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

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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...more
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
Steve Howes
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
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
Elly Sands
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....
I loved Doig's other book, but still haven't been able to make it all the way through this one.
Bob Stocker
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
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
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...more
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...more
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
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
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
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
Nancy Larsen
Ivan Doig writes about Montana the way Alexander McCall Smith writes about Edinburgh. It's obvious that he comes to the work with knowledge and deep affection.
Ivan Doig is such a good writer that this non-plot story *still* keeps you interested in all the unusual things that happen on the road: the buffalo-Winnebago tussle, the baloney express gang, and the surpise ending.
I loved Doig's description of bison:
"A buffalo up close appears to be two animals pieced together -- the front of a shaggy ox and the rear of a donkey. There is even what seems to be a seam where the hairy first part meets the hairless rear half."
Having said all that, though, there...more
This reminds me of a Wallace Stegner novel. It's based on a close family relationship (father/daughter, in this case) and a love for the Western landscape (in this case, the varied land- and town-scapes of Montana). The story builds pretty UNdramatically to a powerfully affecting conclusion, combining memory & reconciliation. The main character is a 67-year-old rancher who has just lost his beloved wife of 40 years and is trying to imagine a future without her & with no one to pass on hi...more
This novel is the third in a trilogy containing English Creek and Dancing at the Rascal Fair. In my opinion, this book is the weakest of the three. Questions raised in the previous books are answered in this one but finding those important morsels required wading through long, boring sections where nothing substantial happens. Of course, parts of the book were classic Ivan Doig but by the end I had no love for the main character and therefore, not much love for this book.
I didn't dislike the book, but sure prefered Dancing at the Rascal Fair. What I most appreciated was the filling in on the fates of the characters, much more than the story at hand. Still, I like this author a lot, he is a master of dialogue and is definitely a wonderful American voice. I'm still in for Englsh Creek, yes I'm reading them way out of the intended order. As I understand it English Creek has the same narrator as Ride With Me.
Robert Van Tuyl
Feb 19, 2010 Robert Van Tuyl rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone interested in our roots and Montana
Recommended to Robert by: rrvt@swde.com
This is the third book of a trilogy featuring Montana and the McCaskill family from their immigration from Scotland to the Montana centennial. Maybe I am getting old and sentimental, but I found the story of this family and Montana very moving. I recommend the trilogy unequivocally.

The other two books are "Dancing at the Rascal Fair" and "English Creek."
This one's not stupendous like the other two in the trilogy, lacks the overall loveliness of language, the feeling of import of life's issues and trials, but it certainly has its gems. I really enjoyed the references to the characters and events of the other two, all the tie-ins. I look forward to the next Doig I read.
This is the first Ivan Doig book I ever read but I didn't revisit the author for several years after reading it. It didn't take long before I was hooked.
Another wonderful book by Doig employing many of the same characters as in his previous novels and so beautifully written. This book not only has an interesting plot and very interesting characters (in addition to the main ones), but it also takes the reader all over Montana in a 'bago', i.e. winnebago.
The third of three sticks with the same character as the second, but fast forward 50? years and he is in a motorhome with his grown up daughter and her ex husband. It is fun to read about all the same characters and their descendants from the first two books.
I read this montana trilogy, loved the first one English Creek, really liked Dancing at the Rascal Fair and I only liked this one. The stroy was very interesting, exploring families ang family complications... but the language was not good. I liked the book.
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The third of the trilogy by Doig. This one much more contemporary. Again, I feel like I am in Montana, riding around the state with Mariah. What a writer. What a great yarn. If he isn't, he should be required reading in all Montana high schools.
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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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