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River Song: A Novel

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River Song rejoins Danny Kachiah, the Oregonian Nez Perce drifter and failed rodeo rider first introduced in Craig Lesley's award-winning novel, Winterkill. Danny is determined to get closer to his son, Jack, to teach him traditional ways to steer him away from rodeoing. Danny and Jack survive a forest fire, make a go of it as migrant workers, then finally settle down to s ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 29th 1999 by Picador (first published 1989)
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Joseph Dorris
Mar 18, 2012 Joseph Dorris rated it it was amazing
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I was happy to see Craig Lesley publish this second book, a sequel to Winterkill. At the time, I was raising two sons (and a daughter). I discovered a lot of wisdom in Lesley's writing. What continues to strike me is how the Nez Perce were strong in allowing a young man to make his own decisions and yet the older generation, not just the father, continually share their beliefs, really stories about how one should behave--lessons on life. Again, Lesley's ability to capture the country and create ...more
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I enjoyed "River song" as much as Craig Lesley's first one ""Winterkill". This book gives an insight into the traditions of Indians, much more than his first one. Many cultural aspects of Indians are explained. It shows the frustrations of the Indians, the inability to compromise between general thinking and Indian ways are gently pointed out. It opened a whole new world for me.

As a story however, 'Winterkill' was more engaging for me. "River Song" felt more like a interesting way to throw ligh
Jan 12, 2015 Guna rated it liked it
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This novel tells of contemporary Pacific Coast Native Americans caught between the two cultures, and trying to fit in their own, traditional customs. The book starts with a raging forest fire, and goes on through fascinating episode after fascinating episode, ending with a fight between River Indians and those who are trying to force them off their lands.
Sep 07, 2011 Prerzs rated it it was amazing
I love books where you can't discern the difference between fantasy and reality. This is a powerful story of the Nez Perce Indians from the sacred Wallowa Mountains. It combines the tragic reservation life with the traditional way of living. I got to know Left Hand, Medicine Bird, Red Shirt and Danny and Jack.
Jul 19, 2016 Carl rated it liked it
I read this book after completing Winterkill, the first in this series by Craig Lesley. He is a good story teller and Danny Kachiah is an interesting character, but I grew tired of the mysticism and the unresolved plot lines: who were those guys in the raft and what happened to Orville?
Oct 22, 2010 Jan rated it liked it
I finally finished the long book, it isn't a fast read. Just full of Indian lore expecially near Hood River and Bingen, Pendleton and eastern Oregon. I found it fascinating but slow moving. Craig is a good author, of this type of literature.
Jan 02, 2011 Mitchfield rated it really liked it
This is an Oregon classic, the follow up to Winterkill. Spectacular writing. I just hope Lesley completes a 3rd book, I'd love to know the next part of the story.
Dec 25, 2007 Wes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great story from Lesley. The only thing more intriguing than the stories is the author. I am glad to have been able to meet him and learn some of his craft from him.
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Craig Lesley is the author of 4 novels and a memoir, along with numerous other works. He has received three Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Awards, the Western Writers of America Golden Spur Award for Best Novel, and an Oregon Book Award. He has been the recipient of several national fellowships and holds a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Whitman College. Currently the Senior ...more
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