montana." I loved them all! This is the only one I read silently to myself, and I admit that I missed hearing the story aloud. The local color and turns of phrase work so well in audio book format when read by a male voice with a suitable western tint to his speech patterns. So this third book did not quite measure up to the first two, but I am so ...more
Mary Feldman
Jan 31, 2016 Mary Feldman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book in Doig's Montana series was very good, not as wondrous as the first two, but very very good. Enjoyed the travels around Montana and the update on family saga. Not sure why Jick is always driving his Bago into town - he doesn't have another vehicle on his ranch? That and a couple of other minor things seem to be literary license, and not quite up to Doig's talent, but not major flaws.
John Wood
Apr 13, 2016 John Wood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Father and former father-in-law, Jick McCaskill recounts his journey around Montana in his Winnebago, with his daughter Mariah, redubbed Montana by her college chums and her ex-husband, Riley. They are thrown together because Mariah, a photographer, and Riley, a journalist, are tasked with creating a series of articles celebrating the state of Montana's centennial in 1989. This volatile journey concludes the trilogy, so we must sadly say farewell to the McCaskill family.
Jun 18, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jick McCaskill is travelling around Montana with his photographer daughter and his journalist ex-son-in-law in a Winnebago collecting stories for the Montana centennial celebration. Fun look at the history and current culture of Montana. Along the way Jick recounts much of his family history too and you gain insight to the changing conditions and how people adapt to them.
Shirley Brown
Jul 19, 2014 Shirley Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third in the triolgy took me a little longer to get into the story, nonetheless I thoroughly enjoyed it. Doig continues to be a master of words, and his stories within the story are supurb. He really knows how to tell a great story. His love for Montana is truly evident in this trilogy. Keep writing, and I'll keep reading.

Dec 29, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun travelogue across the state of Montana set in the year of its centennial statehood, 1989. An aging rancher agrees to take his daughter and her ex on a journey documenting the 100 years of statehood. Both work for the newspaper, The Montanian, he a writer, she a photographer. There is lots to see and think about, laugh about and share. I might have been sitting in a chair, but I loved touring Montana, of which I've only seen the Idaho end myself
Karen Shepler
Sep 18, 2015 Karen Shepler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third in the English Creek trilogy, this was my least favorite. Dealing with the third and fourth generation of the McCaskills and others was interesting as Jick takes a trip with his daughter and her ex husband across Montana. Character development is always good with Doig. I will miss his writing.
Tom Eldridge
Took me months to wade through this final book in Doig's Montana trilogy. I really have enjoyed everything of his I've read, but I felt this was his weakest novel. This takes place modern day and it is not nearly as compelling as the first two, it certainly doesn't come close to Dancing At The Rascal Fair. I think Doig writes best when he deals with earlier periods in America. I found it difficult to get invloved in the characters stories. Even the central character of Jick, who is now the elder ...more
David Carlson
Nov 07, 2014 David Carlson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, and vital to read as part of the trilogy of English Creek and Dancing at the Rascal Fair. however the first two books were magical in their vocabulary and in developing characters and places. Doing is a craftsman in English who avoids banal and cliche phrases more than most authors.
Sep 15, 2010 Kani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
because this was the "modern times" story in doig's montana trilogy, i wasn't as excited or interested in it as i was his historical English Creek and Dancing at the Rascal Fair. I was pleasantly surprised. Since i was reading it while driving "the high line", or federal Highway #2, as it is known on maps, west from minnesota through north dakota and montana to my home in oregon, i was in excellent position to appreciate the geography of the great state of montana. they talk about great sky coun ...more
Jan 26, 2016 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 3 of the McCaskill trilogy. Jick McCaskill drives his Winnebago across Montana with his daughter, Mariah, and her ex-husband Riley Wright. Both work for the Montanian newspaper and have been assigned to travel the state writing stories and taking pictures to celebrate the state's 1989 centennial.
Feb 23, 2009 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final book in the English Creek saga. This book was different for me than the previoius two. I liked it, but maybe was looking for something the other two books had... now I'm having a hard time justifying why I'd give this one four stars and the others five. It didn't tickle me quite as much as the first two. The story is good, and the way he uses a current plot line of traveling around the state to explain some past stories was interesting. It is a really good read, it ends well, and nicel ...more
Feb 02, 2016 Cyndi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I really like Doig and the story of this book. I agree with other readers that there were long parts that I wasn't as interested in but the overall story kept me going and I like the end though I did predict everything except how Jick would leave his ranch.
Ann Zweber
Dec 05, 2015 Ann Zweber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written book, reminiscent of Steinbeck and Stegner. A journey through the landscape, history, and cultures of Montana, accompanied by genuine characters, and their experiences with loss, renewal, family, and the environment.
Nov 23, 2014 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Third book of the trilogy. Doig is a great writer but as he moves into modern times that I am familiar with, the books are less interesting to me than the historical nature of the first two.
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Ivan Doig was born in White Sulphur Springs, Montana to a family of homesteaders and ranch hands. After the death of his mother Berneta, on his sixth birthday, he was raised by his father Charles "Charlie" Doig and his grandmother Elizabeth "Bessie" Ringer. After several stints on ranches, they moved to Dupuyer, Pondera County, Montana in the north to herd sheep close to the Rocky Mountain Front.

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