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The Corner of Rife and Pacific
The Corner of Rife and Pacific comes from deep within the American grain. In this, his thirteenth novel, Thomas Savage returns to Grayling, Montana, at the beginning of the century, to the tragic Indians, to the great ranchers and citizens of a gentler time who already feel the promise—and the threat—of the future. There is Zack Metlen, whose family has, in the course of a ...more
Hardcover, 226 pages
Published July 1st 1988 by William Morrow & Company
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"The Corner of Rife and Pacific" (William Morrow & Co, 1988, first ed., ISBN 0688 070922) is set in the early 20.c. In ch.3 (p.36 of that ed.), an inscription on a bank is given as "CONNARD / MCMXCV". Typo? Misconversion of roman numeral (I have triple-checked, and the spelling above is as it is printed in the book)? Why would a bank built in the late 19th or early twentieth century have the date "1995"?
I understand why this book is viewed as inferior to Power of the Dog, but there were a lot of characteristics that made this an equally good book for me. The characters were very relatable, with their intent on struggling to survive and thrive, instead of simply succumbing to their challenges. The tale itself ran through highs and lows of the Metlen family and their interactions with the Connards, holding my interest throughout. The ending also had a twist that I did not expect and really drove ...more
Thomas Savage has become one of my all time favorite authors. His writing is clean, but intensely rich. I've read three books by him so far: (1) The Power of the Dog; (2) The Sheep Queen and; (3) The Corner of Rife and Pacific. All three have big, juicy, still relevant themes, and express great emotion. They take place in the west, but they aren't "westerns". Think more Wallace Stegner. I can't say enough good things about Thomas Savage. If you haven't read any of his books yet and want to, may ...more