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Love Song to the Plains
Love Song to the Plains is a lyric salute to the earth and sky and people who made the history of the Great Plains by the region's incomparable historian, Mari Sandoz. It is a story of men and women of many hues-courageous, violent, indomitable, foolish-their legends, failures, and achievements: of explorers and fur trappers and missionaries; of soldiers and army posts and ...more
Paperback, 318 pages
Published December 1st 1986 by University of Nebraska Press
(first published June 1st 1966)
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This is narrative history at its best, although sometimes Sandoz' sentences, lyrical or not, are a bit diffiuclt to untangle. As a Nebraskan, she tends in the latter part of the book to concentrate on her home state, whereas the earlier sections sweep widely over the Plains. I prefer the wider perspective, but I cannot fault her for her state loyalty; besides, it's mostly interesting.
This was the choice for my book club, but I am the only one in the club that trudged all the way through the book. This book was agonizing to read, at best. While I did learn a few interesting historical facts, I thought the writing style was very poor. I just don't understand why so many people think it's a great book.
Mari Susette Sandoz (May 11, 1896 – March 10, 1966) was a novelist, biographer, lecturer, and teacher. She was one of Nebraska's foremost writers, and wrote extensively about pioneer life and the Plains Indians.More about Mari Sandoz...