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Sweeping in scope yet unerringly precise in detail, Shoot The Buffalo conjoins the dead end narrative of American masculinity with its stubborn twin the Romantic ideal of nature to suggest an ambivalent way forward, a path of these woods. Not since Ken Kesey has a long-form literary work subjected the utopian outsider traditions of the North American west coast to such an ...more
Paperback, 515 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by Clear Cut Press
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Dicky Dahl
Like several other books I've read lately, this one established a world and characters that I was digging only to leap away in time and setting to a whole other deal ( in this case, the narrator's future life on a Texas army base). I dig what Doyle was tryin to do and it's fairly successful...I was just a lot more interested in that initial world of the struggles of a semi-hippie family making a go of it off-the-grid in deep green and moist rural Washington.
Frank Sauce
A thinkin' man's pageturner. I can't think of any other writer off the top of my head who purely expresses the northwest-wet-forest more than in this book.
Scott
Saturated with the setting of the Pacific Northwest - a boy's rite of passage starts out in the wilds of Snoqualmie and pits that mildewy upbringing with his life in the army....where his past generates his every thought, action and relationship. The hypothermic death of his sister and the inability of his stoned family to actually support such a traumatic event sums the escapist and lazy nature that complete Aldous' adult-family support network. A depressing read but so regional that, being a P ...more
Mike
I picked this book up at the library cause I was traveling light & it was a tiny book. Pleasantly surprised by it. A little depressing, but cruising around Hawaii it was a kinda nice contrast to read something set in the chilly damp ol' PNW.
Jessica
This one hit close to home. It was about growing up unconventionally in the Puget Sound area. It's a really good read regardless. I recommend it for sure.
JulieK
The book really evokes the Northwest - I half expected to find moss on the pages - but in the end, I found it repetitive and depressing.
Jesse
this is a good one.
takes place in washington state.
i could smell the musty moss and feel the rain.
matt briggs is a GOOD.
Christina
this book gets one star for being set Washington and two more because it fit in my purse.
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Matt Briggs grew up in the Snoqualmie Valley, raised by working-class, counter-culture parents who cultivated and sold cannabis. Briggs has written two books set in rural Washington chronicling this life, The Remains of River Names and Shoot the Buffalo. Critic Ann Powers wrote of Briggs first book in the New York Times Book Review, "Briggs has captured the America that neither progressives nor fa ...more
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