http://angarena.net/blA sad story set in a changing American West at the turn of the century. As Robert Grainer works to provide the very infrastructu...morehttp://angarena.net/blA sad story set in a changing American West at the turn of the century. As Robert Grainer works to provide the very infrastructure that will bring modern civilization to the West he also retreats further and further into isolation. I liked the realistic descriptions of work camps and of the townspeople. This book would be a good companion for Timothy Egan’s, The Big Burn as it deals with the great fire of 1910 and how it profoundly impacts one man’s life. In a word…haunting.og/?p=599(less)
...What was missing in Davis's 1936 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Honey in the Horn was the romantic stereotypin...moreI'll just quote the powells.com review:
...What was missing in Davis's 1936 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Honey in the Horn was the romantic stereotyping and moralizing that could be found in much of the regional literature of the time. Instead, this is essentially a coming-of-age novel with complex, finely wrought, often humorous characters who are just trying to make a life — though the going isn't easy. Davis's rendering of the rugged Oregon landscape is simply gorgeous. Reminiscent of Stegner's Big Rock Candy Mountain, but with much more humor, Honey in the Horn is a great gift.....
And add that though it is a slow read (life was slower then) there are some real gems here. Note to EC - if you can't read the whole book, read pg 100-107 and tell me if it reminds you of anyone.