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The Big Sky by A.B. Guthrie Jr.
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Apr 19, 2011

it was amazing
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Read from April 06 to 18, 2011

Guthrie must have deplored city-life as much as I do. I feel like I've found my soulmate.

- It's 1830. A Kentucky boy gets tired of his father's constant whuppin's and flees, aiming for the mighty Missouri River, in hopes of crossing it and becoming a mountain man.

- It's possible that one full third of the book involves the three main characters (all tough, no-nonsense mountain men) simply marveling at the beauty of nature, and the fact that they live their lives outdoors.

- Paints a pretty fair picture of "pioneer times", from the high interest in the beaver trade, to the ever-growing power and influence of the fur companies, to the uncertain relations with the various Indian tribes.

- Outstanding book. Not since Lord of the Rings have I so badly wanted to crawl inside a novel and live those pages.

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Dave Harrison Apparently I've some reading to do.

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