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A Tour on the Prairies

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  54 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Nothing, however, could restrain the romantic ardor of the Count for a campaign of buffalo hunting with the Osages, and he had a game spirit that seemed always stimulated by the idea of danger. His travelling companion, of discreeter age and calmer temperament, was convinced of the rashness of the enterprise; but he could not control the impetuous zeal of his youthful frie ...more
Paperback, 132 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published October 15th 1985)
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Jun 17, 2014 Janis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was thrilled by Irving’s descriptive account of a journey he took on the western plains in 1832. He made it all come to life again – night skies, earth-rattling thunderstorms, bee-trees, bears and elk and deer and buffalo. And I was surprised and delighted by his wit and insight, having only known Irving from my childhood experience of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. On the last page, after his return, he writes of how he misses the glorious companionship of the stars. Now that I’ve closed the bo ...more
Nov 08, 2015 Irene rated it it was ok
This month-long diary by Washington Irving of his time with a recreational hunting party is filled with derogative comments about those of other races, wanton slaughter of big game and lovely descriptions of the landscape. The attitudes of these early Americans were appalling. Honestly, I was hoping that the buffalo would trample them, the Pawnee that they feared would slaughter them or the circling wolves would devour them. I only read this to fulfill a GR challenge.
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Oct 05, 2014 Sherrill Watson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had not read anything by Washington Irving before this. My bad.

"Our march this day was animating and delightful. We were in a region of adventure; breaking our way through a country hitherto untrodden by white en, excepting perchance by some solitary trapper. The weather was in its perfection--temperate, genial, and enlivening; a deep blue sky, with a few light feather clouds; an atmosphere of perfect transparency; an air pure and bland; and a glorious country spreading out far and wide in th
Oct 24, 2011 Fabian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another travel narrative of the frontier. While I really do prefer Ruxton's "Life in the Far West" (Hey! There's, like, tons of cannibals!) this is a more literary read. He, of Ichabod and Rip Van Winkle fame, actually took a trip to the prairies of present-day Oklahoma, following a crew composed of a Commissioner, a Captain, a ruffian Creole, and a bunch of other crazy, insatiable rascals. They eat so much meat out in the wild they start turning mad, aimless. Irving is wonderful at painting ...more
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Mar 25, 2011 Sydney Young rated it it was amazing
This is excellent. Maybe I am interested in it because it is the first written exploration of the Oklahoma area that is so close to where I live. But I also love it because the language is not so different than what we use today, its not so tongue in cheek as Mark Twain's travelogues, and it explores the beauty of the areas with the creatures and inhabitants that occupied it at the time. I do think that this book set the tone for most of our Western cliches. Interesting to learn that they aren't ...more
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Washington Irving was an American author, essayist, biographer and historian of the early 19th century. He began his literary career at the age of nineteen by writing newspaper articles under the pseudonym, "Jonathan Oldstyle."

In 1809, he published, The History of New York, under his most well known public persona, Diedrich Knickerbocker.

Irving is best known for his short stories, "The Legend of
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